Marou Pahati-Sarne

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At this time of Covid-19, quit smoking

“You have the right to smoke, but other people have also the right to live.” Dr. Anthony Leachon, a cardiologist of Manila Doctors Hospital, is one of the fierce advocates of the anti-smoking campaign in the Philippines. He has performed bypass operations to patients as young as 35 years old whose heart attack history can be traced to smoking cigarettes.

20/20 in 2020

We used to think that one should wait until the cataract is fully blocking the vision before he or she gets operated on. And when you’re 40 years old and above, you’ll still have to wear reading glasses even after the operation.

Erectile dysfunction: Anatomical or Psychological?

A lot of Filipino men suffer in silence because they think that erectile dysfunction is an embarrassing problem. They also think that maintaining an erection is vital in achieving optimal pleasure for both partners. A survey done by Harris Interactive Asia, a global market research firm, showed that 8 out of 10 Filipino men, and 7 out of 10 women think that the hardness of the manhood is important in a sexual relationship.

Takotsubo or broken heart syndrome

It is almost impossible to believe that someone can die or have an attack because of a broken heart. But severe stress due to deep emotional trauma, natural or man-made disasters, and physical trauma due to accidents or illnesses can cause Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, or broken heart syndrome.

Coronary Artery Disease

In fact, 5 out of 10 Filipinos die because of heart disease, based on the data of the Philippines Statistics Office. Last 2017, ischemic heart disease was the leading cause of death with 14.5 percent of Filipinos dying from it.

Is volcanic ash good for the skin?

Many beauty products boast of the beneficial effects of volcanic ash to the skin. These products claim that bentonite clay, another name for volcanic ash, can clear the skin of impurities because of its exfoliating effect, and can even give the skin a plump look.

Can’t get enough sleep?

Poor memory, weakening of the immune system and depression—these are just some of the health problems associated with sleep deprivation. Sleep experts say that the amount of sleep a person needs depends on many factors, among which is age.

Blindness from retinal damage

We see images because of our retina. This is a thin layer of tissue that circles the back of the eye. This cannot be seen by the naked eye because it’s inside one’s eye, near the optic nerve. Any changes or damage in the retina can only be seen by an optical machine.

Flesh-eating bacteria

Ronald Ancheta and his wife Estrellita, both dreamt of living together as husband and wife after they got married. These two overseas Filipino workers met each other through correspondence when Ronald was still working in Saudi Arabia as a pastry chef, while Estrellita was a domestic help in Hong Kong.

When your heart slows down

A normal heart beats at 60 to 100 per minute. But when your resting heart beats lower than 60 (except when you’re an athlete or engaged in sports activities), and you start experiencing frequent dizziness, lack of energy and fainting spells, you might already be experiencing a heart disease called bradycardia.

Can you live without the gallbladder?

A pear-shaped organ at the right upper quadrant of the abdomen, just below the liver, stores the bile, which breaks down and digests fats from the food that we eat. The liver produces the bile (in liquid form) and sends it to the gallbladder for storage so that the body can use this in the future.

Sore throat gone wrong

When you were young, did you have sore throat with fever and joint pains? Did you have it checked by the doctor or you just let it pass by taking home remedies like gargling warm water with salt or taking paracetamol?

Kidney Cancer

One of the 10 most common cancers in men and women is the kidney cancer or renal cancer. The kidney cells become malignant and form a tumor. Doctors admit that they still don’t know what causes kidney cancer, but there are risk factors.

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Disordered fat in the blood. This is the literal meaning of dyslipidemia, a lipoprotein metabolism disorder, which can cause overproduction or underproduction of lipoprotein.

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The condition related to temporary loss of consciousness is called syncope. Dr. Luigi Pierre Segundo, cardiac-electrophysiologist explains on Radyo Klinika at DWIZ 882 AM that syncope could occur when the blood flow to the brain from the heart is low or insufficient. When the heart doesn’t pump the necessary supply of oxygen to the brain, or when the blood pressure is too low, this can result to fainting of the patient.

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Bell’s palsy

Paralysis on one side of the face, drooping eyes and mouth are some of the physical manifestations of Bell’s palsy. This condition affects the muscles on one side of the face as the facial nerve that controls the muscles gets damaged.

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Blood in the urine or hematuria can be a cause of concern for many people especially when it changes the color of their urine from the usual light yellow to pink or dark red like tea. When the presence of red blood cells in the urine can be out rightly seen, this is called gross hematuria.

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Women in pain

WOMEN are more resilient to pain. Thus, when they experience pain in their lower abdomen, they just ignore it or take pain relievers. They only start to seek their doctor’s help when their vaginal discharge starts to smell foul, when there is pain during intercourse or urination, irregular bleeding in between menstruation, or when they experience fever.

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Teenage behavioral problems

PARENTS of “tweeners” and teenagers usually face the challenging task of understanding and correcting their children’s changing behavior. Absentee parents, particularly those who are working overseas, have a more challenging role.

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HEART disease is still one of the top killer diseases in the country. Five out of 10 Filipinos die of heart disease, according to a data from the National Statistics Office.

Syndrome X

Syndrome X, or more commonly known as metabolic syndrome, is a group of risk factors that a patient experiences all at the same time, which increases his or her chances of having a heart disease, stroke attack or Type 2 diabetes.

Enlarged Nut

PROSTATE enlargement usually happens to men when they reach the age of 50. But some start having this problem even at the age of 40, especially if they are genetically predisposed to have this (a family member had this condition).