Health and Lifestyle

Measles outbreak declared in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar issued Executive Order No. BC-333-2018, declaring a measles outbreak in this city.Salazar’s order came after the City Health Office recorded 101 cases of measles from January to February 1, this year.Dr. Dulce Amor Dagalea-Miravite said... Read More

Vaccines help reduce antibiotic resistance: child health expert

MANILA – A health expert on Tuesday cited the contribution of immunization to the reduction in antibiotic use and, hence, in addressing antimicrobial resistance (AMR).In a forum entitled "Vaccination 101", Philippine Foundation for Vaccination founder and professor emeritus at the University... Read More

11K were diagnosed with HIV in 2017: DOH

MANILA--The number of Filipinos found to be human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) – positive jumped from 9,264 in 2016 to 11,103 last year, with the daily average likewise rising from 26 to 31 over the period.Of last year’s 11,103 cases, 1,415 had developed full-blown acquired immune... Read More

Dengvaxia scare affects Zamboanga immunization program

ZAMBOANGA CITY --Local health officials here assured the public, especially the parents, that the vaccines they use in all the immunization programs are safe.Dr. Dulce Amor Dagalea-Miravite, OIC city health officer, made the assurance as several parents are hesitant to allow their children to... Read More

DOH eyes team-up with PGH, WHO to see adverse effects of Dengvaxia

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) plans to team up with the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for a deeper investigation into the adverse effects of the dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia.“We are going to create a team with PGH and WHO so that there is... Read More

Health group to Duque: Focus on preventive health care

MANILA -- HealthJustice Philippines has expressed hope that newly confirmed Health Secretary Francisco Duque III would focus on preventive health care in his second stint as head of the Department of Health (DOH).“We trust that under his leadership, the health department will develop and... Read More

Thousands of Zambo studes benefit from anti-cancer vaccination

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The City Health Office is set to complete this month its vaccination program on the prevention of cervical cancer among female students in this city.Dr. Dulce Amor Dagalea-Miravite, OIC city health officer, on Thursday told the Philippine News Agency that there were 8,440 Grade 4... Read More

Dengvaxia recipients assured of medical services

MANILA -- A Department of Health (DOH) official assured members of Gabriela-Metro Manila on Wednesday that they will extend medical services and assistance to children who received the dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia.DOH Assistant Secretary Maria Francia Laxamana, in a dialogue with Gabriela members who... Read More

Ex-health chief backs completion of Dengvaxia doses; DOH declines

MANILA -- Former health secretary Esperanza Cabral suggested that children who received partial doses of the controversial dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, be given the full dosage to get protection but the Department of Health (DOH) said it was sticking to its decision to halt the dengue vaccination... Read More

Showbiz industry workers secure health insurance coverage

MANILA -- Two workers' organizations in the local show business industry have institutionalized the social health insurance coverage of their members nationwide.Officers of the Katipunan ng mga Artistang Pilipino sa Pelikula at Telebisyon (KAPPT) and Showbiz Industry Alliance (SIA) recently signed... Read More

Health programs are suffering: DOH

MANILA-- A health official on Friday lamented that the Dengvaxia scare has affected the government’s health programs, especially its immunization program."We're having a lot of difficulty. Our regional offices are calling us, our local government unit mayors… We had a deworming this... Read More

WHO raises alarm over high level of antibiotic resistance worldwide

MANILA -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed alarm over the high levels of antibiotic resistance to a number of serious bacterial infections found in high- and low-income countries.In a statement, director of WHO’s Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Secretariat, Dr. Marc Sprenger,... Read More

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