Health and Lifestyle

Advocates seek Duterte’s help in legalizing medical cannabis

Advocates seek Duterte’s help in legalizing medical cannabis

September 6, 2017, 3:33 pm

MANILA – Proponents of medical cannabis have again made a push for the legalization of the medical use of marijuana, this time seeking the help of no less than President Rodrigo Duterte himself. Dr. Donnabel Cunanan, member of the Philippine Cannabis Compassion Society (PCCS) executive… Read More

DOH plans to include Japanese encephalitis in 2018 vaccination program

DOH plans to include Japanese encephalitis in 2018 vaccination program

September 6, 2017, 10:56 am

MANILA – Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial said Tuesday they are planning to include Japanese encephalitis in their immunization program for next year. In an interview, Ubial noted though that there has been no surge in the incidence of Japanese encephalitis this year, compared to last year.… Read More

PhilHealth offers packages for illnesses during rainy season

PhilHealth offers packages for illnesses during rainy season

September 5, 2017, 10:41 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) has benefit packages for members and their dependents who are hospitalized for illnesses common during the rainy season, an official said Monday. These packages are for such illnesses as mild to severe dengue fever, influenza, and… Read More

Air ambulance resumes flight in Palawan: DOH

Air ambulance resumes flight in Palawan: DOH

September 4, 2017, 4:32 pm

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- The Department of Health (DOH)-MIMAROPA announced Monday morning the resumption of regular flights in Palawan by its air ambulance to serve patients who need emergency services in remote barangays and island areas.

 DOH-MIMAROPA Regional Director Eduardo… Read More

No new suspected bird flu cases: DOH

No new suspected bird flu cases: DOH

September 2, 2017, 5:22 pm

MANILA --The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday said no new cases of suspected bird flu infection were detected as the surveillance period ends Sunday."No new case. Basically (we can say that) after culling (period), bird flu-free na until (any) new case appears," DOH Secretary Paulyn Ubial… Read More

DOH holds dialogue with patients, CSOs in Mindanao

DOH holds dialogue with patients, CSOs in Mindanao

September 1, 2017, 11:27 am

MANILA -- Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial recently held a dialogue with patients’ groups and civil society organizations (CSOs) based in Mindanao in an effort to strengthen their line of communication. “The 4th Policy Dialogue on Universal Health Care and Access to… Read More

Leptospirosis up 71% in first 8 months of the year: DOH

Leptospirosis up 71% in first 8 months of the year: DOH

August 31, 2017, 10:55 pm

MANILA -- Suspected cases of leptospirosis nationwide rose 71.1 percent, reaching 910 from Jan. 1 to Aug. 5 this year compared to 532 cases in the same period last year, the Department of Health (DOH) reported. Of the 910 suspected cases, 96 resulted in death, compared to 50 in the same period in… Read More

All suspected human cases of bird flu tested negative: Ubial

All suspected human cases of bird flu tested negative: Ubial

August 29, 2017, 4:22 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed Tuesday that 39 patients, who have been exposed to chickens in areas with a bird flu outbreak and have shown flu-like symptoms, have tested negative of avian influenza. "Sa ngayon, ang na-establish natin is lahat ng sakit ay confined sa manok or… Read More

9-day low-sugar diet leads to less fatty liver in kids

9-day low-sugar diet leads to less fatty liver in kids

August 29, 2017, 1:58 pm

SAN FRANCISCO – A nine-day experimental diet that cuts out a type of sugar in soft drinks, fruit juices and most processed foods significantly reversed the buildup of liver fat in children and adolescents. Contacted over the phone, Susan Noworolski, associate professor of radiology and… Read More

PhilHealth to cover film industry workers with social health insurance

PhilHealth to cover film industry workers with social health insurance

August 26, 2017, 3:22 pm

MANILA --The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) on Saturday said self-earning film industry workers such as cameramen, gaffers, actors, directors, producers, and their qualified legal dependents will be provided with social health insurance coverage.PhilHealth Head Executive Assistant… Read More

7 more suspected bird flu cases being monitored

7 more suspected bird flu cases being monitored

August 26, 2017, 9:33 am

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is monitoring the health of seven persons who have been exposed to infected fowls and have shown symptoms of flu. Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) director Dr. Soccoro Lupisan said Friday putting the seven under observation is part of steps… Read More

DOH allays public fears of eating poultry

DOH allays public fears of eating poultry

August 25, 2017, 8:28 pm

MANILA – It is safe to eat chicken and eggs despite the bird flu outbreak in two provinces, health and agriculture officials said Friday. And to drive home their point, Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial led the other officials in taking a bite of fried chicken and a hard-boiled egg in front of… Read More

Still no human case of bird flu: DOH

Still no human case of bird flu: DOH

August 25, 2017, 6:20 pm

MANILA -- The 34 people from Pampanga and Nueva Ecija who have manifested flu-like symptoms have all tested negative for avian influenza, Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial said Friday. "As of Aug. 24, 2017, there has been no confirmed human case due to Influenza A (H5N6)," Ubial told reporters… Read More

More couples practice family planning

More couples practice family planning

August 25, 2017, 4:24 pm

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The City Health Office announced that more couples are now becoming conscious on the benefits of raising a well-planned family.This, as the City Health Office recorded that the number of couples who practiced family planning have increased to 52,878 in 2016 from 50,616 in… Read More

FDA launches electronic logbook app

FDA launches electronic logbook app

August 25, 2017, 1:40 pm

MANILA – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a mobile application that would eliminate paper logbooks and collect data and life-saving insights. According to FDA director general Nela Charade Puno, the “Electronic Logbook” app, which was donated by the health tech startup… Read More

Quitting smokers asked to access hotline properly

Quitting smokers asked to access hotline properly

August 25, 2017, 11:29 am

MANILA – To ensure the success of the Department of Health’s (DOH) National Quitline, a lung specialist called on smokers who want to kick the habit to access the hotline properly to prevent glitches. Member of the Council on COPD and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Dr. Glynna Ong-Cabrera, said the… Read More

Dengue vaccination program to cover 4 more cities

Dengue vaccination program to cover 4 more cities

August 24, 2017, 7:47 pm

MANILA – The government’s dengue immunization program for children has been expanded to cover not only targeted schools in Metro Manila but also Quezon City, Caloocan, Manila and Makati. Children aged 9 to 14 years in the four additional cities could get the free vaccine in community health… Read More

DOH to hospitals: Provide emergency services even without deposit

DOH to hospitals: Provide emergency services even without deposit

August 24, 2017, 1:14 pm

MANILA -- A Department of Health (DOH) official has reiterated that health services should be made available even without deposit to patients seeking emergency treatment in both public and private hospitals. “Government hospitals do not require deposits from patients. Private hospitals on the… Read More

30 new HIV cases recorded in PH every day

30 new HIV cases recorded in PH every day

August 23, 2017, 7:20 pm

MANILA – Some 30 new HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infections are recorded in the country every day this year, a sharp rise from one in 2008, four in 2010, nine in 2012, 17 in 2014, and 26 last year. In its latest report, the HIV/AIDS and ART Registry of the Philippines (HARP) recorded… Read More

Stay dry during the wet season, says lung specialist

Stay dry during the wet season, says lung specialist

August 23, 2017, 11:17 am

MANILA – Staying dry may well be a pulmonologist’s best advice to people who want to avoid contracting respiratory diseases during the rainy season. “A virus usually thrives in a wet and cold environment. If a person is exposed to this kind of environment, he/she would be prone to viral… Read More