Quantcast
Latest Stories
Home » byline

Dental amalgams—boon or bane?

By

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?

By

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?

By

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

By

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

By

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

By

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

By

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’

By

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’

By

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

By

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

By ,

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

By

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 »

Advertisement

News

  • Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  • Group: Bataan cop killed to stop him from exposing colleagues linked to drug ring
  • Chemical Engineer licensure examination
  • Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension
  • Palace: Our concern is to ensure MRT runs smoothly
  • Sports

  • NLEX fights off Derulo Accelero to remain unbeaten
  • Mayweather diehard Bieber eats pride, poses with Pacquiao for photo op
  • Power Pinays rip Singapore to enter quarters in Asian volley tilt
  • PBA D-League: Waves edge skidding Superchargers
  • Ilad’s last-second basket lifts Gems over Bakers
  • Lifestyle

  • Miss America: Don’t suspend teen over prom invite
  • Transitions and resurrection in the performing arts
  • ‘Archaeology tour’ of Cebu’s heritage of faith
  • Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  • ‘Imports’ from London, and play of the year
  • Entertainment

  • Arrest warrants out vs. Deniece Cornejo, Cedric Lee, et al over serious illegal detention
  • Lindsay Lohan says she had a miscarriage
  • Discovery network cancels Everest jump
  • ‘Captain America’ stays strong atop US box office
  • Easter musings
  • Business

  • Century Pacific Food sets IPO price at P13.75 per share
  • Oil prices down in quiet Asian trade
  • Asian shares mixed in holiday-thinned trade
  • BDO seen keen on bidding for Cocobank
  • Bataan freeport investment pledges up 1,302%
  • Technology

  • PH has slowest internet in Southeast Asia
  • Nintendo’s trailblazing Game Boy marks 25th anniversary
  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Opinion

  • Gigi’s home
  • Palace stonewalls on MRT inquiry
  • Couple of things too
  • There is plenty of water behind Wawa Dam
  • Triduum thoughts of a young boy
  • Global Nation

  • Balikatan could spoil peace talks, says militant group
  • DFA officers hold workshop on aiding human traffic victims
  • Canada in communication with PH on toxic wastes
  • Filipinos in Middle East urged not to panic amid MERS-CoV scare
  • Obama on mission to quiet Asia skeptics
  • Marketplace
    Advertisement