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Simulare Medical announces patent-pending Bilateral Cleft Lip and Palate Simulator

Simulare Medical Bilateral Cleft Lip and Palate Simulator is an anatomically accurate, lifelike, and invaluable training tool that will reduce patient risk, decrease training costs, and elevate the skills and confidence of surgeons globally.

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Simulare Medical, a Division of Smile Train, Inc., has launched the newest innovation in its growing line of high-fidelity cleft surgical simulators, the first and only Bilateral Cleft Lip and Palate Simulator (patent-pending). To celebrate the launch, training workshops are being held today at the 79th Annual Meeting of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association (ACPA) in Fort Worth, Texas and in Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao in the Philippines in partnership with the Philippines Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (PAPRAS).

Developed by leading plastic surgeons to help accelerate the learning curve in cleft lip and palate reconstructive surgical training, the Simulare Medical Bilateral Cleft Lip and Palate Simulator is an anatomically accurate, lifelike, and invaluable training tool that will reduce patient risk, decrease training costs, and elevate the skills and confidence of surgeons globally.

Smile Train is the world’s largest cleft-focused organization. For more than 20 years, Smile Train has supported safe and quality cleft care for 1.5 million+ children globally.

“This latest innovation advances our vision of providing care for every cleft-affected person and demonstrates our commitment to leveraging technology to further education and change lives,” said Susannah Schaefer, President and Chief Executive Officer at Smile Train. “We’re deeply invested in continuing to evolve training that creates more sustainable health systems. We look forward to seeing this Simulator have a positive impact on cleft surgeons at the beginning of their career and longtime professionals looking to refine their skills as well as on our beneficiaries — regardless of the type of cleft they have.”

Though children around the world suffer from both unilateral and bilateral clefts, traditional cleft lip/palate simulators have only addressed unilateral clefts. This Simulator goes beyond that, introducing a tool that can address bilateral clefts (i.e., involving both sides of the mouth). This additional functionality opens the doors for surgeons and trainees to be able to treat more children with refined techniques. 

Built with 3D technology, the Simulator uses printed materials to resemble the anatomy and different kinds of tissue, such as skin, muscle, and fat, found inside the mouth to create one of the most realistic models available today. In addition to the advanced technology, the musculature and soft-tissue layers were developed from literature descriptions and consultations with expert cleft surgeons. When local surgeons have access to the most advanced tools, it builds their capacity to provide the best care possible and empowers them to perform surgery safely no matter where they are in the world. 

“Surgeons in low- and middle-income countries often face significant barriers to ongoing training. This simulator is more than just a revolution in training technology,” said Dr. Roberto L. Flores, the Joseph G. McCarthy Associate Professor of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Director of Cleft Lip and Palate at NYU Langone Health, and Member of Smile Train’s Global Medical Advisory Board. “It’s a way to advance equity, ensuring that a talented surgeon in Malawi has the same training opportunities as a surgeon in Dallas, and that babies born with a unilateral or bilateral cleft lip/palate have access to the same standard of care no matter where they live.”

“The Philippine Association of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Aesthetic Surgeons (PAPRAS) is honored to be a part of this global launch,” said Dr. Benjamin G. Herbosa, PAPRAS President. “This technology does not only allow us to provide more opportunities for learning, but also helps to encourage and inspire new surgeons to learn more about cleft surgery.  We recognize Smile Train’s investments in innovation to further empower cleft professionals around the world.  We are grateful to be a partner in this endeavor,” adds Herbosa.

With Simulare Medical handmaking its Simulators at its facilities in Canada, the division can ensure that each product is high-quality and will have an even greater impact on the patients who benefit from it. In international studies and training workshops, Simulare Medical surgical simulators are consistently recognized as a high-impact, hands-on, and low-cost way to develop and enhance surgical skills with no risk to patients.

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No appointment needed at Maxicare’s new Primary Care Clinics in VV Soliven and Skyrise Cebu

Maxicare Primary Care Clinics are established to give Maxicare members convenient access to superior healthcare and excellent customer experience.

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Maxicare, the largest Health Maintenance Organization in the Philippines, announced that appointments won’t be necessary for its two new Primary Care Clinics (PCCs) in VV Soliven Shopping Complex, EDSA Greenhills, San Juan City; and Skyrise Tower 4B, Guanzon St. Cebu IT Park, Cebu City.

Maxicare Primary Care Clinics are established to give Maxicare members convenient access to superior healthcare and excellent customer experience. Usually, an HMO member needs to book an appointment and present a Letter of Appointment (LOA) to avail themselves of consultations or medical tests in accredited clinics and hospitals.

For the Maxicare members’ convenience, they can skip these steps as PCCs provide a paperless queueing system and an electronic medical recording system. Members can simply walk in and complete their lab tests and doctor consultations within half an hour; with an average waiting time of only six minutes. To make waiting inside PCCs the most relaxing healthcare experience, guests are offered free beverages, wifi access, and charging stations for their devices.

Maxicare President and CEO Sean Argos explained that Filipinos deserve convenient access to quality medical services. The Primary Care Clinics were established with this in mind. “We want to encourage Filipinos to make sure that they are in the best of health. We have learned that Filipinos tend to delay their hospital visits as these take up so much of their time. It is our mission, as a company, that whatever our patients and members need today and, in the future, are served in our Primary Care Clinics. We want this to be their safe space, we want to be here for them during their trying times, and we want to serve them faster so that they can spend time on things that matter most in their life.”

Maxicare PCCs are equipped with diagnostic and laboratory test equipment with consultation rooms for families, ENT room, extraction room for blood tests, vital signs station with BMI machine, radiology station with x-ray machine, and heart station with ECG machine. Patients can also consult with primary care physicians, and specialists in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, OB Gynecology, ENT, Dermatology, Ophthalmology, and Psychiatry.

Maxicare Primary Care Clinics provide over 255 laboratory tests and procedures such as complete blood count, lipid profile (cholesterol tests), fasting blood sugar, and SGPT (liver test). They also have special laboratory tests like CA 125 (cancer antigen test) and ferritin (iron-stores test). The heart station includes ECG, 2D echo, treadmill stress test, and, soon, the Holter and Ambulatory monitoring. Anti-rabies vaccine and COVID-19 RT-PCR tests are also available.

“Maxicare is expanding our Primary Care Clinics to places closer to our members. Later this year, we are targeting to open three more PCCs before 2022 ends, with more to be opened next year,” Argos said. “We will continue finding ways to help our fellow Filipinos live their best lives.”

Take a look at the newly opened Maxicare Primary Care Clinics in VV Soliven and Skyrise Cebu.

Maxicare Prima Gold, Prima Silver, and E-Ready Advance prepaid cardholders have free and unlimited consultations at PCCs. At present, a total of 12 Primary Care Clinics are open nationwide: (Luzon) VV Soliven Greenhills EDSA, Eton Centris Quezon City, Northgate Filivest Alabang, SM City Clark, Ayala North Exchange Makati City, Bridgetowne Quezon City, W City Center BGC, and Double Dragon Meridian Park Pasay City; (Visayas) Skyrise Cebu IT Park, Cebu Business Park, and Megaworld Blvd. Iloilo; (Mindanao) Abreeza Mall Davao City. For more information about Maxicare’s PCCs, visit https://bit.ly/3zhXQUC

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This Father’s Day, give dad the gift of self-care

Engineered for advanced skin protection, these personal grooming innovations from Philips make it easy for all kinds of dads to look and feel their best.

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Good dads always want what’s best for their families. That’s why they do what they can to make sure everyone’s wants and needs are met to the best of their abilities.

Being a dad is a full-time job. It involves a lot of roles – from being a provider, protector, playmate, and more. When most of a dad’s time gets split between work and helping at home day in and day out, there’s little time left for dear old dad to focus on himself.

More than ever, people are starting to see the importance of self-care in our daily lives – dads included. Committed to helping Filipinos take better care of what matters to them the most, through innovative products, Philips empowers people to create healthy habits and feel-good routines that positively change lives.

Just in time for Father’s Day, here are some gift ideas to work some self-care into your dad’s daily routine. Engineered for advanced skin protection, these personal grooming tools from Philips are designed to help dads everywhere look good, feel better, and live their best lives.

For dads who keep it simple – The Philips Shaver Series 1000

Ideal for dads who don’t spend too much time getting ready, a simple shaver makes a great gift. The Philips Shaver Series 1000 gives an effortless smooth shave with advanced skin protection. High-quality, self-sharpening blades and flex heads move in three directions to ensure an enjoyable shaving experience. With a charge time of 5 minutes for one full shave, your dad will be looking great in no time.

For dads who get creative – The Philips Hair Clipper Series 3000

A change of hairstyle is one of the quickest ways to switch up a look. For dads willing to take things into their own hands,      The Philips Hair Clipper Series 3000 is the way to go. It features DualCut self-sharpening blades designed to trim hair twice as fast, while Trim-n-Flow technology incorporates a comb to prevent clogging – helping dads finish their styling in one session.

For dads who do it all – The Philips Multigroom Series 5000 9-in-1, Face and Hair

For the dad who does everything well, The Philips Multigroom Series 5000 9-in-1 Face and Hair is a versatile grooming solution that handles all kinds of situations. This trimmer offers advanced styling and precision with 9 quality tools for styling the face and hair. DualCut blades deliver maximum precision, while the no-slip rubber grip improves comfort and control.

Shop Philips Personal Care Solutions at www.shop-philips.com.ph, Lazada or Shopee. Follow us on our Facebook (PhilipsPersonalCarePH) and Instagram (philipspersonalcare.ph) pages for updates. Focus Global Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Philips Personal Care in the Philippines.

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Pru Life UK launches free Personal Accident coverage

The free one-year accident coverage is part of Pru Life UK’s efforts in helping Filipinos get the most out of life by making it easily available via Pulse, the insurer’s holistic health and wealth management solution for consumers.

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With more Filipinos looking to secure their families’ future, leading life insurer Pru Life UK recently launched its Free Personal Accident coverage with the aim to make financial security more accessible to the public.

The free one-year accident coverage is  part of Pru Life UK’s efforts in helping Filipinos get the most out of life by making it easily available via Pulse, the insurer’s holistic health and wealth management solution for consumers.

“Protecting Filipinos and their families is one of Pru Life UK’s strongest advocacies. We launched the Free Personal Accident coverage through Pulse to show the public that having life protection doesn’t have to be complicated,” Pru Life UK President and Chief Executive Officer Eng Teng Wong shared.

Pru Life UK aims to provide peace of mind to Filipinos in these uncertain times.  This limited-time offer provides an accidental death and disablement/dismemberment benefit of PHP 50,000, in the unfortunate event of the registered user’s death or injury due to an accident. It also offers a burial benefit of PHP 10,000, which will be given in case of death due to natural causes.

The FREE Personal Accident plan is exclusive to New Pulse PRUShoppe Customers or registered Pulse users that have not purchased and/or availed of any PRUShoppe product upon application of the FREE Personal Accident plan. Available from April 20- June 30, 2022, or until 150K FREE Personal Accident plans have been availed, whichever comes first. Filipinos aged 18 to 64 are eligible to register for this offer via Pulse. Further eligibility requirements can be viewed here.

“We strongly believe that through our inclusive efforts like offering this Free Personal Accident coverage, more Filipinos will be inspired and encouraged to get started with their financial wellness journeys,” Wong added.

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