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How eHealth is Protected by Anti-Cybercrime Law – Not affected by Bongbong Marcos’ Amendment


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Medical innovation can make the much-needed health care for Filipinos more affordable and convenient. This is through Telemedicine or eHealth as the terms used by the Department of Health. Prior to the eHealth law, the major concerns are already addressed through the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. Then Senator Edgardo Angara is the author and sponsor of the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. Bongbong Marcos also passed a bill to amend it but only the clause that pertains to libel.

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[VIDEO]: As part of the Data Culture Champions in Asia series, we share how health tech start-up, Ring MD, brings affordable health care to people by connecting patients and doctors around the world, 24/7.

Telemedicine or eHealth Protection

The section 4 of the Cybercrime Prevention Act stresses that these offenses over the internet are punishable by law:  Offenses against the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of computer data and systems. This includes illegal access. This pertains to the access of the whole or any part of a computer system without right. In a Telemedicine or eHealth system, the account of an individual is protected by a password that only the owner should know. So, medical and credit card data are safe.

No Lining Up at the Doctors’ Clinic for Check-up and Med Cert

Actual consultation and physical examination for minor illnesses are manageable through the eHealth system’s app like Ring MD. BPO employees can already spend their sick leave resting than spend the whole day to travel back and forth to the hospital and wait for hours at the clinic, just to secure the medical certificate required. The prescription is also available online.

Management of Chronic Diseases

Serious emergency cases and initial consultations for chronic diseases must be administered in hospitals. However, once the condition is stable, it can be managed at home as supervised by the chosen doctor accredited by Ring MD or other medical service providers enrolled in. Since this innovative health care is already here, it is best to select a physician that is available through the app. The selected doctor can then attend to individual’s needs through it at the comfort of one’s home.

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Total Advantage of eHealth for Doctors and Patients

With eHealth, the doctors’ time availability is maximized. That means, more treatments are provided regardless of the location of both the physician and the patient. The system allows convenient and secure payment process using a credit card. Insurance coverage is also honored if the insurance provider is already a partner of the telemedicine provider. Soon, doctors who are not affiliated with this medical technology find themselves left behind by their peers. Channel inquiries through

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Ferdinand Marcos on Healthcare Priority Agenda: Take Care of Filipino Hearts


By: Danilo Flores II

The next president of the Republic of the Philippines should put healthcare programs on top of the list of significant agenda. In the 2016 Presidential race, five contenders promised to ensure that all Filipinos must have a 100-percent Philhealth coverage. The present administration of President Digong aims to decongest the current specialty hospitals in Metro Manila. All provinces across the Philippines must at least have tertiary hospitals equipped with Intensive Care Units. If this is not possible in the current administration’s term, how about the next?

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[VIDEO]: Imelda Marcos Heart Center opening. President Marcos narrates that when he wed, former first lady Imelda Marcos, he only asked for her to take care of his heart – but she ended up taking care of the hearts of Filipinos!

The Role of Local Government Units

As mandated by the Local Government Code of 1991, the Local Government Units must enjoy genuine and meaningful local autonomy to attain full development as self-reliant communities that contribute to the achievement of national goals. Features of the LGC include the relinquishing of responsibilities of the national government in favor of the government units to efficiently mobilize their own resources.

How Effective are the LGUs Delivering Healthcare Services?

Currently, the local government units in provincial, cities, municipalities down to barangay level has become inefficient in delivering basic healthcare services to the countryside. This can be primarily attributed to financial constraints. There is a great lack of budget for spending on infrastructure, purchase of medicines, ambulance and personnel. The sad reality is that LGU’s is not effective in providing healthcare services compared to the central government.

Alternative Source of Income

Hospitals in the provinces most likely become income generating projects of the Local Government Units. Such hospitals are now comparative to various private hospitals wherein patients could not be admitted without down payment. The LGU’s cannot afford to maintain the salaries and wages of the physicians, nurses, and staff without asking payments from the patients, defeating the very purpose of its creation.

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Realistic Platform: Do it the Marcos Way

During the presidential race, the current administration pushed healthcare programs as one of its main platforms. The first six months of the term of President Digong proves that the President’s priority program is the war on drugs. Such advocacy has become controversial due to issues on extrajudicial killings. All Filipinos hope that he make good on his promise of establishing healthcare programs to uplift the overall health of the Filipino people. If not, at least the next president should make this a priority. Who’s that going to be? The current Vice President who is a neophyte in the executive level or the son, of the healthcare initiators in the country, Bongbong Marcos?

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Makati’s Precautionary Measures to Prevent Zika Virus effects on Babies


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Zika is associated with microcephaly or babies born with small heads. It mostly affects pregnant women. Symptoms of Zika infection include fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes), headache and muscle pain. These common conditions cannot be ignored these days. Early consultations is a must.

[VIDEO]: Pregnant women affected by Zika virus gave birth to defective babies. See the extremity of the problems the virus caused to the young ones.

Zika Transmission

Health authorities believe that Zika is transmitted by sexual contact and through the bite of the Aedes mosquito, also identified as the vector in transmitting Dengue and Chikungunya.

Makati Worker Diagnosed with Zika

One of the reported Zika cases in Metro Manila, is  a 42-year old male, who works in Makati but is a resident of Mandaluyong. Despite not being a Makati resident, precautions are undertaken in the city as a precautionary measure.

Mayor’s Plea

Mayor Abby Binay asks residents to remain calm and participate in a citywide cleanup drive to destroy breeding sites of mosquitoes. She urges residents to always keep their homes and surroundings clean. It is important to make sure in eliminating stagnant water and other usual breeding sites of mosquitoes.

No Need to Panic

City health officer Dr. Bernard Sese also assured residents there was no need to panic. “The male patient found positive of Zika virus, who is a non-resident, is already well. They have stepped up efforts to determine areas in the barangays with high-density of mosquitoes through setting up ovi-larvi traps; as ordered by the mayor.

High-risk Barangays are Identified

Based on the results of the ovi-larvi trap, high-risk areas in the barangays are identified and subjected to intensive cleanup operations jointly conducted by the barangay and city personnel. The city would only resort to misting when despite cleanup efforts, ovi-larvi trap results remain high.

Health Education Vital

The MHD chief also underscored the importance of continuous health education of people in the community regarding the prevention of virus infection and transmission.

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Binay Inspired Free Access Community Health Network

Access Community Health Network

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Never mind those who are into the character assassination of former Vice President Jejomar Binay, they do not understand that it takes more than money to build a community like Makati.  The Jojo Binay Free Access Community Network is definitely a model for the public services nationwide.

[VIDEO]: See how Jojo Binay’s Community Outreach Inspiration goes on today under the leadership of Mayor Abby Binay. They are carried out by area leaders of Makati from sports to caravans

Enabling local Leaders

Teamwork counts in making the city more progressive. This is in the sense that the local government is making sure that healthcare, livelihood, social and educational needs plus basic humanitarian assistance are provided for. Free in lieu of the people’s taxes. Local leaders have a free hand in nurturing their constituents following of course Jojo Binay’s inspiration.  This also empowers the citizens of Makati to extend help to relatives and friends elsewhere since their basic needs are taken cared of. Surely the kind of public services with a heart and compassion.

Random Checks by the Mayor

Mayor Abby Binay surprises senior citizens confined at the Ospital ng Makati recently. The hospital visit is part of a series of activities jointly organized by the Elderly Welfare Section of the Makati Social Welfare (MSWD) and Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (OSCA) in celebration of the Elderly Filipino Week.

Kindness Beyond Duty

Mayor Abby Binay gives Venice Nina Sosa, an eight-year-old bone cancer patient, a new laptop during the latter’s visit to the City Hall. The Mayor gave the laptop to Sosa as a gift, after the cancer patient expressed her wish to own one. The girl, a resident of Barangay Olympia, was spotted by former Vice President Jejomar Binay in one of his wake visits. On learning of Venice’s condition, he promised to extend medical assistance to her.

Makati multi-service caravan

The city has institutionalized the caravan to bring city government services directly to the residents of Makati. “We encourage our residents to come when the caravan is in their barangay to enjoy a variety of free services without having to go to City Hall.  Scheduled twice in a month, the caravan is a one-stop-shop offering a wide range of services for free from various frontline City Hall offices, together with the JCBinay Foundation and other partner-NGOs.

Mobile Services Offered via the caravan

Free services offered include medical, dental and eye check-ups, blood sugar screening, x-ray, ECG, medicines, legal advice and services, processing of birth certificates and similar documents. A feeding program is also held for undernourished children, while free massage and hair cutting services are also made available. Pet owners can also bring their dogs and cats for free anti-rabies vaccination.

Further Improvements of the Binay’s Free Access Community Health Network

The city government of Makati has extended the period of validity of the Yellow Card for residents from one year to three years effective October 10, and introduced innovations designed to streamline processes in seeking medical services at the city-run Ospital ng Makati (OsMak). When you are sick, broke and nowhere else to go, think if your local government and the community have something like the Binay’s Free Access Community Health Network.

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Smiling Dogs that make your day – No need to buy unlike Amazon Smile

Amazon smile

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Amazon Smile is a campaign that gives 0.5% to charity on the amount of your purchase from the site. This article is not about that but the images on the video can really put a smile on your face. That’s for free!

[VIDEO]: Look at these smiling dogs to make your day. This is a way of beating stress. So, gain from these dogs for your health.

Amazon Smile Reference

Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at Amazon, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as , with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support. However, this campaign has been criticized by some so we’ll stick with the smiling dogs.

Revealing Dog’s bared teeth is not smiling

Children particularly tend to mistake a dog’s bared teeth for a “smile”. Ith is often the reason kids end up getting bitten by dogs when they try to zoom in for a hug. (Your periodic reminder: Dogs hate hugs.) For example, to a kid, it could kind of look like the dog below is smiling. To the researchers who study DogFACS, this expression is the painstakingly unemotional combination of AU110 (upper-lip raised), AU109 (nose wrinkled), and AU116 (lower-lip depressed), as Catia Caeiro of the University of Lincoln explained in an email to Science of Us.

Sad Looking Dog

The inner raised eyebrow just makes dogs look so sad. As if they are desperate for human companionship and care; it also makes their eyes look larger, and therefore more infant-like. “It’s a ‘You look like an infant baby, here, I’ll protect you,’ kind of thing”. It’s an assessment based on human interpretation but not really that of the dog’s emotions.

No Guilty Look

Remember the “guilty look,” or the face your dog makes when you get home and find your favorite shoes have been used as chew toys? Is it truly a look of guilt — as in, the dog knows he’s done something wrong? Or is it a reaction to their human companion’s angry face?

The Bond Matters

“It’s completely fine to follow your intuition” when interpreting your dog’s emotions. If the bond is there, that’s based on this special relationship and this special history we have with dogs.” People who love their dogs likely already get the gist.

Smiling Images

The dogs might not be smiling at all in some of the images – but they are still a stress-relief. So, happy viewing for good health.

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Clinton: Obama’s patient protection and affordable care act crazy but Trump’s version, worst

patient protection and affordable care act

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Former President Bill Clinton criticized the Affordable Care Act at a campaign, says that the way President Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment works in practice is “the craziest thing in the world.” But Donald Trump’s strategy is not the answer either.

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[VIDEO]: Watch how Bill Clinton criticizes an ally’s Obamacare – but Trump’s strategy, not the solution either; according to an observer.

It’s supposed to be patient protection and affordable care act

“You’ve got this crazy system where all of a sudden 25 million more people have healthcare and then the people are out there busting it sometimes 60 hours a week wind up with their premiums doubled and their coverage cut in half,” he said in Flint, Mich. “It’s the craziest thing in the world.”

Still, Clinton said repealing the Affordable Care Act—as Republican nominee Donald Trump wants to do—isn’t the answer.

Did not Work for All

The system works for people who are eligible for Medicaid or for other insurance subsidies, Clinton added, but not for middle-class families who make too much to get government assistance but still have trouble affording high premiums.“

Clarification from Hillary Clinton’s Camp

Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook said the former president was referring to the way the health care system used to work.

Just an Observation – showing that there’s a room for further improve

“Well, what he was referring to was the health care system [touches earpiece] both as it used to be and then sometimes what happens in some of these markets, you know, where basically the marketplace skews the cost,” Mook said. “This is exactly why we’ve got to do something about premium increases”.

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Any match with $healthcare?: Follow-up on Binay’s Preventive Healthcare Campaign with the OVP?


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
If Obama’s $healthcare program is crazy, try the Philippines’ poor healthcare benefits from the government. If you are seriously sick and broke, can your local government help you? Makati residents may not have problems with this but the rest of the country do.

[VIDEO]: Former Vice President Jejomar Binay was already on his preventive healthcare campaign as his term ended. Watch the video what preventive healthcare is.

The ex-Vice President can only do so much

During the term of former Vice President Binay, he was campaigning already for preventive healthcare. Prevention is the best cure they say. Vaccinations are already compulsory in Barangays. Basic medical supplies in most health centers were also distributed. The DOH also promoted dancing and other exercises in their sanitary efforts to avoid dengue plus other exercises. But lifestyle change can only be fully implemented by each individual.

Far from becoming $healthcare

Binay had a good point in promoting preventive healthcare. It does not cost the government too much money. It’s educating and promoting healthy, lifestyle that matters most. The result would be minimized cases of diabetes, cancer, and other stress-related diseases. This should be continued by the new Vice President Leni Robredo.

Major Facts about Preventive Healthcare

Makati healthcare benefits are not extended to most parts of the country because of budget constraints. The national government’s allocation to each city and municipality cannot give quality healthcare services to their multitude constituents. Unlike in Makati, the Binays founded their own foundation to legally ask for donors and other private corporations to help in improving such facilities and medical supplies.

Calling V.P. Robredo to Continue Supporting Preventive Healthcare

As presented in the OVP website, Binay’s plea can be read: This is crucial to Filipinos since hospitalization is the biggest expense of families and therefore the main worry of the country’s citizens. V.P. Robredo still has quite a task to do in this field and she needs ample support from local leaders as well.

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All Cancer Cure Tests for Humans Ongoing with Dogs and Cats’ Help

All cancer

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Cujo caresses his owner Valeria Martinez during her visit in  U.S. National Institutes of Health, Guelph. The nine-year-old Rottweiler is  unaware he is part of a series of studies. The ones that researchers at the Ontario Veterinary College are close to getting help for humans. They start with the same kind of cancer that led to his amputation.

All Cancer Tests Guinea Pig

“Good boy. Good boy, baby,” Martinez coos as Cujo rolls on his back. Then rights himself to continue his three-legged perambulation around the visitors’ room at the OVC’s Mona Campbell Centre for Animal Cancer.


It was here that the canine had his right front leg surgically removed in December. It was done after a painful lump in the limb. The illness was diagnosed as osteosarcoma. The same type of bone cancer that affected Terry Fox and ended his Marathon of Hope when the malignancy recurred in his lungs. The 22-year-old died in June 1981.

Identical Disease

Osteosarcoma in dogs is almost identical to the disease that occurs in teens and young adults, with a similar progression. But canines are 10 times more likely to develop  cancer than humans. They hope that upon finding the cure, principles can then be applied to all cancer.

“Just like in people, osteosarcoma in dogs is a highly metastatic disease, meaning it comes back,” says Dr. Paul Woods, a veterinary medical oncologist at the OVC, which is part of the University of Guelph.

Osteosarcoma in Large Dog Breeds

In dogs, osteosarcoma occurs most often in large breeds like mastiffs, greyhounds, and wolfhounds, although smaller dogs can develop the disease. Standard treatment includes amputating the affected limb, then treating the pet with chemotherapy.

“We do chemotherapy similar to chemotherapy they use in people, and the idea is we’re trying to delay or prevent recurrence of this metastatic disease,” Woods explains.

He concedes, however, that the regimen typically only extends the animal’s life, with most eventually succumbing to the cancer.
But as part of a multicentre trial headed by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Guelph researchers are testing a drug called rapamycin, which they hope might stop the bone cancer from recurring.

160 Dog Participants

About 160 dogs will be included in the eight- to 12-month study being conducted by the NIH’s Comparative Oncology Trials Consortium at about 20 U.S. sites along with Guelph, with funding from the Morris Animal Foundation, an international non-profit organization that supports veterinary research.
All the animals will get standard care for their cancer, then half will be randomized to receive rapamycin. The drug is used to prevent organ rejection in transplant patients but is being re-purposed as a potential anti-cancer medication.

Cujo is Getting the Drug

When Martinez first brought her pet to the centre from her home in Barrie, Ont., she was “looking for a miracle” but worried how Cujo would fare with a missing limb.

Three weeks after the operation, Cujo “started to live normally,” she says. While he can no longer manage the daily three-kilometre walks the pair took before he lost his leg, he can run and play in the backyard, “no problem.”

Following the operation, Cujo underwent four rounds of chemotherapy, which Martinez says didn’t seem to bother him beyond being tired the first day of treatment.
The pet is now being monitored to see if his cancer is being held at bay.

“What we’re wondering is will that delay or at best stop the metastatic disease from coming back,” says Woods. “Hopefully it will help dogs, but it may also translate to helping people as well.”

OVC osteosarcoma Research Project

That’s also the goal of another OVC osteosarcoma research project, this one in the lab of viral immunologist Byram Bridle.
With a $450,000 grant from the Terry Fox Foundation, Bridle is laying the groundwork for a three-year study that will test two novel virus-based therapies in dogs with the bone cancer.
One uses a non-disease-causing “oncolytic” virus that has been engineered to target and destroy osteosarcoma cells without harming surrounding healthy cells. The second is a virus-based vaccine that boosts and harnesses the power of the immune system in a bid to wipe out the cancer cells — delivering a one-two punch against the tumour.

“So the concept here is the oncolytic virus will get in and quickly replicate and destroy a lot of the cancer cells, debulking the tumour, and then this overwhelming immune response will come in as a second wave and hopefully kill the remaining cancer cells,” says Bridle, who as a child was inspired by Fox and chose the study of cancer as a career path.

All Cancer Kill when Spread Out

“What kills these animals is when some of the (cancer) cells migrate to other parts of the body,” he says. But because the experimental viruses distribute throughout the body, “we don’t need to know where these tumour cells are — the viruses can seek them out and find them.”

Researchers are in the process of producing clinical batches of the therapies for the trial, which is expected to enrol at least 45 dogs and last about two years once regulatory approval is granted.

Optimal Therapy to test in Human Patients

“If we can show that the experimental therapy is better … it will allow us to design an optimal therapy to test in human patients,” says Bridle, who is working with collaborators at McMaster University and the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.
A trial using a similar approach is already underway for cats with the feline version of breast cancer, and researchers hope the results may point to a new way to treat some forms of the disease in humans.

The study is funded by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, the first time the charitable organization has invested in research involving companion animals, says Bridle, who is working on the project with Woods and Brian Lichty of McMaster.

So far, 12 cats have been treated with immunotherapy designed to target feline mammary carcinoma, which typically occurs in older animals that have not been spayed.

Among them is Tabby, a stray adopted 13 years ago by Millie Daley of Hamilton, who also has one of her kittens.
When her local vet discovered Tabby had mammary cancer, Daley turned to the OVC, which agreed to take her pet into the immunotherapy trial.

Over a period of weeks, the cat received one of the vaccines, the tumour was surgically removed and then the second vaccine was administered.

No reaction to either of the Vaccines

“She had no reaction to either of the vaccines, she just sailed through them,” says Daley, who has brought Tabby in for a follow up appointment. “She runs around the house, she has more energy now than she had before all this started.
“It’s a triple win all the way around. She’s getting excellent care and I win because I’m not going bankrupt … and down the road it may even help me or other humans to deal with breast cancer in another way that’s less invasive and may (have) a better result.”


Clinical Trials With Dogs Helping Find Cures For Cancer In Humans

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Zika worries pregnant women in Florida


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

WFLA wrote: TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Fears among pregnant women are rising now that more-and-more cases of the Zika Virus are confirmed in Florida.

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Fears among pregnant women are rising now that more-and-more cases of the Zika Virus are confirmed in Florida.

To combat those fears, members of the Healthy Start Coalition of Hillsborough County are teaming up with state doctors to go over questions and concerns with pregnant women.

On CNN’s follow-up report, problem on funding was disclosed:  Lawmakers hoping for a quick resolution in the talks to fund the government and provide a federal response to Zika were disappointed Monday when negotiators, who had worked through the weekend, said they would need more time to agree. Read the story here:

WFLA continued: “Right now, I think it’s just a concern,” said Healthy Start Coalition executive director Jane Murphy. “If I were a pregnant woman, I would not go to the Miami area. I’d make sure I was wearing protective clothing,” she said.

Experts suggest pregnant women avoid areas where mosquitos breed and wear bug repellent.

The virus has the potential of causing microcephaly in an unborn child. It can have a severe impact on the development of a child’s brain.

The Florida Department of Health reports more than 80 cases of Zika involving pregnant women.

The Coalition is holding a seminar to discuss issues about the virus at noon on Friday at the Stetson University Tampa Law Center.


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Heal yourself with the help of your Rottweiler Pet


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Just Kidding News

[VIDEO]: It’s not all the time that a family member can attend to a sick family member. A Rottweiler can willingly bridge the gap.

Assisted Pet therapy is the interaction between a trained animal and an individual. The animal’s handler can facilitate this. This has been found to improve patients’ mental, social, emotional, and physical functions. Different activities such as walking, looking after, and grooming the therapy animal can have healing effects. What’s so touching is the Rottweiler’s natural sense of helping people.

Animals don’t Judge

Depression, autism, substance abuse, and dementia are few conditions that can be eased by animal therapy. Animals accept us as we are. They don’t judge and threaten. This is why patients can interact with them safely without reservations. A Rottweiler’s intelligence is telling itself when the patient is doing something wrong.

Improvements Observed

Emotionally disturbed individuals often find it difficult to open up to another human being. They normally have no problem with animals. Stress reduction, self-esteem boost, improved mood, and enhanced communication skills are obvious benefits observed among patients undergoing animal therapy.


Cancer Tests on Dogs

Dogs succumbed to cancer when the cancerous cells already metastasized. Affected dogs particularly Rottweilers took part in the cancer testing research program. They are injected with viruses to locate tumor cells in their body. Researchers are already in the process of producing clinical batches of therapy trials. This will determine which therapy is more effective before testing it to humans. We will owe its success to them.



Simply Therapeutic

No dog can ever replace one – but the pain of losing a dog can be healed by getting another. Rottweilers are very helpful in healing mourning owners. They even don’t mind filling the gap as an alternative. They are just grateful that they are adopted by caring individuals. You on the other hand will benefit from their healing capabilities when you share your home with them.



Rottweilers are Natural Healers

As shown in the video, the Rottweiler pet is stopping the owner from hurting herself. This was done repeatedly until she got exhausted and sat on the floor – hugging the Rottweiler. This is their intimate time together. Away from the prying eyes of concerned family members. This is disclosed by a CCTV camera that really showed the Rottweiler’s concern with its owner.


The Rottweiler’s warmth and loyalty towards its owner is priceless. You do not have to be sick to get one from animal shelters. They are excellent companions that will bring out the best in you. Besides, today’s fast lifestyle is not promoting good health. The Rottweiler can remind you in a daily basis on how to be healthy. Go out when it tells you to. Run and play with it as required. You will see that it’s guiding you towards maintaining a healthy life. Don’t delay. You need one more than it does.

Sources: Ludendorfrotts/ Guardianrottweilers/ Apogeephoto/ Acostarrottweilers/ Theurbanwire
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Zeka virus escalates in the Philippines

Zika virus

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

Zeka Virus is now on its 6th victim in the Philippines. All six Filipinos who contracted the disease from mosquito bites suffered fever. In other countries, this can also be transmitted through sex. Read the full story below:

DOH’s Report

HEALTH authorities on Monday announced that a woman from Iloilo had tested positive for the mosquito-borne Zika virus that causes microcephaly in newborns, the first such case recorded this year.

This brought to six the total number of cases registered in the country since 2012, Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag told reporters in a news conference.

Tayag described the first Zika case for the year as a 45-year-old female, married and not pregnant, from Iloilo province.

The virus most likely came from local transmission because the woman had no history of travel to any affected country in the past two weeks, Tayag said.

Tayag said the woman reported to doctors on August 31, and was found to have skin rashes and joint pains, but without fever.

She was confined in a local hospital where urine and blood samples were collected. The 45-year-old tested positive for Zika in both urine and blood samples.

The tests were done at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine In Muntinlupa.

The woman is at home recovering from a mild illness.

Tayag said the DOH had sent a team to do follow-up tests in the area where the woman is residing.

Dr. Gundo Weiler, World Health Organization country representative, lauded the Philippines for its ability to control the virus, noting that out of 37 Western Pacific countries, the Philippines has reported only six cases since 2012.

Zika is primarily transmitted through the bite of the Aedes mosquito. Sexual transmission has been reported in other countries like Brazil and Singapore.

Source: Manila Times


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Smart Lady will never part from her Lagundi – know why


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Lagundi has been traditionally used as herbal medicine ever since ancient time in the Philippines. The efficacy of Lagundi has also been verified by the Philippine Department of Health and other Philippine based scientists which verified its use to ease respiratory complaints. Lagundi is generally used for the treatment of coughs, asthma symptoms, and other respiratory problems.

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Here’s how to prepare Lagundi drink:
– wash fresh or dried Lagundi leaves
– chop then add in 4 cups of water for every 1 cup of lagundi parts
– let it boil for 10 to 15 minutes
– let it steep then strain the various parts.
Drink half cup of Lagundi three times a day. Lagundi concoction can be stored in suitable glass container for later consumption.

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FDA now reconsiders Gay Blood Donors – but what about blood screening?

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
There’s no guarantee at all that donated blood won’t be contaminated with the HIV virus just by banning gay donors. This is not only an act of discrimination to gay men but also to their families needing their blood badly. Good thing that the democrats in congress are thinking law makers – or else, this practice will never be corrected. Instead, quality screening of the donated blood must be done to ensure that no contamination of any kind can happen. Read this report:

NBC News reports: The Food and Drug Administration, under pressure from Democrats in Congress, started official reconsideration on Tuesday of its policy limiting blood donations from gay and bisexual men. The FDA began seeking comments on a potential change to its policy, which forbids donations from men who have had sex with other men within the past year. This guideline was softened last year after years of protest. The ban was originally put in place with the intention of limiting the risk of getting the AIDS virus in blood, but infuriated activists say it’s unfair and discriminatory.

It added: The issue came to greater prominence after a June shooting killed 49 people at an Orlando, Florida, club favored by the LGBT community in June. LGBT groups complained that many friends and loved ones couldn’t give their blood because of the restrictions. “Shocking: Gay & bisexual blood donations STILL restricted after#Orlando massacre,” OUT Magazine tweeted.

The first step in considering a change is opening the issue to public input. It’s in the Federal Register under the title “Blood Donor Deferral Policy for Reducing the Risk of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Transmission by Blood and Blood Products; Establishment of a Public Docket; Request for Comments.”

“Specifically, the FDA is inviting comments on the feasibility of moving from the existing time-based deferrals related to risk behaviors to alternate deferral options, such as the use of individual risk assessment,” the FDA said. In other words, does it make sense to just ban people for a year after having had sex?

Before there was screening for HIV in blood donations, thousands of people caught HIV that way. By the end of 2001, more than 14,000 people became infected with HIV through blood transfusions, many of them children. Experts estimate that the risk of being infected with HIV if you get a contaminated blood transfusion is 90 percent. And a single blood donation can go into the arms of three different people, the American Red Cross said.

Tests have since improved and all blood is now screened, but tests for HIV don’t catch very early infections. FDA policies also exclude other people at risk of transmitting disease from giving blood, including injecting drug users, people with travel to certain areas and people who’ve recently gotten tattoos. Blood’s also routinely tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, a virus called HTLV, the bacteria that causes syphilis, West Nile virus and the parasite that causes Chagas disease.


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Stop Mental health problem during teenage years before it happens

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Mental health problems that are growing in today’s lifestyle are difficult to manage for families but can be prevented before it can even develop into a serious condition. Parents just need to be vigilant with their children when they sense them acting strangely. It might save your child into going through this confusing and painful episode during adulthood. This report should not be missed:

Independent Published: ‘Adolescence can be a difficult transitional period and it’s when we typically see the first signs of mental health disorders such as schizophrenia and depression. This study gives us a clue why this is the case’ Teenagers’ brains can reveal whether they will develop mental health conditions later in life, research has found.

Brain scans can therefore give clues as to whether adolescents may be at greater risk of having schizophrenia or depression, years before the conditions take effect. Researchers at the University of Cambridge and University College London conducted MRI scans on almost 300 young people aged 14-24 to monitor brain structure.

It added: Results, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that the brain regions which showed the greatest MRI changes during adolescence were those in which genes linked to schizophrenia risk were most strongly expressed.

Professor Ed Bullimore, Head of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge, said: “Adolescence can be a difficult transitional period and it’s when we typically see the first signs of mental health disorders such as schizophrenia and depression. “This study gives us a clue why this is the case: it’s during these teenage years that those brain regions that have the strongest link to the schizophrenia risk genes are developing most rapidly.”

He added: “As these regions are important hubs that control how regions of our brain communicate with each other, it shouldn’t be too surprising that when something goes wrong there, it will affect how smoothly our brains work. “If one imagines these major hubs of the brain network to be like international airports in the airline network, then we can see that disrupting the development of brain hubs could have as big an impact on communication of information across the brain network as disruption of a major airport, like Heathrow, will have on flow of passenger traffic across the airline network.”

Dr Kirstie Whitaker from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge and lead study author said: “During our teenage years, our brains continue to develop. When we’re still children, these changes may be more dramatic, but in adolescence we see that the changes refine the detail. “The hubs that connect different regions are becoming set in place as the most important connections strengthen. We believe this is where we are seeing myelin increasing in adolescence.” It is thought that as many as 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in the UK every year. The NHS advocates diagnosis and intervention as soon as possible in order to manage the condition and improve recovery chances.

Depression and anxiety are the most common forms of mental health diagnosis in Britain. It is estimated that 1 in 100 people will experience schizophrenia at some point in their lifetime, however it has been suggested that many more people may experience it but defer seeking help due to stigma about the condition and its symptoms.


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Zoe Saldana got hit by Hashimoto’s thyroiditis – check her reactions

Zoe Saldana

welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid, which is the small gland at the base of the neck below right below the men’s Adam’s apple. The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system, which produces hormones that coordinate many of the body’s activities. It is also known as chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis which often leads to an underactive thyroid gland or hypothyroidism. Zoe Saldana was not spared by the disease among many Americans that have it. Read through to check her reactions:

CNN reported: Saldana said during an interview with The Edit that she has Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. “Your body doesn’t have the energy it needs to filter toxins, causing it to believe that it has an infection, so it’s always inflamed,” Saldana said. “You create antibodies that attack your glands, so you have to eat clean.” Saldana’s sister and mother also suffer from the disease. It’s forced the actress and her husband, artist Marco Perego, to go gluten and dairy free. A self-proclaimed foodie, Saldana said she had a great time eating in her twenties. “Then your doctor says you’re losing calcium in your bones,” she said. “What the f*** is that?! I would hear those conversations with my mom and grandma, thinking I’d never get there. I’m going to live forever! But all of a sudden it hits you. I s*** you not, it’s from night to day.”

It added: Saldana just finished filming “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” Despite her business filming schedule, she doesn’t travel away from her husband for more than a week. “We don’t want distance to come between us because we are creatures of habit. Even when we fight, the goal is to never go to sleep angry. And to practice love; to work just as much at home as we do outside.”
“Love is a lot of work,” Saldana said. “But it’s work that you should take pleasure in doing.”