The tragedy of Valentine

Dr. Philip S. Chua 02/11/2018

LOVE is thick in the air once more, as powerful and triumphant as ever, inspiring people around the globe, as different societies celebrate it according to their own tradition during that special day called Valentine’s Day. Indeed,…

Time for a makeover

Dr. Philip S. Chua 02/04/2018

THE HOLIDAYS may be behind us but their physical effects, among others, will linger a while. Medically speaking, it is actually a time for “damage control” for those of us who have over-indulged during the festivities. And…

A friend’s thoughts on colleagues, medical missionaries, lost in crash

Dr. Philip S. Chua 01/22/2018

ALEGRIA ROAD ACCIDENT Ten medical missionaries from the United States returned to the Philippines to do their regular annual medical missions. Their destination this time was to be Camiguin province. This mission would forever alter their fate.…

History: Cardiac history

Dr. Philip S. Chua 11/26/2017

LAST week, we took our readers in a journey back to year 1628, almost 400 years ago, when blood circulation, as we know it today, was “discovered,” understood, and accepted by medical science for the first time.…

Fascinating history

Dr. Philip S. Chua 11/19/2017

AS THE year comes to a close, allow me to take you back in time to revisit some of the great moments in medical science which made possible the great strides man has made in the treatment…

Tobacco- related deaths

Dr. Philip S. Chua 11/06/2017

TODAY, about 1.25 billion people smoke cigarettes, and one billion deaths from tobacco-related illness are expected this century, 10  times more compared to the toll in the 20th century. The deadly habit accounts for one in five (or,…

Causes of major illnesses

Dr. Philip S. Chua 10/23/2017

EXCEPT for infectious, congenital diseases, and rarer maladies, the most common major illnesses today are caused by four main risk factors, for which I have coined the acronym: TABA, the Filipino word for fat, for easy remembrance.…

Radiation in Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Dr. Philip S. Chua 10/15/2017

TOGETHER with some colleagues, my wife, Farida, and I just returned to Las Vegas from an 11-day Japan Explorer Cruise on the Celebrity Millennium, claimed to be the largest cruise vessel in Asia, at 91,000 tons, 965 ft.…

The MSG scare

Dr. Philip S. Chua 10/08/2017

AS 10-10 or double ten is celebrated by the Chinese, with food galore, among other cultural activities, MSG (MonoSodium Glutamate) comes into the picture as an ingredient in cooking which enhances the flavor and taste of food.AS…

Painful renal calculi

Dr. Philip S. Chua 10/01/2017

What are renal calculi?What are renal calculi? Renal calculi (kidney stones) are chemical crystals that form into a hard salt solid structure that looks like and feels like a common stone we find on the streets. They…