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Eksperto, Naniniwalang Herd Immunity ang Susi Para Labanan ang Pagtaas ng COVID-19 Cases sa Pinas



Amid our fight against the coronavirus pandemic, many people are placing their hopes on a vaccine. Several developers are already on the clinical trials, and many promising vaccines were found to be effective against COVID-19. But vaccine alone will not help curb the coronavirus cases in the Philippines, which is why some experts are eyeing herd immunity.

Some health experts in the Philippines claimed that herd immunity can help fight the virus. This will also solve the problems that may arise during the distribution of the vaccine.

Since it’s impossible to vaccinate all of the population due to limited supplies, not all Filipinos are guaranteed to receive the vaccine.

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According to Dr. Rontgene Solante, an infectious disease specialist, they are eyeing to vaccinate at least 60 to 70% of the population to build herd immunity.

“More or less, with that 60 million, you’ll be able to achieve na more than 50% ng population natin pag nabakunahan na yan, that will create an immunity even to those na hindi nakatanggap pa ng vaccine. Dahil majority na ng population ay nagdedevelop ng antibodies.”

On the other hand, experts at the World Health Organization claimed that herd immunity might not be the most viable solution against COVID-19.

Herd immunity works by strengthening majority of the population against a certain virus or disease. The immuned individuals act as barrier or protection for the minority with weaker immune system.

While herd immunity sounds feasible at first, it’s not easy to execute. According to experts, in order to make this work, at least 70% of the population needs to be vaccinated against COVID-19. In the Philippines, that equates to more than 77 million of the population. Even if the majority are vaccinated, it will take time.

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Beauty Queen, Ibinahagi ang Malubhang Pinagdaraanan Niya na Maaring Mangyari sa mga Kababaihan



As the old adage goes, health is wealth. No matter how young, healthy, or fit you are, one must always prioritize his health above all. Earlier this week, a famous model and actress opened up about her struggles that many other girls are experiencing. Olivia Culpo wanted to raise awareness for her condition, endometriosis, which affects millions of women all over the world.

Olivia Culpo is an American model and actress who also competed in various beauty pageants in the past. She was hailed as Miss Rhode Island in the USA competition, then went on to be crowned as Miss USA. She also competed in the international pageant Miss Universe in 2012.

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Despite her glamorous life and career, Olivia has been battling against endometriosis for a few years now. On social media, she shared that she recently had to go through surgery due to her condition.

The former beauty queen also wanted to raise awareness for many women out there who are also going through the same situation.

“This can interfere with fertility and overall health and honestly, happiness. To top things off, it is excruciatingly painful but nearly impossible to see through an ultrasound. I have been in agony for years around my period, and I was misdiagnosed countless times by doctors,” wrote Olivia on Instagram.

Endometriosis happens when the tissue inside your uterus grows in other parts of your baby. This can cause hormonal imbalance and excruciating pain for many women. For Olivia, it manifested as depression to her.

“To anyone out there who has endometriosis, I understand the depression, and overall loneliness that can occur with a condition that is so painful yet so hard to be interpreted by other people outside of the body.”

According to Medical News Today, endometriosis can not be prevented, but it can be averted by lowering your estrogen levels. Olivia also encouraged women to seek help about their condition.

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Susô na Bagongon, Maaaring Maging Mabisang Panlunas Laban sa Cancer



Cancer plagued millions of people every year. Thousands of brilliant minds from all over the world work together to discover a cure for cancer. Yet in spite of the billions of dollars spent on research, until now, the cure for this life-threatening disease remains elusive. Recently, researchers from the Philippines made a groundbreaking discovery.

Researchers from the University of the Philippines Manila have discovered the power of horn snails as a possible cure for cancer. According to a report in ABS-CBN News, pharmacy students discovered the powerful properties of horn snails, which are more popularly known as bagongon.

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In their study, the researchers claimed that these horn snails may prevent cancel cells from growing, thus prevent it from spreading on other parts of the body. The horn snails or bogongon secretes a substance known as ‘sterol,’ which may affect cancer cells.

“Ang cancer kasi ay ang pagdami ng cells, at sa blood vessels kumukuha ng nutrisyon ang cells. So kung hindi na dumadami ang blood vessels, hindi na rin dadami ang cells,” says Sharmaine Po, who is a part of the study. They focused on horn snails due to its abundance, especially in Iloilo.

They tested the sterol on a 6-day-old duck egg. They injected the egg with sterol, and a few days later, they discovered that the sterol has suppressed the growth of the blood vessels in the egg. But while their study yielded positive results, discovering a cure for cancer is a tedious and expensive process.

The drug development can take up to 15 to 20 years. The possible cure will undergo countless of laboratory experiments, and it’s also required to undergo with clinical trials to test its efficiency and safety.

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Good News! Dr. Willie Ong, Ibinunyag ang ‘Miracle Cure’ Laban sa COVID-19




Coronavirus has already surpassed more than 3 million cases worldwide. According to experts, that alarming figure is expected to rise until we finally discover a viable vaccine. Because of this, the brightest minds from all over the world are working together to find a cure fast, and their efforts seem to be paying off.

In a bid to find the COVID-19 vaccine, experts have tested several drugs and medications which have worked in anti-viral cases before. While most of the results came back disappointing, some medications showed potential as COVID-19 treatment.

Dr. Willie Ong, a renowned medical practitioner from the Philippines, recently made an informative video about one of the trial drugs. In his latest video, Dr. Willie Ong discussed the drug remdesivir, which has been recommended by the World Health Organization as a potential cure for coronavirus.

Remdesivir has taken the place of hydroxychloroquine, which was initially believed to be the miracle cure for COVID-19. Researchers from the U.S. government-run trial found out that Remdesivir may hold the key in COVID-19 cure.

While this drug doesn’t necessarily cure COVID-19, it helps to ease the recovery times for the patients. The executive director of the WHO, Dr. Mike Ryan, revealed that there’s ‘signals of hope there for the potential use of the drug.’

More testing is required before finally approving Remdesivir for public use. As of now, the United States government has approved it for emergency use only. More clinical trials are needed to test the effectiveness and the safety of this drug for all COVID-19 patients.

For more information, watch Dr. Willie Ong’s explanation below:

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