Health and Lifestyle

Group steps up drive on cancer law benefits in Eastern Visayas

Group steps up drive on cancer law benefits in Eastern Visayas

May 27, 2024, 6:32 pm

TACLOBAN CITY – The Cancer Warriors Foundation, Inc. is stepping up its awareness drive on the National Integrated Cancer Control Act (NICCA) in Eastern Visayas to inform patients and their families about access to free treatments. Carmen Auste, the foundation’s chief executive officer, said… Read More

Laguna Regional Hospital to level up healthcare delivery in Calabarzon

Laguna Regional Hospital to level up healthcare delivery in Calabarzon

May 17, 2024, 7:19 pm

BAY, Laguna — A new government-run medical facility being constructed in this municipality is poised to revolutionize healthcare accessibility, not only within Laguna, but across neighboring provinces in Calabarzon. Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Secretary and Regional Director Ariel… Read More

Anti-obesity jab cuts heart attack risk, says new study

Anti-obesity jab cuts heart attack risk, says new study

May 17, 2024, 1:12 pm

LONDON – A groundbreaking study has revealed that an anti-obesity jab containing semaglutide, a drug used to treat obesity, significantly reduces the risk of heart attacks and strokes, regardless of the amount of weight lost while on the medication. Semaglutide, marketed under the brand names… Read More

Residents of Aurora village avail free surgery in 4-day mission

Residents of Aurora village avail free surgery in 4-day mission

May 16, 2024, 3:15 pm

BALER, Aurora – Over a hundred residents of Barangay Reserva here are benefiting from a four-day surgical outreach program from May 14 to 17. “We have 30 medical personnel from the groups of volunteers who facilitate the surgical mission, where over 100 minor operations and over 45 major… Read More

DOH Ilocos promotes DASH diet for hypertension prevention, management

DOH Ilocos promotes DASH diet for hypertension prevention, management

May 15, 2024, 11:00 pm

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – The Department of Health-Center for Health Development in the Ilocos Region (DOH-CHD-1) is promoting the Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet that advocates eating vegetables, fruits, and whole grains for prevention and management of hypertension. In a… Read More

1st dialysis center in Leyte town offers free treatment

1st dialysis center in Leyte town offers free treatment

May 15, 2024, 6:01 pm

TACLOBAN CITY – The local government unit of Palompon, Leyte said it is offering free dialysis to its residents and those from neighboring towns following the completion of its dialysis center. In an interview with reporters on Wednesday, Palompon Mayor Ramon Oñate said they recently completed… Read More

1st 'super health center' to open in Laguna, 12 more in pipeline

1st 'super health center' to open in Laguna, 12 more in pipeline

May 13, 2024, 6:06 pm

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna – Lawmakers from both houses of Congress are collaborating with the Department of Health (DOH) and concerned local government units (LGUs) to build a total of 13 “super health centers” or SHCs in this province. With the imminent opening of the first SHC in Calauan town,… Read More

NTU to train PH doctors in non-surgical valve replacement

NTU to train PH doctors in non-surgical valve replacement

May 11, 2024, 8:46 am

MANILA – The National Taiwan University (NTU) cardiac treatment team, headed by award-winning Taiwanese pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Jou-Kou Wang, will train Filipino physicians in non-surgical valve replacement to help the Philippines provide better care for children with heart disease. Patients… Read More

DOH-11 urges parents with young daughters to get cervical cancer vax

DOH-11 urges parents with young daughters to get cervical cancer vax

May 9, 2024, 7:55 pm

DAVAO CITY – The Department of Health in Davao Region (DOH-11) is urging more parents of nine to 14-year-old girls to avail of the free human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines for their daughters' protection from cervical cancer. On Thursday, Dr. Annabelle Yumang, DOH-11 director, invited the… Read More

PhilHealth benefits for heat-related illnesses increase by 30%

PhilHealth benefits for heat-related illnesses increase by 30%

May 9, 2024, 3:30 pm

MANILA – The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) has increased its benefit package for heat-related illnesses by 30 percent as some fall ill due to continued extreme heat nationwide. The package is inclusive of hospital charges and professional fees of the attending physicians.… Read More

Heart diseases leading cause of death in PH in 2023

Heart diseases leading cause of death in PH in 2023

May 2, 2024, 8:00 pm

MANILA – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said the top three causes of death in the country last year were ischaemic heart diseases, neoplasms, and cerebrovascular diseases. In a report released on Thursday, the PSA said these were also the leading causes of death in 2022. Ischaemic… Read More

Bacolod partners with 7 hospitals to provide in-patient services

Bacolod partners with 7 hospitals to provide in-patient services

May 2, 2024, 4:04 pm

BACOLOD CITY – The Bacolod City Comprehensive Health Program (BacCHP), which marks its first year this month, has partnered with all seven hospitals in the city to provide in-patient hospital services, especially to indigent patients. These medical facilities are the Department of… Read More

Negros town puts spotlight on blue crab dishes, coffee treats

Negros town puts spotlight on blue crab dishes, coffee treats

April 29, 2024, 4:40 pm

BACOLOD CITY – The municipality of E. B. Magalona in Negros Occidental has put the spotlight on its famous products – blue crabs and coffee – in celebrating 35 years of its main fiesta, the Ugyonan Festival, which is being held until May 1. The northern Negros town is known as the… Read More

WHO: Current public health risk posed by bird flu low

WHO: Current public health risk posed by bird flu low

April 28, 2024, 12:27 pm

GENEVA – The World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday that the overall public health risk posed by the recent influenza, H5N1, is "low." For those with exposure to infected birds, animals, or contaminated environments, however, the risk of infection is "considered low-to-moderate," it said in… Read More

Bicol records 35 pertussis cases; DOH advises early treatment

Bicol records 35 pertussis cases; DOH advises early treatment

April 26, 2024, 7:55 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Health-Center for Health Development Bicol (DOH-CHD-5) reported 35 clinical and laboratory cases of the highly contagious respiratory infection pertussis on Friday. Eleven cases were confirmed through laboratory tests by the Research Institute for Tropical… Read More

W. Visayas medical center offers comprehensive cardio-pulmonary care

W. Visayas medical center offers comprehensive cardio-pulmonary care

April 26, 2024, 6:44 pm

ILOILO CITY – Patients seeking treatment for cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases are assured of quality services at par with the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) with the opening of the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) Heart and Lung building on Friday. “As we inaugurate the… Read More

Coping with heat and preventing heat-related illnesses

Coping with heat and preventing heat-related illnesses

April 24, 2024, 4:15 pm

MANILA – Jon Garry Venancio quickly piles up bamboo poles beside a small nipa hut he is building for a customer. It is 5 p.m. and his work for the day is already done. Venancio is a mountain farmer who moonlights as a carpenter, especially in the past two months when vegetables have been… Read More

17 villages in Bacolod City undergo nutrition survey  

17 villages in Bacolod City undergo nutrition survey  

April 23, 2024, 8:27 pm

BACOLOD CITY – Some 17 villages in this city are undergoing the National Nutrition Survey 2024 until May 1 initiated by the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI). The survey mainly aims to provide empirical data on the nutritional and health… Read More

DOH-Bicol urges parents, seniors to get vaccinated 

DOH-Bicol urges parents, seniors to get vaccinated 

April 23, 2024, 8:06 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) in Bicol is urging parents and seniors to let their family members get vaccinated against preventable diseases. In his message during the celebration of World Immunization Day at La Piazza Hotel in this city on… Read More

Iloilo marks World Immunization Week with vax, cervical cancer check

Iloilo marks World Immunization Week with vax, cervical cancer check

April 23, 2024, 7:13 pm

ILOILO CITY – The Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development (DH WV CHD) kicked off the observance of the World Immunization Week (WIW) by bringing services for children, women, and elderly to residents of the municipality of Sta. Barbara, Iloilo on Tuesday. “World… Read More