DOH signs IRR for UHC law

MANILA — Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Thursday signed the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the landmark Universal Health Care (UHC) law (Republic Act No. 11223). In his speech at the ceremonial signing in Manila, Duque said the IRR is only the first step to the creation of a health system … Read More

Antibiotics abuse: Saving money at the expense of one’s health

FIGHTING ANTI-MICROBIAL RESISTANCE. Philippine National Formulary and National Antibiotic Guidelines representative Cecilia Maramba-Lazarte (left) says the failure to complete a course of antibiotics is a form of antibiotic abuse which could lead to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) — or the ability of microbes to resist the effects of medication, making the diseases caused by them no … Read More

Suspected diphtheria case reported in Bataan

DIPHTHERIA CASE? Dinalupihan Vice Mayor Renato Matawaran (left), Municipal Health Officer Dr. Johna Mandac and Municipal Administrator Rolando Rojas (not shown in photo) discuss the suspected diphtheria case involving a four-year-old boy in the town on Tuesday (Oct. 1, 2019). The boy was brought to the Dinalupihan District Hospital but was immediately transferred to San … Read More

DOST-assisted herbal supplement vs. dengue to be out mid-August

MANILA — A herbal supplement developed through a loan from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will be available by mid-August. DOST Secretary Fortunato dela Peña, in an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) on Tuesday, said the supplement was made from “tawa-tawa” (Euphorbia hirta), but instead of drying the leaves, the manufacturer focused on … Read More

New studies show diverse benefits of eating blueberries

LOS ANGELES — New studies have added fresh evidence on how blueberry consumption contributes to healthy aging, the latest release of the Gerontological Society of America said. “Since the 1990s, research on the health benefits of blueberries has grown exponentially,” said an opening editorial of The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. … Read More