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“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.”
By Tessa R. Salazar
Beauty pageants can help avert the disastrous effects of global climate change. If such beauty competitions are combined with a meatless campaign, and children and teeners—the future inheritors and stewards of the Earth—are directly engaged, then the world of tomorrow can be a much better place.
By Rafael Castillo
We’ve said time and again that water is one of the best natural medicines and we should drink enough of it daily to remain healthy. Up to now, patients have been asking me about the purported health benefits of alkaline, ionized or oxygenated water. A few years ago, we wrote in this column that plain water is still the best and that the claimed advantages of all these types of “other waters” are not based on scientific evidence. It’s more of a marketing hype rather than science-based.
MANILA, Philippines—Local manufacturers of paints, toys, food packaging and other consumer products are now banned from using lead and its compounds due to the harmful effects of the chemical on health and the environment. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) on Thursday announced the issuance of a chemical control order prohibiting the [...]
Naphthalene, a main ingredient in producing mothballs, is a chemical compound widely used as an insecticide and pest repellent.
Researchers say vitamin E may slow the progression of mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease—the first time any treatment has been shown to alter the course of dementia at that stage. In a study of more than 600 older veterans, high doses of the vitamin delayed the decline in daily living skills, such as making meals, getting [...]
Mack Macasaet-Benauro is a woman on a mission—to help people quit smoking, change their lifestyle and, above all, become healthy.
By Charles E. Buban
The New Year is a perfect time to reflect on the past 365 days and assess what habits you want to keep for 2014, and what you want to leave in 2013.
As soon as the air takes on a chilly nip, the radio plays Christmas songs and the streets explode with colorful lights, you know that the holiday season is just around the corner. By this time, we say goodbye to typhoons (although a couple might try to sneak through) and expect good cool weather until January of next year.
By Rafael Castillo
A few days more and we’ll celebrate the coming of a new year. Every time a new year comes, I’m reminded of the words our mother used to tell us when we were children.
Deanna Kremis remembers the exhilarating day her young sons first had the energy to race each other up a flight of stairs.
By Kathleen T. de Villa
As their hands tapped the switch, the tall Christmas trees towering over them glimmered, lighting up the faces of spectators as the night slowly envelops the sky.