Health and Lifestyle

New drugs put cancer cells into 'permanent sleep'

New drugs put cancer cells into 'permanent sleep'

August 7, 2018, 12:30 pm

SYDNEY -- Australian scientists said they have discovered a new type of drug that targets specific proteins to arrest the growth and spread of cancer, without the harmful side effects of conventional therapies. The drug, which put cancer cells into a "permanent sleep" without damaging DNA, have… Read More

Older people less likely to recognize errors they make

Older people less likely to recognize errors they make

August 6, 2018, 1:42 pm

WASHINGTON -- A new study published in the latest issue of Neurobiology of Aging showed that the older people get, the less apt they may be to recognize that they're made an error. Researchers from University of Iowa devised a simple, computerized test to gauge how readily young adults and older… Read More

DOH launches search for HIV/AIDS ambassadors

DOH launches search for HIV/AIDS ambassadors

August 2, 2018, 6:17 pm

MANILA--In a bid to increase the public awareness on ways to prevent HIV-AIDS among the youth, the Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday launched the tri-beauty pageant for the HIV/AIDS advocacy ambassadors. Together with agency partners, the DOH launched the "Lhive Free Campaign", a search for… Read More

Close to 1K persons with HIV recorded in June

Close to 1K persons with HIV recorded in June

August 1, 2018, 6:04 pm

MANILA -- Almost 1,000 persons in the country were included on the list of reported new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) for the month of June. According to the Department of Health (DOH) June 2018 HIV/AIDS Registry of the Philippines, a total of 993 new HIV cases have been recorded… Read More

Study shows why professional women keep low profile at workplace

Study shows why professional women keep low profile at workplace

July 30, 2018, 5:08 pm

SAN FRANCISCO -- Stanford University researchers have found that professional women are adopting a less assertive strategy to keep a low visible presence at the workplace to avoid conflict or balance work with family responsibilities. A new study, published in Sociological Perspectives, said this… Read More

Diagnosing, treating cancer with MRI: scientists

Diagnosing, treating cancer with MRI: scientists

July 30, 2018, 4:31 pm

MOSCOW -- Researchers from the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI have recently developed a new type of contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) based on biodegradable silicon nanoparticles that can be used for both diagnosing and treating cancer. The results of this research… Read More

Consumption of e-cigarettes, tobacco increases risk of oral cancer

Consumption of e-cigarettes, tobacco increases risk of oral cancer

July 30, 2018, 11:44 am

SAN FRANCISCO -- Scholars from University of California, San Francisco (UC San Francisco) have found that people who consume e-cigarettes and tobacco products are more likely to develop oral cancer, a US non-profit group advocating oral health said over the weekend. The International Association… Read More

Is it essential to have a food garden?

Is it essential to have a food garden?

July 24, 2018, 10:05 pm

MANILA -- One of the highlights of President Rodrigo Duterte's third State of the Nation Address was about access to universal health care. As ordinary citizens, how can we help ourselves maintain a healthy lifestyle so we could better avoid getting sick and be healthier? The National Nutrition… Read More

Genetics researchers eye wrinkles, hair loss reversal

Genetics researchers eye wrinkles, hair loss reversal

July 24, 2018, 6:55 pm

WASHINGTON -- A research team from the United States has identified a gene in mice that can reverse wrinkles and hair loss and could be applied to humans in the future, local media reported. "Wrinkled skin and hair loss are hallmarks of aging. What if they could be reversed?" genetic researchers… Read More

Long non-coding RNA may play role in fat metabolism: study

Long non-coding RNA may play role in fat metabolism: study

July 23, 2018, 2:44 pm

CHICAGO -- Researchers at Northwestern University (NU) have identified that thousands of lincRNAs, long non-coding RNA molecules produced by so-called "junk DNA", may in fact play an important role in fat metabolism. In a study, the researchers examined the RNA content of fat tissue from 25… Read More

Higher cancer risk for women with diabetes: major Aussie study

Higher cancer risk for women with diabetes: major Aussie study

July 20, 2018, 1:15 pm

SYDNEY -- Having diabetes significantly increases the risk of getting cancer, with women facing higher risks, according to a major study by Australian researchers. Women with diabetes were also at greater risk than men of getting leukemia and stomach, mouth and kidney cancers, the George Institute… Read More

Addiction to digital media linked to psychiatric problems in teens

Addiction to digital media linked to psychiatric problems in teens

July 18, 2018, 11:58 am

WASHINGTON -- A study published on Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that children addicted to digital devices were more likely become prone to psychiatric problems. Teens who are heavy users of digital devices are twice as likely as infrequent users to show… Read More

Parents of Dengvaxia recipients want audience with Duterte

Parents of Dengvaxia recipients want audience with Duterte

July 17, 2018, 6:44 pm

MANILA -- A group of parents, whose children were vaccinated with the dengue vaccine Dengvaxia, called on President Rodrigo Duterte to sit down and have a dialogue with them regarding the matter. "Kailangan namin ang boses niya para magkaisa ang government agencies -- Department of Health (DOH),… Read More

An orange a day keeps blurred vision away, study finds

An orange a day keeps blurred vision away, study finds

July 17, 2018, 11:56 am

SYDNEY -- A study recently found that regular orange eaters have a significantly decreased chance of developing macular degeneration, a common age-related eye disease among middle-aged Australians. The study interviewed more than 2,000 Australian adults aged over 50 and followed them over a… Read More

How to avoid getting leptospirosis

How to avoid getting leptospirosis

July 16, 2018, 7:45 pm

MANILA -- With the leptospirosis outbreak announced recently by the Department of Health, the government has issued some pointers to avoid acquiring the disease. In a reminder from the Health Department, Manila East Medical Center's Dr. Claro Cayanan said people must avoid flood waters entirely to… Read More

Number of dengue deaths in Calabarzon up

Number of dengue deaths in Calabarzon up

July 16, 2018, 6:49 pm

MANILA -- The number of dengue deaths in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) Region doubled during the first half of the year, an official of the Department of Health (DOH) bared Monday. DOH Calabarzon Regional Director Eduardo Janairo said they have so far recorded 46 dengue… Read More

Vitamin supplements do not improve heart health

Vitamin supplements do not improve heart health

July 16, 2018, 11:46 am

WASHINGTON -- Taking multivitamin and mineral supplements does not prevent heart attacks, strokes or cardiovascular death, according to a new analysis published in the latest issue of Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal. The research team put… Read More

A doctor's advice to prevent influenza

A doctor's advice to prevent influenza

July 13, 2018, 9:47 pm

MANILA -- A doctor has specified ways to prevent epidemic-prone influenza, especially with the onset of the rainy season. In a reminder, Manila East Medical Center Dr. Claro Cayanan said the easiest way to avoid getting the virus is by washing hands thoroughly before eating and after using the… Read More

Gov't to establish 'Malasakit Centers' in Metro Manila

Gov't to establish 'Malasakit Centers' in Metro Manila

July 13, 2018, 8:35 pm

MANILA -- The national government will soon set up "Malasakit Centers", one-stop shops that would enable indigents to avail of health services in hospitals in Metro Manila. On Friday, the Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes… Read More

Heat reduces students' cognitive abilities in non-air conditioned dorm

Heat reduces students' cognitive abilities in non-air conditioned dorm

July 12, 2018, 5:05 pm

WASHINGTON -- A Harvard study showed that students living in dormitories without air conditioning (AC) during a heat wave performed worse in cognitive tests than those who lived in air-conditioned dorms. The study published on Tuesday in the journal PLOS Medicine demonstrated for the first time… Read More