DOH warns the public against 6 diseases in summer

As Filipinos start to enjoy summer, the Department of Health warned against the “6S” which have a tendency to be frequent amid these months.

The 6S of summer diseases are sore eyes, sipon at ubo (cough and colds), skin diseases, sakmal ng aso (dog bite), sunburn and stomach ailments.



“The public is cautioned as well against other emerging summer diseases including sore eyes, sipon at ubo, sakit sa balat and sakmal ng aso,” said DOH Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial.

Ubial issued the reminder on Friday in a press briefing on health tips to evade the summer illnesses.

Last Wednesday (April 5), the weather bureau has formally reported the begin of the summer season.

Ubial reminded the public to avoid exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. as these are the hours with the highest temperatures amid the dry season.

“The condition of people with hypertension can be aggravated by severe heat and too much sun exposure,” she said.

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The health secretary also focused on the significance of drinking enough water in a day, which is eight to 12 glasses of water apart from other fluids.

“It’s very important to hydrate. Drink clean water even if you are not thirsty, and that’s outside of other fluids,” Ubial said.

Proper and frequent handwashing should be observed to avoid sore eyes or conjunctivitis, a condition which may lead to visual impairment.

Cough, colds and flu also easily spread amid the summer, which is the reason the DOH reminded the elderly to get their flu vaccine shots before the onset of the flu season in June.

Ubial likewise noticed the spread of skin diseases, such as boils in areas where water supply is rare and people can’t wash up frequently.

She cautioned against swimming in dirty water or unmaintained open swimming pools.


Empowerment in Healthtech: EHRs and Their Virtues

Electronic health records or EHRs—also often styled eHRs and occasionally considered interchangeable with EMRs or electronic medical records—represent a type of technology that could dramatically improve healthcare in the near future. Despite that, they are still not as well-known (or used, for that matter) as they should be.

EHRs are exactly as the name suggests. An EHR program is software intended to keep pertinent data about a person’s medical history, diagnoses, lab tests, and the like in a convenient digital format. While many now consider them equal to EMRs, others distinguish between the two by noting EMRs as having more limited use.

To be precise, some consider EMRs to be largely used specifically by medical professionals or institutions. EMR use, according to this distinction, is generally local to a particular health professional, body, or institution. By contrast, EHRs are often designed to be records that may be accessed by patients themselves—within the limits of each individual’s privacy, naturally. Furthermore, most EHRs have information sharing built into them, whereas EMRs in this definition are concerned solely with medical data storage.

EHRs therefore represent a watershed of sorts in healthtech. Whereas EMRs were more likely to be used to keep and share information within a practice, clinic, or hospital, EHRs allow that information to be shared between two different hospitals or with the patient himself. And in healthcare as in most other fields, knowledge is power.

How EHRs Empower Both Sides of the Patient-Doctor Equation

EHRs empower both patients and doctors when they work right by making information more easily accessible. The ability to act on a health condition is something one can only have if one knows as much as possible about that health condition. Patients who understand how medical professionals are evaluating their condition are in a much better position to work on their own health than ones who do not. They appreciate their own agency, the very fact that they can participate in the effort.

EHRs also empower the health professionals because they make it easier for them to treat patients. They get the patient’s health record more easily as well as monitor them. They can respond more promptly to developments, make diagnoses on more solid foundations, and even send reminders to critical patients more effectively.

Another empowering aspect of most EHRs nowadays—especially ones that have patient-facing versions—is that they often include doctor/clinic lookup as well as booking abilities. India’s Practo, for example, as well as the Philippines’ SeriousMD both supply these features to their users. This is important, because doing so concentrates most of the practical information one needs to look out for one’s health in a single program.

Consider the power it places in the palm of your hand if you have one of the many EHR apps nowadays—and given that many of these are now free (the abovementioned SeriousMD is an example), you may well have one. Not only can you see, receive, and even share your medical data with someone else (another doctor during a second-opinion consultation, for example) at will, without having to go to your primary physician to request the data, but you can also find other physicians or specialists and even make appointments with them from a single interface.

All of this means that EHRs are definitely worth a look for anyone interested in healthtech and improved quality of life. They may not be accessible to all yet, but things are changing. Even governments have been running initiatives to spread EHR usage and systems for years. With any luck, EHR usage can spread and greater efficacy may be achieved in healthcare the world over due to them.

5 Herbs You Should Definitely Buy

Looking around herbal shops for useful natural cures and remedies can be difficult, as it may seem as though there are too many things there for you to choose just a few. Remember, though, that some herbs have less research substantiating the claims behind them than others do, which means there are going to be some herbs that are wiser buys than others. Here are just a few of the most useful and proven herbs to consider for your shopping cart the next time you do visit your local herb store.

1. Kratom – This is a good buy because it can do so much for you if you use it wisely (which means in moderation). Kratom is an effective analgesic, able to dull even medium-level pains without leading to a fuzzy mind. It can also help you relax when you are stressed, as it is a proven sedative. That said, it can also be a good stimulant at low doses, as users report feeling more energized when they take small doses of the plant.

2. Chamomile – If you have difficulty relaxing or sleeping, chamomile tea is an excellent solution—it even blends well with kratom, if you want something more powerfully sedative for insomnia. Those suffering from stomach upsets or digestive system inflammation can rely on it to help them as well, as it has anti-inflammatory properties.

3. Turmeric – Turmeric is a very good cure for heartburn. It can stimulate the digestive tract and help move food through it faster, leading to fewer stomach upsets and relief from heartburn symptoms.

4. St. John’s Wort – This is easily one of the most promising herbs to have been “rediscovered” by science in the last decades. This plant has been shown to have equal efficacy at relieving depression when compared to conventional anti-depression pills, which makes it a promising option for depressed people seeking a more natural way of treating their problem.

5. Ginger – Ginger is a proven solution for nausea and stomach upsets, as it block free radical production and also serotonin—both of which are things that contribute to vomiting. It also helps your blood flow on an even keel, which is good for people with cardiovascular issues.

What Is Kratom?


Native to South East Asian countries such as Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar, Kratom is a tree that comes from the same family as the coffee tree. The tree has been known to be an herbal drug in folk medicine for many centuries. Although not a popular substance outside of South East Asia, the plant’s extracts have been sold for its effects around the world. Thanks to the power of the Internet, the effects of Kratom has been used by many people who bought the extracts though online vendors.

While Kratom can act as a stimulant when taken at low doses, it can also be taken at high doses to act as a sedative. However, Kratom has been largely popular among older men in countries such as Malaysia and Thailand, where it is often used to help with hard physical labor. As a result, the working class loved chewing up Kratom just as how Americans love to drink their coffee. In addition, the leaves of the Kratom tree are also used as a pain killer, medication for diarrhea and as a treatment for opium addiction.

There are many ways to consume Kratom, with boiling dried Kratom leaves and drinking it as tea as the most common method. The doses of taking Kratom will depend on the potency of the leaves and the user. Some users may feel uncomfortable taking large doses of Kratom especially of the premium quality. Some low quality Kratom leaves, on the other hand, may need a stronger dosage. However, it is extremely important for users to gradually increase their doses through time until they reach the effects they need and want from the plant.

While Kratom is indeed illegal, Kratom trees still grow in some regions as many people still use and believe in its effects. Although Kratom has been used for centuries, there has not been much continued research done of the plant. Many of the findings done on the plant are inconclusive and would require further studies to confirm them. Despite such findings, Kratom is still well-loved and well-used by people in South East Asian countries who have seen the effects of the plant first-handedly.

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