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No bark, all bite: Understanding the infection of rabies

“Rabies has a fatality rate of almost 100 percent…It is responsible for the death of about 200 to 300 Filipinos every year,” emphasizes Dr. Ronaldo Quintana, program manager of the National Rabies Prevention and Control Program (NRPCP) of the Department of Health (DOH) Infectious Disease Office. The disease in question causes the inflammation of the…

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[Redacted]: Understanding the development and treatment of EDs

Typically seen as concerning only an individual’s physical wellness, the effects of eating disorders can often go beyond surface-level attributes. According to the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) published by the American Psychiatric Association, feeding and eating disorders (EDs) are “characterized by a persistent disturbance of eating or…

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Feathered diversity: How birdwatchers move from hobbyists to citizen scientists

Living relics from the age of dinosaurs, aerial birds have captured the skies as their domain. They have likewise captivated our imagination and attention with their ability to fly, stirring humans to join them in the skies through the development of human aviation. However, while our aircrafts have soared to heights even birds could not…

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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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Thirst for knowledge: Blending coffee and Science in DLSU’s new elective

Like in many other countries, coffee is one of the most popular drinks among Filipinos, creating and sustaining the country’s coffee plantation industry. Before plummeting to 110th, the Philippines was once the world’s fourth largest coffee bean exporter. Various local efforts have been enacted to revive the industry plagued by coffee rust—caused by a fast-spreading…

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Months down the road: Webinar dissects ‘best practices’ against COVID-19

Besides baring the capacities of leaders and healthcare systems around the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly reflected each country’s level of preparedness, their citizens’ trust, and overall unity. The actions of governments and citizens have put their respective countries on different roads, navigating how best to respond to the public health crisis and its…

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Knowledge without barriers: Dissecting science illiteracy among Filipinos

Despite their immense capacity to generate knowledge, the Sciences tend to be devalued or misunderstood; the vast array of complex concepts and unfamiliar terminologies have made these subject matters appear inaccessible to those outside the scientific community. With the overwhelming amount of information available, it is easy to be misled by hearsays, exaggerations, and even…

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Needing ‘full and immediate’ support: Medical workers against COVID-19

When COVID-19 cases nearly doubled on March 14—skyrocketing from 64 a day before to 111—President Rodrigo Duterte responded by placing Luzon on Enhanced Community Quarantine, restricting land, air, and sea travel; suspending mass transport facilities; and prohibiting mass gatherings, among other enforced guidelines. Responding to the severity of the pandemic, the Department of Health (DOH)…

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Beyond the headlines: Science reportage in an era of misinformation

One in every five Filipino adults use Facebook to access and consume news, a Social Weather Stations survey conducted in 2019 revealed. While television remains the chief source of news for about 60 percent of Filipinos, Facebook places second, surpassing radio stations and newspapers. By racking up likes and shares, news on Facebook and other…

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Cloak and warder: Delving into sunscreens and their properties

Last March 20, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) officially declared the start of the country’s dry season—not summer, the weather bureau clarified—which marked the end of the northeast monsoon or Amihan. Along with the temperatures peaking this dry season, the sun is also at its maximum elevation, reaching its peak at…