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‘Denerving’ new treatment for uncontrolled hypertension

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The practice of Medicine can indeed be very humbling. Being an inexact science with no clear road signs of where to go, it can throw medical scientists into a maze in which they can’t find the way out.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Hypertension ‘storm surge’ in Asia Pacific

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Today, Saturday, I’m delivering my valedictory address as outgoing president of the Asian Pacific Society of Hypertension. I titled my talk “Addressing the Hypertension ‘Storm Surge’ in the Asian Pacific Region.” I hope my call to action will be heeded seriously by the hypertension experts from 38 countries who attended the congress.

Posted: February 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

High BP, Philippine setting

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Emotional problems, especially depression, have been frequently reported as aggravating factors in hypertension.

Posted: February 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

High BP, Philippine setting

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Local hypertension experts are starting to get disheartened. Despite all efforts to control high blood pressure (BP) in the country, the prevalence of hypertension is still progressively increasing—from 11 percent in 1992 to 28 percent, based on the latest survey conducted by Dr. Jorge Sison’s team of researchers in the Council on Hypertension of the Philippine Heart Association.

Posted: January 31st, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Mandatory food labeling

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It may be hard to believe that in a developing country like ours—while so many can hardly put food on the table for a decent three meals a day—many are also overweight and obese. Based on figures coming from the National Statistical Coordination Board and the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Philippines, 1 out of 4 Filipino adults is overweight with 5 out of 100 considered as obese already. Overweight and obesity are also an increasing problem among our children.

Posted: February 22nd, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Headlines,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

High blood pressure and beta blockers

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One out of four Filipino adults has high blood pressure (hypertension) or a blood pressure (BP) reading equal to or higher than 140/90 millimeter mercury (mmHg). One in 10 Filipino adults has prehypertension or a BP reading in the range of 130-139/85-89 mmHg. These are among the findings of the latest 2008 National Nutrition and Health Survey (NNHeS II Philippine data) published this year.

Posted: August 10th, 2012 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Your BP and Mozart

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The Philippine Society of Hypertension is currently conducting an in-depth course on the prevention and treatment of elevated blood pressure in the country at the Manila Doctors Hospital conference hall. The statistics on hypertension still remain depressing for the more than 1,500 members of the society spread all over the country, 360 of whom are certified hypertension specialists. “It’s a multifactorial problem, and a multidisciplinary, multipronged approach is necessary to really remarkably reduce the prevalence of hypertension in the country,” stressed Dr. Dante Morales, who is the current president of the society.

Posted: July 21st, 2012 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

What’s your ideal BP?

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A patient referred by a family physician in the province asked me earlier this week, “What really is an ideal blood pressure (BP)?” He expressed some degree of confusion that he gets different answers to this question, depending on who he’s talking to. The patient is obese and has high blood pressure and diabetes. His [...]

Posted: January 13th, 2012 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Pinoys need proactive role in caring for their health

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MANILA, Philippines—Several breakthroughs in the medical field have already made it possible to combat a deadly condition as hypertension. While some countries are now reaping the benefits of these medicinal advances, the case, however, may be different in the Philippines. Dr. Dante Morales, president of the Philippine Society of Hypertension, pointed out that the number [...]

Posted: May 20th, 2011 in Science and Health | Read More »

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