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THE Department of Health (DOH) on Monday led a unified call to have the Supreme Court’s temporary restraining order (TRO) on contraceptives lifted with the holding the first Family Planning Conference in Quezon City. DOH, together with the Commission on Population (POPCOM) and the Forum for Family Planning and Development,…

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The Board of Investments (BOI) has approved the application of Makati-based dental products manufacturing firm Forbes Dental Prosthetics for its P2-million expansion project to produce an additional 3,260 export-quality crown pieces for the global market. Forbes, classified as a small and medium (SME) enterprise, started operations in 2011 with an…

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MEDICAL researchers in China and Denmark have designed a wearable robotic lower-leg prosthesis that mimics natural movement of the knee, according to a study published in the journal Review of Scientific Instruments. The research team from China’s Beihang University and Aalborg University in Denmark were seeking to improve on existing…

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HUMAN health is improving globally at a remarkable pace, but progress has lagged in some areas, a new study published in the British medical journal The Lancet concluded. The “Global Burden of Disease, Injuries, and Risk Factors (GBD) 2015” study highlighted areas of public health where significant improvements have been…

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JAPAN-based public-private partnership Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund) has issued funding totaling $11.4 million for six research projects to fight malaria and tuberculosis (TB), the investment firm announced late last month. Part of GHIT Fund’s new investments, $1.8 million, will go to a continuing research project to develop…

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PIRACICABA, Brazil: Scientists in Brazil are preparing to release millions of factory-bred mosquitoes in an attempt to wipe out their distant cousins that carry tropical diseases. The insects’ method: have sex and then die. British firm Oxitec says its genetically modified mosquitoes will swarm in among ordinary species such as…

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Pulilan, Bulacan: Some 500 children primarily from underserved communities in this town were beneficiaries of a free medical program provided by Monsanto Philippines. Monsanto Philippines Bulacan Plant Manager Cris Palarca said that a joint partnership program with volunteer pediatricians and general medical practitioners in the area conducted the free medical…

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IN a breakthrough discovery, researchers in Japan have discovered a protein from micro-animals known as tardigrades, or “water bears,” that can protect human DNA from high levels of radiation. The scientists, who published their findings in the journal Nature Communications, were studying the tiny marine creatures’ incredible resilience when they…

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THE stigma associated with mental illness in the Philippines hinders the early intervention that is key to improving the lives of affected Filipino children, according to a developmental pediatrician of a recently launched child development center in Parañaque City. Dr. Rochelle Pacifico, a developmental pediatrician, made the comments at the…

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