Health and Lifestyle

New drug improves survival in biliary tract cancer: study

New drug improves survival in biliary tract cancer: study

February 22, 2024, 9:01 pm

MANILA – A new drug is expected to improve the life expectancy of patients afflicted by biliary tract cancer (BTC), one of the world’s most aggressive form of cancers characterized by its low survival rates. In a forum on Thursday, AstraZeneca presented in the Philippines the result of the… Read More

DOH Bicol issues warning vs. diseases caused by El Niño

DOH Bicol issues warning vs. diseases caused by El Niño

February 22, 2024, 3:12 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Health-Center for Health Development (DOH-CHD) in Bicol on Thursday urged the public to follow measures to prevent El Niño-related health issues. In an advisory, DOH-Bicol warned that besides heat-related issues, prolonged drought can lead to an increased risk… Read More

Dentists' group says 7 of 10 Filipinos have tooth decay

Dentists' group says 7 of 10 Filipinos have tooth decay

February 21, 2024, 5:50 pm

MANILA – Seven out of 10 Filipinos, or 72 percent of the population, have dental caries or tooth decay, the Philippine Dental Association (PDA) said on Wednesday. “Bulk of these statistics are five to 12 years old, meaning the school children of the Philippines. It has become the leading… Read More

DOH, WHO launch cancer program framework for 2024 to 2028

DOH, WHO launch cancer program framework for 2024 to 2028

February 14, 2024, 8:03 pm

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have launched the 2024-2028 National Integrated Cancer Control Program (NICCP) Strategic Framework. The launch coincided with the commemoration of the 5th anniversary of the National Integrated Cancer Control Act… Read More

Bicol health caravan targets 13K beneficiaries this year

Bicol health caravan targets 13K beneficiaries this year

February 14, 2024, 7:18 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – Some 13,000 residents of the six provinces of the Bicol Region are expected to benefit from a series of medical-dental missions dubbed "Tarabangan Caravan" of Ako Bicol (AKB) Party-List slated this year. In an interview on Wednesday, Sally Luces, AKB media relations officer, said… Read More

Batangas guv targets expanded healthcare services

Batangas guv targets expanded healthcare services

February 13, 2024, 8:50 pm

BATANGAS CITY – The provincial government here will expand free healthcare services as part of its flagship Health, Education, Livelihood and Protection (HELP) program. In an interview on Tuesday, Batangas Gov. Hermilando Mandanas said the national government’s existing health initiatives,… Read More

Gov't commits to further strengthen efforts on tobacco control

Gov't commits to further strengthen efforts on tobacco control

February 11, 2024, 2:19 pm

MANILA – The government has committed to further strengthen efforts against tobacco use during the 10th Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (COP10-WHO FCTC) held Feb. 5 to 10 in Panama. In a speech by Senior Deputy Executive… Read More

CHR to LGUs: Boost reproductive health educ to curb teen pregnancy

CHR to LGUs: Boost reproductive health educ to curb teen pregnancy

February 9, 2024, 5:34 pm

MANILA – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Friday urged local government units (LGUs) to focus on comprehensive measures to enhance sexual and reproductive health education and services. In its situation report on the interplay of gender inequality and teenage pregnancy, the CHR noted that… Read More

Tobacco consumption declining worldwide: WHO  

Tobacco consumption declining worldwide: WHO  

February 9, 2024, 1:31 am Updated on February 9, 2024, 1:34 am

ANKARA – The number of people using tobacco products, which are the main cause of respiratory diseases as well as cardiovascular ailments, fell from 1.26 billion in 2020 to 1.24 billion in 2022, according to data from the World Health Organization (WHO). At the initiative of the UN agency, Feb.… Read More

Health expert: Lifestyle change effective way to prevent cancer

Health expert: Lifestyle change effective way to prevent cancer

February 6, 2024, 2:34 pm

ILOILO CITY – A lifestyle change, including a plant-based diet and being physically active, is the cheapest, most practical and effective way to prevent cancer and other lifestyle-related diseases, a health expert said Tuesday. “Plant-based diet is not necessarily vegan or not necessarily… Read More

Gov’t alarmed over hike in early teen pregnancies

Gov’t alarmed over hike in early teen pregnancies

February 5, 2024, 1:55 pm

MANILA – The Commission on Population and Development (CPD) called for heightened vigilance against adolescent pregnancies as it closely monitors the movement in numbers among young girls between 2021 and 2022. In a news release on Monday, CPD executive director Lisa Grace Bersales noted that… Read More

Albay town receives medicines, equipment from power firm

Albay town receives medicines, equipment from power firm

January 30, 2024, 5:06 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – Some 5,000 villagers in Tiwi, Albay have started to benefit from medicines, medical supplies and equipment donated to the local government unit (LGU) by the AboitizPower Renewables Inc. (APRI). In an interview on Tuesday, Dianne Pitallano, APRI information officer, said residents… Read More

State-of-the-art gov't hospital soon to rise in Puerto Princesa

State-of-the-art gov't hospital soon to rise in Puerto Princesa

January 24, 2024, 8:31 pm

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – Top officials of the Department of Health (DOH) met with provincial and city health officials on Wednesday to iron out the details of a new medical facility that will soon rise in Barangay Irawan here. The new hospital is made possible by the Senate Finance… Read More

Palawan health office eyes improved services

Palawan health office eyes improved services

January 23, 2024, 7:22 pm

PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan – The Provincial Health Office (PHO) here said the 16 hospitals managed by the provincial government in various municipalities have served numerous patients in 2023 and aims to further improve the delivery of health services to the people this year. Provincial Health… Read More

Solon wants district hospital converted into DOH-run general hospital

Solon wants district hospital converted into DOH-run general hospital

January 23, 2024, 6:21 pm

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna – A lawmaker in this province said a major hurdle in the way of upgrading the Bay District Hospital into a general hospital has been surmounted. Laguna 2nd District Representative Ruth Mariano-Hernandez made this statement after the House of Representatives approved on third… Read More

DOH urges police to ensure vape inaccessibility to minors

DOH urges police to ensure vape inaccessibility to minors

January 16, 2024, 9:29 pm

MANILA – Health Secretary Teodoro Herbosa has called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) to ensure that teenagers do not have access to vapes or electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). In a media forum on Tuesday, Herbosa said he wrote a request to PNP regarding the implementation of the law… Read More

DOH: Diarrhea cases hike in Baguio under probe

DOH: Diarrhea cases hike in Baguio under probe

January 11, 2024, 12:47 pm

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is assisting the Baguio City government in the management and control of diarrhea cases in the area. This was after Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong declared an outbreak of the disease on Wednesday. The DOH, through its Epidemiology Bureau, said the increase… Read More

Albay targets over 470K kids, teens for deworming

Albay targets over 470K kids, teens for deworming

January 9, 2024, 5:19 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The Albay Provincial Health Office (PHO) has urged parents with children and teenagers aged one to 19 years old, to allow their kids to undergo deworming. In an interview on Tuesday, Anthony Ludovice, PHO Soil Transmitted Helminths (STH) Program coordinator, said they target to… Read More

Negros Occidental expands community-based nutrition program

Negros Occidental expands community-based nutrition program

January 4, 2024, 5:05 pm

BACOLOD CITY – The Negros Occidental provincial government is expanding its community-based nutrition program (CBNP) to Cauayan town to address high incidence of malnutrition among young children in the southern Negros locality. Some 16 of the town’s 25 villages got a total of PHP4.3-million… Read More

Bacolod City residents get free pneumonia, flu shots

Bacolod City residents get free pneumonia, flu shots

January 4, 2024, 4:20 pm

BACOLOD CITY – Residents in this city can avail of free pneumonia and influenza (flu) vaccinations to prevent cases among the vulnerable population under the “Handog Pasasalamat sa mga Pamilyang Bacolodnon” program of the City Health Office (CHO). On Jan. 5 and 6, some 200 doses of pneumonia… Read More