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Calm-a-lung for a healthier life this Lung Month

It’s alarming to see that many take their lungs for granted and forget to care for them. Unhealthy habits or wrong lifestyle choices such as smoking can have a grave impact on the health of our lungs.



Lungs do more than just help us breathe. They work hard to provide the body with oxygen and protect it from harmful substances through coughing or sneezing. By keeping the lungs strong and healthy, we keep the body strong and healthy as well, enabling us to enjoy and live our life to the fullest.

It’s alarming to see that many take their lungs for granted and forget to care for them. Unhealthy habits or wrong lifestyle choices such as smoking can have a grave impact on the health of our lungs. 

Focusing on the risks of stress, when not managed properly, stress can worsen the condition of those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma, two respiratory disorders that are common worldwide and in the Philippines. Stressful situations prompt the body to release hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, which cause rapid breathing. This can make breathing even more difficult for a person suffering from COPD or asthma and can cause them to panic. Between managing the symptoms of both conditions and dealing with daily responsibilities and commitments, stress will only exacerbate a patient’s condition.

August is National Lung Month, OMRON Healthcare, one of the most trusted brands for clinically proven medical equipment among Filipinos, hopes to emphasize the importance of taking care of our lungs properly and urge Filipinos to make this an utmost priority. OMRON offers innovative tools to help patients with respiratory diseases rise above COPD and asthma and manage their symptoms better for an improved quality of life.

Breathe with ease at home

COPD, a respiratory disease caused by smoking tobacco, remains the third leading cause of death worldwide, according to the WHO. It currently ranks as the seventh leading cause of poor health worldwide as measured by disability-adjusted life years. In the Philippines, where smoking is prevalent, COPD is among the top 10 causes of mortality.[1]

Asthma is another common health challenge for many Filipinos, affecting approximately 11 million or 1 out of 10 Filipinos, according to the Global Asthma Report. Sadly, 98 percent of Filipino asthma patients do not have access to proper treatment.[2]

Knowing how to manage the symptoms of COPD and asthma makes a positive difference in the quality of life of patients. Lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, eating healthier, staying active, and getting enough sleep will certainly make a significant improvement in one’s health.

Home health management can help a lot. Home nebulization therapy is a safe and effective treatment for patients with COPD or severe asthma. It has the same effect as oral medication but with a much lower and more manageable dosage.[3] Here, the patient inhales the mist and the medicine is then delivered directly to the organ where it is most needed for a much more immediate relief for the patient.[4]

Calm-A-Lung and nebulize at home and on the go

An advocate for accessible health management and solutions, OMRON launches its Calm-A-Lung campaign this National Lung Month to make quality health treatment more accessible to Filipinos who need it most.

Getting respiratory relief in one’s home brings unparalleled comfort and puts the patients’ minds at ease. With the OMRON Compressor Nebulizer or NE-C801, every nebulization experience will feel like a breeze. This compact and lightweight nebulizer is the smallest and most convenient tabletop nebulizer and is designed for easy setup and use. The NE-C801 is powered by CompAir, which provides highly efficient nebulization and administers medication as effectively as other models three times its size. It produces small particles the size of MMAD 3µm so that the medicine can flow smoothly and easily all the way to the user’s lower airway.

Asthma attacks can happen anytime and anywhere. This is what makes the condition so stressful, especially for children and their parents. Whether at home or on the road, unforeseen episodes of asthma attacks take away the fun and happy mood of the day.

With the OMRON NE-U100 or Mesh Nebulizer, patients can take the medication and get the respiratory relief they need anywhere and anytime. This portable nebulizer is also battery-operated so users don’t have to worry about finding a power outlet to use it. With its pocket-sized design, users can take it anywhere and use it in whatever position they are in, even when they’re lying down, without causing any spills.

Nebulizers have unique and specific features designed to address different patients’ needs. That is why it is best to choose the nebulizer that is more suited to the condition of the user and the nature of their ailment or symptoms.

This National Lung Month, let’s start making smarter choices to improve our lung health, including managing our stress and finding the right tools to ease any respiratory challenge. OMRON’s home nebulizers not only make the nebulizing process a little more stress-free and comfortable but also help in effectively managing the symptoms of respiratory diseases, giving our lungs the love and care they deserve.


DQ’s launches Blizzard of the Month offer featuring M&M’s

Join the M&Ms Spokescandies as they liven up the holidays with their fun and vibrant personalities with the new DQ x M&Ms Collection, DQ’s latest Blizzard of the Month offer, which comes in six different creations!



This holiday season, DQ is adding more color to your celebrations with a new collection of cold treats featuring one of the most iconic sweets of all time—M&Ms!

Join the M&Ms Spokescandies as they liven up the holidays with their fun and vibrant personalities with the new DQ x M&Ms Collection, DQ’s latest Blizzard of the Month offer, which comes in six different creations!

First are three new Blizzards made with DQ’s creamy vanilla soft serve mixed with M&Ms candy pieces: the Nutty Blizzard, a dreamy dessert elevated by the interplay of chewy and crunchy; the Choco Fudge Blizzard, for those who seek the ultimate chocolatey treat; and the Caramel Brownie Blizzard, made with bite-seized brownies and caramel topping to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Joining these limited-edition Blizzards is the new M&Ms Parfait, made with layers of soft serve and chocolate topping and then topped with whipped cream and M&Ms. For those who want to enjoy ice cream cakes on the go, there’s the new M&Ms Tin Cake, which comes in a reusable tin can.

There’s also the new M&Ms Blizzard Cake, a 100-percent ice cream cake made with DQ’s signature soft serve, cake crunch, and chocolate fudge center mixed with M&Ms, garnished with cake frosting and then topped with even more M&Ms. It is available in 6-inch and 8-inch variants.

The Nutty, Choco Fudge, and Caramel Brownie M&Ms Blizzards are available in Mini, Regular, Medium, and Large starting at P99. The M&Ms Parfait is priced at P179, while the M&Ms Tin Cake is priced at P439 each. Lastly, the M&Ms Blizzard Cake is priced at P749 for the 6-inch cake and at P1,199 for the 8-inch cake.

Enjoy these offers anytime by visiting your nearest DQ store for dine-in and take out orders. You can also order for delivery by calling the 8911-1111 hotline or by logging on to DQ is also available through its official delivery partners GrabFood, foodpanda, and Pickaroo (prices may vary).

Stay updated with the latest promos and offers from DQ by following and giving the brand a like on Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), and Instagram or by visiting the official website at

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Women face greater risk of obesity in low- and middle-income countries



Women in low- and middle-income countries, especially in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, may be 10 times more likely to have obesity or heart health issues than their male counterparts, according to a large meta-analysis published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Obesity is a chronic disease characterized by an individual having an excess of body fat or abnormal fat accumulation. People who have obesity are at an increased risk for other serious diseases and health conditions.

Obesity kills at least 2.8 million people per year, yet the public still does not recognize it as a disease, and anti-obesity medications are still under prescribed and hard to access. Obesity is preventable, but according to the World Health Organization, the disease has nearly tripled since 1975. In 2016, 52% of adults and over 340 million children and teens were considered to have overweight or obesity.

“Our findings are important as they call for urgent actions targeting obesity awareness, prevention, treatment, and control in women in low- and middle-income countries,” said study author Thaís Rocha, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Birmingham in Birmingham, U.K. 

The researchers included 3,916,276 people in the meta-analysis and found obesity does not manifest evenly across women and men in low- and middle-income countries, with women being 2-3 times more likely to be affected than men. They found the greatest disparity in the risk of obesity between women and men is in the Sub-Saharan region, where women are up to 10 times more likely to have obesity than men.

Senior study author Shakila Thangaratinam, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Birmingham said, “For the first time, we are able to assess the extent of poor metabolic health faced by women compared to men in low- and middle-income countries. Funders and policymakers need to implement woman- centered measures addressing the underlying social, cultural and behavioral factors to improve their long-term metabolic health.”

The authors shared a few examples of the factors contributing to the higher rate of obesity in these women including:

  • Weight gain during pregnancy and menopause. 
  • Beliefs that larger body types indicate high socioeconomic status, and fertility associated obesity in women as a sign of “wealth and health.”
  • Obesity risk seems to be positively and significantly associated with childhood deprivation in women but not men.
  • Women are also more likely to be influenced than men by other factors predisposing them to obesity, such as poor dietary habits, sedentary lifestyles and price inflation.  

The other authors of this study are Eka Melson of the University of Birmingham; Javier Zamora of the University of Birmingham, Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal (IRYCIS) and the CIBERESP Instituto de Salud Carlos III in Madrid, Spain; Borja Fernandez-Felix of the CIBERESP Instituto de Salud Carlos III; and Wiebke Arlt of the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Medical Sciences and Imperial College London, U.K.

The manuscript,“Sex-Specific Obesity and Cardiometabolic Disease Risks in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Meta-Analysis Involving 3,916,276 Individuals,” was published online.

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Pru Life UK named International Life Insurer of the Year



Insurance Asia Awards, one of the prestigious recognition programs honoring the most outstanding insurance companies in Asia Pacific, cited Pru Life UK as the International Life Insurer of the Year – Philippines for the third year. The award-giving body recognized Pru Life UK’s innovations, new products, strategic partnerships, and community investment initiatives related to youth financial literacy, climate health risk management, and OFW protection.

“We are deeply honored to receive this coveted award for the third time in a row. Our heartfelt thanks to our employees, agency force, distribution partners, and more especially, our loyal customers for this remarkable feat,” said Allan Tumbaga, Pru Life UK Executive Vice President and Chief Customer & Marketing Officer.

Adding to its growing list of accolades, Pru Life UK was also conferred with a Bronze Stevie at the recent Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards for the Innovation in Internal Corporate Events category. The Byaheng PRU Engagement Program, a project of its Employee Welfare Committee, has been instrumental in fostering collaboration among employees from various divisions and empowering over 900 full-time employees to lead their own company-wide initiatives for growth and success.

Empowering Filipinos through financial inclusion and affordable protection

Over the past years, Pru Life UK has championed financial awareness, literacy, and inclusion among Filipinos through innovative insurance products.

One such product, PRUHealth FamLove, is a pioneering critical illness protection plan that covers up to 4 family members in a single policy, including adopted families, cohabiting couples, and same-sex partners.

Furthermore, through strategic partnerships with popular e-commerce platforms GCash and Shopee, Pru Life UK has made bite-sized insurance products even more accessible to its customers.

“These recognitions inspire us to continue fulfilling our commitment to helping more Filipino families live healthier and wealthier. With our over 40,000 digitally empowered agency force, we remain dedicated to putting our customers at the heart of everything we do by providing inclusive and affordable products addressing their diverse needs,” said Tumbaga.

These awards mark another milestone for Pru Life UK as Prudential plc, its parent company, celebrates its 175th anniversary, including 100 years in Asia.

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