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Rory Visco

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Education campaigns, info drives about HIV, sex are keys to preventing spread of disease

FOR almost four decades now, or from 1984 up to March of this year, a total of 97,792 cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus or HIV were recorded, with about 5,548 fatalities. In March of this year alone, 1,539 individuals were tagged as confirmed HIV-positive, according to the HIV/AIDS & Anti-retroviral Therapy (ART) Registry of the Philippines or HARP.

Health-care workers, students need to conquer mental health issues to fight future pandemics

IT’S been 32 months and two weeks since the pandemic was declared in the Philippines. Though it’s a lot easier nowadays with more people going out to do more things than they did prior to the pandemic, many are also suffering in silence. Many are still not well, many are still harboring negative thoughts of being uncertain of what the future holds. They feel irritable and disconcerted, and hardly sleep or eat.

Children to learn how to stay safe while back in school

Children are back to school for face-to-face classes. Though learning is still in “hybrid” mode, or a mix of face-to-face and virtual learning on certain days of the week, many parents are still apprehensive. And since the order of the Department of Education (DepEd) already calls for a full face-to-face, onsite learning setup by November 2022, the disquietude is perfectly understandable.

Foundation launched to provide help to women victims of domestic violence

“Has it come to a point in your life that you wondered why you are still to be blamed why you were raped, or why your partner hit you or did something bad to you? Have you looked at yourself in the mirror and thought that you don’t know yourself, and the bad things you did because you were in pain and because you were undergoing great trauma? It is really difficult thinking that bad things were done to you yet you are the one to be blamed for all the wrongdoings, but it’s more difficult thinking that you yourself is part of the problem.”

Education needed to conquer hazards compounded by Covid-19

There is nothing more dangerous than a calamitous event related to the climate, and this is true in every country in the world. Even earthquakes, a geologic event not connected to the climate, or a volcanic eruption, can cause monumental and disastrous effects such as damage to infrastructure and loss of lives.

Growing incidence of pediatric eye problems a concern, says expert

A Philippine Eye Disease Study done in 2018 revealed that the prevalence rate for vision impairment and blindness in the country was at 1.98 percent, which is about 1.1 million Filipinos with cataract, about 400,000 with uncorrected error of refraction, around 300,000 with glaucoma, and at least 200,000 with maculopathy or diabetic retinopathy, which is common for people suffering from diabetes.

Fight vs. dengue to continue despite Covid-19 pandemic–experts

THIS is that time of the year, the wet season as we call it, when dengue, that viral disease spread by mosquitoes, particularly the Aedes aegypti kind, appears from around May to November. Rains bring volumes of water, where much of it becomes stagnant in homes whether in cans, rain gutters, pails, tires, even puddles in the backyard. These then become the home of infected mosquitoes that spread dengue to humans through their bite.

Caring and nurturing the ‘best hope’ of the future

AT present, about 73 percent of the country’s public schools are already holding face-to-face classes. In the next academic school year, the Department of Education (DepEd) is looking at 100-percent implementation of face-to-face classes in public schools nationwide.

Address vaccine inequity first before giving 2nd booster—expert

THE country’s Health Technology Assessment Council (HTAC) has already recommended the administration of a fourth dose or Booster Shot Number Two to the immunocompromised population 18 years old and above. Immunocompromised are those receiving cancer treatment or immunosuppressants, and also those with advanced or untreated HIV infection, among others.

Pausing is the key to avoid burnout

Two years have passed since the start of the pandemic. A lot of people have managed to overcome and survive not just the physical but also emotional effects of the dreaded Covid-19 and are now enjoying a rejuvenated lifestyle.

The polls, the pols and people’s pulse

JUST like any other elections in the past, opinion or pre-election polls (or “surveys”) are released to help provide voters a clear picture of how people perceive candidates for national or even local posts, and help aid voters in their decision-making when choosing the country’s next leaders.

Some throat lozenges found effective against Covid-19

Whenever people have sore throat, there are a lot of remedies available and readily used by most people. There’s the trusted (mostly reliable) ginger concoction called “salabat,” while some would simply use a saline solution (warm water and some salt) and gargle to get rid of bacteria that causes sore throat, and of course, the ever-trusted over-the-counter lozenges to help relieve sore throat problems and manage coughs and colds.

Elderly told to think twice before going out

The elderly or the senior citizens were the most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. They are at the most risk, the most vulnerable in contracting Covid-19. Many have comorbidities that would be fatal, either in terms of severity or even death, if they contract the disease. Our culture values our elderly so much that is why extra layers of precaution were taken to ensure their safety, especially in terms of isolation and in prioritization as soon as Covid-19 vaccines.

Expert says mental health issues brough about by Covid-19 to take longer to beat

THE pandemic is slowly subsiding but mental health problems among Filipinos are reportedly on the rise and perhaps may stay even longer compared to the infection. Some mental health issues like depression, anxiety, even suicide, were seen to increase globally, and some data mentioned that 20 percent of Covid-19 survivors experienced mental health issues within three months of the infection, most likely because of stress, the impact of lockdowns, and the fear of even their loved ones testing positive of the dreaded disease.

It takes a village to treat spine, brain tumors—CSMC

THERE is no denying that the discovery of a tumor, whether in the brain or the spine, can cause anxiety and worry on anyone, or even unrest or turbulence in a family. And having a tumor in the brain or the spine can be absolutely terrifying for anyone, especially during this time of a pandemic, where even going out of the house can already be traumatic.

Innovation, digital transformation to secure future of hospitals

THE idea of hospitals surviving the almost two years of this debilitating pandemic was something for the record books. Everyone knows how hospitals, the medical frontliners worked hard to care for those who contracted the dreaded Covid-19 and other ailments despite the challenges in mobility, sanitation, better understanding of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the corresponding Covid-19, and other circumstances. It was totally understandable because even the global medical community never knew what hit them. No one really knew.

Is there light at the end of the Omicron tunnel?

WHILE the Covid-19 pandemic rages, punctuated by the arrival in the country of the highly transmissible Omicron variant, unemployment in the Philippines continue to be a concern. In December 2021, unemployment rose to 6.6 percent, a tad higher from 6.5 percent a month earlier, the lowest since January 2021, while unemployed Filipinos stood at 3.27 million compared to 3.16 million in November.

Understanding the Department of Migrant Workers

There is no denying that Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) continue to be considered one of the champions of the Philippine economy. Their remittances remain to be a strong factor and consistent bright spot in setting the pace for economic recovery.

The hidden pandemic of domestic violence, abuse vs women, children

WHILE the whole world grappled with an infectious disease, it was not just the infection that people had to deal with. The pandemic forced many to stay at home to be safe from a debilitating virus and to control its spread. However, being at home and preventing social interaction brought about not only mental stress; women and children became easy targets for abuse and many forms of violence because of mobility restrictions.

PGH ready for next pandemic–Legaspi

The medical care system was the most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Hospitals in the Philippines suddenly grew ill as they had to deal with the huge number of people with Covid-19 brought to them daily. With the constant influx of Covid-19 patients, they became worried about how to take care of the non-Covid-19 ones as well.

Booster shots to target health-care workers first

As massive amounts of vaccines continue to arrive in the country, talk about booster shots became stronger, even the issue of “mix-and-match.”  Are “booster” shots the same as “third shot?” Is it safe to use a different vaccine after being fully vaccinated with another? Who should be prioritized in getting extra shots?

Men reluctant to deal with prostate problems

Remember finding out or reading stories of people talking about their prostate problems? Some even passed away because they didn’t pay much attention to it. A vast majority of men probably don’t even know about prostate or prostate cancer or Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). Is it dangerous to one’s health? Is this ailment exclusive to men?

Covid-19 inspires creation of superior, cost-effective biomedical devices

During the “Stop Covid Deaths” webinar by the University of the Philippines titled “Laging Handa: World Class Filipino Covid-19 Innovations,” it presented various innovations in healthcare management, all locally made with local materials, to help in the fight against Covid-19 as well as other ailments or applications in other sectors in the future to help revolutionize medical care in the Philippines.

Telemedicine is the future of health care, says expert

The advent of the Covid-19 pandemic definitely overwhelmed the country’s health-care system with the deluge of patients suffering from Covid-19 confined at many hospitals and other medical facilities. However, it also forced those with other ailments to take a back seat, particularly in terms of face-to-face consultation with their doctors at hospitals or even clinics, for fear of contracting the disease.