Health

DOH eyes team-up with PGH, WHO to see adverse effects of Dengvaxia

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) plans to team up with the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for a deeper investigation into the adverse effects of the dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia. “We are going to create a team with PGH and WHO so that there is continuing monitoring,” DOH Undersecretary Rolando …

Health group to Duque: Focus on preventive health care

MANILA — HealthJustice Philippines has expressed hope that newly confirmed Health Secretary Francisco Duque III would focus on preventive health care in his second stint as head of the Department of Health (DOH). “We trust that under his leadership, the health department will develop and implement programs that prioritize prevention over cure. It is high time …

Dengvaxia recipients assured of medical services

MANILA — A Department of Health (DOH) official assured members of Gabriela-Metro Manila on Wednesday that they will extend medical services and assistance to children who received the dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia. DOH Assistant Secretary Maria Francia Laxamana, in a dialogue with Gabriela members who held a rally in front of the department to air their …

Ex-health chief backs completion of Dengvaxia doses; DOH declines

MANILA— Former health secretary Esperanza Cabral suggested that children who received partial doses of the controversial dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, be given the full dosage to get protection but the Department of Health (DOH) said it was sticking to its decision to halt the dengue vaccination program. “Wala akong sinasabi na ibenta sa komersyo ulit iyong bakuna, …

Cancer from cellphones? New studies say no need to hang up

WASHINGTON — Two government studies that bombarded rats and mice with cellphone radiation found a weak link to some heart tumors, but federal regulators and some scientists say don’t worry — it is safe to use your device. They still do. Previous studies of cellphone users had found little reason for concern, but the newest …

New report details misuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes

NEW YORK — U.S. nursing homes have significantly reduced the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs among their elderly residents, responding to pressure from many directions. Yet advocacy groups insist that overmedication remains a major problem, and want the pressure to intensify. According to the latest data from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, …

New hub to focus on intersection between developmental disabilities and mental illness

TORONTO — One of Canada’s most high-profile mental health treatment centres says it’s opening a new research hub that will focus on the needs of people with both developmental disabilities and psychiatric conditions. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health says the new hub is the first in Canada to tackle the needs of a …

Outside the body system revitalizes less than ideal donor kidneys for transplant

TORONTO — Dr. Markus Selzner has just come from surgery, still in his scrubs, and he’s excited to show off his baby. A configuration of fluid-filled tubing, pumps and other mechanical components, it’s not the prettiest baby — but it’s one Selzner and his team hope will one day revolutionize kidney transplants by boosting the …

Showbiz industry workers secure health insurance coverage

MANILA— Two workers’ organizations in the local show business industry have institutionalized the social health insurance coverage of their members nationwide. Officers of the Katipunan ng mga Artistang Pilipino sa Pelikula at Telebisyon (KAPPT) and Showbiz Industry Alliance (SIA) recently signed an agreement with the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to facilitate the enrolment of KAPPT’s …

WHO raises alarm over high level of antibiotic resistance worldwide

MANILA — The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed alarm over the high levels of antibiotic resistance to a number of serious bacterial infections found in high- and low-income countries. In a statement, director of WHO’s Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Secretariat, Dr. Marc Sprenger, disclosed that their new Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System (GLASS) showed a widespread …