Health and Lifestyle

FNRI, Johns Hopkins University to work on tax modeling

MANILA– The Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) and the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) will work together on tax modeling, studying what could be the basis of taxes on food products high in sugar, salt, and saturated fat. "Ang tax modeling ay ginagawa upang masuri ang magiging epekto... Read More

PH Covid-19 cases daily average for May 16-22 up by 9%

MANILA – The country's daily average of Covid-19 cases went up to 173 from May 16 to 22, or 9.9 percent higher than the previous week, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.Cases averaged 160 per day from May 9 to 15.The latest case bulletin of the DOH show that there are 1,214 new... Read More

Monkeypox may enter PH via travel: expert

MANILA – The entry of the rare monkeypox virus in the country is possible through travelers carrying the infection, an infectious disease expert said Monday.In a televised public briefing, Vaccine Experts Panel member Dr. Rontgene Solante said monkeypox, endemic in parts of Central and West... Read More

No data yet on benefits of 2nd booster for public: expert

MANILA – A member of the Vaccine Experts Panel (VEP) on Monday said there is no data yet showing that the general public would benefit from the second booster dose of Covid-19 vaccine.In a televised public briefing, Dr. Rontgene Solante, also an infectious disease expert, said a second booster... Read More

FNRI, PhilBaking to launch coco pandesal in June

MANILA – As part of the Department of Science and Technology's (DOST's) push for wheat alternatives, its attached agency, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) and other partners will launch the coco pandesal in June. In a taped report aired Friday afternoon, DOST Secretary... Read More

Cebu City ready for possible dengue 'outbreak’

CEBU CITY – The Cebu City government is ready for the possibility of a dengue outbreak.Dr. Jeffrey Ibones, head of the City Health Department (CHD), said in a presser on Friday they and the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) have enough inventory of hospital beds, medications, and supplies.The... Read More

Dengue cases in Pangasinan down by 86%

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – The Provincial Health Office (PHO) in Pangasinan has recorded 195 cases of dengue from January 1 to May 16 this year.The number is 86 percent lower than the 1,393 recorded in the same period last year, said PHO chief Dr. Anna Ma. Teresa de Guzman, in an interview on... Read More

2 Dagupeño national artists to have own museum

DAGUPAN CITY – The works of national artists Victorio Edades and Salvador Bernal will have a permanent home at their birthplace here after a law for the creation of a cultural center and museum was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte.In a statement issued on Friday, Pangasinan Fourth District... Read More

WHO validates China’s Convidecia as 11th vaccine for Covid-19

GENEVA – The World Health Organization on Thursday approved Convidecia, a vaccine manufactured by China’s CanSino Biologics, as the 11th approved vaccine to prevent the spread of Covid-19.In a statement, the UN health agency said Convidecia was assessed under its emergency use listing... Read More

2.46M kids aged 5-11 fully vaxxed as of May 17: DOH

MANILA – About 2.46 million children aged 5 to 11 years old have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 since the pediatric vaccination started on February 7.In a text message to reporters, the Department of Health (DOH) said the figure is 17 percent of the target population for the age group... Read More

Possible case uptick won't affect hospital utilization rate

MANILA – The number of Covid-19 cases may increase following the local transmission of Omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1 but it would not affect the hospital utilization rate nationwide, an infectious diseases expert said Thursday.In a televised public briefing, Dr. Rontgene Solante, Vaccine... Read More

Healthcare workers, elderly can now get 2nd booster shot

MANILA – Frontline healthcare workers (A1) and senior citizens (A2) can now receive their second booster shot of the Covid-19 vaccine.In a joint statement, the Department of Health (DOH) and the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) said mRNA vaccines such as Moderna and Pfizer are the... Read More

VEP awaits EUA application for boosters for kids 5-11 years old

MANILA – The vaccine expert panel (VEP) said Wednesday it is waiting for Covid-19 vaccine manufacturers to apply with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) an emergency use authorization (EUA) allowing their jabs to be used as booster shots for young children.This, after the United States FDA... Read More

Booster shots effective protection vs. Omicron subvariant: VEP

MANILA – Booster shots of the Covid-19 vaccine are an effective protection against the Omicron BA.2.12.1 subvariant, the vaccine expert panel (VEP) said Wednesday.In a televised public briefing, VEP chairperson Dr. Nina Gloriani said the protection from the primary series of Covid-19 vaccines... Read More

BARMM reaches 50-55% of its target during special vax days: DOH

MANILA – The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) reached 50 to 55 percent of its target population for Covid-19 vaccination, a health official said Tuesday.“Sa kanilang ginawang (During their) special vaccination days for the past few days during this week they were... Read More

DOH uses ‘active surveillance’ to detect other subvariants

MANILA – The Department of Health is implementing active surveillance to detect other Omicron subvariants and their further transmission in the country.This, after it confirmed Tuesday the local transmission of Omicron BA.2.12.1 subvariant and three new cases of it were detected in the Western... Read More

Severe, critical cases only 11% of hospital Covid-19 admissions

MANILA – The country’s severe and critical cases have further declined to 11.23 percent of the total Covid-19 admissions in hospitals nationwide, a health official said Tuesday.Citing data from the National Admissions by Health Status, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said... Read More

No AEFIs among 99% of vaccinated vs. Covid-19: DOH

MANILA – About 99.93 percent of persons vaccinated against Covid-19 did not experience adverse events following immunization (AEFIs), a health official said Tuesday.In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said only 0.07 percent out of the 146 million jabs... Read More

DOH confirms local transmission of Omicron BA.2.12.1 subvariant

MANILA – The Department of Health on Tuesday confirmed the local transmission of the Omicron BA.2.12.1 subvariant.In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the new subvariant cases detected are no longer related to the cases from other countries.“Ngunit... Read More

PH logs daily average of 160 Covid-19 cases from May 9-15

MANILA – The country's daily average of Covid-19 cases went down to 160 from May 9 to 15, or 0.30 percent lower than the previous week, the Department of Health (DOH) reported Monday.Cases averaged 161 per day from May 2 to 6.In its latest case bulletin, the DOH said there are 1,118 new... Read More