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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.

Want to learn something? Sleep on it, but not too deeply – study

Aug 09, 2017 - 7:38 AM

Participants in a study were able to memorize sound patterns played to them during two phases of sleep called Rapid Eye Movement REM and N2 researchers say

Vitamin D can protect against cold, flu, study claims

Feb 16, 2017 - 8:34 AM

A review of 25 clinical trials in 14 countries some with conflicting results yielded the first definitive evidence of a link between vitamin D and flu prevention researchers claim

Health-focused Alphabet subsidiary receives $800 mn investment

Jan 27, 2017 - 3:49 PM

The cash injection fast tracks the company s plans to bring health information devices to the market

VERILY. Formerly known as Google Life Sciences, Verily devotes its resources to applying technology to problems in health and biology. Logo from Verily

Sex healthy for aging women, risky for older men – study

Sep 07, 2016 - 12:30 PM

The study authors measured cardiovascular risk as hypertension rapid heart rate elevated C reactive protein and cardiovascular events including heart attack heart failure and stroke

Mosquitoes can spread Zika to their eggs – study

Aug 30, 2016 - 7:15 AM

This vertical transmission from female mosquito to her eggs may help the virus survive even when conditions are poor

HEALTH THREAT. Doctor William Araya shows a jar with larvas of the mosquito Aedes Aegypti, that transmit the Zika virus, the Dengue and the Chikunguna, at a laboratory in San Jose, Costa Rica, January 27, 2016. Photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

Canned food linked to hormone-disrupting BPA – study

Jun 30, 2016 - 2:29 PM

The study also suggests that specific canned foods are linked to higher levels of Bisphenol A a hormone disrupting industrial chemical

UP students create mobile app for mental health first aid

Jun 29, 2016 - 8:25 AM

The increasing need to raise the level of mental health awareness leads two UP students in computer science to develop a mobile application that will address such need

PSYCHUP. UP students Chad Errol Booc and Chara Mae San Diego present their project in their thesis defense. Photo courtesy of Chad Errol Booc and Chara Mae San Diego

Smart drugs: How to build a better brain

Jun 02, 2016 - 10:10 AM

The idea that you could upgrade your brain with a few tablets is perhaps too good a pitch to ignore

Zika research to be published rapidly, and free – statement

Feb 11, 2016 - 10:20 AM

Research funders will require scientists to share interim as well as final data as rapidly and widely as possible

HEALTH THREAT. Doctor William Araya shows a jar with larvas of the mosquito Aedes Aegypti, that transmit the Zika virus, the Dengue and the Chikunguna, at a laboratory in San Jose, Costa Rica, January 27, 2016. Photo by Jeffrey Arguedas/EPA

One person brain-dead after French drugs trial

Jan 15, 2016 - 8:27 PM

The drug was a painkiller containing cannabinoids an active ingredient found in cannabis plants says an AFP source privy to the case

Mind training as effective as anti-depressants – study

Apr 21, 2015 - 8:07 AM

The Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy MBCT method may offer a welcome alternative for people wishing to avoid long term use of anti depressants

Japanese Ebola test gives results in 11 minutes

Apr 09, 2015 - 3:04 PM

The breakthrough by Nagasaki University s Institute of Tropical Medicine will allow medics to move much more quickly in treating people with the hemorrhagic fever

EBOLA. This colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) reveals some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion. Photo by Cynthia Goldsmith/Center for Disease Control and Prevention/AFP

The measure of men

Mar 13, 2015 - 7:45 AM

[Science Solitaire] How useful is this information aside from reassuring the deepest worries of the men in our midst?

CSU students light candles for schoolmate Rosanna Sanfuego

Mar 07, 2015 - 7:17 PM

Some students hold up banners with the name of Rosanna Sanfuego who reportedly killed herself over difficulties in paying school fees

REMEMBERING ROSANNA. Cagayan State University Students light candles in memory of fallen classmate Rosanna Sanfuego. Photo from the NUSP Pilipinas website

Number of new Ebola cases rises for first time in 2015 – WHO

Feb 05, 2015 - 8:25 AM

During the 7 days leading up to February 1 124 new cases are confirmed across the 3 west African countries at the epicenter of the devastating outbreak

Red cross workers, wearing protective suits, carry the body of a person who died from Ebola during a burial for victims of the virus, in Monrovia, on January 5, 2015. Zoom Dosso/AFP

Funding delays may have helped Ebola spread – study

Feb 04, 2015 - 10:20 AM

Study: Delays by international donors in providing money promised to fight Ebola may have allowed the disease to spread driving up the amount of the final bill

Red cross workers, wearing protective suits, carry the body of a person who died from Ebola during a burial for victims of the virus, in Monrovia, on January 5, 2015. Zoom Dosso/AFP

New drug regimen speeds TB treatment

Jul 21, 2014 - 2:51 PM

An experimental cocktail of three drugs can dramatically shorten the time it takes to treat patients infected with TB strains that are hard to cure with conventional antibiotics

Study: Autism risk is half genetic, half environmental

May 04, 2014 - 11:27 PM

Genes and environmental factors both play a role in the causes of autism

Tiny sponges could save lives on the battlefield

Apr 10, 2014 - 11:11 PM

A simple new method could revolutionize battlefield medicine: a syringe filled with injectable sponges shot directly into a wound to stop massive bleeding

Cholesterol drugs aid erectile function: study

Mar 29, 2014 - 10:13 PM

Men with erectile dysfunction may see improvements in their sexual ability while taking cholesterol lowering drugs according to a new study

NEW AID. Men with erectile dysfunction may see improvements in their sexual ability while taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, according to a new study. Graphic by Raffy De Guzman/Rappler

Smoking ban reduces pre-term births, childhood asthma

Mar 29, 2014 - 11:00 AM

The new investigation covers more than 2 5 million births and 250 000 hospital admissions of children who suffered an asthma attack

NO TO SMOKING. A study shows rates of pre-term births and hospital treatment for childhood asthma both fell after smoking bans were put in place

Camels likely source of MERS virus in people – study

Feb 25, 2014 - 2:28 PM

Research now shows the virus is extraordinarily common in camels and has been for at least 20 years

DEADLY NEW VIRUS. This undated handout picture courtesy of the British Health Protection Agency shows the Coronavirus seen under an electron microscope. AFP PHOTO / British Health Protection Agency

New target seen in war on malaria

Nov 28, 2013 - 10:25 AM

Potential drugs can aim at a newly discovered enzyme that the parasite uses to metabolize energy at every stage of its infection in humans

MALARIA VACCINE? This undated photo courtesy of Sanaria, Inc. of Rockville, Maryland, shows Malaria infected mosquitoes ready for dissection in the lab's manufacturing facility during vaccine production. ADAM M. RICHMAN/SANARIA INC./AFP

[Science Solitaire] The right to exercise

Aug 23, 2013 - 8:00 AM

Studies have revealed what goes on inside our bodies at the molecular level when we regularly exercise

Study shows sleep loss can make you fat

Aug 06, 2013 - 11:13 PM

Scientists find evidence linking lack of sleep to fatty food cravings

Weak brain connections in autistic children

Jun 18, 2013 - 9:08 AM

Weak brain connectivity may impede children with autism from experiencing speech as pleasurable

HUMAN VOICE IS VERY IMPORTANT. 'It not only conveys meaning but also provides critical emotional information to a child'

Videogames slow, reverse 'mental decay' - study

May 02, 2013 - 9:31 AM

Playing videogames can prevent and even reverse deteriorating brain functions such as memory reasoning and visual processing

Malaysian prince's 'pill' targets dengue scourge

Jun 06, 2012 - 2:57 PM

A Malaysian prince is promoting a novel weapon against the worsening scourge of dengue fever: a protein pill that starves mosquito larvae and could revolutionise the global dengue fight