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Scarred no more

Time may heal all wounds, but not all scars fade in time. In fact, some even worsen through the years, like keloids. Keloids are shiny, hairless mounds of excess skin that sometimes form after a wound. This irregularity in appearance makes a keloid unpleasant to look at especially when it appears in visible places of the body, like the face, neck, or arms. And because most of us place importance on having smooth, youthful, and flawless skin, having keloids can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, such that it may affect one’s self-esteem. This week, let us learn the effective treatments for keloids, and how they can be avoided. Keloids come from the Greek word cheloid, or crab claws, because of their mounted appearance on the skin. Keloids are raised scars that formed abnormally …

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15 Must have freezer friendly foods

Instead of simply utilizing your freezer as an ice maker and a storage space to prolong the shelf life of food, why not turn it into something that will provide you and your family nutrient-rich frozen items? Here are 15 healthy frozen food items that will come in handy when preparing quick and nutritious recipes. 1. Frozen vegetables—Conveniently cut and sliced, these ready-to-cook vegetables will ensure that you will always have your share of vitamins, minerals, and fiber during those times when fresh produce is not available. 2. Frozen fruits—Can either be store-bought like packed frozen berries or you can freeze fresh fruits such as grapes for a delightful cold snack and even overripe fruits such as bananas. 3. Nuts—Freezing nuts will prevent them from turning rancid and getting molds thus prolonging their shelf …

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Healthy and easy lunch ideas

By Jaq Abergas A lot of us want to eat healthier but sometimes, it’s difficult to maintain that healthy habit, especially when you have to leave early for work and come home late from work. So what do you do? You end up buying whatever is available, no matter how unhealthy it is. And sometimes, when you’re really hungry, you’ll just settle for any hot food you can chew. And these choices have made a negative impact on your energy, your productivity, and your mood. What if I show you some options you can do easily at home so you don’t have to suffer through bad choices (for your health and your wallet)? These recipes are dishes you can make if you have a lot of time for preparation, you only have …

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Sip sipon away

Feeling a bit under the weather this rainy season? You would need some immune-boosting nutrients from vitamin C-rich foods, lean protein and anti-inflammatory vegetables, and spices like cinnamon. There’s just something magically soothing about sipping hot chicken soup or warm ginger tea locally known as salabat on those days you are down with a cold or the flu. As an alternative, here is a nutrient-rich comfort food recipe developed by registered nutritionist dietitian Genevieve Dayrit to help you feel better in no time.   Healthy Molo Soup Ingredients for the filling: 500g ground chicken breast 1 cup shredded carrots ½ cup malunggay leaves 2 tablespoons minced white onions ¾ tablespoons minced garlic 2 teaspoons chopped spring onion 2 eggs 2 teaspoons of salt ½ tablespoon ground black pepper 1 pack molo wrapper (about 50 counts)   Ingredients for the soup: 1 cup chicken breast 1 tablespoon cooking oil 1 tablespoon garlic, …

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Hair unwanted

Were you born balbon? Having a lot of body hair is a challenge for women, especially if they have extra hair on the arms, legs, underarms, and upper lip, but these are quickly solved with the common hair removal techniques such as shaving, waxing, depilatory creams, and lasers. Unfortunately, some women suffer from excessive body hair, such that they go beyond being balbon and grow visible hair in places where men usually have them, such as the chin, stomach, chest, or back. This may look unpleasant, especially for women, leading to distress and discomfort. At times, it may even affect their daily life and restrict them in doing some activities. This is called Hirsutism. Let us learn how one can have it, if there is a cure for it, and the …

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Vaccines that prevent cancers

Which cancers are now possible to prevent by vaccines? Are vaccines against all forms of cancer forthcoming?  —lfe.ll@gmail.com   At present, the vaccines that are in the market are effective only against certain infectious diseases (e.g., polio, measles, chickenpox, and hepatitis B). These vaccines contain a relatively harmless antigen, a substance that resembles a disease-causing micro-organism such as a virus or bacterium. The antigen often consists of weakened or killed forms of the microorganism, its toxins or one of its surface proteins. When a vaccine is introduced into our body, it stimulates our immune system to produce antibodies and other immune responses that can destroy the microorganisms from which the antigen has been derived. Thus, the protection conferred by a vaccine is specific only to the particular antigen that is present in …

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Chasing the iron dream

By Aimee Lagman I was a PR and marketing professional at the top of my career, driven and work obsessed in need of a distraction. At that time, the choice was late night drinking and partying. Throw in heavy smoking in between—it was a  clear-cut symptom of unhealthy lifestyle. One day, I woke up and told myself that I wanted something more challenging. A friend encouraged me to run a marathon. My fitness journey began when I crossed the finish line of The Bull Runner Dream Marathon. I realized that, if I could finish a 42 km run, I could be a triathlete and become an “Ironman.” To earn the title, one must finish the ultimate endurance race, either 70.3 miles (1.9 km swim, 90 km bike, 21 km run)  or 140.6 …

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Oh my Gally!

It’s been exactly a year since I experienced the most excruciating pain ever. I felt like an elephant was weighing down on me. The pain radiated from my abdomen all the way to my spine and upper back. It intensified whenever I breathed! So I endured the pain as I took breaths of precious air. My pain threshold is high. I was in denial for three months all the while getting severe abdominal pain attacks. One was after I had a slice of pizza, then another after I attended a dinner party, and another one when I had half a cup of soda! I told myself perhaps my digestive system is more sensitive since I am no long used to eating high fat foods and drinking cabonated beverages for a decade …

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The mosquito menace in the Philippines

What diseases can be transmitted by mosquitoes? Can you briefly describe them? —ella_esterio@gmail.com   Mosquitoes can transmit many infectious diseases that are caused by a variety of microorganisms to people, but these diseases are mostly confined to certain geographical areas. In the Philippines, the mosquito-borne diseases include dengue, Chikungunya, Japanese encephalitis, malaria, and filariasis. Dengue, chikungunya, and Japanese encephalitis are caused by viruses while malaria and filariasis are caused by parasites.   Dengue and Chikungunya Dengue and chikungunya have things in common. They are both caused by RNA viruses, albeit from different families. Also, they are transmitted by the same mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. Furthermore, their signs and symptoms, which appear three to seven days after a bite from an infected mosquito, are similar—high grade fever, joint pain, joint swelling, rash, headache, muscle pain, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue.  The two diseases differ, however, in that Chikungunya is generally more benign than dengue (serious complications and fatalities occur rarely), although the joint pains that it produces are often more severe and incapacitating.   Japanese Encephalitis Japanese encephalitis (JE) is caused by the Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) whose most …

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Study touts possible game changer in lung cancer fight

After more than 30 years of practice, recent findings in lung cancer treatment are opening a new era. Conducted by MSD, also known as Merck in the U.S. and Canada, the study known as KEYNOTE-024 (KN-024) suggests that the immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab stands as a possible first-line treatment for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) to replace chemotherapy. KN-024 is a randomized trial comparing the efficacy of pembrolizumab and chemotherapy in 305 patients with previously untreated NSCLC that expressed high levels of PD-L1. Programmed Death-Ligand 1 or PD-L1 is a protein produced by tumor cells upon interacting with the immune system’s T-cells. PD-L1 deactivates T-cells and blocks their ability to identify and destroy tumors. By suppressing this protein, prembrolizumab boosts the immune system so it keeps cancer at bay. The KN-024 study showed pembrolizumab …

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