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Salaries of Bicol rural nurses unpaid the past two months

Jan 19, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Health officials in the region say this 'might also be the real picture across the country' following issues with the enactment of the 2019 national budget

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[ANALYSIS] Dengvaxia scare: How viral rumors caused outbreaks

Jan 16, 2019 - 11:35 AM

Through a combination of fear-mongering, playacting, and politicking, some government officials clearly made the situation worse than it needed to be

Senate seeks to restore DOH budget with DPWH, DILG 'insertions'

Jan 15, 2019 - 5:27 PM

Senators agree to add some P24.4 billion to the health department's budget to fund programs for health facilities and health workers

MORE FUNDS. Senator Franklin Drilon proposes to restore about P24.4 billion in the DOH's 2019 proposed budget. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

When is it more than just a tummy ache?

Jan 14, 2019 - 4:20 PM

Sometimes home remedies ain’t just enough

U.N. experts urge Pakistan not to execute mentally ill prisoner

Jan 13, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Khizar Hayat, a 55-year-old former police officer, was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2008

DOH tips to protect yourself against flu, pneumonia

Jan 13, 2019 - 8:30 PM

Here's how you can avoid diseases which are common during cold weather

Graphic by Alyssa Arizabal

66% of Filipinos worried about Duterte's health – survey

Jan 09, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Almost half of Filipinos also believe President Rodrigo Duterte has health problems, according to a Social Weather Stations survey

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets members of Japan's House of Councillors during their courtesy call together with Japan House of Councillors President Chuichi Date, at the Malacañan Palace on January 8, 2018. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

34% drop in firecracker-related injuries for New Year 2019

Jan 08, 2019 - 5:15 PM

The Department of Health closes its surveillance of firecracker-related injuries with no reports of deaths and stray bullet injuries

FIREWORK INJURY. Victims of firecrackers rush to emergency room at Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila during the New Year's Eve. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Gym membership: How to get the most out of it, according to a sports scientist

Jan 05, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Here are few tried and tested (yet easy) exercises which, when combined with a broadly healthy lifestyle, are likely to improve fitness levels, maybe shed a little excess weight – and will make you feel at home in the gym

WORKOUT. Are you getting your money's worth? Image from Shutterstock

A neuroscientist's tips for a new year tuneup for your brain

Jan 05, 2019 - 9:00 AM

Shrink those distorting brain bubbles and build realistic connections to enrich life’s simple pleasures

Pop metaphorical ‘brain bubbles’ by grounding your brain in the here and now. Sofiaworld/

DOH: Firecracker-related injuries climb to 288

Jan 03, 2019 - 3:37 PM

The Department of Health says the 288 cases are 43% lower compared to the same period in 2018

INJURED. Victims of firecrackers rush to emergency room at Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila during the New years eve on 01 January 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

'Women are beautiful whatever size': Moira Dela Torre calls out heckler

Jan 03, 2019 - 3:15 PM

The singer has some words for an audience member who her called her fat while performing

MOIRA DELA TORRE. The singer responds to being body-shamed at one of her concerts.

Italy health czar blames resignation on 'anti-science' government

Jan 02, 2019 - 6:56 PM

National Health Institute's Professor Walter Ricciardi says members of the populist government 'have endorsed unscientific or frankly anti-scientific positions on many issues'

RESIGNATION. Italy's National Health Institute president Walter Ricciardi resigns following the government's anti-evidence-based stance. Photo from World Federation of Public Health Association/Twitter

DOH: Firecracker-related injuries rises to 236 after New Year's Day

Jan 02, 2019 - 12:02 PM

An additional 98 people were injured during New Year celebrations

NEW YEAR INJURY. Victims of firecrackers rush to emergency room at Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila during the New years eve on  January 1, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

80% drop in firecracker-related injuries vs 5-year average

Jan 01, 2019 - 11:52 AM

(UPDATED) Health Secretary Francisco Duque III attributes the big drop in cases to heavy rains caused by Usman and the continued implementation of the executive order banning residential and personal use of fireworks

FIREWROKS INJURY. Victims of firecrackers rush to emergency room at Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila during the New years eve on 01 January 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

U.S. judge says Obamacare can stand while appeal is heard

Dec 31, 2018 - 5:24 PM

If the decision declaring Obamacare as unconstitutional is upheld, it could significantly disrupt the US health care system

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

Firecracker-related injuries rise to 55 – DOH

Dec 31, 2018 - 9:43 AM

The Department of Health says nearly half of the injuries were caused by illegal firecrackers

INJURED. The firecracker-related injuries recorded so far this year are increasing, but the DOH says the tally is still below the 5-year-average. File photo by Noel Celis/Rappler

DOH tallies 46 injured by fireworks as of December 30

Dec 30, 2018 - 11:42 AM

(UPDATED) Three more people are injured due to firecrackers with one of them sustaining eye injuries

INSPECTION. In this file photo, DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III examines medical tools to be used at the Jose R Reyes Memorial Medical Center to treat firecracker-related injuries. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

DOH: Fireworks-related injuries rises to 43 as of December 29

Dec 29, 2018 - 11:45 AM

According to the Department of Health, the current fireworks-related injury count recorded from December 21 to 29 is 51% lower compared to last year

NEW YEAR'S EVE INJURY. Doctors and nurses at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila attend to a victim of firecrackers during the New Year's Eve revelry on January 1, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

DOH: 40 fireworks-related injuries since December 21

Dec 28, 2018 - 1:22 PM

The Department of Health says 4 of those injured had to undergo amputation

WOUNDED. File photo of one of the injured in a government hospital during the 2017 yearend revelry. Photo by Angie de Silva

Worry over kids' excessive smartphone use is more justified than ever before

Dec 27, 2018 - 10:00 AM

New research found brain changes among kids using screens more than 7 hours a day and lower cognitive skills among those using screens more than two hours a day

SMARTPHONE WOES. Sleep deprivation among teens spiked after 2012 – just as smartphone use became common. GCapture/

The Appeton ad: Moment marketing gone wrong and the internet won't have it

Dec 22, 2018 - 12:39 PM

It's going viral for all the wrong reasons

JUST, NO. The brand rides on the discussion in the worst way – and people online are calling them out. Screenshot from Appeton Philippines

QUIZ: Laging nahihilo? Take this quiz to find out if you’re at risk for Iron Deficiency Anemia

Dec 21, 2018 - 7:11 PM

Your frequent dizziness might not be as simple as you think

INFOGRAPHIC: Keeping 20/20 vision for today’s digital natives

Dec 21, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Constantly on your gadgets? You need to take extra care of your eyes!

On your phone right now? Here's why you need to give your eyes a break

Dec 20, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Learn the negative effects of constant gadget use — and how you can prevent them

U.S. judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional, Democrats vow to appeal

Dec 15, 2018 - 4:32 PM

The ruling came one day before the Saturday, December 15 deadline to sign up for Affordable Care Act coverage in 2019

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

The practice of kamayan and how it fosters Pinoy pride

Dec 11, 2018 - 10:36 AM

It’s a special tradition — but are you one of the 10% of Filipinos don't wash their hands before eating?

New law boosts gov't services for pregnant women, infants

Dec 11, 2018 - 10:22 AM

National government agencies and local government units will now have to ensure the provision of specific services to address nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life

Pregnant mothers and new born babies are taken cared for and receive pre and post natal care at the CSV Maternity and Lying-in clinic in Caloocan City.

Heavy screen time appears to impact childrens' brains – study

Dec 10, 2018 - 8:52 AM

The study indicates 9 and 10-year-old kids spending more than 7 hours a day using smart devices or playing video games show signs of premature thinning of the cortex, the brain's outermost layer that processes sensory information

Safeguard #GoKamayanTayo

Dec 08, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Doesn't food just taste better when it's shared? Make this year's Christmas all about sharing your blessings and join Safeguard's #GoKamayanTayo challenge!

Road traffic deaths swell to 1.35M each year – WHO

Dec 07, 2018 - 2:18 PM

'These deaths are an unacceptable price to pay for mobility,' says WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Duterte says he went to hospital for blood test

Dec 06, 2018 - 5:15 PM

President Duterte cracks a joke about his supposed recent hospital visit, saying the syringe extracted wind, not blood, from his veins

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administers the oaths of office of newly-appointed government officials after the oath taking ceremony of newly appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin at the Malacañan Palace on December 12, 2018. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DOH Calabarzon eyes malnutrition wards in hospitals in 2019

Dec 05, 2018 - 1:54 PM

DOH Calabarzon Regional Director Eduardo Janairo says counselling, proper nutrition assessment, and education of patients will be included in nutrition programs

NUTRITION. Malnutrition has been a problem among several Filipino households for years, official statistics show. File photo by Rappler

India pollution watchdog fines Delhi over toxic smog

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:59 PM

The National Green Tribunal penalizes the capital administration for its lack of oversight after it has emerged some polluting industries are still burning harmful waste in the open

SMOG. An Indian shepherd walks along his herd of sheep amidst heavy smog conditions in New Delhi on November 12, 2018. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Post Dengvaxia controversy: Paving the way forward for vaccines, health care

Dec 02, 2018 - 8:17 PM

The health department gears up to introduce a new vaccine for Japanese Encephalitis and universal health care in 2019. Will the past year's effort at damage control be enough?

Even Duterte allies in Senate race want bulletins on his health

Dec 02, 2018 - 6:27 PM

Duterte allies Ronald dela Rosa, JV Ejercito, Juan Ponce Enrile, and Francis Tolentino vote 'yes' to medical bulletins on President Rodrigo Duterte's health

CHIEF EXECUTIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the groundbreaking for the construction of the Davao City Bulk Water Supply Project at the Apo Agua Infrastructura Project Site in Davao City on November 26, 2018. Malacañang photo

A year after Dengvaxia: Immunization drops, measles outbreaks soar

Dec 01, 2018 - 7:52 PM

In the aftermath of the Dengvaxia scandal, immunization rates remain low as the health department controls several measles outbreaks that are vaccine-preventable

Measles cases rise 30% worldwide – WHO

Nov 30, 2018 - 4:52 PM

Martin Friede, WHO's director of immunization, vaccines and biologicals says that 'supposed experts making accusations against the vaccine without any evidence' has had an impact on parents' decisions

China halts activities of baby gene-editing scientist

Nov 29, 2018 - 9:43 PM

Chinese science and technology vice minister Xu Nanping says the 'gene-edited babies incident as reported by media blatantly violated our country's relevant laws and regulations'

In this picture taken on November 28, 2018, Chinese scientist He Jiankui reacts during a panel discussion after his speech at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong. A scientist who upended a Hong Kong conference with his claim to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies cancelled a fresh talk and was heavily criticised by organisers on November 29, who labelled him as irresponsible. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

BIR scraps tax on health card premiums

Nov 29, 2018 - 7:30 PM

The Bureau of Internal Revenue amends its previous issuance after drawing flak

DOH monitoring suspected measles outbreak in Sarangani town

Nov 29, 2018 - 3:19 PM

The health department says it has recorded 84 other suspected measles cases in remote communities in Sarangani

MEASLES? The DOH is monitoring possible measles cases in Malapatan town in Sarangani. Photo from Shutterstock

At least 18 Lumad children die from suspected measles in Sarangani town

Nov 27, 2018 - 10:19 PM

(UPDATED) Although the Department of Health has not yet declared an outbreak, the agency is reminding the public of the importance of vaccines because measles in a preventable disease.

MEASLES? The DOH is monitoring possible measles cases in Malapatan town in Sarangani. Photo from Shutterstock

Bicam approves universal health care bill

Nov 27, 2018 - 8:00 PM

If the bill is signed into law, all Filipinos would get 'immediate eligibility' for and access to the full spectrum of health care

APPROVED. Lawmakers from the Senate and the House of Representatives approved a reconciled version of the universal health care bill. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Palawan records increase in malaria cases

Nov 25, 2018 - 9:19 PM

'We expect to meet the malaria-free target in the province despite the difficulty to reach malaria-stricken mountainous areas,' says health official Mario Baquilod

No doctors, nurses, or painkillers: Surviving pregnancy in Venezuela

Nov 25, 2018 - 11:11 AM

Infant mortality rose 30% in 2016, with the deaths of 11,466 babies up to a year old, according to the latest Health Ministry figures

SCARE RESOURCES. A relative checks on a patient at a room of the University Hospital in Caracas on July 19, 2018. Rice, grains or pasta is the only diet for patients in the University Hospital in Caracas. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Samsung Electronics apologizes for factory cancer cases

Nov 23, 2018 - 9:59 AM

Campaign groups say that 320 people have suffered from work-related illnesses after being employed by Samsung, with 118 of them dying

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Philips says #NothingBeatsHealthyEats in nationwide campaign for healthier food choices

Nov 22, 2018 - 3:51 PM

The campaign is motivating every Filipino to cook their all-time favorite dishes through healthier and easier ways

Probiotics no help to kids with stomach flu – studies

Nov 22, 2018 - 3:23 PM

Probiotics are surging in popularity, with the global market predicted to expand from $37 billion in 2015 to $64 billion by 2023

House panel approves bill increasing alcohol taxes

Nov 22, 2018 - 11:05 AM

The bill seeks to curb consumption of alcohol while raising funds for the universal health care program

'DEADLY'. Alcohol kills 3 million people worldwide each year, a study finds. File photo by bogdanhoda/Shutterstock

LIVE: House reopens probe into Dengvaxia controversy

Nov 20, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Lawmakers reopen their investigation into the P3.5-billion Dengvaxia purchase, saying questions remain 'unanswered'