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‘Medical cannabis better than some analgesics’ —former DOH secretary

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Marijuana. AFP FILE PHOTO

Last week, several medical associations expressed their resistance to House Bill No. 4477, or the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Bill authored by Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano III. These medical associations declared that the bill ran “contrary to the policy of the state to safeguard the well-being of its citizenry, particularly the youth, from the harmful effects of dangerous drugs,” and that opposing the bill would be part of their “moral and ethical responsibility” to ensure the safety of their patients.

Posted: October 25th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Fruits and vegetables intake fail to meet WHO recommendations

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Three in four adults worldwide do not meet the World Health Organization recommended minimum of five servings (or 400 grams) of fruits and vegetables per day.

Posted: October 25th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Innovative treatments for diseases that commonly affect older people

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The world’s population is aging. The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) attributes this “demographic revolution affecting the entire world” to lower fertility, increased child survival and better health.

Posted: October 25th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Snoring, heart disease and sudden death

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So now we know better. Snoring, as a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), is definitely not a benign disorder which carries no serious implications. It is linked with the development of difficult-to-treat high blood pressure, heart enlargement, heart failure, diabetes, accidents due to daytime sleepiness, memory lapses, irregular heartbeat and even sudden cardiac death (SCD).

Posted: October 25th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Ebola Scare: Stay informed but don’t panic

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This undated photo made available by the Antwerp Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, shows the Ebola virus viewed through an electron microscope. AP

Rapid air travel and the fact that the development of observable symptoms appear days or even weeks after exposure have increased the potential for international transmission of contagious and often deadly diseases like the Ebola hemorrhagic fever.

Posted: October 18th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

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