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Saving skin: Demystifying the organic-synthetic divide in cosmetics

From skin dryness to acne, many people use cosmetic products with varying ingredients and formulations to address different skin conditions. But as cosmetic chemists develop new solutions for skin care, the debate on whether average consumers should consider “organic” over “synthetic” products continues to ensue. It is no secret that the organic cosmetics industry is…

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Another voice: Clement Corominas, citizen journalist

A lot can happen in two minutes. The first thing Clement Corominas noticed when he arrived at the campus of University of the Philippines (UP) Cebu was the number of police officers surrounding the school. It was June 5, and a rally was being held in protest of the yet-to-be-signed Anti-Terrorism Bill. Stepping out of…

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Role of scientists, decision-makers in health policymaking reviewed in webinar

As rising COVID-19 cases continue to overwhelm countries and their healthcare systems, it is becoming more apparent that health institutions need to develop and adopt more robust health policies and programs. Keeping large populations healthy is a constant challenge—one only aggravated by the COVID-19 pandemic.  With decision-makers from various sectors involved, healthcare systems can be…

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Under dark skies: Staying mindful of rainy season diseases

Expecting widespread rain showers and scattered thunderstorms, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) declared last June 12 the start of the rainy season in the country. With the Philippines’ health sector already struggling to cope with the overwhelming number of COVID-19 cases, the onset of the rainy season may also bring with…

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Ancient human interbreeding event unearthed

As we continue to explore the evolutionary puzzle of human origins, we often unearth previously unknown facts and develop theories about how modern humans came to be. One such study—co-authored by Dr. Alan Rogers, Dr. Nathan Harris, and Alan Achenbach of the University of Utah—has recently documented the earliest known interbreeding event between ancient human…

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HOMe: Treating health deficiencies at the cellular level

Fatigue, tiredness, colds, and any other incurable illness despite medication—these are just some examples of symptoms that many people go to the doctor’s office for. It is possible, however, that there are underlying issues that standard medical tests may not accurately detect. To address this, Filipino physician Dr. Theodore Achacoso pioneered the establishment of a…

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Will you be (hista)mine?: Body talk and allergy medications

“I didn’t know it was [made from shrimp],” narrates Noelle Gloria (I, AB-ISJ), referring to one New Year’s Eve when she was hospitalized after eating a serving of bagoong. She recalls that allergic reactions manifested in the form of numbing hands, difficulty of breathing, and shaking of the body despite taking Claritin, a brand or…

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DOH Learning Sessions on 2019-nCoV ARD unmask truth on virus outbreak

“What’s happening right now is the fear of the unknown,” stressed Department of Health (DOH) Human Resources Management Officer Ebenezer Bonbon in a series of discussions entitled Learning Sessions on nCoV held at the University Student Government (USG) Students’ Lounge, third floor of Br. Connon Hall yesterday, February 5.  The talk, which delved into the…

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Truths and tensions: On DOH confirmation of first nCoV case in PH

In December 2019, a newly identified disease from Wuhan, China caused an outbreak.  The epidemic has since spread across other locations, including, Macau, Taiwan, Australia, Cambodia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand, The Republic of Korea, United Arab Emirates, United States, Vietnam, Hong Kong, India, and the Philippines.  Now, 7,824 are…

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Well-deserved recognition: Remembering the Nobel Prize 2019 scientist awardees

Annually, the scientific community would anticipate the announcement of the newest recipients of the Nobel Prize. First awarded in 1901, the award was established as part of the will of Alfred Nobel, a Swedish chemist and businessman, and recognized people who made outstanding contributions to the fields of Chemistry, Physics, Physiology or Medicine, Economics, Literature,…