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Don’t take diabetes lightly

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If we’rE scared to death about the possibility of the Ebola virus reaching our shores—which can potentially kill several hundreds of our countrymen as it has already done in some parts of Africa where it originated—we should be more scared about the diabetes epidemic which has been plaguing us for quite sometime now, killing thousands of Filipinos annually.

Posted: November 15th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Aquino’s dilemma on preventive and curative medicines

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I have lauded in previous columns the Aquino health agenda. What used to be a utopian dream of “health for all” now appears to be within reach.

Posted: November 8th, 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 »

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 »

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