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Our Ausome Anton: A mother’s journey with her son on the autism spectrum

Jun 18, 2019 - 9:52 AM

'Our Anton was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I remember crying, but not a lot. From denial, I went straight to acceptance,' says Nonie Tobias-Azores

Tanzania 'in danger' following Ebola cases in neighbor Uganda – minister

Jun 16, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Tanzania Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu says the alert is necessary given the frequent interactions between Tanzanian and Ugandan people 'via the official borders or by other, unofficial channels'

EBOLA. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 a member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) puts on her Personal Protective Equipment during a weekly rehearsal at the Bwera General Hospital in Bwera bordering with DRC, western Uganda. File photo by Isaac Kasamani /AFP

WHO emergency panel meets on Ebola after Uganda deaths

Jun 14, 2019 - 11:25 PM

The current Ebola crisis, which began in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last August, has recorded more than 2,000 cases, including 1,411 deaths

FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 a member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) gets ready as she checks her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in front of the mirror during a weekly rehearsal at the Bwera General Hospital in Bwera bordering with DRC, western Uganda. File photo by Isaac Kasamani/AFP

Have you tried this new skin care secret?

Jun 13, 2019 - 5:54 PM

Several influencers are apparently vouching for this new product

Gov't to run after corrupt health providers, PhilHealth officials – Duque

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:58 PM

'Tama na ang hocus pocus...I will ensure that justice will be served to those who defraud the system,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

WARNING ISSUED. Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque hits fraudulent payments made over 'ghost' kidney treatments. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Boy dies of Ebola in Uganda as virus spreads from DR Congo

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:54 PM

The World Health Organization confirms that Uganda has now recorded 3 cases of Ebola, in the first spread across the country's porous western border with the Democratic Republic of Congo

FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 a member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) gets ready as she checks her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in front of the mirror during a weekly rehearsal at the Bwera General Hospital in Bwera bordering with DRC, western Uganda. File photo by Isaac Kasamani/AFP

Why doctor in Philhealth scandal is still detained despite warrantless arrest

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:42 AM

’It is unclear what the basis is,’ says law professor Ted Te who also called a court’s habeas corpus ruling ‘confusing’

IN DETENTION. Wellmed Dialysis Center owner Dr Bryan Sy will remain in detention despite a warrantless arrest. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

After reshuffle, PhilHealth COO Ruben Basa to take over as officer-in-charge – Duque

Jun 11, 2019 - 9:55 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque II assures the public PhilHealth's services would not be affected by the reshuffle and change in leadership

Dialysis center staff face fraud charges, but not Philhealth officials

Jun 11, 2019 - 7:50 PM

Complaints of estafa and falsification of documents are filed against 10 employees of the Wellmed Dialysis Center, including the two whistleblowers

PHILHEALTH SCANDAL. Dr Bryan Sy (center) of Wellmed Dialysis Center faces complaints of estafa and falsification of documents before the Department of Justice. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Duterte asks doctor-businessman Jaime Cruz to be PhilHealth president

Jun 11, 2019 - 2:38 PM

Dr Jaime T. Cruz, CEO of the JTC Group of Companies, is yet to accept the President's offer

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) officials led by its acting president, Dr. Roy Ferrer, during a meeting at the Malacañan Palace on June 10, 2019. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Doctor tagged in Philhealth scandal arrested without warrant

Jun 11, 2019 - 11:46 AM

Dr Brian Sy, an owner of the dialysis center that allegedly charged Philhealth for the treatment of ghost patients, is arrested when he shows up at the NBI on a subpoena

WARRANTLESS ARREST. The National Bureau of Investigation arrests without a warrant one of the owners of the WellMed Dialysis Center tagged in the ghost claims Philhealth scandal. Photo by Angie de Silva

Lead found in MMDA traffic enforcers’ blood – study

Jun 11, 2019 - 7:00 AM

The study will justify granting traffic enforcers hazard pay, says a research team led by Emmanuel Baja of the National Institutes for Health-University of the Philippines Manila

HEALTH HAZARD. A study finds that traffic enforcers are prone to heart and lung problems due to exposure to air pollution.

Duterte asks PhilHealth acting president, board members to resign

Jun 10, 2019 - 6:53 PM

(UPDATED) But President Rodrigo Duterte will still need to accept their resignation. Malacañang gives assurances PhilHealth services will not be hampered.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte presides over the 36th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on April 1, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DOH official berates Rappler journalist for covering hospital inspection

Jun 08, 2019 - 8:42 PM

Leonita Gorgolon, a DOH officer, demands that Rappler journalist Richard Falcatan submit a formal letter and get her permission before covering and taking photos of a government hospital inspection

INSPECTION. DOH Director Leonita Gorgolon (left) during the Basilan hospital inspection on Saturday, June 8. Photo by Richard Falcatan/Rappler

Duterte eyes reshuffle at PhilHealth

Jun 08, 2019 - 9:46 AM

(UPDATED) The planned reshuffle stems from allegations that the government agency paid for the dialysis treatment of patients who were already dead or had completed their treatment

Duterte orders PhilHealth to run after employees in 'ghost' kidney treatments

Jun 07, 2019 - 4:18 PM

PhilHealth management must pursue criminal complaints against officials and employees involved in the alleged scam, says President Rodrigo Duterte

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the 2019 Eid'l Fitr Celebration at the Arcadia Active Lifestyle Center in Davao City on June 6, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

16-year-old girl from Iloilo discovers a potential cure for diabetes

Jun 07, 2019 - 1:30 PM

Mindanao’s indigenous clothing goes international and free plants - here are some good things that happened this week

The aratiles fruit. Screenshot from Gokongwei Brothers Foundation video

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

Iza Calzado pens powerful piece on body image, struggle towards body love

Jun 06, 2019 - 2:05 PM

'Perhaps the journey is far from over, and I have so many things I still need to address within myself to help me become a better version of myself,' says the actress

7 life-improving benefits of running

Jun 06, 2019 - 12:29 PM

If these reasons don't get you to start, nothing will

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Humans consume 'tens of thousands' of plastic pieces each year

Jun 05, 2019 - 11:36 PM

'The most effective way to reduce human consumption of microplastics will likely be to reduce the production and use of plastics,' authors of a recent study say

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Trudeau announces landmark investments in women's sexual health rights

Jun 05, 2019 - 10:48 PM

(UPDATED) The financial commitment puts Canada on the map as the world's leading donor to comprehensive sexual reproductive health rights

TRUDEAU. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced his government would raise its funding to support maternal and newborn health around the world. File photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

Hospitals urged to reduce plastic waste

Jun 05, 2019 - 6:50 PM

International NGO Health Care Without Harm wants to influence hospitals to reduce plastic use and help local government units craft better policies that can also guide hospitals

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Delegates lament absence of PH health officials at Women Deliver conference

Jun 05, 2019 - 8:06 AM

Delegates representing Philippine NGOs say the absence of health officials at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference signifies that 'this administration really doesn't care about women's rights'

WOMEN DELIVER CONFERENCE. Several heads of state, including President Uhuru Kenyatta, and global leaders join the opening of the Women Deliver 2019 Conference, the world’s largest gathering on the rights, health and wellbeing of women and girls. Photo from the Siate House of Kenya

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

Obamacare led to better cancer outcomes – studies

Jun 02, 2019 - 8:48 PM

The findings come as the administration of President Donald Trump is renewing its efforts to strike down the Affordable Care Act signed into law by his predecessor Barack Obama

OBAMACARE. An Obamacare logo is shown on the door of the UniVista Insurance agency in Miami, Florida on January 10, 2017. File photo by Rhona Wise/ AFP

New breast cancer drug found to boost survival rates by 30%

Jun 02, 2019 - 3:10 PM

The drug, marketed under the brand name Kisqali, costs $12,553 for a 28-day dose, says Jamie Bennett, a spokeswoman for Novartis, which marketed and funded research

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] The specter of succession

Jun 01, 2019 - 2:00 PM

President Duterte cannot risk a successor who cannot guarantee him immunity from prosecution – plausibly for treason, in ceding to China control over the resource-rich West Philippine Sea; for extrajudicial killings in his war on drugs. Indeed, he can ill afford to be out of power.

6 ways to protect your mental health from social media's dangers

Jun 01, 2019 - 10:38 AM

This psychologist offers 6 ways people can reduce the harm social media can do to their mental health


WHO decries Big Tobacco bid to rebrand World No Tobacco Day

May 30, 2019 - 12:10 AM

WHO voices concern at attempts by Philip Morris International to co-opt international efforts for its own campaign this week promoting new vaping and heated tobacco products as part of the solution to the world's smoking epidemic

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WHO agrees to watered down resolution for clearer drug prices

May 29, 2019 - 1:23 PM

Doctors Without Borders calls the watered down resolution 'a welcome first step' but adds it did not go far enough

'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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Duterte sat out PMA diploma distribution because he was 'sleepy' – Panelo

May 27, 2019 - 10:28 AM

Malacañang says President Rodrigo Duterte delegated the task of handing out diplomas to 'reserve his energy' for the rest of the graduation rites

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signs the pardon for the punishments for the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) underclassmen during the commencement exercises of the PMA ‘Mabalasik’ Class of 2019 at Fort General Gregorio Del Pilar in Baguio City on May 26, 2019. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

5 reasons why you should never skip breakfast

May 24, 2019 - 5:30 PM

Alex Gonzaga also shares an easy way to eat breakfast on the go

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

[OPINION] Lies we tell our students

May 21, 2019 - 2:05 PM

'We effectively dismiss their ideas at a time when we should be cultivating their dreams, empowering their choices, and guiding their trajectory'

Vinegar made from synthetic acetic acid has no adverse health effects – toxicologist

May 20, 2019 - 9:31 PM

The Department of Health, however, prohibits the use of synthetic acetic acid in vinegar which it deems 'adulterated'

NOT HARMFUL. As long as the synthetic acetic acid used for making vinegar is food-grade, consumers don't have to worry about contaminants harming their health, PNRI says. Photo from Shutterstock.

Duterte 'neither confirming nor denying' he went to hospital

May 19, 2019 - 1:35 PM

(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte is 'well and good,' says the Presidential Security Group, reacting to fresh rumors that he went to a hospital in San Juan City

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) miting de avance at the jampacked PhilSports Multi-Purpose Arena in Pasig City on May 11, 2019. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Britain at UN presses Russia to answer for Idlib hospital attacks

May 18, 2019 - 10:15 AM

The UN says at least 18 hospitals and clinics have been destroyed or damaged by air strikes and shelling over recent weeks, several of which were on UN "no target" lists that detail exact locations of the health facilities to the warring sides

AFTERMATH. A picture taken on May 5, 2019 shows in an underground hospital on the outskirts of the town of Hass, in the south of the jihadist-held Syrian province of Idlib. Photo by Omar Haj Kadour / AFP

Duterte's prolonged absences, skipped events? 'Overworked, resting'

May 17, 2019 - 12:53 PM

(UPDATED) In recent weeks, President Rodrigo Duterte has stayed out of the public eye for days on end and has failed to show up at several engagements

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets some of the guests during the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) campaign rally at the Garcia-Hernandez Sports and Training Center in Bohol on May 8, 2019. Also in the photo is former Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Mobile app promises to detect child's ear infections without doctor visit

May 16, 2019 - 3:04 PM

Shyam Gollakota, head of the lab that developed the project, likens its utility to that of a thermometer, which helps people decide whether a visit to a doctor is appropriate

EAR INFECTIONS. University of Washington researchers have created a new smartphone app that can detect fluid behind the eardrum by simply using a piece of paper and a smartphone's microphone and speaker. Photo from Dennis Wise/University of Washington School of Medicine/AFP


LED light can damage eyes, health authority warns

May 15, 2019 - 9:03 PM

New findings by ANSES confirm earlier concerns that 'exposure to an intense and powerful [LED] light is 'photo-toxic' and can lead to irreversible loss of retinal cells and diminished sharpness of vision'

With dementia cases set to triple, WHO issues guide to cut risk

May 14, 2019 - 11:40 PM

The number of people living with dementia is expected to explode from approximately 50 million today to 152 million by 2050, the World Health Organization says

Crisis-hit Greeks foot steep bills for health, education

May 12, 2019 - 1:20 PM

Public hospitals and schools in Greece continue to struggle as a result of the country's debt crisis, affecting poverty-stricken patients and the quality of education

Retired tenor Achilleas Papadopoulos looks at the medicines he received at the social pharmacy of Elliniko in this picture taken on February 27, 2019. - The pharmacy runs on donated medicine and disposables. Some 40,000 people have brought medicine, many from abroad. During nearly a decade of cuts imposed as Greece struggled to avert national bankruptcy, public education and health were among the sectors hit the hardest as the country lost a quarter of its national output. Amid sweeping layoffs, wage cuts and tax hikes, many found themselves unable to keep up with their social insurance contributions, and were therefore pushed out of state-provided health support. (Photo by ARIS MESSINIS / AFP)

Man kills wife, grandson, self inside Nat'l Center for Mental Health in Mandaluyong

May 10, 2019 - 9:32 AM

Police say the 88-year-old man and his wife were visiting their grandson at the mental health facility when the incident happened

Ayala's AC Health to build Philippines' first cancer hospital

May 08, 2019 - 1:25 PM

Ayala Corporation's health unit will invest some P2 billion for a cancer specialty hospital in Metro Manila


Former White House chief joins firm that detains migrant children

May 04, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Democrats including 2020 presidential hopefuls accuse John Kelly of profiting from policies he had supervised during his stint in President Trump's administration

EX-CHIEF OF STAFF. In this file photo, then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly attends a meeting in the State Dining Room of the White House on February 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Ebola death toll to pass 1,000 – U.N.

May 04, 2019 - 12:01 AM

'We are anticipating a scenario of continued, intense transmission,' says Michael Ryan, the executive director of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme

EBOLA. In this file photo taken on March 9, 2019 health workers are seen inside the 'red zone' of an Ebola treatment center in Butembo. File photo by John Wessels/AFP

Pakistan police arrest doctor after 90 infected by HIV syringe

May 03, 2019 - 3:53 PM

Authorities are alerted after 18 children from a town on the outskirts of Larkana city test positive for HIV, which causes AIDS, prompting health officials to carry out wider screenings