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Snoring, heart disease and sudden death

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We saw two patients recently in our clinic, both with problematic cardiovascular ailments. The first one was a 48-year-old overweight mechanic whose blood pressure remained high despite four antihypertensive medicines he was taking at supposedly optimal doses. His family physician was already at his wit’s end and ran out of options to control his blood pressure

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

Another take on medical marijuana

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In the interest of fairness, we’re giving space to some interesting comments of one of our readers, Brian Kelly, about our column last week. He believes the fear of legalizing medical marijuana is unfounded. It’s “not based on any science or fact whatsoever,” adding that prohibitionists are just employing scare tactics.

Posted: October 11th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Are we ready for medical marijuana?

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There is a pending bill in Congress, House Bill No. 4477 or the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Bill, which seeks to legalize and regulate the medical use of cannabis, more popularly known as marijuana. In his explanatory note, Isabela Rep. Rodolfo Albano III, the primary author, said the bill intends “to provide accessible, affordable, safe medical cannabis to qualifying patients,” specifically for the following conditions:

Posted: October 4th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

A rejoinder on cost-effectiveness of kidney and liver transplantation

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Last week, we discussed the cost-effectiveness of kidney transplantation, which has been shown by various scientifically designed economic studies to be well worth the money spent on the surgery for patients with end-stage kidney problems.

Posted: September 27th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Organ transplant even for the poor

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C. S., A 56-year-old ordinary office employee, was diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension 12 years ago. At the time of diagnosis, he was already told that his kidneys were starting to fail most likely due to his previously uncontrolled diabetes and hypertension.

Posted: September 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

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