Dr. Philip S. Chua

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The new silent killer

THE silent killer of the 1970s, high blood pressure, is now replaced by metabolic syndrome, a cluster of three or more risk factors like abdominal obesity, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, abnormal lipids, and insulin resistance (pre-diabetes type 2). The … Continue reading

April 20, 2017

Sleep less and get fat

An important study conducted at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia showed that people who sleep less tend to weigh heavier than those who sleep more. The clinical investigation, which included 1,000 subjects, reported that “total sleep time … Continue reading

April 12, 2017

Is the patient death rate in the US lower among non-US-schooled MDs?

ABOUT 25 percent of physicians practicing in the United States graduated from foreign medical schools who had their internship/medical/surgical residency training in the U.S. More than 22,000 of them are from the Philippines. For an objective evidence-based reply to that … Continue reading

April 06, 2017

Breast implants and cancer

Earlier this March, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reported that “nine deaths and hundreds of cases of a rare cancer have been linked with breast implants.” The malignancy here is not breast cancer but an immune system cancer … Continue reading

March 30, 2017

The three sex pills

I wrote an article back in 1998 about Viagra, a headliner around the world then when it was first introduced that year. Two decades next year, Viagra and its competitors, Cialis and Levitra, still arouse interest globally. Sildenafil (Viagra), the … Continue reading

March 23, 2017

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