How To Fight Mental Illness

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When it comes to our health, we think of a small list of items. We think of weight and fitness, primarily, alongside medical conditions, or a lack thereof. However, health is more nuanced than that, and the perfect example is that of mental health. Mental health is not even always recognized as a genuine health concern. Mental illnesses are often mocked and dismissed instead of treated. Many who suffer from a mental illness may never get diagnosed or treated simply because of the stigma that has been placed upon their condition and others like it. However, the good news is that, in such a case, there are ways to alleviate the symptoms of a mental illness like depression or general anxiety disorder that anyone can do. Here are some suggestions.

First and foremost, take some time out of your day from time to time to simply relax. We as a society don’t relax often enough, and that may be, in and of itself, a contributing factor in the rise of mental illnesses. Taking some time to relax can do wonders for your mood when you’re having a hard time, so take a nice, hot bath to melt your troubles away. However, if relaxing for you is excitement, why not grab a ticket from StubHub and go see the new movie everyone’s talking about. Taking time for yourself, whatever that means, is important for stabilizing your mood, mental illness or not.

Another, somewhat surprising, way to alleviate anxiety and depression is to just go for a walk. The change in scenery and light exercise of taking a walk is known to alleviate these conditions and provide a boost to creativity, so it helps clear your mind and make you feel at ease. Lastly, try to avoid undue stress. Stress is an inevitable part of life, I’m afraid, but much of it can be avoided, and it should be. You don’t need to give your illness any more ammunition than you have to.

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The Fight Against Asthma Starts At Home With The Sharp Plasmacluster Air Purifier

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Asthma continues to be one of the most common chronic diseases in the Philippines. Almost 11 million Filipinos suffer from it, according to a report by the Asthma Insights and Reality in the Asia Pacific. It is also, sadly, the most common disease behind childhood morbidity.

Asthma, however, is a manageable disease. There are now a number of ways to reduce asthma attacks and strengthen one’s respiratory system, but one of the leading causes for its prevalence – indoor air pollution – may still be widely overlooked.

Indoor air pollution is serious, but it is not as seriously considered as outdoor air pollution. Perhaps it is because it is natural for us to feel safer at home. But unhealthy indoor air is a true barrier to proper asthma management. According to the American Lung Association, poor indoor air quality contributes greatly to the development of chronic lung diseases like asthma.

So how do we manage indoor air pollution? Continue reading

The Medical City Unveils Its New Technology For Early Detection Of Lung Cancer

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The Medical City speakers for the day: Dr. Christine Chavez, Dr. Ramy Roxas, and Mr. Roberto Posadas Jr.

The Medical City recently hosted a talk to unveil its latest technology acquisition and I am glad to be part of the occasion. Endobronchial Ultrasound {EBUS} is a state of the art minimally invasive procedure used in lung cancer diagnosis, infections, and other chest inflammatory diseases, it is the first of its kind in the country and The Medical City is the first and the only hospital in the Philippines to offer this kind of procedure.

All about EBUS

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EBUS is a procedure that incorporates ultrasound technology in bronchoscopy. Simply put, with a small video device, it allows bronchoscopists to view lung abnormalities through and beyond the surface of the airways for real-time image guidance during procedures, thereby a higher degree of diagnostic accuracy and safety is possible.

Dr. Christine Chavez, interventional pulmonologist and head of the Lung Unit of The Medical City Center for Cancer Care and Research said that they are expecting to increase detection rates of early stage lung cancer, that may also be salvageable by surgery and has good prognosis with EBUS as an additonal diagnostic option for high-risk patients.

EBUS assists patients and doctors by shortening the time from diagnosis to treatment, and with real-time imaging and ultrasound guidance, doctors can effectively map and evaluate biopsy tumors and lymph nodes.

The Anatomy of Cancers

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the world in both men and women with more than one million deaths annually. In the Philippines, it is also the leading cause of death from cancer, with a reported death of 9,184 out of 11,458 cases {for the year 2010}. Most of these cases leading to deaths were detected at a much later stage of cancer, making the treatment all the more difficult and lowering the patient’s chance to survive the illness. Studies show that an estimate of 10,000 deaths from cancer could have been prevented with early diagnosis and treatment.

Colorectal cancer, a cancer that starts in either the colon or the rectum, on the other hand, ranks 4th among cancer-related deaths in Filipinos and recent studies showed that the Philippines has a higher colorectal cancer mortality compared to other countries. The Philippine Cancer Society, Inc statistics shows that about 75% of the people affected were 50 years old and above. It is also estimated that 1 out of 1,800 Filipinos will develop this cancer yearly.

The Importance of Screening and Early Detection

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Dr. Chavez stressed the importance of early detection and diagnosis in treating lung cancer. She also stressed the significance of screening people who they termed high risk for the disease. These people are those who have been smokers for a prolonged period of time, those who are exposed to second-hand smoke, and has a lung cancer history in the family. Age, lifestyle or environment, and genetics are the factors medical practitioner take into consideration to determine these high risk individuals.

Dr. Manual Francisco “Ramy” Roxas, head of The Medical City Colorectal Clinic said that with good screening and early diagnosis, 90% of colorectal cancers are curable. A multi-modality treatment that includes chemotherapy, pre-operative radiotherapy, and surgery, are also responsible in improving colorectal cancer outcomes. Continue reading