heath - updates

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Duterte now claims he has rare myasthenia gravis muscle disease

Oct 06, 2019 - 1:59 PM

Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disease that destroys muscle receptors, and can result in the drooping of eyelids, or overall weakness. It can be controlled with treatment.

The Joker: Gotham's clown prince of crime

Sep 01, 2019 - 6:00 PM

The famous villain comes to life in a new movie starring Joaquin Phoenix

Twice as many dengue cases reported in Aklan

Feb 11, 2019 - 1:59 PM

The Aklan provincial health office records 176 dengue cases so far, compared to 84 in the same period last year

How to get a good night’s sleep

Jul 20, 2018 - 4:19 PM

Avoid tossing and turning throughout the night when you follow these tips

Trump pressures Republicans to repeal, warns 'Obamacare is death'

Jul 25, 2017 - 10:08 AM

Trump strongly warns Republicans that they must pass health care reform taking his party to task and bluntly declaring that Obamacare is death

OBAMACARE. An Obamacare logo is shown on the door of the UniVista Insurance agency in Miami, Florida on January 10, 2017. Photo by Rhona Wise/ AFP

The secret behind great conversations

Jun 29, 2017 - 7:00 PM

How much of our encounters with others define who we are and who we become?

RAW Deal: Brands are doing more with less after split

Aug 14, 2016 - 6:27 PM

The WWE is stepping up their game with storylines making each segment mean more

RISE ABOVE. Cesaro and Rusev are two of the WWE's performers who have gotten improved spotlight focus with the brand split. Photo from WWE.com

[Dash of SAS] Man in a woman’s world: The story of a male midwife

Mar 09, 2016 - 12:33 PM

As a child Sam Codoy dreamed of being a doctor Unexpected opportunities led him to become a midwife Now 19 he is the only midwife in a village in North Cotabato

INITIAL HURDLES. Codoy admits his age and youthful look were hindrances to his job but has since gained the trust of the women in his community.

Flint mayor demands lead pipes be replaced after scandal

Feb 10, 2016 - 8:50 AM

Replacing 15 000 lead pipes is the only way that residents of Flint Michigan can feel safe again in the wake of a tainted water scandal the US city s mayor says

The Flint Water Plant tower is shown January 13, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Seattle Seahawks receiver Lockette hurt in scary hit

Nov 02, 2015 - 3:47 PM

Ricardo Lockette crumples to the turf after a strong collision with Dallas Cowboys Jeff Heath in just one of the injuries on a bruising day in the NFL

SCARY HIT. Seattle Seahawks' Ricardo Lockette is taken off the field on a stretcher after being hit in a play against the Dallas Cowboys. Lockette appeared to talk to doctors after he was strapped to a backboard, and clenched a fist in a show of strength as he was carried off. Photo by LARRY W. SMITH/EPA

WHO takes Nigeria off global list of polio-endemic countries

Sep 27, 2015 - 7:53 AM

The announcement leaves just two countries – Pakistan and Afghanistan – on the list

A health worker administers an oral polio vaccine to a child, in Herat, Afghanistan, 18 August 2015. Photo by Jalil Rezayee/EPA

Former British PM caught in child sex abuse claim

Aug 04, 2015 - 7:42 AM

The probe is separate to a major judge led inquiry into child sexual abuse in British institutions such as the BBC the National Health Service children s homes and schools

A file photograph showing the Houses of Parliament from the London Eye in London 31 January 2012. Andy Rain/EPA

Is Hollywood doing enough to shield troubled stars?

Aug 15, 2014 - 3:45 PM

Some critics question whether the demanding television and movie industry does enough to protect its stars from their personal demons

UN leader vows to help Haiti fight cholera epidemic

Jul 15, 2014 - 2:49 PM

Ban promised to seek 2 2 billion from international donors to help the destitute nation fight the disease which has also infected more than 700 000 people over the next 10 years

'MORAL OBLIGATION.' A child at the health center in Grand Dessalines receives oral re-hydration salts being administered by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the French NGO Acted during the cholera outbreak in Haiti, Grand Dessalines, Haiti, 25 October 2010. Marco Dormino/UNICEF/UN Photo

New UN group to focus on health, climate change

Jul 08, 2014 - 10:11 PM

Scientists warn that floods droughts storms and rising seas will encourage diseases such as malaria dengue and cholera

BLUE SKIES? Residents of Artex compound live in the middle of polluted waters. Two UN agencies want to work together to look at the impact of climate change on health.

Multidrug-resistant TB on the rise in northern Mindanao

Mar 28, 2014 - 11:15 AM

The government is trying to contain the spread of the disease with the use of new technology But the old stigma against the infected remains an obstacle

ON THE RISE. Tuberculosis samples are put under the microscope in a laboratory in South Africa. AFP PHOTO/RODGER BOSCH

Abortion cases in PH rising: 'RH law would be life saver'

Jan 23, 2014 - 8:37 PM

The PH had 600 000 abortion cases in 2011 Local and international experts say those unwanted pregnancies could have been prevented by the RH law

PIONEER. Former UNFPA Executive Director Nafis Sadik says the agenda on reproductive and sexual and health rights must move forward and faster in the Asia Pacific region. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Sin tax collection exceeds gov't target

Dec 20, 2013 - 7:33 PM

The government expects revenue collection from sin products to reach P105 3 billion in 2014

Lower sin tax, less health care for poor

Sep 30, 2012 - 1:53 PM

If lower taxes on tobacco and alcohol are adopted a large portion of the investment planned for the upgrade of public hospitals which cater primarily to the poor will not push through