Health and Lifestyle

Over 50K Palestinian children need treatment for acute malnutrition

Over 50K Palestinian children need treatment for acute malnutrition

June 16, 2024, 1:46 pm

ANKARA – The UN Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) reported on Saturday that over 50,000 children in the Gaza Strip are in urgent need of treatment for acute malnutrition. In a statement, the agency said that “with continued restrictions to humanitarian access, people in Gaza continue to… Read More

DOH wants stepped-up fight vs. dengue; W. Visayas logs 3.4K cases

DOH wants stepped-up fight vs. dengue; W. Visayas logs 3.4K cases

June 14, 2024, 3:34 pm

ILOILO CITY – The Department of Health Western Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH WV CHD) on Friday called for an intensified 4S strategy to check the further increase in dengue cases in the region, which has reached 3,482 with nine deaths from Jan. 1 to June 8 this year. Dr. Bea Camille… Read More

Ilocos health execs call for vigilance vs dengue amid La Niña threat

Ilocos health execs call for vigilance vs dengue amid La Niña threat

June 11, 2024, 3:40 pm

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – Health authorities in the Ilocos Region are urging the public to remain vigilant against dengue amid the onset of the rainy season and the threat of La Niña. Dr. Rheuel Bobis, the Department of Health Center for Health and Development-Ilocos Region (DOH-CHD-1) medical… Read More

UP Manila develops potent herbal solution vs. fungal skin infections

UP Manila develops potent herbal solution vs. fungal skin infections

June 8, 2024, 8:55 am

MANILA – The University of the Philippines Manila's National Integrated Research Program on Medicinal Plants (NIRPROMP) has created an herbal lotion against skin fungal infections using the Akapulco plant. Skin infections are prevalent among Filipinos due to environmental factors, such as heat… Read More

Local gov't improves health services in Batangas Provincial Jail

Local gov't improves health services in Batangas Provincial Jail

June 4, 2024, 6:00 pm

BATANGAS CITY – The Provincial Health Office (PHO) here has begun conducting monthly medical missions inside the Batangas Provincial Jail (BPJ) to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases among persons deprived of liberty (PDLs). In an interview on Tuesday, Dr. Rosalie Masangkay,… Read More

WHO member states extend pandemic agreement talks for another year

WHO member states extend pandemic agreement talks for another year

June 2, 2024, 3:57 pm

GENEVA – Member states of the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed on Saturday to extend the talks over the pandemic agreement for another year, allowing for more time needed to finalize the landmark treaty to combat future pandemics and enhance preparedness. The Intergovernmental Negotiating… Read More

Manila to build cancer center

Manila to build cancer center

May 30, 2024, 3:18 pm

MANILA – The local government of the country's capital city will start the construction of the Manila Cancer Center (MCC) next month. Speaking during Thursday's forum of the Manila City Hall Reporters' Association (MACHRA), Manila 5th District Rep. Irwin Tieng said the MCC would be constructed… Read More

Campaign underway to curb rise in HIV cases in Bicol

Campaign underway to curb rise in HIV cases in Bicol

May 30, 2024, 12:32 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – Two non-profit organizations are strengthening their efforts to provide correct, timely, and accurate information about the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and how to prevent the spread of infections in the Bicol Region. In a press conference here on Wednesday, Nenita… Read More

DOH-5 to ensure healthy work environment in gov't, private sector

DOH-5 to ensure healthy work environment in gov't, private sector

May 29, 2024, 10:44 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Health-Center for Health Development in Bicol (DOH-CHD-5) is intensifying its campaign to ensure healthy workplaces in both the private sector and government offices in the region. In an interview on the sidelines of the Convention for the Implementation of… Read More

Food guides helpful in fight vs. anemia among kids – FNRI

Food guides helpful in fight vs. anemia among kids – FNRI

May 29, 2024, 10:07 pm

MANILA – The use of food guides and meal planner could be helpful in preventing anemia among children, particularly 6 to 12 years old, a representative from the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) said Wednesday. FNRI Science Research Specialist Kim Irvin Protacio said anemia or the… Read More

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