Natural Is Still Best To De-Stress Your Tress

press release, announcement, all things healthy in between, health and beauty productsStriking a life balance is no easy task to do. It requires hard work and dedication which sometimes can be strenuous to achieve. Can you imagine how overtaxing it is to juggle between your career and providing for your loved ones?

Studies have shown that stress is commonly caused by interrelationships, such as having to deal with work issues and family-related complications. If left unresolved over time, it could lead to immune deficiency, which later on, might cause other parts of our body to show signs of disruption like hair loss.

Many of us could attest to that. It’s like always autumnal equinox whenever we experience chronic hair fall, most especially at the prime of stress. At its peak, our white blood cells attack no less than the follicles, thus causing alopecia. What’s more, anxiety could drive your mane into a prolonged resting phase, which is called telogen effluvium.

Stress experienced by the body or beyond our coping resources could trigger hair loss symptoms, which, if not addressed properly, could result to early baldness. Worried about this? Fret no more. You can beat it simply by relaxing, eating or flexing some muscles.

Never underestimate the power of sleep. If you feel that you are over your head in dealing with anxieties, choose to rest it off for a while and recharge. Continue reading

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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Press Release: The Medical City Opens Clinical + Translational Research Institute

The Medical City {TMC} announces the establishment of the Clinical and Translational Research Institute {CTRI} designed to meet the evolving needs of the medical community. The CTRI will also serve as a platform for the institution to assume a leadership role in bridging the gap in clinical research from the laboratory setting to its bedside application.

In short, translational research aims to translate findings in fundamental research into medical and nursing practice and meaningful health outcomes.

Researchers and Clinician-Scientists nationwide face common barriers in clinical and translational research that can delay the development of new interventions for patients in need. These challenges include difficulties in recruiting, mentoring and retaining a critical mass of qualified clinical and translational investigators; increased research costs and complexity; low patient recruitment and retention in clinical research studies; inflexible study designs, and increased regulatory burdens.

The creation of TMC-CTRI will bring in experts in clinical and biomedical research to address relevant health issues and find sustainable solutions through innovative research.

TMC-CTRI will support the innovative flagship programs of The Medical City which include the Institute of Personalized Molecular Medicine, Liver Center, Cancer Center and other clinical centers that are constantly finding ways to speed discoveries from bench to bedside.

It will also seek research partnerships and collaborative work in both local and international research institutions and institutions of higher learning.  Basic and translational biomedical researches can be structured based on the current unmet medical needs, from diagnostics to therapeutic researches such as on new chemical entities {NCE’s}, biologics and cellular therapeutics.

While TMC-CTRI believes in the diversity of knowledge and the explosion of scientific disciplines, the institute feels that, it is time that such wide ranging expertise would have to be integrated again into translational discipline.  To achieve this goal, TMC-CTRI will forge research alliances between clinical trialists, Clinician-scientists, MS and PhD holders and biomedical researchers that will serve as the heart of innovation and research translation.

“With TMC’s Institutional Review Board {IRB} reaching Level III accreditation, The Medical City is now poised to venture into providing the haven for relevant and life-saving clinical researches and drug trials for both local and international clienteles,” says Dr. Raul V. Destura, multi-awarded clinician and scientist and director of TMC-CTRI.

The IRB provides independent guidance, advice, competent review and free from bias decision on health research or other specific research projects involving human subjects. This important unit will ensure that patient’s rights and safety are safeguarded at all times.

TMC-CTRI will also integrate the existing network of hospitals, clinics and laboratories of The Medical City and create a “research highway” that is facilitative and research engaging.

TMC is currently the largest healthcare network in the country with one flagship health care complex, four provincial hospitals and over 40 clinics in Metro Manila and in select provinces in the Philippines.

It has taken its brand into the global arena through the ownership and operation of Guam Regional Medical City {GRMC}, the first and only private hospital in Guam and the establishment of ambulatory clinics in the Gulf Cooperation Council {GCC} countries.

“True to its mission of keeping the  ‘patient at center stage, service of greater worth,’  TMC-CTRI will use patient’s health and well-being as its universal compass in achieving its goals of providing innovative and state-of-the-art health interventions for the benefit of the Filipino people and beyond,” says Dr. Destura.

The formal launch of TMC-CTRI was held on April 26 at the Augusto Barcelon auditorium of The Medical City in Ortigas, Pasig City. Dr. Eva Cutiongco De La Paz, Vice Chancellor for Research and Executive Director of the National Institute of Health, University of the Philippines – Manila, was the guest speaker.

TMC Senior Vice President for Medical Services Group Dr. Eugenio Jose F. Ramos delivered the welcome remarks while President and CEO Dr. Alfredo R.A. Bengzon congratulated Dr. Destura and his team for this innovation in his closing statement.