Health and Lifestyle

East Visayas reg'l hospital addresses doc shortage

East Visayas reg'l hospital addresses doc shortage

September 25, 2017, 6:06 pm

TACLOBAN CITY-- The Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) is addressing the shortage of doctors working in the state-run hospital by recruiting specialists from other regions.“We need people to help us even at the regional level, we are short in population to doctor ratio,” EVRMC’s… Read More

 Regional blood center to rise in Tacloban

 Regional blood center to rise in Tacloban

September 25, 2017, 5:58 pm

TACLOBAN CITY-- A regional blood center will soon rise at the new Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) complex, the Department of Health (DOH) here confirmed on Monday. DOH Regional Director Minerva Molon said in an interview that the government-funded project will be situated at the… Read More

Palawan town under 'state of emergency' due to diarrhea outbreak

Palawan town under 'state of emergency' due to diarrhea outbreak

September 23, 2017, 12:35 pm

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- The municipality of Quezon in southern Palawan is now under a “state of emergency” due to the diarrhea outbreak brought about by contaminated drinking water sources. Dr. Allan Paciones, of the Quezon Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office… Read More

Mining firms support anti-TB awareness campaign in Palawan

Mining firms support anti-TB awareness campaign in Palawan

September 22, 2017, 5:32 pm

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan-- The Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC) and the Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CBNC) recently a community-based tuberculosis (TB) awareness advocacy activity in the southern town of Bataraza. Hilaria Venus, Tuberculosis Program Coordinator, said Thursday that… Read More

Suspected diarrhea outbreak in Palawan probed

Suspected diarrhea outbreak in Palawan probed

September 21, 2017, 9:47 pm

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- Key health officials gathered Thursday in the southern Palawan town of Quezon to investigate a suspected outbreak of diarrhea that affected 727 residents since July and allegedly caused the death of four people. Dr. Allan Paciones of the Municipal Risk Reduction… Read More

DOH respects health workers' right to join protest

DOH respects health workers' right to join protest

September 21, 2017, 7:00 pm

MANILA – Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial said her department would fully respect the right of health workers to air grievances if they join the rally in Luneta Park during the National Day of Protest on Thursday. "That's their right. We just hope they will promote peace," Ubial said in her… Read More

DOH sees 37% rise in leptospirosis cases

DOH sees 37% rise in leptospirosis cases

September 21, 2017, 3:47 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) has recorded 1,194 cases of leptospirosis from Jan. 1 to Sept. 2 this year, 37.7 percent higher than the 867 reported in the same period last year. In its latest report, made available Thursday, the DOH Epidemiology Bureau also recorded 119 deaths over the… Read More

Antibody cocktail better in preventing HIV infection: studies

Antibody cocktail better in preventing HIV infection: studies

September 21, 2017, 2:56 pm

WASHINGTON -- A cocktail of two or three antibodies could be more effective than a single one in preventing Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) transmission, according to results released Wednesday from two separate monkey studies. In a study published in the US journal Science, researchers… Read More

Mayors asked to help fast-track DOH’s HIV efforts

Mayors asked to help fast-track DOH’s HIV efforts

September 21, 2017, 11:52 am

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) has enlisted the commitment of mayors to help avert the spread of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in the country. Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial and Metro Manila mayors and representatives recently… Read More

Metro Manila hospitals on red alert for Day of Protest

Metro Manila hospitals on red alert for Day of Protest

September 20, 2017, 2:46 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) has put all public hospitals in Metro Manila on Code Red Alert on Thursday, Sept. 21, in anticipation of demonstrations during the National Day of Protest. "All hospitals of DOH in Metro Manila are on red alert tomorrow," Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial… Read More

Bolder global gov't action urged vs. NCDs

Bolder global gov't action urged vs. NCDs

September 19, 2017, 1:28 pm

GENEVA -- The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday urged governments worldwide to address non-communicable diseases (NCDs) with "bolder political actions" to save millions of people from premature deaths. The NCDs, primarily cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases, cancers and… Read More

Smokers with HIV more likely to die of lung cancer

Smokers with HIV more likely to die of lung cancer

September 19, 2017, 10:12 am

WASHINGTON -- People living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), who adhere to antiretroviral therapy but smoke cigarettes, are about 10 times, more likely to die of lung cancer than from the AIDS virus itself, a new study said Monday. "Smoking and HIV are a particularly bad combination when… Read More

DOH mulls cook stoves for CCT beneficiaries to curb indoor pollution

DOH mulls cook stoves for CCT beneficiaries to curb indoor pollution

September 18, 2017, 3:44 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) is looking at the possibility of providing poor households covered under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) with quality cooking stoves to address indoor pollution and its ill-effects to the poor. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial on Monday said they… Read More

Blame dietary habits, not genes, for toothache: study

Blame dietary habits, not genes, for toothache: study

September 14, 2017, 5:26 pm

WASHINGTON -- Your mother was right. The condition of your teeth depends on your dietary and oral hygiene habits, not your genes, according to a new study out Wednesday that looked at the role that genes and the oral microbiome play in the formation of cavities. "Limiting sugar consumption and… Read More

Dengue cases in Cavite drop 20%

Dengue cases in Cavite drop 20%

September 14, 2017, 9:50 am

TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite -- The number of dengue cases in Cavite province during the first eight months of 2017 dropped by 20 percent as compared to the same period last year, the Provincial Health Office’s Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (PESU) said Thursday. In an interview,… Read More

Menopausal hormone therapy not linked to early death

Menopausal hormone therapy not linked to early death

September 13, 2017, 3:02 pm

WASHINGTON -- Taking hormone therapy to treat menopausal symptoms like hot flashes does not increase a woman's risk of early death, according to a long-term follow-up of trials that were stopped early due to health concerns. The Women's Health Initiative (WHI) research completely changed the… Read More

Watch out for landslides, leptospirosis: DOH

Watch out for landslides, leptospirosis: DOH

September 13, 2017, 1:45 pm

MANILA – With Tropical Depression Maring dumping heavy rains in various parts of Luzon on Tuesday, the health department issued twin advisories, cautioning the public against landslides and leptospirosis. "Landslides happen when there are unstable slopes during or after heavy rains or droughts,… Read More

Health experts: Why first-time mothers hesitate to vaccinate children

Health experts: Why first-time mothers hesitate to vaccinate children

September 8, 2017, 8:10 pm

SYDNEY -- First-time mothers are increasingly hesitant to vaccinate their children, according to a study released Friday. The study said that nearly half of all first-time mothers had concerns over vaccinating their children. The study conducted by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute found… Read More

 Public warned vs. buying vaccines from unauthorized online sellers

Public warned vs. buying vaccines from unauthorized online sellers

September 8, 2017, 11:23 am

MANILA -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday warned the public against purchasing Japanese encephalitis vaccine and other vaccines that are sold by unauthorized distributors or retailers online. In its Advisory No. 2017-265, the FDA said it has received reports that these vaccines,… Read More

Public urged to intensify efforts vs. mosquitoes

Public urged to intensify efforts vs. mosquitoes

September 7, 2017, 8:32 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday called on the public to intensify their efforts to prevent mosquito-borne diseases, such as Dengue, Chikungunya and Japanese Encephalitis (JE), especially during the rainy season. In a statement, the department noted that while its Epidemiology… Read More