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From the air bases to Greenhills: Ex-military doctor heads San Juan public hospital

Nov 03, 2019 - 8:57 AM

The prospect of changing the quality of San Juaneños experience with public health would prove a worthy challenge for San Juan Medical Center Director Joseph Acosta

NEW ROLE. Joseph Acosta served as a doctor in the military for 30 years. Now he takes on a new challenge as San Juan Medical Center's Director. Photo by Janella Paris/Rappler

Francis Zamora appoints ex-military doctor as San Juan hospital chief

Oct 08, 2019 - 1:52 PM

‘I chose a general to instill order and discipline in San Juan Medical Center,’ the mayor says of Brigadier General Joseph Acosta, former commander of the AFP Medical Center

San Juan Medical Center. Photo from Wikimapia

RESULTS: September 2019 Medical Technologist Licensure Examination

Sep 25, 2019 - 10:02 PM

PRESS RELEASE: 4,743 out of 6,453 passed the Medical Technologist Licensure Examination

76% of devices in healthcare facilities in PH infected by malicious code

Sep 14, 2019 - 12:15 PM

The Philippines has the most number of infected medical devices in Southeast Asia, and is second worst among countries in the world after Venezuela, experts from Kaspersky say

MEDICAL CYBERSECURITY. Kaspersky cybersecurity experts discuss the state of security at medical institutions at an event in Yangon, Myanmar. Photo by Kyle Chua

Lesotho now Africa's medical cannabis pioneer

Sep 07, 2019 - 6:00 PM

Cannabis – referred here as 'green gold' – is grown legally by the Lesotho-based company Medigrow and is regulated by the government

Green gold

U.S. teen arrested in Russia for medical marijuana

Sep 04, 2019 - 7:16 PM

Audrey Elise Lorber 'kept the narcotic substance for her personal use' but the US use permit 'is not valid on Russian territory,' says Saint Petersburg's courts press service

COA to Laguna hospital: Fix waste storage and disposal

Aug 27, 2019 - 11:25 AM

The Commission on Audit finds that the Laguna Medical Center violated the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000 and the Health Care Waste Management Manual

Binibining Pilipinas queens visit Philippine Children's Medical Center, spends time with kids

Aug 15, 2019 - 6:34 PM

The queens spend time with the children of Philippine Children’s Medical Center

Pasig to train doctors for barangay health centers – Vico Sotto

Aug 06, 2019 - 9:20 AM

Rizal Medical Center staff will help develop medical staff at barangay centers, so residents don't have to go to public hospitals for treatment of common illnesses

STRONG FRONTLINERS. Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto signs an agreement with the Rizal Medical Center for the training and development of doctors for barangay health centers. Photo from Vico Sotto's official Facebook page  SOURCE  Photo taken from Vico Sotto's offical Facebook page

Charity program will continue despite gaming ban – PCSO

Jul 29, 2019 - 12:00 PM

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office assures the public that medical assistance will continue ‘unless otherwise instructed’

Lotto outlets in Quezon City closed shop on Saturday, July 27, 2019, after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered on July 26, all gaming activities that got their franchise from government through PCSO suspended or terminated because of corruption in the charity institution. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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

Like Uber, but for organs: first kidney delivered by drone

May 04, 2019 - 10:55 PM

The specially designed high-tech drone was fitted with equipment to monitor the kidney along its 5-kilometer journey to its recipient: a 44-year-old woman from Baltimore who had spent 8 years on dialysis before the procedure

This image courtesy of the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) shows a drone landin as it delivers a kidney for transplant at the UMMC in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 19, 2019. A kidney needed for transplantation has been delivered by a drone for the first time ever, the University of Maryland Medical Center said, a development that could herald faster and safer organ transport. The specially designed high-tech drone was fitted with equipment to monitor the kidney along its three mile (five kilometer) journey to its recipient HO / University of Maryland Medical Center / AFP

Medtech board topnotchers: Hard work is key to success

Mar 25, 2019 - 4:17 PM

Two board topnotchers prove that there are different ways to achieve success

Far Eastern University - Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation summa cum laude, Zairah De Leon Monjardin, places first in the March 2019 Medical Technologist Licensure Exam with a rating of 91.10%.

New procedure may preserve fertility in kids with cancer after chemo or radiation

Mar 23, 2019 - 1:00 PM

All patients should be informed about the reproductive side effects of their medical treatments and options to preserve their fertility at the time of diagnosis

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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.

RESULTS: March 2019 Medical Technologist Licensure Exam

Mar 19, 2019 - 7:09 PM

Cagayan State University - Andrews Campus and the Adventist University of the Philippines are the top performing schools in the March 2019 Medical Technologist Licensure Exam

WATCH: In hospitals, water woes take shape where lives are at stake

Mar 14, 2019 - 8:27 AM

Hospitals have not been spared by the water shortage hitting parts of Metro Manila. How do doctors and patients cope?

WATER NEEDED. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III visits the Rizal Medical Center to assess the water shortage condition of the government hospital on March 13, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Manila Water: Hospitals will be 'top priority' during shortage

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says Manila Water assured him that hospitals would have enough water supply, given that 'lives are at stake'

WATER NEEDED. Health Secretary FrancisCo Duque III visits the Rizal Medical Center to asses the water shortage at the government hospital on March 13, 2019. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Red Cross sends water tanks to Rizal Medical Center in Pasig

Mar 13, 2019 - 5:40 PM

Rizal Medical Center in Pasig is among the hospitals hardest hit by the current water crisis

RESCUE. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque visits Rizal Medical Center in Pasig City, to witness the distribution of water from the Philippine Red Cross and Manila Water. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Thailand to begin testing medical marijuana on patients

Mar 09, 2019 - 8:59 AM

Thailand is the first in Southeast Asia to embrace medical marijuana though recreational use remains illegal

MEDICAL MARIJUANA. Cannabis plants in bloom. File photo by Pablo Porciuncula/AFP

Duterte says he'll never legalize medical marijuana

Mar 08, 2019 - 9:36 PM

Back in 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte expressed openness to legalizing medical marijuana

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the inauguration of the NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 Project in Caloocan City on February 28, 2019. REY BANIQUET/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

AI system spots childhood disease like a doctor

Feb 12, 2019 - 9:45 AM

'It can mimic a human pediatrician to interpret and integrate all types of medical data – patient complaints, medical history, blood and imaging tests – to make a diagnosis,' says lead researcher Kang Zhang

Illustration by Janina Malinis/Rappler


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Jan 29, 2019 - 8:50 PM

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House passes bill legalizing medical marijuana

Jan 29, 2019 - 5:04 PM

The bill's approval on final reading is not surprising – Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo uses marijuana patches to ease pain when she's in countries where it is legal

'HIGH TIME.' Lawmakers approve a bill legalizing medical marijuana in the Philippines. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Marijuana patch eases pain for Arroyo

Jan 15, 2019 - 6:02 PM

Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo suffers from multiple cervical spondylosis which causes pain on her spine

PRO-MARIJUANA. Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is an advocate for medical marijuana. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

LIST: Accredited clinics for new policy on drivers' license applications

Jan 11, 2019 - 3:19 PM

Here is the list of accredited clinics that can issue online-only medical certificates for drivers' license applications in Metro Manila

NEW POLICY. The Land Transportation Office implements a new policy when acquiring medical certificates. Rappler photo

IN PHOTOS: Duterte visits kids with cancer days before Christmas

Dec 24, 2018 - 12:17 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte visits a foundation for Mindanaoan children with cancer, listening to them by their bedsides and gamely posing for photos with the center's staff

Japan says 10 med schools altered admissions, some kept out women

Dec 14, 2018 - 7:51 PM

An investigation finds out improper school admission practices at 10 Japanese medical schools, including 4 that tried to keep women out

The emblem of the Tokyo Medical University is seen on the building's entance gate in Tokyo on August 8, 2018. A Tokyo medical school on August 7 admitted entrance test scores for female applicants were routinely altered to keep women out and apologised for the discrimination after a probe. Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP

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

4 Senate bets back legalization of medical marijuana

Dec 02, 2018 - 6:14 PM

Senate bets Chel Diokno, JV Ejercito, Juan Ponce Enrile, and Sergio Osmeña III, in CNN Philippines' senatorial forum, back the legalization of medical marijuana

MARIJUANA. A man touches marijuana leaves at a farm near Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on October 3, 2012. File photo by Raul Arboleda/AFP

Leading medical supply maker reportedly linked to many breaches

Nov 26, 2018 - 9:31 AM

One in 5 medical implants using Medtronic products proved problematic, twice the rate of any competing firm, according to a wide-reaching analysis by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Northern Mindanao top cop in critical condition after ambush

Nov 20, 2018 - 9:29 PM

Police Superintendent Michael John Deloso survives an ambush in Cagayan de Oro City

AMUBUSHED. Scene of Crime Operatives process the site where Superintendent Michael John Deloso was ambushed in Cagayan de Oro City. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Older dads' kids run higher health risks at birth – study

Nov 01, 2018 - 5:46 PM

Babies of fathers 45 and older are more likely to be underweight or wind up in intensive care, says a research published by The BMJ

How astrophysics could transform treatment of cystic fibrosis, other rare diseases

Oct 13, 2018 - 1:30 PM

How can doctors predict which patient will respond best to which treatment? We have developed a new technique based on astrophysical research, published in PLOS One, that may be a game changer.

OUTER SPACE. NASA, ESA, H, CC BY-ND

'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

Duterte confirms hospital visit: ‘I will tell you if it’s cancer’

Oct 04, 2018 - 8:59 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says doctors at Cardinal Santos Medical Center took samples last Wednesday to conduct more tests

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte engages in a discussion with Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol and Secretary Christopher Lawrence 'Bong' Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President prior to the 29th Cabinet Meeting at the Malacañan Palace on September 11, 2018. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

DOH: No dengue breeding grounds at Philippine Children's Medical Center

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:30 AM

The Department of Health is still trying to determine the source of dengue, after an upsurge in cases at the hospital since May 2018

CLEAR. The DOH says there are no brreding grounds for mosquitos in Philippine Children's Medical Center. File photo from PCMC's Facebook account

DOH to investigate rise in dengue cases in Philippine Children's Medical Center

Sep 24, 2018 - 6:01 PM

The investigation comes after several doctors at the hospital contract the illnesses, with one dying from severe dengue

DENGUE MOSQUITO. While dengue is a threat throughout the year, the disease usually peaks during the rainy season. Photo of Dengue from Shutterstock, Photo of hospital from PCMC

Doctor at Philippine Children's Medical Center dies of severe dengue

Sep 21, 2018 - 1:04 PM

The hospital notes an 'upsurge' in acute dengue cases since May 2018

P6.1-M medical aid given to Typhoon Ompong victims

Sep 15, 2018 - 10:36 PM

(UPDATED) The Department of Health says 34 health emergency response teams have been stationed in affected regions

STRANDED. Typhoon Ompong strands passengers in Bicol while soldiers evacuate people. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Secret service: Underground doctors induce safe abortions

Aug 20, 2018 - 3:58 PM

Conclusion: A group of medical doctors in the Philippines risk careers to help women, in the belief that it is their duty to ensure the mental and physical well-being of their patients

Amid rumor of Duterte coma, Malacañang insists no need for medical bulletins

Aug 20, 2018 - 1:12 PM

(UPDATED) 'There's no information that the President is sick,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque as he fends off observations about President Rodrigo Duterte's complexion

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Lex Talionis Fraternitas, Inc. (LTFI) National Convention at the Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City on August 18, 2018. JOEY DALUMPINES/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Augustus de Villa now heads AFP Health Service Command

Aug 14, 2018 - 9:23 PM

He replaces Leo Torrelavega, who has been relieved of his position to make way for a probe into up to P200 million in anomalous hospital contracts

AUGUSTUS DE VILLA. Image from https://military-medicine.com/almanac/101-philippines-the-republic-of.html

AFP probes up to P200M worth of hospital contracts

Aug 13, 2018 - 6:50 PM

‘We will fix this in one month,’ says AFP chief General Carlito Galvez Jr. The dismissed AFP Medical Center commander was his classmate at the military academy.

'EXTENSIVE REPORT.' AFP Chief General Carlito Galvez Jr on August 13, 2018, presents the report prepared by the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines on the AFP Medical Center. Photo by Carmela Fonbuena/Rappler

Duterte fires top AFP Medical Center officials

Aug 13, 2018 - 11:40 AM

(4th UPDATE) President Rodrigo Duterte 'is ballistic' about alleged anomalies at the hospital formerly known as the V. Luna Medical Center

COMMANDER IN CHIEF. President Rodrigo Duterte salutes the flag as he sings the Philippine National Anthem during the 117th Police Service Anniversary at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Headquarters in Camp Brigadier General Rafael T. Crame, Quezon City on August 8, 2018. Malacañang photo

[OPINION] A different Marawi encounter

Jul 29, 2018 - 11:48 AM

I cried during the tour. The spiritual atmosphere was just so heavy. War is truly ugly and painful. It brings no good thing.

A moment of levity during Go Share's 3-day visit. Photo by Rolan Garcia

Research Check: Does drinking coffee help you live longer?

Jul 21, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Like many previous studies, the JAMA Internal Medicine paper found people who drank coffee had a lower risk of dying of any cause – and specifically, of dying from heart disease and cancer – over the course of the study

GOOD NEWS. The study contains some good news for people who drink a lot of coffee. StudioByTheSea/Shutterstock

Mugabe in Singapore for health check – report

Jun 20, 2018 - 9:12 PM

A Zimbabwe newspaper says the country's 94-year-old ex-ruler 'slipped out of the country 2 weeks ago after his blood pressure suddenly rose to dangerous levels'

(FILES) 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. Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on July 27, 2016 launched a blistering attack on anti-government activists, foreign embassies and disaffected war veterans as he sought to assert his grip on power following recent protests. / AFP PHOTO / JEKESAI NJIKIZANA

'We're here to help': Gender Diversity Center opens in Manila Med

Jun 04, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The Gender Diversity Clinic in Manila Medical Center aims to help those in the LGBTQ community come terms with their gender identity

Thousands at funeral for Gaza volunteer killed on Israel border

Jun 02, 2018 - 10:24 PM

Razan al-Najjar's death brings the toll of Gazans killed by Israeli fire since the end of March to 123

FUNERAL. Palestinian mourners carry the body of 21 years old Razan al-Najjar during her funeral after she was shot dead by Israeli soldiers, in Khan Yunis on June 2, 2018. Photo by Mahmud Hams/AFP