Health and Lifestyle

Scientists researchers find therapy to reduce breast cancer

Scientists researchers find therapy to reduce breast cancer

January 8, 2019, 8:39 pm

WASHINGTON -- American and Chinese researchers developed an experimental therapy that can reduce the spread of a kind of hard-to-treat breast cancer in a mice study. The study, published recently in the journal Cancer Cell, reported the therapeutic agent that blocks two of the main pathways by… Read More

Link between social media use, mental health stronger in girls

Link between social media use, mental health stronger in girls

January 7, 2019, 12:16 pm

LONDON -- Teenage girls spending more time on social media have a higher risk of depression, according to a study published in the British journal EClinicalMedicine on Thursday. Researchers, led by Yvonne Kelly from University College London (UCL) in Britain, found that almost 40 percent of girls… Read More

Combined efforts needed to rid PH of malnutrition

Combined efforts needed to rid PH of malnutrition

January 4, 2019, 5:31 pm

MANILA -- An independent children's rights organization has underscored the need for the combined efforts of parents and government agencies that will implement the First 1,000 Days Law to completely eliminate malnutrition in the country. According to Save the Children Philippines, swift and… Read More

US scientists invent new device to treat Parkinson's disease

US scientists invent new device to treat Parkinson's disease

January 3, 2019, 6:45 pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- Scientists from University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) on the western U.S. coast have invented a wireless controlled neurostimulator that could provide fine-tuned treatments to patients with diseases like epilepsy and Parkinson's. UC Berkeley researchers worked out a… Read More

DOH reminds public: Eat healthy this holiday season 

DOH reminds public: Eat healthy this holiday season 

December 25, 2018, 4:30 pm

MANILA -- Overindulgence in food during this time of the year is an inevitable part of the festive season but an official of the Department of Health (DOH) has reminded the public to prepare and eat healthy food.  DOH Undersecretary and Public Health Service Team officer-in-charge Myrna Cabotaje… Read More

Medication for severe acne alters skin microbiome

Medication for severe acne alters skin microbiome

December 24, 2018, 3:05 pm

CHICAGO -- A research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that isotretinoin, which has been prescribed to treat acne for decades can shift the skin microbiome of acne patients to more closely resemble that of people with normal skin. The researchers studied bacteria… Read More

Aussie researchers find way to control spread of skin cancer

Aussie researchers find way to control spread of skin cancer

December 21, 2018, 9:08 pm

SYDNEY -- Australian researchers said Friday they have found a new therapeutic target aimed at melanoma skin cancer, pointing to better understanding of how the disease spreads and more effective treatments. The primary cause of death in melanoma patients is metastasis, the process in which cancer… Read More

Cancer-killing treatment approved in Australia

Cancer-killing treatment approved in Australia

December 19, 2018, 9:00 pm

CANBERRA -- A "revolutionary" cancer drug that supercharges immune cells to hunt and kill cancer cells has been approved for human use in Australia. The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) on Wednesday announced that CAR-T therapy has been approved for use in pediatric and young adult patients… Read More

Green leafy vegetables can reduce fat in liver

Green leafy vegetables can reduce fat in liver

December 18, 2018, 8:14 pm

WASHINGTON -- Eating more green leafy vegetables may reduce the risks of developing fatty liver, according to a study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden showed that a large intake of inorganic nitrate, an… Read More

PhilHealth educates Cebuanos on universal health care bill

PhilHealth educates Cebuanos on universal health care bill

December 17, 2018, 8:07 pm

CEBU CITY – Top officials from the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) will be in Cebu on Tuesday to educate the residents here on the role of the Universal Health Care (UHC) bill in PhilHealth. PhilHealth acting president and chief executive officer Dr. Roy Ferrer will be joined by… Read More

DOH inspects Tondo hospital readiness for New Year's Day

DOH inspects Tondo hospital readiness for New Year's Day

December 17, 2018, 6:33 pm

Department of Health Undersecretary and Public Health Service Team officer-in-charge Myrna Cabotaje urges the public to simply watch the fireworks display to prevent being a victim fireworks-related injuries. (PNA photo by Ma. Teresa Montemayor)MANILA -- An official of the Department of Health… Read More

Apheresis: A new way to donate blood

Apheresis: A new way to donate blood

December 17, 2018, 4:24 pm

MANILA – The Philippine Blood Center (PBC) has introduced apheresis, a new way to donate blood, in the aim to save more lives by providing free blood and blood products. Simply called apheresis, this type of blood donation makes use of an apheresis machine which draws only the needed blood… Read More

Breastfeeding linked to smaller waistline of mothers

Breastfeeding linked to smaller waistline of mothers

December 17, 2018, 11:45 am

A woman nurses her child, during a public event to promote the benefits of breastfeeding, during the World Breastfeeding Week held in Palma de Mallorca, on October 7, 2018. (Photo by Jaime Reina/AFP)WASHINGTON --  Breastfeeding may have one more benefit for mothers. A study showed that… Read More

PH blood center to launch nucleic acid amplification test in 2019

PH blood center to launch nucleic acid amplification test in 2019

December 14, 2018, 2:54 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Blood Center (PBC) is set to launch next year a quiz that would solve the issue of re-testing done by private hospitals on donated blood. PBC head Dr. Andres Bonifacio said the nucleic acid amplification test would allow for the detection of applicant donors who are… Read More

PH Blood Center urges public to be donors

PH Blood Center urges public to be donors

December 13, 2018, 7:16 pm

MANILA -- To save more lives and to encourage more people to donate blood, the Philippine Blood Center (PBC) on Thursday held an open forum for all its partner government agencies and private organizations. “Our goal in PBC is to have enough blood supply in all hospitals in the country and we… Read More

Cigarette price at P20 per stick can stop youth from smoking

Cigarette price at P20 per stick can stop youth from smoking

December 12, 2018, 11:20 pm

MANILA -- Studies show that smoking or tobacco use remains to be the biggest preventable cause of death, disabilities and diseases across nations. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are 7 million deaths due to tobacco use worldwide annually. About 260,000 of these cases are… Read More

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