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1 in 3 Filipinos could die from these diseases before age 70

May 18, 2018 - 5:03 PM

The World Health Organization and the Philippine health department say the risks come from tobacco use, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, and the harmful use of alcohol

Congress seeks P1.16-B special budget for Dengvaxia recipients

Mar 21, 2018 - 4:19 PM

(UPDATED) The additional budget, which has been requested by the budget and health departments, will be used to provide medical support, like hospitalization, medical kits, outpatient care services, and laboratory tests

BUDGET. The Department of Budget and Management and Department of Health will request a supplemental budget for Dengvaxia vaccinees. File photo by Aika Rey/Rappler

Gordon says DOH 'liable' over Dengvaxia mess

Feb 21, 2018 - 3:22 PM

Gordon says the Philippine government is 'liable' for administering the Dengvaxia vaccine to more than 837,000 Filipino gradeschoolers in 3 regions

ANGRY. Senate hearing on the Dengvaxia immunization program of the DOH on February 21, 2018. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, February 20, 2018

Feb 20, 2018 - 9:44 AM

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How the new mozzie emoji can create buzz to battle mosquito-borne disease

Feb 20, 2018 - 8:30 AM

Set to land in mid 2018, the new mosquito emoji will give people a new way to talk about mozzies

View of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes infected with the Wolbachia bacterium at the Oswaldo Cruz foundation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 2, 2014. Christophe Simon/AFP

FAST FACTS: DOH's Expanded Program on Immunization

Feb 07, 2018 - 4:46 PM

The Expanded Program on Immunization seeks to ensure that children, particularly infants, and their mothers have access to vaccines recommended for their age to prevent specific diseases

RITM expert: No conflict of interest in Dengvaxia study

Feb 06, 2018 - 10:54 PM

Rosario Capeding, who was accused of 'conflict of interest' during a House probe, explains clinical trials have safeguards that prevent biases in the result of the study

RITM STUDY. Rose Capeding says contrary to the allegations of a lawmaker, clinical studies are designed to avoid unintended biases. Rappler screenshot

Mothers of Dengvaxia kids confront Garin after House probe

Feb 05, 2018 - 7:46 PM

The women would later admit to media that none of their children died but had reportedly fallen ill after vaccination

DENGVAXIA PROBE. Former Health Secretary Janette Garin attend a House probe into alleged anomalies in the procurement of dengue vaccines by the Philippine government. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

RITM expert got P40,000 monthly for Sanofi-funded Dengvaxia study

Feb 05, 2018 - 5:29 PM

Disclosures made at a House hearing raise questions of conflict of interest for doctor who did dengue vaccine study for the French pharmaceutical for 6 years

RITM STUDY. It's the RITM that conducted a 6-year-long study on the now-controversial vaccine that was funded by its owner, Sanofi Pasteur. Rappler screenshot

Duque: Dengvaxia controversy 'tainted credibility' of DOH

Feb 05, 2018 - 3:43 PM

The health secretary says at least 29 vaccinated children have died. The causes of all these deaths have yet to be determined.

TAINTED REPUTATION. Health Secretary Francisco Duque expresses concern as more parents turn down DOH programs amid concerns over the Dengvaxia vaccine. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

'Why did Dengvaxia get FDA clearance without EU go signal?'

Feb 05, 2018 - 12:24 PM

A physician-turned-legislator questions why the now-controversial vaccine got a go-signal in the Philippines in the first place

DENGVAXIA ADMINISTRATION. A student from Parang Elementary School gets a shot of Dengvaxia, the world's first-ever dengue vaccine, in 2016. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sanofi declines PH demand for full Dengvaxia refund

Feb 05, 2018 - 12:18 PM

The pharma giant declines the Philippines' demand, saying doing so would 'create confusion' over the safety and efficacy of the controversial anti-dengue vaccine

NO FULL REFUND. Thomas Triomphe (right), head of Sanofi Pasteur-Asia Pacific, speak before a House probe into the Dengvaxia deal in December 2017. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Puerto Rico governor orders review of Hurricane Maria deaths

Dec 19, 2017 - 7:44 AM

The official review will look at all deaths on the island since the storm, no matter what the death certificate in each case says, Governor Ricardo Rossello says

HURRICANE DAMAGE. In this file photo, a man surveys a house that was washed away by heavy surf during the passing of Hurricane Maria in Manati, Puerto Rico on October 6, 2017. Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

Congress 'pressured' Ubial to continue dengue vaccination program

Dec 14, 2017 - 1:53 PM

(UPDATED) 'During the budget hearing, there was a lot of pressure in Congress to expand it to other parts of the country with higher [cases] of dengue,' says former Health secretary Paulyn Ubial

AT THE BLUE RIBBON PROBE. Former health secretary Paulyn Ubial at the Senate hearing on the Dengvaxia dengue vaccine, December 14, 2017. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Aquino, Abad, Ochoa to face Senate probe into dengue vaccine

Dec 13, 2017 - 7:08 PM

'I hope that my appearing will promote a more sober discussion leading to the formulation of appropriate actions,' says former president Benigno Aquino III

PROBE. Former president Benigno Aquino III is set to attend the Senate investigation into the controversial dengue vaccine. File photo from Malacañang

Dengue vaccine: Ex-FDA chief defends circular removing post-marketing surveillance

Dec 13, 2017 - 6:41 PM

Kenneth Hartigan-Go defends a 2013 circular he issued that allowed for the dengue vaccine to get a certificate of product registration (CPR) even without the conduct of a post-marketing surveillance

FAST APPROVAL?A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the local government health sector that was given to students during the school-based immunisation in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Sanofi insists 'no reason for public scare' after dengue vaccine advisory

Dec 13, 2017 - 4:29 PM

Sanofi Pasteur Asia Pacific head Thomas Triomphe tells a House committee there is no worldwide scare due to their latest advisory, and that Dengvaxia is safe and effective

IN THE HOT SEAT. Thomas Triomphe (right), head of Sanofi Pasteur-Asia Pacific, and Ta Wen Yu of Dengvaxia, testify at the House joint committee probe into the Dengvaxia deal at the House of Representatives, December 13, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Mother of child who got Dengvaxia asks Garin, ‘Nakakatulog pa ba kayo?’

Dec 12, 2017 - 12:04 PM

'Ako po ay sobrang na-disappoint kasi mismong ahensiya niyo ang nagpapahamak sa aming mga anak,' says Iris Alpay, a mother from Cavite whose daughter received the dengue vaccine

ACCOUNTABILITY. Ex-DOH secretary Janette Garin faces the Senate's probe into the controversial dengue vaccination program she launched in April 2016. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PCMC director grilled for P3-B dengue vaccine purchase

Dec 11, 2017 - 3:53 PM

Philippine Children’s Medical Center chief Julius Lecciones says the hospital made the procurement only upon the order of then Health Secretary Janette Garin

WILL IT WORK? A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the local government health sector that was given to students during the school-based immunization in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Indonesia vaccinates millions to halt deadly diphtheria outbreak

Dec 11, 2017 - 2:34 PM

Some 8 million children and teenagers across the Southeast Asian nation will receive the shot to prevent further spread of the disease which is caused by a bacterial infection

IMMUNIZATION. An Indonesian girl cries as she receives a vaccination shot against diphtheria at a village clinic in Jakarta on December 11, 2017. Adek Berry/AFP

Gordon says Dengvaxia approval ‘too fast,’ hints at ‘conspiracy’

Dec 11, 2017 - 2:02 PM

The haste by which fund was made available for Sanofi's dengue vaccine defies the government cycle, where requesting agencies have to 'recite 3,000 novenas' before their funds are released, says Senator Richard Gordon

CONTROVERSIAL VACCINE. A health worker shows off used vials of Dengvaxia vaccine inside the storage facility of the local government health sector that was given to students during the school-based immunization in Manila on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Garin says dengue vaccination program 'not a midnight deal'

Dec 11, 2017 - 10:56 AM

The health secretary who green-lighted the vaccine says all of the transactions were aboveboard

'ABOVEBOARD' Former health secretary Janette Garin speaks to the media before the start of the Senate inquiry on the dengue vaccination program controversy, December 11, 2017. Angie de Silva/Rappler

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: Somebody has to answer for the dengue vaccine disaster

Dec 11, 2017 - 9:01 AM

Let's focus on getting answers to questions and identifying liabilities. At stake here are the lives of tens of thousands of children.

Enrique Ona: Successor 'solely responsible' for dengue vaccine mess

Dec 10, 2017 - 2:38 PM

Enrique Ona, Health Secretary from June 2010 to December 2014, says that despite 'high hopes' for the vaccine, they did not include it in the government's program as it was under its 'developmental' stage

NOT US. On the dengue vaccine controversy, former health chief Enrique Ona places the blame on his successor Janette Garin. Here, Ona is pictured at a press conference in Manila on October 10, 2014. Ted Aljibe/AFP

Garin to attend Senate probe on dengue vaccine controversy

Dec 10, 2017 - 10:56 AM

The former health secretary postpones an operation in order to attend the Senate hearing on December 11, her brother says

HEALTH CHIEF. In this file photo, DOH Sec. Janette Garin attends the Dengue School-Based Immunization program at Parang Marikina Elementary School on April 4, 2016. Joel Liporada/Rappler

Mass use of dengue vaccine had no backing of DOH medical experts

Dec 09, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Ex-DOH chief Janette Garin denies she forced the implementation of the controversial dengue vaccination program even if others had opposed it

DENGUE VACCINE CONTROVERSY. Ex-DOH chief Janette Garin launches the dengue vaccination program in April 2016, contrary to the recommendation of the Formulary Executive Council

Duque confirms vaccinated 12-year-old in Tarlac later got severe dengue

Dec 08, 2017 - 5:34 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says the female student – who is among the 830,000 Filipino children who received Dengvaxia – has already recovered

MONITORING. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III gives updates on what the department is doing to monitor the health of Filipino children who received the dengue vaccine. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Aquino should explain why he approved dengue vaccine – Duque

Dec 07, 2017 - 2:40 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says ex-president Benigno Aquino III can help address rumors over the controversial dengue immunization program

COURTESY CALL. Ex-president Benigno Aquino III meets with executives of Dengvaxia vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur on December 1, 2015. Screenshot from RTVM

Duque to go after Sanofi over dengue vaccine

Dec 07, 2017 - 12:50 PM

On the government suing Sanofi, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says, 'Eventually that's where it's going to go...because it's the court of law that's going to decide insofar as the liability of Sanofi is concerned'

DETERMINED CHIEF. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III wants those responsible for the dengue vaccine controversy to be held accountable. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

World's nations adopt plan 'towards a pollution-free planet'

Dec 07, 2017 - 7:38 AM

Changing the behavior of producers and buyers will be key to achieving the vision of a 'pollution-free planet' outlined in a political declaration adopted at the third UN Environment Assembly

AWASH IN TRASH. In this file photo, a man picks up garbage washed ashore at Manila Bay on July 29, 2017 after Typhoon Nesat hit the Philippines. Eloisa Lopez/AFP

Doctors say no to sport in Delhi as cricketers choke in smog

Dec 05, 2017 - 1:10 PM

Unprecedented scenes of Sri Lankan cricketers wearing face masks reignites debate about hosting major sports in heavily polluted New Delhi

MASKED MEN. This file photo taken on December 3, 2017 shows Sri Lanka cricket players wearing masks in an attempt to protect themselves from air pollution during the second day of the third Test cricket match between India and Sri Lanka at the Feroz Shah Kotla Cricket Stadium in New Delhi. Sajjad Hussain/AFP

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Dec 05, 2017 - 9:40 AM

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Tokyo 2020 to feed IOC food from disaster-hit regions

Dec 04, 2017 - 1:04 PM

Tokyo 2020 organizers: 'By offering food from 3 disaster-hit prefectures, we hope to sweep away the false reputation of food from the regions and contribute to the restoration'

OLYMPIC SYMBOLS. The Olympic flag (L) and the logo of the Tokyo 2020 are displayed during the official flag arrival ceremony at the Tokyo's Haneda airport on August 24, 2016. Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

[OPINION] Why public health is public wealth

Dec 04, 2017 - 11:30 AM

'Public health is such an all-encompassing field...there will always be a way to harness your particular skill set, giving you one of the rare opportunities in life to combine your talent with your passion'

HIV cases in Central Visayas hit 4,165 – DOH

Nov 30, 2017 - 11:00 AM

It is the total number of cases since 1984, DOH Region 7 says, and HIV patients in the region are getting younger

HIV SITUATION UPDATE. Dr. Van Philip Baton, coordinator of Re-Emerging Infectious Disease Program of DOH 7

Why LED lights are becoming a big problem

Nov 23, 2017 - 9:05 AM

The popularity of LED lights is driving an increase in light pollution worldwide, with dire consequences for human and animal health

EARTH AT NIGHT. This composite image shows a global view of Earth at night, compiled from over 400 satellite images. NASA/NOAA

Thousands of schools close as smog envelopes India, Pakistan

Nov 09, 2017 - 3:19 PM

Low winds and the annual post-harvest burning of crop stubble in Punjab and neighboring areas have caused the levels of dangerous pollutants in the air to spike to many times the levels considered safe

POOR VISIBILITY. Indian commuters ride over tracks at a railway crossing amid heavy smog in Amritsar on November 9, 2017. Narinder Nanu/AFP

Schools shut as toxic smog hits Delhi

Nov 08, 2017 - 4:48 PM

The US embassy website showed the concentration of PM 2.5 topped 700 early on Wednesday morning, 28 times the WHO guidelines

ENVELOPING DELHI. Indian schoolchildren cover their faces as they walk to school amid heavy smog in New Delhi on November 8, 2017. Sajjad Hussain/AFP

4 years after Yolanda, trauma still haunts typhoon victims

Nov 05, 2017 - 4:00 PM

Victims of natural disasters are vulnerable to trauma, as well as mental problems such as stress disorders, depression and general anxiety

AFTERMATH. A woman picks up what's left of her belongings in the rubble after the floodwaters subsided in Eastern Samar. File photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

DSWD medical aid now available to families of gov’t contractuals

Oct 16, 2017 - 8:30 AM

Family members of government contract of service workers are now entitled to receive medical benefits through the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s free medicine program

MEDICAL AID. The Department of Social Welfare and Development has expanded its Lingap sa Masa program to cover families of government contractual workers. Rappler file photo

Two more U.S. senators signal opposition to Obamacare overhaul

Sep 25, 2017 - 7:39 AM

It could deal a potentially fatal blow to one President Donald Trump's top legislative goals

OPPOSING GRAHAM-CASSIDY. This file photo taken on March 28, 2017 shows US Republican Senator from Maine Susan Collins speaking to a reporter as she makes her way to the Senate subway at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Defiant Republicans in last-gasp Obamacare repeal bid

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:17 AM

(UPDATED) After falling one vote short this summer, Republicans have revived efforts to shred Obamacare. Momentum swelled in the past week

The U.S. Capitol is shown on the morning of June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

World lags badly on targets to slash TB, HIV, obesity – study

Sep 13, 2017 - 7:12 AM

Overall only a fifth of 37 health related targets set under the UN s Sustainable Development Goals SDGs adopted in 2015 are likely to be met

Don’t just build health infrastructure – make it SMART

Sep 05, 2017 - 4:30 PM

If we want to ever achieve UHC in developing Asia and the Pacific our future health infrastructure must be built SMART

BEING SMART. More digital health interventions are needed to improve the quality of care in SMART facilities. Photo by Lester Ledesma for ADB

FDA to roll out mobile app digitizing logbooks in pharmacies

Aug 26, 2017 - 8:44 PM

The Electronic Logbook app is also designed to give real time updates to pharmacies when a medicine is recalled by the FDA

NEW TECHNOLOGY. A pharmacist takes a picture of a customer's prescription using the FDA Electronic Logbook. Screenshot from mClinica

Treaty to curb mercury exposure takes effect

Aug 17, 2017 - 7:21 AM

The treaty obliges member nations to promote mercury free gold processing methods to protect especially vulnerable populations and to end especially harmful practices

Contaminated eggs scandal spreads from Europe to Asia

Aug 12, 2017 - 12:32 PM

Ministers and food safety chiefs from around the European Union are set to meet on September 26 in a bid to get countries to stop blaming and shaming each other over the scare involving the chemical fipronil

Norovirus continues to plague world champs

Aug 11, 2017 - 10:49 AM

There are 3 confirmed cases of norovirus among people associated with the World Athletics Championships in London

Dutch egg probe widens to chicken meat tests

Aug 09, 2017 - 7:28 AM

Scientists are looking for the presence of the insecticide fipronil a substance potentially dangerous to humans after supermarkets in Germany the Netherlands Belgium Sweden and Switzerland pulled millions of eggs from the shelves

SAFETY CHECK. Eggs wait to be tested for contamination by the insecticide fipronil at the Chemical veterinary examination office in Krefeld, western Germany on August 7, 2017. dpa / Marcel Kusch / dpa / AFP

Proposed law wants health warnings vs salty, sugary food

Aug 06, 2017 - 10:08 AM

House Bill 5964 warns against food or drink containing sodium or sugar at least 20 higher than the recommended limit intake in the most recent Recommended Energy and Nutrient Intake