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12.07.2022

Daily use of maintenance inhalers results in better asthma control.

Simply treating asthma attacks when they happen is not always enough to manage patient condition.* I know that for a fact, as I have asthma and come from a family of "asthmatics". 

However, the reality is that asthma patients often underestimate their diagnosis and therefore fail to get the proper, persistent treatment that they need. Research shows that 6 out of 10 asthmatic individuals consider their condition to be controlled, despite 41.3% reporting shortness of breath at least three times a week, and 57.8% having to use their reliever inhalers at least twice a week.**

As a result, the chances of complications may rise. Those with under-treated asthma can suffer from sleep disturbance, fatigue, poor concentration***, or airway inflammation****. There's also the risk of needing emergency care or hospitalization for treatment. And in the most severe cases, asthma can lead to death.*****

Being a chronic condition, asthma requires medication that not only relieves current symptoms but also provides sufficient control to improve the patient’s quality of life. Here’s a rundown of the usual medication for asthma patients, as well as new evidence which cites daily treatments as a more effective way of managing asthma both in the short-term and long-term.


Asthma Relievers versus Controllers
The first medication type that asthma patients typically take is called a reliever. A staple in our home, and a must-have everywhere I go, these fast-acting medications relax tightened airway muscles and open them up, alleviating acute signs of asthma. Relievers help when a patient suffers an asthma attack, but may also be used as a preventive measure in some instances. For example, a reliever may be used prior to physical exercise to prevent asthma attacks.^

On the other hand, controllers are medications meant to reduce the inflammation in the lungs, therefore preventing asthma symptoms over time. These usually contain steroids. Unlike relievers which are used as needed for short-term symptom relief,^^  controllers are usually taken on a daily basis - even when patients are not experiencing any acute asthma symptoms.^^^

The Effectivity of Daily Asthma Treatments
A recent study by Professor Dave Singh looked into the efficacy of proactive treatments via inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) or maintenance inhalers. Singh’s study revealed that higher doses of ICS treatment and higher adherence to treatment schedule generally provided the best protection for most forms of asthma.^^^^

Supporting this is a post-hoc analysis of data from a GSK-sponsored AUSTRI study which finds that in patients with a one-year history of exacerbations, ~92% of those treated with a daily regimen of ICS/LABA did not exacerbate during the treatment period.


Additionally, this same study also showed that this specific approach to daily treatment was able to reduce asthma attacks by 21.8%.^^^^^ Patients treated with daily usage of ICS-LABA witnessed fewer asthma exacerbations compared to those treated with ICS alone.

"These new pieces of evidence simply tell us that the daily usage of ICS treatments can in fact treat both the immediate symptoms of asthma, while also providing long-term control for the condition," explains Dr. Gyneth Lourdes Bibera, Country Medical Director of GSK Philippines. “Asthma shouldn’t just be treated as a condition that happens occasionally. It's better to follow a consistent plan that involves daily asthma treatment, to address evident and underlying symptoms and ultimately decrease the number and severity of asthma attacks over time,” she says.

 
*Medication for people with asthma. (2017, November 30). National National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved September 23, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279519/
**Price D, et al. npj Prim Care Respir Med 2014; 24:14009; 2. Chapman KR, et al. Respir Med 2021;186:106524.
***Asthma. (2022, May 11). Retrieved September 23, 2022, from https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/asthma
****Asthma: Treatments for Inflammation. (n.d.). Cleveland Clinic. Retrieved September 13, 2022, from https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/drugs/11871-treating-the-inflammation-of-asthma
*****Asthma. (2022, May 11). Retrieved September 23, 2022, from https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/asthma
^Medication for people with asthma. (2017, November 30). National National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved September 23, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279519/
^^Asthma medications: Know your options. (2022, August 19). Mayo Clinic. Retrieved September 23, 2022, from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/asthma/in-depth/asthma-medications/art-20045557
^^^Medication for people with asthma. (2017, November 30). National National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved September 23, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK279519/
^^^^Singh, D. (2022, March). New Versus Old: The Impact of Changing Patterns of Inhaled Corticosteroid Prescribing and Dosing Regimens in Asthma Management. Springer Open Choice, 39(5). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12325-022-02092-7. Accessed 13 Sept 2022.
^^^^^USTRI post hoc analyses - Busse W, et al. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2022;S2213-2198(22)00341-5.

11.26.2022

6 Businesses that Need Translation Services.

Many industries are gradually gravitating towards translation services as more businesses are going global. When you operate in foreign lands, you need experts in the native language to convey your message to the target audience and convert them into buyers. Failing to translate messages properly can give the wrong impression of your brand or service to the target audience and damage brand value. Some local businesses dealing with foreign individuals or immigrants also need translation services regularly. Not all businesses require translation services. But it's mandatory for some industries. The following six businesses or industries must hire a translation service if they wish to go global or serve a target market speaking a different language. Check them out to see if your business needs such services.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo Young Woo (2022).

Legal Services
Whether your business is going global or staying within the borders, you might need translation services to serve some of your customers if you provide legal services. Many immigrants are not proficient in their native language and might have papers that need a translation before use. You might also need an interpreter to communicate with them. If you serve businesses registered in foreign countries with different primary languages, you will need translation services before you can provide consultation to these clients. All contracts, visa applications, educational or marriage certificates, and birth certificates contain sensitive information. Any misinterpretation can land your client in serious legal trouble, so choosing a good translation service is mandatory for your business.

Research
Any research work done on a foreign country or a population from a country where the people speak a different language - requires a translation service. You must convey the intent and instructions of the research work to the population and make information available to them in their own language. The translation service can also help in the research method and data collection. For example, you need a survey in Spanish translation to conduct research on a Spanish-speaking population. Here, you must use a translation service to convert the original survey and the instructions to the desired language for the best outcome.

Hospital Playlist (2022).

Medical Industry
Globalization and a rise in immigration have given more people the chance to make a home in a developed country. These immigrants need healthcare regularly, and some might even speak another language. You must use a translation service when you serve these people. Interpreters can help you communicate with your patients. But if you want to check their medical history, you must hire translation services, especially if the documents are in a foreign language. Similarly, when prescribing medicines or therapy, you must use the translation service to turn the instructions into the patient’s native language so that they can easily follow them. The information is sensitive and hence must be handled with care because bad instructions can put the patient’s health in jeopardy.

Cha Hak Yeon in Familiar Wife (2018).

Financial Services
Every business needs to deal with finances. When you have a business that’s going global, a translation service is mandatory to handle the finances generated from overseas operations. Whether it’s related to transferring money overseas or looking at international laws for income and taxes, you will deal with a lot of documents and paperwork. Having a translation service in the native country and country of operation will make the process hassle-free. The financial statements dictate where the profit will go. To do so, the business must have a translated version of the original registration. A misinterpreted document can get your business into legal problems in foreign lands, and in serious cases, you might even have to wrap up your business. So, having access to a reliable translation service is mandatory in this case.

Entertainment
The entertainment industry is getting bigger, but the need for translation services is not new to this sector. Platforms like Netflix and YouTube are providing access to movies, TV shows, and video content to audiences from around the world. A large portion of these audiences speak various other languages, so if the platforms want the highest viewership, they must translate the content into their native tongue. Similarly, when new movies release in a foreign country, people expect to see them in their native language. Using subtitles or dubbing them in the local language is a common practice in the entertainment industry. The scenario is the same in the case of books, comics, and mangas. To properly convey the message of movies, shows, or books, a business in the entertainment industry needs access to a good translation service. It can also help the firm advertise its content in foreign lands without any chances of misinterpretation.

Bae Suzy in Start Up (2020).

E-commerce and Global Businesses
Ecommerce platforms are selling to customers from all around the world. Supply chains and shipping have become advanced in the last couple of decades, and the widespread use of social media marketing has increased international demand for homegrown goods. As a result, many new businesses have started selling to customers across borders. Having a website is mandatory for these businesses, and selling to customers who speak a different language requires a strong translation service. The website must be available in all local languages of the country the business ships to so that the customers can understand the details well. Similarly, companies with hubs in foreign lands must also use the local language to attract new customers and communicate with them. So, a translation service is a must for them.

If your business deals with clients who speak different languages, you should hire a translation service for superior customer support. It'll also enhance your brand value and reliability. Hiring a full-time interpreter or translator can bump the cost, and it might seem redundant if you don’t serve such clients regularly. In such cases, you can always go for a third-party translation service.


11.25.2022

How to Choose the Best School for Your Child.

Where your child goes to school is a big decision and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Given how their education can impact their future, you might be tempted to take control and decide for them. However, you might be doing more damage than helping them in the long run.

Your job as parents is to support them throughout the process so they can choose their path and find an educational institution that will not only make them happy, but also bring out the best in them as they prepare for real life. Here are helpful ways you can help determine the best school for your child without going overboard:


1. Create a list of school options with your child. If your child doesn’t have a particular dream school, you should help them gauge their choices by brainstorming with them. It’s vital that you take time to listen and understand what your child needs and wants.

For instance, if your child is an independent learner who learns best at his own pace, he might do better in a Montessori school. If your child responds better in a structured teaching style, then a traditional school might be best for him. Keep an open mind and decide on what will give your child what he needs.


2. Visit school campuses with your child. Some academic institutions have impressive websites with carefully curated photos, but in reality, the school leaves much to be desired. Instead of relying on brochures and the internet, take time to visit school campuses with your kid.

Schools are open to tours. You just need to schedule your visit in advance unless you’re an alumnus of that institution and have access to the grounds. You and your child can get a feel of the campus atmosphere to determine if it’s the right fit.


3. Provide guidance and support. While your child should have a say on where they will study, you should give them guidance based on pros and cons, and what you know about the school options. Choosing a school is a big decision and might cause anxiety for your child, so it’s best to be there for them.

The best way to provide emotional support is by actively listening to them. You should make your child feel comfortable about discussing their options and fears. Listen to understand where they’re coming from so you can help them make the right choice.


4. Prepare financially as soon as possible. Tuition fees are very expensive, especially with rising inflation so you need to prepare and be ready to provide for your child’s education. This way, you will be able to provide the best education for them.

Once you have made your choice for your child’s primary education, it is time to think ahead and prepare for the next big educational expense: college. You can save up on your own, or you can get AIA Philippines’ Future Scholar, an insurance product that gives guaranteed cash payouts that can help pay for your child’s tertiary education. Whatever happens, you’re confident your child will be able to get the college education that you envisioned.

Future Scholar doesn’t just help you afford costly school expenses. Aside from guaranteed savings, Future Scholar has an investment component so you can look out for your child financially even after they graduate from college. Moreover, you can choose to build your child’s education funds in five years or until the child reaches the age of 17. Should you decide not to use the funds for educational expenses, it can also be used for other big expenses in the future like buying a car or post graduate studies abroad.


In addition, Future Scholar gives you peace of mind. Whatever happens, your child will have money set aside for his future needs. Aside from that, your child or your chosen beneficiary can also be entitled to an additional lump-sum cash benefit should anything untoward happen to you.

We know that the pandemic and the volatile economy has made everyone insecure about their savings. As a parent myself, I understand every parent’s desire to ensure that there are guaranteed benefits intended for their child’s future,” said Tennyson Paras, AIA Philippines’ Head of Products. “And this is what we had in mind when our Products Team designed AIA Future Scholar. We wanted to make sure that no matter what happens, a healthier, longer and better life awaits our children.”

If you want to know more about AIA Future Scholar and how it can help you guarantee savings for your child’s future needs, click here.


11.23.2022

Why the OPPO A17k is actually every student's best friend.

Global smart device brand OPPO recently introduced the OPPO A17k, perfect for every student looking to ace their classes and make the most of their school days with their friends. Designed to keep up with life in and out of the classroom, the reliable smartphone features the right tools for you to stay top of your class, without breaking the bank. The power-packed device comes with OPPO’s signature features, like a powerful battery, high-powered camera and more, while staying at a friendly price for students on a budget.

Dependable all-day power for your busy school days
Keeping up with your long days in and out of class, the OPPO A17k comes packed with a durable and dependable 5000mAh battery. It’s enough juice to get you through your commute, classes, study groups and downtime with friends, even as you use multiple apps throughout the day.


Barkada memories captured with a reliable camera
Taking photos and videos for assignments or projects, and even for keepsake moments with friends to look back on during reunions is a breeze with the OPPO A17k. The 8MP AI Main Camera delivers incredible image resolution for closeups and scenic views, while the 5MP Front Camera’s Night View Selfie and Portrait Mode guarantee clear portraits of you and your friends hanging out and even celebrating milestones together.


Bigger memory, less lag for more school work storage
Deciding which photos, videos and apps to keep to save space is a thing of the past, as the OPPO A17k’s 64GB internal storage is expandable up to 1TB. That’s more than enough memory to store a handy copy of your class modules, readings and more. The device’s 3GB RAM also comes with a RAM Expansion feature up to 4GB, to ensure your apps run smoothly. No need to worry about videos or calls lagging, thanks to the OPPO A17k!


Zone in on studies and me-time
Catching up on asynchronous classes or even unwinding during your downtime with Youtube or Netflix becomes more enjoyable on the A17k’s 6.56” waterdrop HD+LCD. The display also comes with OPPO’s Color Rich Eye Care to ensure crisp detail on screen, while providing a comfortable viewing experience.

Boost the sound of your favorite study playlist or podcast by switching on Ultra Volume Mode. As it doubles the external volume of your device, you won’t ever miss your alarms, notifications and calls, or your professor’s lectures.


Shortcuts and hacks for every student
With ColorOS 12 powering the A17k, you’re sure to get the most efficient smartphone experience. Quickly translate sentences from websites or even screenshots for your classes with Three-Finger Translate. Multitask in class like a pro with FlexDrop, which allows you to use split-screen views and floating windows to maximize use of your smartphone. Keep your data to yourself and customize the data you share across apps and functions with Five-Grade Access Control.


True value for money
The best part about the OPPO A17k is its price. At just Php5,999, the all-new smartphone, available in Gold and Navy Blue, proves #ItsAllYouNeed.

To know more about theOPPO A17k, visit OPPO Philippines’ official website at https://www.oppo.com/ph/. You can also check OPPO Philippines’ official social media pages on Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok. To get the best care for your OPPO devices, visit your nearest OPPO Care Center or contact us on our website, via Facebook.


11.22.2022

Rotary Day 2022 | A Family Day to Remember.

The Rotary of Greenfield District in partnership with the Greenfield District Corporation will be holding the Rotary Family Day on 26 November 2022, Saturday, at the Central Park of Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City, dubbed “A Family Day to Remember!”


The Rotary Family Day will feature fun activities for all members of the Rotary family, a Pet Fashion Show that will surely bring smiles to everyone’s faces. There will be an E-sports tournament and an auto show in partnership with Mazdatech Philippines.

Surrounding these events are yummy food booths and sellers for unique finds. More importantly, throughout the day, Rotary will showcase the different areas where Rotary makes a difference. There will be a Bloodletting activity as well as Recycling stations. Drop by at the Central Park and experience Rotary!