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Building wealth for health

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Conventional wisdom says that health is wealth. But when an unexpected illness occurs within the family, this usually throws households off-balance, with majority being driven to heavy debt and about 95 percent depleting their savings, based on a study conducted by insurer Sun Life of Canada (Philippines) Inc.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

PNA: Hope is not lost for Filipino nurses

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ROGER P. Tong-an

The demand for Filipino nurses both here and abroad may have declined in recent years, but the Philippine Nurses Association (PNA) believes the future is still bright for budding and graduating nurses.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Blue Cross introduces a LifeStyle Medical Plan

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Designed with your needs in mind, LifeStyle helps you protect what you value most – your health and well-being.

Posted: April 11th, 2014 in Science and Health | Read More »

An overview of the Blue Cross “Blue Royale” Medical Plan

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A worldwide Dollar plan that gives you complete freedom of choice for the best medical care.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Science and Health | Read More »

The Blue Cross “Select” Medical Plans

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Comprehensive medical protection for you and your family.

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Science and Health | Read More »

Smoking gone?

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The Aquino (Part II) administration collected a hefty amount in excise tax last year, the first year of the new “sin tax” on cigarettes and alcohol, with total revenues estimated at about P42 billion—almost double the projected target of P23 billion.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

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 »

Colon screening can save your life

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Afflicted persons can be asymptomatic, but often have occult blood loss. Later, they can present with rectal bleeding, anemia, fatigue, abdominal pain, change in bowel habits, constipation and weight loss. Colorecral cancer (CRC) screening invades the bowel wall and lymph nodes, and can metastasize to the distant organs.

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Inquirer Features,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 »

Pageant for kids, teens brings beauty to meatless campaign

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BRINGING the meatless campaign to beautiful highs: (from left) Project Headshot Clinic’s Niccolo Cosme,  Climate Change Commission Secretary Mary Ann Lucille Sering, Captured Dream Productions president Vas Bismark  and Meatless Monday Philippines founder Custer Deocaris. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

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.

Posted: January 24th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos,Science and Health | Read More »

Unproven claims of alkaline or oxygenated water

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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.

Posted: January 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Lead now banned in toys, paints, food packs

Philippine Environment Secretary Ramon Paje .  AFP FILE PHOTO

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 [...]

Posted: January 10th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

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