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Accelerated digital transformation to continue in 2021 — research firm

Four trends will shape the technology and telecommunication market in 2021: accelerated artificial intelligence (AI) automation in operations; the reshaping of the technology landscape...

Amid the pandemic, the importance of family and faith 

Family and community ties and faith will get Filipinos through the pandemic, according to panelists at a virtual conference on cultivating a culture of well-being.

Peru volunteer who received placebo in Sinopharm vaccine trial dies of...

LIMA — A volunteer who received the placebo in the local Peruvian trial of a coronavirus vaccine produced by China’s Sinopharm Group Co. Ltd. has died from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)-related pneumonia, the university carrying out the trial said on Tuesday.

Period tracker is the most popular health app of 2020

Flo, Calm, and MyFitnessPal are the most popular health apps in the world in 2020, according to the Health App Index from Uswitch, a UK-based comparison website. Half of mobile app users relied on health and fitness apps in order to achieve their fitness goals before the pandemic. That number rose to 75% after the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. 

Humanizing healthcare through design and technology

Design creates value across the different life stages. Experts talked about how healthcare can be humanized with design and technology at the recent Business of Design Week (BODW) event.

How to prepare and protect your gut health over Christmas and...

It’s that time of year again, with Christmas parties, end-of-year get-togethers and holiday catch-ups on the horizon for many of us — all COVID-safe,...

The devil is in the data: balancing privacy and healthcare

By Patricia B. Mirasol Data is crucial in effective decision-making, especially when tackling healthcare issues such as the novel coronavirus. Getting individuals to participate in...

Human beings live longer, can healthcare systems keep up?

Human beings live for an average of 72 years. In 1960, the year the United Nations began keeping global data, this number was 52.5...

Delay routine dental checkups in areas of COVID spread — WHO

GENEVA — Dental patients and staff need to be protected from any potential infection by aerosol-generating procedures, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on...

[B-Side Podcast] Hitting the gym: how the local fitness industry is...

https://open.spotify.com/episode/685yxi2eZsIZHiXDYpsBSD Follow us on Spotify BusinessWorld B-Side The local fitness industry was booming before the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic hit, with international chains and small...

‘No excuse’ for countries that fail in contact tracing, WHO’s Tedros...

GENEVA — Tracing contacts of people with coronavirus infections is the most important step in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, and countries that are failing...

When the virus hit, Japan already had an army of contact...

The virus might have been new, but for Yuko Koizumi the work was still the same.

Sanofi eyes approval of COVID-19 vaccine by first half of 2021

PARIS — French drugmaker Sanofi SA said on Tuesday it expects to get approval for the potential COVID-19 vaccine it is developing with Britain’s...

Singapore plans more than $14 billion to super-charge innovation

Singapore is positioning itself for a post-COVID world with massive investment in innovation, over and above the immediate support it’s giving to help the economy rebound from possibly its worst downturn on record.

Price controls on medicine to hinder innovation in the sector

FITCH SOLUTIONS Macro Research flagged the Maximum Drug Retail Price (MDRP) scheme that aims to impose price controls on commonly-used drugs as a possible risk that will hinder pharmaceutical innovations in the future.

Pressing towards improved health care

More than a basic human right guaranteed by the Constitution, health is a matter of priority here in the Philippines. Several efforts have been...

Working together for a healthy country

Health is a fundamental determinant of the country’s economic growth. As the World Health Organization says, better health makes an important contribution to economic...

Bill eyes health warning for products with high sodium content

TWO LAWMAKERS have filed a bill requiring a health warning for food products with high sodium content.

A deadly but fairly curable disease

Globally, cancer remains a serious public health problem affecting millions of men and women. According to GLOBOCAN 2018, an online database of estimates of...

A strengthened fight against cancer

Cancer remains as one of the top causes of death in the Philippines, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). In a report published...

National Nutrition Month 2019: State of the nation’s nutrition

Nutrition is an indispensable aspect of one’s health. It is an important indicator of a nation’s development, especially that globally, malnutrition is a big...

Ultra Lagree caters to busy bodies who want to stay fit

THE local Lagree Fitness scene has taken further root with the recent opening of a studio dedicated to the workout.

Cocolife: Committed to the health and well-being of Filipinos

By Bjorn Biel M. Beltran, Special Features Writer Health is wealth. It is a saying that is popular with many Filipino households, whether rich or poor....

8 tips to keep the liver in good shape

The human body is akin to a synergistic machine of connected systems and organs that rely on one other to function well. Its five...

ADB sees PPPs aiding universal health care implementation

AN international consultant at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said public-private partnerships (PPPs) are instrumental in the implementation of the recently signed Universal Health Care Act.

Learning to overcome obstacles at a pretty active training facility

PEOPLE WHO want to achieve their fitness goals beyond logging time in typical gym work may want to check out Pretty Huge Obstacles (PHO).

Singer Jimmy Osmond suffers stroke during UK performance

LONDON -- US pop singer Jimmy Osmond, who performed the chart-topping hit “Long-Haired Lover from Liverpool” as a child in 1972, has suffered a stroke and will take time away from the stage, a spokesperson for the singer said on Monday.

Vaccination: Is it safe?

In April 2016, over a million public school students in the National Capital Region (NCR), Central Luzon, and Calabarzon lined up to take part in the immunization program of the first dengue vaccine. It was recommended that the three doses of the vaccine be administered at six-month intervals. It was more than a year into the program, in November 2017, when Sanofi Pasteur issued a warning that immunized people who had not previously been infected with one of the four known varieties of dengue may experience a more severe version of the disease.

The need for eternal vigilance

ACTRESS MARITONI Fernandez had just turned 30 when she went to the US, accompanying her mother who was to take tests for an illness.

Breast Cancer Facts

• THE PHILIPPINES is at the center of the battle against breast cancer. Several reports show that the country has the highest incidence rate in Asia and is among the top 10 countries with the most cases of breast cancer. The disease is so common that one of every 13 Filipino women are expected to develop breast cancer in her lifetime.

Enjoy afternoon tea and raise funds to help cancer patients

THROUGHOUT the month of October, a number of companies are holding special events and promos to improve awareness of breast cancer, and in many cases to raise money for research, awareness, and treatment centers.

Set yourself up for success: Goal-setting for wellness

How to set the right kind of goals for maximum results.

Exercises for the professional on-the-go

Convenient workouts for the busy worker.

Nestlé Philippines seeking clarity on junk food ban in QC schools

NESTLÉ Philippines is seeking clarity on the Quezon City ordinance banning the sale of junk food and sugary drinks near schools, as more local government units are planning to follow the city’s example.

Nestle wants your DNA

The company that brought you milk chocolate, Maggi instant noodles and Rocky Road ice cream is worried about your health. Nestle SA, the world’s largest...

PAO files three new cases over Dengvaxia

The Public Attorney's Office has filed anew before the Department of Justice three cases relating to alleged deaths due to Dengvaxia vaccination. PAO Chief Persida...

China’s swine fever outbreak may spread in Asia: FAO

Beijing -- An outbreak of African swine fever in China may spread to other parts of Asia, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization warned...

Leadership and governance key to Bataan’s effective health programs

The provincial government of Bataan is a good example of how leadership and governance play a vital role in the effective implementation of health programs.

Davao City focuses on access to comprehensive, quality health services for...

Davao City is one of the country’s most progressive cities, thanks to its strong and forward-looking local government. The city’s dynamic approach to governance extends to the provision of a comprehensive range of high-quality health services.

Australian scientists develop ‘world first’ melanoma blood test

Sydney -- Australian researchers said Wednesday they have developed a blood test for melanoma in its early stages, calling it a "world first" breakthrough...

Pfizer reverses some drug price hikes in US after Trump tweet

New York -- Pfizer has reversed price increases on some drugs following White House pressure and the US drugmaker on Wednesday pledged to decide...

After 2 surgeries in 2 months, Gary V is raring to...

SINGER Edgardo Jose “Gary” Valenciano — often referred to as “Mr. Pure Energy” because of his high energy performances — announced that he has been cleared of kidney cancer, a diagnosis which was made shortly after he underwent successful emergency open heart surgery in May.

Which region employs the most number of health- and social services...

By Mark T. Amoguis, Researcher The National Capital Region (NCR) was the top employer for the human health and social work industry in 2016, according...

Enhancing health service delivery

IN 2017 AND 2018, the South Cotabato provincial government funded the construction of seven halfway houses. Called Bahay ni Nanay, these dwellings were built to take care of full-term pregnant tribal women waiting their turn to deliver in government birthing facilities that are often filled to capacity. “Around 30% of my constituents are indigenous peoples [IPs] who live in remote upland villages. Tribal women whose pregnancies have reached term and their companions can stay in Bahay ni Nanay until they are about to give birth,” said South Cotabato Governor Daisy Avance Fuentes, during the 2018 Health for Juan and Juana Forum: Moving Forward with the Philippine Health Agenda.

DTI zeroes in on energy drinks for sugar labeling

THE DEPARTMENT of Trade and Industry (DTI) has identified energy drinks as one of the products that it wants to label “High in Sugar” under proposed new labeling rules.