Health and Lifestyle

Genetic change possibly behind recent Zika outbreaks

Genetic change possibly behind recent Zika outbreaks

January 30, 2018, 12:33 pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- What caused the Zika virus, which had lain low since its discovery in the forests of Uganda in the 1940s, to trigger such severe outbreaks in recent times? A group of researchers says a gene mutation detected after 2012 could have enhanced the virus' power to overcome immunity in… Read More

Body clock disruptions occur years before memory loss in Alzheimer's

Body clock disruptions occur years before memory loss in Alzheimer's

January 30, 2018, 12:30 pm

CHICAGO -- Body clock disruptions occur years before memory loss for people with Alzheimer's disease, US researchers at Washington University in St. Louis found. The researchers tracked circadian rhythms in 189 cognitively normal, older adults with an average age of 66. Some had positron emission… Read More

DOH deworms 200k school kids in Region 9

DOH deworms 200k school kids in Region 9

January 25, 2018, 10:24 pm

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Department of Health (DOH) said the agency has already dewormed more than 200,000 school children in its on-going National School Deworming Month here in Region 9. The National School Deworming Month commenced on Jan. 1 and will end on January 31. Nieto Fernandez, DOH… Read More

10K HIV-positive cases recorded in Jan.-Nov. 2017

10K HIV-positive cases recorded in Jan.-Nov. 2017

January 25, 2018, 8:32 pm

MANILA – Some 10,111 people were found to be infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) from January to November last year, with 1,277 found to be suffering from Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), the Department of Health’s Epidemiology Bureau reported Thursday. A total of… Read More

Flu infection may raise risk of heart attack: study

Flu infection may raise risk of heart attack: study

January 25, 2018, 11:46 am

WASHINGTON -- The risk of a heart attack may be increased six-fold within the first week after detection of laboratory-confirmed influenza infection, a new study said Wednesday. Researchers in Canada looked at nearly 20,000 Ontario adult cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza infection from 2009… Read More

PH losing P220-B yearly due to malnutrition

PH losing P220-B yearly due to malnutrition

January 24, 2018, 8:33 pm

MANILA – More than 29,000 children are dying annually due to the high prevalence of undernutrition in the country, a UNICEF study has stated. "This is about 38 percent of all deaths among Filipino children under five," UNICEF Philippines nutrition specialist, Joris Van Hees, said during the… Read More

NYC sues drug companies for USD500-M over opioid epidemic

NYC sues drug companies for USD500-M over opioid epidemic

January 24, 2018, 12:05 pm

NEW YORK – The US’ biggest city, New York City (NYC), on Tuesday sued big drug companies that make or distribute prescription opioids, blaming them for their part in the city's ongoing deadly opioid epidemic. The lawsuit aims to recover half a billion US dollars in current and future costs… Read More

US-based Pinoy doctors to hold free surgical mission in Palawan

US-based Pinoy doctors to hold free surgical mission in Palawan

January 21, 2018, 10:29 am

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- A US-based association of Filipino physicians is set to conduct the first-ever medical and surgical mission in Palawan for this year at the newly-constructed Aborlan Medicare Hospital (AMH) in Barangay Ramon Magsaysay in the town of Aborlan. The medical mission… Read More

Aussie researchers help develop new blood test for cancer

Aussie researchers help develop new blood test for cancer

January 19, 2018, 2:11 pm

SYDNEY -- Australian researchers said Friday they have helped develop a new blood test for the early detection of eight common cancers, in a move that could diagnose tumors before they spread and increase patients' chances of survival. Associate Prof. Jeanne Tie and Prof. Peter Gibbs, from… Read More

Pullout of unused Dengvaxia starts: DOH

Pullout of unused Dengvaxia starts: DOH

January 19, 2018, 1:01 pm

MANILA – A Department of Health (DOH) official confirmed that the pullout of more than a million doses of the dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, has begun and will continue until Monday. “Nag-umpisa nang magkuha sa ating mga bodega sa RITM, PCMC, sa NCR office ng DOH at Region 4 and Region 7 (They… Read More

DOH officials deny allegations of corruption

DOH officials deny allegations of corruption

January 19, 2018, 8:32 am

MANILA -- A total of 13 officials of the Department of Health (DOH) issued a statement late Wednesday, denying allegations of corruption over the procurement of the controversial dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia. The officials, led by Undersecretary Mario Villaverde, said they “categorically deny”… Read More

UP-PGH to present initial report on Dengvaxia-linked deaths Friday

UP-PGH to present initial report on Dengvaxia-linked deaths Friday

January 18, 2018, 7:28 pm

MANILA – The health department is expecting to receive the preliminary result of the review on the cause of death of 14 recipients of the Dengvaxia vaccine on Friday, an official said Thursday. "Yung first 14 cases na ni-refer natin sa PGH (Philippine General Hospital), ang pangako nila ay by… Read More

5 more deaths linked to Dengvaxia for referral to UP-PGH

5 more deaths linked to Dengvaxia for referral to UP-PGH

January 17, 2018, 12:03 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) will refer five new cases of deaths linked to the use of the dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, to the panel of experts from the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH). "At least five cases are for referral (to the panel) for… Read More

Duque welcomes P1.4-B refund for unused Dengvaxia

Duque welcomes P1.4-B refund for unused Dengvaxia

January 16, 2018, 12:24 pm

MANILA -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has welcomed Sanofi Pasteur’s move to refund the government PHP1.4 billion for the unused doses of the controversial dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, in the health department’s public immunization program. "We will ask for a full refund eventually. But… Read More

New gene linked to diabetes, low blood sugar found in same family

New gene linked to diabetes, low blood sugar found in same family

January 16, 2018, 10:22 am

WASHINGTON -- A new gene thought to be critical in the regulation of insulin, the key hormone in diabetes, has been found in a family with both high and low blood sugar conditions, researchers said Monday. The research, carried out at Queen Mary University of London, University of Exeter and… Read More

Too early to conclude Dengvaxia caused kids’ death: Duque

Too early to conclude Dengvaxia caused kids’ death: Duque

January 12, 2018, 12:16 pm

MANILA – While Health Secretary Francisco Duque III acknowledged that most of the 14 children, whose deaths are being investigated by the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), had succumbed to Dengue Shock Syndrome, he said it is too early to link the deaths to the controversial dengue vaccine,… Read More

PRC caters to 1,906 patients during ‘Traslacion’

PRC caters to 1,906 patients during ‘Traslacion’

January 10, 2018, 10:56 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on Wednesday reported that it served a total of 1,906 patients during Tuesday’s procession of the Black Nazarene or the “Traslacion”. The PRC, in its final list of cases attended as of 8 a.m. Wednesday, said most of the patients, or 854, suffered from… Read More

DOH assists 301 persons during ‘Traslacion’

DOH assists 301 persons during ‘Traslacion’

January 9, 2018, 7:27 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) reported that it has provided medical assistance to 301 persons who joined the procession of the Black Nazarene or the annual “Traslacion” in Manila as of 2 p.m. Tuesday. Of the figure, about 127 suffered cuts, puncture wounds and soft tissue injuries,… Read More

Red Cross issues safety reminders for 'Traslacion 2018'

Red Cross issues safety reminders for 'Traslacion 2018'

January 7, 2018, 8:15 am

MANILA -- As Traslacion 2018 is expected to be an event wherein minor and major injuries can happen, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on Saturday issued some safety reminders to avoid untoward incidents especially for those who will be joining the Black Nazarene procession. Here are some of PRC… Read More

Day 15 of DOH firecracker injury watch: 20 hurt

Day 15 of DOH firecracker injury watch: 20 hurt

January 5, 2018, 8:14 pm

MANILA – The health department reported another 20 firecracker-related injuries, five days after the New Year revelry, with the partial total now numbering 449 cases since December 21. According to the department’s Aksyon Paputok Injury Reduction 2017 Report No. 15, the figure is 421 or 48… Read More