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Monday, February 20, 2017
To keep the baby growing strong and the mom healthy, most pregnant women are advised to add about 300 calories/day to their diet. Lactating women are recommended to add yet another 200 calories, for a full 500 calorie increase. For maximum absorption, the best way to add calories might...
Part 2 If you’re a woman and someone asks you about breast cancer, what comes into your mind immediately? Death sentence, that’s what. But that should not be the case.  In fact, the earlier a cancerous lump is detected and removed, the bigger the chances of treating it, says Dr. Antonio...

Be kind to your heart—DOH

The Department of Health (DOH) reminded that you should choose a heart-healthy gift or practice a healthy lifestyle and diet to keep one healthy as 30 percent percent of the deaths in the Philippines are cardiovascular diseases. “Be kind to your heart. Choose healthier options this Valentine’s Day, maintain a regular...
Part 1 SHE first noticed the lump in her breast in the last week of December 2006. “Initially, I felt a pain in my left armpit,” recalled Rosalinda E. Villaseca, the founding president of the Davao-based Mindanao Cooperative Cancer Society. She reckoned the pain must be due to the stressful driving she did from Panabao...
By Mary Mae Miral, RN LOVE and belongingness are human needs pointed out in Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs.” It talks about friendship, intimacy, affection and love that we achieve through our relationship with our family, loved ones, friends, special someone or with a work group. In other words, it is about the...
COMMUNICATION is not only the cornerstone of a happy relationship; it plays a key role in appreciating your partner’s emotional needs and resolving issues. We never thought it would happen in our happy family. After all, our kids were raised the old-fashioned way — You take your vows and work...
By Carmelo Cincotta FIRST, you must understand before you can be understood. This means you have to do a lot more listening and a lot less talking to find out what the other person is trying to say. Then when you know what that is, you can begin sharing your...
THE World Health Organizations (WHO) states in a fact sheet published online in May 2014 that “about 800 women die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related complications around the world every day.” “In 2013, 289,000 women died during and following pregnancy and childbirth. Almost all of these deaths occurred in low-resource settings,...
AS Maria Robinson once said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”  Nothing could be closer to the truth.  But before you can begin this process of transformation you have to stop doing the things that have been...
“Condoms will be available in Davao schools,” wrote Davao veteran journalist Alexander D. Lopez, in a headline that was carried by EDGE Davao last year. “The rational distribution of condoms in senior high schools in Davao region will push through despite the opposition posed by other sectors to the said measure,” penned...
Parents can now heave a sigh of relief. The Department of Education did not give a green light on the plan of the Department of Health (DOH) to distribute condoms among senior high-school students in a bid to address the rising number of young Filipinos infected with human immunodeficiency virus...
First of Two Parts With an infected toe, Rommel Barro went to see a doctor in one of the largest hospitals in Davao City. When the doctor told him that his foot had to be amputated, he was totally unprepared for what he heard.  He went home and refused to...
CUTTING down on carbs and introducing more of a plant-based diet might help you lose extra holiday weight and cleanse your body, you also should include herbs as part of a detox plan. Our bodies are well adapted to expelling toxins naturally, but they only can do so to...
HOW you manage your home plays a huge part in your health. Get started on healthier habits by going through a home detox to rid your home of toxic products. If you want to get healthy and stay healthy, it’s as easy as making some simple changes. Begin by taking...
AN estimated 7 million children across the Philippines currently experience hunger and malnutrition, painting a bleak picture amid rosy economic growth figures. This public health problem is largely driven by inadequate access to nutritious food, lack of nutrition education, and poor health and sanitation services. These challenges were unearthed in...
Nestled in the heart of Mandaluyong City, the Icon Clinic is home to a plastic surgeon who is slowly etching his name in the industry as the go-to surgeon for both men and women who want to take on the looks and body types of their favorite personality icons. Dr....
A new study reports that REM sleep actively converts waking experiences into lasting memories and skills in young brains. This post from Science Daily highlights the importance of REM sleep in the development of young brains and cautions against the increased use of medications that interfere with it. Rapid eye...
When it comes to our kids, we need to be just as meticulous about guarding and protecting their mental health as physical. Violence, bullying, being disruptive or destructive; these are traits plainly seen on kids who have a penchant for them. The impact they have on their parents, siblings, classmates,...
Getting kids to eat healthier is a challenge with all those TV ads promoting junk food for kids. As they grow old enough to mingle with their peers, they’re exposed to other kids who eat junk food in daycare, kindergarten, or first and second grades. Setting a strong example is...

Tuberculosis: Deadly as ever

Second of two parts “A vaccine that prevented tuberculosis would merit a Nobel Prize, but it’s just very difficult to develop.” – Tom Frieden  Since time immemorial, tuberculosis (TB) has been a public health threat.  As early as 460 BC, Hippocrates, the famous Greek physician, identified TB as a widespread and...