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These 2 culprits will make your heart go ‘achy-breaky’

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HEART disease can occur even at an early age. A meat-based diet (beef, pork, chicken, egg, dairy), smoking and a sedentary lifestyle can hasten the process.

Yes, that famous song that has the singer wishing he had “two hearts” is all just wishful singing. The harsh reality is that we only have one heart, and the more frightening reality is that a lot of things out there would want to break it one way or another.

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

Non-communicable diseases pose graver threats to Filipinos

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From left to right: Dr. Renzo Guinto, DOH Undersecretary Teodoro Herbosa, AXA Philippines President Rien Hermans and Chief Marketing Officer Amor Balagtas at the AXA Health Solutions Launch Thursday in Ascott Makati. Celest R. Flores/INQUIRER.net

While measles are more talked about at the moment, non-communicable diseases remain graver threats for Filipinos.

Posted: January 9th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Laser therapy: The new method to quit smoking in the Philippines

Mack Macasaet-Benauro is a woman on a mission—to help people quit smoking, change their lifestyle and, above all, become healthy.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Inquirer Features | 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 »

Beware of these 3 CVD cancer magnets

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Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) and cancer have a lot in common. They are both on top of the list of the Philippines’ top killer diseases. Both can strike anyone at any age, oftentimes without warning.

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

Cigarette prices in PH still among lowest despite sin tax, says report

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A vendor sells cigarettes at a supermarket in Quezon City. AFP FILE PHOTO

Despite the passage of the sin tax law, the prices of cigarettes in the Philippines remain among the lowest in Southeast Asia, an antismoking group said yesterday.

Posted: September 3rd, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Zapping your cigarette craving with laser

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Billy and Sally (names withheld upon request) tried the gum, the patch and sheer will power. None kept them off cigarettes for the long haul. So they decided to give the latest high-tech weapon against nicotine addiction–the laser—a try.

Posted: July 27th, 2013 in Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Plain packaging reduces allure of cigarettes—study

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Scientists on Monday said they had evidence that plain packaging for cigarettes diminishes the appeal of smoking, as anti-tobacco campaigners suggest.

Posted: July 22nd, 2013 in Latest Business Stories,Science and Health | Read More »

Filipino smokers urged to quit life-threatening vice

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One bad habit Filipinos need to quit now is smoking. Aware of this, leading research-based healthcare company Novartis Healthcare Philippines, the Department of Health (DOH) and major medical societies recently observed World Hypertension Day (WHD) by appealing to Filipinos to quit smoking for their and their loved one’s sake.

Posted: May 31st, 2013 in Headlines,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

FDA warns public against e-cigarettes

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It would seem that electronic cigarettes, which is being promoted as a healthier substitute for tobacco, may just be as harmful as the real thing.

Posted: April 13th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories,Science and Health | Read More »

Helping Aquino fight ‘corruption’ in his own system

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DURING THE awarding ceremonies for the Healthy Lifestyle Exemplars given by the H&L (Health & Lifestyle) magazine on its 10th anniversary last week, I mentioned in my opening remarks that vices like smoking is a “form of corruption that squanders one’s health and wellness. And anyone who walks the straight path or ‘daang matuwid’ should stay away from it.”

Posted: December 8th, 2012 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Headlines,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features,Science and Health | Read More »

Smoking, lung cancer and the ‘sin tax’ bill

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A few months ago, a 64-year old business man came to see us with persistent dry cough for more than a month. He just self-medicated, took two different kinds of antibiotics he had taken before, but felt no improvement. He was smoking two packs per day and cut it down to one pack a day when he started having the cough. He swore he was feeling great until this current coughing problem, and didn’t think his smoking was such an issue. He started getting worried though when his phlegm became blood-tinged in the last several days.

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

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