Posted by julie @ 11:56 am

How can a disease be considered as rare?

Here are a few facts about rare diseases:

  • There are about 6,000 to 8,000 rare diseases and three-fourths of these affect children.
  • According to the World Health Organization, a rare disease has a prevalence of 0.65 to 1%.
  • A third of those afflicted with rare diseases die before reaching age 5.
  • Most of these rare diseases have genetic origins while the rest are results of bacterial or viral infections, allergies and environmental causes.
  • Rare diseases are often degenerative, chronic, progressive and life-threatening.
  • In the Philippines, when one patient in every 20,000 is affected by a certain medical condition, this is considered rare.
  • Patients afflicted with rare diseases often have their quality of life reduced to taking medications, check-ups and suffering from pain.
  • They are often dependent on other people to attend to their basic needs. They also need lifelong medical care, food supplements, medications and multidisciplinary therapies to alleviate the symptoms and effects of the disease.
  • The family dynamics of the person with a rare disease is also affected due to intensive care that the patient needs to have the condition improved and to prolong lifespan.

Some of the rare diseases that patients in the Philippines have been diagnosed with are the following:

Read more about the article published at the Philippine Online Chronicles. 

Abbott, one of the world’s leaders in health care, along with the leading health economists has supported a new health economics outcomes study. The study found out that patients who were hospitalized and given oral nutritional supplements have had significant reduced hospital stay which results in reduced cost of hospitalization. The 30-day readmission risk was also significantly reduced for patients with at least one known subsequent. The study was done with more than one million adult hospital cases.

Now this is indeed good news for me. Why? Being in my sandwich years of taking care of a family and taking care of my parents, I am constantly anxious about their state of health especially since we live about 4 hours away from each other’s home.

My mother is a stickler for healthy food like fish, fruits and vegetables and so they do not have health-issues related to lifestyle as of now. A few years ago, my father was diagnosed with a condition with which prompt medical interventions were needed. Today he is has good health because of dietary supplements as well as oral nutrition supplements alongside the meals they prepare at home.

Hospital stay is not something we look forward to especially when there are times that those who have been hospitalized come out even more sick

The study I mentioned above was published in the American Journal of Managed Care, (Feb 2013)  provides insights into the economic benefits of prescribing oral nutritional supplements to adult patients in the hospital setting.

W hat are the benefits of providing patients with oral nutrition supplements?

  • 21% or 2.3 days reduction in length of stay which could translate to 21.6% reduced hospitalization cost
  • 6.7% reduction in the probability of a 30-day readmission in patients who had at least one known subsequent readmission

These are just the numbers, for the caregivers and most especially the patients, the emotional and psychological burden of being in a hospital or being sick are reduced as well.

In the study, investigators were able to determine differences in length of stay and costs by comparing hospital stays where oral nutritional supplements were prescribed to stays of similar conditions where oral nutritional supplements weren’t prescribed.

“Because oral nutrition supplements are formulated to provide advanced nutrition and calories for compromised patients and are relatively inexpensive to provide, the sizeable savings they generate make supplementation a cost-effective therapy,” said study co-author, Tomas Philipson PhD, Daniel Levin Chair of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

Philippine Hospital Setting:

In the Philippine setting, 4 out of 10 among Filipinos who have been hospitalized or are out-patients are at risk of under-nutrition. Under-nutrition makes the body susceptible to more infections that will lead to further complications and prolonging not just hospitalization but having the illness itself.

“Impaired nutritional status, especially in patients recovering from serious illnesses or surgery, can result in longer hospital stays; an increase in complication rates, higher readmission rates, and associated health care costs,” says Dr. Marianna Sioson, president of the Philippine Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.  “Research shows that using oral nutritional supplements can help reduce their length of stay and associated hospital costs.  This is indeed good news for the 4 out of 10 hospitalized Filipino patients who are nutritionally at-risk since most of them shoulder their hospital expenses out of their own pockets.”

One of the ways that under-nutrition can be helped is by taking Oral Nutritional Supplements such as Abbott’s Ensure that has two variants: Ensure Gold and Ensure Acti-M2. Ensure Gold is for those who have reached their “golden years” and is good to drink whether they are healthy or not. Acti-M2 is a perfect drink for those who have not yet reached the golden years. Alongside a healthy lifestyle and eating the right kind of food, optimum health can be achieved.

Incidentally, Abbott Nutrition and the Philippine Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition has a partnership in the fight against Undernutrition with the Undernutrition Risk Screening Survey where those who will participate need to answer a few questions regarding their health conditions.

The results of this survey would give more data on the undernutrition condition of people  at risk for this condition so that early intervention can be started immediately.

Undernutrition Infographics

EnjoyLife Club

Abbott Philippines now offers special discount for every purchase of participating products within maximum limit of purchase every month. Enjoy Life Club also offers professional nutrition care advice as well as personalized meal plans from their team of registered nutritionist-dietitians.

Call (02) 995-1555 or 1-800-10-955-1555 on weekdays from 8am – 8pm for more information. You can also email

About the Study

The Impact of Oral Nutritional Supplementation on Hospital Outcomes”study is a retrospective data analysis on the effect of oral nutritional supplements on hospital economic outcomes. The study compared hospital stays where oral nutritional supplements were provided with similar hospital stays that did not provide oral nutritional supplements. The difference between length of hospital stay and cost of treatment (including supplies, labor, depreciation of equipment, etc.) were measured.
The probability of 30-day hospital readmission also was calculated.


About Abbott Nutrition

For more than 85 years, Abbott Nutrition has been developing and marketing science-based nutritional products to support the growth, health and wellness of people of all ages. Internationally recognized brands include PediaSure® brand of complete and balanced nutrition for children; and the Ensure® brand of complete and balanced oral nutritional supplements for adults.

The company is a leader in nutritional products clinically shown to address the distinct dietary needs of people with serious health conditions or special nutrient requirements, such as the Glucerna® brand of nutrition shakes and bars for people with diabetes.

About Abbott

Abbott is a global healthcare company devoted to improving life through the development of products and technologies that span the breadth of healthcare. With a portfolio of leading, science-based offerings in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic pharmaceuticals, Abbott serves people in more than 150 countries and employs approximately 69,000 people.


Visit Abbott at and connect with them on Twitter at @AbbottNews.


Information written in this article were from the data from studies conducted presented in the conference. I have also received a free sample of Abbott Ensure Gold from Abbott Nutrition which I have given to my mother.

Posted by julie @ 10:45 am
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One of the things that was done when my parents had the home renovation was to have new cabinets in the kitchen. Some of the inspiration for the design were from

I am happy that there are sites like these where we can browse online the things we need, without leaving the comforts of our home. Order what we need and even track the shipping of the products ordered because we just need to know due to excitement at receiving the goods.

I wish local manufacturers will follow suit. And may I suggest supermarkets to do the same too, allow their customers to order online and have these groceries delivered at home.

As parents, we want our children to be the best in what they want to become when they grow up. We want them to develop their talents, improve on their weaknesses, play their strengths to their advantage  and help them reach their full potential to be able to live a life with purpose.

Our parenting style and child-rearing philosophies, as well as the environment with which we have immersed our children which includes the school, the faith we believe in and the social issues and concerns we find worth pursuing are some of the factors that will help us guide our children, as well as ourselves, in our life’s path and quest for living a full life.

As a teacher, specifically a special education teacher, it is my goal to help my students do the same as well: provide opportunities for my students to reach their full potential and work around their behavioural and learning difficulties.

There are a lot of opportunities for people to explore their innate abilities. Children, before formally beginning schooling attend informal lessons bent on developing their talents in singing, dancing, acting, creative skills, sports skills and musical skills. Some move on to more difficult levels and continue to hone their skills well into their adulthood.

Some, however, like their parents, are grasping in the dark, enrolling in one kind of lesson and going to another after a while. Basketball for last year’s summer, soccer and guitar lessons every weekend, singing lessons for this year’s summer, drums lessons for the next summer, and so on and so forth, just for one child. In the end, these children become Jack of all Trades and Master of None.

Parents are baffled what went wrong and with all expenses going down the drain, they feel frustrated and still not knowledgeable enough as to what their children can give focus on and develop further. They try new skills again, year after year, sometimes hitting the right stuff that their children are good at to keep doing continuously. Most of the time, both the parents and the children are hitting a wall which makes them go back to where they started, at zero level.

There is however, one particular assessment which can help parents and teachers like me, know the concealed abilities of the children, based on their multiple intelligences so that they are steered in the right direction, according to the results of the assessment.

This assessment is called Dermatoglyph Multiple Intelligence Test or DMIT

What is DMIT and how will the results help in knowing people’s strengths and weaknesses through the different facets of multiple intelligences?

DMIT or Dermatoglyph Multiple Intelligence Test is an assessment done using a fingerprint scan to interpret which among the 16 multiple intelligences are innate in a person’s abilities.

How is this possible? Dermatoglyphics is the science of fingerprints.

It was in 1823 when Joannes Evangelista Purkinji researched protruding fingerprints on human palms and toe prints on the soles of the feet as well as the protruding ridge of the soles.

In the publication called “Nature”, Henry Faulds and W.J. Herschel recommended the use of fingerprints to identify people.

It was in 1892 when Sir Francis Galton pointed out the commonality in the fingerprints of siblings, twins and intergeneration genetics.

Harris Hawthorne Wilder in 1902, established the systematic foundation of pattern studies or morphology and genetics. He also did research on racial palm and finger prints.

The term “Dermatogylphs” was coined by Harold Cummins in 1926 for the study of fingerprints. Dermatoglyphs then became a professional knowledge.

The five types of fingerprints and its unique personality traints was a study done by the Society for the Study of Physiological Patterns back in 1930.

Brain surgeon professor Dr. Penfield pointed out the close link and relationship between fingerprints and the brain.

Each fingerprint corresponds to a certain type of personality, as researched by Noel Jaquin in 1958.

For those with chromosomal abnormality, Solton pointed out in 1963, the percentage of abnormal fingerprints would increase.

Professor Roger W. Sperry and his co-researchers did research on the left and right brain functions as well as the dual brain theory with which they were awarded a Nobel Prize in Biomedicine. Howard Gardner in 1985 introduced the Multiple Intelligence theory.

Working in the academe, Professor Lin Ruei Bin of Taiwan, applied DMIT to his students. He was able to identify the talents as well as the learning styles of the children where they were able to maximize the identified talents and strengths early on.

It was in 2004 when W.G.S.I. started using high technology to scan fingerprints. It was this company with a massive database of millions of data and statistical foundation that brought the application of Dermatoglyphics in Asian countries.

It was in 2012 when DMIT was introduced in the Philippines through I.M.S. Now called Encycligent Marketing Services.

Encycligent came from the words “encyclopaedia” and “intelligent”.  Their logo uses a light bulb concept to assist in the enlightenment of a person.  Eight (8) rays symbolizing the 8 Multiple Intelligences.

DMIT and Encycligent marketing Services aims to provide individuals assessement and interpretation based on their fingerprints to help them develop their full potentials, based on the multiple intelligences result. Encycligent and DMIT provides educational, training and employment consultancy to those who will avail of the DMIT.

You only need to do it once in your lifetime and it will create a prodigious impact in your life.

For information on Dermatoglyph Multiple Intelligent Test, contact Encycligent Marketing Services


Landline: (+632) 579-1170 or 775-7072

Mobile:  +639178699418 +639189799224


Posted by teacherjulie @ 9:59 am

HP Write and Read 2 Program had its culminating event to award the winners last October 17, 2013. There were 50 student participants from public and private schools and universities who joined the illustration and poetry writing. HP Write and Read program is in partnership with the Department of Education.

HP Write and Read 2 Program

Last year, when HP started with the first Write and Read, our vision was simply, to inspire. We wanted to reach a handful of students and change how they perceive learning. This year, as we culminate the HP Write and Read 2, we realized that we have reached so much more, and we were able to share to more audience HP’s commitment to creativity, education and of course, learning,” says Franco Flameno, HP’s Marketing Development Manager for Consumer Printers. “HP is thankful to both partners—DepEd and our Write and Read ambassador, Efren Penaflorida, for believing in the HP vision, and agreeing to partner with us.”

Opened to First Year (or now called Grade 7) to 4th year high school students who are based in the National Capital Region, the student participants underwent a two-day master class in either poetry writing or illustration. Final contest entries were collaborative work between one writer and one illustrator who underwent the master classes


2013 HP Write and Read Program 2 winners are the following:

Rank Title Writer School Illustrator School
1 Left Behind Miguel Angelo C. Villar Southville international School and Colleges Jin Ju Park Southville International School and Colleges
2 Infinitesimal Anica Isabella B. Franco St. Paul College Pasig Ronelle Risha E. Mariano Colegio San Agustin – Makati
3 Where They Converge Meg H. Musngi St. Paul College Pasig Jose Carlos Gaston S. Garcia Colegio San Agustin – Makati


The winners took home the following prizes:

1st Place winners : two (2) printers, two (2) desktops, two (2) notebooks, two (2) slate, 50k cash;

2nd Place winners : two (2) printers, two (2) notebooks, two (2) slate, 20k cash

3rd Place winners :  two (2) printers, two (2) Slate, 10k cash.


HP Write and Read 2 Program

Learning is a personal advocacy. I believe that to passing over that love for learning is as important as of course using extremely attractive printed materials are important in nurturing students’ creativity in reading, writing and visual arts, and sustaining that interest,” said Efren Penaflorida , Write and Read ambassador and CNN 2009 Hero of the Year.


About HP : HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. The world’s largest technology company, HP brings together a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure to solve customer problems.

More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at

Posted by julie @ 8:31 am

With Christmas vacation happening a few weeks from today, I am sure a lot of children (and their families too) are excited with their vacation plans.

My children are looking forward to having their Christmas break because it would mean more than two weeks of not waking up before the sun of up which roughly translates to 5 in the morning from Monday through Friday. As for me, my “call time” for kitchen duties start at 4:30 am. I know, so early to be stressed but that’s how it has got to be to make sure they have healthy home cooked packed food.

Anyway…during these times, I have a few students who go overseas with their families for some rest and relaxation. Some even go as far as orlando or Toronto to be with their families based overseas. Some have their grandparents traveling with them which makes the travel time even more special because of the bonding they get to experience doing extra-ordinary things away from the daily stresses from school and work that they have to grapple with everyday.

To make vacations more special, here are a few tips to remember:

  • Plan ahead by making sure the time frame for the vacation has been cleared to avoid any disruptions.
  • Planning ahead includes having the practical clothes wear ready, having someone to stay in the home for house sitting, providing care for pets that will be left behind, completing any school or work-related deadlines so that when vacation time is done, one does not need to rush ahead with these things.
  • Book early and this include flights, hotel rooms and even extra travel services.
  • Prepare an itinerary and have handy information on road maps, detours and interesting places to visit. Have alternate plans in case some thing comes up unexpectedly.
  • Make sure to secure important travel and identification documents and keep these safe at all times.
  • Have fun.

I am sure families are gearing up and preparing for at least a week or two of down time with their families. I know I do, even if it just means I will have another one of those endless staycations and be able to wake up later than I have to.

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