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By Doris C. Dumlao
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.
By Ayunan G. Gunting
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.
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By Conrado Banal
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.
By Tessa R. 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?”
By Jun Ruiz M.D.
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.
“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 [...]