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Traditional Chinese medicine being studied as cure for coronavirus – DOH

Apr 07, 2020 - 11:21 PM

The Department of Health says that 3 of the 12-man team of Chinese doctors and experts who arrived in the Philippines on Sunday, April 5, specialize in traditional Chinese medicine

AI tool predicts which coronavirus patients get deadly 'wet lung'

Mar 31, 2020 - 12:34 PM

Researchers identify changes in 3 features – liver enzyme alanine aminotransferase (ALT), reported body aches, and hemoglobin levels – that may predict COVID-19 progression to acute respiratory disease syndrome

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‘Clerical oversight’: RITM says congressman Yap ‘remains negative’ for COVID-19

Mar 27, 2020 - 7:37 PM

(UPDATED) The fact remains, however, that Eric Go Yap of ACT-CIS Partylist, while a person under investigation, broke quarantine protocols and exposed several high-level government officials in the process

RITM urges 'utmost diligence' in setting up coronavirus testing centers

Mar 26, 2020 - 10:57 PM

'Not all laboratories can be COVID-19 testing centers,' says RITM Director Celia Carlos amid offers from local governments and private laboratories to set up their own testing centers

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RITM chief stays, but senior DOH official coming in to ‘assist’ testing gridlock

Mar 23, 2020 - 9:46 AM

DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III still vouches for the technical expertise of RITM director Celia Carlos, but says she needs help in expanding the country's COVID-19 testing capacity

MORE TEST KITS NEEDED. Boxes of novel coronavirus test kits are donated by the Office of the Vice President to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine on March 19, 2020. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

Robredo's office donates extraction kits worth P5.3M for coronavirus tests

Mar 20, 2020 - 5:12 PM

The office of Vice President Leni Robredo says an extraction kit is an essential part of the full coronavirus test kit. Its procurement from a local supplier was requested by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), the country’s primary testing center.

ASSISTANCE FROM ROBREDO. Staff from the Office of the Vice President deliver coronavirus extraction kits to the RITM on March 20, 2020. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

LIST: Websites and apps that offer medicine delivery, online ordering

Mar 19, 2020 - 1:47 PM

Here are some online options for getting your medicine


4 more PH laboratories to start coronavirus testing on March 19 – WHO

Mar 18, 2020 - 10:54 PM

(UPDATED) The World Health Organization also gives additional test kits to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, increasing the laboratory's daily testing capacity from 300 to 450 tests

COVID-19 TEST KIT. A sample of the UP-developed novel coronavirus detection kit as presented to media during a press briefing held at Philippine Gerome Center on March 12, 2020. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Where are testing centers for coronavirus in PH?

Mar 17, 2020 - 6:57 PM

(7th UPDATE) As of April 6, tests are conducted at full scale at the RITM and 9 laboratories nationwide. At least 69 more labs are being prepared to fully handle tests.

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SM Group donates P100M worth of medical supplies to RITM, PGH

Mar 17, 2020 - 1:01 PM

The group is also helping to improve the availability of coronavirus testing kits

4 more Philippine laboratories may soon test samples for coronavirus – DOH

Mar 04, 2020 - 11:09 PM

Secretary Francisco Duque III also says the health department still won't use rapid diagnostic testing kits that have not been accredited by the World Health Organization

MORE LABS EYED. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III gives an update on the status of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

7 million senior citizens to benefit from EO setting medicine price cap – DOH

Feb 18, 2020 - 11:45 AM

A majority of the medicines covered by the new EO involve illnesses that often hit the elderly, like diabetes and hypertension

CARE FOR SENIORS. DOH chief Francisco Duque III says senior citizens will benefit from the new EO setting the maximum drug retail price. File photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Duterte signs EO imposing price cap on certain medicines

Feb 17, 2020 - 6:50 PM

(UPDATED) Existing inventory stock will be allowed to be disposed of at current prices within 90 days from the effectivity of the order

New coronavirus study places incubation period at around 5 days

Jan 30, 2020 - 9:16 AM

The Chinese team behind a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine says their findings support a 14-day medical observation period for people exposed to the pathogen

TEMP CHECK. This photo taken on January 26, 2020 shows a medical staff member checking the temperature of a driver at a highway check point in Tengzhou in China's eastern Shandong province. Photo by STR/AFP

Africa struggles to stem deadly flood of fake medicine

Jan 15, 2020 - 11:02 AM

It is estimated that between 30% to 60% of medicine sold in Africa is fake and mostly comes from China or India

FAST FACTS: What herbal medicines are being promoted by DOH?

Nov 01, 2019 - 10:10 AM

Since the establishment of the Philippine Institute of Traditional and Alternative Healthcare in 1997, the health department has endorsed only 10 scientifically validated herbal plants

The science of zombies: Will the undead rise?

Nov 01, 2019 - 9:28 AM

If you think nothing like that could ever happen to humans, think again.

WALKING DEAD. File photo of an zombie-themed escape room. Photo by Vernise L. Tantuco/Rappler.com

Pharma companies offer to cut drug prices

Oct 25, 2019 - 3:05 PM

This comes as the Department of Health prepares to update the list of essential medicines for price regulation under the Cheaper Medicines Act

LOWER DRUG PRICES. At least 18 pharmaceutical companies offer to lower prices of their drugs, as well as provide medical assistance to Filipino patients.

Activist-doctor bares death threats

Oct 23, 2019 - 7:55 PM

University of the Philippines College of Medicine assistant professor Gene Nisperos says the threats result from the prevailing culture of intolerance for critical thinking and dissent

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Trio win 2019 Nobel Medicine Prize for work on how cells adapt to oxygen

Oct 07, 2019 - 5:50 PM

(UPDATED) 'They established the basis for our understanding of how oxygen levels affect cellular metabolism and physiological function,' the jury says

NOBEL MEDICINE PRIZE. Nobel Assembly member, Randall Johnson (R), speaks to announce the winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (L-R) Gregg Semenza of the US, Peter Ratcliffe of Britain and William Kaelin of the US, seen on a screen during a press conference at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 7, 2019. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

[OPINION] Dengue fever and the language of medicine

Sep 29, 2019 - 8:45 PM

The language of medicine should connect with the language of the people

French drugmaker, watchdog on trial over weight loss pill deaths

Sep 24, 2019 - 11:18 AM

At least 500 people are thought to have died in France after taking the drug Mediator in a major health scandal

(FILES) This file photograph taken on January 19, 2011, shows a blister pack of Mediator, a drug for diabetics, in Brest, western France, which is alleged to have killed 500 people over three decades in France before it was banned in 2009. The Mediator trial, which was held responsible for hundreds of deaths and withdrawn from the market at the end of 2009, opens on September 23, 2019. The French pharmaceutical group continues to be a major player in the sector. The Mediator affair has fuelled French public mistrust of the drug industry, but it has had a moderate economic impact on the Servier group, according to economists. Fred TANNEAU / AFP

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

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[OPINION] Help define how our democracy will survive

Aug 16, 2019 - 9:23 AM

'Even as we see what's being destroyed around us, remember: we are creating the future now,' says Rappler CEO Maria Ressa in a speech at the Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health Commencement Ceremonies

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Recto wants Senate probe on fake medicines

Aug 12, 2019 - 2:39 PM

Senate President Pro-Tempore Ralph Recto says the government should 'unmask' which counterfeit pharmaceutical products have entered the Philippine market

FAKE MEDS. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime found the highest incidence of falsified medicines in the Philippines among Southeast Asian countries. Image from Shutterstock.

DOJ to probe almost-expired medicines in DOH warehouses

Aug 04, 2019 - 3:40 PM

A 2018 Commission on Audit report finds that over P367 million in medicines were about to expire but were still sitting in warehouses of the Department of Health

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PH has most cases of fake medicines in Southeast Asia – UN report

Jul 19, 2019 - 8:39 AM

Transnational organized crime is on the rise in Southeast Asia and its most dangerous form, fake medicines, appears most rampant in the Philippines

FAKE MEDS. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime found the highest incidence of falsified medicines in the Philippines among Southeast Asian countries. Image from Shutterstock.

WHO warns against counterfeit anti-rabies vaccines, serum

Jul 18, 2019 - 8:14 PM

The World Health Organization says investigations and laboratory analyses are ongoing to better assess the products’ risk to public health

RABIES. Dogs are the main source of human rabies deaths, according to the World Health Organization. Photo from Shutterstock

In fluke experiment, espresso quells rare genetic disease

Jun 11, 2019 - 7:47 AM

The parents of an 11-year-old boy with the rare genetic muscular disorder dyskinesia, carry out an accidental test that proves the efficacy of caffeine as a treatment of the disease

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Mobile app promises to detect child's ear infections without doctor visit

May 16, 2019 - 3:04 PM

Shyam Gollakota, head of the lab that developed the project, likens its utility to that of a thermometer, which helps people decide whether a visit to a doctor is appropriate

EAR INFECTIONS. University of Washington researchers have created a new smartphone app that can detect fluid behind the eardrum by simply using a piece of paper and a smartphone's microphone and speaker. Photo from Dennis Wise/University of Washington School of Medicine/AFP


#AskTheTaxWhiz: Documentary requirements for VAT-exempt medicines

Apr 26, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz discusses the documentary requirements for VAT-exempt medicines

Don't have time to exercise? Here's a regime everyone can squeeze in

Feb 23, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Incorporating more high intensity activity into our daily routines – whether that’s by vacuuming the carpet with vigor or walking uphill to buy your lunch – could be the key to helping all of us get some high quality exercise each day

NO EXCUSES. For those of us who are time-poor, high-intensity exercise can be incorporated into our daily routines. Image from Shutterstock

DOH: Patient at RITM tests negative for MERS

Feb 20, 2019 - 9:03 PM

DOH Calabarzon Regional Director Eduardo Janairo says the patient is still under observation to determine the cause of pneumonia

Vaping twice better for quitting smoking than patches, gum – study

Jan 31, 2019 - 7:11 AM

However, an accompanying editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine cautioned: 'While e-cigarettes are 'safer' than traditional cigarettes, they are not without risks'

SAFE OR NOT? The scientific community are giving contradictory answers on the effects of using electronic cigarettes.

#AskTheTaxWhiz: VAT-exempt medicines and other 2019 TRAIN provisions

Jan 23, 2019 - 12:00 PM

The Philippine Tax Whiz discusses provisions of the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law taking effect in 2019

Taiwan's traditional medicine stores struggle on life support

Jan 20, 2019 - 1:26 PM

Some 200 traditional medicine shops close every year as the government refuses to issue new licenses since 1998

DYING TRADITION. Traditional medicine store owner Gu Cheng-pu (L) and her father-in-law Hsu Ping-jen (R) at the family's Chinese herbal medicine store in New Taipei City. Photo by Hsu Tsun-hsu/AFP

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

First baby born via uterus transplanted from dead donor

Dec 05, 2018 - 9:11 AM

The breakthrough operation, performed two years ago in Brazil, shows that such transplants are feasible and could help thousands of women unable to have children due to uterine problems

Alleged distributor of fake medicines arrested in Manila

Nov 25, 2018 - 12:15 PM

P1.2 million worth of counterfeit medicines are also seized from the suspect, mostly versions of popular over-the-counter drugs

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

Nobel-winning therapy weaponizes immune system against cancer

Oct 02, 2018 - 1:19 PM

While chemotherapy destroys cancerous cells along with normal cells – often with toxic and debilitating effects on a patient – immunotherapy unleashes the body's immune system to target tumor cells

American, Japanese pair win Nobel Medicine Prize for cancer therapy

Oct 01, 2018 - 7:10 PM

For figuring out how to help the patient's own immune system tackle the cancer more quickly, immunologists James Allison of the US and Tasuku Honjo of Japan win the 2018 Nobel Prize for medicine

Members of the Nobel Committee for Physiology or Medicine (L-R) Edvard Smith, Anna Wedell and Klas Kaerre sit in front of a screen displaying portraits of James P Allison (L) and Tasuku Honjo during the announcement of the winners of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, during a press conference at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, on October 1, 2018. James P Allison of US and Tasuku Honjo of Japan won Nobel Medicine Prize for their achievements in cancer treatment. Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP

Blank page for Nobel Literature Prize in 2018 awards season

Sep 28, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Without the Literature Prize, this year's other high-profile Nobel is the Peace Prize, to be announced in Oslo on Friday, October 5

Researchers see encouraging results in development of TB vaccine

Sep 27, 2018 - 3:27 PM

While the results of the M72/AS01 vaccine represent a 'landmark moment,' there is still much work to be done, such as testing in a larger number of people

Simple blood test may reveal your body's inner clock

Sep 11, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Researchers have designed a blood test that can measure a person's inner body clock within 1.5 hours, an advance that may help personalize medical treatments in the future

Entering the age of human upgrades

Aug 12, 2018 - 11:00 AM

It turns out that in medicine, one key to new resurrections can be found in jumpstarting faulty, old lives

More problems found in Chinese-made heart medications

Aug 06, 2018 - 6:30 PM

Tianyu Pharm and Rundu Pharma say batches of valsartan, an active ingredient widely used in medications for high blood pressure and congestive heart failure, contained N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), believed to potentially cause cancer through long-term use

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

New study confirms Dengvaxia poses more risks for kids without prior infection

Jun 16, 2018 - 12:51 PM

The vaccine can prevent 11,000 hospitalization and 2,500 severe dengue cases if given to 1 million children over age 9. But it can also lead to 1,000 hospitalizations and 500 severe dengue cases in children who had no prior infection.

DENGUE VACCINE. A health worker shows off vials of Dengvaxia vaccine administered to students during the school-based immunization in Manila on December 4, 2017. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

People who walk faster could live longer – study

Jun 04, 2018 - 1:02 PM

Professor Emmanuel Stamatakis of the University of Sydney says a fast pace would be around 5 to 7 kilometers per hour, depending on a person's fitness level

BENEFITS OF WALKING. A study published by the British Journal of Medicine emphasizes walking as an easy way to improve overall health. Photo from Shutterstock