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Health workers to keep jobs under proposed DOH budget – Duque

Nov 13, 2018 - 6:43 PM

The Department of Budget and Management has agreed to restore funds for a DOH program that deploys health workers to rural areas and poor communities

JOBS SAFE. Health Secretary Francisco Duque says issues on the possible loss of jobs for health workers has been 'resolved' with the budget department. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

DOH seeks more funds to finish nearly-complete health facilities in 2019

Nov 13, 2018 - 6:24 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque says about P16.7 billion is needed to make over 1,000 health facilities nationwide operational

BUDGET HEARING. Health Secretary Francisco Duque at the senate hearing on the 2019 budget of the Department of Health. Nov. 13, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Pneumonia to kill nearly 11 million children by 2030, study warns

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:33 AM

The study, published on World Pneumonia Day, finds scaling up existing vaccination coverage, coupled with cheap antibiotics and ensuring good nutrition for children, could save a total of 4.1 million lives

How to detoxify your life

Nov 11, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Is life being too hard on you? Maybe it’s time to detoxify

Most children who have their tonsils removed don't benefit

Nov 10, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Given the potential for harm, are all tonsillectomies really necessary?

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Ebola prevention measures make 'positive impact' in DR Congo

Nov 09, 2018 - 8:40 PM

'The fact that we have so far prevented Ebola from spreading into neighboring countries is a testament to the hard work and determination of staff from all partners,' says a WHO official

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

Baby boom for some nations, bust for others – study

Nov 09, 2018 - 2:10 PM

While the world's population skyrocketed from 2.6 billion in 1950 to 7.6 billion in 2017, that growth is deeply uneven according to region and income

Another PhilHealth acting president accused of corruption

Nov 08, 2018 - 7:50 PM

Employees tell the Ombudsman PhilHealth acting president and CEO Roy Ferrer continued to be reimbursed by PhilHealth as a private doctor while receiving salaries and allowances as its board member

INVESTIGATION. PhilHealth Acting President Roy Ferrer faces a complaint filed by his own employees before the Ombudsman. Photo from PhilHealth

U.S. midterms: Key factors of the 2018 elections

Nov 07, 2018 - 12:03 AM

Here are the key factors in the battle for political control in Washington and across the country

ISSUES. AFP looks into the key factors in the battle for political control in Washington and across the country. Shutterstock; Trump file photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP; Border file photo by Orlando Estrada/AFP; Shooting file photo by Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images/AFP

WHO to PH: 'Real investment' in universal health care 'needs to happen'

Nov 06, 2018 - 8:29 PM

WHO Country Representative Gundo Weiler says the agency also supports calls to increase tobacco taxes from P32.50 per pack to P90

HEALTH INVESTMENT. The World Health Organization said the Philippines needed to ensure funding for universal health care. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

P257B needed for first year of universal health care coverage – DOH

Nov 05, 2018 - 3:27 PM

Increasing the excise tax on cigarettes from P32.50 per pack to P90 will also discourage smoking and lessen incidents of tobacco-related diseases, says Health Secretary Duque

FUNDS. A major source of funding for the proposed universal health care law will be revenue collected from the sin tax. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Duterte's health and disclosure: Finding a middle ground

Nov 04, 2018 - 8:33 PM

Information on the President's health is controlled by the Palace and insiders, and there is little to no incentive – politically or legally – for any official to break ranks until the very end

App assesses mental health based on how you use your phone

Oct 31, 2018 - 1:26 PM

The app monitors how you type, tap, and scroll in other apps to assess the state of your mental health

Photo from Mindstrong


A month on, Indonesia's quake-tsunami hit city faces health crisis

Oct 27, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Aid groups say there has been an increase in cases of diarrhea and respiratory infection, while there are also suspected cases of mosquito-borne illnesses, including malaria and dengue fever

DISASTER. An aerial view shows the earthquake and tsunami devasted neighbouhood in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 1, 2018. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Father of 2 jailed in France for feeding them only cake and Coca-Cola

Oct 25, 2018 - 3:47 PM

'There was no fridge, the children slept on a mattress without covers and there were no toys... Their father fed them on cakes and coke,' says a deputy public prosecutor

Trump says 'looking at' transgender issues after report of policy change

Oct 23, 2018 - 11:59 AM

The department's proposed definition of gender would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with, according to a draft reviewed by The Times

TRUMP. U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2018 in New York City. File photo by John Moore/Getty Images/AFP

[OPINION] A psychiatrist's view: Common misconceptions about mental health

Oct 22, 2018 - 5:50 PM

Having a mental illness does not indicate a weakness of character or that someone is broken. It is an illness that requires medical attention.

'RH Bill Story' launch: Fight for reproductive rights continues

Oct 21, 2018 - 8:58 PM

Marilen Dañguilan, a medical doctor trained in policymaking, launches her book 'The RH Bill Story: Contentions and Compromises'

BOOK LAUNCH. Marilen Dañguilan launches her book 'The RH Bill Story: Contentions and Compromises.' Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

'God is faithful': Baron Geisler shares Gospel, advocates mental health

Oct 20, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Now a devoted Christian, Baron Geisler seems to have come a long way from his problematic past

RENEWED. Baron Geisler actively speaks to promote mental health. Screenshot from Instagram.com/baron.geisler

Photos show darkening of Duterte's complexion in recent months

Oct 20, 2018 - 10:25 AM

Photos of President Rodrigo Duterte show the darkening, and then graying, of his complexion from his first month in office to October 2018

WATCH: Book launch of 'The RH Bill Story: Contentions and Compromises'

Oct 19, 2018 - 5:43 PM

In her book, Marilen Dañguilan writes a fascinating account of the long and stormy process behind the enactment of the reproductive health law

Duterte says dermatologist checked his dark complexion

Oct 18, 2018 - 7:25 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte claims his dark skin is due to regular military camp visits

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte salutes one of the awardees during his visit to Camp Juan Ponce Sumuroy in Catarman, Northern Samar on October 2, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

[ANALYSIS] Whatever happened to the Reproductive Health Law?

Oct 18, 2018 - 1:21 PM

In her book, Marilen Dañguilan doubts if the story of the RH Law will ever end, what with the strong lobby of religious groups as well as the legal bedrock on which they can always anchor their counterarguments

Self-lubricating latex could boost condom use – study

Oct 17, 2018 - 2:41 PM

Because the material has yet to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, the liquid-loving latex has yet to be tested during intercourse

Duque asks Duterte to certify tobacco tax hike bill as urgent

Oct 14, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The Department of Health wants excise tax on cigarettes to be increased to P90 per pack from the current P32.50

MORE EXPENSIVE CIGARETTES. Customers looks at a stall selling cigarettes and electronic cigarettes at a mall in Manila. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

[OPINION] A young doctor's views on health workforce in PH

Oct 14, 2018 - 4:36 PM

We may be young and idealistic, but I believe that our will and passion to serve can take us and our country to places

LENDING A HAND. Fostering doctors' interest in serving the Philippines begins way before medical school. Image from Shutterstock

Youth team addresses teen pregnancy in T'boli community

Oct 14, 2018 - 3:53 PM

PRESS RELEASE: Team TeenPUYOG empowered peer educators to engage T'boli youth on the prevention of teenage pregnancy

Weight stigma: 5 unspoken truths

Oct 13, 2018 - 10:00 AM

The stigma is often perpetrated by friends and family, not strangers. The results of stigma can be catastrophic.

DANGERS OF STIGMA. It can cause an awful lot of damage. Shutterstock

Surviving tuberculosis

Oct 11, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Survivors share their own personal stories as they hope to change the constricting and discriminatory narrative tuberculosis is embedded in

One more reason not to pick your nose: pneumonia

Oct 11, 2018 - 4:33 PM

British scientists say they have proved for the first time that the disease-causing bacteria can be transmitted manually via the nose and hands

French health watchdog wants to ban sunbeds

Oct 11, 2018 - 2:00 AM

'We recommend banning all activities linked to artificial tanning,' says Olivier Merckel, an expert at the Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety

CAUSES CANCER. In this file photo taken on July 31, 2009, a young woman lies on a sunbed or tanning bed in Santiago. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

WATCH: What can you do to prevent suicide?

Oct 10, 2018 - 9:34 PM

Getting rid of the stigma towards mental illness starts with you

Senate approves universal health care bill

Oct 10, 2018 - 9:15 PM

But the measure is still far from being enacted as lawmakers will have reconcile the different provisions of the Senate and House of Representatives versions

PUBLIC HEALTH. Nurses tend to a woman at the Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center in Manila. File photo by AFP

LOOK: These Pinoy celebs are helping to end stigma over mental health issues

Oct 10, 2018 - 5:57 PM

Many local celebs have used their powerful influence to spread awareness about mental health

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Oct 10, 2018 - 1:36 PM

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Duterte jokes in 'battery' riddle: I tested 'positive' in Hong Kong medical exams

Oct 09, 2018 - 8:26 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte makes light of medical test results, joking that he is like a 'battery,' with a positive and negative side

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte takes time to appreciate the command saber shown by Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Carlito Galvez Jr. on the sidelines of the joint Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police command conference at the Malacañan Palace on October 4, 2018. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Robredo camp defers to Duterte on health disclosure: He knows his oath

Oct 09, 2018 - 3:42 PM

‘The VP has said that...we want him healthy, we want him working. So if he says it's like that, then I suppose we must respect it,’ says Robredo’s spokesperson

STATE OF HEALTH. The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo says it respects the declaration of President Rodrigo Duterte that his recent medical tests came back negative.

From Marcos to Duterte: How Philippine presidents handled their health problems

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:15 AM

In 2006, Imee Marcos recalled the secrecy that shrouded the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos' deteriorating health – to douse doubts about his ability to govern

Duterte tells Cabinet medical test results came back 'negative'

Oct 08, 2018 - 11:36 PM

(2nd UPDATE) A President in 'high spirits' assures his Cabinet members that there is no serious threat to his health. He tells senators in another meeting that he has a 'polyp' in his intestines

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III during the 19th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on October 4, 2017. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Senate approves bill to detect eye problems among pre-school children

Oct 08, 2018 - 9:31 PM

Senate Bill 1706 also creates a fund for research on eye diseases and treatment

EYE CHECK UP. Should Senate Bill 1706 be passed, children will be screened for eye problems in kindergarten. Photo from Shutterstock

WHO urges PH to 'give more attention' to growing number of HIV-AIDS cases

Oct 08, 2018 - 7:56 PM

WHO's Dr Shin Young-soo says, sooner or later, the general population in PH – not just gay men and men having sex with men – might be infected by the virus

HIV-AIDS. The Philippines has one of the 'fastest growing' HIV epidemics in the world. File photo by George Moya/Rappler

Lifestyle diseases 'rapidly rising' in Western Pacific region – WHO

Oct 08, 2018 - 6:21 PM

Diseases, such as diabetes, cancers, or cardiovascular diseases, have contributed to about 80% of deaths in the region, says WHO Western Pacific regional director Dr Shin Young-soo

Arroyo: Be concerned about Duterte’s health ‘only if he says it’s serious’

Oct 08, 2018 - 4:09 PM

But opposition lawmakers say Malacañang's conflicting statements on the President's health raise concerns

THE PRESIDENT'S HEALTH. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo comments on the current status of President Rodrigo Duterte's health. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte allies in Senate downplay medical tests

Oct 08, 2018 - 11:39 AM

The President is healthy enough to discharge his duties, say Senators Ralph Recto and Koko Pimentel

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte arrives at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City for his attendance to the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) Convention on August 17, 2018. Malacañang Photo

61% of Filipinos believe Duterte's health a public matter – SWS

Oct 07, 2018 - 8:49 AM

The Third Quarter 2018 Social Weather Survey also shows there are more Filipinos who believe President Duterte has health problems than those who think otherwise

HEALTH CONCERNS. President Rodrigo Duterte reveals that he went to the hospital for tests apparently to rule out cancer when he addressed retired military officers in a Malacanang event on October 4, 2018. Presidential photo

Foodie destination Peru combats malnutrition in children

Oct 07, 2018 - 6:00 AM

'Combating anemia is a priority for the government and we want it to be a priority for Peru,' says President Martin Vizcarra

MALNOURISHED. According to the Demographic and Family Health Survey of the National Institute of Statistics two out of every five Peruvian children under the age of 3 suffer from anemia due to a poor diet. Photo by Cris Bouroncle/AFP

U.N. treaty cracks down on heated tobacco products

Oct 07, 2018 - 5:00 AM

A consultant to the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control ranks heated tobacco as less harmful than cigarettes but more deadly than e-cigarettes

RISKS. WHO says long-term testing on heated tobacco was non-existent and voiced concern that promoting the products would ultimately see less people quit smoking. Rappler file photo

Just because you're thin, doesn't mean you're healthy

Oct 06, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Body weight is not the best indicator of internal well-being. A much better indicator is your diet.

HEALTH ISSUE. Being thin doesn’t mean you can eat unhealthy foods and get away with it. from shutterstock.com

Is apple cider vinegar good for you? A doctor weighs in

Oct 06, 2018 - 9:00 AM

As a practicing physician and professor of medicine, people ask me about the benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar all the time

POPULAR CONDIMENT. Vinegar has become as popular for some as nectar of the gods. It has a long history of high hopes for healing. Koy_Hipster/Shutterstock.com

'Growth' found in Duterte's endoscopy? Doctors explain what it means

Oct 05, 2018 - 7:26 PM

(UPDATED) Three specialist doctors, including National Scientist Ernesto Domingo, explain terms related to President Rodrigo Duterte's latest admission about the state of his health

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the members of his delegation hold a working lunch meeting with Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan King Abdullah bin Al-Hussein and other Jordanian officials at the Al Husseinieh Palace in Amman on September 6, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO