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Ex-TESDA chief Syjuco files ‘plunder, mass murder’ complaint vs Aquino, Garin...

AUGUSTO SYJUCO, former head of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority and former lawmaker, filed on Friday complaints of plunder and mass murder...

House grills Sanofi; Aquino to face Senate

A PARTY-LIST congressman, in the House of Representatives’ first inquiry into the Dengvaxia controversy, has demanded an apology from Sanofi Pasteur, not for injecting...

PHL plans to sue Sanofi over vaccine — DoH chief

THE PHILIPPINES intends to sue Sanofi after authorities suspended the pharmaceutical giant’s anti-dengue vaccine in response to the company warning the drug could lead...

Manufacturer disputes claim of deaths due to vaccine

By Arra B. Francia Reporter FRENCH PHARMACEUTICAL company Sanofi Pasteur on Monday, Dec. 4, dispelled reports that three patients who received the dengue vaccine last year...

This IS personal: Health advocates share pain of losing loved ones...

HEALTH ADVOCATES known to have lobbied for stronger tobacco control have taken their fight to social media, sharing their personal experience with smoking. Dr....

PHL reallows contraceptives after certifying them safe

THE ROMAN CATHOLIC-majority Philippines will reallow the use of contraceptive implants after certifying 51 drugs and devices safe and not the cause of abortions,...

Fight hunger and malnutrition, be a Santa

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo Senior Reporter IN THE country since 1981 combating hunger and malnutrition among children as well as delivering other programs geared towards...

Road to fitness: is running actually good for you?

PARIS -- As New York limbers up to host the world’s biggest marathon on Sunday, runners around the world will be picturing its storied...

Awareness and initiatives for psoriasis patients

“Some fifteen years ago, I was very passion-driven. I had a very successful career as a sales and marketing director of a multinational company....

Singaporeans with appetite for destruction get ‘rage room’ relief

Bad day at the office? In high-pressured Singapore there is now a solution – a “rage room” that lets stressed-out people take a baseball...

Former health chief appointed to DoH

PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Thursday, Oct. 26, appointed Francisco T. Duque III to the Department of Health which he once headed during President...

Study aims to look at COPD prevalence in PHL

By Michelle Anne P. Soliman BREATHLESSNESS, chronic cough, and bringing up phlegm may not just be signs that one is getting older. People aged 40...

Why there are more depressed Asians and millennials

By Nickky Faustine P. De Guzman Reporter Joey de Leon may have made his apology, but discussions about depression should not end with a “sorry.” Rather,...

How to help if someone is suicidal

(The tips below are from the “Suicide First Aid Guidelines of the Philippines,” research supported by a grant from the American Foundation for Suicide...

Scientists may have found a cause of dyslexia

PARIS — A duo of French scientists said Wednesday they may have found a physiological, and seemingly treatable, cause for dyslexia hidden in tiny...

Preventing and controlling ‘the silent killer’

By Michelle Anne P. Soliman DIABETES is a very common disease in the country. In fact, diabetes is the 8th leading cause of death...

Should small children be banned from watching all screens?

CANNES, FRANCE – Regulators and program makers are at odds over whether small children should be banned from watching television or using tablets and...

Orthorexia: When ‘healthy eating’ ends up making you sick

PARIS – People, it seems, have never been so afraid of their food – and, say some experts, an obsession with healthy eating may...

No more pricks and patches

UNLIKE conventional allergy tests known for being uncomfortable (patch and prick tests), Life Science’s Faber Allergy tests – “the most up-to-date and complete tool...

Universal Health Care 2030

OVER the next 13 years, countries will be in a race to end all forms of poverty by halting inequalities and ensuring that no...

Cebu provincial gov’t entices doctors to public service through residency training

THE CEBU PROVINCIAL board approved this week a resolution giving Gov. Hilario P. Davide III authority to sign an agreement with the Vicente Sotto...

CA rejects Ubial as DoH secretary

THE COMMISSION on Appointments (CA) on Tuesday, Oct. 10, rejected the appointment of Department of Health (DoH) Secretary Paulyn Jean Rosell-Ubial, making her the...

Using needles — not bullets — to solve the drug problem

By Pola Esguerra del Monte Multimedia Editor “You must remember that those who are already (using) shabu for almost one year, they are dead. They are...

Time out: Dangers of disrupting your body clock

PARIS -- Messing with your body’s clock is dangerous business, in fact it could make you sick -- or worse. The inner timekeeper dubbed the...

Skipping breakfast may double risk of hard arteries — study

MIAMI -- People who skip breakfast or eat poorly to start the day are twice as likely to develop hardened arteries, which can lead...

Cell phone use by expectant mothers not tied to brain problems...

PREGNANT WOMEN who use cell phones may be no more likely to have kids with brain development problems than expectant mothers who avoid mobile...

The promise of the R&D pipeline

GROWING scientific knowledge and the rapidly increasing pace of technological advances are ushering in an era of endless possibilities for the prevention, treatment, and...

Talking about supplements, gut health, and fasting

By Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman Reporter AS others indulged in a sinful lunch of pasta, burgers, and macarons, Dr. Ted Achacoso ate two servings of...

Encouraging fitness

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo Reporter IN THIS AGE of fast and processed food, picking up the lifestyle habits of eating a healthy diet and having...

Good and bad news on aspirin and colon cancer

PARIS — Daily aspirin use — known to reduce the risk of colon cancer — could also make the disease harder to treat if...

Scientists zap ‘voices’ from schizophrenia sufferers

PARIS — Scientists have pinpointed a part of the brain where “voices” torment schizophrenia sufferers, and partially muted them with magnetic pulse treatment, a...

All HMO firms compliant with capital requirements

ALL health maintenance organization (HMO) firms in the Philippines remain compliant with requirements set by the Insurance Commission (IC), the regulator said, noting that...

Train and be active like a Spartan

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo Reporter SHARING the same philosophy of encouraging Filipinos to be more active and live a healthy lifestyle, Fitness First Philippines has...

Lack of REM sleep tied to increased risk of dementia

PEOPLE WHO spend less time in deep, rapid eye movement (REM) sleep may be more likely to develop dementia than individuals who get better...

DoH affirms ‘very rare’ risk of bird-flu infection

By Ian Nicolas P. Cigaral, Reporter THE Department of Health (DoH) on Friday said there were no confirmed cases of avian influenza transmitted to humans...

Using unproven methods to tackle cancer could be deadly

PEOPLE who decide to tackle their cancer using only unconventional methods are likely to die sooner than patients who opt for conventional treatments, according...

Rapper defiantly stares at eclipse, cancels shows

NEW YORK – For a rapper whose debut single was called “Unorthodox,” Joey Bada$$ isn’t one to accept conventional wisdom. Defying widespread warnings, he...

Philippine fighters at risk in brain scan scam

A TOTAL of 150 professional boxers have been banned for falsifying brain scan results aimed at detecting serious head injuries in the sport, regulators...

The value of clinical trials

Medicine Cabinet Teodoro Padilla IT IS ESTIMATED that the annual spending of the biopharmaceutical sector in research and development is 5.5 times higher than the defense...

A convenient way to eat healthy

By Zsarlene B. Chua, Reporter Food delivery services have always hinged on serving the need for convenience, especially for those who can barely find time...

Bad trip: Marijuana use increases blood pressure death risk

LONDON -- People who smoke marijuana have a three times greater risk of dying from hypertension, or high blood pressure, than those who have...

Music therapy may not lead to big benefits for kids with...

CHILDREN with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) don’t benefit from the addition of music therapy on top of their usual treatments, according to results from...

Riding the Smile Train

By Michael Angelo S. Murillo, Reporter Every year, more than 170,000 children in the developing world are born with cleft lips and palates, joining the...

Italian wheelchair hopes to bring users freedom

BERGAMO, ITALY — After nearly 20 years working with wheelchair-bound youngsters, Mario Vigentini wanted to revolutionize their quality of life, inventing a device that...

Gum disease linked to higher cancer risk in women

MIAMI — Women who have a history of gum disease face a higher risk of several types of cancer, particularly tumors in the esophagus...