Health and Lifestyle

Scientists find how Vit. A derivative kills liver cancer stem cells

Scientists find how Vit. A derivative kills liver cancer stem cells

April 24, 2018, 3:05 pm

WASHINGTON -- Japanese researchers have identified the mechanism that an artificial compound derived from Vitamin A targets one class of liver cancer stem cells, preventing them from giving rise to new tumors.   A study, published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of… Read More

Drinking affects mouth bacteria linked to cancer, heart diseases

Drinking affects mouth bacteria linked to cancer, heart diseases

April 24, 2018, 11:41 am

WASHINGTON -- A new study has shown that compared with nondrinkers, those who had one or more alcoholic drinks per day had an overabundance of oral bacteria linked to gum disease, some cancers and heart disease. The study published in the journal Microbiome on Monday also shows that drinkers had… Read More

DOH eyes development of dengue test kits

DOH eyes development of dengue test kits

April 22, 2018, 12:09 am

MANILA --The Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday said it will explore ways to develop a test kit that determines if a patient has been positive or negative of dengue.DOH Undersecretary Rolando Enrique Domingo said the plan to develop the test kits was in cooperation with the Department of… Read More

WHO SAGE report bolsters move to stop Dengvaxia vaccination: DOH

WHO SAGE report bolsters move to stop Dengvaxia vaccination: DOH

April 20, 2018, 9:18 pm

MANILA -- A Department of Health (DOH) official said Friday that the World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts’ (SAGE) latest recommendation on the use of Dengvaxia has bolstered the agency's decision to stop the dengue vaccine immunization program in the country. "I… Read More

Duque insists no hand in Dengvaxia mess

Duque insists no hand in Dengvaxia mess

April 20, 2018, 6:53 pm

MANILA – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Friday reiterated that he has nothing to do with the implementation of the immunization program involving Dengvaxia dengue vaccine in 2017. "I have proof to show that I have nothing to do with the implementation and I have nothing to do with… Read More

Chinese researchers develop new medicines for lung cancer

Chinese researchers develop new medicines for lung cancer

April 20, 2018, 1:10 pm

BEIJING -- Chinese researchers have developed two new medicines that may prolong the lives of lung cancer patients, the China Daily reported Friday. Researchers from the Shanghai Chest Hospital conducted clinical trials showing that using a small molecular, multi-targeted drug, called anlotinib… Read More

ID cards for Dengxavia recipients in NCR available soon

ID cards for Dengxavia recipients in NCR available soon

April 19, 2018, 7:44 pm

MANILA -- Recipients of the Dengvaxia vaccine in the Metro Manila would soon get their dengue immunization card soon in their schools, an official of the Department of Health (DOH) in the National Capital Region (NCR) said on Wednesday. During the "Mother Leaders/Mother Partners" forum in Quezon… Read More

DOH Calabarzon to put anti-mosquito screens in public schools

DOH Calabarzon to put anti-mosquito screens in public schools

April 19, 2018, 5:17 pm

MANILA -- Government health personnel in Calabarzon will install insecticide-treated screens in public schools in the region to protect children who have been injected with the Dengvaxia vaccine, a Department of Health (DOH) official said Wednesday. "We are now identifying the public schools with… Read More

Comparative study on Dengvaxia, non-Dengvaxia recipients sought

Comparative study on Dengvaxia, non-Dengvaxia recipients sought

April 19, 2018, 2:49 pm

MANILA -- An official of the Department of Health (DOH) has proposed that a research study be conducted to establish if the Dengvaxia dengue vaccine caused the deaths of children included in the immunization program of the government in 2016. DOH Calabarzon Regional Director Eduardo Janairo… Read More

DOH preps psycho-social aid for Dengvaxia recipients' parents

DOH preps psycho-social aid for Dengvaxia recipients' parents

April 18, 2018, 8:31 pm

MANILA -- Government health personnel in the Calabarzon region are ready to conduct mental and psycho-social support to parents of children immunized with the Dengvaxia anti-dengue vaccine, an official said Wednesday. "We will be having mental health and psycho-social support for the parents of… Read More

FDA warns vs. fake anti-rabies vaccine

FDA warns vs. fake anti-rabies vaccine

April 18, 2018, 7:35 pm

MANILA --The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Wednesday warned the public and health professionals against counterfeit anti-rabies vaccines circulating in the market in the midst of dwindling supply of anti-rabies vaccines in the country. “The FDA, together with the Marketing Authorization… Read More

Ubial to Garin: Do not drag others to Dengvaxia mess

Ubial to Garin: Do not drag others to Dengvaxia mess

April 17, 2018, 8:25 pm

MANILA -- Former Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial on Tuesday asked her predecessor, Janette Garin, to stop dragging her and others to the Dengvaxia mess. "Will her liability lessen if we get included (in the filing of cases)? If I were her, just get down to defending her actions and not point the… Read More

Anti-smoking group seeks higher tax on tobacco to help farmers

Anti-smoking group seeks higher tax on tobacco to help farmers

April 17, 2018, 7:47 pm

MANILA -- An official of an anti-smoking advocacy group on Tuesday called on lawmakers to impose higher taxes on tobacco to further help farmers. “We are hoping that lawmakers, especially from the tobacco-producing regions, will consider increasing the tax rates for tobacco as this would mean… Read More

Poor nutrition, obesity widespread among women of childbearing age

Poor nutrition, obesity widespread among women of childbearing age

April 17, 2018, 5:36 pm

SYDNEY -- A leading public health professor in Australia on Tuesday called for national action to improve women's health and reduce the risks associated with pregnancy. Gita Mishra, researcher at the University of Queensland's School of Public Health, warned that changing diets and lifestyles… Read More

Garin hits Ubial for 'washing hands' over Dengvaxia mess

Garin hits Ubial for 'washing hands' over Dengvaxia mess

April 16, 2018, 8:13 pm

MANILA -- Former Health Secretary Janette Garin on Monday slammed her successor ex-Health chief Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial for publicly 'washing her hands' over the Dengvaxia controversy during the recent Senate hearing on the dengue vaccination program. Garin, in a media forum in Manila, claimed… Read More

'Truth is on our side, my conscience is clear': Garin

'Truth is on our side, my conscience is clear': Garin

April 16, 2018, 6:08 pm

MANILA -- Former Health Secretary Janette Garin on Monday said she believes she and others implicated in the Dengvaxia controversy would be cleared of the accusations hurled against them in the draft report by the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee that investigated the 2016 vaccine program. "I still… Read More

Garin denies existence of 'mafia' at DOH

Garin denies existence of 'mafia' at DOH

April 16, 2018, 5:54 pm

MANILA -- There is no so-called "mafia" at the Department of Health (DOH), former health chief Janette Garin said on Monday. During a forum in Manila, Garin said allegations of the existence of a "mafia" at the department is baseless. "DOH mafia does not exist in so far as persons being alluded to… Read More

Duque calls on Manila gov't to keep swimmers off Manila bay

Duque calls on Manila gov't to keep swimmers off Manila bay

April 16, 2018, 1:24 pm

MANILA -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Sunday day called on the city government of Manila to boost efforts in preventing the public from swimming in the dirty waters of Manila Bay. “The local government should increase the security in the areas surrounding Manila Bay,” Duque said in… Read More

DOH to deploy 500 nurses to monitor Dengvaxia recipients

DOH to deploy 500 nurses to monitor Dengvaxia recipients

April 13, 2018, 7:16 pm

MANILA -- A Department of Health (DOH) official said Friday that about 500 nurses will be deployed to monitor children who received the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine. In a press briefing held at DOH office in Manila, Undersecretary Enrique Domingo said the move would enhance the monitoring of… Read More

DOH to retrain personnel for measles vaccination drive

DOH to retrain personnel for measles vaccination drive

April 12, 2018, 5:36 pm

MANILA --To ensure that the Department of Health's (DOH) measles vaccination program would proceed smoothly next month, health personnel who would be conducting the activity would be undergoing re-training, an official said on Thursday. "Measles vaccination is a regular activity and vaccinators… Read More