Daddy’s little girl

7 cool dads share how they bond with their daughters In a traditional family, the dad is the toughie or disciplinarian while the mom is the softie or nurturer. That is why whenever I see daughters turning to their dads instead for advice or if they have a stronger or closer relationship, it always touchesContinue reading “Daddy’s little girl”

Media and diabetes

The roles of media in diabetes care and awareness Over the years, media has evolved dramatically from print to broadcast (radio and television). Today we have the internet that gives us access to information from unique online news, videos, forums, social networking, instant messaging, online shopping, and games – anytime, anywhere. Media is considered asContinue reading “Media and diabetes”

What success means to me

Filipinos are known for being hospitable, cheerful, positive, hardworking, and patient. That’s why it’s sad to see some Filipinos rushing for priority, showing impatience and rudeness in public places and transportation, traffic, trains, lines, or groceries. When I was younger, I used to be impatient. I got angry easily. I always rush things even myContinue reading “What success means to me”

Plain packaging for tobaccos

WHO urges ban on attractive designs used by cigarette manufacturers as an effective marketing tool to entice smokers The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to call for governments, civil society, and other partners to support the implementation and promotion of the use of plain packaging as a tobacco control measure. According to Dr. Shin Young-soo,Continue reading “Plain packaging for tobaccos”

Novel risk factors for CVD

Depression, night shift may increase cardiovascular risk Depression is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. This was stressed  by Dr. Nasser Ghaemi, a professor at the Department of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine during the recent 2nd Experts’ Convergence for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Summit in Manila. When one is depressed, this impacts the entireContinue reading “Novel risk factors for CVD”

Deceptive asian metabolic feature

For the same BMI, slim-looking Asians may have increased metabolic risk compared to Caucasians Looks can be deceiving—many Asians and Asian-Americans may look slim with a body mass index (BMI) in the normal range, yet they already have increased visceral fats and may have prediabetes or even frank diabetes. Visceral adiposity leads to increased insulinContinue reading “Deceptive asian metabolic feature”

Combating childhood obesity

Health advocates pushes for ‘sin tax’ proposal on sodas, junk food Health advocates are proposing a healthy zone around school (within 250-meter radius) and stricter alcohol marketing to help address increasing childhood obesity. This was laid down by Department of Education and Nutrition Director III Ella Cecilia Naliponguit during a recent health forum which talkedContinue reading “Combating childhood obesity”

Rianna’s encephalitis/pneumonia medical care/hospital bills

This is 8-year-old, Rianna Jewelle Orillo-Bacud. She has been confined at Makati Medical Center, Philippines for more than nine months now. Rianna is ready for discharge anytime based on the clearance given by her doctors and can continue her medications and rehabilitation at home. Unfortunately, Makati Medical Center won’t allow her discharge unless we pay ourContinue reading “Rianna’s encephalitis/pneumonia medical care/hospital bills”

CPR-ready Philippines

Heart doctors await the signing of ‘Samboy Lim’ Bill before PNoy term ends Two years ago Samboy Lim, PBA legend who earned the moniker “Skywalker,” suffered cardiac arrest during an exhibition game at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. Apparently, no one among his 20 or more colleagues present there knew how to perform theContinue reading “CPR-ready Philippines”