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No bark, all bite: Understanding the infection of rabies

“Rabies has a fatality rate of almost 100 percent…It is responsible for the death of about 200 to 300 Filipinos every year,” emphasizes Dr. Ronaldo Quintana, program manager of the National Rabies Prevention and Control Program (NRPCP) of the Department of Health (DOH) Infectious Disease Office. The disease in question causes the inflammation of the…

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Protecting the protectors: Wildlife sanctuaries face shortage of resources, closure amid pandemic

A haven of biodiversity, the Philippines is home to 645 endangered and threatened species—like the Philippine eagle or the Mindoro dwarf buffalo, whose population numbers are dwindling rapidly—due to various factors such as habitat loss and human exploitation. Wildlife sanctuaries are vital in carrying out animal conservation and preservation efforts. These serve as a refuge…

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Health experts discuss COVID-19 vaccine dev’t, next steps post-pandemic in Project Insight webinar

Infectious disease is a constant companion to societies, propelling research and innovation to understand its transmission and prevention, and assess distribution of health resources. The COVID-19 pandemic has characterized the scientific foundations behind vaccines and its underlying issues to empower the public during a health crisis. These conversations were enriched by COVID-19 Vaccine: The Race…

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Pinoy Scientists page harnesses social media to break stereotypes

Stereotypes water down the complex narratives hidden in every person in favor of prevailing societal perceptions, and scientists are no exception. In media, experts in fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) are usually portrayed as glorious inventors and spotless, laboratory coat-wearing white men. This gives an impression that, despite their presence in such…

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Under dark skies: Staying mindful of rainy season diseases

Expecting widespread rain showers and scattered thunderstorms, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) declared last June 12 the start of the rainy season in the country. With the Philippines’ health sector already struggling to cope with the overwhelming number of COVID-19 cases, the onset of the rainy season may also bring with…

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Thirst for knowledge: Blending coffee and Science in DLSU’s new elective

Like in many other countries, coffee is one of the most popular drinks among Filipinos, creating and sustaining the country’s coffee plantation industry. Before plummeting to 110th, the Philippines was once the world’s fourth largest coffee bean exporter. Various local efforts have been enacted to revive the industry plagued by coffee rust—caused by a fast-spreading…

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Months down the road: Webinar dissects ‘best practices’ against COVID-19

Besides baring the capacities of leaders and healthcare systems around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly reflected each country’s level of preparedness, their citizens’ trust, and overall unity. The actions of governments and citizens have put their respective countries on different roads, navigating how best to respond to the public health crisis and its…

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Needing ‘full and immediate’ support: Medical workers against COVID-19

When COVID-19 cases nearly doubled on March 14—skyrocketing from 64 a day before to 111—President Rodrigo Duterte responded by placing Luzon on Enhanced Community Quarantine, restricting land, air, and sea travel; suspending mass transport facilities; and prohibiting mass gatherings, among other enforced guidelines. Responding to the severity of the pandemic, the Department of Health (DOH)…

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Spreading information and hope: COVID-19 and Me webinar

Last March 13, a webinar titled COVID-19 and Me: How Do We Cope?—Part 2 was hosted online by Ateneo de Manila University. The event was part of the IPC eTuro UHC Webinar Series 2020, which aimed to shed light on the COVID-19 pandemic and its implications on public health and safety.  Dr. Regina Berba from…

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X-LIPAD, CESDR review fundamentals, mass adoption of UAV technology

Since the commercialization of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or drones, multiple industries’ operations—such as those in photography and creatives, and specimen collection in scientific research—have been modified to incorporate the use of these technologies. With the potential utilization of UAVs in multiple disciplines, X-LIPAD, the Philippines’ first UAV technology-focused research team, along with De La…