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Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams gets help for mental health

Jul 18, 2018 - 11:54 AM

The singer opens up about her mental health issues on Instagram

MICHELLE WILLIAMS. The singer gets honest about her struggle with depression. Photo from Instagram.com/michellewilliams

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 16, 2018

Jul 16, 2018 - 10:27 AM

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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

Duque: Access to primary health care depends on coordination with LGUs

Jul 11, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says implementation of the proposed universal health care law would have to be done by closely working with local government units

PRE-SONA FORUM. Officials from the Human Development and Poverty Reduction cluster and the Participatory Governance cluster answer questions at the pre-SONA 2018 forum. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Less than half of 102 migrant children to rejoin parents by deadline

Jul 11, 2018 - 3:49 PM

Ordered by a judge to reunite all children under the age of 5 with their families by July 10, officials say 4 have already rejoined their parents and another 34 reunifications will take place through the day

AT THE BORDER. A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle illuminates a group of Central American asylum seekers before taking them into custody near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. File photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

Duterte to certify as urgent universal healthcare coverage bill

Jul 10, 2018 - 10:27 AM

Supporters of the bill say the proposed measure would give Filipinos the 'full spectrum' of health services but its critics fear it would allow private facilities to dominate the health care system

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 27th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on July 9, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Sanofi shuts down factory over toxic waste outcry

Jul 10, 2018 - 8:10 AM

France Nature Environment, a federation of some 3,500 environmental associations, says the Mourenx site has been emitting 'dangerous material at astronomical levels'

HALT IN PRODUCTION. French pharmaceuticals group Sanofi shut down a chemical factory in southwest France, in the wake of media reports that toxic waste emissions exceeded the norms. File photo of Mourenx site from Sanofi's official website

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

In memory of Julia, Nonie and Shamaine Buencamino launch mental health project

Jul 06, 2018 - 1:00 PM

The Julia Buencamino project wants to build a community where kids dealing with mental illness can express themselves, without fear of judgment

Buencamino Project. Photo by Pre del Valle/Rappler

Mental health also important in DRRM, psychiatrist says

Jul 05, 2018 - 4:48 PM

Psychiatrist Dr June Caridad Pagaduan-Lopez believes mental health education will help communities in disaster resilience

MENTAL HEALTH. Dr. June Caridad Pagaduan-Lopez talks about Balik Kalipay’s efforts in improving the mental health of several Yolanda victims. Photo by Angelica Yang/Rappler

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

Japan's emperor resumes duties after illness

Jul 05, 2018 - 11:17 AM

A palace spokesman says the monarch on Thursday, July 5, is 'doing his official duties as usual,' declining to comment further

EMPEROR AKIHITO. This file photo taken on April 25, 2018 shows Japan's Emperor Akihito smiling during the spring garden party hosted by the emperor in Tokyo. Pool photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP

Barangay health stations project 'good' but fate hinges on COA – Duque

Jul 04, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the Commission on Audit fraud report on the project will provide the 'documentary evidence that can give us the full truthful story'

GOOD PROJECT. Health Secretary Francisco Duque said the Barangay Health Stations was a good project despite because it aimed to provide basic health services to Filipinos in far-flung areas. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators: Like Dengvaxia, Barangay Health Station funds 'rushed' for 2016 polls

Jul 04, 2018 - 4:45 PM

But former health secretary Janette Garin denies the allegation, saying the government has continuously funded the nationwide Barangay Health Stations project

Hearing on BHS Anomaly Senate Hearing July 4 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Contractor cites lack of DOH, DepEd coordination in Barangay Health Stations project

Jul 04, 2018 - 3:20 PM

A JBros Construction Corporation executive tells a Senate panel that a barangay health station the company built in a public elementary school in Lipa, Batangas, was demolished to give way to a gym

DEMOLISHED. JBros Construction Director Julieanne Jorge Photo said the company documented a completed health station demolished in Lipa, Batangas. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duque hits Garin over 'poor planning' for Barangay Health Stations project

Jul 04, 2018 - 2:45 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the project's problems can be traced to 'very defective' planning by former health chief Janette Garin and her team

Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Garin denies PhilHealth seniors' fund diverted to Barangay Health Stations project

Jul 04, 2018 - 2:14 PM

Former health chief Janette Garin and Heath Undersecretary Roger Tong-an say the final source of funds for the project came from the health department’s miscellaneous personnel benefits fund

DENIED. Former Health Secretary Janette Garin denied funds from PhilHealth were waived in favor of establishing health units nationwide. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Senators hit 'dangerous' gov't practice of not filling posts for savings

Jul 04, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Senators Joseph Victor Ejercito and Sherwin Gatchalian say not spending the Miscellaneous Personnel Benefits Fund for unfilled positions is a questionable practice

Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Here’s how you can avoid getting sick this rainy season

Jul 03, 2018 - 12:19 PM

Avoid sick leaves!

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, July 3, 2018

Jul 03, 2018 - 11:34 AM

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Brawl at FIBA: PHI vs AUS July 2. Photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: DOH launches hands-only CPR training program

Jul 02, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the Department of Health focused on hands-only CPR training for this year's National Disaster Resilience Month as people can easily learn it to save lives

TRAINING. Officials from the Department of Health demonstrate hands-only cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for National Disaster Resilience Month. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/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

How these millennials are fighting mental illness with art, Scripture

Jul 01, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Representing the Philippines, the team of Where There Is Hope will be highlighting their advocacy for mental health awareness at the United Nations Youth Assembly this coming August

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

[OPINYON] Kasama tayo sa laban para sa mental health

Jun 29, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Kaliwa’t kanan ang mga pulong ng iba’t ibang sektor para tiyakin ang tamang pagpapatupad ng Republic Act 11036. Ano’ng magagawa mo? Simulan natin sa ating sarili.

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

Nature never tells all at first sight

Jun 24, 2018 - 11:00 AM

When will the rest of us come out of the closet of our own biases?

Cambodia finds 33 surrogate mothers in raid on illegal business

Jun 23, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Five people, including a Chinese national, were arrested during the operation in the capital late Friday

DETAINED. Australian national Tammy Davis-Charles (2nd L), seen with other detainees on August 3, 2017, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for sourcing clients for a surrogacy clinic in the impoverished kingdom, as authorities crackdown on 'womb for rent' businesses. Photo by Tang Chhin Sothy / AFP

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 22, 2018

Jun 22, 2018 - 11:32 AM

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MELANIA TRUMP. US First Lady Melania Trump departs Andrews Air Rorce Base in Maryland June 21, 2018 wearing a jacket emblazoned with the words "I really don't care, do you?" following her surprise visit with child migrants on the US-Mexico border. Photo by Mandel Ngan/ AFP

'Major victory': Groups hail signing of Philippine Mental Health law

Jun 21, 2018 - 4:40 PM

'We say goodbye to taboo, superstition, and myths about mental health issues now that services are made accessible for all citizens,' says Akbayan spokesperson Gio Tingson

Mental health groups and student organizations commend the passage of the Philippine Mental Health Law.

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 21, 2018

Jun 21, 2018 - 12:53 PM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the 120th Anniversary of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) at the DFA Office in Pasay City on June 18, 2018, reiterates his stance of improving the peace and order situation in the country so that it would become more conducive for progress. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte signs Philippine Mental Health law

Jun 21, 2018 - 11:34 AM

(2nd UPDATE) 'Help is finally here,' says Senator Risa Hontiveros, author and principal sponsor of the landmark measure that provides affordable and accessible mental health services

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Canada to legalize cannabis October 17 – Trudeau

Jun 21, 2018 - 10:32 AM

Under the new legislation, adults – either 18 or 19, depending on the province or territory – can legally buy, grow and consume cannabis in limited amounts

CANNABIS. New Amsterdam Cafe owner Todd Bolli checks his inventory as he stands behind the counter of his retail shop June 20, 2018 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced recreational pot will be legal as of October 17 in Canada. Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images/AFP

Janet Jackson reveals 'intense' battle with depression

Jun 21, 2018 - 10:11 AM

The singer tells Essence magazine that she has found joy after giving birth to her son Eissa last year

Singer/songwriter Janet Jackson attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards 2018 at the MGM Grand Resort International on May 20, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada / AFP PHOTO / LISA O'CONNOR

Duterte wants health warnings on sugary drinks

Jun 20, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez says his department will coordinate with the Food and Drug Administration to finalize implementation of President Rodrigo Duterte's order in the next few months

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

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, June 19, 2018

Jun 19, 2018 - 10:55 AM

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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is accompanied by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano upon his arrival at the Department Foreign Affairs (DFA) Building in Pasay City for the 120TH Anniversary celebration of DFA on June 18, 2018. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Video gaming addictive like crack – WHO

Jun 18, 2018 - 10:45 PM

Key symptoms include 'impaired control' – notably the inability to stop playing – and focusing on the game to the exclusion of everything else

GAMERS. Game enthusiasts and industry personnel play 'Quake Champions' during the Electronic Entertainment Expo E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center on June 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

DOH uncovers billion peso irregularity in Barangay Health Station project – Duque

Jun 18, 2018 - 8:36 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the P8.1 billion project did not have validated sites before it started construction in 2016. So far, this has cost the Deparment of Health P1.2 billion.

IRREGULAR. Health Secretary Francisco Duque said findings from a task force created to look into the Barangay Health Station Project found 'multi-billion' irregularities. Photo by Sofia Tomacruz/Rappler

Prevention key to dealing with spike in suicide rate

Jun 14, 2018 - 2:42 PM

Countries torn apart by conflict, such as Sri Lanka, are among the most affected, while South Korea and Japan are on the top of the list of industrialized countries dealing with high suicide rates

WHO chief says Ebola outbreak in DR Congo 'not over'

Jun 13, 2018 - 12:26 PM

'On the basis of statistics, we can say that the situation has stabilized but the war is not over, we must reinforce vigilance and surveillance,' says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom

EBOLA VACCINE. Nurses working with the World Health Organization administer the Ebola vaccine to a local doctor at the town hall of Mbandaka on May 21, 2018 during the launch of the Ebola vaccination campaign.  File photo by Junior Kannah/AFP

[OPINION] Shame is not my name

Jun 12, 2018 - 9:56 AM

You are not alone. You do not deserve to be judged, hurt, or be called derogatory names. You deserve to belong and be acknowledged.

CA denies pro-life group's plea vs FDA

Jun 11, 2018 - 10:14 PM

The Court of Appeals decision effectively lifts a TRO by the Supreme Court and paves the way for the implementation of the Reproductive Health Law

JUNKED. The Court of Appeals denied an appeal filed by the Alliance For the Family Foundation Philippines, Incorporated against the Food and Drug Administration Authority.

PhilHealth should cover psychiatric consultation fees – Angara

Jun 10, 2018 - 5:22 PM

The recent deaths of food journalist Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade have sparked calls to strengthen mental health policies worldwide

CONSULT. Seeking the help of trained professionals is an important step in the early prevention and treatment of mentail illness.

The cruelty of mental illness

Jun 09, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Unless we recognize that mental health is as important as physical health, we will keep losing more people. And it is getting harder to ignore it.

U.S. fears of 'mystery weapon' revived by new China diplomat cases

Jun 09, 2018 - 4:51 PM

The new cases eerily echo the odd noises and subsequent illnesses suffered by 24 U.S. diplomats evacuated from Cuba since 2016, deepening a baffling medical enigma.

CUBA. US Marines stand outside the Embassy of the United State of America in Havana, on February 21, 2018. Photo by Adalberto Roque / AFP

Blood test may predict premature birth

Jun 08, 2018 - 4:02 PM

A report in the journal Science says the test can also be used to estimate the mother's due date 'as reliably as and less expensively than ultrasound'

Employees hold nationwide vigil to protest PhilHealth mismanagement

Jun 08, 2018 - 3:21 PM

(UPDATED) From Luzon to Mindanao, employees unite to protest the grave abuses inside the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation. They send photos deliberately blurred to hide their identities.

SHOW OF FORCE. PhilHealth employees nationwide wear black shirts in protest of the mismanagement of the agency.

Mediterranean could become a 'sea of plastic' – WWF

Jun 08, 2018 - 9:36 AM

The WWF says the Mediterranean has record levels of 'micro-plastics,' the tiny pieces of plastic less than 5 millimeters in size which can be found increasingly in the food chain posing a threat to human health