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Cord Blood Banking in PH

by Anna Katharina on February 1, 2012

in Blogging,Health Concerns,Nurse Quad

Cord blood banking is available at CordLife, the Philippines’ first world-class cord blood processing and storage facility which is located at the UP-AyalaLand TechnoHub Diliman, Q.C.

In February 2010, CordLife Medical Philippines, Inc. officially opened the country’s first and only cord blood processing and storage facility located in Metro Manila, to better serve the cord blood banking needs of the Philippine market. It is the first local stem cell processing and storage facility in the Philippines.

What is the importance of preserving your child’s cord blood?

Cord blood has stem cells which are agent responsible for replenishing the blood and immune system  The stem cells have the ability to develop into new and healthy red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.

Stem cells have been proven to successfully treat diseases including cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, neuroblastoma, blood disorders such as thalassaemia as well as immune deficiencies and metabolic disorders

Researchers say stem cells from cord blood may be used to treat diseases of the family members since the chance of locating a cord blood match within the family is 60 percent higher than a bone marrow match, includes fewer complications, and has improved medical outcomes.

Cord blood is collected from the umbilical cord immediately after birth.

For more information on CordLife and cord blood banking, visit 
Call 710-9195.
E-mail address:

Urinary Tract Infection Test Kit

by Anna Katharina on November 8, 2011

in Health Concerns,Keeping Fit,Nurse Quad

UTI Home Screening Test Kit

For those men and women who are prone to UTI, a screening test kit is available for home use. It is fast and easy to use for a qualitative detection of urinary tract infection before any signs of pain or discomfort upon urination manifest.

I bought the UTI test kit at Watson’s and it costs 150 pesos. It contains 3 test strips, a product insert containing instructions on how to use the kit with general information about UTI and a color chart pad.

The best time to test UTI is to use the first morning urine specimen. Clean the genital area and wash your hands. One can urinate directly to the test strips but it has to be midstream urine, meaning urine that is passed in the middle part during the act of urinating. Follow the steps mentioned in the product insert.

If your results are abnormal make sure your doctor knows about this, because complications can happen such as infection of the kidney, bladder and urethra.

Dr. Almond L. Derla, Over-all Chair of the 8th PACCD Annual Convention invites colleagues to attend the 8th Annual Convention of the Philippine Academy of Clinical and Cosmetic Dermatology (PACCD) which will be held on October 7-8,2011 at the EDSA Shangri-La Hotel Manila, Ortigas Center Mandaluyong City, Philippines.  This year’s theme of the 8th PACCD Annual Convention is “ Trends and Directions in Dermatology.”

According to Dr A. Derla, the PACCD plans to pursue the trend set by the International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS) during the World Congress of Dermatology in Korea last may 24-29,2011, which focuses on a very exciting and innovative technology with the common goal and responsibility, that of global development of dermatology.

Some 400-physician dermatologists from all over the country will attend the plenary lectures and hands-on workshops. The pre-convention workshops which will be held on October 6, 2011 will be about, lasers, Botox and fillers.

Plenary lectures are Acne Scars and keloid, Smart approach in resolving acne, herpes zoster, female pattern hair loss, hypotrichosis of the eyelash, Use of CO2 Fraxel laser and techniques, newest multi-platform Diode laser for dermatology, upper and mid-face rejuvenation, photo dermatology, leg varicosities and others.

For more registration details of the convention, visit their website at email:

Philippine Academy of Clinical and Cosmetic Dermatology
2/F Room 211, De Ocampo Medical Center?# 2921 Nagtahan St. Sta. Mesa, Manila
Telefax # (02)714-4284
Mobile : 0917-3455195 / 0933-165-70 .

“Eskwelahan, Simbahan, Barangay, Palengke at Buong Komunidad, Sama-Sama Nating Sugpuin ang Dengue” , DOH May 2011 theme of Dengue Awareness Month

Dengue fever infection has afflicted thousands of young and old Filipinos every year. Inspite of community and health authorities efforts to combat it, it has become a menace to a lot families in urban and rural areas.

There are several strategies of combating Dengue fever ,the DOH 4S Kontra Dengue strategy is  composed of Search and Destroy, Seek early consultation, Self-protective measures and Say no to indiscriminate fogging.

Another innovative strategy  is Mosquito Ovicidal/ Larvicidal Trap system, developed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

The DOST-developed Mosquito OL Trap  has three important parts: a black container, a small strip of wood (lawanit) for mosquitoes to lay their eggs on, and a larvicide solution. The scent of the larvicide solution attracts female mosquitoes and encourages them to lay eggs on the immersed lawanit strip.  Once exposed to the solution, the eggs and hatched larvae will die.  The DOST Mosquito OL Trap prevents the next generation of mosquitoes from reaching adulthood and curbs the Aedes Aegypti  mosquito population.

Thus, DOST in partnership with DOH and  DepEd will distribute DOST mosquito OL Trap to all classrooms of both public and private schools in areas with high dengue cases in the metro.

According to the DOST website, some 34,910 DOST Mosquito OL Trap kits will be distributed to 17,454 classrooms in public and private elementary and secondary schools in Caloocan, Quezon City, Pasay, Valenzuela, Manila, Muntinlupa, and Pasig.

How to Use the DOST Ovi/Larvicidal (OL) Trap

1. Pour tap water into the black plastic cup until the lined mark just above the printed DOST logo. This volume is equivalent to 250 milliliters (ml).
2. Pour one pack of OL pellets into the plastic cup.
3. Place the lawanit stick in the solution with the rough surface facing up.
4. Put the plastic cup outside the house in a low-lying area protected from the sun and rainfall. Take care not to spill the contents. Keep out of reach of children and animals.
5. Let the cup stand for six (6) days.
6. After six days, gently brush off into the solution the mosquito eggs stuck on the lawanit strip. A used toothbrush will do the trick, but make sure that all the mosquito eggs drop into the solution.
7. Pour hot water into the solution until the cup is almost filled.
8. Dispose all the liquid contents of the cup down the drain.
9. Repeat steps 1 to 9 weekly for six (6) months.

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