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By Mr. Rapid Eye Monday
It was exactly a week before my 21st birthday when I found out that I’m never going to be able to leave my parents’ house, get an apartment in Manila and work for a Fortune 100 company, or visit the Grand Canyon in the United States, or have kids of my own, or get health [...]
Four hundred thirty-one HIV cases—the highest number of cases reported in a month this year. The Department of Health announced that number and that claim only in June. But a month later, that figure would be breached with 449 new cases, a record high that didn’t last long. In October, the number climbed to 491, a new benchmark that’s about 66 percent higher than the 295 cases reported in the same month last year.
By Joshua J. Suico
Cancer. It is a sickness generally considered as afflicting only old or middle-aged people. Of course, this is not true; a lot of cancer patients are children, adolescents, and young adults. As for myself, I knew that cancer can strike anyone at any age, but I never gave a thought to it ever happening to me. That’s why when it came in the middle of my march toward the future, my initial response was of utmost disbelief.
By David Benton
When we are ill and we take some medicine, each of us probably has the same mixed feelings of relief and hope that it will make us feel better. Most of us usually get our medicines from somewhere reliable, someone we trust: a pharmacy, a doctor or a nurse. No matter where we get it, the hope is always the same—that it will work and improve our condition. We rarely think that it might not actually work because the pill is fake.
By Solita Collas-Monsod
My first choice as subject matter for this column was the Supreme Court’s decision on the Priority Development Assistance Fund. It was announced to the media late Tuesday afternoon, so there was plenty of time for me to read it myself, together with any separate concurring opinions before writing.
Now that food, water, clothing and other relief goods are moving to Tacloban City and other areas in the Visayas hard-hit by Supertyphoon “Yolanda,” another front in the campaign to help the survivors of the tragedy has opened with the recent deployment by the Department of Health of a 55-member team of psychologists.
By Jaifred Christian F. Lopez
It was the start of a legend, one that speaks of how 72 newly minted doctors, initially apprehensive to carry out a campaign for better health in the countryside, eventually became its staunch crusaders. It is a legend that speaks of how a common experience of serving as rural health physicians turned these medical graduates into forces to be reckoned with.
By Michael L. Tan
A recent report in the South China Morning Post, a Hong Kong newspaper, caught my eye. It was about “disciplined services staff” asking that their retirement age be raised from the current 55 to 60.
By Leonardo L. Leonidas
Ideally, all physicians should use evidence-based practice to get the best outcome, or less complications, for the prescriptions they give or procedures they administer, or not.
The importance of the issue of the beginning of human life was clearly put forward by professor emeritus of human embryology of the University of Arizona School of Medicine, Dr. C. Ward Kischer: “Since 1973, when Roe vs. Wade was adjudicated, there have been many socio-legal issues involving the human embryo.
We, Alliance of Health Workers members in different hospitals, oppose the plan of Mayor Joseph Estrada to close some city hospitals in Manila, “to lower government expenses and save money.”
By Erica Pauline Sta. Cruz
I went to the PCMC (Philippine Children’s Medical Center) because my brother had a scheduled checkup. It was a Tuesday morning in June. My dad told me to come with them in case there would be time for him to still go to work, and I could keep my mom company. After all, I have no Tuesday classes.