Health and Lifestyle

DOH tips to avoid bird flu transmission to humans

MANILA --The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday advised the public to refrain from eating half-cooked chicken and eggs to ensure non-transmission of the bird flu virus from animals to humans.DOH Spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag said that eating chicken and its egg cannot likely result to getting the... Read More

FCAP: Casinos rampant violators of smoking ban

MANILA, Aug 13 -- An anti-tobacco watchdog on Sunday said casinos are rampant violators of the Executive Order No. 26 or the nationwide smoking ban.The EO refers to the "Establishment of Smoke-Free Environments in Public and Enclosed Places" which took effect on July 23.Framework Convention on... Read More

Gov't to the poor: Join, reap programs that inspire change

MANILA, Aug. 12--Government officials under the human development cluster on Saturday encouraged people's participation on programs and services in education, health and social protection that will bring about positive changes and upliftment of lives especially among the poor.“Ang pagbabago ay... Read More

DOH cautions public vs bird flu

MANILA, Aug. 11 -- Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial on Friday urged the public to take the necessary precautions against bird flu following news reports of an avian flu outbreak among chickens, ducks and quails in several poultry farms in Pampanga province, which the Department of Agriculture (DA)... Read More

Heart association backs proposed excise tax on sugary drinks

MANILA, Aug. 11 -- The Philippine Heart Association (PHA) has expressed full support for the proposed excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB)."The PHA believes that taxing sugar-sweetened drinks would require manufacturers to reduce the sugar content of their products. This is about saving... Read More

Poor children at greater risk for heart disease later in life

SYDNEY, Aug. 11 -- Australian researchers released a study on Friday showing that children who grow up in lower socioeconomic backgrounds have a higher propensity to be afflicted with heart disease later in life.The study conducted by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute assessed nearly 1,500... Read More

Contaminated eggs scandal need EU food safety, taste coordination

BRUSSELS, Aug. 11 -- Several European countries are affected by fipronil-contaminated eggs, causing millions of eggs to be removed from shelves in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.So far, contaminated eggs from the Netherlands have been found in Belgium, Germany, France and Britain.France's... Read More

SinTax Coalition calls for pro-poor programs to be funded by SSB tax

MANILA, Aug. 10 -- The Sin Tax Coalition, which supported the passage of the Sin Tax Reform Act or Republic Act 10351, is calling for pro-poor programs that would be funded by the tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) included in the proposed Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act... Read More

DOH records 43,770 dengue cases in first half of 2017

MANILA, Aug. 10 --The Department of Health (DOH) has recorded 43,770 cases of dengue fever nationwide inthe first half of the year.According to the latest Dengue Disease Surveillance Report, which covered the Jan. 1 to July 1 period, the figure is 36.8 percent lower than the 69,297 cases recorded in... Read More

Pia Wurtzbach: Get tested for HIV regularly

MANILA, Aug. 9 -- 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach on Wednesday emphasized the need to know one’s HIV status and what to do when he or she tests positive for AIDS.“Dapat regular ang pagpapa-testing. Hindi isa lang. Depende sa lifestyle ng tao (Testing should be done on a regular basis,... Read More

2015 Miss U on HIV testing: There’s nothing to be ashamed of

MANILA, Aug. 9 --“There’s nothing to be ashamed of.”This was emphasized by 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach when she talked about HIV testing on Wednesday during the launch of Love Gala, a charity and awards gala event that aims to honor individuals for their outstanding... Read More

Former health chiefs back raise in cigarette tax

MANILA -- Three former Department of Health (DOH) secretaries on Tuesday united with physicians, health organizations and civil society organizations to support the inclusion of higher cigarette tax in the tax reform measure being pushed in the Senate to address two of the most pressing health... Read More

Smoking can be a prelude to drug addiction, health advocates warn

MANILA, Aug. 8 -- Several health and anti-smoking advocates on Tuesday warned current and future smokers that they can fall into drug addiction with continued tobacco use."Tobacco products have addictive substances. Therefore, it predisposes smokers to be addicted to other substances like drugs,"... Read More

Baguio vet office strengthens fight vs spread of rabies

BAGUIO CITY, Aug. 8 -- Dr. Brigit Piok, city veterinary office head, on Monday revealed that in the latest data of Animal Health Division headed by Dr. Gladys Cunning Bantog, there are vaccination activities being done in the city’s barangays aside from impounding stray dogs.She said 30,787... Read More