Health

DOH: Family planning implant not abortifacient; its action is preventing ovulation

MANILA – While stressing that it will comply with the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Supreme Court last week, the Department of Health (DOH) maintained its position on Wednesday that the contraceptive implant “Implanon” does not cause abortions. “Actually, family implant is not abortifacient… Its mode of action is preventing ovulation,” DOH Secretary …

Confirmatory tests on Filipina companion of foreigner positive with MERSCoV yield negative; 7 other companions still without symptoms – DOH

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) said on Tuesday the results of the tests conducted on a Filipina companion of the foreign national declared positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus (MERSCoV) and confined at the negative pressure room of the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, yielded negative. “So far, …

B.C. moves to protect at risk young males with free HPV vaccine

VICTORIA – The British Columbia government is expanding an immunization program to better protect boys and young men who may be more vulnerable of contracting human papillomavirus. Beginning in September, boys and men up to age 26 will be eligible for publicly funded HPV vaccine that offers broad protection from the most common sexually-transmitted infection. …

Record number of Ontarians registered as organ donors, says Gift of Life Network

TORONTO – He was a father, a fiance, a real go-getter and, in the end, he also saved lives. Aaron Murray was driving home after a long day of work, college and errands for his three-week old son when he crashed his car and died in Peterborough, Ont., in April 2014. The 21-year-old’s sudden end …

DOH to the public on the 2nd confirmed case of MERSCoV in the country: No reason to panic

MANILA – “There is no reason to panic.” The Department of Health (DOH) stressed this as it appealed to the public on Monday to refrain from developing panic over the reported case of a confirmed Middle East Respiratory Syndrome-Corona Virus (MERSCov) case in the Philippines. It was not the first time that the DOH confirmed …

DOH: Second MERS-CoV case in PH from Middle East foreigner

MANILA – According to Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Janette Garin, the Philippines now has its second case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) from a foreigner from the Middle East. The 36-year-old foreigner, whose identity has not been disclosed, has started showing the symptoms of MERS-CoV on July 2. He has then …

VA hospital that once treated civil war veterans could close

HOT SPRINGS, S.D. –  Perched atop a bluff in the remote Black Hills, a veterans hospital built of thick blocks of pink sandstone and topped with red-tiled roofs in a Spanish mission style overlooks the tiny town of Hot Springs, South Dakota, and has provided recovering soldiers a bucolic haven for more than a century. …

Phil-Chinese General Hospital offers 50 % discounts on poor patients

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya – Poor patients who will be confined at the Philippine Chinese General Hospital (PCGH) will be given discounts on their hospital bills with the recent agreement signed by the hospital and the League of Mayors of the Philippines (LMP). Quezon mayor Aurelio Salunat, LMP-Nueva Vizcaya president, said the PCGH management and LMP …

DOH reminds the public: Do not wade or swim in dirty floodwaters

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) is reminding the public not to wade or swim in dirty floodwaters during these rainy days to prevent leptospirosis, an infectious bacterial disease that occurs in rodents, dogs and other mammals and can be transmitted to humans. “Avoid swimming or wading in potentially contaminated waters or floodwaters,” DOH …

Could insulin pills prevent diabetes? Big study seeks answer

CHICAGO – For nearly a century, insulin has been a life-saving diabetes treatment. Now scientists are testing a tantalizing question: What if pills containing the same medicine patients inject every day could also prevent the disease? Thirteen-year-old Hayden Murphy of Plainfield, Illinois, is helping researchers determine if the strategy works for Type 1 diabetes, the …