Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Cold and flu season

This last week of November I experienced some weather changes. There was no rain for the past weeks and then suddenly the weather got cold and colder now. I have observed that many people even my officemates suffered from colds and flu. Symptoms are cough, sore throat, runny nose, and nasal congestion; sometimes this may be accompanied by conjunctivitis (pink eye), muscle aches, fatigue, headaches, shivering, and loss of appetite. Fever is often present thus creating a symptom picture which overlaps with influenza. The symptoms of influenza however are usually more severe. The common cold usually resolves spontaneously in 7 to 10 days, but some symptoms can last for up to three weeks. In children the cough lasts for more than 10 days in 35–40% and continue for more than 25 days in 10%.Those suffering from colds often report a sensation of chilliness even though the cold is not generally accompanied by fever, and although chills are generally associated with fever, the sensation may not always be caused by actual fever. In one study, 60% of those suffering from a sore throat and upper respiratory tract infection reported headaches, often due to nasal congestion. This weather condition would likely to continue until Christmas so better take extra care of ourselves.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Reproductive Health Issues

The present issue about the reproductive health bill is controversial at present because many are getting into the real details about it. The Roman Catholic Church expresses its opposition against the bill on many counts, most especially the procurement and distribution of family planning supplies for the whole country, when the available evidence from peer reviewed medical journals supports the hypothesis that when ovulation and fertilization occur in women taking oral contraceptives (OCs) or using intrauterine devices (IUD), post-fertilization effects are operative on occasion to prevent clinically recognized pregnancy. Hormonal contraceptives and/or IUDs directly affect the endometrium. These effects have been presumed to render the endometrium relatively inhospitable to implantation or to the maintenance of the preembryo or embryo prior to clinically recognized pregnancy. These make pills and IUDS abortifacient.Pro-life groups, and many professionals in the medical and nursing fields, believe that physicians and policy makers should understand and respect the beliefs of patients who consider human life to be present and valuable from the moment of fertilization. Patients should be made fully aware of this information so that they can consent to or refuse the use of artificial contraceptives. However, the position of the Catholic Church and the pro-life groups does not mean that they espouse the attitude of "natalism" at all costs, as if the "number" of children, in itself, were the unmistakable sign of authentic christian matrimonial life. Hoping that the people behind this issue would be responsible to educate the importance of reproductive health to all Filipinos as the population growth is already alarming at this time.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Bros' Dyspepsia

We were troubled by my brother who got a stomach problem (dyspepsia) where he suffered stomach upset with associated pains. It was painful because he felt his stomach was full of air that kept on moving in circles but did not moved down.Dyspepsia is  also known as upset stomach or indigestion, refers to a condition of impaired digestion. It is a medical condition characterized by chronic or recurrent pain in the upper abdomen, upper abdominal fullness and feeling full earlier than expected when eating. It can be accompanied by bloating, belching, nausea, or heartburn. Dyspepsia is a common problem, and is frequently due to gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or gastritis, but in a small minority may be the first symptom of peptic ulcer disease (an ulcer of the stomach or duodenum) and occasionally cancer. Hence, unexplained newly-onset dyspepsia in people over 55 or the presence of other alarming symptoms may require further investigations. It was terrible for my brother because of the pain. His work was hampered as well as me and my sister because we had to attend to him. Good thing it subsided when he took motilium and buscopan over the counter drugs. Now he is feeling ok and already watchful of what he is eating.

Monday, November 15, 2010

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