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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

Health fears prompt Swiss 5G revolt

Sep 18, 2019 - 11:37 AM

Studies are underway assessing the effects of 5G frequencies on one's health, including one by the World Health Organization

ANTI-5G. Opponent of the deployment of antennas for the 5G mobile network service, Swiss Olivier Pahud, holds a placard reading '4G good enough' during a protest staged the four of each month in Geneva, on September 4, 2019. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP


With one suicide every 40 seconds, WHO urges action

Sep 10, 2019 - 10:21 AM

'Despite progress, one person still dies every 40 seconds from suicide,' says the World Health Organization, insisting that 'every death is a tragedy for family, friends and colleagues'

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EXPLAINER: What is polio?

Sep 01, 2019 - 7:22 PM

The DOH says the Philippines is at high risk for poliovirus transmission. Why so? And how do we prevent the long dormant disease from coming back?

HIGH RISK FOR POLIO. The Department of Health says the Philippines is at high risk for poliovirus transmission and advices parents to get children under 5 vaccinated to prevent the disease.

'The Girl Who Lived Twice:' Final 'Girl With Dragon Tattoo' novel hits shelves

Aug 28, 2019 - 5:08 PM

Antiheroine Lisbeth Salander returns for the last time as Stieg Larsson's 'Millennium' crime saga comes to a close

Who is the Filipino? The ABCs of LGTBQ+ and SOGIE

Aug 20, 2019 - 6:30 PM

We talk to Mela Habijan about terms, definitions, and why recognition matters

'Doctor Who' to stream on HBO Max

Aug 03, 2019 - 11:37 AM

Eleven seasons of BBC’s 'Doctor Who' series will be available exclusively on HBO Max

PODCAST: Who is the Filipino? Superhero worship

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:56 PM

Listen to part 2 of our podcast with 'Darna' director Jerrold Tarog on heroes in Philippine media

PODCAST: Who is the Filipino? Heroes of history

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:00 PM

We talk national heroes with 'Heneral Luna' director Jerrold Tarog

DR Congo Ebola outbreak an emergency of global concern – WHO

Jul 18, 2019 - 9:53 AM

'It is time for the world to take notice,' says World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, accepting the advice of his advisory board to invoke the emergency provision

ALERT. A motor taxi driver gets his hands washed at an Ebola screening station on the road between Butembo and Goma on July 16, 2019 in Goma. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

Hard soil, big jumps and epiphanies: What it's like on the Moon

Jul 10, 2019 - 10:46 AM

Here are impressions of some of American men who walked on the Moon, collected from a series of oral history interviews by NASA

WHO emergency panel meets on Ebola after Uganda deaths

Jun 14, 2019 - 11:25 PM

The current Ebola crisis, which began in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last August, has recorded more than 2,000 cases, including 1,411 deaths

FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 a member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) gets ready as she checks her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in front of the mirror during a weekly rehearsal at the Bwera General Hospital in Bwera bordering with DRC, western Uganda. File photo by Isaac Kasamani/AFP

WHO alarmed at STD spread in the era of dating apps

Jun 07, 2019 - 10:35 AM

The World Health Organization says in a fresh report that every day globally there are more than one million new cases of treatable sexually transmitted diseases or infections

WHO decries Big Tobacco bid to rebrand World No Tobacco Day

May 30, 2019 - 12:10 AM

WHO voices concern at attempts by Philip Morris International to co-opt international efforts for its own campaign this week promoting new vaping and heated tobacco products as part of the solution to the world's smoking epidemic

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'Burnout' is an 'occupational phenomenon' not disease – WHO

May 28, 2019 - 7:58 PM

The clarification comes a day after the World Health Organization mistakenly said it had listed burnout in its International Classification of Diseases for the first time

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WHO recognizes 'burnout' as medical condition

May 27, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The World Health Organization defines burnout as 'a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed'

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WHO unveils plan to tackle global snakebite 'emergency'

May 23, 2019 - 11:54 PM

Each year, nearly 3 million people are bitten by poisonous snakes, with an estimated 81,000-138,000 deaths

Over 120 killed, nearly 600 wounded in Libya fighting – WHO

Apr 14, 2019 - 7:27 PM

The World Health Organization denounces 'repeated attacks on health care workers, vehicles' during the fighting which erupted on April 4

Ebola death toll in DRC passes 750: WHO

Apr 13, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Poor security owing to the presence of armed groups, coupled with resistance of some communities to seeking treatment, hampers the fight to stem the spread of the disease.

AFTERMATH. In this file photo taken on March 9, 2019 health workers are seen inside the 'red zone' of an Ebola treatment center, which was attacked in the early hours of the morning in Butembo. Photo by John Wessels / AFP

Measles: Nearly wiped-out, on the rise again

Mar 27, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The United Nations says worldwide cases of measles jumped by more than 30% in 2017, and infections continued to rise in 2018

MEASLES ON THE RISE. This file photo shows patients stricken with measles inside the pediatric ward of San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on February 11, 2019. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Toxic air tears apart families in Mongolia

Mar 15, 2019 - 12:36 PM

Pollution in Ulaanbaatar, capital of Mongolia, regularly exceeds World Health Organization recommendations for air quality

This picture taken on February 23, 2019 shows 5-year-old Amina walking with her mother in Bornuur Sum, a village 135 kilometres away from Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. In the world's coldest capital, many burn coal and plastic just to survive temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees -- but warmth comes at a price: deadly pollution makes Ulaanbataar air too toxic for children to breathe, leaving parents little choice but to evacuate them to the countryside. BYAMBASUREN BYAMBA-OCHIR / AFP

Stand at your desk for a healthier, happier lifestyle

Mar 02, 2019 - 3:00 PM

The Thai Health Promotion Foundation's standing desk is designed to promote physical activity with its own exercise manual illustrating various poses and stretches that you can do while standing

WHO warns of 'backsliding' in measles fight as cases soar worldwide

Feb 15, 2019 - 7:56 AM

This is frustrating since the disease can be easily prevented with two doses of a 'safe and efficient' vaccine that has been in use since the 1960s, the UN agency says

WHO warns of 'backsliding' in measles fight as cases soar Health | measles | UN associated with x Geneva, Switzerland | AFP | Thursday 2/15/2019 - 04:06 UTC+8 | 510 words   ADDS MADAGASCAR FIGURES  The World Health Organization warned Thursday that efforts to halt the spread of measles were "backsliding", with case numbers worldwide surging around 50 percent last year.  AFP

Migrants need better access to health care in Europe – WHO

Jan 21, 2019 - 11:56 PM

Depending on the country and migrants' status, they may enjoy full access to the health care system or none at all

MIGRANTS. In this file photo taken on May 14, 2018 migrants look at the coastline as they stand aboard the French rescue ship MV Aquarius, off the coast of Sicily. File photo by Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP

Measles cases rise 30% worldwide – WHO

Nov 30, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Martin Friede, WHO's director of immunization, vaccines and biologicals says that 'supposed experts making accusations against the vaccine without any evidence' has had an impact on parents' decisions

From duets to sea disputes: When Chinese presidents visit Philippines

Nov 17, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Remember the duet of Fidel V. Ramos and Jiang Zemin, or the awkward walk of Noynoy Aquino and Xi Jinping?

PH-CHINA DUET. Chinese President Jiang Zemin (L) and Philippine President Fidel Ramos (R) sing a duet number with a string quartet at a state dinner for Jiang in Malacañang Palace on November 26, 1996. Photo by AFP

Ebola prevention measures make 'positive impact' in DR Congo

Nov 09, 2018 - 8:40 PM

'The fact that we have so far prevented Ebola from spreading into neighboring countries is a testament to the hard work and determination of staff from all partners,' says a WHO official

FIGHTING EBOLA. In this handout photograph released by UNICEF on May 13, 2018, health workers wear protective equipment as they prepare to attend to suspected Ebola patients at Bikoro Hospital on May 12, 2018. Photo by Mark Naftalin/UNICEF/AFP

U.N. treaty cracks down on heated tobacco products

Oct 07, 2018 - 5:00 AM

A consultant to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control ranks heated tobacco as less harmful than cigarettes but more deadly than e-cigarettes

RISKS. WHO says long-term testing on heated tobacco was non-existent and voiced concern that promoting the products would ultimately see less people quit smoking. Rappler file photo

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

Duterte special envoy short-listed for top WHO post

Aug 03, 2018 - 3:58 PM

Dr Susan Mercado is among 4 nominees vying for the position of the World Health Organization's Western Pacific Regional Director

SHORTLIST. Dr Susan Mercado makes the shortlist for a top position in the World Health Organization. Photo from the Department of Foreign Affairs

Jodie Whittaker gives 'Doctor Who' the female touch

Jul 20, 2018 - 2:42 PM

'I knew, obviously, being the first female it was going to have some extra responsibility thrown in,' says the actress at the Comic-Con in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 19: Jodie Whittaker attends SiriusXM's Entertainment Weekly Radio Broadcasts Live From Comic Con in San Diego at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on July 19, 2018 in San Diego, California. Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for SiriusXM/AFP

Jung Hae-in reenacts lines from 'Something in the Rain'

Jul 02, 2018 - 3:00 PM

The Korean actor shares to Rappler his favorite lines from the drama

'SOMETHING IN THE RAIN.' Korean actor Jung Hae-in shares to Rappler his favorite lines from his most recent drama. Photo by Rappler

HIGHLIGHTS: Jung Hae-in makes Filipinos smile in 1st fan meeting

Jul 01, 2018 - 12:46 PM

#TeamBahay? Don't worry, we got you covered.

CHILDHOOD MEMORIES. Jung Hae-in talks about some of his childhood memories during his fan meeting in Manila. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Korean actor Jung Hae-in excited to meet 'cheerful' Filipino fans

Jun 30, 2018 - 9:11 AM

He also talks about how he prepared for his scene-stealing role as Han Woo-tak in 'While You Were Sleeping'

Jung Hae-in fanmeeting in Manila. Photo by Rappler

DR Congo reports 3 new Ebola cases

May 19, 2018 - 7:34 PM

The WHO has said the latest Ebola outbreak did not warrant being labelled an emergency of 'international concern', adding that Kinshasa's response along with its own has been 'rapid and comprehensive'

#PugadBaboy: Filmfest Entry

Dec 23, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Heavy air pollution shuts down schools in Iran

Dec 18, 2017 - 5:11 PM

Every year, Iran's sprawling capital suffers some of the worst pollution in the world when cool temperatures cause an effect known as 'temperature inversion'

MASKED. Iranian women wearing face masks wait at a bus stop as winter's heavy pollution has hit new highs in the capital Tehran, on December 17, 2017. Photo by Atta Kenare/AFP

Garin: Talks on dengue vaccine began during predecessor's time

Dec 09, 2017 - 9:58 AM

Former health secretary Janette Garin also brings up the controversial clinical trials of anti-dengue treatment ActRx TriAct ordered by her predecessor, Enrique Ona, in 2014

DENGUE VACCINE. Health Secretary Janette Garin says discussions on the dengue vaccine started during the time of her predecessor Enrique Ona. File photos by Rappler

WHO on Dengvaxia, Dela Rosa’s replacement, Trump on Jerusalem | Midday wRap

Dec 06, 2017 - 12:03 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

W.H.O. didn't recommend Dengvaxia for PH vaccination program

Dec 05, 2017 - 9:30 PM

The World Health Organization supports DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III's suspension of the school-based dengue vaccination program

RISKY VACCINE. Inspectors check out boxes of Dengvaxia, the world's first dengue vaccine. File photo from Sanofi Pasteur

Organize your home: How to fix your kitchen pantry

Dec 04, 2017 - 2:30 PM

Mothers Who Brunch held a pantry party to show us how to make use of our pantry space

Apple removes games glorifying PH drug war

Nov 29, 2017 - 2:06 PM

Games like 'Duterte knows Kung Fu: Pinoy Crime Fighter' and 'Tsip Bato: Ang Bumangga Giba!' have been taken down from Apple's app store

Screenshot from 'Duterte Fighting Crime 2'


Philippines declared free of maternal and neonatal tetanus – DOH

Nov 29, 2017 - 1:10 PM

The maternal and neonatal elimination status is achieved when there is less than one case of the disease per 1,000 live births in every region

MATERNAL CARE. Maternal and neonatal tetanus is a disease that indicates lack of access to proper healthcare.

Women Who Code Manila holds ladies' hackathon on November 24

Nov 23, 2017 - 10:28 AM

From November 24 to 26, Women Who Code Manila will hold its biggest event of the year, designed to boost the confidence women in programming

LISTEN: Noel Gallagher releases new song, ‘It’s a Beautiful World’

Nov 17, 2017 - 4:34 PM

The song comes out a few days before the release of a new album from the ex-Oasis frontman

NOEL GALLAGHER. The Manchester musician's band, High Flying Birds, releases a new song. Screengrab from Facebook.com/noelgallaghermusic

WHO chief rescinds Mugabe ambassador role after outcry

Oct 22, 2017 - 11:15 PM

(UPDATED) World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus takes back his decision after the appointment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe sparks outrage

This file photo taken on April 13, 2016 shows Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe speaking during the burial of two national heroines, Victoria Chitepo and Vivian Mwashita, at the National Heroes Acre, in Harare. Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Sotto grills Ubial over foreign trips, WHO-funded travels

Oct 03, 2017 - 3:09 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial maintains that her international trips are all aboveboard

CONFIRMATION HEARING. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial faces the Commission on Appointments panel deliberating on her confirmation on October 3, 2017. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Seats that save kids’ lives: Why are they rarely used in the Philippines?

Aug 16, 2017 - 9:46 AM

A new study offers interesting insights It also debunks fallacies

CAR SEAT. Mark Escueta spent â?±17,000 for a brand-new car seat for his son Pele. He considers the money well-spent. The car seat kept the boy safe during the violent crash on July 10 that left Peleâ??s mom, actress and TV host Jolina Magdangal, with slight injuries. Photo supplied by Mark Escueta

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

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Saudi Arabia pledges $33.7M to UN to battle cholera in Yemen

Aug 06, 2017 - 11:05 PM

The cholera outbreak in Yemen has already claimed the lives of at least 1 915 people since April

A Yemeni woman suspected of being infected with cholera receive treatment at a makeshift hospital in Sanaa on July 13, 2017. More than 320,000 suspected cholera cases have been reported in nearly all of Yemen's districts and at least 1,740 people have died from the outbreak, said Stephen O'Brien, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs. / AFP PHOTO / Mohammed HUWAIS