Getting through life’s disability

Cristeta Estrada, a 53-year-old high school teacher with psoriatic arthritis, cannot help but get frustrated every time she lines up in grocery stores or fast food chains for hours, and notice people ahead of her looking pretty healthy, normal and “stronger than Hercules.”   “I can no longer stand for an hour since my legContinue reading “Getting through life’s disability”

Why fasting is good for body, spirit

Every so often, a new diet trend emerges in the market that promises to help people lose weight, stick to their fitness goals, or just be healthier. But never (or rarely) has it been promoted or hyped because of its spiritual benefits. Fasting is defined as “willing abstinence or reduction from some or all drinks,Continue reading “Why fasting is good for body, spirit”

The truth about heart diseases, stroke

In the past, stroke and heart attacks were associated with elderly people. So, individuals in their 20s and 30s thought stroke and heart attacks won’t affect them, thinking that they were young. And if they eat the right foods and were not sedentary, they believed cardiovascular diseases won’t hit them. Today, those can be falseContinue reading “The truth about heart diseases, stroke”

Group pushes lifestyle medicine

It is now well-established that effective and sustained lifestyle intervention is the foundation of treatment in practically all major prevalent medical problems like cardiovascular diseases, chronic lung problems, diabetes and cancer. However, busy healthcare providers usually have very little time to provide their patients individualized, simple and sustainable prescriptions, particularly for diet, physical activity andContinue reading “Group pushes lifestyle medicine”

PhilCare launches prepaid cards

Only a small percentage of employees are covered by health maintenance organizations (HMOs), and the health coverage is only applicable as long as they are employed. After retirement, they get no health coverage. With the rising cost of healthcare, their monthly pension can barely cover their retirement needs. Apparently, there are two specific segments, whichContinue reading “PhilCare launches prepaid cards”

How I started writing about health

I’ve always considered taking care of our health as something that I should do, rather than something I should talk or write about. I didn’t plan on becoming a health writer until I’ve accepted a job for a publishing company in 2012, more than six years ago now. I thought I will only be writingContinue reading “How I started writing about health”

Play champions celebrate the first ‘Play’ advocacy week

In celebration of the National Children’s Month this November, Play It Forward and their partners – play champions – came up with different ways of participating in this week-long celebration. Happening from November 18 to 24, 2018, Play Advocacy Week is a campaign led by Play It Forward, Unilab Foundation’s therapeutic play program for childrenContinue reading “Play champions celebrate the first ‘Play’ advocacy week”

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 startedContinue reading “Life with myelodysplastic syndrome”

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 theContinue reading “Checklist can ensure patient’s safety”

Groups call for higher tobacco tax

To commemorate this year’s World No Tobacco Day, about 200 runners from different universities and communities recently gathered for a fun run in the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City to appeal to the Senators to pass the pending bills to raise tobacco tax. “We believe that World No Tobacco Day is the perfect avenue toContinue reading “Groups call for higher tobacco tax”