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Genes load the gun, lifestyle pulls the trigger

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MEATLESS BUT MORE NUTRITIOUS Malunggay soup (with tomatoes, onions, organic vegan bouillon cubes and Himalayan salt), string beans (with shiitake mushrooms, okra, eggplant, Braggs tomato sauce) and oil-less fried, non-GMO soy wheat stick (with seaweeds). Safe proteins were found to be from plants. Photo by Tessa Salazar

You may have often heard that fatalistic remark of some people lamenting that they are “doomed” to suffer this or that debilitating disease because their parents, grandparents or kin suffered the same disease. “It runs in our family,” they say in surrender, “so why fight it?”

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Science and Health | Read More »

DNA from ancient plague points to modern peril

In this Jan. 17, 2014, photo provided by McMaster University, graduate biology student Jennifer Klunk examines a bone sample at McMaster University's Ancient DNA Centre in Hamilton, Canada. Scientists say two of the deadliest pandemics in history were caused by strains of the same plague and warn new versions of the bacteria could spark future outbreaks.  AP PHOTO/MCMASTER UNIVERSITY

“In some cases death came immediately; in others, after many days,” the historian Procopius wrote as a terrifying disease scythed through Constantinople in 542 AD. “With some, the body broke out with black pustules about as large as a lentil and these did not survive even one day, but all succumbed immediately. Vomiting of blood ensued in many, without visible cause, and immediately brought death.”

Posted: January 28th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Business Stories | Read More »

More and more people turning to veggies as staple food

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The recent Public Radio International coverage revealed that over 50 million Chinese, particularly the young generation, are now vegetarian due to the growing awareness on the negative environmental impact brought about by meat production (beef, pork, chicken and other animal products like dairy, eggs and cheese). Health and compassion were also cited in the report as significant contributing factors.

Posted: January 17th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Science and Health | Read More »

Obesity in PH need not be a big, complex problem

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AYALA tried—and succeeded—in preventing a modern and expensive disease known as obesity. From 112.5 kg (248 lbs), she now weighs around 60 kg (132 lbs).

Being overweight or obese is not a cosmetic problem. Someone who is 40 percent over his or her normal weight is twice as likely to die prematurely as an average-weight person—an effect seen after 10 to 30 years, according to nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center Cleveland Clinic.

Posted: January 17th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Science and Health | Read More »

Improve blood flow, quit smoking

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Blood viscosity is a measure of how “thick” and “sticky” a person’s blood is. By determining the viscosity, doctors could tell how smoothly (or how sluggish) the blood flows through the blood vessels, the degree to which the heart must work, and even the quantity of oxygen that could be delivered to the tissues and organs.

Posted: November 29th, 2013 in Headlines,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

New needle promotes user safety, avoids infections

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.

Posted: November 23rd, 2013 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Reverse diseases without incurring hospital bills

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It’s the question many individuals suffering from debilitating diseases are too afraid to ask: Is it possible to reverse their health conditions without the mounting hospital bills?

Posted: October 18th, 2013 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Improving access to leukemia treatments

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Leukemia is a form of cancer of the blood-forming elements of the bone marrow which is often times characterized by the presence of an increased number of immature cells known as “blasts.” The uncontrolled proliferation of these abnormal cells result in decreased production of normal red cells, white cells and platelets, with release of leukemia or blast cells in the blood.

Posted: October 4th, 2013 in Headlines,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Taking bold steps toward education against cancer

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While most of us know that cigarette smoking is the No. 1 risk factor for lung cancer, few realize that it is also the single biggest risk factor for bladder cancer.

Posted: September 27th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Science and Health | Read More »

Colorectal cancer curable if detected early

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A GIANT inflatable replica of a human colon in the United States illustrates the development of colorectal cancer and help visitors gain a better understanding of how colorectal cancer is identified and be effectively treated if detected early.

According to the most recent estimates, colorectal cancer—cancer that develops in the colon or the rectum—is the third most common cancer in men (663,000 cases, 10 percent of the total) and the second in women (571,000 cases, 9.4 percent of the total) worldwide.

Posted: September 20th, 2013 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Science and Health | Read More »

Experts list their five breast cancer ‘dodgers’

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October is the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But it’s hardly any reason to celebrate. The fact that this cancer has earned its own “awareness month” worldwide is reason enough for everyone, including the healthy ones, to pay closer attention to a disease that, according to the World Health Organization, killed 458,503 people worldwide in 2008 alone.

Posted: September 20th, 2013 in Headlines,Science and Health | Read More »

Awareness is best defense against cancer

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Cancer is the third leading cause of death in the Philippines. The most common forms of cancer among Filipinos are cancers of the lung, breast, cervix, liver, colon and rectum, prostate, stomach, mouth, ovary and leukemias.

Posted: September 20th, 2013 in Headlines,Science and Health | Read More »

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