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What is a heart bypass operation?

A heart bypass operation is different from angioplasty.  Both are surgical procedures that aim to improve the flow of blood to the heart.

In angioplasty, a narrowed or obstructed blood vessel is opened or widened so that blood can pass through.  In a heart bypass operation, otherwise known as coronary artery bypass graft, the surgeon connects a healthy blood vessel to create a detour or bypass around the blocked portion of the coronary artery.

These procedures are done to correct a coronary artery disease which occurs when arteries harden because of the buildup of a material called plaque on the inside of the blood vessels.

The narrowing of coronary arteries, which reduces the flow of blood, manifest in chest pain or angina, shortness of breath, or discomfort in the arms of lower jaw. A heart attack occurs when a blood clot completely blockes the artery.

It is important to have a healthy lifestyle to avoid a coronary artery disease.  February is also globally acknowledged as the Heart Month, which involves intensive information campaign to raise awareness on proper heart care and heart disease prevention. 


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How to take care of bones

It is important that while we are young, we avoid doing activities that cause too much stress on our bones.  If this cannot be prevented, in the case of athletes or laborers who are mostly physically active, proper nutrition is a must.  Vitamins and minerals are indispensable for our body development.  Vitamin C, Calcium and Zinc are good for the bones.

 


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What food items help reduce weight?

The honest answer is none.  Food actually nourishes the body and supplies the energy our body needs to perform physical tasks, from as simple as breathing, to walking or lifting heavy objects.

However, not all food were created equal.  Some boost our metabolism and are easily digested, while others get stored in our body in the forms of fat.

Fruits and vegetables are good for metabolism while meat, processed food and those with high sugar content are good for fat building.

The question is, can we get slimmer by eating more fruits and vegetables.? This question is actually tricky, because too much fruits and vegetables can also result in our body getting bigger.  The rule remains that too much of everything is not good for the body.  Eat in moderation.  If there is extra food on the table, share them with those who need them more.


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Malnutrition in the Philippines

The number of underweight Filipino children rose over the past four years, because of the food price spikes in 2008 that reduced the ability of poor Filipinos to buy food, according to the Food and Nutrition Rearch Institute (FNRI).

Dr. Mario Capanzana, director of FNRI, said that from 2005 to 2008, "there was a significant increase in the proportion of children aged 0 to 5 years who were underweight, from 24.6 percent to 26.2 percent."

The percentage of underheight children below five years also went up from 26.3 percent to 27.9 percent during the 2005-2008 period.

Capanzana said that this means that around 3.3 million Filipino children with ages below five years were underweight, or those who did not receive proper nutrition as of last year.  This was up from about 3 million in 2005.  The number of underheight children were placed at 3.5 million.


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