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U.N.’s high-level meeting on TB: Why the Philippines should care

Sep 25, 2018 - 10:12 PM

Tuberculosis is the world’s biggest infectious killer. The Philippines is among 8 countries where two-thirds of 2017 TB cases were found, data showed.

Other ASEAN citizens live longer than Filipinos

Sep 25, 2018 - 9:12 PM

Despite investments in health care, Filipinos’ health is below average in terms of average life expectancy, maternal mortality ratio, mortality rate for children under 5 years old, and tuberculosis

BELOW AVERAGE. Filipinos lag behind their peers in Southeast Asia when it comes to health.

DOH to investigate rise in dengue cases in Philippine Children's Medical Center

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:01 PM

The investigation comes after several doctors at the hospital contract the illnesses, with one dying from severe dengue

DENGUE MOSQUITO. While dengue is a threat throughout the year, the disease usually peaks during the rainy season. Photo of Dengue from Shutterstock, Photo of hospital from PCMC

Duterte wouldn't have revealed medical tests if 'serious' – Roque

Sep 24, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque describes as 'routine' the colonoscopy and endoscopy recently undergone by President Rodrigo Duterte

CLINICAL FORUM. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte witnesses the program proper during the 3rd Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Forum of the Asia-Pacific Association of Gastroenterology (APAGE) at Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, on September 21, 2018. Malacañang photo

Duterte undergoes colonoscopy, endoscopy

Sep 23, 2018 - 4:26 PM

But President Rodrigo Duterte maintains he is in good health

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 3rd Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Forum of the Asia Pacific Association of Gastroenterology (APAGE) at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on September 21, 2018, reiterates that one of the priorities of his administration is to improve the health care services of the country. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Bringing care back to health care

Sep 22, 2018 - 4:18 PM

Governments should go beyond the question of access and keep in mind that quality health care has nothing to do with anyone's capacity to pay

Alcohol responsible for 1 in 20 deaths worldwide – WHO

Sep 22, 2018 - 9:22 AM

The study also finds that men are particularly at risk, accounting for more than 3 quarters of alcohol-related deaths

'DEADLY'. Alcohol kills 3 million people worldwide each year, a study finds. File photo by bogdanhoda/Shutterstock

Most nations to miss U.N. target on chronic diseases – study

Sep 21, 2018 - 11:47 AM

Cancers, heart and blood-vessel disease, diabetes, and chronic respiratory disease have combined to kill 12.5 million people aged 30 to 70 worldwide in 2016

Duque silent as Garin sues Ubial for Dengvaxia mess

Sep 20, 2018 - 7:45 PM

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque says he will leave it to the courts to decide on the former health secretaries' liability in the Dengvaxia controversy

UP TO COURTS. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque says he is not in the position to comment on the squabble between former health secretaries Janette Garin and Paulyn Ubial. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Diokno says restoring underspent DOH funds 'irrational'

Sep 19, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno also defends the slashed Health Human Resources Deployment fund, citing slow budget utilization

NO RESTORATION. Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno says the slashed health funds will not be restored. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Coca-Cola looking at cannabis-infused drinks

Sep 18, 2018 - 8:49 AM

Coca-Cola says it is is 'closely watching the growth of non-psychoactive CBD (cannabidiol) as an ingredient in functional wellness beverages around the world'

Restore health department's P30B or budget won't pass, Drilon tells DBM

Sep 17, 2018 - 8:04 PM

The budget for the Health Facilities Enhancement Program, which ensures there are health stations in communities, has been reduced to just P50 million

QUESTIONED. Senator Franklin Drilon grills Budget Assistant Director Jane Abella at the senate budget hearing of the Department of Health. September 17, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

P6.1-M medical aid given to Typhoon Ompong victims

Sep 15, 2018 - 10:36 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Health says 34 health emergency response teams have been stationed in affected regions

STRANDED. Typhoon Ompong strands passengers in Bicol while soldiers evacuate people. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Is the Philippines ready to address mental health?

Sep 12, 2018 - 12:00 PM

With an increase in mental illnesses and suicide cases among the youth, experts say everyone has a crucial role to play in fostering mental wellness

A cry for help: Mental illness, suicide cases rising among youth

Sep 11, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Rappler speaks to psychiatrists, psychologists, and life coaches who say mental health illnesses and suicide cases among the youth have drastically increased

Tanzanian president seeks end to contraception

Sep 10, 2018 - 9:37 PM

'You have cattle. You are big farmers. You can feed your children. Why then resort to birth control? This is my opinion, I see no reason to control births in Tanzania,' President John Magufuli says in a speech on September 9

ENDING CONTRACEPTION? Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli (C) reviews an honor guard of troops as he attends a ceremony marking the country's 56th independence anniversary in Dodoma on December 9, 2017. File photo by AFP

Delay breakfast, eat dinner early if you want to lose body fat – new study

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:30 AM

There is, indeed, increasing evidence supporting the idea that our metabolic health is not just regulated by what we eat, but also when we eat

TIMING. A new study suggests timing meals to lose weight. Image from junpinzon/Shutterstock.com

Unlike DOH programs with lower funds, drug rehab gets boost

Sep 06, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Funds for the DOH's drug rehabilitation program nearly doubles in its proposed 2019 budget, while other programs ensuring the allocation of health centers and health workers are clipped

Robi Domingo on anxiety attacks: ''Di po siya biro'

Sep 05, 2018 - 11:04 PM

'Hindi po siya biro kasi ang dami ko pong pinagdaanan,' says the actor and TV host

Senate eyes passage of universal health care bill by October

Sep 05, 2018 - 5:43 PM

But committee chair Senator JV Ejercito says the current squabble over Malacañang's decision to revoke Senator Antonio Trillanes' amnesty is 'affecting' the passage of bills

HEALTH CARE. (L-R) Kabayan representative Ron Salo, Quezon 4th district representative Angelina Tan, Senator JV Ejercito, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque, Senator Risa Hontiveros push for the passage of the universal health care bill. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

1.4 billion risk disease from lack of exercise – WHO

Sep 05, 2018 - 8:41 AM

The study also finds that women still lag behind men in nearly every region of the world, with the gender exercise gap highest in Bangladesh, Eritrea, India, Iraq, and the Philippines

Duque: 'Not appropriate' to declare emergency health crisis for students who got Dengvaxia

Sep 03, 2018 - 10:10 PM

'It may not be appropriate to declare because if we did that, we might spawn fear and more uncertainties and this can be quite unsettling for parents,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

HEALTH CHIEF. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque lll on September 3, 2018 during the agency's budget hearing in Congress. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Job losses seen under lower proposed DOH budget

Sep 03, 2018 - 7:51 PM

Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the lower funds allocated to its Health Human Resources Deployment program may result in the loss of jobs of about 15,000 health workers.

HEALTH CHIEF. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque lll on September 3, 2018 during the agency's budget hearing in Congress. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] From incapacity to absurdity

Sep 01, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Compulsively carrying on this way, he succeeded only in burying himself deeper in the hole of his regime’s own digging

DOH urges Senate to pass bill on P1.16-B special fund for Dengvaxia recipients

Aug 29, 2018 - 7:13 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III makes the appeal after lawmakers at the Senate after failed to pass the bill on the proposed fund after deliberations on August 15

DENGVAXIA. The world's first anti-dengue vaccine was administered to Filipino grade-schoolers under the government's now-suspended school-based dengue immunization program. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

House, DBM agree to restore budget cuts in education, health, infra in 2019

Aug 28, 2018 - 4:11 PM

House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya says they are also eyeing a P140-billion supplemental budget for Bangsamoro Law and the Supreme Court ruling on the Internal Revenue Allotment

BUDGET AGREEMENT. House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya calls for a press conference on August 28, 2018. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

D.R. Congo rolls out prototype Ebola drugs as death toll rises to 67

Aug 25, 2018 - 11:38 PM

The health ministry says 4 other experimental drugs had been approved for treating infected patients

DOH: 'Barely any evidence' to prove e-cigarettes safe

Aug 25, 2018 - 10:46 PM

The DOH says that with 'the lack of conclusive data regarding the long-term effects of using e-cigarettes, its health risks cannot be ignored'

LACK OF EVIDENCE. The DOH says there is a lack of conclusive evidence to support the safety of e-cigarettes. Image from Shutterstock

DOH: Progestin subdermal implant doesn't induce abortion

Aug 24, 2018 - 6:54 PM

'The DOH strongly promotes the use of implants for couples who wish to space their pregnancies,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

NON-ABORTIFACIENTS. The DOH says Progestin sub-dermal implants are non-abortifacient. Illustration by Shellete Gipa/Rappler

Zero tolerance: No safe level of alcohol, study says

Aug 24, 2018 - 5:04 PM

Despite recent research showing that light-to-moderate drinking reduces heart disease, a new study says alcohol use is more likely than not to do harm

Duterte says Joma Sison 'played into' his hands with coma rumor

Aug 24, 2018 - 11:10 AM

'Alam ko kagatin niya eh.... I was waiting for this announcement,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about communist leader Joma Sison

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 12th anniversary of the Eastern Mindanao Command (EastMinCom) at the Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao (NFEM), Naval Station Felix Apolinario (NSFA) in Panacan, Davao City on August 23, 2018, urges the members of the New People's Army to go back to the folds of the law as he assures that they will be provided with ample assistance for their reintegration. Also in the photo is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[OPINION] Tax carbon emitters, use new revenue for health care

Aug 23, 2018 - 8:57 AM

Will our lawmakers seize this golden opportunity or will they resign us to a future of unintended consequences?

DOH reports 1,227 leptospirosis cases so far in Metro Manila

Aug 22, 2018 - 2:08 PM

This is a 358% increase from the 268 recorded cases during the same period in 2017

FLOODED. A boy swimming in flood water along 9 de Febrero in Mandaluyong after heavy rain due to Typhoon Domeng. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Duterte back in action, says 'matagal pa ako'

Aug 21, 2018 - 9:23 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says he's been in Davao City 'resting' and, among other things, watching Netflix

Ebola death toll in DR Congo rises to 55

Aug 21, 2018 - 1:44 PM

Government has decided to make treatment free in Beni, Mabalako-Mangina, and Oicha for 3 months starting August 20

PREVENTION. A Red Cross volunteer explains measures to prevent infection with Ebola to inhabitants, on August 17, 2018 in Butugo, western Uganda, near the border with Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Sumy Sadurni/AFP

Aquino says Malacañang must inform public of Duterte's health

Aug 21, 2018 - 12:45 PM

'Kung walang issue, kayang-kaya sagutin,' says former president Benigno Aquino III

Mass for National Transformation. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

WATCH: Video shows Duterte after coma rumors

Aug 20, 2018 - 9:30 PM

(UPDATED) A video shows President Rodrigo Duterte about to have dinner on August 20. He appears normal, save for a slight droop of his right eyelid.

New law aims to ensure safer workplaces

Aug 20, 2018 - 5:16 PM

Employers, contractors, and sub-contractors must provide protective equipment for free and respect workers' right to refuse unsafe work. Violators of the law face a P100,000 fine for every day violations are not corrected.

Gabby Lucero, University of the Philippines Diliman student, raises a banner calling for the national minimum wage during the Labor Day rally at Mendiola, Manila on Tuesday. Photo by Eloisa Lopez/Rappler

Amid rumor of Duterte coma, Malacañang insists no need for medical bulletins

Aug 20, 2018 - 1:12 PM

(UPDATED) 'There's no information that the President is sick,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque as he fends off observations about President Rodrigo Duterte's complexion

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Lex Talionis Fraternitas, Inc. (LTFI) National Convention at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City on August 18, 2018. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Why Duterte's 'resignation' should be your concern

Aug 20, 2018 - 8:34 AM

Words have never been empty for this leader

Ebola deaths in DR Congo rises to 49 with 2,000 feared 'contacts'

Aug 19, 2018 - 11:03 PM

World Health Organization says it 'expects more cases'

Gov't anti-drug campaign 'balanced, well-coordinated,' says Duque

Aug 16, 2018 - 10:13 AM

Health chief Francisco Duque III bases his assessment on the increased number of rehabilitation centers and drug users treated under the Duterte administration

HEALTH CHIEF. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III at a Senate hearing on the department's Barangay Health Stations project in July 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Cigarette prices to increase more with passage of universal health care bill

Aug 15, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Health Secretary Duque says the increase in revenues from higher sin taxes will be a major source of funds for the universal health care law

FUNDS. A major source of funding for the proposed universal health care law will be revenue collected from the sin tax.

How backstreet abortionists terminate 7-month pregnancies

Aug 15, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Part 2: The methods used by backstreet abortionists in the Philippines are barbaric, as told by women who experienced it themselves

Augustus de Villa now heads AFP Health Service Command

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:23 PM

He replaces Leo Torrelavega, who has been relieved of his position to make way for a probe into up to P200 million in anomalous hospital contracts

AUGUSTUS DE VILLA. Image from https://military-medicine.com/almanac/101-philippines-the-republic-of.html

Filipinas buy, sell, rate abortions in online forum

Aug 13, 2018 - 4:59 PM

In the Philippines, abortion is illegal and deeply stigmatized, leaving desperate women with no choice but to seek unsafe options online

Education, health may suffer huge budget cuts in 2019 budget

Aug 13, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Allocations for the construction of new buildings and health facilities, and scholarship programs are scrapped from the proposed cash-based 2019 budget

AFFECTED STUDENTS. Funds allotted for school buildings and scholarships may be reduced under a cash-based budget in 2019. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Additional P12.5 M in aid given to monsoon victims

Aug 13, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Food packs, sleeping kits, and medicines are provided to some 14,082 displaced families in evacuation centers

EVACUATE. Some 260 individuals from 111 families evacuate at the Mabuhay Basketball Court in Tatalon, Quezon City as 4 to 5 meter-high flood waters inundate their homes due to heavy rains caused by the southwest monsoon on August 11, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Blue light from phone screens may gradually cause blindness – study

Aug 13, 2018 - 1:03 PM

Those who want to protect their eyes are advised to avoid staring at their mobile phones or tablets in the dark

Glyphosate under fire from San Francisco to Sri Lanka

Aug 11, 2018 - 11:24 PM

Here is the state of play regarding lawsuits and restrictions on the use of glyphosate around the world

GLYPHOSATE. Roundup products are seen for sale at a store in San Rafael, California, on July, 9, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP