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Bill hopes to help Filipinos with rare diseases

GETTING their stories out: Families of children with rare diseases seek more public awareness as well as government support.

As the country observed last month the National Rare Disease Week (every fourth week of March), Sen. Pia Cayetano said a bill is now being pushed to eventually mandate the government to assist individuals with rare disease by means of increasing their access to medical treatment and drugs, and include them in the coverage of the Universal Health Care program.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Are Filipinos satisfied with their sex life?

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The intimate nature of sex and conservative values of many Filipinos make it very difficult to answer the question posed by this column’s title. Only a few patients on the verge of despair may seek consultation but a large survey done in our region, the Asia-Pacific Premature Ejaculation Prevalence and Attitudes (Pepa) Study, reveal interesting insights! Conducted from March to April 2009, the Pepa study involved almost 5,000 men aged 18 to 65 from Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the Philippines.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Enhancing diagnosis, treatment of blindness-causing eye diseases

FROM left are Novartis Healthcare Philippines (NHP)-ophthalmology franchise manager  Jerome Briones,  ophthalmologist Dr. Carlos Emmanoel Chua,   St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC)-Bonifacio Global City Retina Section head Dr. Albert Mamaril, NHP president and managing director Thomas Weigold, SLMC-Quezon City Eye Institute head Dr. Ruben Lim Bon Siong,   SLMC-QC retina section head Dr. Pearl Villalon  and NHP corporate affairs and market access head Christine Fajardo.

Three-hundred sixty-five Filipino patients are expected to benefit from effective eye treatments since Novartis Healthcare Philippines partnered with the Eye Institute of St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC). The partnership will enhance the diagnosis and treatment of blindness-causing eye diseases.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Abstaining from meat all-year round may be a great idea for the planet and our health


As Holy Week draws nearer, millions of Catholic Filipinos, and hundreds of millions more across the world, are about to observe their most sacred of days with deep spiritual reflection, and abstinence from eating animal products, or meat.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Lab-grown nostrils, vaginas working well – studies

In this photo issued by Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and taken in April 2014, Yuanyuan Zhang, M.D., Ph.D, assistant professor at the Institute, demonstrates the process to engineer a vaginal organ in a laboratory in Winston Salem, N.C. (AP)

Two new studies describe the latest achievements in growing body parts in a lab and transplanting them into people, this time with nostrils and vaginas.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories,Science and Health | Read More »

Blue Cross introduces a LifeStyle Medical Plan

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Designed with your needs in mind, LifeStyle helps you protect what you value most – your health and well-being.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Science and Health | Read More »

An overview of the Blue Cross “Blue Royale” Medical Plan

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A worldwide Dollar plan that gives you complete freedom of choice for the best medical care.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Science and Health | Read More »

The Blue Cross “Select” Medical Plans

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Comprehensive medical protection for you and your family.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Science and Health | Read More »

UK making lab-grown human ears, noses, blood vessels

Professor Alexander Seifalian poses for a portrait in his office at his research facility in the Royal Free Hospital in London, Monday, March 31, 2014. In the north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in the laboratory in a bold attempt to make body parts using stem cells. It is among several labs around the world, including in the U.S., that are working on the futuristic idea of growing custom-made organs in the lab. While only a handful of patients have received the British lab-made organs so far— including tear ducts, blood vessels and windpipes — researchers hope they will soon be able to transplant more types of body parts into patients, including what would be the world's first nose made partly from stem cells. "It's like making a cake," said Alexander Seifalian at University College London, the scientist leading the effort. "We just use a different kind of oven." (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in a bold attempt to make body parts in the laboratory.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories,Science and Health | Read More »

Support group meeting challenges for rare diseases

JUN Magdaraog is proof that with prompt management and family support, patients with rare diseases can live longer and higher quality of life. Photo by Charles E. Buban

Pompe disease is so rare that few doctors in the world knew about it. What is even fewer are the treatment options available considering this genetic disorder is not at the top of the agenda of many drug research companies.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Science and Health | Read More »

‘Denerving’ new treatment for uncontrolled hypertension


The practice of Medicine can indeed be very humbling. Being an inexact science with no clear road signs of where to go, it can throw medical scientists into a maze in which they can’t find the way out.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

You, me and PE (premature ejaculation)


PE or Premature Ejaculation can be likened to “Dupree” in the romantic comedy “You, Me and Dupree.” Much like that character in the movie, PE can be frustrating, irritating, unpredictable, and can place a huge strain in a relationship, even the most loving ones.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »



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