MANILA – Check out some of the latest news related to health, fitness and wellness.

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APOTHECA EXPANDS ITS RANGE OF PRODUCTS

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Apotheca Integrative Pharmacy (AIP) recently expanded its product portfolio.

The company now offers categories such as Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Weight Loss Management, Intravenous Nutrition, Thyroid Medication, Erectile Dysfunction, Pain Management, Hair Loss, dermatological preparation, pediatric preparations and nutraceuticals.

AIP has also launched a website and e-commerce platform to make ordering and payment more convenient amid the pandemic.

AYALA MALLS HOSTS KIDDIE VACCINATION DRIVE

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Ayala Malls has expanded its facilities to accommodate pediatric vaccinations in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and local government units.

Children ages 5-11 are qualified to enroll in “Vax to the Max!” program, in which each child can receive an injection of Pfizer-BioNTech’s reformulated vaccine as a first or second dose.

The program also offers booster shots through an appointment system, and parents and guardians are welcome to stay throughout the process.

The “Vax to the Max!” The program takes place at Ayala Malls Manila Bay Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. To ease the discomfort of children, the site offers carnival-themed attractions such as clowns, jugglers and a Spiderman mascot. Kids can also enjoy free popcorn or have their hands and face painted while they wait their turn.

The child vaccination campaign is also available at Ayala Malls Centrio in Cagayan de Oro and Ayala Center Cebu, with TriNoma, UP Town Center, Cloverleaf and Fairview expected to follow suit.

DAGUPAN NOW HAS ADVANCED CANCER TREATMENTS

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The Dagupan Doctors Villaflor Memorial Hospital brings new technology in the treatment of cancer patients to the province.

VitalBeam from Varian Medical Systems offers safe and effective intensity modulated radiation therapy, opening up possibilities for the treatment of the head and neck, central nervous system, lung, stomach, bladder, prostate , as well as other cancers.

It can be used for treatments such as conventional (2-D), conformal (3-D) and intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). The VitalBeam also has a modular design that makes it ready to upgrade, enabling Image Guided Radiation Therapy (IGRT), Volumetric Modulated Arc Therapy (VMAT) with RapidArc, Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS) and Body Radiation Therapy. stereotactic (SBRT) in the future.

GENTLEPRO TREATMENTS FOR ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION

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Dr. Frederick Mendiola, a board-certified urological surgeon with a subspecialty in minimally invasive urology and a special interest in sexual medicine, brought a safe, non-invasive way to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) to the Philippines.

Called GentlePro, the treatment uses radial shock waves to help grow new blood vessels and stimulate the area being treated. Depending on the degree of erectile dysfunction, 5 to 8 treatments are needed to see lasting improvement. It is said to be non-invasive, painless and there is no downtime.

Besides GentlePro, Mendiola also recommends the following lifestyle modifications to combat erectile dysfunction: get active, switch to a healthier diet (rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fish), give up cigarettes and monitor heart health.

For more details, visit Mendiola’s Facebook and Instagram pages (@docericmendiola).

MAMA SITA’S BACKS VETO VAPE BILL

Food brand Mama Sita’s voiced support for supporters of the decision to veto Senate Bill 2239 and House Bill 9007, otherwise known as the Vape Bill.

The company shares the belief of various civic groups and medical associations about the long-term dangers of vapes and heated tobacco products.

Despite this, the makers of Mama Sita believe that tobacco can be used for more beneficial purposes, claiming that it can be used as an alternative to synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, as well as farm animal feed.

NEW WATER PURIFICATION STATION

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Waterlogic Hydration Solution offers Filipino homeowners a new way to purify and sterilize drinking water at home with Aqua SmartGuard.

The product features Firewall UVC technology and BioCote antimicrobial surface protection, which are said to prevent the COVID-19 virus from contaminating the family’s drinking water.

It also offers a wider range of temperature selections: room, cold, hot and extra hot water. Another product feature is the Child Safeguard selection, which ensures that the system defaults to cold water after three seconds of inactivity to prevent accidental dispensing of hot water; as well as a leak sensor and an alarm to prevent overflows and reduce the risk of accidents.

Aqua SmartGuard is available at Trinoma, Greenbelt 1 and SM Megamall, and online at the Smartguard PH website.

TINY BUDS RICE BABY LINE

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Tiny Buds, an in-house natural baby brand, offers an alternative to talc with its Rice Baby line.

The new collection, made from high quality rice grains, includes baby powder, baby bath and baby lotion.

According to the brand, rice is rich in amino acids and contains antioxidants that help repair and maintain the skin’s natural barrier.

Tiny Buds said customers can get discounts on its natural baby essentials when they join the Shopee Mom’s Club. Member benefits include a welcome gift, exclusive discounts and vouchers, weekly sales and cash back.

VIATRIS “BE THERE” CAMPAIGN

Global healthcare company Viatris encourages diabetes patients to prioritize cholesterol management with its “Be There” campaign.

Through this initiative, partner healthcare professionals can educate on appropriate cardiovascular risk reduction by guiding patients on how to properly manage their cholesterol levels in addition to their general diabetes care.

It emphasizes following a doctor’s recommendations for lifestyle changes such as exercise, incorporating a heart-healthier diet, and taking the appropriate cholesterol-lowering medications. .

MTN WORLD DAY

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One hundred landmarks in 34 countries lit up in unison to mark the third annual World NTD Day on January 30.

Some of these include Perth Bell Tower, Tokyo Tower, Great Wall of China, Kuala Lumpur Tower, Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi, Expo 2020 Dubai, Rome Coliseum, Jet Water, Niagara Falls, CN Tower, Carter Presidential Library, Christ the Redeemer, and SM Mall of Asia Globe in Manila.

The 100 ‘illuminations’ aim to shine a light on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), as World NTD Day supports the World Health Organization‘s (WHO) goal of eliminating at least one NTD from 100 countries endemic by 2030.

NTDs are a group of communicable diseases that are preventable and treatable but continue to affect more than 1.7 billion people worldwide, including 1 billion children.

There are currently 20 diseases and groups of diseases defined as NTDs, including river blindness (onchocerciasis), leprosy, elephantiasis (lymphatic filariasis), Guinea worm disease, rabies and intestinal worms (helminths transmitted by floor).