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Angara backs imposing price ceiling on 120 medicines

Oct 19, 2019 - 6:45 PM

The Department of Health says the generic medicines in the list are being sold 'up to 4 times' the international reference prices, while branded innovator products are sold 'up to 22 times'

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Duterte dons 'air purifier' as protection from 'coughs and colds'

Oct 18, 2019 - 4:53 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte is seen wearing a device around his neck during recent official engagements

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police (AFP-PNP) Command Conference at the Malacañan Palace on October 15, 2019. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[PODCAST] Bakit kailangang magpabakuna?

Oct 18, 2019 - 4:22 PM

Bakit nagkaroon ng panibagong polio outbreak sa Pilipinas at paano ito maaayos? Pakinggan ang talakayan nila researcher-writer Jodesz Gavilan at health reporter Janelle Paris.

LOOK: Duterte shows arm wound after motorcycle mishap

Oct 18, 2019 - 12:56 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte, in full view of media cameras, rolls down his sleeves to show a wound on his arm during a business conference

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows a small abrasion on his elbow to Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez on the sidelines of the 45th Philippine Business Conference and Expo at The Manila Hotel on October 17, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DOH urges stricter surveillance of vaping-related illnesses

Oct 17, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says this would allow 'existing health information systems capture to data on vaping-related disorders'

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

40,000 kids in Marikina to get polio vaccine

Oct 16, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Marikina deploys 59 vaccination teams, composed of various units of the city government, to reach the 40,000 target

CATCH-UP VACCINATION. Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro administers the oral polio vaccine to a child during the launch of the DOH's catch-up polio vaccination campaign in the city Monday, October 14. Photo courtesy of Marikina City Press Release

How one family endures generations of depression

Oct 16, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Zena Bernardo has clinical depression. But what makes her depression even more difficult is that it is something three whole generations of her family experience.

Photos from Zena Bernardo

DOH begins catch-up polio vaccination in Mindanao, Metro Manila

Oct 14, 2019 - 2:40 PM

Vaccination against polio in Lanao del Sur, Marawi City, Davao City, Davao del Sur, and Metro Manila will run from October 14 to October 27

POLIO VACCINATION. Children have their anti-polio vaccine during a mass polio vaccination at Luzviminda Health Center in Luzon Street, Sampaloc, Manila on October 14, 2019 following the outbreak of the disease declared by Department of Health last month. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Maine Mendoza tells all in interview with Boy Abunda

Oct 14, 2019 - 11:39 AM

Watch Maine and Boy team up to fight world germination

What it’s like going for a consultation at the National Center for Mental Health

Oct 11, 2019 - 3:33 PM

The place they call 'sa loob' is one of the most affordable places to go for psychiatric consultations

PEACE AND QUIET. The mental health institution located in Mandaluyong provides affordable psychiatric consultation services for people who have mental health conditions. Photo by Amanda Lago/Rappler

DOH: No conflict between Local Government Code, Universal Health Care

Oct 11, 2019 - 8:36 AM

Even with the integration of health facilities into provincial and city-wide networks, the country's healthcare system remains devolved

File photo of a rural health unit. Shutterstock.com

Singapore to become first country to ban ads for very sugary drinks

Oct 10, 2019 - 11:45 PM

Products deemed 'less healthy' must now display labels grading their nutritional and sugar content, with those considered to be most unhealthy banned from appearing in ads across all media platforms

Amid rise in suicides, Iloilo to strengthen mental health crisis response

Oct 10, 2019 - 8:10 PM

The province records 67 deaths due to suicide from January to September 2019

Over 10,000 health workers could lose jobs due to DOH budget cut – Recto

Oct 10, 2019 - 3:00 PM

This concern comes as the Department of Health gears up for the implementation of the Universal Health Care law in 2020

NURSE PAY HIKE. Nurses from Filipino Nurses United (FNU) and nurses from different public and private hospitals ask for 30,000 salary increase, safe nurse to patient ratio, and quality patient care during a press conference at Ermita Manila on 8 October 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

[OPINION] What a mood disorder episode feels like

Oct 10, 2019 - 9:42 AM

The hormones keep flooding into my brain long after the thing that made me sad or angry has gone. I can literally feel the hormones flooding in.

Duque wants review of Local Government Code to renationalize healthcare

Oct 09, 2019 - 5:12 PM

'If health is not a priority and there are other priorities like infrastructure, health programs can be compromised,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III of the country's current system of devolved healthcare

RENATIONALIZED HEALTHCARE? Health Secretary Francisco Duque III wants a review of the health provision in the Local Government Code of 1991. Photo by Janella Paris/Rappler

PH health care, infra, institutions among worst in the world – WEF

Oct 09, 2019 - 2:00 PM

The Philippines is down 8 spots in the World Economic Forum's 2019 Global Competitiveness Report

Senators say Duterte's muscle disease 'not life-threatening'

Oct 08, 2019 - 5:13 PM

But Senator Joel Villanueva says the President's team should update the people, about the President's condition, as they deem appropriate

RARE DISEASE. President Rodrigo Duterte claims to have a rare muscular disease, myasthenia gravis, which may lead to drooping of eyelids and overall weakness. Malacanang file photo

Busting myths about hair loss

Oct 07, 2019 - 6:58 PM

Going bald is tough, but some forms of hair loss are preventable through proper care

U.S. study shows chemical burns associated with e-cigarette use

Oct 06, 2019 - 8:21 AM

But it may take more years of research to determine what exactly makes e-cigarettes dangerous

Salads, smoothies, and more: Juicery at BGC makes healthy eating easier

Oct 05, 2019 - 5:11 PM

For your daily dose of fresh fruits and veggies, juice check out Juicery by Chateau 1771, a new hub for the health-conscious

DOH: Prevent meningococcemia through good hygiene

Oct 05, 2019 - 5:01 PM

The Department of Health reiterates its appeal to the public after it confirms two cases of meningococcemia in Laguna and Batangas

CLEAN HANDS. Kids in Boracay show off their soapy hands. Photos courtesy of Manila Water Foundation

E-cigarettes: 5 things to know

Oct 04, 2019 - 6:27 PM

E-cigarettes were initially touted as less damaging than tobacco, which causes around 8 million deaths a year

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

Whistle-blowers in Philhealth-Wellmed scam arrested

Oct 04, 2019 - 11:32 AM

(UPDATED) Lawyer Harry Roque is requesting the Ombudsman to take over so the whistle-blowers can qualify as state witnesses

ARRESTED. Whistleblowers Liezel Aileen De Leon and Edwin Roberto (1st and 2nd from left, in the background) are arrested over estafa cases related in the Philhealth-Wellmed ghost dialysis scandal. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Why isn't my skincare routine working? Here are probable explanations

Oct 04, 2019 - 9:14 AM

It could be because of many reasons – and one of them is stress

Ice Seguerra opens up on depression: 'I’m just happy to feel things again'

Oct 03, 2019 - 11:15 AM

The singer talks about his mental health struggles on Instagram

ICE SEGUERRA. The singer, seen here at an event in 2017, gets candid about his experience with depression. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

PH needs to strengthen routine immunization system – WHO official

Oct 02, 2019 - 11:38 AM

WHO country representative Rabindra Abeyasinghe says that in the Philippines, nearly 3 of 5 kids under the age of 5 are not fully protected against polio.

STRENGTHEN IMMUNIZATION. World Health Organization representative to the Philippines Rabindra Abeyasinghe stresses the need to strengthen routine immunization systems amid concurrent outbreaks in the Philippines.

EXPLAINER: Ano ang polio?

Oct 01, 2019 - 8:44 PM

Ano ang polio at paano maiiwasan ang pagkalat nito? Panoorin ang video explainer ng Rappler.

Rappler Talk: WHO's Rabindra Abeyasinghe on polio and health in the Philippines

Oct 01, 2019 - 4:46 PM

Rappler sits down with World Health Organization's Rabindra Abeyasinghe to talk about the return of polio in the Philippines, how the government and its partners are responding to it, and other health issues in the country

Gov't doctors, nurses in Angeles City not observing work hours dared to resign

Oct 01, 2019 - 2:20 PM

Angeles City Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr says if the city health employees cannot comply with the mandatory working hours, they should quit their jobs

QUIET. A generic file photo of a rural health unit. Shutterstock.com

[OPINION] Dengue fever and the language of medicine

Sep 29, 2019 - 8:45 PM

The language of medicine should connect with the language of the people

Pangilinan wants fixed allowance for barangay health workers

Sep 28, 2019 - 9:16 PM

'Barangay health workers are our front-liners for health, but they are behind in benefits and incentives. When their work conditions are okay, our health conditions will be better,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan

FIXED ALLOWANCE RATE. Senator Francis Pangilinan wants a fixed allowance rate for all barangay health workers in the country. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Having sex in older age could make you happier and healthier – new research

Sep 28, 2019 - 11:00 AM

New research seems to indicate that the less sex older people have, the more likely they are to experience mental and physical health problems

BENEFITS OF SEX. Older couples stand to gain helath benefits from sex. shutterstock/Roman Samborskyi

Selena Gomez opens up about depression, anxiety: 'Scariest moments of my life'

Sep 27, 2019 - 3:23 PM

Selena Gomez shares her mental health struggles after accepting the McLean Award, a yearly distinction given to individuals who have 'raised awareness about mental health'

40 dead due to diphtheria since January 2019, but no outbreak – DOH

Sep 26, 2019 - 3:24 PM

The Department of Health is still studying the reasons for the increase in number of cases

DISEASE PROTECTION. Students use face mask to cover their nose at Jacinto Zamora Elementary School in Pandacan, Manila on September 25, 2019.  Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

WHO, health orgs seek public participation in vaccination campaign

Sep 25, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Distribution planning and fighting disinformation are essential to helping the immunization campaign for the country, says a health panel

HIGH HOPES. WHO representative Rabindra Abeyasinghe says they are ‘convinced’ the Philippines can eradicate polio, since it has been done before. Photo by Michelle Abad/Rappler

LIST: Duterte's skipped events, long absences

Sep 25, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Here is Rappler's running list of official engagements President Rodrigo Duterte has skipped and periods when he made no public appearances

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the oath-taking ceremony of the officers of the Malacañang Press Corps, Presidential Photojournalists Association, and Malacañang Cameramen Association at the Malacañan Palace on September 10, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Immunization program understaffed, logistically challenged – DOH

Sep 24, 2019 - 6:37 PM

Health officials also stress the importance of face-to-face interaction between health workers and parents, in easing concerns over vaccination

Signs of hair loss you might not know about

Sep 24, 2019 - 4:25 PM

Nothing to lose – time to restore your crowning glory!

Second Ebola vaccine to be introduced in DRC in mid-October – WHO

Sep 23, 2019 - 4:02 PM

(UPDATED) The announcement comes as the aid group Doctors Without Borders accuses the WHO of rationing the first Ebola vaccine in the Democatic Republic of the Congo

WHO accused of rationing Ebola vaccine in DR Congo

Sep 23, 2019 - 12:58 PM

'One of the main problems currently is the fact that in practice the vaccine is rationed by the WHO and that too few people at risk are protected today,' Doctors without Borders says

Robredo: Children bear repercussions of making 'health a political issue'

Sep 22, 2019 - 4:50 PM

The Vice President urges the Department of Health to catch up on children's vaccinations following the re-emergence of polio

VP ROBREDO. In this file photo, Vice President Leni Robredo gives a message in an awarding ceremony at the Quezon City Reception House on February 22, 2019. Photo by OVP

With polio back, EcoWaste wants more DOH funds to build toilets

Sep 22, 2019 - 10:58 AM

Only P2 million is allotted under the DOH's proposed 2020 budget to build sanitary toilets

POLIO OUTBREAK. The Department of Health declares a polio outbreak after the first case of the disease was recorded in the country after 26 years.

Walmart ending sales of e-cigarettes

Sep 21, 2019 - 9:49 PM

This comes less than a week after the states of New York and Michigan announced a ban on sales of flavored e-cigarettes

E-CIGARETTES. Walmart will stop selling e-cigarettes once its current stocks end. File photo

Ex-DOH spokesperson Lyndon Lee Suy dies

Sep 21, 2019 - 7:02 PM

'Assistant Secretary Lyndon Lee Suy was a dedicated public health servant and committed himself to service and excellence in spite of the challenges of his roles at the Department,' says the Department of Health

PUBLIC SERVANT. Assistant Secretary of Health Lyndon Lee Suy died of cardiac arrest on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Photo from Department of Health website

Recto urges DOH to boost immunization drive, 'triage' its budget

Sep 21, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto says 'at least 4 items' in the DOH’s proposed 2020 budget could be used to increase the national immunization drive turnout

DOH, UNICEF launch animation contest for 'Goodbye, Dumi! Hello, Healthy!' campaign

Sep 20, 2019 - 6:50 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The campaign is composed of various communication tools and strategies focusing on the core messages of always using the toilet and washing hands with soap during critical times

DOH confirms 2nd case of polio in the Philippines

Sep 20, 2019 - 6:23 PM

A day after declaring a polio outbreak in the country, the health department says the disease is found in a 5-year-old boy from Laguna

SECOND CASE OF POLIO. The Department of Health confirmed a second case of polio in Laguna, September 20, 2019.

'Polio vaccine is very safe,' DOH reminds public amid epidemic

Sep 20, 2019 - 1:55 PM

'Please, I beg of you, for the sake of our children...make sure they have proper hygiene and they get vaccinated,' Health Secretary Francisco Duque III appeals to the public as polio cases reemerge in the Philippines after 19 years

VACCINES ARE SAFE. The Department of Health urges parents to get children vaccinated amid the recently-declared polio epidemic.

Hontiveros says DOH's P10-billion budget cut an 'attack on public health'

Sep 19, 2019 - 11:22 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III appeals to senators to grant them additional budget for 2020 to be able to fully roll out the Universal Health Care law

BASIC SERVICES. Only basic services and accommodation are covered by the Universal Health Care Law and yet it still lacks funding for its first year of implementation. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler