Health and Lifestyle

Global population affected by dementia to triple in 30 years: WHO

GENEVA -- The World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday that as the global population ages, the number of people living with dementia is expected to triple by 2050, undermining both social and economic development.Dementia is a general term for several diseases that are mostly progressive,... Read More

PNoy should clarify dengue vaccine mess: Duque

MANILA – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Thursday called on former President Benigno S. Aquino III to come forward and clarify the mass dengue vaccination program that was implemented during his term.In a television interview, Duque said it would be better if Aquino would help shed... Read More

Ubial on continuing the dengue vaccination program: No regrets

MANILA -- Former health secretary, Dr. Paulyn Ubial, broke her silence on Thursday, saying she does not regret continuing the dengue vaccination program."No regrets. Science is dynamic. We make decisions based on best current available information. If the information today was known then, I would... Read More

QC launches HIV/AIDS awareness campaign for youths

MANILA -- The Quezon City government on Wednesday boosted its investment on health as it led the distribution of reference materials on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) to the Department of Education (DepEd) QC School Division Office.QC Mayor Herbert Bautista presented the reference materials... Read More

Those responsible for Dengvaxia mess to be held liable: Duque

MANILA – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has assured that those responsible for the dengue vaccine mess would be held accountable."Once it is proven that there were information that were not fully disclosed but were factors in these latest developments, someone will surely be held... Read More

DOH relaunches ‘Iwas Paputok’, eyes zero injury from firecrackers

MANILA -- Various government agencies led by the Department of Health (DOH) and private groups on Monday relaunched “Oplan: Iwas Paputok” in the hope of achieving zero firecracker-related injury this coming New Year.DOH Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo took the opportunity to remind the... Read More

Sanofi Pasteur vows to cooperate on 'Dengvaxia' review

MANILA -- Sanofi Pasteur on Monday assured its full support to the progress of the review that will be done by experts and the Department of Health (DOH) on Dengvaxia and in the delivery of proper information campaign on dengue vaccine especially in areas where the vaccination was carried out."Sa... Read More

DOH puts on hold dengue vaccination program

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday announced that it was putting on hold its dengue vaccination program until experts are able to review new developments on the Dengvaxia dengue vaccine.This developed after DOH on Nov. 29, received an information from Dengvaxia manufacturer, Sanofi... Read More

Close to 2,000 new HIV cases in July-Aug. 2017

MANILA – A total of 1,962 people, mostly male, were found to be infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in July and August this year, the Department of Health’s (DOH) Epidemiology Bureau reported.Of the figure, 858 cases were recorded in July and 1,104 in August, according... Read More

DOH targets malaria-free Palawan by 2020

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- The Department of Health (DOH)-MIMAROPA is optimistic that the province of Palawan can attain its target of being malaria-free by 2020, said Regional Director Dr. Eduardo Janairo.Janairo, who is in this city for the National Malaria Awareness Day-9th Malaria... Read More

Dengue cases down in Zamboanga

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The City Health Office has reported a continued downtrend in dengue cases since August until October this year.City Health Officer Rodelin Agbulos on Wednesday said cases of dengue this year are as follows: August, 185; September, 108; October, 266; and, November, 41.Agbulos said... Read More

8 reported leprosy cases in Palawan to be verified

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- Regional health authorities are set to verify new reports of leprosy affecting eight people in a southern Palawan town.DOH-MIMAROPA Regional Director Eduardo Janairo said Wednesday morning that although the report about the affected residents in Rizal town has not... Read More

2,000 indigent Manileños benefit from Turkish govt’s medical mission

MANILA – More than 2,000 indigents from Manila’s District 6 have received assistance during a medical mission held by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and the city health department.Saturday’s "TIKAlusugan sa Maynila Medical Mission" was the fourth to be... Read More

WHO PH seeks stronger rules to increase road safety

MANILA – An official of World Health Organization (WHO) Philippines on Tuesday cited the need to strengthen the country’s road traffic safety system to bring down the number of deaths, injuries and disabilities from road accidents."To reduce the number of road traffic deaths and... Read More

Boxing Yoga coming to PH in 2018

DAVAO CITY -- Boxing Yoga, which offers fighters a considered approach to explore coordination, body awareness and correct posture alignment, is coming to the Philippines in 2018.Heather Boyle, a certified Boxing Yoga coach in Los Angeles, California, will arrive next year together with boxing... Read More

FDA warns public vs fake drugs sold online

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the public against online purchase of medicines and other health products.Annette Tan, FDA-Mindanao West Cluster head, issued the warning as counterfeit drugs have continued to proliferate in the market.Tan advised the public to buy... Read More

JE vaccine for Makati gov’t employees, public school students

MANILA – Makati’s city government on Monday launched its Japanese Encephalitis (JE) vaccination for 60,000 city government employees and public school students."According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of the Philippines, JE is the... Read More

PhilHealth premium increase set in January 2018

*ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) is set to increase its monthly premium starting January 2018 in an effort to boost the agency's health programs.Bryan Jabay, PhilHealth regional information officer, told the Philippine News Agency the increase is pursuant... Read More

Cavite health caravan treats 215 patients with skin diseases

TRECE MARTIRES CITY, Cavite – Some 215 patients benefited from free skin consultations and medicines offered during a health caravan in Barangay Pasong Kawayan 1 here since Tuesday.The patients, who were afflicted with scabies, athlete’s foot, psoriasis, eczema, ringworm and other fungal... Read More

US tobacco firms run anti-smoking ads 11 years after court order

WASHINGTON -- Major tobacco companies will run newspaper and television advertisements in the United States starting this weekend -- not meant to promote smoking, but rather to tell the public about the deadly consequences of smoking.The tobacco companies are not running these ads voluntarily, but... Read More