Health and Lifestyle

Aussie scientists develop drug to reduce obesity

SYDNEY -- Australian researchers have uncovered a drug that has the potential to reverse the negative effects of maternal obesity.The drug, known as NMN, increases energy metabolism and could provide the same benefits as exercise in the fight against obesity in children born to overweight... Read More

Advocates seek budget for mental health

MANILA – Advocates have asked Congress to hasten the passage of the proposed Philippine Mental Health Law and to include specific budgetary provisions to ensure its successful implementation.Citing global statistics, Dr. June Lopez of the Philippine Psychiatric Association (PPA) said one in 20... Read More

Duque okays use of medical cannabis for research

MANILA – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said his department approves of the use of medical marijuana for research purposes and in line with the provisions of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)."It is very important that we emphasize that in terms of what the FDA is allowed to do, it... Read More

Health chief vows to carry out reproductive health law

MANILA -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said he will abide by his duty to fully implement the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health (RPRH) Law."We have to implement the law as a member of the executive branch and the bureaucracy. It is our duty to implement what is in the law," Duque... Read More

Palawan health personnel undergo sanitation training

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan -- The Department of Health (DOH) in MIMAROPA region is training sanitary inspectors and health personnel at the local level to prevent environmental hazards in the community.DOH regional director, Dr. Eduardo Janairo, said the “promotion of public health and... Read More

DOH to public: Keep cemeteries clean

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) is urging the public flocking to cemeteries to bring garbage bags as they visit and remember their departed loved ones in observance of All Saints' and All Souls' Day.“Magdala din tayo ng (Let us also bring) garbage bag,” said DOH Spokesperson Dr.... Read More

Age-friendly workplaces better for health of mature staff

CANBERRA -- Age-friendly workplaces and allowing employees to retire voluntarily contribute to longer careers and better overall health of retirees, according to Australian researchers who undertook a study of older Australians in the workplace.Using data from a decade-long national survey of 1,700... Read More

Medical marijuana must be strictly regulated: DOH chief

MANILA – Ad Interim Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has expressed support for the use of medical cannabis in the country, provided it is under strict regulation."It is supposed to be for compassionate use, so there must be a very narrow applicability and must be strictly regulated," Duque... Read More

PH Red Cross ready for Undas

MANILA --The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will mobilize its 103 chapter staff and volunteers nationwide to ensure public safety and attend to medical needs in line with its Oplan Kaluluwa 2017 as many Filipinos travel to their home provinces and flock to cemeteries for All Saints' Day."Staff and... Read More

DOH Undas tip: Watch out for fatigue, stress

MANILA -- People heading for the cemeteries to observe All Saints' Day on Wednesday should take care not to tire or stress themselves out, the new spokesperson of the Department of Health (DOH) said.Fatigue and stress could lead to high blood pressure and heart attack, said Dr. Lyndon Lee... Read More

Study identifies genetic causes of asthma, hay fever, eczema

SYDNEY -- An Australian-led international study has pinpointed more than 100 genetic risk factors that explain why some people suffer from asthma, hay fever and eczema.The study is touted as the first of its kind "designed specifically to find genetic risk factors that are shared among the three... Read More

Zambo Press Club, West Metro hold medical mission

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The West Metro Medical Center (West Metro) and Zamboanga Press Club, Inc. (ZPCI) on Saturday conducted a medical mission that benefited 46 members and dependents of the ZPCI.Of the total beneficiaries, 36 were adults and the remaining 10 were children who availed of the free... Read More

Duque to prioritize rebuilding of Marawi’s health infra

MANILA – Newly-appointed Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said his department will give priority to the rebuilding of health infrastructure damaged during the five-month siege of Marawi City."Ang priority program natin ngayon (Our priority program at present) is to help rebuild Marawi... Read More

PhilHealth issues new policy on claims for 3 diseases

MANILA -- The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) no longer requires the length of stay in hospital as basis for reimbursing claims for pneumonia, acute gastroenteritis, and urinary tract infection (UTI).Circular No. 2017-0028, signed by Dr. Celestina dela Serna, PhilHealth interim... Read More

Study points to new approach to tackling antibiotic resistance

CHICAGO -- A key difference between the way immune cells attack bacteria and the way antibiotics do may provide a roadmap for combatting the rising threat of drug-resistant pathogens.Researchers of the University of Michigan (UM), in collaboration with colleagues at Harvard University, have... Read More

DOH welcomes Duque’s appointment as health chief

MANILA – Malacañang’s appointment of former Department of Health (DOH) and Civil Service Commission (CSC) chief, Francisco Duque III, as interim Health Secretary on Thursday has drawn positive reactions.In a text message, Undersecretary Herminigildo Valle, who has served as DOH... Read More

New York bans e-cigarettes in workplaces

NEW YORK -- Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) and vaping are being banned in bars, restaurants and most workplaces in the US state of New York under a new law that takes effect in 30 days."These products are marketed as a healthier alternative to cigarettes but the reality is they also carry... Read More

Mimaropa may not be polio-free: DOH

MANILA – The head of the Department of Health’s (DOH) office in Mimaropa said Tuesday his office continues to push for polio vaccination, especially in remote areas, as he doubted that the region is polio-free.Mimaropa covers Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and... Read More

Wheelchairs found in PhilPost await delivery: DOH

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) has clarified a news report on “dozens of wheelchairs (that) were found dumped” by the department at the Philippine Postal Corp. (PhilPost) office in Quezon City.In a press statement, the DOH said the wheelchairs at the PhilPost warehouse were the... Read More

Red tide alert still up in 6 East Visayas bays

TACLOBAN CITY-- Six bays in Eastern Visayas are still positive of red tide toxins, prompting the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to raise a stern warning against shellfish consumption.These red tide-infested areas are Irong-irong Bay, Maqueda Bay, Villareal Bay, and Daram waters in... Read More