y Felices C. Cuaderno, FMS-FSTD, FNRIMany people, especially women, know that adequate calcium intake is important to health. Calcium is an essential nutrient the body needs every day. It is not only for women but also crucial for children, adolescents, adults, and older people. The majority of calcium in the body makes up your bones and teeth and keeps their strength. Calcium, aside from being important for bone health is also needed to regulate certain body functions. Without calcium, muscles would not contract normally, blood would not dot, and nerves would be unable to carry messages. Calcium and bone health... read more
When it comes to sex and contraception, there is still a lot of learning and unlearning that Filipinos have to do.
Dr. Sylvia de las Alas-Carnero, chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the FEU-Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation, believes that women, regardless of age, should equip themselves with the proper information about sex and how to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. But because most people today are embarrassed to ask for advice from health professionals about these things, more often than not, they end up getting the wrong information and these on to others.
It doesn't get much attention, and yet it's the most popular birth control method in the world with 99-percent success rate. It can even be used to prevent pregnancy up to five days after unprotected sexual intercourse. And you only need three letters to spell it.
The intrauterine device, or IUD is used by approximately 160 million women of reproductive age. In the Philippines, 542 thousand married women were using IUDs according to the 2006 Family Planning Survey.
The Department of Health recognizes the IUD as a legally acceptable and medically safe family planning method. According to... read more
russels: A chemical used in the ink on breakfast cereal packaging can pose a health risk to some children, but otherwise represents little danger, an EU food safety body said.
"Only in the highest exposure scenario considered-regular consumption of products contaminated at the highest levels reported so far-could some children possibly be at risk," the European Food Safety Authority said.
It added that "short-term" consumption of breakfast cereals contaminated by four-methylbenzophenone "should not pose a risk to most people" even though it is "likely" to be cancer causing.
However, EFSA said that it lacked data to analyze the effects of longer-term consumption of... read more