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Hypertension and Life Style Modification

Hypertension is a chronic medical condition in which the blood pressure in arteries is persistently higher than what normally it should be.Each year on May 17th, World Hypertension Day is observed to acknowledge the disease’s burden on health of a significant population of the world

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HIV and AIDS - A Unique Dilemma

Human immunodeficiency viruses are members of the retrovirus family, originating from the simian immunodeficiency viruses (SIVs) of primates. HIV-1 in humans is derived from SIV of chimpanzees; HIV-2 in humans is derived from SIV of Sooty mangabey monkeys. Unlike other viral invasions, unfortunately, complete removal of HIV is impossible and once it has invaded, it remains in patients’ body forever.

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Infant immunisation: Safe, effective and essential

Infants are extremely vulnerable to infections; that is why it is so important to protect them via immunisation. Infant immunisation is a process to build active immunity in infants and toddlers against disease for a better chance of survival.

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“I am and I will” – Taking Personal Action against Cancer | World Cancer Day

Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide, with 9.6 million people dying from the disease each year (Bray et. al., 2018). Monday 4th February is World Cancer Day when individuals and organisations unite to significantly reduce illness and death caused by cancer. Led by the Union of International Cancer Control, the day specifically aims to rally the international community to raise awareness of the disease and encourages its prevention, detection and treatment.

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A Tribute to Our Nurses

As I prepare to pen this article, I am reminded of Hippocrates’ saying. He believed that the goal of medicine is "to cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always." For me, learned exactly this through daily example from the amazing nurses I work with.

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Antimicrobial Stewardship Program: From the Philippines to Saudi Arabia

I am a Filipino expatriate who works in Saudi Arabia. I have worked in the Philippines but there is no antimicrobial stewardship program in that small hospital. And since it is a third world country, we lack resources. Currently, I am privileged to work in a 500 bed capacity tertiary hospital in Saudi  Arabia with good supply of resources and manpower.

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Betel nut use in the Pacific

Betel nut is the fourth most commonly used psychoactive substance in the world after tobacco, alcohol and caffeine. Its main active psychoactive component, called arecoline, is thought to cause adverse health effects. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) stated that the betel nut is a carcinogen

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POLHN’s New Digital Certificate Verification Platform

Over the last decade, the accessibility to cheap and reliable internet has bridged data transmission gaps. Since everyone is equally able to acquire the same information through the internet, it has become necessary for companies, organisations, institutions and universities to safeguard their users and maintain their authenticity.

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Tuberculosis in the Pacific Island Countries

On a global scale, the burden of TB in the Pacific is relatively small, but in some Pacific Island Countries, for example, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, and Solomon Islands, their individual case notification rates are higher than the average notification rate of 95 per 100000 population in the Western Pacific Region (Global tuberculosis report 2017, WHO).

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