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
Recognition in a researcher’s own international community – whether the community be cancer researchers or software engineers and whether they be peers or senior figures – allows a researcher to build a reputation that affords him the opportunity to widen and deepen the impact of his work. Research collaboration across borders facilitates such recognition, leading to opportunities to undertake visiting research placements as well as attend conferences and present research work. In this respect, conferences – as in most fields, whether in science or business – are an important incubator of ideas and opportunities. Nevertheless, it is publications that are the bread and butter of science. Peer-reviewed publications build profile and widen impact. It is an imperfect system, with valid criticisms of the peer review process and the perverse incentives that arise from the inappropriate use of impact factors. However, for a researcher’s work to have impact, it is necessary to navigate this system, all the while avoiding the pitfalls made by others.