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PH kits for 120,000 coronavirus tests available by April 4

Mar 30, 2020 - 6:37 PM

The DOST and the UP National Institutes of Health Project will prioritize 1,300 kits – good for 26,000 tests – to be distributed to 6 hospitals in Metro Manila, Baguio, Cebu, and Davao

TEST KITS. File photo of test kits for the novel coronavirus disease

'Shocking' animal welfare violations uncovered at U.S. government labs

Feb 07, 2020 - 11:05 AM

In one incident, a dog sustains skin burns from an electric blanket used because the procedure room was too cold

DOGS. Border Collies Miley and Tiara are pictured during a touchscreen experiment at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna on February 26, 2018. Photo by Alex Halada/AFP

Lead found in MMDA traffic enforcers’ blood – study

Jun 11, 2019 - 7:00 AM

The study will justify granting traffic enforcers hazard pay, says a research team led by Emmanuel Baja of the National Institutes for Health-University of the Philippines Manila

HEALTH HAZARD. A study finds that traffic enforcers are prone to heart and lung problems due to exposure to air pollution.

Worry over kids' excessive smartphone use is more justified than ever before

Dec 27, 2018 - 10:00 AM

New research found brain changes among kids using screens more than 7 hours a day and lower cognitive skills among those using screens more than two hours a day

SMARTPHONE WOES. Sleep deprivation among teens spiked after 2012 – just as smartphone use became common. GCapture/

Heavy screen time appears to impact childrens' brains – study

Dec 10, 2018 - 8:52 AM

The study indicates 9 and 10-year-old kids spending more than 7 hours a day using smart devices or playing video games show signs of premature thinning of the cortex, the brain's outermost layer that processes sensory information

DOH denies Philippines has new HIV strain

Mar 21, 2018 - 1:10 PM

'That is fake news. 'Wag po sana tayo maging simula ng mga ganoong balita kasi 'di naman po ito batay sa ebidensya,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III to scientists who warned of a new HIV subtype

REFUTING REPORTS. DOH chief Francisco Duque III says they have not been informed by the WHO of the alleged new HIV AE subtype in the Philippines. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Study: Male, female caffeine consumption ups miscarriage risk

Mar 26, 2016 - 6:06 PM

More than two caffeinated drinks a day leading up to conception can be dangerous for the pregnancy whether it s the woman or her partner consuming it

White House wants $1B to fund cancer 'moonshot'

Feb 02, 2016 - 9:43 AM

Already 195 million has been allocated to the National Institutes of Health so that work on new cancer research can begin immediately

This file photo taken on January 23, 2016 shows US Vice President Joe Biden gestures during a press conference with the Turkish prime minister after their round table meeting in Istanbul. Ozan Kose/AFP

Employers urged: Offer free mental health screening

Dec 12, 2015 - 11:13 AM

A Harvard Business Review report says depression a common and treatable condition is affecting the productivity and performance of up to 9 5 of adults in the US

House OKs comprehensive policy for patients with rare diseases

Sep 03, 2015 - 6:16 PM

WHO says there are 7 000 known rare diseases in the world with up to 70 affecting children In PH a disease is considered rare when it affects one patient in every 20 000 population

Ebola vaccine is safe, says researchers

Jan 29, 2015 - 12:22 PM

The vaccine also generates an immune response to Ebola according to the early findings from the trial under way at Oxford University

EBOLA VACCINE. A NGO volunteer receives a dose of experimental vaccine 'cAd3-EBOZ Lau' from a nurse at the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) in Lausanne, Switzerland, 04 November 2014. Swissmedic approved the application for a trial with an experimental Ebola vaccine at the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV). Photo by Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA

Ebola vaccine promising in first human trials – NIH

Nov 27, 2014 - 8:49 AM

The news comes amid the worst ever outbreak of the hemorrhagic fever which has killed 5 500 people so far mostly in West Africa

The Clinical Center Building, where the testing on humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the Ebola virus has begun, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, 02 September 2014. Michael Reynolds/EPA

Two US states order tough Ebola quarantine rules

Oct 25, 2014 - 10:00 AM

UPDATED US President Barack Obama stresses that the United States is well equipped to deal with any new cases

PREPARED. Workers are seen carrying plastic barrels from the apartment building where Ebola patient Craig Spencer lived in Harlem, New York, USA, 24 October 2014. Photo by John Taggart/EPA

Two US nurses are declared cured of Ebola

Oct 25, 2014 - 8:47 AM

A total of 9 people with Ebola have been cared for in the United States and all have survived except Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan

CURED. US President Barack Obama hugs Dallas nurse Nina Pham in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, October 24, 2014. Nina Pham was released on October 24 from the hospital after being declared Ebola-free. She was the first nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. Photo by Olivier Douliery/POOL/EPA

Texas nurse Nina Pham cured of Ebola

Oct 24, 2014 - 11:43 PM

Pham is the first US healthcare worker to be infected with Ebola while working inside the United States

CURED. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital nurse Nina Pham, who contracted the Ebola virus while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, has been declared free of the virus. Screengrab from EPA/Texas Health Resources

Doctor exposed to Ebola treated in US

Sep 29, 2014 - 12:32 PM

The unnamed patient is a physician at a unit treating people suffering from ebola in West Africa

EBOLA. An undated handout image provided by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on 05 August 2014 shows a colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of an Ebola virus virion. Frederick A. Murphy/EPA

Ebola outbreak speeds up efforts to find a vaccine

Aug 02, 2014 - 4:25 PM

There is currently no such medication in the pipeline to treat Ebola In the meantime experts can only urge preventive measures

UK 'should offer surgery to 800,000 obese diabetics'

Jul 11, 2014 - 8:46 PM

New evidence suggests that interventions such as gastric bands can help diabetics control their condition and even reverse the diagnosis

New therapy wipes out cervical cancer in two women

Jun 02, 2014 - 8:16 PM

Cervical cancer infects some 530 000 women each year and kills more than 270 000 around the globe with most deaths occurring in the developing world

CERVICAL CANCER. A handout picture dated May 14, 2013 and made available by the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization (GAVI) shows schoolgirls looking at a friend who is getting an injection against cervical cancer at the Central Primary School in Kitui, Eastern Kenya. Kenya became the first GAVI eligible country to protect girls against cervical cancer. File Photo by Karel Prinsloo/EPA/ Gavi

New forms of racism arise in science research

Feb 15, 2014 - 12:35 PM

A professor warns science could be misused to propagate the belief that people inherently have different abilities based on skin color or ethnic background

NEORACISM. New forms of discrimination take hold in scientific research

US shutdown blocks care for kids with cancer: report

Oct 02, 2013 - 11:44 PM

About 200 patients may have to be turned away from treatment at the largest research hospital in the world due to the shutdown

CONSEQUENCES. The shutdown of the US government straps healthcare facilities from providing clinical trials for the treatment of cancer patients

Science wRap: 'Golden rice', Curiosity, lab-grown burgers

Aug 10, 2013 - 5:05 PM

The battle over genetically modified rice Curiosity celebrates one earth year on Mars Henrietta Lacks and electric buses

Science nod to family of unwitting medical heroine

Aug 08, 2013 - 10:11 AM

Henrietta Lacks family: We are proud of what HeLa cells have done for science

HeLa cells stained with Hoechst 33258. Public domain/Wikipedia

Filipino scientists develop quick test to detect dengue

Feb 15, 2012 - 12:06 PM

New Biotek M test kit for detecting dengue is developed at UP Manila; test can tell if patient has dengue or not within 1 hour