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21 Facts about Kawasaki Disease

High grade fever (40 degrees Celsius or higher) for over 4 days that's unresponsive to paracetamol and ibuprofen is usually the first sign of kawasaki disease. Most parents are not familiar with this disease because it is very rare. However, without treatment, this is a fatal illness that's a leading cause of acquired heart disease in children.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

1. Kawasaki disease is a rare illness that commonly affects children under 5 years of age.

2. Having an Asian descent (specially Japanese and Korean) increases the chance of developing kawasaki disease.

3.The cause of kawasaki disease is unknown.

4. Kawasaki disease is also known as mucocutaneous lymph node syndrome.

5. Kawasaki disease is not contagious.

6. Kawasaki disease is identified in the year 1967 and is named after the Japanese pediatrician Dr. Tomisaku Kawasaki.

7. Kawasaki disease occurs worldwide, but Japan has higher incidence of this disease.

8. Localized outbreaks of kawasaki disease usu…
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Is thinking so hard... which makes pain so much better?

Imagine this. You are given a task to sit alone and think for about 15 minutes. You can think about anything you'd like, but you are not allow to sleep. This shouldn't be hard.

Let's make things a little exciting. I'll give you an option to press a button that will instantly give you a safe but painful dose of a mild electric shock. Let me make it clear that you don't have to press this shock button, unless you want to.

Let's have a demo. Please press the shock button. Very good! Now, you just realize that although this is a safe dose of a mild electric shock, it is still too painful. In fact, you'll even want to pay me just to avoid an electric shock.

How hard could this be? Sit and think. Who would want to self-administer an electric shock?

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

The Revelation

What if I tell you that their's an actual research that used this method only to reveal that being left alone to sit and think is unbearable that a good number of  …

Inadequate Sleep boosts Appetite

Loosing few hours of precious sleep each night can leave you with more than an eye bug and a sleepy day. Lack of enough sleep can literally add up several pounds to your weighing scale. The connection between inadequate sleep and obesity is so strong that we can no longer take this fact for granted.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Not having enough sleep messes up with the body's hormones and metabolism.

Scientific studies show that inadequate sleep decreases leptin hormone and increases ghrelin hormone in the body leading to an increase in appetite, which can consequently, lead to an inevitable weight gain.

The role of leptin and ghrelin

Leptin is a hormone produced by fat cells whose purpose is to suppress appetite and increase metabolism. However, even when obese people have high leptin levels, their body has become immune to it's effect.

Moreover, leptin promotes inflammation, an important precursor in the development of many chronic diseases such as cardiovascular dis…

Liver: the only internal organ that can fully regener

Sitting in your abdomen is a massive internal organ weighing 3 lbs (1.3 kg), without which, you can't possibly survive. It's your liver. Amazingly, liver is the only internal organ of a human being that can fully regenerate itself.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Even if just a quarter of a human liver is left, it can grow back to it's full size. That's good news because our liver is critical to our survival. Unlike other organs, the liver regenerates both it's tissues and functions, leaving no scar.

Our liver detoxifies our blood. All the stuffs you've ingested is screened by your liver to ensure you don't end up with sepsis or blood poisoning.

The ability to regenerate is a magnificent feat that serves us well, but do know that while the liver can grow back to it's full mass, regenerated liver tissue is unable to mold back in it's original shape. So, don't expect a perfectly shaped liver. The good thing is liver regeneration doesn't l…

10 Horrible Facts about Common Cold

Who doesn't hate coming down with watery eyes, runny nose, uncontrollable sneeze, clogged nose, headache, cough, and sore throat -- the frequent signs and symptoms of common cold. No one obcourse, ironically, we all had it. Now, how about we look into some of the facts that makes common cold a clever and dangerous disease that shouldn't be taken lightly.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

1. More than 200 types of virus is responsible for causing common cold in humans. Among the most common are rhinovirus, corona virus, and influenza virus. That means, building an immunity against common cold is hard. In fact, there is no vaccine against common cold. This is one disease we can't help but get multiple times each year.

2. You may want to count. Each year, adult usually get ill with common cold about 2 to 3 times. Children get infected with common cold much more often.

3. Surviving common cold is a feat of the immune system, without which, can easily turn common cold into a kill…

The Lifesaving Purpose of Pets

Why do we have pets? We humans are wired to be social beings. But, let's face it, there are times when being with fellow humans can be really painful and stressful. Ever wonder why cats and dogs have an enormous fanbase online?

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Does the comradery of a pet serves a purpose? Research reveals that pets provide such a strong support, at times, even more effective than the support we get from our family, spouse, or close friend.

Don't underestimate the huge emotional impact that pets have on us. There are documentaries of people who survived tough times thanks to their pet, which will make you see pets in a new light.

Studies reveal that the presence of a dog improves performance and lessens error. Furthermore, pets are beneficial to the cardiovascular system as their mere presence lowers blood pressure and heart rate.

It may have been our natural instinct to find a way to fill our longing and cut down on stress by befriending those who can actual…

12 Facts about Phenytoin

Phenytoin is an anti-epileptic drug used to treat and prevent seizure. Want to know more facts about it?

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

1. Phenytoin had been used since 1938 to treat seizure.

2. Do not stop taking phenytoin abruptly unless directed by your doctor because this can aggravate seizure attacks.

3. Long term use of phenytoin can reduce Vitamin D in the body making the individual prone to skeletal problems such as fracture and osteoporosis.

4. Phenytoin can reduce insulin release which can lead to high blood sugar level.

5. Taking phenytoin can make some people suicidal.

6. Phenytoin can be taken either with or without food.

7. If you miss one dose of phenytoin and it's almost time for your next dose, do not take double dose.

8. Phenytoin decreases the effectivenes of birth control pills.

9. Calcium impedes the absorption of phenytoin.

10. Nystagmus, or the involuntary jerking of the eyes, is the most common side effect of phenytoin in children, but does not affect t…

11 Facts about Seizure in Newborn Babies

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

1. Seizure happens when clusters of neurons get excited uncontrollably all at once.

2. Seizure is usually the first sign of an underlying neurological problem in newborn.

3. 1 to 5 in every 1000 live births are afflicted with neonatal seizure.

4. Preterm babies have higher incidence of seizure compared to term birth babies.

5. If seizure is left untreated, it can cause further damage to the developing brain of the newborn.

6. Seizure in newborn has many etiology, like:
intracranial hemorrhage
hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy

7. Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is the most common cause of seizure in term birth babies.

8. Continous video-electroencephalogram (cEEG) monitoring is the gold standard to diagnose neonatal seizure.

9. Most cases of neonatal seizure are asymptomatic.

10. Electroclinical dissociation describes the phenomenon when a seizure activity is detected by cEEG, but the …

13 Facts about Varicose viens

Varicose viens are dilated and twisted viens usually with bluish tinge commonly seen on the lower extremities.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

1. In healthy viens, there are one way valves which prevent pooling of the blood, however in varicose viens, the valves are faulty, not closing properly which allows blood to backflow and accumulate in the viens leading to bulging and pain.

2. Genetics is the number one predisposing factor in developing varicose viens.

3. Obesity, advancing age, pregnancy, prolong standing and prolong sitting contributes to the formation of varicose viens.

4. Varicose vien affects more female than male.

5. Exercise, leg elevation, and use of compressive stocking are beneficial to individuals with varicose viens.

6. Having varicose viens increases the risk of forming blood clots (thrombus) which can travel to the lungs and cause pulmonary embolism.

7. Avoid standing or sitting for a long period of time as gravity puts pressure on the viens of the lower extrem…

How to make Garlic Oil?

Garlic is sensational for it's culinary and medicinal wonders. It's a superfood that's commonly sitting in the kitchen.

Want to add flavor to soup or scrambled egg? Then, how about we use garlic oil?

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Making garlic oil is easy. Here's a step by step guide.

8 cloves crushed garlic1 cup edible oil of your choice
Instruction to make garlic oil:
Pour 8 cloves crushed garlic and 1 cup oil in a saucepan.Put it under medium heat and stir occasionally for about 5 minutes or until the garlic turns golden brown.Strain the garlic bits off.Pour in the garlic oil in a glass container and let it cool.Store in the body of a refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Do not store garlic oil in room temperature so you don't risk contracting botulism.

If you'd like, you can also leave the garlic bits in the garlic oil so you'll get a stronger taste.

Honey and Lemon for Cough

The combo of honey and lemon as a home remedy for cough is popular for good reasons. Honey is a demulcent, which means that it forms a protective layer on the mucous membrane of the mouth and throat to soothe and prevent abrasion. In addition, honey acts a natural cough suppressant.

Lemon, a citrus fruit, is rich in Vitamin C which is advantageous to the immune system.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Who doesn't hate a bout of cough? Although it's a natural reflex to help expel pledge and secretions from the airways, there are times when it's doing more annoyance. Here's a classic twist of honey and lemon you should try to ease your cough.

    1 cup or 8 ounce warm water    1 piece fresh lemon    2 teaspoon honey    juicer
    To obtain more juice from a lemon, soak it in warm water for about 15 minutes before you juice it.    Pour 1 cup or 8 ounce warm water in a mug    Cut a lemon in half    Use a juicer to juice the lemon, strain it and pour…

Anger and Depression Lowers Immunity, Promotes Inflammation

Did you know that when you're angry or depressed, your immune system is also failing you. With lower immunity arises health concerns such as sluggish wound healing and delayed recovery from infection.

Both anger and drepression is linked to high levels of cytokines which promotes inflammamation. Chronic inflammation is linked to the development of many diseases like cardiovascular disease, colitis, and inflammatory bowel disorder.
High levels of cytokines helps explain why those with anger or depression experience social withdrawal, loss of appetite, and sluggishness.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan
Anger and depression are two different emotion but they share several bad things in common that have tremendous impact to the well-being of an individual.
Being angry or depressed makes you vulnerable to diseases because the levels of antibody in your body flunks. If that's not scary enough, imagine this. Did you know that up to 2 hours following an anger outburst, you double y…

General Anesthesia cuts down Child's Intelligence

Their are cases when children have to undergo surgery and be given general anesthesia. Undergoing surgery is scary enough. Even so, knowing that general anesthesia can cut down a child's intelligence can freak out some parents.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

A child's brain development during their formative years (6-12 years old) raises great concern among parents.

When major surgery is deemed necessary, the use of anesthesia is a must...unless you want the surgery to be a living nightmare. But the use of general anesthesia does have it's downside when it comes to intelligence.

Researchers found out that children exposed to general anesthesia has a marked reduction in intelligence. Children experience impairment in memory and difficulty learning.

It is alarming that the bad impact of general anesthesia has over intelligence is dramatic even up to 3 month after undergoing operation.

It isn't until 1 year after surgery that a child is able to fully recover from the …

Does Vacation at Home Eliminate Work-related Stress?

Did you know that taking a vacation is one of the most effective strategy to shake off work-related stress.
Like it or not, most workplaces bombard their employees with stress every single workingday. Stress impacts performance, decision making, health, and well-being.
When stress is piled high, burnout is inevitable. What better way to shake it off than good'ol vacation.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan
During vacation, do you choose to stay at home or go somewhere you've never been before?
Want to know which one is better? Here's a research by C. Blank et al. in which they've recruited 40 employees who hold middle manager position. They were split into two groups. Half stayed at home while the others stayed in a hotel for a short vacation lasting 4 consecutive days.
It turns out that even those manager who stayed at home during vacation had great reduction in stress and significant improvement in well-being. Both group gain benefit from taking a time away from wor…

What? Kill Cancer with Measles Virus?

Breakthrough: Measles virus hold potential for cancer treatment.

Have you read the news? Measles Virus Kills Cancer

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Cancer is hard to battle. In search for better ways to kill this deadly disease, let's talk about viruses, particularly measles.

A normal person will definitely dread the idea of contracting measles, but recent breakthrough reveals it can offer an effective way to fight cancer.

This may sound horrifying, but the potential of using virus for cancer treatment became evident when tumor growth progression deteriorated among some cancer patients who contracted viral illness.

One success story of using measles virus against cancer is the case of Stacy Erholtz who had a remission of multiple myeloma after she received a single dose containing massive amounts of attenuated measles virus courtesy of Mayo Clinic. Do note that the measles virus she received were laboratory engineered to be weaker.

How do measles virus kill cancer?

Attenuated me…

8 Facts about Lanzones

Do you want to know more facts about lanzones?

Lanzones is a popular fruit grown in many tropical countries in South East Asia. It is a delicious sweet, sour, and juicy fruit. This fruit has a spherical or oval shape, with yellow to brownish peel and a semi-translucent soft flesh.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

1. Lanzones tree's lifespan is 1 century (100 years).

2. Take it easy. Endulging in too much lanzones can cause bloating.

3. Lansones has several varieties including duku, jolo, longkong, and paete.

4. The flesh of lanzones fruit is usually eaten raw, but can also be made as candy, jam, beverage, jelly, salad, and be use as an ingredient in many Asian main dish.

5. Lanzones is in season from August to November.

6. Lanzones fruit is acidic so it's sour variety is not recommended for people afflicted with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) or hyperacidity.

7. Lanzones originated from the Malaysian Peninsula. It has been grown successfully in many Asian countries l…

7 Lanzones Health Benefits

Lanzones is one of those delicious and nutritious fruits in Asia that we can't help but anticipate in delight during the "ber" months. What can I say, it's among those seasonal fruits that makes this part of the year special.

Are you wondering what sorts of health benefits lanzones gives you everytime you indulge in the goodness of it's sweet and sour fruit?


Lanzones / lansones, also known as langsat, belongs to the mahogany family. It's scientific name is Lansium domesticum.

Here's a list of the health benefits of lanzones.

1. Contains Fiber

Lanzones contains fiber which aids in proper digestion. Every 100 gram of the edible portion of lanzones fruit contains 2.3 g of fiber which is good for your gut health. If you have gut problem like consitipation, this fruit will definitely benefit you.

2. Vitamins and minerals

Lanzones or lansat is both delicious and nutritious. This tropical fruit is a rich source of vitamins like Vitamin B. Every 100 …

14 Facts about Chiropractors and Chiropractic

When it comes to musculoskeletal problems, chiropractors and chiropractic usually steps into the scene. But, did you know this profession's scope can extent beyond body pain. Here are 14 facts you should know.


1. Chiropractors are not medical doctors. Chiropractic practice does not involve the use of medicine nor an invasive surgery to heal. Instead, this holistic practice prefers technique such as diet, exercise, massage, and hands-on manipulation of joints.

2. Chiropractors are professional practitioners of chiropractic.

3. Chiropractic is a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). This practice does not rely on the use of medicine to heal.

4. In order to get a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree, an undergraduate must pursue a bachelor's degree in chiropractic education.

5. The scope of practice of a chiropractor varies by country/state. There are countries/states that allow a chiropractor to prescribe laboratory test, diagnostic procedure, and …

8 Facts about Glucosamine Sulfate

Glucosamine sulfate is a chemical naturally found in synovial fluid around joints. It is a popular over the counter food supplement taken by people with joint problem.


1. The sulfate content of glucosamine sulfate is needed by the body to produce cartilage.

2. Glucosamine sulfate is taken as a dietary supplement to help relive joint pain, increase joint mobility, and prevent joint deterioration.

3. Glucosamine sulfate used as dietary supplement are usually obtained from shellfish such as crabs and shrimps, or artificially manufactured in a laboratory.

4. If you are allergic to shellfish, their is a good chance you can still take glucosamine sulfate. This is because the substance causing allergen in shellfish is usually not present in glucosamine sulfate supplement.

5. Glucosamine is popularly taken with chondroitin for joint problem such as osteoarthritis, but their synergistic effect is controversial.

6. Glucosamine is a blood thinner, which means it can make you prone…

6 Benefits of Donating Blood

So, what's in it for you when you donate blood. There's got to be benefits when you donate blood, right?

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Blood is a life giving fluid that has no alternative, hence, enough supply of donated blood is crucial.

Here's a list of benefits you get when you donate blood.

1. Before you can donate blood, you get a free medical check-up and blood work-up. If you pass, then you are fit to be a blood donor. If you fail, at least you'll get a glimpse of a problem that you can potentially do something about before it gets worse. However, that doesn't mean that it can be a substitute to your annual medical check-up.

2. You reduce your risk of having a heart attack and stroke when you donate blood. You can cut off your risk of suffering a heart attack by up to 88% simply by donating blood at least once a year.

3. Blood donors reduce their risk of developing cancer.

4. If you'd like to loose weight then this perk is for you. You burn a whooping 6…

5 Bad effects of Chronic Inflammation

Inflammation is one of the ways our immune system acts to control infection, fight off harmful microorganism,  and facilitate healing. It is crucial to our survival, however, when inflammations lasts too long, it can have serious effect to the well being of the individual.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

There are two types of inflammation--acute and chronic.
Acute inflammation is short term inflammation that causes symptoms of redness, swelling, and pain. Acute inflammation usually lasts from a couple of hours to several days or weeks. On the other hand, chronic inflammation can last for several months to years.

Chronic inflammation jeopardizes the individual. In cases when there is no actual threat, but when inflammation runs havoc, it can turn against the body's own cells and tissues.

1. A bunch of Diseases

Chronic inflammation is a notorious culprit for the development of many chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, stroke, atherosclerosis, diabetes, cancer, Alzheim…

Know this before Sorrow Kills

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Depression, inability to move on, and the loss of meaning in life are among the psychological trauma suffered by a person who lost a love one. Pain lashes more than words can express.

Grief brought about by this loss extends beyond the emotional and psychological bounds and affects the entire well being of the individual. In fact, a person who recently lost a spouse has higher risk of having a heart attack or stroke which can ultimately lead to premature death.

Researchers at Rice University uncovered that grief raises inflammation in the body. Inflammation is our body's way to protect us from harmful microorganism, fight infection, and promote healing. But when the inflammatory response is prolong, it can take it's toll on the body and lead to serious consequences to a person's health.

During challenging times when a person losses a love one, it is important to get attention and support to prevent the risk of morbidity and mortality.


8 Tanning Tips and Tricks to avoid Cancer

Are you dying for a sun-kissed skin, but worried about skin cancer? Then, this tanning tips and tricks are for you.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Did you know that your skin darkens as it's protective response to shield your body against the damaging ultraviolet light which is the case when you're exposed to sunlight or indoor tanning bed. Beauty is glory and that's exactly why we turn into our skin's natural defense mechanism for melanin--the skin pigment reponsible for giving you tan.

It's up to you whether you'd like to stay safe away from the sun's ravaging rays or you'd rather battle for that glorious bronze shimmer. And if it's your heart's desire to achieve that perfect bronze summer tanned skin, then, remember these tips and tricks to stay safe and fab.

Sunlight isn't all that bad. In fact, we need decent amount of ultraviolet light in order to produce Vitamin D, but too much sun exposure isn't good either. After all, sun ex…

Tilapia skin: the New Player in Burn Treatment

Burn injury is a health issue across the globe, leaving thousands to millions of victims devastated. In search for better ways to combat the ever increasing healthcare cost and come up with better treatment options, researchers explore the use of tilapia skin as a new promising technique to speed up healing of burn and decrease the need for pain medication.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Researchers in Brazil took advantage of the abundance of the freshwater fish "tilapia" in their country to uncover a new promising alternative treatment in the care of burn victims. They use medical grade sterilized tilapia skin to debride wounds caused by burn, substituting the conventional burn treatment composed of gauze and sulfadiazine cream.

They use tilapia skin to debride second and third degree burns. Tilapia skin is rich in marine collagen peptide which is easily absorbed into the burned area to aid in wound healing.

Advantages of Tilapia Skin for Treatment of Burn:

Promotes fast…

Here's Why Pregnant Mother should Avoid Coffee

Coffee is a staple to a huge number of people, but there are cases when it's consumption isn't advisable. Let's talk about if drinking coffee is safe during pregnancy.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Pregnancy can be a tough period. It can be challenging especially to first time moms who may not realize that there are certain foods they should avoid or limit during this crucial period on their child's development. Coffee is among the beverages pregnant women should limit from their diet.

Why you should limit coffee when you are pregnant?

Drinking more than 200 mg of caffeine which you get from roughly 2 cups of coffee is link by several research to an increase risk of congenital defect, low birth weight, preterm birth, and miscarriage among pregnant women.

Is coffee worth those risk?

Let's look at what makes coffee not a suitable beverage among pregnant mothers.

Caffeine which is found in coffee is the world's most widely used stimulant. Caffeine is a drug. Ca…

Sunflower seed Oil Benefits to the Skin

Sunflower seed oil gained popularity in cosmetic because of it's many benefits to the skin. It's pack full of antioxidants and nutients, so it's no wonder it ascended from a typical cooking oil into one of the beloved beauty product. Sunflower seed oil is rich in Vitamins C, E, beta-carotene, linoleic acid, and lecithin.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Let's explore the wonders sunflower seed oil does to the skin.


Having dry skin makes you prone to develop wrinkles so proper skin hydration counts. Sunflower seed oil is a natural chemical-free alternative to those commercially sold moisturizer. Technically, it's an oil but once you spread it over your body, it doen't leave you with a greasy mess. It blends perfectly with your skin. It leaves your skin soft and glistening without any distinct odor.


Sunflower seed oil is rich in Vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene which prevents premature skin aging and fights damaging free radicals from the e…

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10 Health Facts & Tips # 15 @healthbiztips

Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel Review

When I heared the good reviews about Nature Republic Aloe Vera Soothing Gel, I knew I just have to try this skincare product.

@healthbiztips by Arlene Gentallan

Nature Republic's aloe vera soothing gel hits the market like a storm. It's no surprise that Korean skincare products are sensational. Let's look into this cosmetic stuff and review if it really lives up to the claims.

The packaging

Nature Republic Aloe Vera Gel comes in a green cylindrical  plastic container that holds 300 ml of aloe vera gel. When you open it, you'll see an extra plastic lid inside which prevents the content from spilling out.

This product isn't wrapped in a paper box unlike other products, so what assures costumers that it's fresh is the clear outer covering plastic wrapped around it.

There is no spoon nor a scooper that comes along with this product, so if you prefer to not get messy, you'll have to buy a separate scooper.

The price

I think this skincare product is affordable cons…


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