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Why climate change is one of the biggest health threats of the 21st century

Nov 23, 2017 - 6:17 PM

The roles and responsibilities of health professionals go way beyond treating diseases

Why LED lights are becoming a big problem

Nov 23, 2017 - 9:05 AM

The popularity of LED lights is driving an increase in light pollution worldwide, with dire consequences for human and animal health

EARTH AT NIGHT. This composite image shows a global view of Earth at night, compiled from over 400 satellite images. NASA/NOAA

House approves mental health bill on final reading

Nov 20, 2017 - 5:26 PM

The Senate earlier passed its version of the measure in May 2017, and vows to work with congressmen to ensure the bill becomes law before the year ends.

Think about this when you are bored

Nov 16, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Being bored is not a simple matter

'All systems go' for Pinays to avail of contraceptives from DOH

Nov 16, 2017 - 12:48 PM

The DOH will prioritize the distribution of the 261,000 implants kept in its Manila-based warehouse, as their insertion time is set to expire by September 2018

RH FRONTLINE. From L to R: PopCom executive director Juan Antonio Perez III, FDA director general Nela Charade Puno, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, and Health Undersecretary Mario Villaverde and Gerardo Bayugo hold a press conference on November 16. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Taboo tells all: From Black Eyed Peas superstar to cancer survivor

Nov 15, 2017 - 9:50 PM

The rapper Taboo from The Black Eyed Peas had more than 100 million record sales to his name and a string of worldwide dance hits like 'I Gotta Feeling' and 'Where Is the Love?', but it meant nothing in the face of cancer's cruel reality,

Jaime Luis Gomez, aka Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, and a cancer survivor, speaks during an interview with AFP on the eve of the World Cancer Leaders' Summit in Mexico City, on November 13, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PEDRO PARDO

U.S. approves first sensor-equipped pill for patient monitoring

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:16 PM

The sensor activates when it reaches the stomach fluids, sending a message to a wearable patch, which then transmits data to an app

HIGH-TECH PILL. The sensor-equipped pill is designed to monitor whether patients have taken their medicine or not. Photo from Proteus Digital Health


DOH orders probe if Cebu infants' deaths due to pentavalent vaccine

Nov 15, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Lapu-Lapu health officer Dr Rodolfo Berame says: 'It was already the second dose for those babies. If it was vaccine-related, they could have died on first dose.'

INVESTIGATION. Len-len and Ruben Suson look at the remains of their 3-month-old daughter Ayesha Mae, who died due to acute gastroenteritis leading to severe dehydration, allegedly after getting the pentavalent vaccine. Photo courtesy of DYRF Cebu

Parents angry as Delhi schools reopen despite smog

Nov 13, 2017 - 9:39 PM

Doctors declare a public health emergency last week when choking smog descended in New Delhi and elsewhere in northern India, prompting authorities to close schools, ban construction and bar trucks from entering the city

HEAVY SMOG. An Indian farmer harvests mustard leaves amid heavy smog in a field on the outskirts of Amritsar on November 11, 2017. Photo by Narinder Nanu/AFP

Implanon contraceptive implants do not induce abortion – FDA

Nov 12, 2017 - 7:31 PM

(UPDATED) The FDA certification that Implanon and Implanon NXT are non-abortifacients is a condition set by the Supreme Court for lifting the 2-year-old TRO on contraceptives

NON-ABORTIFACIENTS. A nurse in a clinic in Tabaco, Albay, shows boxes of Implanon that are nearing expiration. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

ASEAN leaders urged to act on malnutrition, drug-resistant superbugs

Nov 11, 2017 - 6:08 PM

Health officials in the region have endorsed several proposed declarations to ASEAN leaders that they hope would be made by the end of the Manila Summit

HEALTH DECLARATIONS. DOH Assistant Secretary Lyndon Lee-Suy gives a press briefing on November 11, 2017 on the different health declarations that ASEAN leaders hope to achieve by the end of the 31st ASEAN Summit.

Holy smoke! Pope Francis bans selling of cigarettes in Vatican

Nov 09, 2017 - 10:24 PM

'The reason is very simple: the Holy See cannot contribute to an activity that clearly damages the health of people,' says a Vatican City statement

NO SMOKING. Pope Francis blesses a faithful during the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on November 8, 2017. Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP

PH has shortest maternity leave in ASEAN – labor groups

Nov 09, 2017 - 3:55 PM

The groups call for the passage of a bill doubling the period of paid maternity leave from 60 days to 120 days

MATERNAL HEALTH. Women's groups call for the passage of the proposal to extend the maternity leave from 60 days to 120 days. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Thousands of schools close as smog envelopes India, Pakistan

Nov 09, 2017 - 3:19 PM

Low winds and the annual post-harvest burning of crop stubble in Punjab and neighboring areas have caused the levels of dangerous pollutants in the air to spike to many times the levels considered safe

POOR VISIBILITY. Indian commuters ride over tracks at a railway crossing amid heavy smog in Amritsar on November 9, 2017. Narinder Nanu/AFP

Schools shut as toxic smog hits Delhi

Nov 08, 2017 - 4:48 PM

The US embassy website showed the concentration of PM 2.5 topped 700 early on Wednesday morning, 28 times the WHO guidelines

ENVELOPING DELHI. Indian schoolchildren cover their faces as they walk to school amid heavy smog in New Delhi on November 8, 2017. Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Sotto: Nueva Ecija facility can be used as mega drug enforcement academy

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Senator Vicente Sotto III says the 10,000-bed mega treatment and rehabilitation center can be made as an extension of the present PDEA academy

FIRST. The mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija is the first of its kind in the country. File photo by Ace R Morandante/PPD

Duque ready to face Commission on Appointments

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:30 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gears up to face the Commission on Appointments, which might bring up his stand on medical marijuana

ON THE HOT SEAT. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III is yet to face the Commission on Appointments. Screenshot by Rappler

Duque wants universal healthcare in PH by 2030

Nov 08, 2017 - 1:28 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III also aims to make the DOH the top performing government agency under the Duterte administration

AIMING HIGH. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III wants universal healthcare for all Filipinos by 2030. Screenshot by Rappler

Help for the helpers: Mental health support for Yolanda's first responders

Nov 08, 2017 - 8:08 AM

In the clamor for mental health support during natural calamities, most of the attention is focused on the victims, but those who provide relief response also need help

This Bangkok restaurant is covered in condoms – for good reason

Nov 07, 2017 - 10:02 PM

At Cabbages & Condoms, it's all about safe sex

CABBAGES AND CONDOMS. The restaurant gives out free condoms and raises funds for a family planning non-profit. Rappler screenshot

Rappler Talk: Francisco Duque III on reforming the DOH

Nov 07, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Rappler sits down with Duque to talk about his health agenda as he leads the DOH once again

Duque supports medical marijuana use for research purposes

Nov 07, 2017 - 1:05 PM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III says the Comprehensive Drugs Act allows medical labs to cultivate marijuana for 'medical experiences and research purposes'

THE CHIEF. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque holds a press conference on November 7. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Rule of law best way to fight drug problem – Trump adviser

Nov 07, 2017 - 10:00 AM

'President [Trump] is very concerned about the drug problem, but also the way that we will go after that here is to do it through more effective law enforcement as well as a broad range of other actions including education,' says US national security adviser H.R. McMaster

Duque assures public he’ll implement RH Law

Nov 06, 2017 - 12:40 PM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duterte III once followed ex-president Gloria Arroyo's hardline stance against contraceptives when he served in her Cabinet

UPHOLDING THE LAW. Secretary Francisco Duque III assumes the DOH post on November 6, 2017 from former secretary Paulyn Ubial. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Marawi rehab tops Duque’s agenda in DOH

Nov 06, 2017 - 11:32 AM

Secretary Francisco Duque III returns to the Department of Health: 'I am quite joyous with the fact that I’m back to where I truly belong'

Sec. Francisco Duque assumes the DOH post on November 6, 2017 from former secretary Paulyn Ubial. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

4 years after Yolanda, trauma still haunts typhoon victims

Nov 05, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Victims of natural disasters are vulnerable to trauma, as well as mental problems such as stress disorders, depression and general anxiety

AFTERMATH. A woman picks up what's left of her belongings in the rubble after the floodwaters subsided in Eastern Samar. File photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Only 5 countries close gender gap in education, health – WEF

Nov 04, 2017 - 1:34 PM

The Philippines reopens its gender gap in health and survival this year, but maintains its gender equality in educational attainment

HEALTH ACCESS. A total of 34 out of 144 countries studied by the World Economic Forum have closed the gender gap on health and survival. Photo by Shutterstock

Contraceptives review won't be influenced by politics, hysteria – FDA

Nov 03, 2017 - 8:12 PM

FDA director general Nela Charade Puno emphasizes the agency's review of 51 contraceptives – which could soon lead to the lifting of the SC TRO – is 'technical and scientific in nature and not a political one'

NO POLITICS. FDA chief Nela Charade Puno assures the public the agency is undertaking technical and scientific assessment of 51 contraceptives. Photo from FDA

[OPINION | DASH of SAS] Lifting TRO on contraceptives: Waiting for the FDA

Nov 03, 2017 - 4:00 PM

We need to make sure the FDA hears our voices. We need to let them that we urgently need them to complete the resolution on the 51 contraceptive brands.

Road to fitness: is running actually good for you?

Nov 03, 2017 - 12:10 PM

Yes, say experts, as long as you are careful. 'Running may be the most cost-effective lifestyle medicine from a public health perspective,' the study's authors say

FOR HEALTH. This file photo taken on October 8, 2017 shows spectators greeting runners participating in the Chicago Marathon on October 8, 2017. The New York Marathon will be November 5, 2017. Photo by Joshua Lott/AFP

Is it just really all in your head?

Nov 02, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Mental conditions are real, and they have a biological basis – which means it has a parallel story inside your brain which deserves attention and treatment

FDA to certify implants as not inducing abortion – PopCom

Nov 02, 2017 - 11:00 AM

(2ND UPDATE) With the FDA set to certify contraceptive implant brands Implanon and Implanon NXT as non-abortifacients, the DOH and RH Law advocates expect the Supreme Court to lift its TRO

GO SIGNAL. The FDA says contraceptive implant brands Implanon and Implanon NXT are non-abortifacients. Illustration by Shellete Gipa/Rappler

Japan firm rewards non-smokers with additional holidays

Nov 01, 2017 - 6:01 PM

A Tokyo-based online firm gives non-smoking employees 6 additional days' holiday to compensate for the time their colleagues spend puffing away at work

INCENTIVE. Non-smokers in this Tokyo-based company get additional 6 extra days of holiday. File photo

Puerto Rico 'heartbreaking' 5 weeks post-storm

Oct 28, 2017 - 8:57 AM

Not only are there medication shortages, but the lack of power make long-term care difficult at home for those with chronic conditions

WEEKS AFTER. An aerial view of houses affected by the passing of Hurricane Maria in Naranjito, Puerto Rico, October 23, 2017. Photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

PhilHealth to reimburse fees regardless of hospitalization period

Oct 27, 2017 - 8:30 AM

PhilHealth members' confinement fees will now be covered if they were admitted due to pneumonia, acute gastroenteritis, and UTI even for just a day

WIDER COVERAGE. PhilHealth lifts its length of stay requirement in covering confinement fees due to 3 common diseases

Trump to declare opioid crisis 'public health emergency'

Oct 26, 2017 - 11:53 PM

A health commission set up by Trump says two-thirds of the drug overdose deaths in 2015 were linked to Percocet, OxyContin, heroin and fentanyl

DECLARES. US President Donald Trump to declare public health emergency. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

FAST FACTS: Who is new DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III?

Oct 26, 2017 - 6:05 PM

Francisco Duque III has also previously served in Philhealth and the CSC

THE RETURN. Doctor Francisco Duque III replaces Paulyn Ubial as DOH secretary. Photo from GSIS

Francisco Duque III back as DOH chief

Oct 26, 2017 - 3:56 PM

Francisco Duque III served as health chief during the Arroyo administration

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

DOLE orders 5-minute standing breaks for desk workers every 2 hours

Oct 22, 2017 - 4:55 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment requires employers to give regular 5-minute standing breaks to workers who sit for prolonged periods

STANDING BREAKS. The Department of Labor and Employment orders employers to grant their workers 5-minute standing breaks. File photo by AFP

Madagascar plague deaths hit 94, with 1,100 suspected cases – WHO

Oct 20, 2017 - 7:35 PM

WHO's director for health emergencies in Africa, Ibrahima Soce Fall, says that out of 1,153 suspected cases, 300 are laboratory confirmed

PLAGUE. A council worker walks past sacks of potatoes as he sprays disinfectant during the clean-up of the market of Anosibe in the Anosibe district of Antananarivo on October 10, 2017. Photo by Rijasolo/AFP

Pollution killed 9 million people in 2015 – report

Oct 20, 2017 - 8:57 AM

In rapidly-industrializing countries such as India, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, Madagascar, and Kenya, pollution can account for as many as 1 in 4 deaths

SMOG. A man wearing a mask visits the Forbidden City in Beijing on December 21, 2016. File photo by Wang Zhao/AFP

Living well despite having bipolar disorder

Oct 19, 2017 - 8:20 PM

'I write this to inform you – those of you who have been prevented from gaining themselves because of a vow of secrecy supposedly meant to protect you from the outside world – that there is no shame in our condition'

Want to tackle economic inequality? Start by meeting women's RH needs – UN

Oct 19, 2017 - 6:25 PM

The United Nations Population Fund's State of World Population 2017 focuses on reproductive health and rights in the age of inequality

Madagascar plague death toll climbs to 74

Oct 18, 2017 - 4:37 PM

A total of 805 cases have been reported on the poor Indian Ocean island nation since August, the health ministry says in a statement

PLAGUE. A council worker walks past sacks of potatoe as he sprays disinfectant during the clean-up of the market of Anosibe in the Anosibe district, one of the most unsalubrious district of Antananarivo on October 10, 2017. Photo by Rijasolo/AFP

Scientists may have found a cause of dyslexia

Oct 18, 2017 - 4:20 PM

A duo of French scientists say they may have found a physiological, and seemingly treatable, cause for dyslexia hidden in tiny light-receptor cells in the human eye

In this file photo, a visitor checks through a shelf for books at the newly built Singapore's National Library 20 September 2005. Roslan Rahman/AFP

DSWD medical aid now available to families of gov’t contractuals

Oct 16, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Family members of government contract of service workers are now entitled to receive medical benefits through the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s free medicine program

MEDICAL AID. The Department of Social Welfare and Development has expanded its Lingap sa Masa program to cover families of government contractual workers. Rappler file photo

Cardinal Vidal's condition slightly improves but still critical

Oct 15, 2017 - 4:02 PM

One of the doctors of Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal says there is only very minimal improvement in his level of consciousness

Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal

Children’s health in peril as climate impacts escalate in PH

Oct 13, 2017 - 2:35 PM

More Filipino children face the dangers of vector-borne diseases such as dengue and Chikungunya – another viral disease that shares clinical symptoms with dengue, but is incurable

With no morphine, 25M die in pain each year – report

Oct 13, 2017 - 10:33 AM

According to the study, not only was morphine harder to find in poor countries, it was also more expensive – at about 16 US cents for 10 milligrams compared to 3 cents in rich nations

NO MORPHINE? Some 25 million people die in serious pain that could have been alleviated with morphine at just a few cents per dose. Photo from WikiCommons