Health and Lifestyle

106 HIV cases in March due to paid sex : HARP

106 HIV cases in March due to paid sex : HARP

May 17, 2018, 7:41 pm

MANILA -- More than 100 individuals who were found positive for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) last March had engaged in transactional sex. According to the Department of Health's (DOH) March 2018 HIV/AIDS Registry of the Philippines (HARP), of the 912 HIV cases reported last March, 106… Read More

Male depression may cause infertility

Male depression may cause infertility

May 17, 2018, 3:57 pm

WASHINGTON -- A study published Thursday in the journal Fertility and Sterility showed that among couples receiving infertility treatment, depression in the male partner was linked to lower pregnancy chances. The study also linked a class of antidepressants known as non-selective serotonin… Read More

DOH records over 900 new HIV cases in March

DOH records over 900 new HIV cases in March

May 16, 2018, 8:10 pm

MANILA -- More than 900 new cases of human-immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have been reported in March, a Department of Health (DOH) report showed. According to the department's March 2018 HIV/AIDS Registry, there were 912 new HIV cases reported across the country on the said period. "About one-third… Read More

DOH to voters: Brace for 'hot' village polls Monday

DOH to voters: Brace for 'hot' village polls Monday

May 13, 2018, 3:02 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday reminded the public to ensure that they are in good health condition while casting their votes in Monday's barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections as hot weather is expected to be felt across the country. In an advisory, the DOH said those… Read More

Duque backs HIV-AIDS info drive in youth elections' platform

Duque backs HIV-AIDS info drive in youth elections' platform

May 11, 2018, 8:24 pm

MANILA -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Friday the upcoming Sangguniang Kabataan (youth council) election can also be an opportunity for the youth to broaden the campaign on the public awareness on HIV-AIDS prevention in the country. “It might be appropriate in this upcoming barangay… Read More

DOH readies personnel for psycho-social intervention in Calabarzon

DOH readies personnel for psycho-social intervention in Calabarzon

May 10, 2018, 6:02 pm

MANILA --The Department of Health (DOH) has started training around 400 personnel in Calabarzon to undergo a three-day training and prepare them in holding psychosocial intervention activities to Dengvaxia recipients and family members, an official said Thursday. "The rationale for this is to… Read More

New US regulation takes on obesity, orders menus to list calories

New US regulation takes on obesity, orders menus to list calories

May 9, 2018, 1:50 pm

WASHINGTON -- A US regulation that went into effect Monday directs chain restaurants to label calories on their menus, in an effort to encourage people to consume in moderation. The rule, rolled out in 2014, applies to restaurant chains with 20 or more establishments that offer similar food items.… Read More

PhilHealth chief wants to sit down with Duterte

PhilHealth chief wants to sit down with Duterte

May 8, 2018, 10:18 pm

MANILA – Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) interim president Ma. Jude dela Serna on Tuesday said that she is seeking an audience with President Rodrigo R. Duterte so she could air her side on the Commission on Audit (COA) report regarding her questionable trips and hotel stays… Read More

Fasting improves stem cells' regenerative capacity

Fasting improves stem cells' regenerative capacity

May 8, 2018, 12:32 pm

WASHINGTON -- American biologists found that a 24-hour fast can reverse the age-related loss of intestinal stem cell function that can regenerate new intestinal cells. The study, published on Thursday in the journal Cell Stem Cell, revealed that fasting dramatically improves stem cells' ability to… Read More

No available test kits to continue Dengvaxia doses: DOH

No available test kits to continue Dengvaxia doses: DOH

May 4, 2018, 7:30 pm

MANILA --An official of the Department of Health (DOH) on Friday said the department cannot heed the call of a vaccine advocate to complete the anti-dengue Dengvaxia vaccine doses due to the unavailability of test kits. "That will not happen in the next 1 or 2 years. We will only consider it then… Read More

Study links gray hair with immune system activity, viral infection

Study links gray hair with immune system activity, viral infection

May 4, 2018, 12:15 pm

WASHINGTON -- A new study on mice, published on Thursday in the open access journal PLOS Biology, offered insights into why some people's hair may turn gray in response to a serious illness or chronic stress. Researchers at the National Institutes of Health and the University of Alabama,… Read More

‘Tip-of-the-tongue’ moments not associated with memory loss

‘Tip-of-the-tongue’ moments not associated with memory loss

May 3, 2018, 12:06 pm

LONDON -- The research led by the University of Birmingham has revealed that healthy older people who exercise regularly are less likely to experience a "tip-of-the-tongue" moment when it comes to remembering things. The study, the first of its kind to investigate the relationship between aerobic… Read More

One-third of global air pollution deaths in Asia Pacific: WHO

One-third of global air pollution deaths in Asia Pacific: WHO

May 2, 2018, 12:54 pm

MANILA -- About one-third, or 2.2 million of the world’s 7 million premature deaths each year from household or indoor, and ambient or outdoor air pollution are in the Western Pacific region, said the World Health Organization (WHO). These new estimates show that nine out of 10 people in the… Read More

DSWD to resume giving of transpo cash aid on May 1

DSWD to resume giving of transpo cash aid on May 1

April 30, 2018, 8:25 pm

MANILA --The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Monday said that it will resume tomorrow, May 1, giving transportation cash assistance to workers in Boracay who opt to return to their home towns while the island resort is being rehabilitated. "We will resume tomorrow (May 1),"… Read More

DOH on code white alert for Labor Day, ADB meetings

DOH on code white alert for Labor Day, ADB meetings

April 30, 2018, 7:36 pm

MANILA --The Department of Health (DOH) will be on code white alert from May 1 to May 5 in line with the yearly Labor Day celebration and the Asian Development Banks (ADB) meetings in Manila. "The teams will be on standby modes in hospitals so that they can immediately respond to any emergency… Read More

DOH to continuously monitor Dengvaxia recipients

DOH to continuously monitor Dengvaxia recipients

April 30, 2018, 5:19 pm

MANILA-- An official of the Department Health (DOH) on Monday assured that even if recipients of the Dengvaxia vaccine will transfer to other schools they would still be monitored. "We have coordinated with schools and regions where they will possibly transfer," DOH Calabarzon Regional Director… Read More

Anti-smoking group calls for ban on e-cigarettes

Anti-smoking group calls for ban on e-cigarettes

April 30, 2018, 2:57 pm

MANILA -- An ant-smoking advocacy group on Monday called on the government to ban electronic cigarettes or e-cigs in the country, saying health experts have yet to determine the dangers on the long-time use of such gadgets. “There is a need to ban e-cigarettes even at the local level until there… Read More

Palace to provide P50K aid to each vaccinee who died after Dengvaxia

Palace to provide P50K aid to each vaccinee who died after Dengvaxia

April 27, 2018, 5:46 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday clarified that it will be the Office of the President (OP) that will provide the PHP50,000 financial assistance to the family of each Dengvaxia recipient, who died after they were inoculated with the anti-dengue vaccine. "The DOH will check the… Read More

Aging helps most women feel less stressed

Aging helps most women feel less stressed

April 26, 2018, 11:44 am

CHICAGO -- When a woman enters midlife, she would feel less stressed and enjoy a high quality of life during this period, a US study showed. A recent study of the University of Michigan found that perceived stress -- a measure of confidence, control and ability to cope with life's stressors -- did… Read More

Eating dark chocolate enhances people's memory, immunity

Eating dark chocolate enhances people's memory, immunity

April 25, 2018, 11:47 am

WASHINGTON -- A new research showed that consuming dark chocolate with a high concentration of cacao had positive effects on stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity. Presented on Tuesday at the ongoing five-day Experimental Biology 2018 meeting in San Diego, the United States, two… Read More