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Life with Myelodysplastic Syndrome

If there are things that keep 39-year-old Marie Anne Concepcion-Magpantay from giving up, it’s her untiring faith in God and unwavering support of her family and friends. Meanne (as she’s more fondly called) has been diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS), categorized as refractory cytopenia with multilineage dysplasia 2 percent blast in February 2016. It started… Continue reading Life with Myelodysplastic Syndrome

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Checklist can ensure patient’s safety

Easier said than done for hospitals to disclose a medical error committed by one of its surgeons or nurses, but one doctor suggested that it is one of the many ways, including the use of a surgical checklist, to ensure patient’s safety. Then 60-year-old Pelaprina Sanchez-Carorasan knew something wasn’t right days after she left the… Continue reading Checklist can ensure patient’s safety

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Doctors advocate home blood pressure monitoring

Even with the set of knowledge and skills acquired from his profession, medical doctor Erric Cinco was not able to escape the wrath of hypertension that runs in his family. Cinco, his cousin (who’s not even in his 30s), and the rest of his family members are all hypertensive. “There is a strong genetic tendency… Continue reading Doctors advocate home blood pressure monitoring

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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