Dr. Philip S. Chua

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Monkeypox, toxic foods and hepatitis

What is Monkeypox? Monkeypox is a viral disease that is on the headlines today.  It is characterized by pox lesions on the skin and is closely related to, but not as deadly as smallpox, which killed about half a million … Continue reading

November 16, 2017

Medical journal updates

Today, about 1.25 billion people smoke cigarettes, and one billion deaths from tobacco-related illness are expected, ten times more compared to the toll in the 20th century.  The deadly habit accounts for one in five (or 1.4 million) cancer deaths … Continue reading

November 10, 2017

Antibiotic stewardship

At the 103rd Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) last week in San Diego, California, I met several surgeons from the Philippines who flew in to attend congress.  As a Fil-Am surgeon, I always enjoy and … Continue reading

November 02, 2017

Causes of major illnesses

Except for infectious, congenital diseases, and rarer maladies, the most common major illnesses today are caused by four main risk factors, for which I have coined the acronym: TABA, which happens to be the Filipino word for fat, for easy … Continue reading

October 26, 2017

Radiation in Hiroshima and Nagasaki

My wife, Farida, and I just returned to Las Vegas from an 11-day Japan Explorer Cruise on the Celebrity Millennium with some colleagues, claimed to be the largest cruise vessel in Asia, at 91,000 tons, 965 ft. long, 105 beam, … Continue reading

October 19, 2017

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