Australian researchers say they can stop melanoma speading

Sep 11, 2017 - 10:39 AM

Researchers say a combination of new treatments can stop the world s deadliest form of skin cancer – melanoma – in its tracks and halt its spread to other organs

UNDER THE SUN. Tourists sunbathe on a beach of Barcelona on August 21, 2017. Josep Lago/AFP

No confirmed human cases of bird flu yet – DOH

Aug 25, 2017 - 1:33 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial eats fried chicken and boiled egg during the press conference to show they are still safe to consume despite the bird flu outbreak

SAFE TO EAT. RITM director Socorro Lupisan, Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, and Bureau of Animal Industry veterinary Joy Lagayan eat chicken to demonstrate it is still safe to do so despite the bird flu outbreak. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Against rules, Ilocos Norte advances P26M cash for meds, fertilizer, construction

Aug 23, 2017 - 8:34 PM

Governor Imee Marcos employs the same payment method she used in buying motor vehicles through local tobacco funds the subject of a House investigation

CASH ADVANCES. Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos justifies her use of cash advances to buy medicines, fertilizer, and construction materials. Graphics by Raffy de Guzman/Rappler

DA: No reported animal-to-human transmission of bird flu yet in PH

Aug 11, 2017 - 7:05 PM

The health department has already sent a team to assess the workers in the areas affected by the outbreak

BIRD FLU. Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Pinol (C), Dr Arlene Vytiaco (R), and Dr Celia Carlos of RITM, (left) confirm cases of avian influenza subtype H5 on Friday, August 11, at a press conference in Quezon City. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Disease gene 'edited' in human embryos in scientific first

Aug 03, 2017 - 8:29 AM

The researchers successful use of the CRISPR gene editing tool in viable embryos was hailed as a technical feat by outside experts who called at the same time for deeper debate on the ethics of altering human DNA

'We have fish & chips': EU cities bid for Brexit agencies

Aug 02, 2017 - 7:47 AM

23 European cities launch their bids to host two London based EU regulatory agencies that will be forced to leave the British capital

LEAVING LONDON SOON. The logo of the European Medicines Agency is seen on the building housing its headquarters in Canary Wharf, east London on May 2, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

'Government has to treat HIV as national emergency' – RITM doctor

Jul 31, 2017 - 9:27 PM

AIDS experts and persons with HIV ask government to enforce the treat all policy and provide medication to patients regardless of their infection stage

TESTING FOR HIV. A lab technician prepares samples for HIV testing. Photo courtesy Diana Mendoza

Finish your antibiotics course? Maybe not, experts say

Jul 27, 2017 - 8:53 AM

Rather than stopping antibiotics too early the cause of resistance is unnecessary drug use a team of experts writes in The BMJ medical journal

Court battle over UK baby raises ethical conundrum

Jul 26, 2017 - 8:09 AM

A 5 month legal battle over the fate of a terminally ill British baby has stoked an often angry debate about medical ethics and the courts

'SAVE CHARLIE GARD' People gather outside the High Court in support of continued medical treatment for critically-ill 11-month old Charlie Gard who is due to be taken off life support, in central London on July 13, 2017. Tolga Akmen/AFP

Israel gives medicine, equipment to crisis-hit Marawi residents

Jun 24, 2017 - 2:45 PM

The Israeli Embassy in Manila turns over the humanitarian aid to the Philippine Red Cross

HUMANITARIAN AID. Israel ambassador Ephraim Ben Matityau together with his wife Lizia Lu turns over medical supplies to Philippine Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon. Photo by the PRC

Eurovision-style fight for UK-based EU agencies begins

Jun 21, 2017 - 1:04 PM

The European Union will kick off a battle for the right to host two London based EU agencies after Britain leaves the bloc

LEAVING LONDON SOON. The logo of the European Medicines Agency is seen on the building housing its headquarters in Canary Wharf, east London on May 2, 2017. Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Obesity 'epidemic' affects one in 10 worldwide

Jun 13, 2017 - 7:41 AM

A total of 2 2 billion people – 30 of the world population – are believed to be either obese or overweight by 2015

MEDICAL ATTENTION. In this photo, a physiotherapist (L) assists obese patients with exercises in an obesity unit at the CHU Angers teaching hospital in Angers, western France, on October 23, 2013. Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP

How tobacco-chewing Bicol tribe deals with mouth cancer

May 14, 2017 - 8:56 AM

The experience of the Agta tabangnon tribe shows indigenous peoples are still left out even as the sin tax law generates a significant windfall for government

Claudia Vargas, 58, belonging to Agta-tabangnon tribesmen living at the foot of Mount Isarog, Iriga City, is one of the indigenous people suffering from mouth cancer. She is a nganga aficionado for 35 years before acquiring deadly disease due to tobacco consumption. With him is tribal Chieftain Bartolome "Lome" Oafalas. Photo by Rhaydz B. Barcia/Rappler

Epilepsy drug behind up to 4,100 severe birth defects in France

Apr 20, 2017 - 8:16 PM

The types of birth defects attributed to valproate included spina bifida – a condition in which the spinal cord does not form properly and can protrude through the skin – as well as defects of the heart and genital organs

VALPROATE AND BIRTH DEFECTS. Image of Valproate medicines from Wikimedia Commons by user Colin

Quadriplegic man regains use of arm in medical first – study

Mar 29, 2017 - 7:23 AM

The remarkable advance hinges on a prosthesis which circumvents rather than repairs his spinal injury using wires electrodes as well as computer software to reconnect the severed link between his brain and muscles

MOVING ARMS AGAIN. Bill Kochevar, who was paralyzed below his shoulders in a bicycling accident, is believed to be the first person with quadriplegia in the world to have arm and hand movements restored with the help of two temporarily implanted technologies. Case Western Reserve University/Cleveland FES Center

Free medicines for poor families available in 6 hospitals

Mar 24, 2017 - 7:33 PM

The DSWD s Libreng Gamot Para sa Masa program receives P1 billion from President Rodrigo Duterte s social fund

#InspireCourage: Ateneo doctors serve in far-flung Northern Samar town

Mar 17, 2017 - 4:02 PM

Doctors Mixie Baduria and Alfonso Regala could have gone to any specialization they wanted after graduation Instead they are serving in a 2nd class municipality in Northern Samar

LOCAL HEALTHCARE. Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health doctors currently working in the district and provincial hospitals in Northern Samar pose for a photo in front of the Tan Memorial Hospital. (L to R) Dr Alfonso Miguel Regala, Dr Terrence Antonio, Dr Raymond Luzarraga, Dr Ezekiel Valera, Dr Sophia Caranay, Dr Sherry Mombay, Dr Merlin Sanicas. Photo courtesy of Mixie Baduria

Flipping happy: Coin swallowing Thai turtle on the mend

Mar 13, 2017 - 5:40 PM

The story of her plight and successful operation is now viral with headlines around the world The 25 year old turtle called Omsin Piggy Bank can now paddle around a small pool with relative ease

OMSIN THE TURTLE. This handout from the Faculty of Veterinary Science of Chulalongkorn University taken on March 6, 2017 and released March 7, 2017 shows Omsin the turtle being tended to by a veterinarian at the university after doctors successfully removed 915 coins from its stomach. Photo by Chulalongkorn University/AFP

Ateneo student's life-saving app bags global award

Mar 10, 2017 - 8:19 PM

Aspiring doctor Joel Alejandro and business partner Andrea Relucio win the Sandoz HACk Healthcare Access Challenge in London United Kingdom for Sali save a life app which aims to universalize CPR education and training

PINOY PRIDE. Sandoz President Richard Francis hands the prize for the Sandoz HACk Healthcare Access Challenge to Andrea Relucio and Joel Alejandro. Photo courtesy of Joel Alejandro

Weapons of mass sanitation

Mar 09, 2017 - 7:30 PM

[Science Solitaire] The indiscriminate use of antibiotics – the kind of mass cleaning we do to our insides when we are sick – is harmful not just to you but to everyone

Breaking the bank: Thai vets remove 915 coins from turtle

Mar 07, 2017 - 5:44 PM

The 25 year old turtle called Omsin in Thai underwent a grueling 7 hour surgery on Monday March 6 to remove the 5 kilogram hoard of coins

This handout from the Faculty of Veterinary Science of Chulalongkorn University taken on March 6, 2017 and released March 7, 2017 shows Omsin the turtle being tended to by a veterinarian at the veterinary hospital of the university after doctors successfully removed 915 coins from its stomach. Chulalongkorn University/AFP

Death of Lanao del Norte doctor an 'isolated case' – Ubial

Mar 06, 2017 - 4:17 PM

UPDATED The health department calls on local government units to help improve the working conditions of health workers and ensure their security and benefits

DOJ to NBI: Probe death of volunteer doctor in Lanao del Norte

Mar 06, 2017 - 10:38 AM

Reports say one of the suspects behind Perlas killing was shot dead on March 4 after attempting to escape arrest

JUSTICE. Louella Perlas, the sister of slain doctor Dreyfuss Perlas, is calling for justice.

Family, friends of slain volunteer doctor appeal for justice

Mar 05, 2017 - 5:55 PM

They describe him as a passionate and selfless doctor who was dedicated to improving the health situation in Lanao del Norte

JUSTICE. Louella Perlas, the sister of slain doctor Dreyfuss Perlas, is calling for justice for the death of his brother

Ateneo student's life-saving health app earns global recognition

Mar 04, 2017 - 8:38 PM

Medical student Joel Alejandro creates Sali save a life app to help universalize CPR education and training

From cancer research to paying it forward

Mar 01, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Inspired by his family and his country a Filipino scientist focuses his research on helping find a cure for cancer

UN wants new drugs against 12 supergerms

Feb 28, 2017 - 8:34 AM

For the first time the World Health Organization WHO published a list of bacteria threatening to turn once easily treatable infections into serial killers

The building hosting the World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters is pictured on April 28, 2009 in Geneva. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Off-label antidepressant use not backed by science – study

Feb 22, 2017 - 3:44 PM

The use of antidepressants – both off label and for depression – has increased sharply in many countries in recent decades

The secret ingredient in medical science

Feb 09, 2017 - 7:30 PM

[Science Solitaire] How does the placebo effect and a doctor s demeanor affect a patient s recovery? Here s what scientists found out

Ayala Corp enters health tech via ePharmacy startup

Feb 09, 2017 - 7:27 PM

The conglomerate through subsidiary AC Health invests in MedGrocer which allows users to buy medicine online and have items delivered to them

(L-R) MedGrocer CEO & Founder, Jerome Uy, and AC Health CEO, Paolo F. Borromeo, shake hands at the announcement of the signing ceremony held on February 7, 2017 in Makati. MedGrocer is the first health technology company to join AC Health's portfolio. Photo courtesy of AC health

Life of a doctor in the barrio

Jan 29, 2017 - 4:00 PM

The whole doctor to the barrio thing is both a lovely experience to have and a necessity for your municipality but it is also a tiny corner of the picture we need to look at when it comes to health care

U.S. woman dies of infection resistant to all 26 available antibiotics

Jan 14, 2017 - 1:02 PM

The cause of death was sepsis following infection from a rare bacteria known as carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae which is resistant to all antibiotics available in the United States

Cannabis can relieve pain, but carries risks – US report

Jan 13, 2017 - 8:35 AM

Risks of cannabis use include the possibility of triggering a heart attack but more research is needed to understand whether and how cannabis use is associated with heart attack stroke and diabetes

Study shows the way stress may harm your heart

Jan 12, 2017 - 9:14 AM

People with a highly active amygdala – a region of the brain involved in stress processing – also have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke researchers reveal

Study links antacids in pregnancy to asthma in kids

Jan 09, 2017 - 10:20 PM

Experts commenting on the study did not challenge the link between the heartburn drugs and asthma in kids but caution against jumping to conclusions

DSWD implements free medicine program for indigents in 5 regions

Jan 03, 2017 - 10:18 PM

The DSWD announces on January 3 that it has started providing medical assistance for the poor with funding from President Rodrigo Duterte s Social Fund

Ex-Davao Oriental mayor convicted of graft

Dec 30, 2016 - 10:04 AM

The anti graft court Sandiganbayan says former Baganga mayor Gerry Morales and 3 others acted in evident bad faith in procuring P196 900 worth of deworming tablets under the pretense of an emergency purchase to skip public bidding

Office of the Ombudsman Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DSWD: P1B medicine fund not enough but a good start

Dec 29, 2016 - 7:39 PM

The DSWD begins coordinating with hospitals to speed up the process of distributing free medicines

SOCIO-CIVIC FUND. President Rodrigo Duterte accepts the P5-billion check from Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo, President and COO Alfredo Lim, and other PAGCOR officials during a meeting in Malacañang on November 28, 2016. Photo by KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photo

Ebola vaccine may be 'up to 100% effective' – WHO

Dec 23, 2016 - 8:08 AM

If all goes well the vaccine could become available in 2018 under a fast track approval process

In this file photo, an adhesive bandage is placed on the arm of a volunteer after she was administered an experimental Ebola vaccine at Redemption Hospital in New Kru Town, a suburb of Monrovia, on February 2, 2015. Zoom Dosso/AFP

2016 top science stories: Spacetime ripples, feathered dinos, a 'fairy' in space

Dec 20, 2016 - 12:00 PM

What are the biggest discoveries and ideas in science this year? The Mind Movers of the Mind Museum list down some of the most important ones from the past 12 months

Senate bill proposes UP scholarship for aspiring doctors

Dec 18, 2016 - 11:24 AM

Senator Sonny Angara says his bill would help bring more doctors to far flung communities in the Philippines

FOR MORE DOCS. Filipino doctors are pictured in the operating theatre as they perform surgery on toddler Mark Carlos Nuegas to repair his cleft palate during a medical mission called Operation Smile at a government hospital in Manila on June 27, 2012. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

UK first country to legally offer '3-parent' gene therapy

Dec 15, 2016 - 7:52 PM

UPDATED Britain s fertility regulator gives the green light for the country to become the first in the world to legally offer 3 parent baby fertility treatments

Duterte says TPP ‘a very wrong policy’

Dec 13, 2016 - 6:44 PM

The Philippine president says the Obama led Trans Pacific Partnership is disastrous for developing countries because it restricts access to affordable medicines

TALKING ECONOMIC POLICY. President Duterte hosts a dinner for businessmen on December 12, 2016. Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

Cancer and the merchants of hope

Dec 02, 2016 - 11:45 AM

Complementary and alternative medicine must be taken seriously for a number of reasons

UK experts give green light to '3-parent babies'

Dec 01, 2016 - 8:41 AM

An independent panel of experts tasked with reviewing the safety of mitochondrial gene therapy said the practice should be cautiously adopted to prevent certain genetic diseases from being passed on to future generations

Zika babies can develop microcephaly in first year

Nov 23, 2016 - 12:58 AM

The latest study shows the first laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection in the womb leading to microcephaly developing after birth

MICROCEPHALY. Matheus Lima, 22 kisses his two-month-old son Pietro suffering from microcephalia at the Obras Sociais Irma Dulce hospital in Salvador, Brazil on January 27, 2016. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

New lung transplant technique could save lives – study

Nov 18, 2016 - 10:41 AM

The new method could help keep lungs outside the human body for over 12 hours without significantly harming their eventual recipient s chances of survival

NEW TECHNIQUE. Getting the organs to recipients is the difference between life and death for people on wait lists. File photo from Wikipedia

Natural remedies for itchy throat, dry cough

Nov 15, 2016 - 4:20 PM

Common household ingredients can be used to provide relief for cough Here are some you can try

Tiny investment needed for universal access to basic drugs – study

Nov 08, 2016 - 8:15 AM

The overview highlights massive inequities and inefficiencies in financing and governance between regions hampering access to drugs for many people

Who wants to live forever? Forget it, study says

Oct 06, 2016 - 1:34 PM

New York based researchers found that an end to the long running rise in maximum lifespan has already been attained in the 1990s