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That dengue/malaria drug

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One of the issues being raised against Health Secretary (on leave) Enrique Ona was the approval for testing on humans of an experimental drug that uses a combination of herbal drugs artemether, artesunate and berberine, under the name “ActRx TriAct” for the cure of both dengue and malaria.

Posted: December 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The drag on e-cigarettes

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Michael Russell and Murray Jarvik, two pioneers of smoking-cessation research in the 1970s, would probably have welcomed the development of the electronic cigarette or “personal nicotine vaporizer” (PNV).

Posted: November 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Ebola and beyond

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The United States and Europe have grossly overreacted to a few isolated cases of the Ebola virus within their borders. These panicked responses are not just futile. By violating basic scientific principles, they defy the fundamental ethical criterion for compulsory public-health action. And when it comes to protecting citizens from Ebola—not to mention preventing similar global health crises from emerging in the future—these responses may well be counterproductive.

Posted: November 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Start anti-Ebola education campaign with family

News reports say that the Philippine government is consolidating its response program to prepare the public and health sectors, including health workers in major transit hubs such as airports and seaports, to fight the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) in the event that it hits us.

Posted: November 17th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Training in martial arts builds both skill and character

Aside from the fact that regularly doing exercise and seriously engaging in sports improve health, getting involved in martial arts training may give the practitioner several essential benefits.

Posted: November 13th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

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