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968 new HIV cases in the Philippines in March

(Photo: HIV Test Kit Philippines Facebook page)

By Leilani S. Junio  / Philippine News Agency  The Department of Health (DOH) recorded 968 new human immunodeficieny virus (HIV) cases in March, the highest monthly figure since the virus was first detected in the Philippines in 1984. 

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CDC: Drug-resistant TB predicted to rise in Philippines, 3 other countries

This May 2008 photo shows Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Ian Flemming-Dunn
(right) testing a local resident for tuberculosis aboard a US Military Sealift Command
(MSC) hospital ship, the USNS Mercy. The ship was visiting Zamboanga City to provide humanitarian aid. JOSEPH CABALLERO/UNITED STATES NAVY

Washington, D.C.: Cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB) are expected to increase in four of the world’s highest burden countries, including the Philippines, over the next two decades, a new study by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found.

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Daily, social smoking have same heart-disease risks—study

A man smokes while talking to someone on his mobile phone. WORLDMONEY VIA PIXABAY

San Francisco: A large, nationally representative study in the United States indicates that social smokers’ risk for high blood pressure and high cholesterol is identical to those who light up cigarettes every day. 

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PhilHealth paid P1.31 billion for NCP claims in 2016


Consistent with its aim to provide its members and qualified dependents with access to high-quality medical care, the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) continues to find ways to further expand its array of social health-insurance benefit packages for every Filipino. 

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FDMMC now a holistic hospital with upgraded buildings, facilities

Some of the FDMMC doctors and officers during the unveiling
of the upgraded hospital.

The Fe del Mundo Medical Center (FDMMC), a pioneer in child health care in the Philippines, unveiled on February 17 its newly renovated buildings and facilities to become a fully upgraded private-general hospital catering to communities in Quezon City. 

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PhilHealth welcomes 2 new board members

Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial (left) swears into office Dr. Roy B. Ferrer (middle) and Dr. Roberto M. Salvador Jr. as the new members of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp.’s (PhilHealth) board of directors.

Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial administered last week the oath of office to Dr. Roy B. Ferrer and Dr. Roberto M. Salvador Jr. as the new members of the board of directors of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) at the government-run health agency’s head office in Pasig City. 

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Upset stomach: How to keep it from upsetting you


Your day can easily be ruined by gastrointestinal woes, be it acid reflux, constipation, or simply an upset stomach that won’t let you enjoy a meal. The Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed), the Philippines’ premier healthcare institution, tells us what we need to know about our gastrointestinal or digestive system, and some tips to keep it healthy. 

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Stay healthy with the SEED Lifestyle


A recent Pulse Asia survey revealed that “staying healthy and avoiding illnesses” is still the top personal concern of Filipinos across all regions and socioeconomic classes. 

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Stem cells: Four facts you need to know

Stem cells

We all have heard of stem cells and stem cell therapy and how it could be the next big thing in the field of medicine. But what are stem cells exactly, and what can they do in the field of medicine? 

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DOH: Phl now has 39 Zika cases


By Leilani S. Junio / Philippines News Agency The Department of Health (DOH) reported last week that the number of Zika cases in the Philippines has risen to 39 after four new cases were confirmed.

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