Health and Lifestyle

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

DOH intensifies drive to boost antimicrobial resistance awareness

DOH intensifies drive to boost antimicrobial resistance awareness

November 21, 2018, 4:40 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday intensified its campaign to increase public awareness on antimicrobial resistance (AMR), which is now becoming a serious health concern among Filipinos, especially for those being treated with infectious diseases. During the 2nd Philippine AMR… Read More

Is vaping cool for your health?

Is vaping cool for your health?

November 20, 2018, 7:23 pm

MANILA -- As the government continues to raise public awareness against the negative effects of tobacco, vaping has grown in popularity with the rise of e-cigarettes and vaporizers or mods among smokers who wanted to break the habit. Younger patrons, on the other hand, see it as cool way to… Read More

FDA to recall blood pressure drugs: DOH exec

FDA to recall blood pressure drugs: DOH exec

November 19, 2018, 9:45 pm

MANILA -- An official of the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Philippines will pull out maintenance drugs for blood pressure if found contaminated with harmful components. "They (FDA) are already checking if Sandoz has Losartan from the same batch here… Read More

Even non-smokers at risk of lung cancer

Even non-smokers at risk of lung cancer

November 15, 2018, 7:30 pm

MANILA -- Senior citizen Hilda Pua was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer when she was 56 years old. The diagnosis surprised her because she never smoked a single cigarette all her life. Later on, her surprise turned to fear as thoughts of bedridden cancer patients crossed her mind. “Natakot ako… Read More

Managing cholesterol, triglycerides may reduce Alzheimer's risk

Managing cholesterol, triglycerides may reduce Alzheimer's risk

November 12, 2018, 11:30 am

CHICAGO -- Studying DNA from more than 1.5 million people, an international team of researchers has identified points of DNA that increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and also heighten the risk for Alzheimer's disease. The researchers, from Washington University School of Medicine in St.… Read More

Philippine Heart Association holds CPR training in Zamboanga

Philippine Heart Association holds CPR training in Zamboanga

November 10, 2018, 8:39 am

Policemen on Friday joins the free training on cardiopulmonary resuscitation as the Philippine Heart Association launches the "CPR on Wheels and Wings Caravan" in Zamboanga City. (Photo by: R. G. Antonet A. Go)ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Philippine Heart Association (PHA) on Friday launched the “CPR… Read More

Singing reduces stress, improves motor function

Singing reduces stress, improves motor function

November 8, 2018, 6:07 pm

WASHINGTON -- A preliminary study revealed that singing might reduce stress and improve motor function for people with Parkinson's disease. The study presented on Wednesday at the on-going Society for Neuroscience 2018 conference showed that those improvements among singing participants are like… Read More

Mediterranean diet key to delaying Alzheimer's disease: study

Mediterranean diet key to delaying Alzheimer's disease: study

November 7, 2018, 6:15 pm

SYDNEY -- Eating a Mediterranean diet could delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease by years, according to latest Australian research. People who followed the diet showed significantly slower rates of the amino acid-related amyloid beta (A) peptides accumulation in their brains, Edith Cowan… Read More

DOH pushes for P90 per pack tobacco tax hike

DOH pushes for P90 per pack tobacco tax hike

November 5, 2018, 9:10 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) is pushing for a PHP90 per pack increase in tobacco excise tax for better health of more Filipinos through the Universal Health Care (UHC) bill. In a press briefing Monday, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the UHC bill has passed the third reading… Read More

DOH eyes to register vapes as drugs

DOH eyes to register vapes as drugs

November 5, 2018, 5:28 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) plans to regulate the use of vapes or e-cigarettes by registering them as drugs, an official said Monday. "We want it [the vape liquid] to be registered as a drug, because it's definitely not food. It is potentially harmful. It is not a recreational… Read More

DOH cautions public vs. use of e-cigarettes, vapes

DOH cautions public vs. use of e-cigarettes, vapes

November 4, 2018, 10:48 am

MANILA — The Department of Health DOH urged the public on Saturday to be vigilant when buying consumer products sold online like e-cigarettes and vaping devices. This, after a vaping device exploded while being used by a 17-year old male on Oct. 30. In a statement, DOH said the patient suffered… Read More

Both overweight, underweight linked to increased death risk

Both overweight, underweight linked to increased death risk

November 1, 2018, 1:13 pm

LONDON -- Both low and high Body Mass Indices (BMI) were associated with an increased risk of death from various causes, according to a new study recently released by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). The study, led by LSHTM researchers, looks at how BMI is associated… Read More

Lung cancer is curable: expert

Lung cancer is curable: expert

October 31, 2018, 7:51 pm

MANILA -- Lung cancer is treatable, and chemotherapy is not the only way to cure it, a health expert said Tuesday. “People can still be treated from lung cancer, but the treatment goals and management may depend on the stage, performance status, histology and molecular characteristic of the… Read More

Experts, patients create website to boost lung cancer awareness

Experts, patients create website to boost lung cancer awareness

October 30, 2018, 7:23 pm

MANILA -- Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among Filipinos yet many are unaware of the best practices on treating and preventing it. “The awareness to prevent it and the support for lung cancer patients and their loved ones is very low. We wanted to remove the stigma, the belief… Read More

DOH holds reunion of 'Saved Babies'

DOH holds reunion of 'Saved Babies'

October 26, 2018, 9:08 pm

LEGAZPI CITY -- The Department of Health's (DOH) regional office here conducted a "Reunion of Saved Babies" on Friday to show parents and the public living proof that Newborn Screening (NBS) can save lives. Hundreds of mothers, babies and other stakeholders gathered at the RC Daguinsin Hall of the… Read More

PH culture uses HIV/AIDS issue to control people: UP prof

PH culture uses HIV/AIDS issue to control people: UP prof

October 26, 2018, 4:36 pm

MANILA -- The prevalence of the Human Immuno Virus/Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS) in the country can be attributed to the Filipino culture, which uses "pananakot" or scare tactic to solicit obedience or to control people, a University of the Philippines (UP) professor in Diliman,… Read More

Stressed-out middle-aged people tend to lose memory

Stressed-out middle-aged people tend to lose memory

October 25, 2018, 2:32 pm

WASHINGTON -- A study published on Wednesday in the journal Neurology showed stressed-out middle-aged people were more likely to show symptoms of memory loss. The study revealed that middle-aged people with high levels of a hormone called cortisol in their blood have impaired memory, compared with… Read More

Israel to build 1st biotechnology plant producing new AIDS drug

Israel to build 1st biotechnology plant producing new AIDS drug

October 24, 2018, 8:18 pm

 JERUSALEM -- The first-ever biotechnology plant will be established in Israel’s southern city of Eilat to produce a new drug for AIDS disease, the Ministry of Economy said on Tuesday. The drug, called "Gammora," was developed by the Israeli pharmaceutical company "Zion Medical" and has been… Read More

Oxfam, Embassy of Canada launch reproductive health project in PH

Oxfam, Embassy of Canada launch reproductive health project in PH

October 24, 2018, 8:07 pm

MANILA -- At least 85,000 people across 13 provinces in the Philippines will soon have improved access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) information and services. The International development agency Oxfam and the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines recently launched the Sexual… Read More