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'BULAWAN: Interviews with Filipino Medical Oncologists' ebook available for free download

May 23, 2020 - 5:03 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The print copy of 'Bulawan' was launched during the celebration of the PSMO’s 50th anniversary last October 25, 2019

Views of med societies weigh more than FEC, individual doctors – Garin

Dec 18, 2017 - 7:10 PM

Ex-DOH chief Janette Garin explains why she did not heed the warning of several public health experts regarding the now-suspended dengue vaccination program that she had launched

BATTLE OF THE EXPERTS. Ex-DOH secretary Janette Garin speaks during a Rappler Talk interview on December 16. Screenshot by Rappler

Sanofi's advisory on dengue vaccine 'miscommunicated'?

Dec 16, 2017 - 8:00 AM

Instead of worrying, doctors urge parents and even health practitioners to use this 'opportunity' to raise awareness on dengue

STOP THE SALE. A health worker shows used vials of Dengvaxia administered to students in Manila before Sanofi gave an update that the vaccine is risky for those who had no prior infection. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

The criminal in every Filipino

Aug 04, 2017 - 1:14 PM

The Filipino people are truly fed up and angry They are angry at drug dealers and addicts They are angry at criminals They are angry at the corrupt They are angry at terrorists They are angry at every evil that afflicts Philippine society

Have we lost all decency?

Jul 17, 2017 - 3:00 PM

Our aging national leaders have become wanton and debauched

Meralco likely to hit target profit for 2016

Feb 21, 2017 - 5:45 PM

For 3 months starting March Meralco consumers may also experience a rate hike of P0 92 per kilowatt hour on a staggered basis

HIT THE GUIDANCE. 'Most likely, yes [we will hit the guidance]. Overall demand for bill volume is about slightly above 8% for the entire year,' Meralco Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan says. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

PH begins school-based dengue immunization

Apr 04, 2016 - 4:04 PM

Critics however slam the health department for its unusual decision to provide the dengue vaccine to millions of Filipino children just a few months after getting regulatory approval

SCHOOL-BASED IMMUNIZATION. A student from Parang Elementary School gets a shot of Dengvaxia, the world's first-ever dengue vaccine. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Patriarchy, Manny Pacquiao and Madonna

Mar 22, 2016 - 8:30 PM

It s time to unlearn patriarchy We should never call a home at peace when there is no democracy inside the house

An open letter to the ever-so-righteous Filipino voters

Sep 25, 2015 - 11:30 AM

If you are eligible to register but you decided not to register and vote you have no right to criticize the government It’s your fault for not participating in the first place

Revisiting my Tsinoy dilemma: A response to F. Sionil Jose

Jul 29, 2015 - 1:36 PM

Kathleen Yu is Chinese Filipino and doesn t think anyone has the right to treat Chinese Filipinos any differently She is after all a Filipino too

'Invest in PH now' - Gov't, business make pitch to US investors

Jun 29, 2015 - 12:27 AM

The conference is part of a high level 3 city trade mission aimed at encouraging US investment in the country

#MaryJaneLives: Ano na ang susunod?

May 02, 2015 - 2:36 PM

MaryJaneLives Anong gagawin mo pag humupa na ang hashtag?

Doctors slam 'poorly designed’ study on anti-dengue drug

Dec 16, 2014 - 6:56 PM

It is our obligation to stop the expanded use of scientifically unproven treatments say the Philippine College of Physicians and the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Rare Pairs: A charity dinner for orphan disorders

Nov 19, 2014 - 3:04 PM

With the lack of support from the government it is our responsibility as private citizens to contribute and support this ignored sector of our society

PH doctors say no to medical marijuana bill

Oct 16, 2014 - 2:22 PM

Medical groups oppose House Bill 4477 which they say is contrary to the policy of the state to safeguard the well being of its citizenry

DOCTORS SAY NO. Medical doctors led by Philippine Medical Association (PMA) president Dra. Minerva Calimag show the signed joint statement of the medical community opposing the proposed House Bill 4477 or the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Bill, which allows the use of medicinal marijuana in the country. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH doctors want task force on medical marijuana

Oct 02, 2014 - 9:02 AM

Various medical groups say that regulation of medical marijuana should be left to the Food and Drug Administration

Angara bill to help patients with ALS, rare diseases

Aug 28, 2014 - 4:56 PM

Aside from filing the bill Senator Sonny Angara also accepts the ALS ice bucket challenge

An open letter to the Filipino youth

Aug 24, 2014 - 7:00 AM

The Filipino youth are right here on the cusp of greatness brimming with idealism and poised to make the Philippines a better place

Diabesity: Eating more, moving less threaten Pinoys

Aug 09, 2014 - 11:00 AM

About 7 out of 10 Filipino adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are overweight and obese

Responding to the challenges of our national life

Aug 06, 2014 - 1:44 PM

We need game changers who will spark tiny nation oriented impulses in our hearts that will eventually create tidal waves of dissent against being an underdog in this world

A fighting chance for patients with rare diseases

May 08, 2014 - 9:42 PM

In the Philippines those who suffer from rare diseases depend on government for their expensive treatment Lawmakers are trying to address the patients needs further

DREAM: DOCTOR. Patients like Ziv Morejon (R) who are diagnosed with rare diseases can also enjoy a decent quality of life if the right support system is in place. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

MERS incubation period ends; 10 Etihad passengers untracked

Apr 29, 2014 - 3:36 PM

Labor attachés in the Middle East have been ordered to get the Philippine addresses and contact numbers of OFWs before they return to the country

MERS-FREE Dr Lyndon Lee Suy (C), head of the DOH Committee on Emerging Infections says the Philippine remains MERS-free as of April 29. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Arroyo's alternative medicine doctor unlicensed

Apr 01, 2014 - 7:50 PM

Dr Antonia Park according to the Professional Regulatory Commission is not authorized to practice medicine in the Philippines She faces charges of estafa and reckless imprudence resulting in homicide

Shortage? Doctors in PH 'enough' – Ona

Feb 14, 2014 - 6:18 PM

Health Secretary Enrique Ona says the problem in the Philippines is maldistribution of doctors and the incentives given to them

MORE THAN ENOUGH. No need to scare people, Health Secretary Enrique Ona says. There's enough doctors in the country, but they should be compensated better. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Where are the health workers?

Feb 12, 2014 - 4:49 PM

While Filipinos go abroad to address the shortage on health professionals in those host countries only 3 public doctors for every 100 000 population back home

REALITY. Dr Moses Princesa, a municipal health officer based in Busuanga, Palawan, shares the difficulty of the health workforce shortage on the ground. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Understanding the C-word: Cancer

Sep 18, 2013 - 5:00 PM

Cancer is the 3rd leading cause of death in the country but many only go to a doctor when they’re suffering from it Here’s what you need to know

PH TOPS LIST. 'We have the number one incidence of breast cancer among Asian countries'

Health chief flip-flops on support for stem cell treatment

Aug 18, 2013 - 8:00 AM

DOH Secretary Enrique Ona in a speech encourages stem cell procedures that don t have therapeutic guarantees but says his stand on the matter is not final

Stem cell debate: Innovation or safety?

Aug 17, 2013 - 10:00 AM

The challenge hounding DOH and the FDA is finding the balance between innovation and sound regulation

Time to sweat the small stuff

Jan 30, 2013 - 10:43 AM

Unless the foundations for rule of law anchored on acceptable social behavior begin to take form in our Philippine polity the risk is that the gains of this administration will not be sustained in the long run

US execs impressed by PH's anti-corruption efforts but...

Jan 25, 2013 - 2:57 AM

US business man delegation visits the Philippines to discuss investment and trade opportunities

CLOSER TIES? Former American ambassador to the Philippines John Negroponte, Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Cuisia, local business magnate Manuel V. Pangilinan and Ambassador John F. Maisto discuss the results of a U.S. business delegation in the Philippines during a press conference at Tower Club in Makati on Thursday, January 24. Photo by Katherine Visconti.

MVP: Bringing sea dispute to UN puts gas project at a standstill

Jan 24, 2013 - 5:21 PM

The oil and gas exploration at the Recto Bank is put on hold as the Philippines elevates the sea dispute with China to a United Nations tribunal

'Powerhouse' business delegation to visit PH

Jan 21, 2013 - 11:02 AM

Top business executives from Citigroup Chevron Coca Cola General Electric JP Morgan Chase and Procter Gamble are visiting Manila from January 23 to 25 to scout for investment and trade opportunities in the Philippines

Ombudsman suspends PRC Commissioner

Jan 10, 2013 - 1:56 PM

The suspension comes a month after the NBI nabbed Po in an entrapment for allegedly accepting bribes worth P394 000 from a businessman

Leaving your mark

Dec 20, 2012 - 3:56 PM

Making a mark in the world doesn’t have to be grand Big or small it still counts We can all be people who make a difference in someone’s life