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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…

Allergies

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Gabay sa kalusugan AN allergy is a disorder caused by hypersensitivity (abnormal or excessive sensitivity) to substance that are eaten, inhaled, injected, or brought into contact with the skin. Hypersensitivity results from a misdirected response by the body’s immune system.…

We will not die in silence

AS I write this, the Eastern seaboard in the United States is struggling back to normal after the recent weekend-long of record-breaking blizzard called Snowstorm Jonas. At least 30 inches of snow that affected 14 states weighed down on roofs,…

‘Aging skin’

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BEAUTY is only skin deep, but the appearance of your skin is the standard by which people judge health and biological age. No one sees your liver, lungs, kidneys, or heart, but your face is always on display. Even if…

‘The Good Fat’

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Gabay sa kalusugan FAT has gotten a bad reputation lately and has been considered by many as public enemy number one, especially among the elders. But does it fully deserve that reputation? Many people associate fat with overweight or obese.…
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