Health and Lifestyle

Tuberculosis drugs work better with vitamin C: US study

WASHINGTON -- Tuberculosis patients may have a quicker way to recover.A new study on mice and tissue cultures suggested that giving vitamin C with tuberculosis drugs could reduce the unusually long time it took these drugs to eradicate this pathogen.The study was published Wednesday in the US... Read More

Caffeine level in blood could help diagnose Parkinson's disease: study

WASHINGTON -- Simply testing the level of caffeine in the blood could help determine if a person has Parkinson's disease, a new study suggested Wednesday.People with the degenerative disease have significantly lower levels of caffeine in their blood than people without the disease, even if they... Read More

After the holiday binge eating, try fasting, says health official

MANILA – Time to put the brakes on eating.After gorging on hamon, queso de bola, pasta, cakes and everything else served during all those holiday dinner parties, give your bodies some sort of a break by eating healthy and exercising.“And going on a fast,” Department of Health (DOH)... Read More

Injuries from firecrackers up by 44: report

MANILA – An additional 44 injuries from firecrackers, with three amputations, were reported by the Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday, bringing to 406 the partial total number of injuries, with 15 amputations, recorded from Dec. 21 to January 3."This is 451 (53 percent) cases lower than... Read More

Kidney disease can lead to diabetes

CHICAGO -- Kidney disease increases the risk for diabetes, not just the other way around, a study of the Washington University at St. Louis has found.Researchers at the university found that kidney dysfunction can lead to diabetes, and that a waste product called urea plays a role in the two-way... Read More

Lack of sleep boosts levels of Alzheimer's proteins: study

CHICAGO -- A sleepless night causes levels of the Alzheimer's protein amyloid beta to rise faster than the brain's waste-disposal system can remove it, a study of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found.Persistent high levels of the protein can set off a cascade of brain changes... Read More

171 more injuries from firecrackers: DOH

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday disclosed an additional 171 firecracker-related injuries nationwide a day after the New Year celebration, bringing the partial total to 362 cases from 6 a.m. last Dec. 21 to 6 a.m. Jan. 2, with 12 amputations."This is 473 (57 percent) cases lower... Read More

DOH 'relatively pleased' as firecracker injuries drop by 68%

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday noted a significant reduction in terms of the number of firecracker-related injuries in its assessment for the period covering 6 a.m. of Dec. 21, 2017 until 6 a.m. of Jan. 1, 2018, compared to the same period last year."We are relatively pleased... Read More

Keep children away from firecrackers: DOH

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday reminded parents and caregivers to keep an eye on their children against using firecrackers for the New Year revelries.In a press briefing at East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III said firecracker injuries can... Read More

DOH in 2017: Landmark measures, controversial vaccine, new leader

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) in 2017 scored major successes with three landmark initiatives in preventive medicine.Replicating the success of Davao City’s ban on smoking in public places, President Rodrigo Duterte on May 16 signed Executive Order (EO) 26 on establishing... Read More

Day 7 of firecracker injury watch: 19 hurt, 1 amputation

MANILA – A total of 19 firecracker-related injuries, with one amputation, were reported by the Department of Health’s (DOH) Epidemiology Bureau on Thursday.This brings to 61 the total number of injuries recorded since Dec. 21, the bureau said in its Aksyon: Paputok Injury Reduction 2017... Read More

Illegal firecrackers still top cause of injuries: DOH

MANILA – Some 30 of the 42 people so far injured by firecrackers were handling illegal fireworks."Twenty-six or 62 percent were caused by the Piccolo, an illegal firework," Department of Health (DOH) Epidemiology Bureau director, Dr. Irma Asuncion, said in the sixth Aksyon: Paputok Injury... Read More

4 Zambo kids got Dengvaxia vaccine: Health office

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The City Health Office confirmed that four children have been injected with Dengvaxia vaccine in clinics by pediatricians in private practice in this city.Dr. Rodelin Agbulos, city health officer, on Tuesday disclosed this was based on the reports of the pediatricians, whom he... Read More

2 amputations on Day 5 of firecracker-injury watch

MANILA -- A 12-year-old boy and a 62-year-old man lost part of their fingers on Day 5 of the monitoring of firecracker-related injuries this holiday season."Two additional blast injuries with amputation were reported and total is now three," the Department of Health (DOH) said in its Aksyon: Paputok... Read More

DOH sends medicines, medical supplies to ‘Vinta’-affected regions

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) has ordered the sending of more medicines and other medical supplies to Mindanao regions hit by Tropical Storm Vinta.In a news release issued Tuesday, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III expressed sympathy over the “tragic event” at a time... Read More

1 injured by ‘piccolo’ on 1st day of DOH monitoring

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday recorded the holiday season’s first injury from a firecracker – an 11-year-old boy from Pasig City who hurt his hand while lighting a piccolo.According to Action Paputok Injury Reduction 2017 Report No. 1, there was one case of... Read More

More than 900 new HIV cases reported in September

MANILA – A total of 936 people were found to be infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) last September, the Department of Health’s (DOH) Epidemiology Bureau reported.Of the figure, 806 did not show any symptom of HIV, 130 had full-blown Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome... Read More

UP-PGH to validate deaths linked to Dengvaxia

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday announced that it will partner with the University of the Philippines - Philippine General Hospital (UP-PGH) to validate independently allegations of death due to the controversial dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia."We are being transparent to erase... Read More

WHO lauds passage of sugary drinks tax

MANILA -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has lauded the Philippines’ passage of a landmark law that has new tax provisions for sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB)."The initiative makes the Philippines among the first countries in Asia to introduce SSB tax in their national agenda," the WHO... Read More

DOH involves kids in campaign vs. firecrackers

MANILA -- The health department has enjoined school children to be “instrumental" in convincing their families to shun firecrackers this Christmas season."Kayo ang magpaalala sa mga magulang nyo na, ‘Papa, baka kayo maputulan ng kamay, wala nang magtatrabaho para sa amin’ (Be the... Read More