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Defiant Republicans in last-gasp Obamacare repeal bid

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:17 AM

(UPDATED) After falling one vote short this summer, Republicans have revived efforts to shred Obamacare. Momentum swelled in the past week

The U.S. Capitol is shown on the morning of June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

DOH says murder of physicians 'like killing people relying on doctors'

Sep 18, 2017 - 5:09 PM

'Killing a town’s physician is almost like killing the countless people who rely on this physician to ensure their health and longevity,' the DOH says, condemning the killing of government doctors

END THE KILLINGS. The Department of Health calls for an end to the killings of government doctors.

VIRAL: Canadian tourist to donate P1.2M in equipment to Coron hospital

Sep 16, 2017 - 5:16 PM

Canadian tourist John Abou-Samra cites the excellent service at the Coron District Hospital after he met an accident in Palawan

Standout solutions: The winning ideas from #HackSociety 2017

Sep 15, 2017 - 9:35 PM

Here are the winners for the 4 categories in this year's two-day ideathon, Hack Society

WINNERS. This year's winners of HackSociety 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOH, doctors say 'no need to panic' over Japanese encephalitis

Sep 13, 2017 - 2:00 PM

The Food and Drug Administration warns parents against buying the Japanese encephalitis vaccine online Only Sanofi Pasteur is accredited to distribute the vaccine in the country

VACCINE PLANS. The DOH is planning to administer Japanese encephalitis vaccine for free in 2018. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

World lags badly on targets to slash TB, HIV, obesity – study

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:12 AM

Overall only a fifth of 37 health related targets set under the UN s Sustainable Development Goals SDGs adopted in 2015 are likely to be met

5 most common health concerns for esport athletes

Sep 11, 2017 - 6:33 PM

As esports’ popularity rises it s important to know the health risks involved in logging long hours in front of a screen and on a keyboard or controller

GROWING SCENE. An esport athlete competes at Thailand's Intel Game Time event in June 2017. Photo from Shutterstock


Australian researchers say they can stop melanoma speading

Sep 11, 2017 - 10:39 AM

Researchers say a combination of new treatments can stop the world s deadliest form of skin cancer – melanoma – in its tracks and halt its spread to other organs

UNDER THE SUN. Tourists sunbathe on a beach of Barcelona on August 21, 2017. Josep Lago/AFP

Is tax on volume-based, sugar-sweetened drinks good for our nutrition?

Sep 10, 2017 - 10:03 AM

While the proposed tax targets obesity and overweight it risks hurting those already susceptible to malnutrition

Drug rehab to get P2 billion cut under 2018 nat'l budget

Sep 10, 2017 - 1:22 AM

Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial says the budget removed from the centers will be used instead for funding barangay and rural health units

No need to legislate 4-day workweek, says Tripartite council

Sep 08, 2017 - 6:48 PM

Tripartite Industry Peace Council submits a position paper to the Senate to stop the law but not the practice a shorter workweek

ENTRY TO PH. An additional 200 Japanese firms want to make the most of the Philippines' inclusion to EU's GSP+. File photo by Romeo Gacad / Agence France-Presse

Can P16 a day save PH kids from malnutrition?

Sep 07, 2017 - 9:30 AM

The budget for the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s supplemental feeding program sees a drop of P1 billion

NUTRITION. Mother with her children during a feeding program in Malabon City on May 10, 2017. Photo by Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOH warns vs mosquito bites after 9 deaths from Japanese encephalitis

Sep 07, 2017 - 8:56 AM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says the figure is 44 lower than the same period last year

AVOID MOSQUITO BITES. The DOH issues a warning against mosquito-borne diseases. Graphics by Alejandro Edoria/Rappler

House passes bill giving all Filipinos health insurance

Sep 06, 2017 - 8:41 PM

A counterpart measure seeking universal health coverage Bill Number 1458 is pending before the Senate

PUBLIC HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL? The Philippine General Hospital in Manila. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

LOOK: Pampanga hospital designates specific wing for OFWs

Sep 06, 2017 - 2:22 PM

The Jose B Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital in San Fernando Pampanga is the first of several government hospitals to set up an ‘OFW wing’

OFW WING. Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital is setting up an OFW wing to accommodate the medical needs of Filipino migrant workers. Photo from the Office of Representative Aniceto Bertiz

Don’t just build health infrastructure – make it SMART

Sep 05, 2017 - 4:30 PM

If we want to ever achieve UHC in developing Asia and the Pacific our future health infrastructure must be built SMART

BEING SMART. More digital health interventions are needed to improve the quality of care in SMART facilities. Photo by Lester Ledesma for ADB

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, September 5, 2017

Sep 05, 2017 - 10:25 AM

Hello Here are the stories you shouldn t miss this Tuesday

ESCAPE FROM MYANMAR. Rohingya refugees travel on an open-back truck on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway near Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on September 3, 2017. Jasmin Rumi/AFP

Ubial expects TRO on implants to be lifted by September

Sep 04, 2017 - 4:55 PM

The Commission on Population also clarifies that the temporary restraining order on contraceptive implants has not become permanent

[Dash of SAS] Someone just told me he has HIV. What do I say? What do I do?

Sep 04, 2017 - 4:00 PM

If you find yourself still not knowing what to say offer benevolence and understanding through silence

Still no trial for Jinggoy Estrada; urges court to grant bail

Sep 04, 2017 - 12:15 PM

UPDATED The President knows what he is talking about being a prosecutor before says Estrada of Duterte who said he and Revilla should be granted bail

POSTPONED AGAIN. After a deferment of his plunder trial last July,  detained former senator Jinggoy Estrada's graft trial is also deferred to September 25. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

SC: TRO on implants final and executory

Sep 01, 2017 - 12:03 PM

There s nothing left to be done but to comply says Supreme Court spokesman Theodore Te

Supreme Court of the Philippines on Padre Faura in Manila

Manila’s newest digital park will give you a glimpse of the future

Sep 01, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Open for one weekend only see how you can help reshape the future today

Let's talk about sex: Ilya is the adult sex store you never knew you needed

Aug 30, 2017 - 5:30 PM

Armed with a friendly informed staff and several flavors of ice cream the Ilya team is turning sex talk in the Philippines on – one satisfied customer at a time

Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Duterte says Sereno 'sitting on' decision on RH 'medicines'

Aug 30, 2017 - 11:48 AM

If the TRO issued by the Supreme Court is not lifted soon 90 of contraceptive brands will be unusable come 2018

[Two Pronged] Depression and my career

Aug 30, 2017 - 11:18 AM

Cora writes to our Two Pronged duo asking what to do about her future in light of the mistakes she s made in the past

FDA to roll out mobile app digitizing logbooks in pharmacies

Aug 26, 2017 - 8:44 PM

The Electronic Logbook app is also designed to give real time updates to pharmacies when a medicine is recalled by the FDA

NEW TECHNOLOGY. A pharmacist takes a picture of a customer's prescription using the FDA Electronic Logbook. Screenshot from mClinica

Benguet passes code for reproductive and family health

Aug 26, 2017 - 8:30 AM

The Benguet Province Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Code consolidates long standing initiatives that the local government want the next administrations to continue

TRAILBLAZER. Local officials sign the Benguet Province Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Code on August 24, 2017. Benguet is said to be the first province to pass such ordinance. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Jolina, Kian delos Santos, Samsung heir | Evening wRap

Aug 25, 2017 - 8:15 PM

Watch the evening newscast with Mara Cepeda

DOLE: Employers can't force women to wear high heels at work

Aug 25, 2017 - 3:11 PM

Department of Labor and Employment also requires all business establishments to provide sitting breaks for both male and female workers

NO HIGH HEELS. Labor secretary Silvestre Bello III signs an order preventing employers to require female workers to wear high heels at work. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

No confirmed human cases of bird flu yet – DOH

Aug 25, 2017 - 1:33 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial eats fried chicken and boiled egg during the press conference to show they are still safe to consume despite the bird flu outbreak

SAFE TO EAT. RITM director Socorro Lupisan, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, and Bureau of Animal Industry veterinary Joy Lagayan eat chicken to demonstrate it is still safe to do so despite the bird flu outbreak. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Stars show support for YouTube star Wil Dasovich

Aug 25, 2017 - 10:30 AM

Erwan Heussaff Anne Curtis Yong Muhajil and more send messages of encouragement to the YouTube vlogger and Pinoy Big Brother housemate

WATCH: Youtube, PBB star Wil Dasovich has cancer

Aug 24, 2017 - 7:34 PM

The social media star and former PBB housemate tells his fans that he has been diagnosed with cancer

DA confirms H5N6 bird flu strain in Pampanga

Aug 24, 2017 - 12:50 PM

UPDATED H5N6 is a strain that is transmissible to humans but the Bureau of Animal Industry says the transmission rate is very very low

Free dengue vaccine now available in Cebu, 4 Metro Manila cities

Aug 23, 2017 - 1:50 PM

The Department of Health says 43 470 dengue cases were reported nationwide from January 1 to July 1 this year

ADDRESSING DENGUE. DOH's Rhodora Cruz (2nd from left) and GSK's Randy Silva (1st from right) participate in the Allied Against Dengue's roundtable discussion on August 23. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Lab in Australia confirms bird flu outbreak in Pampanga

Aug 22, 2017 - 5:10 PM

To assure the public that there s nothing to fear amid the outbreak Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol says he will ask the President to eat balut with him in Pampanga

RESULTS. Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol shows reporters the results of the confirmatory test on the bird flu outbreak in San Luis, Pampanga. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler

6 tips from DOH on how to be safe from bird flu

Aug 19, 2017 - 4:21 PM

UPDATED DOH spokesperson Eric Tayag assures the public they may still eat chicken but they must cook it properly first

Quarantine officers in the affected areas wear the proper gear. Photo courtesy of Dr. Arlene Vytiaco, Bureau of Animal Industry

EO to make DOH sole distributor of anti-TB medicines

Aug 17, 2017 - 9:10 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says the executive order would be a response to a 2016 national survey which showed around one million Filipinos have tuberculosis

FIGHT VS TB. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial (center) presents the results of the 2016 National Tuberculosis Prevalence Survey on August 17. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

No cockfighting in Pampanga for next 2 weeks due to bird flu – Piñol

Aug 17, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Ihihinto muna yung sabong dahil ang tina target natin matapos lang yung 21 days na incubation period ng virus says Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol

Treaty to curb mercury exposure takes effect

Aug 17, 2017 - 7:21 AM

The treaty obliges member nations to promote mercury free gold processing methods to protect especially vulnerable populations and to end especially harmful practices

Bird flu in Pampanga: DA to cull more fowls from controlled area

Aug 16, 2017 - 3:05 PM

A total of 73 110 layer chickens ducks fighting cocks and native chicken have already been culled as of Wednesday August 16

Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol (left) and DOH Assec. Dr. Eric Tayag during press conference on Avian Influenza at the DA office in Quezon City on Wednesday. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

GAB, DOH sign MOA to provide free exams for pro boxers

Aug 16, 2017 - 7:38 AM

The provision will be included in the Games and Amusements Board s budget proposal for next year

HEALTH COVERAGE. GAB chairman Abraham Mitra and DOH secretary Paulyn Rosell-Ubial shake hands after signing their agreement as members of the boxing community look on. Photo from GAB

House appropriations committee okays P103.6-B health budget for 2018

Aug 15, 2017 - 10:01 AM

The department is asking for a 9 increase from its 2017 budget Lawmakers however question why some hospitals got a budget cut

BUDGET DELIBS. DOH Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial during the budget hearing at the House of Representatives on August 14, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Gov’t workers hail Senate passage of ILO convention

Aug 14, 2017 - 7:58 PM

ILO Convention 151 protects government workers rights to organize and negotiate employment conditions

FRONTLINER. DSWD staff accepting requests for assistance at the agency's crisis intervention unit. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Senate bill seeks to ban e-cigarette use in schools, gov't offices, PUVs

Aug 14, 2017 - 12:55 PM

The bill also seeks to limit the marketing sale and distribution of the product allowing only those 18 years old and above to buy and use it

Image from Shutterstock

Providing medical services for relocated informal settlers

Aug 13, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Only around three small operational medical facilities exist in Towerville San Jose Del Monte Bulacan

TOWERVILLE. JCI Manila and other partner groups help renovate one of the three medical facilities in Towerville, San Jose del Monte, Bulacan. Photo courtesy of Robin Garcia

Contaminated eggs scandal spreads from Europe to Asia

Aug 12, 2017 - 12:32 PM

Ministers and food safety chiefs from around the European Union are set to meet on September 26 in a bid to get countries to stop blaming and shaming each other over the scare involving the chemical fipronil

Rising migration demands 'roaming' health coverage

Aug 12, 2017 - 11:07 AM

ASEAN can be act as a launching pad for roaming coverage as does the EU which allows roaming health coverage for any EU citizen in any EU country

PUBLIC HEALTH. Nurses tend to a woman at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. File photo by AFP

DOH seeks more funds for health facilities in 2018

Aug 12, 2017 - 10:00 AM

The P103 602 billion proposed DOH budget for next year includes funds to build 1 497 barangay health stations improve 353 hospitals and hire around 24 400 medical practitioners

PUBLIC HEALTHCARE. Nurses tend to a woman at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. File photo by AFP

DA: No reported animal-to-human transmission of bird flu yet in PH

Aug 11, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The health department has already sent a team to assess the workers in the areas affected by the outbreak

BIRD FLU. Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol (C), Dr Arlene Vytiaco (R), and Dr Celia Carlos of RITM, (left) confirm cases of avian influenza subtype H5 on Friday, August 11, at a press conference in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Norovirus continues to plague world champs

Aug 11, 2017 - 10:49 AM

There are 3 confirmed cases of norovirus among people associated with the World Athletics Championships in London