Health and Lifestyle

New blood test could save millions from blindness

New blood test could save millions from blindness

December 12, 2018, 12:48 pm

CANBERRA – Australian scientists have developed a blood test capable of saving millions of people around the world from going blind. Researchers from the Australian National University (ANU) on Wednesday revealed that their new blood test can detect patients at risk of dry age-related macular… Read More

Alcoholic beverages can counter lambanog poisoning: Duque

Alcoholic beverages can counter lambanog poisoning: Duque

December 12, 2018, 12:05 pm

MANILA -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said drinking another alcohol is the antidote for lambanog poisoning. In a television interview Monday night, Duque explained it is not the methanol in lambanog that causes the poisoning and death among its drinkers but its by-product called formic… Read More

Vit. C good for lungs of babies whose moms smoke while preggy

Vit. C good for lungs of babies whose moms smoke while preggy

December 11, 2018, 4:01 pm

WASHINGTON -- A study showed that Vitamin C might reduce the harm done to lungs in infants born to mothers who smoke during their pregnancy. The randomized, controlled trial published recently in American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine revealed that at three months of age, the… Read More

Trauma remains leading cause of death in PH

Trauma remains leading cause of death in PH

December 5, 2018, 9:20 pm

MANILA -- Trauma remains one of the leading causes of death in the country despite the increased availability of life-saving equipment and ambulances in most hospitals, an expert said on Tuesday. In a press briefing, Philippine College of Surgeons (PCS) President Alejandro Dizon explained that the… Read More

A single workout can burn energy in two days: study

A single workout can burn energy in two days: study

December 5, 2018, 10:59 am

WASHINGTON -- Chinese and American scientists found that a single workout could activate neurons in mice that influence metabolism for up to two days and those effects last longer with more training. The study, published on Tuesday in the journal Molecular Metabolism, offered new insight into the… Read More

Rx for physicians: Be lifelong learners to serve patients better

Rx for physicians: Be lifelong learners to serve patients better

December 4, 2018, 7:26 pm

MANILA -- If physicians were to be given prescriptions as to their profession, it would be a maintenance dose of lifelong learning to serve their patients better. Philippine College of Surgeons (PCS) President Alejandro Dizon says a true physician must commit to continuing education for the rest… Read More

Stem cells do not exist in adult hearts

Stem cells do not exist in adult hearts

December 4, 2018, 12:01 pm

WASHINGTON -- A study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reached a disappointing conclusion: heart stem cells that might have repaired the heart muscle after a heart attack did not exist in adults. It offered scientific evidence to a decision made in October… Read More

GenSan unveils enhanced HIV/AIDS treatment center

GenSan unveils enhanced HIV/AIDS treatment center

December 3, 2018, 6:39 pm

GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The city government unveiled over the weekend an enhanced treatment hub for people living with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS). Dubbed "Rainbow Center for Revitalization", the facility was formally inaugurated at the local… Read More

Most patients not 100% honest with doctors

Most patients not 100% honest with doctors

December 3, 2018, 11:46 am

CHICAGO -- Between 60 and 80 percent of people surveyed have not been forthcoming with their doctors about information that could be relevant to their health, according to a study. Insights into the doctor-patient relationship came from a national online survey of two populations. One survey… Read More

Cancer among adults preventable, expert says

Cancer among adults preventable, expert says

December 2, 2018, 8:06 pm

MANILA -- Some cancers are genetic in origin but most cancers, especially those among adults, are acquired and can be prevented, an expert says. Dennis Sacdalan, head of the Cancer Center of Manila Medical Center, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) in an interview that there are cancers in… Read More

Heart disease, early complication of type 2 diabetes

Heart disease, early complication of type 2 diabetes

November 29, 2018, 6:58 pm

MANILA — Cardiovascular conditions or diseases are intimately related to diabetes, an expert said Thursday. “While data from our Department of Health show that heart disease is the leading cause of death and diabetes is just ranked number six, all cardiovascular may have a background of… Read More

FDA approves new drug for blood cancer

FDA approves new drug for blood cancer

November 29, 2018, 5:18 pm

WASHINGTON -- The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved on Wednesday a new drug, Xospata, for the treatment of adult patients who have relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with an FLT3 mutation. AML is a rapidly progressing cancer that crowds out normal cells in… Read More

DOH urges midwives to focus more on pregnancy, childbirth

DOH urges midwives to focus more on pregnancy, childbirth

November 29, 2018, 12:36 pm

MANILA – Department of Health (DOH)-Calabarzon Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo on Monday urged midwives to focus their health care services more on pregnancy and child birth to at least reduce maternal/childbirth deaths in the country. Addressing some 254 midwives from Cavite, Laguna,… Read More

American scientists find how screen time disrupts sleep

American scientists find how screen time disrupts sleep

November 28, 2018, 8:38 pm

WASHINGTON -- American researchers revealed how screen time could disrupt one's sleep, as some cells in the eye, when exposed to artificial light late into the night, were linked to the confusion of people's internal clocks. The study, published on Tuesday in the journal Cell Reports, may help… Read More

Multi-disciplinary treatment boosts cancer patients’ survival

Multi-disciplinary treatment boosts cancer patients’ survival

November 28, 2018, 4:56 pm

MANILA -- Cancer patients have a greater chance of survival and recovery if given a multi-disciplinary treatment (MDT), a health expert said Wednesday. “Before, early detection of the cancer is the main determining factor for cancer survival. While this is still true today, MDT provides… Read More

New vaccine reduces toxic proteins linked to Alzheimer's: study

New vaccine reduces toxic proteins linked to Alzheimer's: study

November 27, 2018, 8:31 pm

WASHINGTON – United States (US) researchers have developed a DNA vaccine that successfully held off Alzheimer's disease in animal tests. The vaccine, if proven safe and effective in human trials, could reduce dementia cases by half. Tests in mice have shown that the DNA vaccine reduced… Read More

Life expectancy gap between poorest, richest expands to 10 years

Life expectancy gap between poorest, richest expands to 10 years

November 27, 2018, 12:01 pm

LONDON -- The life expectancy gap between the most affluent and the most deprived members of society in England widened to nearly 10 years, British researchers have found. The study analyzed a total of 7.65 million deaths in England between 2001 and 2016 based on data from the Office for National… Read More

Low-cost drugs may be effective cancer prevention tools

Low-cost drugs may be effective cancer prevention tools

November 26, 2018, 1:04 pm

LONDON -- Inexpensive drugs aspirin and a purified omega-3 called EPA can reduce the number of pre-cancerous polyps in patients found to be at high risk of developing bowel cancer, according to a study released Tuesday by the University of Leeds. Both aspirin and EPA showed promise in reducing the… Read More

Go vows to improve public health care systems

Go vows to improve public health care systems

November 23, 2018, 1:48 pm

MANILA -- Former special assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go has vowed to improve health care services across the country if given a Senate seat. "Kung meron naman po tayong pera, gagamitin natin ito sa government hospitals natin, kung saan kulang nga po ang mga… Read More

Finding options vs. cancer

Finding options vs. cancer

November 22, 2018, 4:47 pm

MANILA -- FOR families of Filipinos living with cancer, sometimes crying and giving up are the only options left. While others, who can afford, take a lease on life through various treatments, some just wait for time to run out. They stop living, frozen with uncertainty, unable to do even the… Read More