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Childhood Immunization Schedule 2017

Editorial cartoon credit: People’s Tonight Feb. 18, 2018 (NTorrecampo)

Stakeholders have yet to resolve the dengvaxia controversy, and while the government is working on it, health authorities assuage public fear by promoting other vaccines that have been proven effective to prevent childhood diseases such as tuberculosis and measles.

Sharing from Dr. Ethel Pineda’s Facebook Page:

Poliomyelitis, tuberculosis, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles. These diseases which can cause deaths and severe permanent physical impairment among children are easily preventable by immunization.

The Philippines is now polio-free.
The deaths from measles have diminished by more than 80% since 1990.
Pertussis ( whooping cough) by 61.7%.
Diphtheria by 57%
Tetanus by 69.6%
Tuberculosis by 31.5%

This is largely because of the Expanded Program on Immunization that was established in 1976 to ensure that Filipino children and mothers have access to routinely recommended vaccines.

Diphtheria, tetanus and Pertussis (whooping cough vaccines have been around since the late 1950s.
The polio vaccine has been in commercial use since 1961.
Measles vaccine in 1963.
Mumps in 1967
Rubella (German measles) in 1969.

Add to that Hemophilus influenzae, hepatitis B, varicella (chicken pox), hepatitis A, pneumococcal vaccines which have been around for decades.

These vaccines have been proven to be safe and effective. There is no reason why the public should lose trust in this life-saving, and disability preventing undertaking by the government.

Go have your children (and yourselves) immunized. An ounce of prevention is definitely worth a ton of cure.

Text and Image credit to Dr. Ethel Pineda’s FB Page.

A Guide to Coping with Male Hormonal Imbalance

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Hormonal imbalance can strike either gender at virtually any age, making it important to visit a doctor or seek alternative solutions after discovering the problems. In a society that is particularly brutal to boys and men who develop at different rates or experience unconventional physical changes, it is even more important to receive the proper treatment. From social factors to current or future reproductive issues, coping with hormonal imbalance early is an excellent way to resolve the situation.

Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance in Boys and Men

While a boy’s childhood can be free of chronic illness, puberty proves to be a difficult time for young men whose bodies are maturing differently than those of their peers. In boys, signs of hormonal imbalance may include the early onset of puberty, pediatric obesity, lack of appetite, bones that grow too slowly, jaundice or hair loss. Guardians of boys who notice one or more of these symptoms should seek treatment from a family physician or an endocrinologist.

Sudden or gradual physical changes in grown men can also indicate an imbalance in the level of hormones in their bodies; while it may be for different reasons than those that explain a boy’s hormonal issues, it is still important to see a doctor. Some symptoms for men may include irritability, sudden or excessive hair loss, night sweats, poor memory, erectile dysfunction, low libido or even high levels of male breast tissue. While many of these issues are difficult to deal with, gynecomastia, or “man boobs” may be the most noticeable physical change from a hormonal imbalance.

Understanding Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is most often related to an increase in estrogen, and it leaves many men uncomfortable and embarrassed. Such an increase in estrogen typically occurs during andropause, which is the male equivalent of menopause; mens’ bodies produce less testosterone as they grow older, and the outcome can involve too much estrogen. Although many men opt to have male breast reduction surgery, gynecomastia hormone treatment provides a far less invasive option. In fact, hormonal therapy removes the risks associated with both anesthesia and post-surgery blood loss.

Treat Hormonal Imbalances Immediately

Because men and boys often struggle with feelings of anxiety, depression and humiliation when their bodies behave in an unexpected fashion, they often fail to seek treatment. However, once symptoms are present, both men and boys should consult a doctor.

Simple Tips to Save on Medical Expenses

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Image credit: Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee at

There are so many things that you have to do in order to check your health. You need to do routine check ups, get some prescription drugs and even do some tests to make sure that you are in perfect health. The amount that you have to pay for will grow with each move you make.

You can already expect that quality health care can be a bit expensive. If you still have to pay for your reverse mortgage then here are some of the things that you have to do:

  • Instead of choosing new medications, make lifestyle changes. Lifestyle changes can have the same effect as medications but will not cost as much in the long run.
  • Choose more affordable medicine that can give the same effect. There are a lot of medications that are more or less made of the same thing but are less expensive. This will help you save more in the long run.
  • Prevent instead of finding a cure. Trying to cure your current medical condition will be more expensive than preventing the onset of any medical problem.

Follow these tips and save up on your medical expenses.