Scientists found unique gene mutations among Filipinos with galactosemia

Baby Bottle

Scientists poking at their lab to investigate on the mutation behind a disorder that makes milk lethal to infants discovered two new gene mutations that cause galactosemia among Filipinos.

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Tracing TB transmission in the Philippines through diversity of M. tuberculosis strains

Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Filipinos are as likely to get PTB from their neighbors as with a family member who has the disease; scientists suggested after a recent study found different strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from PTB patients living in the same households.

Seeking to link the diversity in M. tuberculosis strains to the epidemiology of PTB in the Philippines, the collaboration of Filipino and American researchers revealed that at least 5% of the pairs of patients who live in the same household have strains of M. tuberculosis that do not match at all.

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Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), adapted for Pinoy seniors

Montreal Cognitive Assessment Tool (MoCA)

Researchers at the St Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC) adapted the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA)assessment tool for diagnosing mild cognitive impairment and early Alzheimer’s disease among Filipino patients.

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Mutation in men’s Y chromosome eyed for more accurate DNA testing

DNA Crime scene

Scientist at the University of the Philippines – Diliman (UPD) searches for mutation in Y-chromosomes for more accurate DNA testing.

The ongoing study aims to establish more accurate DNA testing in solving crime.

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Philippines to beat its Millennium Development Goal for TB by 2015

TB Manila MDG

Recent surveillance found that yearly success rate for the treatment of tuberculosis (TB) in the country to have exceeded the global annual target of 85%.

Researchers said, the trend suggests that the Philippines is very likely to achieve its Millennium Development Goal (MDG) and the World health Organization’s (WHO) Stop TB targets before 2015.
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Rabies’ evolution, key to eradicating the virus in PH


Different types of rabies virus evolved independently in different parts of the Philippines, a news study found.

Researchers said research finding may help in control and subsequent eradication of rabies in the country.

Resulting to deaths of 200 to 300 Filipinos per year, rabies continues to be a major public health concern in the Philippines. As such, the National Rabies Prevention and Control Program (NRPCP) targets the complete national eradication of the virus by 2020. Continue reading

Governing Council Meeting

I have been really aching for not having the chance to post something on this site.

I blame this:

This is just a quarter of all the papers I had to prepare.

This is just a quarter of all the papers I had to prepare.

Paperwork for the Governing Council Meeting.

Basically, a Governing Council meeting or GC meeting is held by the agency to assess what sorts of projects to fund. Scientists asking for financial support for their research will have to present and justify that their research is worth spending for by the Filipino people.

The Governing Council, people who are experts in the field of health and health research, will see to it that only those that have huge potential for success and have huge benefits for mankind are funded by the National Government. This way we do not waste the limited resource of the sector. Continue reading

Manila Bay, hotbed for drug resistant bacteria

pasig manila bay

Everything that goes down our drains will find its way to the sea, including the stuff we flush down the toilet. This quirky way by which humans pollute the water systems has shown to cause antibiotic resistance of disease causing bacteria in the aquatic and marine environment of Metro Manila, a study found.

Monitoring conducted by the researchers revealed sulfamethoxazole (SMX) as a major contaminant along the waterways of the Metro. SMX belongs to a group of antibiotic drugs called sulfanomides. It is a common medicine used for treating infection in humans and animals. It is believed SMX in the water come from manure and wastewater that are released to Laguna Lake and Pasig River, subsequently concluding in the Manila Bay area. Continue reading

Toxic wastes take toll on ‘healthy years of life’ of people in India, Indonesia and the Philippines

Burden of disease from toxic waste sites in India, indonesia, and the Philippines in 2010.

More than 8 million people in India, Indonesia and the Philippines live under constant exposure to toxic wastes, a study found.

Focusing on the impact to health of 373 toxic wastes sites researchers found that the economic opportunities lost because of premature deaths or disabilities incurred by the people due to the hazardous wastes is comparable, if not higher, to those caused by well-known diseases and other environmental risk factors.

By calculating the disability-adjusted life years (DALY), a measure of overall disease burden used by the World Health Organization (WHO), researchers were able to determine healthy years of life lost due to illness, disability or premature death. One DALY is equivalent to one year of healthy life loss by a person, which represents opportunities in life destroyed forever due to failing health or death. Continue reading

Croc on the Loose


I thought I want to keep an aquarium on my desk. But then fish can be very difficult to maintain, so I settled for something that demands less attention – a crocodile.

Been planning for a long time to buy similar stuff, like say a model building or jet fighter. But the crocodile got my attention when I visited a bookstore last Saturday.

It was fairly easy to assemble. There was a paper enclosed with the set that gives a number to every part of the pieces so you know which one will connect to what part.