Health and Lifestyle

PH market ‘flooded’ with fake meds, beauty products: FDA

MANILA -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that the Philippine market is flooded with unregistered and fake pharmaceutical and beauty products, made locally or sourced from abroad."The public or the consumers must always be vigilant against these fake medicines for they may be... Read More

Dengvaxia scare affects deworming program in Region 9

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Department of Health (DOH) revealed that the Dengvaxia scare has affected the outcome of the agency’s program on National School Deworming Month that ended Wednesday.Dr. Joshua Brillantes, DOH assistant regional director, disclosed that 60 percent of the parents of the... Read More

DOH launches ‘Train Wrap’ to boost health awareness

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) launched Tuesday its first-ever "Train Wrap" project at the Manila Light Rail Transit System Line 2 (LRT 2) to give its health campaign a big boost."The objective is to make sure that our health programs and the various public health programs are brought... Read More

Genetic change possibly behind recent Zika outbreaks

SAN FRANCISCO -- What caused the Zika virus, which had lain low since its discovery in the forests of Uganda in the 1940s, to trigger such severe outbreaks in recent times?A group of researchers says a gene mutation detected after 2012 could have enhanced the virus' power to overcome immunity in the... Read More

Body clock disruptions occur years before memory loss in Alzheimer's

CHICAGO -- Body clock disruptions occur years before memory loss for people with Alzheimer's disease, US researchers at Washington University in St. Louis found.The researchers tracked circadian rhythms in 189 cognitively normal, older adults with an average age of 66. Some had positron emission... Read More

DOH deworms 200k school kids in Region 9

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Department of Health (DOH) said the agency has already dewormed more than 200,000 school children in its on-going National School Deworming Month here in Region 9.The National School Deworming Month commenced on Jan. 1 and will end on January 31.Nieto Fernandez, DOH National... Read More

10K HIV-positive cases recorded in Jan.-Nov. 2017

MANILA – Some 10,111 people were found to be infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) from January to November last year, with 1,277 found to be suffering from Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), the Department of Health’s Epidemiology Bureau reported Thursday.A total... Read More

Flu infection may raise risk of heart attack: study

WASHINGTON -- The risk of a heart attack may be increased six-fold within the first week after detection of laboratory-confirmed influenza infection, a new study said Wednesday.Researchers in Canada looked at nearly 20,000 Ontario adult cases of laboratory-confirmed influenza infection from 2009 to... Read More

PH losing P220-B yearly due to malnutrition

MANILA – More than 29,000 children are dying annually due to the high prevalence of undernutrition in the country, a UNICEF study has stated."This is about 38 percent of all deaths among Filipino children under five," UNICEF Philippines nutrition specialist, Joris Van Hees, said during the... Read More

NYC sues drug companies for USD500-M over opioid epidemic

NEW YORK – The US’ biggest city, New York City (NYC), on Tuesday sued big drug companies that make or distribute prescription opioids, blaming them for their part in the city's ongoing deadly opioid epidemic.The lawsuit aims to recover half a billion US dollars in current and future... Read More

US-based Pinoy doctors to hold free surgical mission in Palawan

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- A US-based association of Filipino physicians is set to conduct the first-ever medical and surgical mission in Palawan for this year at the newly-constructed Aborlan Medicare Hospital (AMH) in Barangay Ramon Magsaysay in the town of Aborlan.The medical mission would... Read More

Aussie researchers help develop new blood test for cancer

SYDNEY -- Australian researchers said Friday they have helped develop a new blood test for the early detection of eight common cancers, in a move that could diagnose tumors before they spread and increase patients' chances of survival.Associate Prof. Jeanne Tie and Prof. Peter Gibbs, from... Read More

Pullout of unused Dengvaxia starts: DOH

MANILA – A Department of Health (DOH) official confirmed that the pullout of more than a million doses of the dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, has begun and will continue until Monday.“Nag-umpisa nang magkuha sa ating mga bodega sa RITM, PCMC, sa NCR office ng DOH at Region 4 and Region 7... Read More

DOH officials deny allegations of corruption

MANILA-- A total of 13 officials of the Department of Health (DOH) issued a statement late Wednesday, denying allegations of corruption over the procurement of the controversial dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia.The officials, led by Undersecretary Mario Villaverde, said they “categorically... Read More

UP-PGH to present initial report on Dengvaxia-linked deaths Friday

MANILA – The health department is expecting to receive the preliminary result of the review on the cause of death of 14 recipients of the Dengvaxia vaccine on Friday, an official said Thursday."Yung first 14 cases na ni-refer natin sa PGH (Philippine General Hospital), ang pangako nila ay by... Read More

5 more deaths linked to Dengvaxia for referral to UP-PGH

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) will refer five new cases of deaths linked to the use of the dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, to the panel of experts from the University of the Philippines – Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH)."At least five cases are for referral (to the panel) for... Read More

Duque welcomes P1.4-B refund for unused Dengvaxia

MANILA --Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has welcomed Sanofi Pasteur’s move to refund the government PHP1.4 billion for the unused doses of the controversial dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, in the health department’s public immunization program."We will ask for a full refund eventually.... Read More

New gene linked to diabetes, low blood sugar found in same family

WASHINGTON -- A new gene thought to be critical in the regulation of insulin, the key hormone in diabetes, has been found in a family with both high and low blood sugar conditions, researchers said Monday.The research, carried out at Queen Mary University of London, University of Exeter and... Read More

Too early to conclude Dengvaxia caused kids’ death: Duque

MANILA – While Health Secretary Francisco Duque III acknowledged that most of the 14 children, whose deaths are being investigated by the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), had succumbed to Dengue Shock Syndrome, he said it is too early to link the deaths to the controversial dengue... Read More

PRC caters to 1,906 patients during ‘Traslacion’

MANILA -- The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) on Wednesday reported that it served a total of 1,906 patients during Tuesday’s procession of the Black Nazarene or the “Traslacion”.The PRC, in its final list of cases attended as of 8 a.m. Wednesday, said most of the patients, or 854,... Read More