Day: August 29, 2020

Saliva-based tests for COVID-19 eyed

TRIED AND TESTED Health workers conduct swab testing in Quezon City. (Photo by GRIG MONTEGRANDE / Philippine Daily Inquirer) MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) is looking into whether saliva-based tests can be an “acceptable and feasible” method to detect new coronavirus infections. Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said that studies were still […]

200 volunteers join ‘lagundi’ trials

MANILA, Philippines — Despite the skepticism of Western-oriented physicians, Filipinos have been using different parts of the Vitex negundo plant (known as lagundi in Tagalog and dangla in Ilocano) to treat various ailments long before Jesuit missionaries wrote about it in 17th-century chronicles. Many of the claims of folk apothecaries have been validated by several […]

Will the real opposition party please step forward?

In a healthy democracy, the opposition performs an important role in policymaking and overall governance. Its members debate, challenge and offer alternatives during policymaking and execution of laws by the government of the day. The opposition also checks the conduct of those in power. In fact, democracy is often described as messy because of the […]

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