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Kidney StoneKidney stones (also known as renal calculi, nephrolithiasis, or urolithiasis) are mineral and salt deposits that form within the kidneys. Kidney stones can be caused by a number of causes, including nutrition, obesity, certain medical conditions, and certain supplements and medicines. Kidney stones can cause problems in any part of the urinary tract, including the kidneys and bladder. Stones frequently develop when urine gets concentrated, allowing minerals to solidify and adhere together.

A kidney stone normally does not produce symptoms until it travels about within your kidney or enters your ureters, the tubes that link your kidneys and bladder. If it becomes caught in the ureters, it can obstruct the flow of urine, causing the kidney to enlarge and the ureter to spasm, both of which can be excruciatingly painful.

HirsutismHave you ever wondered why some women have grown unusual body hairs as most as other individuals of their gender don’t? All of us have body hair but it is more noticeable among men than women. This hair might sometimes be thicker and more visible among women due to certain conditions. Hirsutism is a condition in women in which hair growth becomes excessive. It usually grows in places where it usually does just for men. The hair appears often dark and coarse instead of fine, pale, faintly visible hair that covers most of the body. Hirsutism can occur due to several underlying medical conditions. Hirsutism is commonly linked to high levels of male hormones called androgens. About half of all people with hirsutism have an excess of androgens. These hormones usually trigger male physical and sexual development. Women normally have low androgen levels. However, an increase in the level of these hormones can cause hirsutism, acne, a deep voice, and small breasts.

GMOFor years, the Philippines is one of the countries around the globe striving in food production and resolving food security issues considering the increasing malnutrition prevalence. The Department of Agriculture, as one of the LGUs implementing body to monitor the food production of the country, provided solutions to eradicate concerns in food production through the genetically modified organism in which they duplicate and modified the genome to make plants more resistant to diseases as they grow and produce more. This process is also applied in livestock such of chicken and pork.

Genetically modified foods are raising concerns from the consumer regarding the quality and safety of the product. According to WHO that all genetically produced GM products in the market are safe and have passed the safety assessment requirements (as traditional food) giving no harm to human health. Department of Agriculture Order No.8 s. 2002 states the “Rules and Regulations on the Importation and Release of Plant and Plant Products Derived from Modern biotechnology”, a set of safety precaution before approving the plant for production participated by Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standard (BAFS) and Bureau of Animal Industry (BAI) together with the Scientific and Technical Review Panel consisting of scientists outside the DA who will do the risk assessment based on the CODEX Guideline for the conduct of food safety assessment of food derived from the use recombinant DNA.

BabesiosisBabesiosis is a rare and life-threatening infection of the red blood cells spread by ticks. It is caused by tiny parasites called Babesia. Babesia microti is the type of this parasite that most commonly affects humans. When you are bitten by an infected deer tick, they enter your bloodstream. Babesiosis can also be transmitted through contaminated blood transfusions and transmission from an infected pregnant mother to her baby during pregnancy or during delivery.

Babesiosis symptoms appear 1 to 8 weeks after contact with the parasite that causes the disease. Sometimes you won't notice any symptoms. If you do, you may experience body aches, chills, fatigue, fever, headache, loss of appetite, and sweating. You can also develop hemolytic anemia, which occurs when your red blood cells die faster than your body can make new ones. Confusion, dark-colored urine, dizziness, heart murmur, rapid heart rate, spleen and liver swelling, very pale skin, weakness, and yellow skin, eyes, and mouth (jaundice) are all symptoms of hemolytic anemia.

ParacetamolParacetamol topped the trends last Monday night following the limited and shortage supply of the said medicine at the drugstores during this flu season that hit as COVID-19 cases are also spiking. But what is it in Paracetamol that many people these days are going to drugstores taking the long line just to buy a Paracetamol? What is the real score of it?

Paracetamol (acetaminophen or APAP) is a pain reliever and a fever reducer. It is used to treat many conditions such as headache, muscle aches, arthritis, backache, toothaches, colds, and fevers. It also relieves pain in mild arthritis but has no effect on the underlying inflammation and swelling of the joint.

There are many brands and forms of paracetamol available in the drugstores but do not use more of this medication than is recommended. An overdose of paracetamol can cause serious harm to our health. The usual recommended dose of paracetamol for adults is 1 (500mg) tablet every 4 hours or 2 (500mg) tablets every 6 hours as needed for pain and/or fever. Don’t exceed a maximum of 8 tablets or 4,000mg Paracetamol in each 24-hour period.

Exercise dailyPhysical activity or exercise can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases. Physical activity and exercise can have immediate and long-term health benefits. Most importantly, regular activity can improve your quality of life. A minimum of 30 minutes a day can allow you to enjoy these benefits. 

According to Semeco (2021), Exercise is defined as any movement that makes your muscles work and requires your body to burn calories. There are many types of physical activity, including swimming, running, jogging, walking, and dancing, to name a few. Being active has been shown to have many health benefits, both physically and mentally. It may even help you live longer.