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Saving newborn lives during disasters

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Pregnancy is a scary time for all moms but in an emergency, those nerves can quickly turn into genuine terror.

Posted: May 8th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Prevent and reduce lead hazards in school makeovers

Education Secretary Armin Luistro is right in inviting donors to consider total makeovers of target public schools (“Do school makeovers, Luistro asks donors,” News, 3/24/14). To be sure, many of our public schools require complete makeovers to make them conducive to learning. But renovations, especially those involving repainting jobs, must be done safely to ensure the health and safety of our children and the workers themselves.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

The problem with sex education

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Some 10 years ago, I joined a group of high school students to do a “work camp” in Gasan, a small town in the western coast of Marinduque. The young boys repainted the physical structure of the public school and did some repairs. While looking at the work they were doing, I happened to go inside a classroom that was used by third-year high school students. There were piles of books the students would use for their studies, and I browsed through one they used for the subject “Health and Home Economics.” The author of the book devoted a chapter to pregnancy. I don’t recall the name of the author who I think was a woman. She gave wise advice to the young: Getting pregnant is best reserved for marriage, marriage must be prepared for, courtship done at the right time in one’s life, dating and choosing one’s spouse require mature judgment and so forth.

Posted: March 7th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Stress during pregnancy is harmful to offspring

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About seven years ago, a Manila-based couple visited Maine in the United States. They were both physicians-she an anesthesiologist, and he a surgeon. They were there to take a test to become nurses! I asked them why they wanted to migrate to the United States. They said they have a son with autism. At that [...]

Posted: February 5th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Forced to stay pregnant

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Her name is Marlise Munoz, and she is 33, the mother of a year-old boy and pregnant with her second child.   She is also lying in her bed at the ICU of John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas, in the United States, declared “brain dead” by her doctors.   But Marlise and [...]

Posted: January 10th, 2014 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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