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Bubble tea causes girl to be constipated for 5 days

Bubble tea causes girl to be constipated for 5 days

  • A 14-year-old Chinese girl became constipated after drinking bubble tea
  • Tapioca pearls are the reason why
  • Tapioca pearls are dangerous to the body

Bubble tea originated in Taiwan back in the 1980s. It is usually made up of a certain kind of tea, mixed with a variety of milk and flavorings, and finally sugar.

The tea is topped with tapioca balls, popping boba, fruit jelly, grass jelly, agar jelly, and puddings.

The drink is so popular that people, specifically millennials, consume it on a regular basis.

Recent news suggest that bubble tea might sound delicious but it has its side effects.

A 14-year-old Chinese girl was sent to the hospital on May 28 because she could not empty her bowels properly. Stomach ache was her chief complaint, plus she couldn’t make herself eat for days.

Health experts found it hard to dissect the root of the problem, so they performed a CT scan. They found that there were unusual dark particles in the girl’s body.

It was then revealed to be a hundred tapioca pearls that she consumed.

The girl said that she only drank one cup of bubble tea before everything happened, but based on the findings, it is obvious that she consumed more than that.

The girl was then prescribed with laxatives to help ease her situation.

There have been studies done on the side effects of consuming bubble teas.

Tapioca pearls are made from a starch extract from the cassava root, which are filled with bad carbohydrates. The body finds it hard to digest these, as said by one doctor.

The average bubble tea cup consists of 400 calories, mainly because the tapioca pearls are cooked in hot water while being mixed with a great amount of sugar.

Plus the additional syrup and other ingredients play a big role.

A study done by German researchers back in 2012 suggests that bubble teas can significantly reduce a consumer’s lifespan.

They found that these tapioca balls contain cancer-causing chemicals called polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCB.

These chemicals affect the immune, gastrointestinal, reproductive, nervous, and endocrine systems.

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Mother stays strong while battling cancer to make it to her son’s graduation

Mother stays strong while battling cancer to make it to her son’s graduation

  • An honor student hopes his mother battling cancer would be with him for his graduation day
  • He always encourages his mom to fight so that she can walk up on stage with him and put his medal on him

A student named Ricardo Ace Gealan Bolo Jr. II taking up Accountancy, Business and Management Strand specializing in Tourism and Hospitality Section shared the struggles of his mother who is fighting against cancer and was admitted to the hospital a month before his graduation.

His mother was in critical condition because of cancer and she would always say that might not make it until his graduation. But he always encouraged his mom to fight so that she can go up on stage and put his medal on for him.

On his Twitter account, he shared a video clip of his graduation ceremony, where he could be seen with his mother marching on stage while receiving his diploma. She put his medal as on him as one of the honor students in school.

For him, that was the priceless moment in his life. He was proud of his achievement and happy that his mother was there to see him.

He shaved his head to show his support for his mom. He said that he got his charms, strength, and wits from his mother and that he is proud to tell everyone just how much he loves her.

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MakatiMed partners with top US hospital to advance cancer care

MakatiMed partners with top US hospital to advance cancer care

  • Makati Medical Center celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year
  • MakatiMed has partnered with UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center (UCDCCC) in a bid to boost cancer care in the Philippines
  • UCDCCC, which was designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the US National Cancer Institute, offers the most advanced methods for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancers and blood disorders

As Makati Medical Center celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year, the premiere hospital continues to drive advancement in medical care in the country by forging a partnership with one of the leading cancer centers in the United States.

MakatiMed has partnered with UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center (UCDCCC) in a bid to boost cancer care in the Philippines. The agreement with the University of California, Davis-affiliated medical center includes the development of an international Cancer Care Network, a cancer registry in MakatiMed, training programs for cancer care, a second opinion program, and on-site clinical rotation from various subspecialties in oncology.

Inpatient and outpatient procedures will be evaluated to enhance clinical workflows. The two hospitals will also share telemedicine programs and potentially collaborate in clinical trials, research studies, seminars, and multi-disciplinary teleconferences.

UCDCCC, which was designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the US National Cancer Institute, offers the most advanced methods for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancers and blood disorders.

“We want to introduce a collaborative approach in cancer care to offer the ideal treatments to our patients,” says Maria Corazon C. Consunji, MD, MakatiMed President and CEO. “This partnership will help MakatiMed achieve the best patient outcomes by embracing the advancements in oncology.”

Dr. Consunji inked the contract with Primo N. Lara, Jr., MD, UCDCCC Director. Also present in the contract signing were UCDCCC’s Gina Dayton, Chief Administrative Officer and Associate Director for Administration, and Kristin Jones, Director for Oncology Services.

For more information, please contact MakatiMed On-Call at +632.8888 999, email [email protected], or visit

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Son takes care of cancer-stricken mother instead of finishing college

Son takes care of cancer-stricken mother instead of finishing college

  • “This could be our last mother’s day together!”
  • Father is proud of his son

“I only have one mother, but with my studies, I can go back to them later.”

A college degree can open a lot of doors for anyone who has it. Education is undeniably important, but what is more important is family. This is what exactly what Liu Xinhong thinks.

Liu decided to stop pursuing college education for a while to take care of his mother who was diagnosed of parotid cancer. About a year ago, he was just another freshman at a university in Yulin County, Taiwan, but now he is more like a nurse at his mother’s Peace Ward, attending to her every single day.

Liu understands that family should be placed above all, and that a college degree can be pursued anytime.

As he was crying, he said, “Mom has put a lot of time and effort in raising me. She’s helped me with homework and lots of other things, but I have not spent much time with her. This could be our last Mother’s day together.”

Liu always prays that the one above would ease his mother’s pain. It seems like he has accepted that there is nothing that could be done to prolong her life.

He is lucky to have a circle of people, including his brother, who helps out after school, who provided emotional support to help him get through this.

Liu’s father is proud of him for doing the things that he does, as he cannot attend to his wife since he is running their business.

On Facebook, he showed the world how much his mother means to him.

“Thank you mom for bringing me into this world and for the endless love that you’ve given me. Now my mom needs caring for and as her son, I have the full responsibility of taking on this role. Everyone must face death one day. It’s unavoidable. I think companionship is very important during a person’s last days. Facing the inevitable, I would like to discard regret and say goodbye to my loved ones and bless them; isn’t it better than just being sad?”

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DOH warns cancer patients to switch not to herbal supplements due to lack of evidence

DOH warns cancer patients to switch not to herbal supplements due to lack of evidence

  • Herbal or Natural Supplements may offer convincing claims.
  • DOH is not against the use of such health products as long as these are “safe and effective”.
  • It is rather not wise for cancer patients to switch to herbal supplements especially if there are no confirmation on its testimonials or claims on cures.

The wide variety of claims about alternative “cures” for cancer can be quite convincing.

“Testimonials are weak evidence and are not acceptable,” says Department of Health (DOH) cancer program manager Clarito Cairo.

DOH has heard reports of cancer patients ditching their prescribed medication for herbal supplements.

The Department warns other patients and their families to not do the same. The testimonials and stories on herbal supplements by the people who used such products were have cured cancer–hasn’t been confirmed to be true.

Furthermore, Clarito said, “There are anecdotes saying that [herbal supplements] are proven safe and effective, [though] there’s not enough evidence [to support the claim]. And then some patients would go back to their oncologists since they have developed complications.”

Patients who resorted to using herbal supplements to cure their cancer usually complain about kidney problems that usually lead to death.

Cairo admitted that the DOH is not entirely against the use of herbal supplements to treat cancer as long as there is evidence that these are “safe and effective”.

International Agency for Research on Cancer found that last year, at least 86,000 people died from cancer and that there were over 140,000 new cancer cases but most of them were regarding the breast, lung, and colon.

Last February, The National Integrated Cancer Control Act, or Republic Act No. 11215, was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte to increase investment in cancer detection and prevention.

Unproven testimonials include those that are associated with cannabis, cannabis oil, vitamin, cayenne pepper, castor oil, ginger, ginseng, grapes, mangosteen, mushrooms, wheatgrass, and many more.

These may come in the forms of pills or capsules.

Frequently advertised as “natural” treatments and often falsely labeled as herbal supplements, such products may appear harmless, but may cause harm by delaying or interfering with proven, beneficial treatments.

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Kids who are overly exposed to screens may have greater risk of cancer

Kids who are overly exposed to screens may have greater risk of cancer

  • Studies say that those who are overly exposed to screens are more likely to be obese.
  • This results to people having a greater risk of having cancer.

Experts warned that too much screen time can raise the risk of a dozen deadly cancers.

There are said to be “convincing evidence” saying that spending hours glued to the television, computers and smartphones fuel childhood obesity.

They said that kids who are so exposed to screens are more likely to become fat adults, who are at greater risk of developing 12 types of cancer. They added that it is also the marker of poor lifestyle, bad diet, and inactivity.

A report of the The World Cancer Research Fund claims that people who watch too much television and uses smartphones a lot just eats more than what they burn off. They are also less likely to realize that they are full whenever they eat their meals.

Caroline Cerny of the Obesity Health Alliance backed up this claim.

“Eating too much unhealthy food and drink, with sedentary lifestyles contributes to overweight and obesity – this much is clear.

“We also know that when children spend time in front of screens, they are bombarded with junk food adverts.

“This new report highlights the dangers of unhealthy lifestyles and children’s exposure to advertising.

“We need a 9pm watershed on TV junk food marketing and similar restrictions online.”

Along with this, they also found out that breastfed kids are less likely to become obese.

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Study shows that sunscreen can actually cause skin cancer

Study shows that sunscreen can actually cause skin cancer

  • Sunscreens can potentially cause greater skin cancer risk.
  • Skin protection products mostly shield the skin from sunburn inducing UVB rays but not UVA that causes more serious skin diseases. 

Causes of skin cancer increase annually.

According to a California-based scientist named Elizabeth Plourde, Ph.D., malignant melanoma, and all other skin cancers increased significantly with sunscreen use over a 30-year period.

Sunscreens usually contain carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting chemicals or EDC.

It is also said that the sun doesn’t really harm us, instead, it nourishes us.

A study published at Karolinska Institute in Sweden back in 2014 found that women who avoided lying under the sun are actually more likely to die compared to those who sunbathe on a daily basis. The study conducted the research on 30,000 women over the course of 20 years.

There are two types of sun rays, the Ultraviolet B rays (UVB) and the Ultraviolet A rays (UVA). The UVB is the main cause of sunburns and non-melanoma skin cancers like squamous cell carcinoma, which is also known as epidermoid carcinoma. Most sun protection products are made to block UVB rays.

On the other hand, UVA is much more powerful when it comes to penetrating the skin. There is less research about the harms of the UVA radiation and it can be potentially much more harmful than we know. Even if the damages of the UVA is much less noticeable than those of the UVB, it can be a lot more dangerous.

Most of the chemicals in our sunscreens have a minimum effect when it comes to protecting our skins from the UVA rays. The high SPF products are said to shield the skin from the effects of the UVB rays but not other types of skin damage. People must keep in mind that UVA and UVB protection do not harmonize.

And with this, people tend to think that they are more protected resulting for them to stay out in the sun longer than usual. Users of the conventional sunscreen may get less UVB-inflicted sunburns but they are more likely to absorb more UVA radiation.

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Curved manhood? It Might Be a Sign of Cancer

Curved manhood? It Might Be a Sign of Cancer

  • Studies say that men with curved penises have a greater risk of cancer
  • It was found that having a bent, erect penis may be connected to having stomach, skin, and testicular cancers.
  • Peyronie’s disease is when plaque forms inside the tissues of the penis

A curved penis may have an advantage to some, especially in the bedroom, but only a few knew that this also has its own risks. Studies found that those who experience this condition may be exposed to higher risk of cancer.

According to a research published on the Fertility and Sterility journal, the Peyronie’s disease — which is the condition that causes a bent penis — is actually connected to the symptoms of and stomach, skin, and testicular cancers. 1.5 million men were gathered to prove the idea.

Peyronie’s disease is caused when plaque (scar tissues) suddenly forms inside the penis’ soft tissue which causes it to curve when erect. It may be painful as it can cause erectile dysfunction. Though Medical News Today published that scar tissues in the penis is not really cancerous, it is also found noteworthy connections to urological cancers like prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and penile cancer.

Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas researchers determined that those with the Peyronie’s disease, also known as penile fibrosis, have an increased risk of testicular cancer by 40 percent. Moreover, they also have a 29 percent higher risk of melanoma — a type of skin cancer — and a 40 percent higher risk of stomach cancer.

As no one has made these associations before, it resulted in the conditions being largely taken for granted. Urologist and study head Dr. Alexander Pastuszak stated,

“Nobody has made these associations before… We think this is important because these conditions are largely taken for granted, while they’re significant in the sexual and reproductive life-cycles of these patients, linking them to other disorders suggest that these men should be monitored for development of these disorders disproportionately in contrast to the rest of the population.

Dr. Pastuszak also mentioned that having a curved shaft is normal as the human body is rarely symmetrical and there is some curvature in all penises.

The symptoms of Peyronie’s disease are having a significant bend in the shaft, flat lumps felt under the skin of the penis (which is the scar tissue), erection problems, a shortening of the penis, and pain.

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Study reveals eating 9 grams of processed meat a week can cause breast cancer

Study reveals eating 9 grams of processed meat a week can cause breast cancer

  • Post-menopausal women take higher risks of contracting breast cancer when eating 9 grams of processed meat a weak
  • Eating processed meat can cause cancer

Listen up, women! You might want to consider being conscious of the food you eat by reading this article.

Risk of eating processed

A recent study at the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom revealed that post-menopausal women who consume nine grams of processed meat in a week are more prone to develop breast cancer.

The said study tested 273,466 women, ages 40 to 69 years old. After their observation, the researchers have concluded that even those who eat processed meat less than nine grams a week still have 15% more chances of getting breast cancer than those who did not eat processed food at all.

“In addition to the previously known effects of processed meat on other kinds of cancer, this adds further evidence that it may have a deleterious effect on breast cancer, particularly in post-menopausal women,” Naveed Sattar, co-author, shared.

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8-year-old Coleen Kaye Tumala battles Leukemia

8-year-old Coleen Kaye Tumala battles Leukemia

  • Coleen Kaye Tumala and her battle with Leukemia
  • Kythe Foundation releases short film in celebration of 25th anniversary

This is Coleen Kaye Tumala, 8 years old, and a cancer patient.

Fighting cancer

Coleen is a bubbly girl from the south–typical long hair and with innocent eyes. It is all well until the 12th of December 2016. She was diagnosed with Leukemia. Prior to this, the young girl suffered from recurring high fever and from incessant vomiting. This led Kiera, her mother, to consult with a specialist and the results? Something they never wished to hear.

The father was hesitant at first to confide her daughter to medications. With his limited income from his construction stint, they cannot afford any maintenance medications for her.

On January, Coleen started to undergo chemotherapy treatments. From Bacoor, Cavite, they travel to Philippine Children’s Medical Center weekly for Coleen’s regular check-up. Kiera is just very grateful that people are very generous and the government takes a huge part in helping them.

Here’s more weight

Kiera, Coleen’s mother, has a cataract in her right eye making it legally blind that left her with only one eye properly functioning. Every day, they come hand in hand. Coleen reads the necessary things to let her mother know. The writer narrates:  “It was heartbreaking when we are doing this interview, as she can’t see the things we showed to her and instead, Coleen tells her everything.”

“Siya ang mata ko,” Kiera said pertaining to her daughter, Coleen. For two years, she has been battling cataract, and she can’t be selfish. She was supposed to undergo an operation last December but when the big news came, she postponed it and spent the money for her daughter’s sake.

Kythe Foundation and how big their help is

Kythe Foundation is a Philippine-based non-stock, non-profit organization founded by two Psychology graduate students from the Ateneo de Manila University in 1992. The organization aims to promote change by advocating psycho-social health as part of the holistic care for children thru its flagship Child Life Program. The program helps young cancer patients financially, and spiritually. They help the family of the patients to stretch their connections and bridge their way to good hearts that help.

Coleen is a beneficiary of Kythe Foundation, and it has been a solid wall in which Coleen and Kiera can rely on. They have been there during their darkest times, and they did not let the hardships pass without a solution. If only people of today can think of something like this, we can live to a much beautiful world.

‘Oras Na’

On Monday, Kythe Foundation is set to release an online video on their Facebook page. This short film aims to get more volunteers, build more rooms in hospitals that offer the Child Life Program, and have medical professionals as advocates.

The film is about Mak-mak, a cancer patient who waits for ‘the time’, and Kuya Obet, a volunteer who regularly visits him at the hospital. In the eyes of a child battling a disease, a volunteer who sets aside time to play with him makes a huge difference.

To watch, click here or play the video below.

Oras Na

Studies say that happiness helps ease the pain and anxiety of kids with cancer while undergoing chemotherapy and other procedures. Share your happiness and make room for these kids. Be a Kythe volunteer.#MakeRoom #HappinessHeals #kytheat25Help us spread the word by sharing this video. 🙂 To know more about us, visit and be part of our advocacy.

Posted by Kythe on Sunday, August 27, 2017

Kythe Foundation is also in need of volunteer works and financial help. For more information, email [email protected] or visit their Facebook page, Kythe.

If you want to help Coleen and her family, you can also contact Kythe or message us and we will connect you to them.

Let’s continue making bridges for everyone and watch the world be a beautiful place.

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