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‘HEALTH’ Archives



Normin records close to 300 dialysis patients
Read 428 times | Posted on June 24, 2012 @ 5 years ago

By Jorie C. Valcorza

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, June 22 (PIA) — Latest renal disease registry posted 290 patients currently under dialysis here in Northern Mindanao.

Sandra Oliveros, adult nephrology consultant, said that of the total figure, 130 patients were from Misamis Oriental, 65 from Lanao del Norte, 56 from Bukidnon, 35 from Misamis Occidental, and four from Camiguin.

She noted that among the primary kidney-causing diseases, diabetes ranked first in the region. The same trend is also happening in other countries, with Oliveros adding that “globally diabetic nephropathy is the leading cause of kidney problem.”

Other diseases identified include hypertension, chronic glomerulo-nephritis, and chronic pyelo-nehritis.

Oliveros said kidney problem usually affects the productive age group.

In Region 10, the bracket of ages 61-70 posted the highest number of cases with 82 patients under dialysis, followed by 77 cases from the 51-60 age group, 56 cases from the 41-59 years old, and a total of 26 from the 31-40 age range.

Oliveros further stressed that renal failure here in the region is more predominant among women.

Currently, there are only about 19 dialysis units servicing the whole region, nine from the province of Misamis Oriental, four in Bukidnon, and three for both Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental provinces. (PIA 10)



Congress approves bills on health, displaced persons
Read 432 times | Posted on February 10, 2012 @ 5 years ago

Rep. Rufus Rodriguez

 

TWO proposed measures aimed at promoting the rights of Filipinos were approved by the House of Representatives last week. House Bill (HB) 5627 seeks to provide monetary compensation including immediate relief and humanitarian assistance to victims of internal displacement, their families and communities and to ensure their safe return, resettlement and rehabilitation in their respective communities. Internally displaced persons (IDP) are also protected from other land conflicts such as land conversion, environmental destruction, aggressive implementation of development projects and other man-made disasters.

“The bill defines and criminalizes acts of arbitrary internal displacement committed by any person or group of persons and directed against the civilian population,” Cagayan de Oro City Rep. Rufus B. Rodriguez (2nd district), one of the authors, said in a statement yesterday.

Under the measure, the Commission on Human Rights is tasked to supervise the identification of beneficiaries as well as the distribution of monetary compensation. The House, likewise, approved a bill seeking to provide a national folic acid education campaign to raise the level of awareness among women of childbearing age and health professionals on the importance of folic acid at preventing birth defects.

The campaign, to be headed by the Health department, aims to encourage women of reproductive capacity to consume daily, enough amount of folic acid, which is a B vitamin found naturally in food such as green leafy vegetables, beans, citrus fruits and juices and in certain multivitamins capsules. Folic acid helps prevent infant birth defects in the brain and spine.



THE BASICS OF BLOOD
Read 334 times | Posted on February 02, 2012 @ 5 years ago

By Henrylito D. Tacio

Blood is essential for good health because the body depends on a steady supply of fuel and oxygen to reach its billions of cells. Even the heart couldn’t survive without blood flowing through the vessels that bring nourishment to its muscular walls. Blood also carries carbon dioxide and other waste materials to the lungs, kidneys, and digestive system; from there they are removed from the body.

“Without blood, we couldn’t keep warm or cool off, we couldn’t fight infections, and we couldn’t get rid of our own waste products,” points out Dr. Steven Dowshen, of the Division of Endocrinology at the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word “blood” dates to the oldest English, circa 1000 AD. The word is derived from Middle English, which is derived from the Old English word blôd, which is akin to the Old High German word bluot, meaning blood. The modern German word is (das) Blut.

Due to its importance to life, blood is associated with a large number of beliefs. For instance, in the Jewish and Christian religions, blood is given particular emphasis because the Bible states: “the life of a creature is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11).

Blood accounts for eight percent of the human body weight, with an average density of approximately 1,060 kilograms per cubic meter, very close to pure water’s density of 1,000 kilograms per cubic meter.

There are four main types of blood: A, B, AB, and O. For each type, the blood is either Rh-positive or Rh-negative. For example, a person with O-negative blood has red blood cells that lack both A and B antigens and the Rh factor. A person with AB-positive blood has red blood cells that have A and B antigens and the Rh factor. Some blood types are far more common than others.

In an emergency, anyone can receive type O red blood cells; thus people with type O are known as universal donors. People with type AB blood can receive blood cells from any blood type and are thus known as universal recipients. Recipients whose blood is Rh-negative must receive blood from Rh-negative donors, but recipients whose blood is Rh-positive may receive Rh-positive or Rh-negative blood.

Actually, blood is a complex mixture of plasma (the liquid component), white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets. “The body contains about five to six quarts of blood,” notes The Merck Manual of Medical Information. “Once blood is pumped out of the heart, it takes 20 to 30 seconds to make a complete trip through the circulation and return to the heart.”

Plasma – which constitute more than half of the blood’s volume – is 90% water and contains nutrients, proteins, hormones, and waste products. Some of the protein actively defends the body against viruses, bacteria, fungi, and cancer cells, and clotting factors, which control bleeding.

“Plasma also acts as a reservoir that can either replenish insufficient water or absorb excess water from tissues,” the Merck manual informs. “Plasma likewise prevents blood vessels from collapsing and clogging and helps maintain blood pressure and circulation throughout the body simply by filling blood vessels and flowing through them continuously.”

The blood that flows through this network of veins and arteries is called whole blood. Whole blood contains three types of blood cells: red blood cells (erythrocytes), white blood cells (leukocytes), and platelets (thrombocytes).

Red blood cells – which make up about 40% of the blood’s volume – contain hemoglobin, a protein that gives blood its red color and enables it to carry oxygen from the lungs and deliver it to all body tissues.

“When the number of red blood cells is too low (anemia), blood carries less oxygen, and fatigue and weakness develop,” the Merck manual states. “When the number of red blood cells is too high (polycythemia), blood can become too thick, which may cause the blood to clot more easily and increase the risk of heart attacks and stroke.”

White blood cells are fewer in number than red blood cells, with a ratio of about one white blood cells to every 660 red blood cells. They are responsible primarily for defending the body against infection.

“When the number of white blood cells is too low (leucopenia), infections are more likely to occur,” the Merck manual says. “A higher than normal number of white blood cells (leukocytosis) may not directly cause symptoms, but the high number of cells can be an indication of a disease such as an infection or leukemia.”

Platelets – smaller than red or white blood cells – are few in number than red cells, with a ratio of about one platelet to every 20 red blood cells. They help in the clotting process by gathering at a bleeding site and clumping together to form a plug that helps seal the blood vessel.

“When the number of platelets is too low (thrombocytopenia), bruising and abnormal bleeding become more likely,” the Merck manual explains. “When the number of platelets is too high (thrombocythemia), blood may clot excessively, producing a stroke or heart attack.”

In an article which appeared in Health and Lifestyle some years back, author Ellen Joy U. Castel wrote of three main organs that affect blood processes in the body: kidneys, liver, and spleen. “Each of the three has roles in making and processing the blood,” she pointed out.

About 200 quarts of blood are processed daily in the kidneys. “The kidneys regulate the blood composition by keeping the concentrations of ions and elements constant together with water volume and acid-base concentrations,” Castel wrote. “Apart from that, they are responsible for filtering and removing wastes and toxins from the body sent to the blood; and are responsible for producing erythropoietin, a hormone which stimulates red blood cell production in the bone marrow.”

Aside from regulating the blood sugar and the level of different types of fats in the blood, the liver also disposes worn-out red blood cells and removes excess protein, lipids and amino acids in the blood. “On top of it all, the liver makes plasma proteins which are needed in blood clotting,” wrote Castel.

The spleen has two primary functions: one, it filters the blood and removes abnormal cells (such as old and defective red blood cells); and two, it makes disease-fighting components of the immune system (including antibodies and lymphocytes).

Dr. Francisco F. Lopez, hematology and medical oncology specialist at the Makati Medical Center and Asian Hospital and Medical Center, says blood health can be determined through the analysis of the complete blood count (CBC).

The CBC is the calculation of the cellular component of the blood. The Merck manual listed seven tests: hemoglobin (amount of the oxygen-carrying protein within red blood cells), hematocrit (proportion of total blood volume made up of red blood cells), mean corpuscular volume (average volume of individual red blood cells), white blood cell count (number of white blood cells in a specified volume of blood), differential white blood cell count (percentages of the different types of white blood cells), platelet count (number of platelets in a specific volume of blood), and mean platelet volume (average volume of platelets).

“You have to get your CBC,” says Dr. Lopez. “If your blood composition is not balanced, then you are not healthy. There’s a problem with your blood.”



NBA clinic set January 19
Read 460 times | Posted on January 20, 2012 @ 5 years ago

THE Misamis Oriental provincial government has announced that the 2012 Jr. NBA (more…)



Davao reg’l hospital upgrades facilities for cancer patients
Read 509 times | Posted on January 16, 2012 @ 5 years ago

TAGUM, Davao del Norte – The opening of the cancer center of the Davao Regional Hospital (more…)



MisOr health providers extend assistance to Sendong victims
Read 454 times | Posted on January 16, 2012 @ 5 years ago

MISAMIS Oriental Governor Oscar S. Moreno lauded doctors, nurses, (more…)



Leptospirosis: Important Facts
Read 425 times | Posted on January 11, 2012 @ 5 years ago

THE Department of Health recently announced an outbreak of Leptospirosis in the region (more…)



Dessert Strip opens branch at Robinsons-CdO
Read 489 times | Posted on December 04, 2011 @ 6 years ago

By JOE PALABAO
Correspondent

DESSERT Strip openened its first ever branch on November 28 at the 2nd level of Robinsons Mall-Limketkai Drive, Cagayan de Oro City.

Dessert Strip is a 100% home-made cookies and pastries with world class baking ingredients. Cakes, cookies and pastries lovers will now have the choice from an array of home made super moist chocolate cake, moist chocolate cake with rich chocolate fudge filling and frosting with dolce de leche toppings, blueberry cheesecake–New York-style cheese cake topped with blueberries. Red velvet chocolate, a-must-try delicious cake, and their yummy deep red chocolate cake with white chocolate ganache and cream cheese.

Dessert Strip is owned and managed by Ms. Maribel Andaya-Pineda, known in the industry as Chef Maribel. She is one of the most successful first batch graduates of the Culinary Institute of Cagayan de Oro City (CIC), with partner multi-awarded celebrity and pastry Chef and Consultant/Instructor Mr. Hasset Go. Mr. Go also owns Med Chef in Metro Manila.
Best seller Chef Maribel’s banana cake-a moist banana cake with softened dates and roasted walnuts frosted with cream. Taste their high carotene cake, Dessert Strip very own carrot cake with grated coconut, dates with walnuts, topped with cream cheese frosting.

CAKES & PASTRIES

The yummy caramel custard cake, chiffon cake with yema-like fillings, whipped cream and custard frosting, Dessert Strip’s strawberry short cake like and moist sponge cake with custard and strawberry filling collies and whipped cream. Dessert Strip has still a lot more to offer to the gourmet lovers of cakes, cookies and pastries of Kagay-anons, locals, domestic and foreign tourists coming to Cagayan de Oro City.

Chef Maribel was also a former Finance Officer and stockholder of United Caraga Corporation (UCC). She pursued her childhood interest in cooking and baking by studying Barista, a bar tending and culinary course. She later specializes in cookies and pastries which made her popular.

Supporting her all the way is her husband Alex Pineda-an, an entrepreneur, with Chef Allan Dy and Chef Allen Basco who make the dough, the pots and pans rolling for the business.

For direct orders visit Dessert Strip by Chef Maribel at Zone 2 Scions Road, besides International School Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City or buy your choice of cakes, cookies and pastries at their branch at the 2nd Floor Robinsons Mall, Limketkai Drive, Cagayan de Oro City or call Chef Maribel at Mobile Number 0922-8245933 or visit Facebook for orders [email protected]



A Slimming Supplement to jumpstart a sexier and healthier lifestyle
Read 445 times | Posted on December 04, 2011 @ 6 years ago


People often resort to food supplements to replace a healthy diet of protein and vitamin-rich foods, and moderate physical activity. But health capsules still work best with good eating habits, daily exercise, and the right attitude. Fitness guru Coach Chappy Callanta and wellness advocate Dr. Marthony Basco explained how one can make the most out of their dietary supplement during the relaunch of RedoxFat Slimming Capsules, where it unveiled its latest endorser, ABS-CBN star Iya Villania.

“ATC chose Iya Villania as RedoxFat’s endorser because she embodies the lifestyle of our target consumers. Despite her demanding schedule as a sought-after actress, total performer, host, VJ and product endorser, she still manages to stay in tip-top shape and keep her good reputation, “ATC Healthcare Marketing Manager Kathleen De los Santos shares.

Held at Wheatberry Bakery and Cafe in Quezon City, the product launch was well-attended by quad media (print, radio, TV and online), friends and supporters. Invited health experts gave talks on weight and stress management, and practical tips on how to lead a healthier lifestyle without breaking the bank. The guests were served with sumptuous buffet style menu with overflowing drinks. They also participated in ice breaker games, where three winners took home Nokia C2-00, while one raffle winner won a Samsung Galaxy Y, courtesy of ATC.

ATC Healthcare’s own brand of diet aid RedoxFat Slimming Capsules has seven times more L-Carnitine than other leading brands- an amino acid known for fat breakdown and muscle development. The capsule is made even more powerful with Green Tea extract to assist weight loss, lower cholesterol levels, and release energy channels. “Our dietary supplements are all 100% natural and passed the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD) quality control standards,” adds De los Santos.

“RedoxFat can now be bought in leading pharmacies and wellness stores nationwide. ATC Healthcare is a trusted brand that is why it was very easy for me to accept the project. I feel blessed and happy that ATC trusted me,” Villania shares. “I’ve experienced a new zest of energy when I started using it, which helped me a lot in my dance performances and hosting stints. Not to mention, it made me sexier and healthier.”

Apart from the unveiling of its new endorser, some of the highlights were the sizzling dance numbers of two Mad Events talents who showed some ledge and belly dancing grooves, and presentations of Coach Callanta and Dr. Basco.

“It is always best to create long-term health goals and programs composed of exercise routines, a menu of healthier food selection, the right mindset, and quality natural healthcare supplements to complement the three,” Coach Callanta stresses in his fitness talk. “One should have clear objectives and the commitment to be healthy. It is a lifestyle and taking RedoxFat can help jumpstart that.”

To add to that, Dr. Basco, a Public Health expert, explained how the weight-loss pill can help reduce the risk of heart and kidney disease, diabetes, infertility in men, and fatigue. “Obesity poses such health risks and can be a manifestation of unmanaged emotional crises, which should be addressed as well. Lack of sleep and smoking can also contribute to weight gain.”

While maintaining a good and active social life can also improve one’s wellbeing, Dr. Basco also advised to keep a healthy spiritual life for peace of mind.

Known as a trusted provider of food supplements, ATC Healthcare continuously provides quality yet affordable products to promote optimum health and wellbeing. “We train our people to become the best service provider, guided by the highest ethical standards to produce the most innovative healthcare products in the market today,” De los Santos enthuses.

In addition to RedoxFat Slimming Capsules, ATC has a comprehensive line of healthcare supplements in softgel form: Aloe Vera, Calcium with Vitamin D, Coenzyme Q10, Fish oil, Evening Primrose, Garlic Oil, Ginkgo Biloba, Ginseng, Grape Seed, Lecithin, LiverMarin, Lycopene, Glutathione, Royal Jelly, and Spirulina. All of these can supplement one’s health needs if taken regularly.

One blister pack of RedoxFat has 30 capsules and should be taken as a dietary supplement. One can take 2 to 3 capsules a day, after meals. For more information about ATC Healthcare products, call 749-4542 or 743-5183, or visit www.atchealthcare.com.ph. You can also email inquiries, suggestions, and concerns to [email protected] RedoxFat Slimming Capsules is available in leading pharmacies and wellness centers nationwide.



THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF BEER
Read 332 times | Posted on December 01, 2011 @ 6 years ago

by Henrylito D. Tacio

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” So said American statesman Benjamin Franklin. Happy? Certainly. But healthy as well? Maybe.

Beer is the world’s oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic beverage and the third most popular drink overall (after water and tea). It is produced by the brewing and fermentation of starches, mainly derived from cereal grains – the most common of which is malted barley, although wheat, corn and rice are also widely used.

Most beer is flavored with hops, which add bitterness and act as a natural preservative, though other flavorings such as herbs or fruit may occasionally be included. Alcoholic beverages distilled after fermentation or fermented from non-starch sources such as grape juice (wine) or honey (mead) are not classified as beer.

Some of humanity’s earliest known writings refer to the production and distribution of beer: the Code of Hammurabi included laws regulating beer and beer parlors, and “The Hymn to Ninkasi,” a prayer to the Mesopotamian goddess of beer, served as both a prayer and as a method of remembering the recipe for beer in a culture with few literate people. Today, the brewing industry is a global business, consisting of several dominant multinational companies like San Miguel Corporation in the Philippines.

Nutritionists claim beer contains vitamins B and B2 (as well as B6, which is needed to make hemoglobin, the red coloring in blood) and essential minerals like calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. Dark beer is better for you than light. It contains more flavanoids which are natural oxidants that help to protect the body from disease.

The beneficial effects of drinking alcohol have been guessed at from the earliest days of humankind. Since the beginning of the 20th century, doctors and researchers have sought scientific evidence to understand the association between alcohol and human health.

Studies have revealed that beer can produce the same benefits as drinking wine. Whether you prefer San Miguel, Beer and Beer, Red Horse or Colt, studies show that one drink a day for women or up to two drinks a day for men will reduce your chances of strokes, heart and vascular disease.

According to a study published in 1999’s New England Journal of Medicine, those who drank one beer a week compared to those who drank one beer a day experienced no variance in reducing stroke risks. It is said that light to moderate drinkers will decrease their chances of suffering a stroke by 20 percent.

In the United States, a researcher at the Texas Southwestern Medical Center reported that those who consume moderate amounts of beer (one to two a day at the most) have a 30-40 percent lower rate of coronary heart disease compared to those who don’t drink.

Unknown to many, beer is a rich source of dietary silicon, a mineral that improves bone density. A recent study at Tufts University suggests that beer consumption can protect bone mineral density. Thinning of the leg bones is often a problem for the elderly.

“Thus far, the studies indicate a very real reduction in osteoporosis risk if you consume beer … more so than from drinking wine or spirits,” notes biochemist Charles W. Bamforth, chairman of the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of California and author of Beer: Health and Nutrition.

Moderate consumption helped preserve the mental abilities of older women. In a study published in the December 2001 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, Dr. Guiseppe Zuccala of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart studied the mental abilities and alcohol use of nearly 16,000 men and women over the age of 65: approximately 8,700 regular drinkers and 7,000 non-drinkers. Moderate use of alcohol was associated with a 40 percent lower risk of mental impairment. The Italian doctor postulated that the reasons for the difference may be alcohol’s beneficial effects on blood pressure and blood flow or perhaps the slowing of arterial disease.

In 1999, a Finnish-U.S. study of beer-drinking, middle-aged men was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. The report stated that an increase in beer consumption may reduce the risk of developing kidney stones. Results showed that there was a 40 percent lower risk of kidney stones in beer drinkers, but the researchers were stumped as to whether the results were due to water, alcohol or hops.

On the negative side, you may have heard of so-called “beer belly.” In a German study, Gerard Klose said “dangers begin to emerge in men measuring more than 94 centimeters around the middle, and become ‘really risky’ at a girth of 102 centimeters.” “Too much fat,” he said, “makes diabetes, certain forms of cancer and heart disease a distinct possibility.”

It’s no secret that high levels of fat accumulated on the body is unhealthy and can cause serious illness over time. An article in the London Times reports that fat that collects around the internal organs to form the typically male beer belly will also find its way into the bloodstream and in turn, raise your cholesterol levels. This leads to heart and vascular disease and strokes.

Again, as in all things, moderation is the key here. “Beer,” commented Thomas Jefferson, “if drank in moderation, softens the temper, cheers the spirit, and promotes health.”

While beer is a wholesome drink that is made from natural ingredients, drinking in excess has been associated with an increased risk of several serious health ailments. As one expert puts it: “Amount is everything. Moderate consumption can be relaxing, reducing stress, a factor in several health issues. Excess drinking leads to drawbacks that outweigh the benefits.”

Drinking over moderation can lead to liver damage, dangers of drunk driving, and damage to fetuses of pregnant women who are drinking – just to name a few.

By the way, beer is not only for drinking but for cooking as well. It is incomparable as a cooking tool in Western Europe. Due to the fact that alcohol has a much lower boiling temperature than water, it evaporates quickly while cooking your recipe and thereby only leaves the characteristic taste of the beer.

Some ways to use beer in cooking are as follows: marinades for beef (both tenderizes and adds flavor), as a substitute for water in different soups and stocks, used in batters for fried foods, added to gravies to spice up the taste, and as a cooking base/liquid for steaming foods like sausages, shellfish, and clams.

Cheers! Let’s drink to that! — ###

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