Category Archives: Health Science

Culture-Bound Syndrome and An Untimely Death

  My sister and I were in a hurry. Our mother was home from the hospital after vomiting and experiencing loss of vision and speech impairment. According to our neighbor, it was due to balis. In Filipino psychopathology, balis is a domineering person’s capacity to cause another a bout of nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite,…
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Metformin: Benefits and Harms

  Of all the diabetes drugs available in the U.S. market, metformin is considered the most beneficial yet the least harmful. On February 6, 2012, the American College of Physicians (ACP) released a new clinical guideline for the management of diabetes advising physicians to use metformin as monotherapy to treat type 2 diabetes when lifestyle…
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Prescription Drug Dependence: Implication and Cost

  While prescription drug is meant to remedy acute and chronic diseases, it is not intended as a replacement for healthy living. For the majority of Americans, however, the replacement stance is becoming the rule. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Americans spent $234 billion for prescription drugs in 2008. The…
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Five ‘Practical’ Scientific Breakthroughs of the 21st Century

  The top five scientific breakthroughs in my list are limited to those with significant value to human's everyday life. That means between a meteor-related discovery and a new way to treat a given disease, the latter will be given a space in this article.

 Below is the list of the said scientific discoveries, which…
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LASIK: Definition, Risks, and Benefits

  For the major league baseball fans, LASIK is another baseball term. With Dan Uggla's improving vision of 20/15 post eye surgery, the term LASIK headlined in almost all baseball-related news in August. Uggla is the second baseman of Atlanta Braves. He took a 15-day disabled list, which started on Aug. 13, to undergo a LASIK…
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