October 2010

“ Innovation in Therapeutic Skin Care for Atopic Dermatitis” , 1st PACCD Scientific Symposium (2010-2011)

The first Scientific Symposium of the Philippine Academy of Clinical and Cosmetic Dermatology (PACCD) was held at Dusit Thani Manila Hotel in Makati, with the topic “ Innovation in Therapeutic Skin Care for Atopic Dermatitis”.

The speaker of the event was Eszter Baltas, MD, PhD. She provided a deeper understanding on how moisturizers help improve and protect the skin’s natural moisture barrier,and its effectivity in  hydrating dry, itchy skin. The 1st PACCD scientific symposium was hosted and supported by Galdema Philippines to provide 80 dermatologists attendees and member of PACCD with the latest information on atopic dermatitis.

This also is line with Galderma’s newest treatment for atopic dermatitis Cetaphil® Restoraderm® Skin Restoring Body Wash and Skin Restoring Moisturizer which is Specially Formulated for the Management of Eczema and Atopic Dermatitis. Both products enhance the skin’s ability to restore hydration and help repair the epidermal barrier as part of a dermatologist-recommended daily routine for the management of eczema.

The Skin Restoring Moisturizer contain a unique combination of filaggrin breakdown products and ceramides which help restore natural moisturizing factors in the skin and help rebuild a healthy skin barrier.  The Skin Restoring Body Wash contains the unique Miracare® technology which works to replenish moisture, restore filaggrin breakdown products and rebuild lipid bilayer during bathing.

The 1st PACCD scientific symposium is part of the PACCD mission to professionalize the training of dermatology by identifying current research advances and committing to the highest standards of practicing the profession.

Reported rape cases which ranked third (among reported cases of violence against women VAW) accounted for about 13.1 percent of total reported VAW cases from 1999 to 2009. Acts of lasciviousness ranked fourthat an average of 564 reported cases accounting for 8.1 percent of all reported VAW cases from 1999 to 2009.


An average of seven (7) women were raped daily in the Philippines in 2002, the same average recorded in 2001.


The population size is estimated to reach 94.01 million in 2010 where women comprise 49.73 percent (around 47 million) of this total.The population of women in childbearing ages (15-49 years) was recorded at 19.4 million or 51.04 percent. The highest percentage was in the 15 to 19 years age group at 10.53 percent.

Fact Sheet Filipino and Philippine Commission on Women


How does a mother protect her children from these instances of rape and acts of lasciviousness? Are there rules to follow to prevent rape? There are several suggestions that can be practiced inside the home, work or school, dates and even personal activities.

  • Always keep your door and windows locked when you are alone at home.
  • Have adequate lighting around you when you are alone.
  • Do not enter an elevator with a stranger.
  • When going to and from school or work after dark, walk in the street rather than next to shrubs or dark hallways or buildings.
  • Be clear with your date that when you say no, you mean no.
  • Limit alcohol use, because it can lead to risk taking behavior.
  • Do not date anybody who you know has been taking drugs ( substance abuse), or has access to drugs.
  • It is better not to use chain around your neck that can be used to strangle you.
  • Learn to use self-defense. (Scratch the skin of the attacker, which can be used as specimen for evidence.
  • Fight or struggle but be cautious, because it can mean more violence and may harm you. (Remember, the scrotum is a pain sensitive area among males, and a slight pinch would lead to an excruciating pain.)
  • Taxi drivers can be attackers, ride only taxis owned by companies.
  • Mothers should also be responsible in teaching their young daughter responsibilities on dating. ( e.g. your body is your property and you can decide who looks at it and touches it, You do not allow any one to touch you in a way that you do not like.)
  • Let us teach our sons, that rape is bad, and they have their responsibilities towards women.

Reference: Pillitteri ,Adele Maternal and Child Health Nursing: Care of the Childbearing and Childrearing Family, 5th edition

Eye Health : Cataract

by Anna Katharina on October 22, 2010

in Family,Health Concerns,Journal

International Eye Center 

Cataract is the clouding of the lens in the eye that effects vision. Most cataracts are related to aging. Risk factors are diseases like diabetes, personal behavior such as smoking, alcohol use, and environmental factors like prolonged exposure to ultraviolet sunlight.

According to the 3rd National Blindness Survey done in 2002, the top three causes of visual impairment are cataract, error of refraction, and glaucoma. Cataract is the number one cause of reversible blindness in the country.

What are the symptoms of cataract?

  1. Cloudy or blurry vision
  2. Colors seem faded
  3. Glare. Headlights, lamps, or sunlight may appear too bright. A halo may appear around lights.
  4. Poor night vision
  5. Double vision or multiple images in one eye
  6. Frequent prescription changes in your eyeglasses or contact lenses.

My mom was one of these Filipinos affected by cataract; she’s 73 years old and had undergone cataract operation with lens implant on both eyes a month ago. She was so fortunate to been under the care of an ophthalmologist, who is committed in providing the highest quality eye care to his patients.

Her ophthalmologist, is diplomate eye specialist Dr Noel J. Lacsamana. Aside from his comprehensive treatment he provides to his patients, Dr Noel J. Lacsamana is on the forefront of disseminating information about eye health through several radio programs.

Dr Noel J. Lacsamana radio program schedule:

DZBB (594 AM)      1st and 3rd Monday; 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
R.W (95.1 FM)        Friday 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
DZRH (666 AM)      2nd and 4th Saturday; 10:00 PM – 12:00 MN
CLTV 36                     Saturday; 6:30 PM – 7:30 MN
104.3 FM                    Sunday; 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

If you have any concerns about your eye conditions you may want to contact Dr. Noel J. Lacsamana clinics today for a consultation.

IS Clinic
IS Pavillion, Medical Arts Bldg, Banga Meycauayan City, Bulacan
Saturday 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Contact Numbers: (044) 8405094, (044) 9353191, 0916-309-8524

International Eye Center
Level II Robinsons’s Gate, Robinsons Pampanga
Mon-Sat 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Tel # (045) 875-2009

Dr. Noel J. Lacsamana’s International Eye Clinic boasts state-of-the-art medical facilities, with advanced technology available to offer patients a variety of ophthalmic services and treatments, including routine eye examinations and sophisticated LASIK surgery.

Thank you Dr. Noel J. Lacsamana, for all your good deeds not just to my mom but for people from all walks of life, which you have cared for and treated. My mom can’t thank you enough for her better sight. You have definitely made a difference in the lives of many.

The First-ever KiddiCine Film Festival Calls for Entries

by Anna Katharina on October 17, 2010

in Events,Food

Tang’s search for the future faces of Philippine film starts today. The theme for the first-ever KiddiCine Film Festival is “Because I Can”.

Tang calls on children aged seven to ten years old to send in their short stories that will be the basis of their film. They can draw a picture, take a photo and write up the best, most inventive and most creative ideas to capture the attention of the Screening Committee who will be judging entries based on Creativity, Originality and Adherence to the Theme.

Entries should be composed of a completed application form (with a short summary of the story) and an endorsement letter from the parents / guardian. All these have to be sent as “Tang KiddiCine Film Entry” to Ogilvy and Mather, Philippines, 25/F Picadilly Star Building, 4th Avenue corner 27th St, Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City 1634 or you can also send entries online. For more information on contest requirements and to download the form, you may go online to www.facebook.com/tangkiddicine or search for Tang KiddiCine on www.facebook.com. Deadline is on October 28, 2010.