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Manila Water narrows supply gap

Jul 10, 2019 - 7:45 PM

Manila Water says it is drawing more supply from its treatment plant in Rizal and from deep wells, and was able to reduce its system loss

As water interruption continues in the Metro, residents of Mandaluyong getting a water supply from Manila Water, June 22, 2019. Angat Dam is now reported in critical low level. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

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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Treatment prevents sexual HIV transmission among gay men – study

May 03, 2019 - 12:12 PM

Doctors doing the Europe-wide study do not find a single case of in-couple HIV transmission within the 8 years of the research, raising hopes that widespread antiretroviral programs could eventually end new infections

Manila Water slammed for Cardona plant delays, fees

Mar 19, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The Cardona water treatment plant was supposed to begin operating in 2018 and could have prevented the shortage crisis. A senator also questions why consumers were charged for it as early as 2015.

Bill on cancer control program awaits Duterte's signature

Jan 26, 2019 - 1:20 PM

Once signed into law, the National Integrated Cancer Control Act will establish a Philippine Cancer Center

Senate OKs bill creating Philippine Cancer Center

Nov 12, 2018 - 5:51 PM

If it becomes law, the bill will require PhilHealth and all health maintenance organizations to cover cancer screening and treatment, among others

Senate: Plenary Session. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Man-eating tiger shot dead in India after massive hunt

Nov 04, 2018 - 3:00 AM

Disputes erupt after the tiger's killing as media reports say it was shot in Yavatmal forest with no attempt to tranquilize her

MAN-EATING. Controversy erupted November 3, 2018 over the killing of a man-eating tiger in India that had claimed 13 victims in two years but may have been illegally killed herself. AFP file photo  AFP

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

Norway to test free heroin for drug addicts

Aug 10, 2018 - 7:38 PM

The Norwegian Directorate for Health and Social Affairs is tasked with proposing an experimental project to identify patients likely to benefit from the program, to examine the implementation method, and to calculate the costs

DENR, Malay execs to align Boracay sewage treatment plant guidelines

Jul 19, 2018 - 9:30 PM

Lawyer Richard Fabila, Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) of Boracay, says they will try to align Memorandum Circular No. 2018-006 of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu with local laws

How to get rid of your pesky dark spots

Jul 19, 2018 - 3:39 PM

This takes patience!

[OPINION] Season of sadness

Jun 04, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Please reach out now. You do not have to suffer alone. Others are pulling for you and you must find them.

UK pledges millions to fund development of cancer-detecting AI

May 22, 2018 - 12:31 PM

In the UK, AI-powered early detection technology could help 3 in 4 people survive cancer by 2034


It's official: monkey doesn't own selfie copyright – US court

Apr 25, 2018 - 12:48 PM

The court rules that Naruto the monkey doesn't own the copyright to his selfie taken in 2011 as the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals claims

FAMOUS PRIMATE. The viral selfie taken by a macaque monkey using the smart phone of nature photographer David J. Slater and which became the subject of a complicated copyright lawsuit is displayed at the Museum of Selfies, in Glendale, California, March 29, 2018. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP


Google developing AI microscope that detects cancer cells in real-time

Apr 23, 2018 - 1:51 PM

The device is essentially an ordinary light microscope, commonly used by pathologists, tweaked with artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) technology

VISUALIZED DETECTION. A screenshot from a Google video demonstrates the AI- and AR-assisted microscope being developed by the search giant. Screenshot from YouTube/Google


Inhumane, justice needed: Reactions to Philippine detention centers

Mar 27, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Our goal is to collect all these index cards and give them to the chairs of the justice committee of the Senate and House so that they too can read and feel the silent voice of our citizens, asking for solutions to the inhumane conditions of our penology infrastructure

Nanobots treat cancerous tumors in tests conducted on mice – study

Mar 07, 2018 - 6:32 PM

The nano-sized DNA robots are injected into the bloodstream to deploy blood-clotting drugs that choke the cancerous tumor out, preventing further growth

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Bursting at the seams: Philippine detention centers

Mar 03, 2018 - 5:52 PM

Detainees face inhumane punishment even before they are convicted of a crime

JAIL OVERCROWDING. Overcrowded jails in the Philippines are not uncommon. Photo by Rick Rocamora

Penis whitening fad worries surgeons

Feb 03, 2018 - 12:16 PM

'I think it should not be done in a patient that doesn't need it,' Milanese plastic surgeon Massimiliano Brambilla, who specializes in genital procedures, tells Agence France-Presse

THAI FAD. This promotional handout from 2016 and received by AFP on January 4, 2018 from Lelux Hospital shows a man undergoing a penis whitening procedure at the Bangkok branch of Lelux Hospital.  AFP Photo

Ingestible 'mini pill box' releases weekly dose of HIV meds

Jan 10, 2018 - 12:42 AM

Tested only in pigs so far, the tiny device is the latest attempt to make it easier for people on medication for chronic illnesses, including those infected with the AIDS-causing virus, to stick to their dosage plans

Penis whitening procedure drives Thailand social media nuts

Jan 04, 2018 - 6:02 PM

A clinic in Bangkok offers this unconventional treatment for around $650 for five sessions.

THAI FAD. This promotional handout from 2016 and received by AFP on January 4, 2018 from Lelux Hospital shows a man undergoing a penis whitening procedure at the Bangkok branch of Lelux Hospital.  AFP Photo

CLSU gets P10-M grant for education of mega drug rehab patients

Dec 21, 2017 - 5:07 PM

The Central Luzon State University in Nueva Ecija develops instructional modules for patients who want to complete their education or learn livelihood skills

MEGA DRUG REHAB. Starting 2018, the Commission on Higher Education will implement a project for drug dependents in the mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija. File photo by Robinson Ninal/PPD

DDB 'supports' operation of mega drug rehab in Nueva Ecija

Nov 17, 2017 - 10:59 AM

The Dangerous Drugs Board's latest statement comes over a week after its chairperson, Dionisio Santiago, was sacked for criticizing the 10,000-bed facility in Fort Magsaysay

MILITARY LAND. The rehab dorms have been built on military land. File photo from the Department of Health

Sotto: Nueva Ecija facility can be used as mega drug enforcement academy

Nov 08, 2017 - 3:59 PM

Senator Vicente Sotto III says the 10,000-bed mega treatment and rehabilitation center can be made as an extension of the present PDEA academy

FIRST. The mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija is the first of its kind in the country. File photo by Ace R Morandante/PPD

WATCH: Wil Dasovich gives update on his cancer condition

Aug 26, 2017 - 3:56 PM

Wil says he remains positive despite everything he s going through

New drugs needed against gonorrhea – UN

Jul 07, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Nearly 80 million people are infected with the disease every year the World Health Organization WHO says in a statement Among these doctors are finding more and more cases of infection untreatable by all known antibiotics

Africa gets generic version of most effective HIV drug

Jun 28, 2017 - 11:15 PM

A box of 30 pills of Dolutegravir DTG which lasts a month typically costs between 25 and 50 The generic version only costs 4

DOLUTEGRAVIR. Image from https://aidsinfo.nih.gov/drugs/509/dolutegravir/0/patient

PH 'forever grateful' to Chinese donor for drug rehab center – Ubial

Jun 28, 2017 - 11:40 AM

No matter what the outcome of his investigation [for bribery] is we will forever be grateful to him says Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial as tycoon Huang Rulun faces a probe in China

UNVEILING. President Duterte, Chinese businessman Huang Rulun (beside Duterte, on the right), and Cabinet members attend the inauguration of the mega drub rehabilitation center in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija on November 29, 2016. File photo by Ace R Morandante/PPD

No more 'mega' drug rehab centers after Nueva Ecija facility?

Apr 08, 2017 - 7:36 PM

What we noticed is that if we are going to concentrate big rehabilitation centers in one region there would be some difficulties says Interior Undersecretary John Castriciones

FIRST. The mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Nueva Ecija is the first of its kind in the country. File photo by Ace R Morandante/PPD

Duterte rebuffs proposal from European nation on drug clinics

Mar 28, 2017 - 6:22 PM

The Palace confirms a European nation offered technical assistance on a type of drug treatment the President vehemently opposes

TAKE ON DRUG CLINICS. President Rodrigo Duterte gives a speech during the 31st Biennial Convention of Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Inc. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

Breivik not treated 'inhumanely' in prison – Norway appeals court

Mar 01, 2017 - 7:39 PM

Breivik is not and has not been subjected to torture or inhuman or degrading treatment the appeals court writes in its verdict

ANDERS BREIVIK. This file photo taken on March 15, 2016 shows Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik pictured after a lunch break at a makeshift court in Skien prison’s gym, some 130 km south west of Oslo, for his lawsuit against the Norwegian state, which he accuses of violating his human rights by holding him in isolation. File photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/ AFP

Ringling Bros. circus closing show after 146 years

Jan 15, 2017 - 3:56 PM

Company executives cited high operating costs and declining ticket sales after the traveling American circus retired its popular elephants as reasons

'GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH' This file photo taken on March 19, 2015 shows a circus performer hanging upside down during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance in Washington, DC. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP

After 6 months, 10K drug surrenderers admitted to rehab centers

Jan 11, 2017 - 7:06 PM

Local government units play an important role in the admission of drug surrenders to existing treatment and rehabilitation centers

REHABILITATION. In this file photo, drug users in Mandaluyong City attend their required weekly Zumba class for rehabilitation in Barangay Mabini-J Rizal covered court on July 10, 2016. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

WATCH: Healing the stigma of HIV

Dec 28, 2016 - 10:15 PM

In an environment where government policies restrict interventions reaching out through kindness and acceptance becomes a way to address HIV

EPIDEMIC. Cebu has seen one of the biggest explosions in infection rates, specifically among people who inject drugs (PWID) and share needles. Photo by Veejay Villafranca

Computer games relieve phantom limb pain – study

Dec 02, 2016 - 2:36 PM

With the aid of virtual reality researchers dramatically reduce pain for phantom limb sufferers

VIRTUAL LIMB. Seeing a digitized version of the missing limb triggers inactive areas in the brain that eventually cause the reduction in pain. Screengrab from Chalmers - Biomechatronics and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory/YouTube

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

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Nov 15, 2016 - 2:04 PM

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Another top U.S. official visits Philippines

Nov 15, 2016 - 7:54 AM

US Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield is set to offer help in promoting rule of law his spokesman tells Rappler

TOP OFFICIAL. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield is set to tackle rule of law in the Philippines during a two-day trip. File photo courtesy of the US State Department

House panel quizzes DOH on drug rehab, animal bite programs

Nov 09, 2016 - 7:50 PM

A couple of lawmakers ask Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial about her department s capability to implement certain programs

COA: P189.63M for drug rehab facilities still unliquidated

Nov 06, 2016 - 10:45 PM

The Commission on Audit calls on the Dangerous Drugs Board to demand reports from implementing agencies on how they used funds given to them throughout the years

Ubial: PH drug problem a 'public health emergency'

Oct 18, 2016 - 4:16 PM

Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial says around P145 million of its Quick Response Fund will be used to address the immediate needs in treatment and rehabilitation centers

DRUG SURRENDERERS. A Philippine policeman (L) stands guard as people queue up to register with the police during the mass surrender of some 1,000 alleged drug users and pushers in the town of Tanauan, 60 kilometres (37 miles) south of Manila on July 18, 2016. File photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

Duterte creates task force to oversee drug rehab centers

Oct 15, 2016 - 9:11 AM

Among others the inter agency task force is expected to determine the type capacity and suitable locations of centers with a long term goal of having at least one in every province

Mega drug rehab center in Nueva Ecija fully operational by November

Oct 12, 2016 - 4:58 PM

Almost 50 of the facility has been constructed says Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial

Gov't 'making use of whatever is available' for drug rehab in PH

Sep 25, 2016 - 3:27 PM

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says various government agencies are working together to provide treatment and rehabilitation to surrendered drug personalities

1st drug rehab center opens at Army camp in Agusan del Sur

Sep 24, 2016 - 8:30 AM

The Residential Treatment and Rehabilitation Center can accommodate 60 patients at a time and shall be managed by the provincial government of Agusan del Sur

 Photos courtesy of Colonel Cristobal Zaragoza and the 401st IB

In China, PH health chief signs deal for mega drug rehab center

Sep 20, 2016 - 7:00 PM

The planned mega treatment and rehabilitation center in Fort Magsaysay will have a 10 000 bed capacity

File photo by Rambo Talabong

How to seek drug treatment and rehabilitation in the Philippines

Sep 17, 2016 - 8:43 AM

A drug user seeking treatment and rehabilitation will have to undergo a Drug Dependency Examination DDE and file for a petition for confinement

Only around 500 surrenderers admitted so far in drug rehab centers

Sep 14, 2016 - 9:30 PM

By the end of September the health department hopes to have a system of reporting that will give weekly updates on what happens to the drug surrenderers

COMMUNITY-BASED. Drug users in Mandaluyong City attend their required weekly Zumba class for rehabilitation in Barangay Mabini-J Rizal covered court on July 10, 2016. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

What's a day like inside a private drug rehab center?

Sep 10, 2016 - 8:50 AM

The Bridges of Hope rehabilitation center tries to simulate a structured life for its residents

Israeli scientists say they can block melanoma spread

Aug 24, 2016 - 2:50 PM

Researchers from Tel Aviv University develop substances that may prevent the spread of melanoma the most aggressive of all skin cancers

THE ROAD TO A CURE. Doctor Antonella Tosti, dermatologist at the University of Miami School of Medicine, uses an Iphone as a dermatoscope as she examines Michael Casa Nova,12, for symptoms of skin cancer due to sun exposure. File photo by Joe Raedle/AFP