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Addressing depression in stroke, heart elderly patients

It’s not unusual for depression and anxiety to occur in seemingly healthy young people, what more for a 60-plus-something-year-old patient who underwent major, life-changing health crises such as stroke or heart bypass surgery. “About one-third of stroke survivors suffer from post-stroke depression (PSD) and it is strongly associated with adverse impact on cognitive function and… Continue reading Addressing depression in stroke, heart elderly patients

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Mending a baby’s heart: Understanding Tetralogy of Fallot

We all hope that our very own babies won’t get sick. But when a newborn baby is diagnosed with a life-threatening condition, no matter how early or late in pregnancy, it is already a loss that parents grieve. For Aries and Chillet Cabildo, there’s nothing more heartbreaking than discovering that their only child, Asher Carlos,… Continue reading Mending a baby’s heart: Understanding Tetralogy of Fallot

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Bill eyes free outpatient services

From Dasmariñas City, Cavite, 28-year-old Jovie Mae Pelere, parent to two children, brought her youngest child to the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) in Manila to get her checked for an ailment because they couldn’t afford the expensive consultation fee in the nearby hospital. “When we buy medicines outside, we are spending about P8,000. We are… Continue reading Bill eyes free outpatient services

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New treatment offers hope for cancer

Worldwide, nearly one in six deaths are caused by cancer-related illnesses. According to the World Health Organization, 70 percent of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Besides personal acceptance, family issues, quality of life, and absence from work, cancer patients worry on how to sustain their expensive treatments to somehow survive or extend… Continue reading New treatment offers hope for cancer

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How Grief Taught Me to Keep My Life Simple

When my nine-year-old niece died last August, I was devastated. For two years, our lives revolved around her. So when she died, something in us died as well – our hopes, our dreams, including our  drive, motivation and inspiration. Incidentally, my job contract expired a week before she died so I was given a chance… Continue reading How Grief Taught Me to Keep My Life Simple

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The Truth About Getting Sick in the Philippines

This year’s World Health Day theme hits close to home as I have experienced first-hand how to undergo financial hardship when my precious seven-year-old niece, Rianna got sick and died, leaving us with a huge financial debt. World Health Day calls on world leaders to take concrete steps to move towards universal health coverage (UHC),… Continue reading The Truth About Getting Sick in the Philippines