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Dental amalgams—boon or bane?

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The weight of available scientific evidence favors the safety of dental amalgams as a filling material. Locally known as “silver pasta,” it is actually a mixed alloy of mercury (50 percent), silver (22-32 percent), tin (14 percent), copper (8 percent) and a small amount of other metals.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Dental amalgams—boon or bane?

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A dilemma healthcare professionals like doctors and dentists constantly face is how to balance the beneficial and potentially harmful side effects of all drugs and substances we give our patients. In fact, even placebo or “dummy pills,” which contain no active ingredients, have been shown to have side effects in clinical trials when the patients are “blinded,” or they don’t know whether they’re taking placebo or the active drug.

Posted: March 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Medical marijuana–boon or bane?

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Is marijuana nature’s medicinal leaf, or is it a gateway to perdition? This is a question I’ve been struggling to answer for quite some time now.

Posted: March 8th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

High BP, Philippine setting

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Emotional problems, especially depression, have been frequently reported as aggravating factors in hypertension.

Posted: February 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

High BP, Philippine setting

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Local hypertension experts are starting to get disheartened. Despite all efforts to control high blood pressure (BP) in the country, the prevalence of hypertension is still progressively increasing—from 11 percent in 1992 to 28 percent, based on the latest survey conducted by Dr. Jorge Sison’s team of researchers in the Council on Hypertension of the Philippine Heart Association.

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Unproven claims of alkaline or oxygenated water

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We’ve said time and again that water is one of the best natural medicines and we should drink enough of it daily to remain healthy. Up to now, patients have been asking me about the purported health benefits of alkaline, ionized or oxygenated water. A few years ago, we wrote in this column that plain water is still the best and that the claimed advantages of all these types of “other waters” are not based on scientific evidence. It’s more of a marketing hype rather than science-based.

Posted: January 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Measles-free Philippines

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The Department of Health (DOH) has declared a measles outbreak with more than 1,700 confirmed cases of the potentially serious viral infection since last year, and 21 confirmed deaths due to complications.

Posted: January 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Rejoinder on ‘happy thoughts, big dreams’

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Last week, we talked about how constantly feeding our minds with positive thoughts and emotions like love, joy, compassion, gratitude, hopefulness,  optimism and a caring and sharing attitude can favorably impact one’s life and improve physical, emotional and even financial health.   Conversely, harboring negative thoughts and feelings such as resentment, envy, selfishness, ingratitude, anger, [...]

Posted: January 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns,Science and Health | Read More »

‘Happy thoughts, big dreams for the new year’

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A few days more and we’ll celebrate the coming of a new year. Every time a new year comes, I’m reminded of the words our mother used to tell us when we were children.

Posted: December 27th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Headlines,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Worst-case scenario preparedness

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I appreciate all those who e-mailed, texted or phoned me to give a feedback or reaction to my piece last week on minimizing casualties from storm surges and other natural calamities.

Posted: November 23rd, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Science and Health | Read More »

Anticancer supplements

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The public was warned recently by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration (PhilFDA) and the Philippine Society of Medical Oncologists (PSMO) about the exaggerated claims of some food supplements as anticancer treatments.

Posted: October 26th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Science and Health | Read More »

Anti-obesity orlistat and colorectal cancer risk

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A few weeks ago, a middle-age patient who has been taking orlistat regularly for weight loss asked about the increased risk of developing cancer, especially colon cancer, with prolonged intake of the product.

Posted: October 18th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

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