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Social media is “the new face of depression,” said Assistant Secretary of Health Enrique Tayag. Social media serves as a way to connect with loved ones and build one’s self-esteem but online bashing may result in depression, the health official explained. “Some people really have difficulty coping with bashing,” said…

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The Department of Health (DOH) has urged the public to be wary of six common diseases during summer. “We take the acronym ‘6S’ for common summer diseases,” Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial said. The six common ailments are “sore eyes” (conjunctivitis), sunburn, sipon at ubo (colds and cough), suka at…

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Asia-Pacific is at a risk of poor nutrition as modern trade policy opens the region to a flood of ultra-processed food and drinks, according to a study published in Globalization and Health, a conclusion supported by a study by University of the Philippines researchers, who found young people here are…

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The warmer weather calls for ways to stay cool. This will help you prevent heat stroke. The Department of Health says that heat stroke is the most severe form of heat illness when the body overheats and cannot cool down. When this happens, the body cannot absorb the excessive heat…

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The Philippines ranked 8th out of 18 low- and middle-income countries in Asia and Africa in terms of its capacity to effectively utilize private investments in public health R&D (research and development), a study by the Brookings Institution concluded. In “Health Governance Capacity: Enhancing Private Sector Investment in Global Health,”…

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Leading health and beauty chain Watsons is offering dengue vaccinations in select stores nationwide, making it the first retailer in the Philippines to offer the potentially life-saving vaccine. Hong Kong-based Watsons, in a press conference Friday at Shangri-La Makati City, said more than 200,000 cases of dengue were reported in…

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Epileptic women at childbearing age can have a safe pregnancy if they take proper precautions. Aspiring mothers who are epileptic are often wary about the risk of stillbirths and miscarriages due to their condition. However, epileptic women who have not had seizures for at least a year prior to pregnancy…

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But rapid increase in drug-resistant TB infections, deaths presents growing challenge THE Department of Health (DOH) announced an ambitious strategy to move from “control” to “elimination” of tuberculosis in the Philippines in commemoration of World Tuberculosis Day on Friday last week but new research published the same day by doctors…

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DIABETES patients may soon have an alternative to conventional monitoring and medication involving painful, repetitive blood drawing and injections with the development by researchers in South Korea of a “smart” glucose monitor that can also dispense insulin. The device, which measures blood glucose levels in sweat, was developed by a…

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MANILA: A study on young adult fertility and sexuality has linked early sex among millennials and early exposure to the Internet and social media. Commission on Population (Popcom) Executive Director Dr. Juan Perez III, said in an interview on March 23 that one out of three girls and boys 15…

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