The prevalence of benign prostate hypertrophy (BPH) increases with age and is more common in men aged 50 years and above. Dr Ronny Tan, consultant urologist and director of andrology at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore, speaks on how GPs can best manage this condition.
Psoriasis vulgaris is a non-communicable or non-infectious, chronic autoimmune skin disorder which affects about two percent of the world’s population. Just like most diseases, psoriasis confers a higher risk if one has a relative or a family member who has psoriasis. In about 75 percent of patients with psoriasis, the condition starts to appear before a patient is 40 years old. It is not commonly seen in children.
According to a recent study by Nishizawa et al, enzyme-treated asparagus extracts (ETAS) may have anti-inflammatory benefits for the liver, experts say. Together with its two constituents 5-hydroxymethyl-2-furfural (HMF) and (S)-asfural, ETAS suppresses nitric oxide (NO) production and pro-inflammatory cytokine and chemokine production.
“The Philippines is one of the worst places in the world to die,” said Dr. Arabelle Coleen Ofina, head of the Palliative subunit at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center. In fact, a 2015 Quality of Death Index study ranked the Philippines as one of the worst, after Iraq and Bangladesh. The quality of death index which was measured across five categories – palliative and healthcare environment, human resources, affordable care, quality of care and level of community engagement came from the Economist Intelligence Unit Report commissioned by the non-profit Lien Foundation.1