RO9 ArthritisArthritis is an inflammation of the joints. It is the swelling and tenderness affecting one or more of your joints. Among the various types of arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Osteoarthritis is one of the ten most disabling diseases in developed countries. Worldwide estimates are that 9.6% of men and 18.0% of women aged over 60 years have symptomatic osteoarthritis and 80% of those will have limitations in movement, and 25% cannot perform their major daily activities of life. Meanwhile, the prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis varies between 0.3% and 1% and is more common in women and in developed countries.

RO9 BitterMelonMany of us believed to find cure through natural and organic food intake and that is why through the years even our ancestors used traditional medicine. One of these is the consumption of bitter melon or sometimes called the bitter gourd. But does it really help in lowering sugar and controlling diabetes? What is the relation of this fruit vegetable in sugar controls?

RO9 UlcerDid you know that gastritis can lead to ulcers? Yes, if left untreated. Gastritis is a digestive condition that involves inflammation of the protective lining of the stomach. Acute gastritis involves sudden, severe inflammation while chronic gastritis involves long-term inflammation that can last for years if it’s left untreated. Erosive gastritis is a less common form of the condition. It typically doesn’t cause much inflammation but can lead to bleeding and ulcers in the lining of the stomach.

RO9 HeartCardiovascular-related diseases remain the top leading causes of deaths in the Philippines. According to Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), among these is Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD) with 97,475 or 15.7 percent of the total registered deaths. Ischemic (also ischaemic) heart disease was the leading cause of death among males with 58,233 or 16.4 percent of the total registered deaths and seen similar to males as the top cause of deaths among females contributing to 39,242 or 14.8 percent.

RO9 WorldBloodWorld Blood Donor Day (WBDD) is observed every June 14 of every year. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “the aim of this observance is to raise global awareness on the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion and of the critical contribution voluntary, unpaid blood donors make to national health systems.” This year, the World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) theme is “Give blood and keep the world beating”. This message aims to highlight the essential contribution the blood donors make to keeping the world pulsating by saving lives and improving others’ health.

The specific objectives of this year’s WBDD are to thank blood donors and create public awareness of the need for regular, unpaid blood donation; promote the community values of blood donation in enhancing community solidarity and social cohesion; encourage youth to embrace the humanitarian call to donate blood and inspire others to do same; and celebrate the potential of the youth as partners in promoting health.

RO9 DiarrheaFood and Water-Borne Diseases are among the most common causes of diarrhea which remains one of the top ten leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the country. According to the Epidemiology Bureau Public Health Surveillance Division, a total of 1, 385 acute diarrhea cases were reported nationwide from January 1 to February 23, 2019. Diarrhea is characterized by loose, watery stools or a frequent need to have a bowel movement. It usually lasts a few days and often disappears without any treatment. Diarrhea can be acute or chronic. Diarrhea that lasts at least four weeks can be a symptom of chronic disease.