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Diet soda may be hurting your diet

May 26, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Recent medical studies suggest that policymakers eager to implement a soda tax may also want to include diet drinks because these sweeteners may be contributing to chronic diabetes and cardiovascular diseases as well

Coca-Cola is the world’s most popular carbonated soft drink. The original is made with sugar, but the others contain artificial sweeteners that are now linked to a rise in obesity and diabetes. By Chones/shutterstock.com

Obese hospital patients more likely to survive infectious disease – study

May 25, 2018 - 11:49 AM

A study in Denmark shows that people with extra weight are twice as likely to survive hospitalization for an infectious disease but the caveat is that they are high risk for heart disease and diabetes

Debunking common myths about gum care and overall dental hygiene

May 23, 2018 - 5:53 PM

Are you an oral hygiene offender?

World faces 'staggering' obesity challenge – study

May 23, 2018 - 8:04 AM

According to research, if current trends continue, 22% of people in the world will be obese by 2045 – up from 14% last year

11 out of 87 kids died of dengue despite Dengvaxia shot – DOH

May 22, 2018 - 3:43 PM

Health Undersecretary Enrique Domingo says several epidemiological tests will have to be conducted over the next few years to confirm if Dengvaxia itself influenced the deaths

ASSISTANCE TO VACCINEES. DOH Undersecretary Enrique Domingo talks to reporters after the House appropriations committee approval the P1.16-billion Dengvaxia supplemental budget. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappelr

UK pledges millions to fund development of cancer-detecting AI

May 22, 2018 - 12:31 PM

In the UK, AI-powered early detection technology could help 3 in 4 people survive cancer by 2034


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'

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'

WHO says 'high risk' Ebola will spread in DR Congo

May 18, 2018 - 5:14 PM

Ebola is lethal and highly contagious, which makes it difficult to contain – especially in urban environments where people are mobile and come into more contact with others

QUARNTINE. In this file photo taken on June 13, 2017, Health workers work at an Ebola quarantine unit in Muma, after a one case of Ebola was confirmed in their village. Photo by John Wessels/AFP

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

WHO says Ebola outbreak has spread to a Congo city

May 17, 2018 - 5:29 PM

(UPDATED) The outbreak, publicly declared on May 8, had previously been reported in a rural area of Equateur that lies roughly 150 kilometers from the city

EBOLA IN CONGO. In this handout photograph released by UNICEF on May 13, 2018, a health worker wears protective equipment as he looks on at Bikoro Hospital - the epicenter of the latest Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo - on May 12, 2018, which has sealed off a ward to diagnose suspected Ebola patients and provide treatment. Photo by Mark Naftalin/UNICEF/AFP

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

If you think you’re safe in your own home, think again

May 17, 2018 - 1:11 PM

You’re living and sleeping with germs and bacteria!

House panel to DOH: Fund vaccinated kids' profiling, not anti-dengue kits

May 16, 2018 - 3:45 PM

House appropriations committee chairperson Karlo Nograles says the Department of Health should prioritize the medical profiling of the children who got the risky Dengvaxia vaccine

ANTI-DENGUE KITS. These are samples of the anti-dengue kits the DOH plans to give to all children vaccinated with Dengvaxia. File photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Tick tock: Study links body clock to mood disorders

May 16, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Individuals with a history of disrupting their body's natural rhythm – working night shifts, for example, or suffering repeated jetlag – tend to have a higher lifetime risk of mood disorders, feelings of unhappiness, and cognitive problems

What's 'HANGINfection' and how can you protect yourself?

May 15, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Germs lurk on dirty surfaces, but they’re also in the air you breathe

U.S. first lady hospitalized with 'benign' kidney condition

May 15, 2018 - 3:51 PM

The 48-year-old former model is expected to stay in hospital 'for the duration of the week'

MELANIA. Melania Trump, wife of US President Donald Trump, waves to the crowd at the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. File photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

WHO reports new Ebola case in DR Congo, vaccine this week

May 14, 2018 - 7:10 AM

The World Health Organization is planning to begin a vaccination campaign in the area, near the border with the Republic of Congo, using an available stockpile of an experimental vaccine

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

Contrary to OIC claim, PhilHealth rents housing for its officers

May 13, 2018 - 3:45 PM

Documents and photos contradict the claim of interim president Celestina Ma Jude de la Serna that PhilHealth 'doesn't have a service apartment' so she has to stay in hotels

400 health workers get training to assist families of Dengvaxia recipients

May 12, 2018 - 5:22 PM

DOH-Calabarzon Regional Director Eduardo Janairo says the training will enable the health workers to gain the trust of parents whose kids received the risky dengue vaccine

Paulina Calo, DOH Calabarzon mental health program coordinator, spearheads the 3-day psychosocial training for health workers who will handle community work for the affected families of Dengvaxia in the region. Photo from DOH Calabarzon

DOH orders speedy release of Dengvaxia claims in Calabarzon

May 10, 2018 - 6:00 PM

DOH Regional Director Eduardo Janairo says they will implement guidelines tailor-made for the needs of the claimants in order to lessen the burden of having to prepare too many documents

DENGVAXIA. The House of Representatives resumes its hearing on the controversial government immunization program on February 26, 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

FitCon MNL kicks off on May 18

May 08, 2018 - 9:00 PM

The fitness and health convention features over 60 workshops in 3 days

GETTING FIT. Participants can learn about the latest in nutrition, sports science, and workout programs.

Taiwan hits back at WHO exclusion under Beijing pressure

May 08, 2018 - 3:30 PM

Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council says that under the World Health Organization charter, Taiwan should be allowed 'equal participation' in all WHO events

WHO. The logo of the World Health Organization is pictured on the facade of the WHO headquarters on October 24, 2017 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Duterte to create 3-man panel of experts on Dengvaxia

May 08, 2018 - 1:54 PM

Malacañang says according to President Rodrigo Duterte, he 'will be bound by the findings' of these 3 experts – all Asians, no Westerners – on whether Dengvaxia 'caused deaths'

PANEL OF EXPERTS. President Rodrigo Duterte forms a 3-man panel of experts on the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine. Malacañang file photo

COA questions Dengvaxia procurement process

May 08, 2018 - 12:46 PM

The Commission on Audit also notes a discrepancy on the shelf life of the vaccine in the procurement documents

DENGUE VACCINE. A health worker shows off vials of Dengvaxia vaccine administered to students during the school-based immunization in Manila on December 4, 2017. File Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PhilHealth OIC seeks meeting with Duterte to defend trips

May 06, 2018 - 7:15 PM

'If somebody from Malacañang is watching, I am waiting for the President to call me or if I can set an appointment with him, at least hear my side,' says PhilHealth interim president Celestina Ma Jude de la Serna

You can now customize your diet according to your DNA

May 04, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Pru Life UK offers a new service: DNA testing for a healthier lifestyle

In Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte, barangays are rewarded for being healthy

May 03, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Mayor Alfredo Coro II has introduced a system where barangays earn monetary rewards according to how they meet health indicators every year

IMPROVED HEALTH NUMBERS. The number of infant deaths in Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte, has dropped significantly, and the communities are able to detect major communicable diseases even before they became uncontrollable. Photo by Kaya Natin! Movement

PhilHealth OIC spends P627k for travels amid P9-B net loss in 2017

May 02, 2018 - 8:09 PM

State auditors ask PhilHealth interim president Celestina Ma. Jude de la Serna to explain the 'irregular' allowances she received, amounting to almost a million pesos in 2017

Photo from Philhealth website

9 out of 10 people breathing polluted air – WHO

May 02, 2018 - 9:05 AM

'Air pollution threatens us all, but the poorest and most marginalized people bear the brunt of the burden,' World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says in a statement

SMOG. A man wearing a mask visits a park amid heavy air pollution in Beijing on December 20, 2016. File photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

NBA begins to address mental health among athletes

Apr 30, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Despite being busy with the playoffs, Toronto Raptors star DeMar DeRozan and Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love are helping jump start the NBA's program

MORE THAN BASKETBALL. The NBA goes beyond basketball as it tackles mental health.


Some antidepressants may be linked to dementia – study

Apr 26, 2018 - 10:23 AM

'What we don't know for sure is whether the medication is the cause' of the dementia, says a co-author of the study

George H.W. Bush recovering in hospital – office

Apr 26, 2018 - 8:40 AM

The former US president has been moved from intensive care to a regular room at the hospital, where he is 'expected to continue his recovery there for several more days'

BUSH SENIOR. In this file photo, former US President George H.W. Bush arrives for the coin toss prior to Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. File photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images/AFP

Hospitals, health facilities in Aklan on code white alert

Apr 25, 2018 - 10:18 AM

Code white alert means the personnel of medical hospitals and municipal health offices are ready to provide the necessary health services

George H.W. Bush hospitalized day after wife's funeral

Apr 24, 2018 - 8:30 AM

'He is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering. We will issue additional updates as events warrant,' the office of the former president says in a statement

HOSPITALIZED. In this file photo, Former US President George H. W. Bush points to his wife Barbara Bush (not in photo) during an event in the East Room of the White House July 15, 2013 in Washington, DC. File photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Google developing AI microscope that detects cancer cells in real-time

Apr 23, 2018 - 1:51 PM

The device is essentially an ordinary light microscope, commonly used by pathologists, tweaked with artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) technology

VISUALIZED DETECTION. A screenshot from a Google video demonstrates the AI- and AR-assisted microscope being developed by the search giant. Screenshot from YouTube/Google


An expert explains why intermittent fasting might not be good for you

Apr 22, 2018 - 11:11 AM

Thinking about trying intermittent fasting? Maybe you should think again.

Fitbit launches Versa in the Philippines for P13,890

Apr 19, 2018 - 5:09 PM

Fitbit's stylish fitness tracker is finally released worldwide following its release in the US back in March

FITBITS. The Fitbit Versa comes in a multitude of band designs and materials. All photos by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler


DOH: Over 3,000 students hospitalized after Dengvaxia shot

Apr 13, 2018 - 10:36 PM

The health department reveals that 1,967 out of the 3,281 patients 'were found to have contracted dengue, as confirmed through clinical and serological tests'

DENGVAXIA UPDATES. Health Undersecretary Rolando Enrique Domingo holds a press nriefing on Dengvaxia. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Alcohol guidelines in many countries may not be safe – study

Apr 13, 2018 - 12:01 PM

Research says regularly drinking more than 100 grammes of alcohol per week – about 5 or 6 medium glasses of wine or pints of beer – is linked to a shorter life expectancy for men and women

DOH launches 'Ligtas Tigdas' as measles cases rise to 723

Apr 12, 2018 - 2:40 PM

The Department of health will hold supplemental measles vaccination drives for children 4 years old and below in Metro Manila and parts of Mindanao from April to June

MEASLES VACCINE. The DOH launches a new strategy to help address the rising cases of measles in the country

Night owls risk dying younger, should sleep in – study

Apr 12, 2018 - 2:28 PM

'This is a public health issue that can no longer be ignored,' says study co-author Malcolm van Schantz, who argues that 'night types' should be allowed to start and finish work later in the day

U.S. approves artificial-intelligence device for diabetic eye problems

Apr 12, 2018 - 12:00 PM

The device, called IDx-DR, can diagnose a condition called diabetic retinopathy, the most common cause of vision loss among the more than 30 million Americans living with diabetes

Gordon clears Ubial of liability despite Dengvaxia program expansion

Apr 11, 2018 - 3:15 PM

'She can be a witness later on. She was pressured.... As far as we are concerned, she was not the most guilty,' says Senator Richard Gordon, a staunch administration ally

Senate hearing on the Dengvaxia immunization program of the DOH on February 21, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Japanese tourist dies on Leaning Tower of Pisa

Apr 11, 2018 - 2:38 PM

Authorities say the 63-year-old was on the 4th floor of the tilted Tuscan monument when he fell ill and died on the spot as emergency services attempted to revive him

Russian ex-spy's poisoned daughter says growing stronger

Apr 06, 2018 - 8:58 AM

'I woke up over a week ago now and am glad to say my strength is growing daily,' says Yulia Skripal

AFTER SPY ATTACK. In this file photo taken on March 8, members of the emergency services in green biohazard encapsulated suits fix the tent over the bench where where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found on March 4 in critical condition at The Maltings shopping centre in Salisbury, southern England. File photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Dengvaxia victims' kin file complaint vs DOH, Sanofi, Zuellig execs

Apr 06, 2018 - 7:30 AM

The respondents are accused of 'intentionally inoculating the Dengvaxia recipients with an unsafe product undergoing clinical trial, which caused [their]...untimely death'

SEEKING JUSTICE. Families of children whose deaths after receiving Dengvaxia are being investigated accompany Public Attorney’s Office chief Persida Acosta in filing criminal complaints against 35 officials of the Department of Health, Sanofi Pasteur, and Zuellig Pharma at the Department of Justice in Manila on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

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

After Dengvaxia scare, measles cases soar to 598

Apr 03, 2018 - 12:53 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III appeals to parents to allow their children to get the 'very safe' and 'protective' vaccine against measles offered by the government

RISING CASES. More and more Filipinos are getting rashes like this due to measles.

[OPINION] New beginnings

Apr 02, 2018 - 1:45 PM

My disability has led me to learn to accept how life can be arbitrary. There are many things I can be grateful for and there are many things I have to just accept and overcome.