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A new anti-AIDS medicine seeks to strengthen the immune system, fight the virus, and improve the patient’s quality of life SOMETIME IN THE mid-nineties, a French doctor working with patients infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Africa theorized that a drug for rheumatism could probably help his patients. He used the drug on [...]

Posted on July 22, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Health

‘Low and slow’ but gives us no reason to relax PRESIDENT ARROYO ONCE SAID that the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is not a big problem in the Philippines because of our morality. She may well cite current statistics to support her claim. The country is classified as one with a “low and slow” epidemic [...]

Posted on July 22, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Health

Lives have been lost because most hospitals lack facilities to treat severely burned patients TO THIS DAY, ROBERTO LOCSIN mourns the loss of his daughters to the fire that burned down his Sta. Mesa apartment in the summer of 1999. Had the girls, Jenny and Jocelyn, who were in their 20s, been given immediate and [...]

Posted on April 29, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Health

Her work bolstered the fight against dengue IN 1956, A STRANGE EPIDEMIC RAVAGED Manila and its environs. Children below 10 were dying by the dozens, reminiscent of the plague that hit biblical Egypt. At first, the victims suffered high fever and internal bleeding. Later, they exhibited purplish spots, a sign that their blood vessels had [...]

Posted on April 29, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Health, People, Profiles

A year after the country was declared polio-free, the childhood disease makes a troubling comeback SOMETIME IN MARCH LAST YEAR, health authorities were alerted on a suspected polio case in Cagayan de Oro City contracted by an eight-year-old boy. He was reported to be suffering from spasms and weakness, and there were signs of paralysis [...]

Posted on April 29, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Health

Universal coverage for social health insurance will remain a dream for years to come PATIENTLY THEY WAITED LAST April 5 in the social hall of Grace Park Elementary School, Kalookan. Men, women, boys, girls, young and old—all were unmindful of the stifling heat of the afternoon sun that penetrated the galvanized iron roofing. The event: [...]

Posted on April 29, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Health

It’s an uphill climb, but it can be done GO TO YOUR LOCAL DRUGSTORE and ask for the cardiovascular drug Norvasc. A box of 30 tablets will cost you P1,580. Buy it in India and the same brand sold by the same distributor will be worth only P64. Or try the 150-mg anti-tuberculosis capsules. At [...]

Posted on April 29, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Health

Health Secretary Manuel Dayrit knows he has to engage in the political arena to be effective MANUEL “MANOLET” Dayrit knows public health by heart. He learned this not only from medical school but from nearly a decade of dealing with it in the troubled barangays of Mindanao, Davao in particular. To Dayrit, community work in [...]

Posted on April 29, 2002   |   CATEGORY: Health

A friend called me up recently with a frantic message. Her cousin, Pinky, had been diagnosed with lupus. Lupus? Not many people are familiar with the disease—except those who remember that the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos had suffered from it. Lupus is a chronic, inflammatory multisystem disorder of the immune system. Antibodies are formed, and [...]

Posted on December 12, 2001   |   CATEGORY: Health
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