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Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the number one cause of deaths in the world accounting to 17.7 million people dying of the disorder of the heart and blood vessels every year. Though a leading global killer, most CVDs can be prevented by addressing risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and obesity, physical inactivity, and harmful consumption of alcohol. As we celebrate Philippine Heart Health Month this February, we emphasize the need to protect our heart. A study from Harvard Medical School suggested to start with ten small steps which people of all ages can easily follow:

1. Take a 10-minute walk. A brief walk is a great way to start the day even if you don’t exercise.

2. Lift yourself up, and some weights too. Lifting a two-pound weight a few times a day can help tone your arm muscles. When you start to become used to it, you can move on to heavier items by joining a gym as strength training helps condition your heart to be more efficient and better able to pump blood throughout the body.

3. Eat more fruits or vegetables a day. Fruits and vegetables are cheap, ready available, nutritious, and good for both your brain and body. By eating more fruit, you avoid consuming more calories, more sugar, more unhealthy fats.

4. Start your day with breakfast. Start the day with fruit and whole grains such as oatmeal, cereal, or whole-wheat bread. Whole grains help lower blood cholesterol levels and lessens heart disease risk.

5. Hold the caloric drinks. Cutting out one glass of sugar-sweetened beverage or calorie-filled coffee can easily save you 100 or more calories a day.

6. Have a handful of nuts. Having a craving for chips and cookies? Try to grab a handful of nuts instead. Walnuts, almonds, peanuts, and other nuts contain unsaturated fats, which are the good guys You can also add them to salads for a healthful and tasty crunch.

7. Check what’s under the sea. Eat fish and other types of seafood instead of red meat once a week. It's good for the heart, the brain, and the waistline.

8. Breathe calmly and deeply. Take time gather your thoughts and breathe. Slow and deep breathing may also help lower blood pressure and calm your mind.

9. Wash your hands. Washing your hands with soap and water regularly is a great way to protect your heart and health. Flu, pneumonia, colds, and other infections can have an impact on your heart.

10.Take it easy. When life gives you lemons, try tapping into other positive emotions. Positivity has been linked with better health, longer life, and greater well-being, the same way anger, worry, hostility, and negative emotions could trigger high blood pressure and heart disease.

 Achieving a healthier heart and a healthier life doesn’t need to be costly. By starting small and maintaining your drive to do it every day, it gets easier and you get to go for larger goals.  

Announcement from the Brunei Research Council (BRC) of Brunei Darussalam regarding the Call for Proposals for Brunei Research Council Industrial Research Grant which will be opened from February 2018-April 2018.
The Research and Development Grant aims to foster R&D activities directed at producing new products, technologies and/or services, or to improve existing products, technologies and /or services for the purpose of commercialization

The BRC is inviting proposals in the following areas:
• Food Science & Technology
• Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Digital Economy
• Energy
• Health and Biotechnology

The Grant is a 50:50 co-matching grant scheme, where 50% of the total project scheme value would be contributed by the Grant, while the other 50% would need to be sourced out by the applicant/proponent.

Interested parties are requested to submit the application via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 15 April 2018. Please find attached copy of invitation for further information.

The World Health Organization (WHO) describes social innovations as “novel ways to implement comprehensive solutions by engaging and collaborating with actors across hierarchies and sectors.”

On its 36th anniversary, the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) will highlight social innovations in health research. The celebration will take place on 16 March 2018 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

According to Dr. Jaime Montoya, PCHRD Executive Director, the Council wants to discuss and emphasize relevant researches that empowers individuals and communities to achieve their optimum potential.

In the current innovation ecosystem, there is a gap on what we think is the best way of ensuring that innovations will benefit our community. Social innovation is the key as it provides unique lens to tackle complex healthcare delivery challenges as well as combine best practices across range of disciplines,” Dr. Montoya explained.

Highlight of the program is the recognition of good social innovation practices in health including the winners of the 2017 Search for PHL Social Innovation in Health Initiative (SIHI) Solutions. The Call aims to honor innovations that demonstrate inclusivity, affordability, and effectiveness in health care in the country.

A panel discussion will also be held to discuss opportunities and appropriate frameworks for social innovation in health research. Invited panelists include University of the Philippines (UP) Manila Professor Noel Juban, UP School of Economics Professor Aleli Kraft, Ateneo De Manila University Institute of Philippine Culture Research Associate Dennis Batangan, and Surigao del Norte Municipality of Del Carmen Mayor Alfredo Coro.

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato de la Peña, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque, and UP Manila Professor Mary Ann Lansang are expected to grace the event.

PCHRD is the national coordinating and monitoring body for health research. For the updated program, visit www.pchrd.dost.gov.ph. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook (/dostpchrd) and follow us on Twitter (@DOST_PCHRD)!

Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth)
Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD)



CALL FOR RESEARCH PROPOSAL

 

The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (PCHRD-DOST) is pleased to announce the call for research proposals for the first batch of topics for the 2017 PhilHealth STUDIES (Strengthening the Thrust for Universal Healthcare through Data, Information, and Knowledge Exchange Systems).

PhilHealth and PCHRD hereby invite interested institutions, researchers and organizations to submit proposals on the following topics:

1. PhilHealth Share Ratio Study
2. 2017 Client Awareness and Satisfaction Survey

We encourage interested parties to submit their capsule proposals via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and to attach the following documents by February 16, 2018:

1. Letter of Intent
2. Curriculum Vitae of Lead Proponent (Researcher)
3. Profile of the Institution
4. Capsule Proposal Format

If you have queries, please contact Mr. Marc Enrico Hasta or Ms. Gera Grace Eguia @ (02)837-75-34 or 83 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Call for Proposals for ASEAN-India Collaborative R&D (AIRND) and ASEAN-India Research Training Fellowship (AIRTF) by the Department of Science and Technology India

AIRND is an ASEAN centric research collaboration which aims to intensify interaction and scientific cooperation between India and ASEAN scientist and institutions, to connect existing but separately funded research projects in India and ASEAN Member States, and to enhance academic training and development of young scholars. Its priority research areas covers all disciplines of Natural sciences, medicine, health, Mathematics, electronics and IT, and Science and Technology.

The AIRTF is a six-month fellowship which aims to promote mobility of scientists and researchers from the ASEAN Member States to India and provide them opportunity to work at Indian R&D an academic institutions to upgrade their research skills and expertise, and to facilitate exchange of information and contacts between the scientist and researchers of India and ASEAN and can create a network for building research collaborations.
Please be informed that submissions for both programs is open year-round and must be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information: http://dst.gov.in/sites/default/files/ASEAN-India%20Collabortive%20R%26amp%3BD%20_Annoucement_.pdf