40% of schools lack handwashing facilities: UN

GENEVA – As education institutions around the world seek to reopen, the World Health Organization (WHO) chief said Thursday that more than 40 percent of the world’s schools lack handwashing facilities, a major obstacle to reopening.

DOH, FDA laud EO regulating e-cigarettes, similar devices

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have lauded the recent signing of Executive Order No. 106 by President Rodrigo Duterte which prohibits the…

WHO urges gov’ts, companies, news orgs to spread Covid-19 facts

MANILA — World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Saturday called on governments, companies, and news organizations to strengthen their efforts in spreading facts about the coronavirus…

Cyborg-type robots to aid Filipinos with limb disabilities

MANILA — Persons with limb disabilities due to severe damage in their nervous and muscular systems can now stand or walk again with the Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL), the first cyborg-type…

New wearable device could capture cancer cells in blood

WASHINGTON — American researchers have developed a wearable device that can collect live cancer cells directly from blood in animals, according to a study published on Monday. The study published in…

Baguio City village execs urged to step up vaccine info drive

BAGUIO CITY — Barangay officials have been asked to help in the massive information education (IEC) campaign about vaccination against measles and Japanese encephalitis (JE) in the city.  “The support of…

New law shows gov’t serious in battle vs. cancer: solon

MANILA — The signing of the National Integrated Cancer Act shows that the government is taking serious steps to improve cancer care in the country and gives hope to cancer…

Universal healthcare can be implemented gradually: Palace

MANILA — Malacañang on Wednesday said it is open to the possibility that Universal Health Care (UHC) may be implemented “gradually” without revenue from higher tobacco excise tax. Presidential Spokesperson…

DOH, PSH launch program to curb hypertension prevalence

TAGAYTAY CITY, Cavite – The Department of Health (DOH) has partnered with the Philippine Society of Hypertension (PSH) for a joint project initiative aimed at addressing the increasing prevalence of…

DOH reminds public: Eat healthy this holiday season

MANILA — Overindulgence in food during this time of the year is an inevitable part of the festive season but an official of the Department of Health (DOH) has reminded the…

Green leafy vegetables can reduce fat in liver

WASHINGTON — Eating more green leafy vegetables may reduce the risks of developing fatty liver, according to a study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers…

Breastfeeding linked to smaller waistline of mothers

WASHINGTON —  Breastfeeding may have one more benefit for mothers. A study showed that breastfeeding was linked with smaller waistlines in the decade after giving birth among women. The study, recently…

Alcoholic beverages can counter lambanog poisoning: Duque

MANILA — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said drinking another alcohol is the antidote for lambanog poisoning. In a television interview Monday night, Duque explained it is not the methanol in…

A single workout can burn energy in two days: study

WASHINGTON — Chinese and American scientists found that a single workout could activate neurons in mice that influence metabolism for up to two days and those effects last longer with more…

Vitamin C good for lungs of babies whose moms smoke while preggy

WASHINGTON — A study showed that Vitamin C might reduce the harm done to lungs in infants born to mothers who smoke during their pregnancy. The randomized, controlled trial published recently…

Even non-smokers at risk of lung cancer

MANILA — Senior citizen Hilda Pua was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer when she was 56 years old. The diagnosis surprised her because she never smoked a single cigarette all…

Singing reduces stress, improves motor function

WASHINGTON — A preliminary study revealed that singing might reduce stress and improve motor function for people with Parkinson’s disease. The study presented on Wednesday at the on-going Society for Neuroscience…

Mediterranean diet key to delaying Alzheimer’s disease: study

SYDNEY — Eating a Mediterranean diet could delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by years, according to latest Australian research. People who followed the diet showed significantly slower rates of the…

DOH pushes for P90 per pack tobacco tax hike

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) is pushing for a PHP90 per pack increase in tobacco excise tax for better health of more Filipinos through the Universal Health Care (UHC)…

DOH eyes to register vapes as drugs

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) plans to regulate the use of vapes or e-cigarettes by registering them as drugs, an official said Monday. “We want it [the vape liquid]…