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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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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 to… Continue reading Groups call for higher tobacco tax

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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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Assessing the ketogenic diet

Monette Ho, 39 years old, tried ketogenic diet or ‘keto’ to lose weight. Her normal weight is 120-128 lbs. before giving birth to her third and youngest son, but since then, she never regained her ideal weight. Monette started keto diet last September 2017, but she had to stop after three months during Christmas break… Continue reading Assessing the ketogenic diet

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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