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As UK ban looms, gay 'conversion therapy' still haunts subjects

Jul 07, 2018 - 11:46 PM

Prime Minister Theresa May has called conversion therapies an 'abhorrent practice' and in an announcement timed with this weekend's Pride events, vows to ban it

THERAPY. Peter Price was 18 when he underwent conversion therapy, intended to "cure" his homosexuality. After three days of intensive therapy, it failed – but left a damaging legacy. Photo by Lindsey Parnaby/AFP

Ice Seguerra begins hormone replacement therapy

Jun 25, 2018 - 10:03 AM

The singer says he's fully aware of the risks involved, particularly when it comes to changes in his voice

Local dance foundation shines spotlight on people with special needs

Jun 13, 2018 - 9:43 AM

The Heart at Play Foundation, an organization that promotes dance therapy to People with Special Needs, is determined to break stigmas and stereotypes

Targeted cancer treatments far outperform traditional methods

Jun 02, 2018 - 10:04 PM

Targeted therapy involves testing tumors for clues about their genetic mutations, and matching patients with new drugs designed to block cancer's growth on a molecular level

Walk and chew gum, it may keep you thin – study

May 28, 2018 - 6:16 PM

'Combining exercise and gum chewing may be an effective way to manage weight,' says a study by Japanese researchers published in The Journal of Physical Therapy Science

[Two Pronged] Why don't I feel satisfied?

May 20, 2018 - 11:27 AM

When everyone else is getting married and engaged, you're thinking about PCOS and its effects, and you've decided to abstain from sex – what's a girl to do?

Gene therapies are proving their worth, but with million dollar price tags, it's not clear who should pay for them

Mar 31, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Is witnessing a starry night worth an eye-watering $425,000 per eye?

GENE THERAPY. Gene therapies became a clinical reality in 2017. Festa/Shutterstock

New year, new you: How to give your aura a spiritual refresh

Jan 18, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Healing House's energy healing modalities flush out all the bad vibes and keep the energy vampires at bay

2017 top science stories: Space 'visitors', smartphone addiction, and your pet dog

Dec 19, 2017 - 11:45 AM

What are the biggest stories, discoveries and ideas in science this 2017? The Mind Movers of the Mind Museum list down some of the most important ones from the past 12 months.

Pets for mental wellness: How dogs play a role in healing, therapy

Oct 15, 2017 - 10:10 PM

More than just the warm, fuzzy feelings that dogs bring, therapy dogs can help put patients at ease and encourage them to be more open to the treatment process

THERAPY DOG. Bubu the golden retriever works as a therapy dog at the Ateneo's office of guidance and counseling, helping students relieve stress and anxiety. All photos by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Stem cell therapy for your health: 4 things you need to know

Sep 21, 2017 - 1:30 PM

Stem cells can prevent diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's – here's how they work

Youth orchestra eyed to keep kids off Lipa streets

Sep 03, 2017 - 8:02 AM

This pitch by a youth group – Project Gifted – wins P25 000 at the Office of the Vice President s Angat Buhay Youth Summit

Results: August 2017 Physical and Occupational Therapist Licensure Exams

Aug 08, 2017 - 2:55 PM

802 out of 1 277 passed the Physical Therapist Licensure Exam and 215 out of 295 passed the Occupational Therapist Licensure Exam

Injectable AIDS drug may work 'as well' as pills – study

Jul 24, 2017 - 4:37 PM

At present people have no option but to take lifelong daily doses of anti retroviral therapy ART which keeps the HIV virus under control but does not kill it

Coming soon: National hotline for smokers who want to quit

May 30, 2017 - 2:16 PM

Through the national hotline smokers can get advice on how to start quitting and information about facilities that can provide services for quitting

Stem cell therapy helps some men with erectile dysfunction

Mar 25, 2017 - 11:51 AM

The results could be an effective therapeutic option for patients suffering erectile dysfunction from other causes

STEM CELL THERAPY. Stem cells as seen on a computer screen at the University of Connecticut`s (UConn) Stem Cell Institute at the UConn Health Center on August 27, 2010 in Farmington, Connecticut, USA. File photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Results: February 2017 Physical and Occupational Therapist Licensure Examination

Feb 08, 2017 - 5:42 PM

Check the full list of passers of the Physical and Occupational Therapist board exam

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

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

Almost half HIV infections worldwide undetected – WHO

Nov 29, 2016 - 10:18 PM

The UN health agency said that 40 of people with the virus that causes AIDS or more than 14 million people worldwide are unaware of their status according to 2015 estimates

HIV testing. Photo by George Moya/Rappler/File

Virtual reality's growing role in treating mental illnesses

Oct 11, 2016 - 10:52 AM

Beyond virtual reality s entertainment value it can potentially be used to help therapists treat phobias anxiety disorders and post traumatic stress

Gloria Arroyo to undergo stem cell therapy in Germany

Aug 10, 2016 - 5:35 PM

Former president Gloria Arroyo also plans to meet with Filipino communities in France and Hong Kong if allowed by the anti graft court Sandiganbayan to leave the country

UNDERGOING TREATMENT. Pampanga 2nd District Representative Gloria Arroyo grants a media interview on August 10. Photo by Mara Cepeda

Ozzy Osbourne in therapy for sex addiction

Aug 04, 2016 - 9:55 AM

I am mortified at what my behavior has done to my family I thank God that my incredible wife is at my side to support me Ozzy says of wife Sharon

epa05341084 Singer Ozzy Osbourne performs during the concert of the English rock band Black Sabbath in Papp Laszlo Budapest Sports Arena, in Budapest, Hungary, 01 June 2016. The Hungarian capital is another stop of the European farewell tour of the legendary band. EPA/Balazs Mohai HUNGARY OUT

[Dash of SAS] Including minors in HIV response

Aug 01, 2016 - 1:25 PM

A recent DOH study on adolescent HIV estimates that there are 9 559 adolescents who have HIV but only 10 have been diagnosed Currently only 381 are enrolled on anti retroviral therapy

Power of music: Ending drug dependence in Tacloban City

Jul 17, 2016 - 8:30 AM

Listening to a happy song can lift people’s spirit says Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Gonzalez Romualdez

Photo by by Jazmin Bonifacio/Rappler

WHO urges preventative ARVs for those at high risk for HIV

Sep 30, 2015 - 9:29 PM

According to the UN health agency prophylactic or precautionary treatment should become an additional prevention choice available to high risk individuals along with counseling access to condoms and safe injection material

PREVENTATIVE ARV. In this file photo, a South African sister prepares Anti-Retroviral medicines (ARVs) for patients at the St. Michaels Hospice in Cape Town, South Africa Friday August 11, 2006. File photo by Nic Bothma/EPA

Keeping cancer in check with vegetables, coffee, peace of mind

Aug 15, 2015 - 5:16 PM

UPDATED Debilitating chemotherapy can’t always cure cancer and the root of most diseases – toxicity and malnutrition

Ateneo fresh grads crowdfund for kids with cerebral palsy

Jul 09, 2015 - 1:28 PM

They are helping the children through dance therapy You can too

EMPOWERMENT THROUGH DANCE. The I'mPOWER program uses dance movement therapy which the children with cerebral palsy could identify with day-to-day movements. Photo by Christopher King of the Company of Ateneo Dancers

World Bank: 400M still lack access to key health care services

Jun 13, 2015 - 11:39 AM

In low and middle income countries 6 of the people are at risk of being forced into or pushed further into poverty by health care costs

Injections could’ve numbed Pacquiao to Mayweather’s punches – commission

May 06, 2015 - 12:25 PM

If the Pacquiao camp had informed them about the shoulder injury before the fight a win win for both parties could have been negotiated says Nevada Athletic Commission executive director Bob Bennett

Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Manny Pacquiao fight in a welterweight unification bout on May 2, 2015 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Frederic J. Brown/AFP

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

Hormone drugs boost ovarian cancer risk by 40% – study

Feb 13, 2015 - 9:49 AM

Researchers publishing in The Lancet make an overview of 52 published studies covering nearly 21 500 women in North America Europe and Australia who had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer

Spain uses stem cell therapy to treat damaged hearts

Jan 31, 2015 - 9:20 AM

It is the first time that allogeneic cells – stem cells that come from another person – have been used to repair damage to a heart caused by a heart attack

China court raps clinic over 'gay conversion' therapy

Dec 20, 2014 - 1:23 PM

I m going to take this verdict and show it to my parents so they can see a Chinese court said homosexuality isn t a mental illness says plaintiff Yang Teng

China court raps clinic over 'gay conversion' therapy

Dec 19, 2014 - 9:38 PM

Homosexuality stopped being classified as a mental disorder in China in 2001 but widespread intolerance toward gays and lesbians remains

#AfterYolanda: Saved twice by man's best friend

Dec 19, 2014 - 5:00 PM

A year after super typhoon Haiyan an NGO worker revisits a boy and the dogs who saved him from death and despair

Anti-dengue drug trial 'beneficial' – Ona adviser

Dec 03, 2014 - 7:30 AM

Preferred and Proven Therapies Inc presents FDA issued permits which authorize the importation of the controversial anti dengue drug for clinical trials

DOH: No legal basis for Ona's order on anti-dengue treatment

Dec 01, 2014 - 1:46 PM

The DOH rebukes its own chief saying the clinical trials he ordered in September should not have taken place

'NO LEGAL BASIS.' The Department of Health says the controversial ActRx TriAct has not been registered with the Food and Drug Administration. File photo from the ActRx Operational Group website

IN PHOTOS: Hope and resilience in the eyes of Yolanda children

Nov 07, 2014 - 10:30 PM

Twenty children still living in bunkhouses in Tacloban City tell – through powerful photographs they themselves took – how their families are coping after the super typhoon

MEMORIES. 16-year-old Jopet Arce's photo of a pair of shoes 'owned by the child that died during the typhoon that hit our place' wins a UNICEF photography contest. Photo courtesy of UNICEF

Health chief goes on 'sick leave'

Oct 29, 2014 - 2:08 PM

2nd UPDATE Health Secretary Enrique Ona has gone on leave reportedly to attend to personal health concerns Undersecretary Janet Garin is the acting secretary during Ona s absence

ON LEAVE. Health Secretary Enrique Ona, who has been at the forefront on the campaign against Ebola, has gone on leave. Rappler file photo

[Dash of SAS] A lifeline running out

Sep 17, 2014 - 10:52 AM

People living with HIV have to take anti retroviral therapy ART every day for the rest of their lives But supply in the Philippines is often short due to a number of factors

British cancer boy Ashya King arrives in Prague for treatment

Sep 08, 2014 - 8:15 PM

A medical plane carrying Ashya took off from Malaga in southern Spain headed for the Czech capital on Monday after health and legal authorities finally sealed the formalities for his transfer

BRETT KING. Father of British boy Ashya King, Brett King (R), waits at the entry of Malaga's Maternity hospital, south-eastern Spain, 08 September 2014. Jorge Zapata/EPA

British boy Ashya to go to Prague for treatment by Monday – lawyer

Sep 06, 2014 - 9:12 PM

Ashya King recently underwent surgery for a brain tumor in southern England

Laughing matter: 'Patch Adams' brings humor therapy

Aug 16, 2014 - 10:48 AM

My job is to love and be affectionate to help those who are suffering Spirituality cures says 69 year old Hunter Adams

HUMOR THERAPY. Wearing a big red clown nose, US Dr Hunter "Patch" Adams practiced his "laughter therapy" with the children of of Garrahan Hospital and promoted humor and love as the best medicine. The doctor became famous after his life was told in a Hollywood movie starring Robin Williams. File photo by EFE/Carlos Duran Araujo/EPA

Vitor Belfort cleared to face Weidman at UFC 181 in December

Jul 25, 2014 - 3:24 PM

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has granted Vitor Belfort a conditional license to fight UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman at UFC 181 but may face additional drug testing

Vitor Belfort, seen here at the sixth annual Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards at The Palazzo Las Vegas on February 7, says he’s had trouble adjusting to fighting without testosterone replacement therapy. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

'I’m gay but I’m not broken'

Jul 09, 2014 - 8:00 PM

Reparative therapy? No thank you I don’t need to be repaired I’m gay but I’m not broken

Burn, patient, burn: China's fire therapy regains popularity

Jul 04, 2014 - 5:15 PM

Many in China cannot afford expensive treatment for chronic ailments and state health insurance is limited sparking demand for cheaper alternative therapies

More than words

Jun 22, 2014 - 7:00 AM

Building relationships should be based on genuine human connection not just some casual dialogue

Graphic by Mara Mercado

Severe hunger can have lasting effects – study

Jun 05, 2014 - 1:58 PM

Say the study authors Therapeutic food interventions have reduced mortality in children but incomplete restoration of healthy growth remains a major problem

HUNGER AND GROWTH. A girl eating from a bag of maize (corn) meal in Halachaharabate village, West Arsi Zone, Oromia region, in Ethiopia, November 11, 2009. Irada Humbatova/EPA

Scientists reverse memory loss in mice with Alzheimer's

Apr 24, 2014 - 11:11 AM

The gene therapy study is hoped to lead to the development of new drugs to treat the incurable disease