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The President Just Signed Modern Family Planning EO – Is the eHealth or Telemedicine Bill Next?

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The President signs an executive order to intensify access to modern family planning. This is despite the TRO on some provisions of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act or RPRH Law. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia confirms this. Meanwhile, government health officials also hope that the programs under the eHealth system or telemedicine can already progress at the soonest possible time. They are just waiting for the eHealth bill to become a law. It helps make health data available “in the clouds.” With that, health details can be accessible anywhere nationwide.  This gives easier access to government and private health services to benefit more people without too much cost using technology.






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[VIDEO]: Telemedicine is simply medicine provided at a distance. There are so many names for the way technology is used in medicine. Telehealth, mHealth, ehealth, telehomecare, among others. This video explains the basics of real-time telemedicine.



Executive Order No. 12 for Modern Family Planning

Executive Order No. 12’a title is “Attaining and Sustaining Zero Unmet Need for Modern Family Planning Services through the Strict Implementation of the Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act, Providing Funds Therefore and for Other Purposes.” This Order aims to intensify and accelerate the implementation of critical actions necessary. It has a goal to sustain ‘zero unmet need for modern family planning’ by 2018 for the poor. All Filipinos must benefit from this provision as per the RH Law and its implementing rules after prioritizing those who cannot afford it. Nevertheless, the working class who are always on the go also have immediate medical needs. The Department of Health is currently pursuing that.




The Government’s eHealth Program

The Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) laid out its programs and plans that would help achieve the government’s goal of more accessible health information, services and universal health care for all Filipinos. The project is a collaboration of DOH, DOST and other stakeholders like the academe and the private sector. One initiative is the Philippine Health Information Exchange (PHIE), a centralized system of health-related registries and linkage systems. PHIE stores basic medical records of patients admitted to government health centers to aid the decision-making of health professionals. PHIE is also useful in claiming benefits by patients enrolled in the insurance coverage of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. or PhilHealth.






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Push for eHealth

DOH officials said that a bill is already filed in Congress about two years ago. No news on its progress yet. Therefore, Dr. Alvin B. Marcelo drafts an administrative order to promote the use of eHealth in public health institutions. He is confident that they are now equipped to set its standards and the Data Privacy Act protects their process. So, it’s the right time to push the eHealth Bill into a law,” Marcelo said. Meanwhile, Dr. Crispinita Valdez, director of DOH-Information Management Service, presents the draft of an executive order that can finally push for the implementation of eHealth for both the public and private sectors.




Telemedicine or eHealth Safety Measures by Bongbong Marcos

In international terms, Telemedicine is the use of telecommunication and information technology to provide clinical health care where the doctor is to the patient at a distance. It helps eliminate distance barriers and can improve access to medical services in real time that would often not be consistently available in distant rural communities. Since internet use is crucial to telemedicine or eHealth, the Cybercrime Prevention Act and the National Health Insurance Act that Bongbong Marcos co-authored are vital for the safety of its users together with the Data Privacy Act of 2012 or DPA, principally authored by former Senator Edgardo J. Angara. Apart from the government sector’s eHealth programs, an international telemedicine provider, RingMD is already in the country to introduce its medical services platform to possible health partners in the near future. This can very well serve busy people in the cities or elsewhere anytime it is needed without lining up in doctors’ clinics. If Uber patrons enjoy the convenience it brings to their transport needs, RingMD is definitely the answer to their medical requirements. Doctors who are not yet in RingMD’s network can email george@ring.md



http://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/84936-highlights-bongbong-marcos-legislator

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/861437/duterte-signs-eo-backing-modern-family-planning

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Know the Drug Rehabilitation Efforts of the Duterte Administration

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
The Drug Rehabilitation efforts of the Duterte Administration comes after the country’s overwhelming surrenders of drug users and pushers. Att least, it’s in place. The inter-agency task force is spearheaded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG). It includes the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Technical Skills and Development Authority (TESDA), Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), and Philippine National Police (PNP).







[VIDEO]: Watch how the drug rehabilitation efforts under the Duterte administration unfolds after an inter-agency task force was initiated by the DILG.



Profiling of Drug Users

Drug users will first be profiled by the DOH to determine who among them are experimental, occasional or heavy compulsive users and drug dependents. This will help authorities in determining the suitable treatment for each one. It may be a center-based or community-based rehabilitation program.



Community Participation

Concerned barangays and parishes will focus on community-based rehabilitation with participation from community volunteers and relatives of the drug users. This is the kind of approach that Senator Grace Poe is campaigning to help solve the society's problems with illegal drugs. The aggressive Oplan Tokhang strategy might be louder but these rehabilitation efforts could go a long way. Especially when supported by the private sectors and the communities.



Anti-Drug Abuse Council's Drug Rehabilitation Program

A Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council will also be revived to run the community-based drug rehabilitation program starting this week. The council has its own budget to also hold information and education programs on curbing illegal drugs.




After Care Program

There's also an "after-care" program where patients can slowly be integrated back into society. Drug users can avail of DSWD's cash-for-work program or TESDA's livelihood training program for former drug dependents. Philhealth coverage is also being looked into.

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2016/07/26/drug-rehab-program.html

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Is there Affordable healthcare act in the Philippines?: Sick and Broke, where will you go?

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Is there such thing as affordable healthcare act in the Philippines? People from the first world counties will be surprised getting a bill for basic medical services in private hospitals here when they thought ist’s free. Well, here’s what you can get for free in the country in lieu of high tax rates.









[VIDEO]: If you ever complain about your healthcare, watch these images of the Filipinos’ patience in tolerating below the standard medical services and facilities.



Services in Public Hospitals

Trainee doctors can really get the skills they need to advance their career when assigned in public hospitals. Here they can learn dealing with different problems all at once. Operating, reviving and fixing major cases without proper equipment can make them very resourceful. Know why by just having a short glimpse, if you happen to scroll pass the video above.




Lining up Whole Day for Public Medical Services

When going to avaik of public services and hospitals, it’s a common sight to see a long line of patrons. It helps to arrive early to be tended to first. It’s on a first come, first serve basis. Emergency cases of course are in an assigned venue but the same concept follows. If a private care is not within budget, then this is quite a sacrifice to go through. Not unless you are a Makati resident and a yellow card holder.



Often Crowded Facilities

The sacrifice will not end upon getting your turn. It’s just the start of another ordeal. Since most public hospitals are forced to accept more than their capacity, do not expect a comfortable space assignment. Most Filipinos who cannot afford better medical services will just have to squeeze in.



Healthcare Promises are not Popular during Elections

It is not certain whether most Filipinos do not understand their basic needs or just not aware what they are entitled to for the taxes they pay. It’s been observed that they are more irked when it comes to corruption allegations than the accomplishments of a candidate in the areas of public services. It’s really true that they deserve the government that they voted for. The only confusing thing is, many people whine about deteriorating public  infrastructures and services but they are not seem to be the basis for choosing a leader. It’s the popularity and the trend during the campaign period that are observed to have the greatest impact on the winners. Affordable healthcare act in the Philippines for locals? Non existent. Just avail them at your own risk – that if you don’t live legally in Makati.

 

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Spend Quality Time with your Rottweiler – it’s therapeutic

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
It is very emotional to know that animals like Rottweilers can feel our pain. Not only that. They even do all they can to help. Sometimes, they are more intelligent than humans when it comes to understanding the needs of the sick.

Rottweiler

Positivity

Rottweilers are noted to give positive vibes to people with dementia, depressed or anyone with mental conditions. Patients open up to them than any other people in their lives. This is pretty heart warming when you see these dogs’ genuine concern to human beings who need their company.

Rottweilers

Therapeutic

Animals generally are therapeutic – but the Rottweiler’s nature complements the task towards healing. These compassionate dogs are loyal and loving. Since love can heal, they are the best companions a human being could possibly have.

It is not right that they are left in shelters for a long period of time. They must be in people’s home to do their purpose in life. The world’s rapid change does not allow its inhabitants to strive longer than their predecessors. So, ultimately, animals like the Rottweilers can serve as reminders for us how to live well.

Actually, not just reminding but doing the actual healthy activities together in a daily basis. Open up your homes, arms, hearts and adopt a Rottweiler right now. See the massive improvement in your health – if you make it a point to be the responsible dog owner that you are!

Resources:

http://mondaymondaynetwork.com/music-relax-rottweilers-heres-beat-destructive-behavior/

http://mondaymondaynetwork.com/house-training-invaluable-rottweiler-puppy-welcome-upon-arriving-home/

Rottweiler’s Crazy Nap: You Would Hate to Break That!

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Treatments for High Cholesterol without Prescription


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
High cholesterol or hypercholesterolemia occurs when the level of cholesterol in the blood is higher than usual. This can make a person prone to heart disease and stroke if worse comes to worst. Diet and exercise or lifestyle change sometimes do not work ad niacin is the usual maintenance drug although if the case is severe, might as well get a doctor’s prescription.

When used properly, niacin works very well to lower total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol (“bad cholesterol”). Niacin can also increase HDL-cholesterol (“good cholesterol”). Also called vitamin B3, niacin products are available in both regular and slow-release forms. Slow-release niacin may cause less reddening and flushing of the skin and upset stomach. Click here to see the direct source: http://www.drugstore.com/over-the-counter-treatments-for-high-cholesterol/qxc295177

According to drugstore.com: Unfortunately, slow-release niacin has been found to cause liver damage more often than regular niacin. For this reason, only people who experience uncomfortable side effects while taking regular niacin should use slow-release niacin. Niacin should be used to lower cholesterol only under the direction of a doctor. A recent review of scientific research showed that taking 10 grams of psyllium powder (such as Metamucil® or Perdiem®) every day, in addition to a low fat diet, can lower total and LDL-cholesterol an additional 4-7% respectively.




Reference: http://www.drugstore.com/over-the-counter-treatments-for-high-cholesterol/qxc295177

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Treatments for Head Lice without Prescription


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Effective medications without prescription are readily available to treat head lice. These little black insects that are head parasites and dwell on the scalp. Children age two years and older can be treated with permethrin 1% cream rinse or Nix®. It will cure 99% the condition in a single application. Nix will remain effective until 2 weeks and destroys the eggs as well. It is advised to be applied the second time after seven days for more success.

The most commonly reported side effects of permethrin products include mild itching and stinging of the scalp. Another over-the-counter medicine is pyrethrin (Rid®) shampoo. It’s effective in 93% of people after one application and rarely causes any side effects. However, Rid doesn’t have long lasting activity or kill lice eggs. Click here to see direct source: http://www.drugstore.com/over-the-counter-treatments-for-head-lice/qxc295168

According to drugstore.com: Make sure that hair is completely dry before using Nix or Rid. Do not use any cream rinse or conditioning shampoos before or for 2 weeks after using these products. This is because they will coat the hairs and protect the lice from the killing effect of Nix or Rid. A lice egg-removing comb is an optional product used after a lice-killing product. It can make removing lice eggs from hair easier, but isn’t necessary. Step 2 is applied to wet hair after rinsing out Nix or Rid. Leave it in the hair for 10 minutes, then rinse it off. Hair is then dried and combed with a special egg-removing (nit) comb. Metal nit combs are more effective than plastic and can be purchased separately. Step 2 can remove 93.5% of eggs.




Reference: http://www.drugstore.com/over-the-counter-treatments-for-head-lice/qxc295168

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Treatments for Hair Loss without Prescription


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Excess of hormones called androgens will lead to hair loss. This is inherited but there are other non hereditary medical conditions that can also cause it. Minoxidil or brand name Rogaine® is the only drug approved to treat hereditary hair loss that can be bought without prescription. It’s formulated in 2% and 5% liquid solutions and is to to be applied directly into the scalp.

Rogaine works for both male and female-pattern baldness. To use, apply it to the affected area twice daily. Medical research studies have shown that 40-75% of men who used Rogaine for 12 months reported new hair growth. Among women who used it for eight months, 46-60% percent grew new hair. Click here to see direct source: http://www.drugstore.com/over-the-counter-treatments-for-hair-loss/qxc295191

According to drugstore.com: The most common side effects of Rogaine are itching and skin irritation. Pregnant or nursing women should not use Rogaine. People under 18 should not use this product unless directed by a doctor. If you don’t have a family history of hair loss, or if your hair loss is patchy or sudden, check with your doctor before trying Rogaine.




Reference: http://www.drugstore.com/over-the-counter-treatments-for-hair-loss/qxc295191

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Treatments for Dry Mouth without Prescription


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
When the mouth produces little or no saliva at all, that’s when you know you have dry mouth. The absence of this natural lubricant we call saliva, can lead to eating troubles, swallowing difficulty, awkward talking and wearing dentures. Bacteria and other microbes will likely to remain in the mouth when there’s not enough saliva. Therefore, giving the chance to infection’s existence in the mouth.

Many people develop dry mouth as a side effect from antihypertensives, antidepressants and antianxiety drugs. Medical conditions that cause dry mouth include Sjogren’s syndrome (a condition in which the salivary glands are destroyed) and uncontrolled diabetes. Click here to see direct source: http://www.drugstore.com/over-the-counter-treatments-for-dry-mouth/qxc295162

According to drugstore.com:Radiation therapy to the face or neck can cause severe cases. People with dry mouth can relieve some of the effect with non-drug treatments like drinking plenty of water, breathing through the nose, sucking on sugarless candy or lozenges, chewing sugarless gum and/or using a humidifier at night. Artificial saliva products that resemble naturally-produced saliva are available as sprays, swabs and solutions in a variety of flavors. Some artificial saliva products contain fluoride or calcium to protect teeth. Apply artificial saliva products to the mouth as often as needed to treat the symptoms of dry mouth. Several toothpastes and gums are specifically designed for people with dry mouth. The makers of Biotene® Dry Mouth Toothpaste claim that it reduces the bacteria and gum irritations that can result from dry mouth. Biotene Dry Mouth Gum contains enzymes similar to those found in saliva. Prescription treatments for dry mouth are available if over-the-counter saliva substitutes are not effective.




Reference: http://www.drugstore.com/over-the-counter-treatments-for-dry-mouth/qxc295162

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Treatments for Constipation without Prescription


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Have you been having difficulty in moving your bowel to the verge of hurting your exit point? Hard and oftentimes painful to pass waste happen when we do not eat enough fiber foods that can eliminate them properly. This is called constipation. Psyllium or brand name Metamucil®, polycarbophil or FiberCon® and methylcellulose or Citrucel® are easily available from drug stores without prescription. What they do is – they add mass to the stool and stimulate intestines that trigger contraction. These are laxatives that work gently and slowly to have that toilet time comfort. They are safe for long-term use, but will not effect immediately. Usually it takes three days to feel the improvement in your bowel movement.

It’s very important to take each dose with a full glass of fluid and to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Stool softeners such as docusate sodium (Colace®) often help to prevent constipation. They are generally taken on a daily basis and may take a few days to work. Be sure to consult your doctor if you don’t see results after one to two weeks of using a stool softener. Click here to see direct source: http://www.drugstore.com/over-the-counter-treatments-for-constipation/qxc295159

According to drugstore.com:: Another option is milk of magnesia, which targets upset stomach and constipation. As a laxative, it pulls water into the intestine and increases the urge to have a bowel movement. It can take anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour for results. For constipation, the usual dose is two tablespoons taken once or twice daily. Do not use milk of magnesia for more than two weeks unless your doctor prescribes it. Bisacodyl (Dulcolax®) and senna (Senokot®) should be considered a last resort to treat occasional constipation. These products work by stimulating the bowel. They generally take from six to eight hours to take effect. You shouldn’t use this type of laxative frequently or for long periods of time, since they don’t treat the cause of constipation and may cause the bowel to become “lazy,” which can lead to severe constipation over time.




Reference: http://www.drugstore.com/over-the-counter-treatments-for-constipation/qxc295159

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Treatment for Shingles without Prescription


welcome By: Elena Grace Flores
Herpes zoster or Shingles is a skin disease caused by the varicella zoster virus, nothing to do with sexual diseases but the virus is similar to what causes chicken pox. Pain, burning or tingling, that progresses to blisters or rash are the symptoms. Medicines for this without prescription address pain or basically pain relievers.

Wet compresses with aluminum acetate solution, applied for 20 minutes several times a day, can soothe and clean the blistered areas. Capsaicin creams (such as Zostrix) provide pain relief for about 75% of people who still have pain after the blisters disappear. Click here to see direct source: http://www.drugstore.com/over-the-counter-treatment-for-shingles/qxc295187

According to drugstore.com: You typically need to apply the capsaicin cream three to five times a day for up to four weeks before you see the full benefits. Over-the-counter pain medicines like ibuprofen and acetaminophen can also help relieve the pain. In some cases, stronger prescription medications are necessary.




Reference: http://www.drugstore.com/over-the-counter-treatment-for-shingles/qxc295187

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