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Another plus for exercise

I read an Internet article that says exercise cancels the bad effects of alcohol intake. Is this true? I ask because I know many of the things that are posted on Internet websites have no factual basis.  —lyndy_etal@yahoo.com You’re right, many Internet websites post unreliable, fallacious, and sometimes downright false information on health matters, but the article you read is genuine: Exercise can cancel out the bad effects of drinking. Exercise and Drinking An observational study that looked into the effect of exercise on the harmful consequences of drinking was conducted by an Australian research group headed by Dr. K. Perreault. In the study, the researchers used the data from eight population-based surveys that involved 36,370 men and women aged 40 years and over, who were followed up for about 10 years per …

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It’s not a sweet nothing

By Eduardo Thomas Aquino, MD When your doctor tells you you are prediabetes, please listen and take this diagnosis seriously. Prediabetes may likely develop into diabetes mellitus in 10 years or less. Bad news is long term complications of diabetes like retinopathy may already be starting as well as cardiovascular changes. In patients at high risk for developing diabetes mellitus, like a person more than 45 years old, hypertensive, overweight, sedentary, and has a strong family history of diabetes mellitus, it is best to screen early and yearly. There are no clear symptoms for prediabetes although some may exhibit some symptoms of diabetes mellitus. It is more defined by laboratory parameters. Fasting blood sugar is usually part of wellness checkups or company annual physical examinations. A value of 100 to 125 mg/dl, defined …

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Zika 101

Compiled by Mary Angela Barlongay and Sara Grace Fojas What is Zika? According to the World Health Organization, Zika virus is a mosquito-borne flavivirus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in monkeys. • The virus is usually acquired through bites from infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the same type of mosquito that spreads dengue and Chikungunya. • From its discovery until 2007, confirmed cases of Zika virus infection from Africa and Southeast Asia were rare until a major epidemic occurred in Yap Island in Micronesia, followed by Polynesia, Easter Island, the Cooks Islands, and New Caledonia. • A larger outbreak was confirmed in April 2015 in Brazil. • There have been reports in the past where patients develop Guillain-Barre syndrome after having the Zika virus infection, a rare autoimmune disorder that affects the central nervous …

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Aging gracefully

We don't celebrate National Grandparents day every September for nothing. For me, grandparents symbolize love, comfort, strength, wisdom, happy memories, and legacy. This month, let us make an extra effort to care for our beloved grandparents and elderly family members. Don’t have the faintest idea about how to go about it? Here are a few things we need to consider to help keep our elderly loved ones healthy in order for them to continue aging gracefully. Don’t baby the elderly Of course we respect our elders and wish to make life as comfortable as possible for them. Therefore we tend to just let them sit around while we carry out tasks for them such as pouring a glass of water, fetching things for them, and so on. The truth is, we are hindering their chance …

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A test for Zika

Recently, the Department of Health has confirmed six cases of Zika virus infection in the country; the most recent is in Iloilo City—a 45-year-old lady. The five other cases have been detected since 2012. Despite the increase in reported cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) is yet to determine the exact incubation period. WHO said the symptoms are similar to other arbovirus infections such as dengue, and include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, and headache. These symptoms are usually mild and last for two for seven days. Health experts said the virus is primarily transmitted to individuals through the bite of an infected mosquito, mainly Aedes aegypti in tropical regions. WHO noted that the Aedes mosquitoes usually bite during the day, peaking during early morning and late afternoon/evening. This is …

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Vaccines for adults

Are there vaccines for adults? Can you list them down and discuss each briefly. ​—loida_ss16@gmail.com There are indeed vaccines for adults. Some are for those who have not been previously immunized either as children or adults while a few are to serve as booster doses to maintain the person's immunity to certain diseases. There are also some vaccines that are intended specifically for adults, particularly older adults. These are for diseases that the elderly are prone to. Below is a listing and a brief description of the vaccines that are recommended for adults in the general population. The list is consistent with the latest (2015) recommendations of the Philippine Foundation for Vaccination. Those vaccines such as meningococcal, rabies, typhoid, and hepatitis A vaccines that are recommended only for special categories of people (e.g., health care workers) have been excluded from the list. Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis vaccine (Tdap vaccine) This vaccine prevents tetanus, …

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Seeing red

Ever noticed a red and raised skin formation on your torso, face, neck, or any other part of your body? Were you suddenly worried that this red, mole-like growth might be skin cancer? Let us answer these questions and learn more about the causes and treatment for cherry angiomas, those red bumps that form on your skin that most probably are the ones you were worried about. Cherry angiomas, also called Campbell de Morgan (named after an English surgeon who observed it), senile angiomas, or cherry haemangiomas, are red, round, and usually raised skin formations that form and look as such because of the unusual growth of blood vessels inside it. Cherry angiomas may appear on almost any part of the body, but is more commonly seen on the torso, shoulders, …

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5-year-old survives fall from 11th floor

A 5-year-old girl recently fell from the 11th floor of a residential building in Chengdu, Sichuan province. At about 8:30 p.m. on the evening of Sept. 5, many residents of the Jinjiang City Park residential complex were gathered in the courtyard of Building No. 4. About 20 minutes prior, a young girl had fallen from above and landed in a patch of grass. One resident, who was in a teahouse on the first floor at the time of the incident, heard a loud sound. He ran out and quickly spotted the girl. “She wasn't bleeding or crying. She just blinked her eyes,” the resident recalled. According to another witness, she attempted to stand up, but bystanders stopped her. A reporter from Chengdu Commercial Daily noticed that there were several broken tree branches around …

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When beauty and wellness meet

One of the gifts of the magi to the Baby Jesus can now be yours, and we’re not referring to gold. Rustan’s The Beauty Source recently launched celebrated British organic beauty and wellness brand Neal’s Yard Remedies (NYR), including its full line of anti-aging skincare products made from the essence of frankincense. Calum Mackay, NYR’s director of international sales, and Amy Wise, NYR’s assistant international partnership manager, graced the recent ribbon cutting of the brand’s first boutique in the Philippines at Rustan’s Makati. They later drove to Sonya’s Garden in Cavite with a group of lifestyle journalists to further explain the brand. NYR’s award-winning, anti-aging Rejuvenating Frankincense Skincare Collection is said to be ideal for all skin types in helping cleanse, tone, and firm up the skin to reduce visible signs of aging. It doesn’t hurt that its pleasant aroma has a therapeutic effect that’s said to combine “calming and uplifting frankincense oil, oil-balancing mandarin and cooling antiseptic bergamot.” Frankincense is derived from the sap …

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How generic differ from branded drugs

What is the difference between a generic drug and a branded drug? Why are generic drugs much cheaper than branded ones? —swea_like3@yahoo.com   A generic drug differs from its branded counterpart only in name and price. The active ingredient in a generic drug is chemically identical to its branded counterpart. It is also identical—or bioequivalent—to its branded counterpart in dosage form, safety, strength, route of administration, quality, performance characteristics, and intended use. Generic drugs, however, are much cheaper than branded drugs. How a drug is named When a new drug is discovered, it is given a proprietary or chemical name, which describes its atomic or molecular structure, but this name is usually long and complicated and impractical to use in scientific forums and literature. Thus, it is given a nickname or generic name. For …

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