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The legal profession has a mental health problem – which is an issue for everyone

Apr 20, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Contrary to typical cultural representations of lawyers, such as those typified by Suits, lawyers are not superhuman. Our research – and that of others – has indicated that this as a dangerous assumption to make.

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Global measles cases up 300% year-on-year – World Health Organization

Apr 15, 2019 - 11:59 PM

Measles, which is highly contagious, can be entirely prevented through a two-dose vaccine, but the World Health Organization is sounding the alarm over slipping global vaccination rates

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

More than 8,000 flee Libya fighting – U.N.

Apr 12, 2019 - 11:23 PM

Aside from those who have fled, UN spokesman Rheal Leblanc says that 'many families remain stranded inside conflict affected areas,' with safety fears rising and supplies running short

LIBYA CONFLICT. Libyan fighters loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) take cover behind a dirt barrier during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Dalai Lama discharged from hospital

Apr 12, 2019 - 7:36 PM

'I received the necessary medical treatments and now feel kind of normal,' the 83-year-old tells reporters in a video posted on his official Twitter account

Libya fighting kills 56 in a week – United Nations

Apr 11, 2019 - 5:34 PM

Syed Jaffar Hussain, the World Health Organization representative in Libya, warns an extended conflict and continuing casualties will 'drain the area's limited supplies and further damage health infrastructure'

LIBYA FIGHTING. A Libyan fighter loyal to the Government of National Accord (GNA) mans a turret mounted on the back of a pickup truck during clashes with forces loyal to strongman Khalifa Haftar south of the capital Tripoli's suburb of Ain Zara, on April 10, 2019. Photo by Mahmud Turkia/AFP

Groups slam 'dangerous' red-tagging of health workers

Apr 11, 2019 - 4:06 PM

'This we strongly protest because they are violating our rights as health workers to work and function as health workers, to serve the people whom we are duty-bound to serve,' says Dr Edelina dela Paz, Health Action for Human Rights chairperson

Prince Harry, Oprah to team up for mental health documentary series

Apr 10, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Prince Harry and Oprah Winfrey are working on an 'enlightening, inclusive and honest' documentary series on mental health with Apple

Measles cases decreasing but outbreak not yet over – Duque

Apr 10, 2019 - 7:20 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the health department still needs to reach its target vaccination coverage of 95%

OUTBREAK NOT OVER. Patients stricken with measles overflowed the pediatric ward of San Lazaro Hospital in Manila during the first few weeks of the outbreak in February 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Why you need to add seafood to your diet, asap

Apr 08, 2019 - 4:52 PM

Here’s how seafood contributes to a well-rounded diet!

Global life expectancy up 5.5 years since 2000 – World Health Organization

Apr 04, 2019 - 11:53 PM

The UN health agency also stresses significant gender differences in life expectancy worldwide

EXPLAINER: What Filipinos can expect from the Universal Health Care Law

Apr 01, 2019 - 12:27 PM

All Filipinos will be granted health coverage but not everything will be free. Here's what you can expect.

[OPINION] Mental health is not special

Mar 31, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Our kindness toward mental health does more harm than good

PANOORIN: Universal health care – ano pa ang kulang?

Mar 30, 2019 - 7:55 PM

Paliwanag ng ekonomistang si JC Punongbayan, panimulang hakbang lang ang batas na ito. Marami pang dapat gawin para maging tunay na pangkalahatan ang healthcare sa bansa.

This is what postnatal depression really feels like

Mar 30, 2019 - 11:00 AM

There is an expectation that having a baby will result in the rosy glow of motherhood. But postnatal depression can leave many women with a persistent feeling of deep sadness, and a loss of interest in life.

MATERNAL BLUES. Image from Shutterstock

Mozambique steps up war against cyclone-induced cholera

Mar 28, 2019 - 8:42 PM

A World Health Organization official says 9 cholera treatment centers are being set up around the central Sofala province, which bore the brunt of the cyclone

AFTERMATH. An aerial view shows fields flooded by the cyclone Idai along the Buzi River in the Buzi region, Mozambique, on March 26, 2019. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/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

Bangladesh mother has twins one month after first birth

Mar 27, 2019 - 8:42 PM

Arifa Sultana, 20, gave birth to a baby boy in February through normal delivery, but doctors missed the presence of a second uterus

Cyclone-ravaged Mozambique reports 5 cholera cases

Mar 27, 2019 - 6:13 PM

UN humanitarian aid chief Mark Lowcock has appealed for $282 million of relief aid over the next 3 months for Mozambique

HELP NEEDED. Women wait in a line to receive relief supplies from South Africa's disaster relief organization Gift of the Givers after the area has been isolated by the Cyclone Idai in Estaquinha, about 80km west from Beira, Mozambique, on March 26, 2019. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Trump administration escalates legal battle against Obamacare

Mar 26, 2019 - 5:51 PM

Democrats react with anger to the administration's latest move

'PENDING REPEAL.' An Obamacare logo is shown on a clinic in Miami, Florida on January 10, 2017. File photo by Rhona Wise/AFP

DOH denies ordering hospitals to put up Bong Go posters

Mar 25, 2019 - 7:15 PM

(UPDATED) The Commission on Elections says it took note of Duque's response as assurance that the DOH would follow the poll body's rules

MALASAKIT CENTER. Senatorial candidate Bong Go at the launching of the Malasakit Center at the Tarlac Provincial Hospital in Tarlac City on February 6, 2019. Photo from Go

Comelec: Remove Malasakit Center posters with Bong Go face

Mar 25, 2019 - 1:10 PM

(UPDATED) Senatorial bet Bong Go, longtime aide of President Rodrigo Duterte, is accused of using government resources for his campaign

DUTERTE AIDE. Senatorial bet Bong Go waves during a Hugpong ng Pagbabago event in Quezon City on February 28, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

When snakes strike, lives shatter

Mar 23, 2019 - 3:32 PM

The World Health Organization estimates 81,000-138,000 people die of snakebites annually, while about 400,000 survivors suffer permanent disabilities and other nasty aftereffects

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Cavite tops number of dengue cases in Calabarzon in Q1 – DOH

Mar 23, 2019 - 12:43 PM

The Department of Health says there were 1,788 dengue cases in Cavite from January 1 to March 16, out of a total of 5,616 cases in Calabarzon during the period

Medtech board exam topnotcher a ‘happy-go-lucky’ online gamer

Mar 21, 2019 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) John Steward Buenavista Alberto gets a rating of 91.10% in the March 2019 Medical Technologist Board Examination

 STRESS RELIEVER. John Steward Buenavista Alberto, of the Cagayan State University Andrews Campus, has been playing DOTA and mobile games since high school. During the board exam reviews, games became his stress reliever.

DOH holds emergency meeting on high measles cases in Rizal

Mar 20, 2019 - 3:28 PM

Health officials say 2,737 measles cases and 121 deaths in Rizal province were recorded from January 1 to March 19, nearly half of the total cases in Calabazon for that period

EMERGENCY CONFERENCE. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III asks local officials step up immunization efforts in Rizal province. Photo from DOH Calabarzon

DOH to start vaccination vs Japanese encephalitis

Mar 19, 2019 - 6:30 PM

After the Dengvaxia scare and the measles outbreak, introducing the vaccine once again puts to the test the Department of Health’s efforts to increase immunization rates

VACCINATION EFFORTS. The DOH announces it will start vaccinating children in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Region, Central Luzon, and Cordillera Administrative Region against Japanese Encephalitis. File photo by Jose Del/Rappler

Human Genome Project: New alcohol abuse study could help us unlock secrets to beating genetic diseases

Mar 16, 2019 - 9:00 AM

It's been almost 20 years since Bill Clinton joined Tony Blair to announce the first rough sequencing of the human genome to tremendous fanfare. What have we achieved, so far?

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'Indisposed' Duterte skips two events in Davao City

Mar 16, 2019 - 1:15 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte's former aide Bong Go says the President is indisposed and couldn't make it to a distribution of certificates of land ownership awards and a PDP-Laban campaign rally

'INDISPOSED.' In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the PDP-Laban campaign rally at the Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan City, Laguna on February 23, 2019. File photo by Alfred Frias/Presidential Photo

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

Manila Water: Hospitals will be 'top priority' during shortage

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says Manila Water assured him that hospitals would have enough water supply, given that 'lives are at stake'

WATER NEEDED. Health Secretary FrancisCo Duque III visits the Rizal Medical Center to asses the water shortage at the government hospital on March 13, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Over half of infants, toddlers in measles immunization program now vaccinated

Mar 11, 2019 - 4:37 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says 54% of children 6 to 59 months old – the DOH's priority group for immunization – have been vaccinated against the highly contagious disease

FIGHTING MEASLES. Health workers vaccinate children in Baseco, Tondo on February 11, 2019 after the Department of Health declared a measles outbreak in Metro Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Madagascar battles killer measles outbreak

Mar 10, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Doctors say people's reluctance to go to hospitals and opposition to vaccinations make it difficult to curb measles cases in Madagascar

In this photograph taken on February 27, 2019, Soa Robethine (C) and her two year-old daughter Frangeline who is sick with measles are treated at a Basic Health Centre Level 2 (CSB 2) in the village of Anivorano, North Antsiranana on the outskirts of Antsiranana. - At least 926 children and young adults have died of measles in Madagascar since October, despite a huge emergency vaccination program, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that can cause complications including blindness and brain swelling and increase susceptibility to other diseases. (Photo by Mamyrael / AFP)

How to distinguish a psychopath from a 'shy-chopath'

Mar 09, 2019 - 1:00 PM

Most agree that psychopaths are remorseless people who lack empathy for others. But in recent years, much of this debate has centered on the relevance of one particular personality trait: boldness.

PSYCHOPATH. Ted Bundy in a courtroom. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

DOH monitors rise in dengue cases amid measles outbreak

Mar 08, 2019 - 8:52 PM

Health Secretary Francico Duque urges the public to search for and destroy possible breeding grounds for mosquitoes to avoid possible dengue cases in communities

CASES INCREASING. The DOH says over 30,000 cases of dengue have been recorded as of February 23, 2019. Photo from Shutterstock

E-cigarette use linked to heart trouble – study

Mar 07, 2019 - 9:33 PM

This kind of study is a preliminary one that does not go so far as to say vaping causes heart trouble, or suggest a biological mechanism as to how this might happen

E-CIGARETTES. A man smokes an e-cigarette in Bordeaux, western France, on March 13, 2014. File photo by Nicolas Tucat/AFP

WATCH: The dangerous pollutants lurking in your home

Mar 06, 2019 - 1:22 PM

You might not see them, but you can get rid of them!

DOH wants Philippines rabies-free by 2030

Mar 05, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Rabies is considered a public health problem in the Philippines as the highly fatal infection causes at least 200 deaths every year

RABIES VACCINE. The DOH asks pet owners to have their pet vaccinated to avoid deaths from the highly fatal rabies disease. Photo from Shutterstock

Home cleaning myths busted

Mar 05, 2019 - 12:33 PM

Does your house never seem to get clean? Your routine might be doing more harm than good!

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

DOJ indicts ex-DOH chief Garin, 9 others for Dengvaxia mess

Mar 01, 2019 - 5:24 PM

If found guilty, Garin and other respondents indicted may face imprisonment of up to 6 years

RISK. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia inside a storage facility in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Liven up your days with #WhatGetsYouUp

Feb 28, 2019 - 12:00 PM

Here are three tips to keep you in good spirits and ready for the everyday grind

Measles cases now found in nearly every province in PH

Feb 27, 2019 - 7:06 PM

EXCLUSIVE: There are only two provinces and one city that have been spared so far. How is the government trying to control the spread of the disease?

CASES SPREADING. Amid a measles outbreak declares in several regions, cases were now seen in nearly every province in the country. Photos from Shutterstock

Still not enough people getting measles vaccine, says DOH

Feb 26, 2019 - 7:30 PM

The Department of Health reiterates that the measles vaccine is safe and that the necessary doses are ready for its mass immunization campaign

PROTECTION. Barangay Payatas community health workers hold a house to house measles vaccinations  after the Department of Health (DOH) announced an outbreak in several regions in the country. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Laguna-based rehab center champions mental health through comic book

Feb 26, 2019 - 6:31 PM

'Cyber Brain' is about man’s overdependence on technology in a highly-digitized world and how it affects people’s state of mind

DEDICATION. The One Algon Place Foundation launches Cyber Brain comic book on February 22, 2019 at New World Hotel, Makati City. (From left to right: Dr. Eric Tayag, Mr. Rudin Gonzalez III, Atty. Toni Umali). Photo by Nicole Anne Del Rosario/Rappler

Brexit to cause 'significant' harm to Britain's health service

Feb 26, 2019 - 8:25 AM

Writing in the medical journal The Lancet, a team of medical and legal experts say 'all forms of Brexit are bad for health'

NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE. A placard portraying Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May (C) is held by protesters during a march calling for an end to the "crisis" in the state-run National Health Service (NHS), in central London on February 3, 2018. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Don't have time to exercise? Here's a regime everyone can squeeze in

Feb 23, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Incorporating more high intensity activity into our daily routines – whether that’s by vacuuming the carpet with vigor or walking uphill to buy your lunch – could be the key to helping all of us get some high quality exercise each day

NO EXCUSES. For those of us who are time-poor, high-intensity exercise can be incorporated into our daily routines. Image from Shutterstock

As measles cases rise, DOH proposes 'no vaccination, no enrollment' policy

Feb 23, 2019 - 8:54 AM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says the DepEd will review the proposal while considering the right of students to learn and access to quality basic education

VACCINATE FIRST. Health workers vaccinate children in Baseco, Tondo on February 11, 2019 after the Department of Health declare a measles outbreak in Metro Manila. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler