Friday, August 29, 2014

Acne Treatment

Teens or not! You should remember these useful tips when dealing with acne.

Acne are different types of bumps on skin (found on the face, neck, shoulders, upper back and chest), be it blackheads, whiteheads, pimples, or cysts. 

Acne on your face? Admit it or not, your acne draws more attention when people started speaking with you! Even though acne is considered a normal part of puberty, it still doesn’t make it easy to look at. 

So here are some useful tips to deal with acne better:

1. Do not ever touch a pimple, pick at it, or squeeze it - even if it’s tempting! Touching it would only cause even more inflammation and picking at it would leave tiny, permanent scars.

2. Wash your face gently 2 x a day with mild soap and warm water to help prevent the buildup of oil that can contribute to acne.

3. Keep your hair from your face. If you’re a girl: you can tie your hair neatly with the use of a ponytail or just keep it in place with your barrette or headband. If you’re a boy: you should keep your hair short. 

 4. French fries or pizza, eating chocolate, or drinking soft drinks (Although acne

isn’t directly caused by eating greasy foods) — these foods MAY aggravate the condition of existing acne. Might as well control your intake of these types of food.


5. For teenagers who have severe cases of acne can get help from us. Visit BRITANNIA MEDICAL CENTER...


1. Back pain attack. With over-the-counter pain medication, this can be managed. In some cases, back pain can be a real cause for concern if it persists.

2. Energy drinks, yay or nay? Too much caffeine intake may lead to nervousness, insomnia, irritability, rapid heartbeat and even increase blood pressure.

3. Kick butt that bad habit. Quit smoking, make a difference and live a smoke-free life.

4. Migraine pain. Pain demands to be felt but that doesn’t mean a continuous pain. Proper treatment and change of lifestyle may reduce the frequency and severity of migraine.

5. Visit Britannia Medical Center. The key to achieving a healthy lifestyle is having an expert physician to visit. Have regular check-ups. Your health is our concern.

Disclaimer: This is meant for informational purposes only, not for health guidance. Have a consultation today with our health care professionals.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Health News

What’s behind the #ALSIceBucketChallenge?

The #ALSIceBucketChallenge became a viral sensation because a lot of people are accepting the challenge, from Hollywood celebrities like (Jimmy Kimmel, Neil Patrick Harris, Matt Damon, Jennifer Garner, Chris Hemsworth etc.) to big personalities (Oprah, Bill Gates, Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg).

#ALSIceBucketChallenge is...

The #ALSIceBucketChallenge deal is when someone was challenged by their friend, they would have to either donate $100 to the cause or post a video showing that they are dumping a bucket of ice water on his/her head to get out of donating, and that’s within 24 hours. But others break the deal now, they donate $100 and they also do the ice bucket challenge.

ALS or commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease…

According to ALS Association, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord and would eventually lead to death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.

A-myo-trophic comes from the Greek language. "A" means no or negative. "Myo" refers to muscle, and "Trophic" means nourishment–"No muscle nourishment." When a muscle has no nourishment, it "atrophies" or wastes away.

Early symptoms of ALS often include
·         Increasing muscle weakness, especially involving the arms and legs, speech, swallowing or breathing.
·         When muscles no longer receive the messages from the motor neurons that they require to function, the muscles begin to atrophy (become smaller).
·         Limbs begin to look "thinner" as muscle tissue atrophies.

ALS matters…

The real issue here is to raise awareness and funds for ALS, according to, and collaborating for a good cause, whether you put a bucket of ice over your head or donate money, is a win-win.


One of famous personalities who suffered and died from ALS:

James Augustus "Catfish" Hunter - (April 8, 1946 - September 9, 1999)
Hunter became the highest paid pitcher in baseball when he signed with the Yankees in 1975. Hunter refused higher offers from the San Diego Padres and the Kansas City Royals to sign with the New York Yankees. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987. Hunter died at his home in Hertford, North Carolina, in 1999. He had Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease", at the time. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014




   1.    Choose a healthy diet. Starving yourself is not a healthy diet; it's merely the easiest way to lose the time you're living. Healthy diet is one that helps maintain or improve general health.

2.    Get enough sleep. Sleeping six to eight hours each night can help boost your mood when sunrise comes.


   3.    Be a PRO anti-smoking. Smoking kills and shortens your life. As much as possible, do not smoke or avoid secondhand smoking for a smoke-free living.

4.    Think of happy thoughts. 
Don't stress about your problems and avoid over thinking.

The modest way to live a life full of happiness 
is by choosing a healthy lifestyle. 
Have regular check-ups. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Comedian actor and Oscar-award winning Robin Williams battled severe depression, dies at the age of 63.

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The death of Robert Williams rocked the entertainment world on Monday, his publicist said in a statement that he’d been “battling severe depression” that led him to suicide.

According to WebMD Health News, "numerous U.S. adults suffer depression. Often, medication and psychotherapy help their moods and outlook about life. But for others, hopelessness still reigns even if there’s a treatment."

In addition, WebMD reports that " "Depression is a very difficult illness to treat because it has genetic underpinnings with environmental stressors," said Scott Krakower, DO, the assistant unit chief of psychiatry at The Zucker Hillside Hospital North Shore-LIJ Medical Group."
" Those with fame, power and success aren't immune. "You could be having a really great life, a successful life, and be really depressed," Krakower said. "
"The other thing that might affect depression is, “Physical illness, especially chronic [long-term] illness, can worsen depression," according to Lon Schneider, MD., a professor of psychiatry, neurology, and gerontology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.  “Alcohol or other drugs can also affect depression,” added Schneider."

Some facts about depression:

1.   Depression is more common in women than in men, according to Washington University.

2.   Men's symptoms of depression may be harder for other people to recognize, and the illness is missed more frequently in men, said Jill Goldstein, director of research at the Connors Center for Women's Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

3.   Depressed men may also try to mask their sadness by turning to other outlets, such as watching TV, playing sports and working excessively, or engaging in risky behaviors, Goldstein told Live Science in an interview. 

4.    By the year 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that depression will be the number two cause of "lost years of healthy life" worldwide.

5.    According to Mayo Clinic, symptoms of depression extend far beyond feeling sad, and may include:

·         loss of interest

·         pleasure in normal activities

·         irritability

·         agitation or restlessness

·          lower sex drive

·          decreased concentration

·          insomnia or excessive sleeping

·         chronic fatigue and lethargy  


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Monday, August 11, 2014



1. Exfoliate skin. Exfoliate your skin once or twice a week especially if it's dry. Exfoliation gets rid of dead skin cells, leaving your skin radiant and smooth.

2. Avoid too much make-up on. Makeup is every girl’s best friend and it is one of the most reliable tools for helping girls look their best. But, putting too much makeup on can soon damage or irritate your skin.

3. Exercise regularly. Have the urge to maintain a healthy diet by following those simple weight-loss programs. Working out is one of the easiest and most effective ways of improving your physical health.

4. Avoid direct sunlight. Sun's damaging rays can cause dryness and mild damage to your skin.  It’s essential to put on sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful UV Rays.

With the advice of our expert plastic surgeon, you can achieve healthy skin and a healthy body. Book an appointment now! 

Friday, August 8, 2014


Ebola Virus is the cause of the infectious and deadly disease of people and animals like gorilla: Ebola Virus Disease or Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever. In the present, the affected countries are in West Africa like Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 
Total Cases
Updated: August 6, 2014
Suspected and Confirmed Case Count: 1711
Suspected Case Deaths: 932
Laboratory Confirmed Cases: 1070

In other NEWS: 
August 07, 2014 (Thursday)
A person who came from Africa, arrived in Saudi to work, not knowing that he was infected, eventually dies.

- Touching a person who is positive of Ebola
- Blood or any "body fluids" from the person who is infected, like: vomiting, saliva, feces etc.
- Contaminated things from the person who is infected like: needle, blanket and bed cover
- Corpse of the person who died because of Ebola
People can't get Ebola in the air,  in coughing, or in sneezing

Anyone who is infected can have the symptoms after 2-21 days. Person who have symptoms are the only one who can infect other people.

Fever || Headache || Joint and muscle aches || Weakness  || Diarrhea || Vomiting || Stomach pain || Lack of appetite || Damage of liver and lungs

Some patients may experience:

A Rash || Red Eyes || Hiccups || Cough || Sore throat || Chest pain || Difficulty breathing and Difficulty swallowing || Bleeding inside and outside of the body

- Strictly observing passengers arriving in the airports and shipyards
- Making sure that all passengers from different countries would give health information checklist
- Strong coordination with different departments in order to avoid Ebola
- Training healthworkers on how to take care of the patient and their own against the disease

- Those who are living or went in the affected country
- The family or neighbor of the person infected
- The person who's taking care of the patient in the house or in the hospital with a doctor, nurse, lab workers, etc.

  REMINDER: Using health check list, you need to tell airport quarantine officers if you came from the infected country even more if you have fever or any smptoms.

- It's better to bring the person to the hospital immediately if s/he assumes that s/he have it
- Oral and intravenous fluids are a huge help even the blood letting

- Avoid contact with the blood or secretions of an infected patient
- Don't touch patients if you do not use gloves and any recommended materials against Ebola
- Wash hands thoroughly  using clean water and soap
- Avoid touching any part of the face using dirty or unwashed hands and fingers

For further questions, PLEASE COORDINATE WITH
 DOH HOTLINE: 711-1001

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

The Four W's about Vaccines

Too many people today are walking around unprotected against harmful viruses that could affect their own and their families' health. 

             Flu Season is here! Be informed and get vaccinated! 

Being vaccinated can prevent you from getting sick. Protecting yourself from flu also protects your family and the loved ones around you who could be more vulnerable to the serious effects of the virus.

1. Who should get vaccinated?
  • Children and Infants (6 months of age)
  • Pregnant Women
  • Senior Citizens
  • People with Disabilities 

And people who:
-Are at high risk of developing serious complications 
-Have certain medical conditions (like asthma, diabetes, and chronic lung disease etc.)

2. Why should people get flu vaccine?

  • Influenza is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. 

  •  Influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. According to Center for Disease Control, when more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through that community.

3. When should people get vaccinated?

  • ANY TIME of the day!

4. Where can people get flu vaccine?

People who visit Britannia Medical Center and get seasonal flu vaccine have a very good safety track record. 

Visit Us at Enclave Complex, Fil-Am Friendship Hi-way, Angeles City 

 Myth: Vaccinations can cause autism.
Fact: Natural Immunity is better.

Friday, August 1, 2014



1. THOROUGHLY BRUSH your teeth three times a day.  To achieve zero cavities and avoid teeth and gum problems, brushing your teeth thoroughly for two to three minutes after meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) can help lessen the possibilities of getting a toothache.

2. FLOSS your teeth daily. To remove plaque in between teeth, floss your teeth daily in a slow and and gentle motion.

3. LIMIT sugary food and acidic drinks. Sugary food (sweets, cakes, chocolate and biscuits) and acidic drinks (soft drinks, cordials and fruit juices) may cause tooth decay.

4. DON'T smoke or drink alcoholic beverages. In order to avoid yellowing of teeth, avoid smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages.

5.  VISIT BRITANNIA MEDICAL CENTER. The easiest way to maintain healthy teeth that can beautify your smile is to have regular check-ups (recommended every 3 months).  Your health is really our concern.