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FB CEO, wife pledge $3B to medical research

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative said on Wednesday it would commit 3 billion U.S. dollars over the next 10 years to help cure, prevent or manage all diseases by the end of the 21st century. An emotional Priscilla Chan, wife of…

Chest pain: Angina Pectoris

ANGINA Pectoris is not a disease in its own right. It is the name for pain that occurs when the muscular wall of the heart becomes temporarily short of oxygen. Normally, the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart…

Climate change threatens rice terraces in Cordilleras

THE Rice Terraces in the Cordillera Administrative Region are among the 31 natural and cultural World Heritage sites in 29 countries across the world that are becoming increasingly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, a new report released by…

‘Asthma in elderly people’

ASTHMA tends to be regarded as a condition of the young, particularly children, and indeed, it is very much more common in children, as we have seen. But there are some patients who develop asthma for the first time in…

Rainy season expected in early June -- Pagasa

ARE hot days over? According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), they see the start of the rainy season in the second week of June. Weather forecaster Jun Galang said the increased cloudiness and rains usually…

Swimmers' itch

SWIMMERS’ itch is an itchy rash caused by certain parasites that normally live on waterfowl and freshwater snails. On warm, sunny days -- especially in calm freshwater lakes or ponds -- these parasites can be released into the water. During…

Summer health problems

DURING summer, some typical heat-related problems are: rashes, headaches and feelings of irritation. For example: Blood pressure may rise from too much heat trapped in the body; damp-induced blister rashes, or boils can erupt on the skin; and if you…

Imagine a world without water!

IMAGINE the Sahara, Kalahari and Gobi deserts expanding and covering the earth with its dryness. Already the Gobi desert lays siege to China as the Sahara expands her borders. Well, the 5-year drought that has affected California, its agriculture and…

‘Emphysema’

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EMPHYSEMA is a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) caused by loss of elasticity and dilatation of the lung tissue. In emphysema, the lungs become less and less efficient because of progressive damage to the millions of alveoli, or…

Save our seas

The oceans comprise nearly seventy one percent of our planet. They harbor more biodiversity and species than any ecosystem in the planet. They are the source of life and no one really knows its value. They just treat it like…

‘Smoking is dangerous to your health’

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SMOKING is a leading preventable cause of death all over the world. If you are a regular smoker, you are probably losing about 5-1/2 minutes of life expectancy for each cigarette you smoke. Cigarette smoking is a major cause of…

Chronic cough

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Gabay sa Kalusugan FOR many people, a chronic cough -- one lasting eight weeks or longer -- is much more than an annoyance. In addition to being physically draining, a cough that hangs on for months can alienate your family…

We will never surrender

AS I write this, the island of Fiji is still reeling from the effects of a recent super typhoon. This island will take years to recover. These super typhoons and climate calamities that have affected the weather patterns globally will…

Climate Change a war we cannot afford to lose

CLIMATE Change is the greatest threat to our planet and civilization. The planet will still be here but our civilization as we know it will cease to exist. Already the freezing winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the snow storms…
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