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Doctors' groups push DOH moves to fight dengue

Aug 16, 2019 - 4:50 PM

Doctors' groups emphasize 'vector control and early consultation' as key steps to combat the ongoing national dengue epidemic

VECTOR CONTROL, EARLY CONSULT. Health secretary Francisco Duque III visits Dengue patients inside the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on July 16, 2019. Photo by Ben Nabong /Rappler

New law strengthens disease surveillance and reporting

Jul 16, 2019 - 7:19 PM

The law mandates the health department to continuously develop and upgrade the list of nationally notifiable diseases and health events of public concern

DISEASE SURVEILLANCE. A new law strengthens the reporting and surveillance of notifiable diseases like measles and dengue. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

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

Ebola cases in DR Congo break 2,000 mark

Jun 05, 2019 - 12:29 AM

There have been fewer attacks on Ebola teams by armed groups, which means health workers have 'recovered some of the lost time to contain the spread of the epidemic'

EBOLA DEATHS. Health workers prepare to bury a coffin containing a victim of the ebola virus on May 16, 2019 in Butembo. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

'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

The quest to save the banana from extinction

Apr 20, 2019 - 8:00 AM

The Cavendish banana may have had a remarkable journey from colonial curiosity to global staple. But its success has helped create a food system with a fatal flaw.

RACE AGAINST TIME? Cavendish bananas may not be around for much longer. Steve Hopson/wikipedia, CC BY-SA

Alzheimer's disease: Have we got the cause all wrong?

Mar 30, 2019 - 9:00 AM

At a recent Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference, there was near universal agreement that it’s time to separate the concept of Alzheimer’s disease from the menace of dementia

THE BRAIN. Fer Gregory/Shutterstock

Tuberculosis can be eradicated by 2045 – experts

Mar 21, 2019 - 10:22 AM

Tuberculosis is the top infectious killer of our time, causing over 1.6 million deaths each year, says Eric Goosby, the United Nations' special envoy for the disease

Environment damage behind 1 in 4 global deaths, disease – U.N.

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:52 PM

(UPDATED) The Global Environment Outlook depicts a growing chasm between rich and poor countries as rampant overconsumption, pollution, and food waste in the developed world leads to hunger, poverty, and disease elsewhere

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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

Senate approves bill strengthening disease surveillance, reporting

Feb 05, 2019 - 9:11 AM

Senate Bill 2186 seeks to amend Republic Act 3573 or the Law on Reporting of Communicable Diseases

PUBLIC HEALTH. Senate Bill 2186 seeks to strengthen reporting and surveillance of diseases considered a public health concern.  Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Let them eat more fat? Researcher argues that a balance of types of fat is the key

Jan 26, 2019 - 1:00 PM

As a research professor in the field of nutrition and dietetics, I am convinced that findings from our work, along with other published current evidence, show that the concept that dietary fat is 'toxic' is very much outdated and misguided

BALANCED MIX. A mix of fats, such as those found in nuts, avocados, salmon and olives, could be healthy and more satisfying. Craevschii Family/Shutterstock.com

DOH tips to protect yourself against flu, pneumonia

Jan 13, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Here's how you can avoid diseases which are common during cold weather

Graphic by Alyssa Arizabal

2018 top science stories: Rhino skeleton, climate change, and Lego heads

Dec 28, 2018 - 2:00 PM

As we wrap up 2018, the Mind Movers of the Mind Museum write about some of this year's most important science stories

Baby boom for some nations, bust for others – study

Nov 09, 2018 - 2:10 PM

While the world's population skyrocketed from 2.6 billion in 1950 to 7.6 billion in 2017, that growth is deeply uneven according to region and income

Self-lubricating latex could boost condom use – study

Oct 17, 2018 - 2:41 PM

Because the material has yet to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, the liquid-loving latex has yet to be tested during intercourse

FAST FACTS: What is Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria?

Oct 11, 2018 - 2:58 PM

Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria, an autoimmune skin disease, affects around 1.8% of the world's population

CHRONIC HIVES. Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria is characterized by red, swollen patches on the skin that cause severe itching. Photo from Shutterstock

Lifestyle diseases 'rapidly rising' in Western Pacific region – WHO

Oct 08, 2018 - 6:21 PM

Diseases, such as diabetes, cancers, or cardiovascular diseases, have contributed to about 80% of deaths in the region, says WHO Western Pacific regional director Dr Shin Young-soo

China HIV/AIDS cases surge by 14%

Sep 30, 2018 - 7:30 AM

More than 40,000 new HIV/AIDS cases are reported in the second quarter alone

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

The lovely secrets of the 'signing' brain

Sep 23, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Sign language is another language, and therefore, another rich world, another empowering culture that, like any other language, expands your mind

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

Despite some progress, Alzheimer's fight falling flat

Sep 20, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Despite decades of research and hundreds of millions of dollars, the precise cause of the neurodegenerative disease – which leaves victims suffering from memory loss, disorientation and behavioural problems – remains poorly understood

South Korea reports first MERS case in 3 years

Sep 08, 2018 - 7:33 PM

'Authorities have traced and separated 20 people who have come in close contact with the infected person,' says the head of Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Avril Lavigne returns after near-death Lyme illness

Sep 07, 2018 - 9:24 AM

The Canadian singer returns with a new song 'Head Above Water'

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

Bea Rose Santiago diagnosed with chronic kidney disease

Aug 07, 2018 - 9:28 AM

Bea reminds everyone to see a doctor before trying a diet or drinking pre-workout drinks

Teetotallers, like big drinkers, more prone to dementia – study

Aug 02, 2018 - 1:33 PM

The research also finds that – among moderate drinkers – wine consumption correlated with a lower risk of dementia than beer or spirits, such as whiskey, gin or vodka

LIQUOR. A file photo of a liquor store in Glasgow. Photo by Andy Buchanan/AFP

Omega 3 supplements don't protect against heart disease – new review

Jul 28, 2018 - 7:30 AM

It looks as though our belief in omega 3 supplements over all these years may have been driven by a few flawed studies and our own bias

OMEGA 3 capsules. R_Szatkowski/Shutterstock.com

WHO recognizes 'compulsive sexual behavior' as mental disorder

Jul 15, 2018 - 8:55 PM

But the World Health Organization stops short of lumping the condition together with addictive behaviors like substance abuse or gambling

Digital addiction: How technology keeps us hooked

Jul 07, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Technology is designed to utilize the basic human need to feel a sense of belonging and connection with others

DIGITAL ADDICTION. There are a number of reasons why you can't get away from your screen. Photo from shutterstock

DOH declares leptospirosis outbreak in several barangays

Jul 05, 2018 - 11:58 AM

(UPDATED) Cases in several Metro Manila cities now breach the average number in the last 5 years

WHAT TO AVOID. The Department of Health and World Health Organization warn against wading in floodwaters due to risk of leptospirosis. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

DOH records 60% increase in leptospirosis cases in NCR

Jul 02, 2018 - 12:58 PM

Nationwide, the DOH also recorded a 41% increase, with 1,040 leptospirosis cases recorded as of June 16, 2018

INCREASED CASES. Health Secretary Duque (R) says the Department of Health is prepared to handle the increased number of leptospirosis cases. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

FAST FACTS: What is leptospirosis?

Jul 01, 2018 - 7:25 PM

The Department of Health records 1,030 leptospirosis cases nationwide from January to June 9 this year

WHAT TO AVOID. The Department of Health and World Health Organization warn against wading in floodwaters due to risk of leptospirosis. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Air pollution plays significant role in diabetes - study

Jun 30, 2018 - 3:47 PM

Research by the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis said pollution contributed to 3.2 million new diabetes cases globally in 2016 – or around 14 percent of all new diabetes cases globally that year.

HAZE. An Indian commuter crosses railway tracks as dust covers sky in Jalandhar on June 15, 2018. Air pollution soared in New Delhi on June 14 to hazardous levels rarely seen outside winter months as sand blown from deserts enveloped the Indian capital in a once-in-a-decade phenomenon. Photo by Shammi Mehra / AFP

After 18 years, polio back in Papua New Guinea – WHO

Jun 26, 2018 - 3:48 PM

PNG has not had a case of the disease since 1996, and was certified as polio-free in 2000 along with the rest of the World Health Organization's Western Pacific region

Marriage is (literally) good for the heart – study

Jun 19, 2018 - 12:53 PM

The study says compared to people living in spousal union, the divorced, widowed or never married were 42% more likely to develop cardiovascular disease and 16% more likely to have coronary heart disease

French boy's rare disease fight leads family to Canada

Jun 16, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Julien was born in 2002 in Perpignan, in southern France. Right away, his parents Melanie and John Ferrer said they noticed some issues.

Melanie Ferrer helps her son Julien with an injection to help treat his genetic disorder hypophosphatasia, in Winnipeg, Canada, on May 17, 2018. Born in France, Ferrer's family moved to Winnipeg to experiment with a cure for hypophosphatasia. At birth, doctors gave Julien Ferrer only a slim chance of surviving a rare childhood bone disease. Fifteen years on, the French teen is living a normal life in Canada, where he received cutting-edge treatment -- and new hope for the future. Clément SABOURIN / AFP

Apple's internal documents show iPhone 6 models more likely to bend

May 25, 2018 - 1:43 PM

Apple's tests find the iPhone 6 is 3.3 times more likely to bend when compared to the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 6 Plus, meanwhile is 7.2 times more likely to bend compared to the iPhone 5S.

IPHONES 6 AND 6 PLUS. Image from Apple PR.

An egg a day may keep the doctor away, study claims

May 22, 2018 - 9:16 AM

Studying half-a-million healthy adults aged 30-79 over almost 9 years, researchers conclude that 'compared with non-consumers, daily egg consumption was associated with lower risk of CVD'

1 in 3 Filipinos could die from these diseases before age 70

May 18, 2018 - 5:03 PM

The World Health Organization and the Philippine health department say the risks come from tobacco use, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, and the harmful use of alcohol

Exercise does not delay decline in people with dementia – study

May 17, 2018 - 1:58 PM

While a fitness regime improved physical fitness in people with mild to moderate dementia, it 'does not slow cognitive impairment,' researchers report in The BMJ medical journal

Michelle Madrigal opens up about Hashimoto’s diagnosis

May 11, 2018 - 9:26 PM

The former actress says she prefers to heal herself ‘in a holistic way’

HEALING NATURALLY. Michelle Madrigal talks about how she is dealing with her Hashimoto's disease. Screenshot from Instagram.com/mitch_madrigal

Taxes key in war on 'lifestyle' disease – health experts

Apr 05, 2018 - 2:01 PM

In half-a-dozen studies in The Lancet, experts detail the link between poverty and non-communicable diseases and make the case for consumer taxes opposed by industry and many politicians

Gene therapies are proving their worth, but with million dollar price tags, it's not clear who should pay for them

Mar 31, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Is witnessing a starry night worth an eye-watering $425,000 per eye?

GENE THERAPY. Gene therapies became a clinical reality in 2017. Festa/Shutterstock

Are lonely hearts prone to cardiovascular disease?

Mar 27, 2018 - 9:56 AM

'Social isolation, but not loneliness ... remained as an independent risk factor for mortality,' researchers conclude

Study challenges 'healthy but obese' theory

Mar 16, 2018 - 9:21 AM

'Any public misconception of a potential 'protective' effect of fat on heart and stroke risks should be challenged,' says study co-author Stamatina Iliodromiti from the University of Glasgow

MEDICAL ATTENTION. In this photo, a physiotherapist (L) assists obese patients with exercises in an obesity unit at the CHU Angers teaching hospital in Angers, western France, on October 23, 2013. File photo by Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP

After Duterte’s remarks, PopCom reminds public condoms prevent HIV

Feb 19, 2018 - 7:37 PM

Commission on Population chief Juan Antonio Perez III says condoms are 'the preferred method' to prevent sexually transmitted diseases