Health and Lifestyle

PhilHealth chief wants to sit down with Duterte

MANILA – Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) interim president Ma. Jude dela Serna on Tuesday said that she is seeking an audience with President Rodrigo R. Duterte so she could air her side on the Commission on Audit (COA) report regarding her questionable trips and hotel... Read More

Fasting improves stem cells' regenerative capacity

WASHINGTON -- American biologists found that a 24-hour fast can reverse the age-related loss of intestinal stem cell function that can regenerate new intestinal cells.The study, published on Thursday in the journal Cell Stem Cell, revealed that fasting dramatically improves stem cells' ability to... Read More

No available test kits to continue Dengvaxia doses: DOH

MANILA --An official of the Department of Health (DOH) on Friday said the department cannot heed the call of a vaccine advocate to complete the anti-dengue Dengvaxia vaccine doses due to the unavailability of test kits."That will not happen in the next 1 or 2 years. We will only consider it then... Read More

Study links gray hair with immune system activity, viral infection

WASHINGTON -- A new study on mice, published on Thursday in the open access journal PLOS Biology, offered insights into why some people's hair may turn gray in response to a serious illness or chronic stress.Researchers at the National Institutes of Health and the University of Alabama, Birmingham... Read More

‘Tip-of-the-tongue’ moments not associated with memory loss

LONDON -- The research led by the University of Birmingham has revealed that healthy older people who exercise regularly are less likely to experience a "tip-of-the-tongue" moment when it comes to remembering things.The study, the first of its kind to investigate the relationship between aerobic... Read More

One-third of global air pollution deaths in Asia Pacific: WHO

MANILA-- About one-third, or 2.2 million of the world’s 7 million premature deaths each year from household or indoor, and ambient or outdoor air pollution are in the Western Pacific region, said the World Health Organization (WHO).These new estimates show that nine out of 10 people in the... Read More

DSWD to resume giving of transpo cash aid on May 1

MANILA --The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Monday said that it will resume tomorrow, May 1, giving transportation cash assistance to workers in Boracay who opt to return to their home towns while the island resort is being rehabilitated."We will resume tomorrow (May 1),"... Read More

DOH on code white alert for Labor Day, ADB meetings

MANILA --The Department of Health (DOH) will be on code white alert from May 1 to May 5 in line with the yearly Labor Day celebration and the Asian Development Banks (ADB) meetings in Manila."The teams will be on standby modes in hospitals so that they can immediately respond to any emergency... Read More

DOH to continuously monitor Dengvaxia recipients

MANILA-- An official of the Department Health (DOH) on Monday assured that even if recipients of the Dengvaxia vaccine will transfer to other schools they would still be monitored."We have coordinated with schools and regions where they will possibly transfer," DOH Calabarzon Regional Director... Read More

Anti-smoking group calls for ban on e-cigarettes

MANILA -- An ant-smoking advocacy group on Monday called on the government to ban electronic cigarettes or e-cigs in the country, saying health experts have yet to determine the dangers on the long-time use of such gadgets.“There is a need to ban e-cigarettes even at the local level until... Read More

Palace to provide P50K aid to each vaccinee who died after Dengvaxia

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday clarified that it will be the Office of the President (OP) that will provide the PHP50,000 financial assistance to the family of each Dengvaxia recipient, who died after they were inoculated with the anti-dengue vaccine."The DOH will check the... Read More

Aging helps most women feel less stressed

CHICAGO -- When a woman enters midlife, she would feel less stressed and enjoy a high quality of life during this period, a US study showed.A recent study of the University of Michigan found that perceived stress -- a measure of confidence, control and ability to cope with life's stressors -- did... Read More

Eating dark chocolate enhances people's memory, immunity

WASHINGTON -- A new research showed that consuming dark chocolate with a high concentration of cacao had positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity.Presented on Tuesday at the ongoing five-day Experimental Biology 2018 meeting in San Diego, the United States, two... Read More

Duque seeks Duterte's advice on case filed against him

MANILA -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Tuesday he will wait for the advice of President Rodrigo R. Duterte regarding the case filed against him before the Department of Justice (DOJ) over the death of a teenage girl allegedly vaccinated with Dengvaxia."Ibig kong kunin din ang abiso ng... Read More

DOH launches ‘Ligtas Tigdas’ in NCR

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH), together with the City Government of Parañaque, officially launched on April 24 the National Ligtas Tigdas Supplemental Immunization Activity (SIA) to abate the ongoing transmission of measles especially among unvaccinated children and pregnant... Read More

Scientists find how Vit. A derivative kills liver cancer stem cells

WASHINGTON-- Japanese researchers have identified the mechanism that an artificial compound derived from Vitamin A targets one class of liver cancer stem cells, preventing them from giving rise to new tumors.A study, published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,... Read More

Drinking affects mouth bacteria linked to cancer, heart diseases

WASHINGTON -- A new study has shown that compared with nondrinkers, those who had one or more alcoholic drinks per day had an overabundance of oral bacteria linked to gum disease, some cancers and heart disease.The study published in the journal Microbiome on Monday also shows that drinkers had... Read More

DOH eyes development of dengue test kits

MANILA --The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday said it will explore ways to develop a test kit that determines if a patient has been positive or negative of dengue.DOH Undersecretary Rolando Enrique Domingo said the plan to develop the test kits was in cooperation with the Department of Science... Read More

WHO SAGE report bolsters move to stop Dengvaxia vaccination: DOH

MANILA-- A Department of Health (DOH) official said Friday that the World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts’ (SAGE) latest recommendation on the use of Dengvaxia has bolstered the agency's decision to stop the dengue vaccine immunization program in the country."I... Read More

Duque insists no hand in Dengvaxia mess

MANILA – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Friday reiterated that he has nothing to do with the implementation of the immunization program involving Dengvaxia dengue vaccine in 2017."I have proof to show that I have nothing to do with the implementation and I have nothing to do with... Read More