By Rafael Castillo M.D.
The cool breeze gently reminds us that the Christmas season has started. Many families, companies and organizations are foregoing their Christmas parties in light of the dire situation in Tacloban and other typhoon-ravaged areas in the country. The saved funds are instead to be donated to help in the relief operations in these places.
International SOS is advising business travellers and expatriates to think twice when considering casual sex during overseas assignments.
By Charles E. Buban
Patients have long been told not to eat or drink for hours before surgery to avoid the risk of pulmonary aspiration, a condition wherein stomach contents are accidentally inhaled into the lungs.
By Rafael Castillo
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.
In the Philippines, hepatitis B and hepatitis C are major public health problems that remain largely ignored. It is estimated that 16.7 percent (7.3 million) adult Filipinos are chronically infected with the hepatitis B virus—that is 1 out of 7 Filipinos are living with hepatitis B. This rate is double the average prevalence rate in the Western Pacific region. In addition, although data is limited, as much as 1 percent of Filipinos may be infected with the hepatitis C virus.
Danish Pharmaceutical Novo Nordisk’s headquarters in Denmark, together with Southeast Asian countries Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines and Australia, donated a collective amount of 650,000 Danish kroner or an equivalent of more than $100,000 to the Danish Red Cross and the Philippines Red Cross for the relief and rehabilitation efforts in areas affected by Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name “Haiyan”).
It is alarming that the number of health care workers who were pierced by needles at work has doubled in the past decade. Studies show that 40 percent of needle-stick injuries occur after use and before disposal of sharp devices; 41 percent occur during use on patients; and 15 percent occur during or after disposal.
By Tessa R. Salazar
Hospitals, as the primary institutions for health, must be able to provide better nutrition for its patients, while at the same time be also mindful of the environment.
By Rafael Castillo M.D.
It is appalling to see the death and devastation which the Supertyphoon “Yolanda” brought to Tacloban, Ormoc and several other areas in the country.
By Rod N. Padua
MY 8-YEAR-OLD son was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) in 2006. CML is a rare form of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too much abnormal white blood cells or leukemia cells. Eager to know more about the disease afflicting my son, I joined Touched By Max (TBM) Philippines. Established in 2006, TBM is a nonprofit support group for Filipino patients with CML and gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), another rare type of cancer that usually develops in the stomach. To date TBM has 2,000 members, many are children with CML or GIST and their families.
In light of the tragedy caused by Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” St. Luke’s Medical Center calls on everyone to put on their running shoes to run and have charitable hearts to rebuild lives.
The robots of the future might as well be created by today’s kids.