Health and Lifestyle

Family planning products to be sent to RHUs soon: DOH

Family planning products to be sent to RHUs soon: DOH

November 17, 2017, 4:20 pm

MANILA -- Essential family planning commodities will be made available in rural health units (RHUs) across the country in the coming weeks, Health Secretary Dr. Francisco Duque III said Thursday. "The Department of Health (DOH) intends to cascade all the family planning commodities to civil… Read More

ASEAN adopts declaration to combat anti-microbial resistance

ASEAN adopts declaration to combat anti-microbial resistance

November 16, 2017, 3:56 pm

MANILA -- Leaders of ASEAN member states have adopted the Declaration on Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) as an outcome of the 31st ASEAN Summit, the Department of Health (DOH) announced Wednesday. "With the political commitment to combat AMR gathered from the Heads of the ASEAN member states, the… Read More

ASEAN Declaration adoption to end malnutrition: DOH

ASEAN Declaration adoption to end malnutrition: DOH

November 16, 2017, 3:42 pm

MANILA – ASEAN leaders have agreed to address problems on malnutrition with their adoption of the Declaration on Ending All Forms of Malnutrition during the 31st ASEAN Summit. In a statement issued Wednesday, the Department of Health (DOH) said the declaration embodies the highest level of… Read More

DOH considers TRO on contraceptives lifted

DOH considers TRO on contraceptives lifted

November 15, 2017, 4:02 pm

MANILA – With the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) clearance of 51 contraceptives as non-abortifacient, the Department of Health (DOH) considers as lifted the Supreme Court’s temporary restraining order (TRO) on subdermal implants, Implanon and Implanon NXT, an official said. "With the… Read More

Regular exercise staves off effects of brain aging

Regular exercise staves off effects of brain aging

November 14, 2017, 1:04 pm

SYDNEY -- Regular exercise can increase the size of the human brain, a landmark Australian study has found. The research, published by Australia's National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM) at Western Sydney University on Tuesday, revealed that aerobic exercise can significantly improve… Read More

Contraceptives safe: FDA

Contraceptives safe: FDA

November 14, 2017, 12:20 pm

MANILA -- The Food and Drug Administration (DFA) has declared 51 contraceptives, among them Implanon and Implanon NXT, as medically safe and non-abortifacient. Based on a resolution “on the applications for recertification filed by the Market Authorization Holders with opposition filed by… Read More

NCR, Region 3, 4-A hospitals on code blue for ASEAN Summit

NCR, Region 3, 4-A hospitals on code blue for ASEAN Summit

November 12, 2017, 3:54 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday placed all hospitals in the National Capital Region, Central Luzon and Calabarzon on blue alert in line with the country's hosting of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings. "It will be elevated to Code Blue starting Sunday (today) until… Read More

DOH bats for ASEAN policy on disaster health woes

DOH bats for ASEAN policy on disaster health woes

November 12, 2017, 1:42 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday cited the need for ASEAN member states to come up with a policy to address anti-microbial resistance (AMR) and disaster health concerns in the region. "We need to come out with a policy among the different ASEAN member states on how to address… Read More

Health chief seeks to boost vaccination rate for kids

Health chief seeks to boost vaccination rate for kids

November 11, 2017, 7:12 am

MANILA – Health Secretary Dr. Francisco Duque III has sought the help of various stakeholders in improving the vaccination rate for children, which was at 70 percent in 2016, far from the health department’s target. "Today, our vaccination coverage for fully immunized children or FIC is far… Read More

Low calorie diet may help reverse type 2 diabetes

Low calorie diet may help reverse type 2 diabetes

November 10, 2017, 12:35 pm

WASHINGTON -- A US study released Thursday revealed how a very low-calorie diet can rapidly reverse type 2 diabetes in rats. If confirmed in people, the insight provides potential new drug targets for treating this common chronic disease, said the researchers, according to the study published in… Read More

FDA warns vs. fake Safeguard soaps

FDA warns vs. fake Safeguard soaps

November 9, 2017, 7:50 pm

MANILA -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public against purchasing and using counterfeit Safeguard Family Germ Protection Pure White 60-g. soap bars that are proliferating in the local market. In its Advisory No. 2017-291, the FDA said the fake Safeguard soaps could be… Read More

Big drug rehab centers could be ‘reconfigured’: Duque

Big drug rehab centers could be ‘reconfigured’: Duque

November 9, 2017, 4:10 pm

MANILA – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said his department is open to the idea of "reconfiguring" the mega drug rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija province. "Yung malalaking (The large) drug rehab centers should probably be reconfigured so they can provide services for the more… Read More

Breast cancer may return even years after treatment: study

Breast cancer may return even years after treatment: study

November 9, 2017, 11:19 am

WASHINGTON -- Women with a type of breast cancer fueled by estrogen still face a substantial risk of cancer returning or spreading, even 15 years after they finished standard treatment for the disease, a new study said Wednesday. Researchers from an international collaboration known as the Early… Read More

Aussie scientists develop drug to reduce obesity

Aussie scientists develop drug to reduce obesity

November 9, 2017, 10:58 am

SYDNEY -- Australian researchers have uncovered a drug that has the potential to reverse the negative effects of maternal obesity. The drug, known as NMN, increases energy metabolism and could provide the same benefits as exercise in the fight against obesity in children born to overweight… Read More

Advocates seek budget for mental health

Advocates seek budget for mental health

November 8, 2017, 6:34 pm

MANILA – Advocates have asked Congress to hasten the passage of the proposed Philippine Mental Health Law and to include specific budgetary provisions to ensure its successful implementation. Citing global statistics, Dr. June Lopez of the Philippine Psychiatric Association (PPA) said one in 20… Read More

Duque okays use of medical cannabis for research

Duque okays use of medical cannabis for research

November 8, 2017, 12:51 pm

MANILA – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said his department approves of the use of medical marijuana for research purposes and in line with the provisions of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). "It is very important that we emphasize that in terms of what the FDA is allowed to do, it… Read More

Health chief vows to carry out reproductive health law

Health chief vows to carry out reproductive health law

November 8, 2017, 9:05 am

MANILA -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said he will abide by his duty to fully implement the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law. "We have to implement the law as a member of the executive branch and the bureaucracy. It is our duty to implement what is in the law,"… Read More

Palawan health personnel undergo sanitation training

Palawan health personnel undergo sanitation training

November 7, 2017, 4:47 pm

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- The Department of Health (DOH) in MIMAROPA region is training sanitary inspectors and health personnel at the local level to prevent environmental hazards in the community. DOH regional director, Dr. Eduardo Janairo, said the “promotion of public health and… Read More

DOH to public: Keep cemeteries clean

DOH to public: Keep cemeteries clean

November 1, 2017, 3:33 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) is urging the public flocking to cemeteries to bring garbage bags as they visit and remember their departed loved ones in observance of All Saints' and All Souls' Day. “Magdala din tayo ng (Let us also bring) garbage bag,” said DOH Spokesperson Dr.… Read More

Age-friendly workplaces better for health of mature staff

Age-friendly workplaces better for health of mature staff

October 31, 2017, 7:36 pm

CANBERRA -- Age-friendly workplaces and allowing employees to retire voluntarily contribute to longer careers and better overall health of retirees, according to Australian researchers who undertook a study of older Australians in the workplace. Using data from a decade-long national survey of… Read More