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Breastfeeding leads to higher IQ, earnings later: study

March 18, 2015

People breastfed as infants have higher intelligence scores in adulthood, and higher …

People breastfed as infants have higher intelligence scores in adulthood, and higher earnings, according to a study published Wednesday that tracked the development of 3,500 newborns over 30 years. Read the rest of this entry »

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Girls, blood, sex: A hard look at menstruation

February 24, 2015

Sex and pregnancy, for some, will always be a mystery only meant to be solved later on in life. Or sometimes earlier, but only by accident.

MANILA, Philippines — Mama, I’m bleeding. Read the rest of this entry »

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Philippines, “new growth engine” of Southeast Asia due to population boom

February 11, 2015

Growth in manufacturing industry, exports and the young workforce: the keys to this success. Catholic priest: “A strong and robust population is a great resource for the welfare of the country, but the government promotes population control under the guise of eliminating poverty”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kids having kids: When choice is not an option

February 10, 2015

Sex is a word thrown around lightly these days; but you’ll be surprised how little understood it is, particularly among Filipino youth under 18

MANILA, Philippines — How are babies made?

Dindin* giggled, following a silent whisper: “Sex.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Philippine typhoon exposes need for maternal care in evacuation centres

December 11, 2014

More than 30,000 pregnant women in seven regions need help

Manila: The experience with typhoon Hagupit has underscored the lack of access to reproductive health services in the Philippines during emergencies such as natural disasters, experts have said. Read the rest of this entry »

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Number of Filipinos using modern contraception rose by 209,000 in 2013 – report

November 3, 2014

The number of Filipinos who use modern contraception methods rose by about 209,000 in 2013, according to an international progress report on family planning. Read the rest of this entry »

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Another blitz move

September 11, 2014

Peace in our country, particularly in the strife-torn Mindanao, is of course the aspiration of all Filipinos. We are all looking forward to an era when our countrymen in that troubled part of our land will finally enjoy a more lasting orderly life free from violence and destruction. The signing of a peace accord and the approval of a basic law for its implementation may really be necessary for this purpose. But more important than these documents are the good will and sincerity of those involved to comply with them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Breastfeeding, MDGs and Zero Waste

August 4, 2014

It’s World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) on August 1 to 7 and this year’s theme is “Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal – For Life!”

Ensuring breastfeeding is protected, promoted and supported is indeed a splendid goal with lifelong benefits for our children, mothers and the society. Making it thrive is the simplest and cheapest way for our nation to earn authentic “ganda” points in terms of achieving the various Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Read the rest of this entry »

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RH gets P3.27-B budget for 2015; Metro Manila gets P2.6B

July 31, 2014

MANILA, Philippines – Reproductive health will get a P3.274-billion funding under the 2015 proposed budget submitted by Malacanang to Congress. Read the rest of this entry »

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7 provisions under the RH Law that need immediate implementation, now that we’re 100-million strong

July 28, 2014

MANILA, Philippines — The birth of the 100 millionth Filipino baby should compel the government to fully implement the reproductive health law, former Albay Representative Edcel Lagman said. Read the rest of this entry »