Race as a team for a chance to win P3M

Do you have what it takes to run as a team, represent your province for a chance to win P3 million cash? Laban ng Lahi 2018 is inviting 33 runners from your province or town to run as one and compete with different regions all over the country. A global and unique 18-km team marathonContinue reading “Race as a team for a chance to win P3M”

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”

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 andContinue reading “Addressing depression in stroke, heart elderly patients”

Abito Series: Former PMA cadet shares his journey to becoming a warrior of God

John Raven Bernarte or “Raven” (as he’s fondly called) always wanted to enter the seminary and become a priest. Born to a family who regularly attends Sunday masses, Raven shared that as a kid, he’s always in awe whenever he saw priests wearing cassock or stole, celebrating mass, proclaiming the Good News, and teaching layContinue reading “Abito Series: Former PMA cadet shares his journey to becoming a warrior of God”

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”

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 areContinue reading “Bill eyes free outpatient services”

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 extendContinue reading “New treatment offers hope for cancer”

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 chanceContinue reading “How grief taught me to keep my life simple”