Monthly Archives: May 2014

Psoriasis indicates HIV infection

Doctors were warned to be more watchful of suspicious manifestation of skin diseases after a case study published at the Singapore Medical Journal (SMJ) last month reported a 29-year old, unnamed man from Catanduanes, initially diagnosed with of psoriasis, was found to have developed the skin ailment due to HIV infection.

Psoriasis is a long-lasting, non-contagious skin disease characterized by red, itchy plaques and patches on the skin due to abnormal immune response of the body. Specific cause is unknown, but various factors such as lifestyle, drug allergy, and genetic susceptibility are thought to trigger the development of the disease. There is no known cure for psoriasis but treatments are available in managing its symptoms and spread. Continue reading

Filipino scientists found new proteins biomarkers to detect prostate cancer

prostate cancer

A group of Filipino researchers discovered five distinct proteins in human urine that can be used to diagnose prostate cancer in men.

Prostate cancer is a type of cancer that develops in the prostate, a gland in the male reproductive system that secretes white, milky fluid that constitutes 50–75% of men’s semen. Affecting 19 out of every 100,000 Filipinos, it is the second most common type cancer for men in the Philippines.

Currently, testing for prostate specific antigen (PSA) in the blood is considered to be the standard for prostate cancer screening. However, the researchers argued that PSA is not ideal for prostate cancer screening since increased in blood PSA is also seen in other conditions affecting the prostate, such as with prostitis (inflammation of the prostate) and benign prostate hyperplasia (non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate). Continue reading