Saturday, July 16, 2016
Philippines - Foreign medical experts share knowledge in PH
Heart disease remain the leading causes of death globally. In the Philippines, diseases of the heart top the chart of the 10 leading causes of mortality.
United Laboratories Inc. actively participated in the continuous education of doctors and health practitioners with the launch of the Experts’ Convergence for Health Outcomes or Echo Summit in 2015.
Dr. Ma. Rosario Sevilla, one of the members of the organizing committee, and a consultant for Unilab underscored the importance of keeping tabs on the latest information and having an updated technology to fully serve the health needs of the public.
“The integration of that knowledge can then be utilized in the proper medical management of their patients,” she said.
Echo Summit is a continuing medical education for Filipino doctors to help them further enhance their practice, hone their skills and sharpen their perspective to continuously provide excellent service and healthcare for Filipino patients.
On its second installment, Echo Summit focused on heart diseases and diabetes that became widening threats to the health of Filipinos.
Echo brought in world-renowned medical experts in the medical industry with different specialties.
The convergence of different experts is intended to provide Filipino doctors with a more holistic perspective in understanding the condition of their patients. This year, four experts shared their studies and insights on four topics.
The first Echo summit was held last year in two areas – at the SMX Convention Center and Cebu. Both were well attended with six world renowned thought leaders and researchers from top-rank medical institutions.
Sevilla said Unilab is the only pharmaceutical and healthcare company that is organizing a health information furtherance for health professionals.
Unilab has always been committed in advancing the medical profession through high-quality continuous medical education.
During Echo 2016, Filipino doctors from different specialties such as cardiology, endocrinology, psychiatry, OB gynecology, general and family medicine gathered for the second time.
This year, more than 1,000 doctors attended the eventat the Marriott Hotel in Pasay City in April 2016.
Four medical experts shared their insights on the latest trends in the areas of heart failure, diabetes, depression and women’s health during Echo 2016.
Dr. Bertram Pitt of the University of Michigan, Dr. Wilfred Fujimoto of the University of Washington, and Dr. Nassir Ghaemi of Tufts Medical Center in Boston and Dr. Amos Pines from the Tel-Aviv University in Israel shared their expertise the said medical field.
Dr. Bertram Pitt, a known heart expert, presented the latest trends in the management of heart failure as well as new drug agents which can help manage hyperkalemia or high level of potassium in blood.
Dr. Pitt is professor emeritus of Medicine at the University of Michigan’s School of Medicine. He has chaired or co-chaired a number of clinical trials in cardiology and has written over 500 articles in peer reviewed journals.
Dr. Wilfred Fujimoto led the team that conducted The Japanese American Community Diabetes Study in Seattle, Washington, USA from 1983 to 2001.
His study showed that Asians constitute an ethnic group that seems to be especially at risk when exposed to lifestyle changes. Their weight gain need not lead to obesity as defined in predominantly Caucasian populations. Rather the apparent propensity to accumulate central fat can be a risk factor for type 2 diabetes.
On the other hand, Dr. Nassir Ghaemi presented some of the evidence for treatment of depressive or anxiety symptoms in persons at risk of cardiovascular disease. He is currently a professor at the Department of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine.
Finally, Dr. Amos Pines discussed the potential of hormone replacement therapy in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease among menopausal women as well as the protective effect of HRT on the bone and reduction in fraction rate among current users.
Echo Summit is the fruit of United Laboratories, Inc.’s commitment to provide excellent continuing medical education opportunities for Filipino physicians.
Othel V. Campos