Dr. Philip S. Chua

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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

Social life impacts health

YOU and I are social animals. Our two-legged and four-legged friends are also “social” creatures. They are usually in pairs or in herds. Like us, humans, these animals apparently also value, long for, and enjoy companionship. The loners among them … Continue reading

March 16, 2017

Colon cancer rising among young people

WHILE colon cancer rates have been going down among the elderly (55 and older) since the 1980s, they are increasing among those in their 20s and 30s. This was the recent alarming finding of a US cancer registry, which reviewed … Continue reading

March 09, 2017

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