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…

Superbug pandemic?

Dr. Philip S. Chua 08/13/2017

WHILE terrorism is holding peace hostage around the world today, a more rampant but under the radar killer is on the loose and becoming more widespread, wiping out lives, as the medical community helplessly battles this pandemic…

Marijuana destroys families

Dr. Philip S. Chua 08/06/2017

WE, humans, must be a naturally masochistic breed, especially in liberal societies, where people abuse democracy and freedom to their own detriment.WE, humans, must be a naturally masochistic breed, especially in liberal societies, where people abuse democracy…

Facts and trivia

Dr. Philip S. Chua 07/30/2017

How many cells do we have in our body? The figures often quoted are between 50 to 75 trillion cells. The average life span of the cells is: red blood cells, 120 days; white blood cells, over…

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