Health and Lifestyle

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

Babies fed with solids early sleep longer, wake less frequently

Babies fed with solids early sleep longer, wake less frequently

July 10, 2018, 7:54 pm

FEEDING BABY. A baby drinks milk during the Diaper Derby 2018 in New York, United States on June 29, 2018. A recent study shows that babies fed with solid foods before their sixth months have better sleep. (File Photo by Xinhua/Lin Bilin)WASHINGTON -- A study published on Monday in the journal… Read More

Kid left inside SUV may suffer psychological problems: pedia

Kid left inside SUV may suffer psychological problems: pedia

July 10, 2018, 6:22 pm

MANILA -- Citing children's vulnerability to injuries, physical or otherwise, a pediatrician on Tuesday assailed parents of the toddler, who was left all alone inside an SUV in Pasig City, saying such action may have life-long implications on the child. "A child is always vulnerable to injury. Our… Read More

Pinoy cuisine showcased in 5-star hotel in Beijing

Pinoy cuisine showcased in 5-star hotel in Beijing

July 10, 2018, 6:11 pm

BEIJING, China – Some of the best Filipino cuisine were highlighted in the opening ceremony of the “Flavours of the Philippines” in Hilton Hotel Beijing, a 5-star hotel in China’s capital, on July 9. The Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines in China and Conrad Hotel Manila have… Read More

Study shows how shift work disrupts metabolism

Study shows how shift work disrupts metabolism

July 10, 2018, 12:46 pm

WASHINGTON -- A new study revealed how working night shifts disrupted metabolism, leading to obesity, diabetes, and other metabolic disorders. The study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, dispelled the belief that the metabolic disruption in shift workers… Read More

Health workers call for P16-K national minimum wage

Health workers call for P16-K national minimum wage

July 9, 2018, 5:15 pm

MANILA-- A group of health workers on Monday reiterated its call for the government to fulfill its promise of ending contractualization and heed its plea to set a national minimum wage of PHP16,000. Members of the Alliance of Healthworkers (AHW) staged simultaneous protest rallies in three… Read More

Duque cites intensified awareness, testing to curb rise of AIDS cases

Duque cites intensified awareness, testing to curb rise of AIDS cases

July 6, 2018, 5:37 pm

MANILA-- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Friday reiterated that intensified public awareness and voluntary testing for human immuno virus (HIV) would make a difference in preventing the spread of acquired immuno-deficiency syndrome (AIDS). "Dapat sila ay magpa-test kasi yun ang… Read More

Group calls for increased CPR awareness, training

Group calls for increased CPR awareness, training

July 5, 2018, 7:39 pm

MANILA-- The Philippine Heart Association (PHA) on Thursday called on the government to increase awareness and training on cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) as a way to save the lives of persons with heart disease. During the launching of the… Read More