Doctors abroad use locally developed software to computerize prescription

Doctors abroad now use software developed by a Davao doctor meant to replace handwritten prescriptions. Despite its success abroad, software developer finds difficulty penetrating local physicians.

Primarily aimed to help his fellow Filipino doctors in eliminating the risks that come with illegible handwritten medical documents, Dr. Richard T. Mata, a member of Philippine Pediatrics Society, developed the Easy Clinic Software, a free and customizable software that enable the efficient and fast processing of medical information by producing accurate and readable digital prescriptions.

In his presentation during the First Regional Forum on eHealth, held in Davao City on 28 March 2014, Dr. Mata reported that the software is now used by doctors, mainly from India and the USA. In the past eight months, around 14,748 doctors worldwide downloaded the software; India - 5,438, United States - 1,474, and Philippines - 1,205.

The Easy Clinic Software offers revolutionary benefits to replace the age-old practice of handwriting admitting orders and drug prescriptions. The software can be synchronized with the patient’s database allowing the doctor to include patient’s information on the prescription such as the name, age, sex, address and even a photo. (RICHMOND Q. ACOSTA)

Mango leaf extract promotes wound healing, study found

Known as treatment for diabetes, chronic lung diseases, asthma and colds, the leaves of Mango (Mangifera indica) showed another medicinal potential, now, for the faster healing of wounds.

Inspired with the previous knowledge on anti-bacterial properties of Mango, researchers from the Our Lady of Fatima University undertook a study to evaluate the effects of Mango leaf crude extract on wound healing.

In laboratory experiments, the researchers have analyzed the effects of Mango leaf crude extract to wound healing of Sprague Dawley rats (Rattus norvegicus). The extracts have successfully decreased the wound size of the experimental control group.

According to the study, the significant decrease in wound size was attributed to tannins, phytochemicals that can facilitate the process of wound healing by increasing collagen formation and growth of epithelial tissues in damaged areas of the skin.

With the findings, the researchers claimed that the Mango leaf extract is considered effective as wound healing agent. The researchers also concluded that the result of the research is a basis for further studies up to commercial preparation, if results warrant.

Institute of Aging-Geriatric Capacity Building Workshop Cebu

The Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, UP Manila, in coordination with the Central
Visayas Consortium for Health Research & Development conducted a two-day “Geriatric Research Capacity Building Workshop” last May 29-30, 2019.
A total of 81 participants including organizers and resource speakers attended the workshop which aims to capacitate regional researchers, academicians, and health professionals in Region VII on how to conduct research concerning older persons.

From bad blood to good: Cord blood stem cells at work

The love and care of parents may be said to have no limits, but all of them would rather want their children to be healthy. No parent would want the heartbreak cause by seeing their children suffering from diseases, especially more complex and life-threatening ones, such as blood-related cancers and blood disorders. There are a variety of treatments for such life-threatening diseases, one of which is hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

Cord blood and blood-related cancers
Cord blood stem cells, for one, are widely utilized in stem cell transplantations because of the hematopoietic stem cell (HSCs) that are derived from umbilical cord blood. HSCs, also found in bone marrow, replenish blood, regenerate the immune system, and can differentiate into red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. This is why blood-related cancer patients sometimes receive HSC transplantation after chemotherapy and radiation therapy, which otherwise kill healthy blood cells.

Blood-related cancers include Leukemia, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Myeloma. Leukemia is the most common childhood cancer worldwide, as well as in the Philippines.

Latest IT, advanced science books now available at DOST’s info institute

The latest IT and advanced science books may now be accessed by students and researchers at the Department of Science and Technology’s information agency. Located at the DOST Complex in Bicutan, Taguig City, Metro Manila, the Science and Technology Information Institute (STII) recently acquired the library collection of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD).

With the transfer of the books and materials from PCIEERD to STII, the latter further beefed up its already vast selection of science and technology (S&T) resources being the central library of the DOST system.

The transferred acquisitions include new and up-to-date titles in computer science, information technology, veterinary medicine, statistics, mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biochemistry, among others, including theses and dissertations.


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