“Penis Whitening” popular in Thailand

A Bangkok clinic has started offering a procedure to patients which works via laser treatment the penis whitening.


The Lelux Hospital is now a hit among those asking for skin brightening in more regular parts of the body, however, the new service is apparently attracting three to four clients every day.

The controversial procedure has caused a buzz on Thai TV and social media after the hospital distributed pictures of a customer undergoing the treatment.

“These days a lot of people are asking about it,” revealed Bunthita Wattanasiri, manager for the skin and laser department at the hospital.

“We have to be careful because it’s a sensitive part of the body,” he told AFP.

The facility began offering the treatment after a patient came in complaining about “dark par” on his groin.

Presently they see more than 100 men per month, most of whom are between the ages of 22 and 55, Wattanasiri claims.

An expansive number of the clinic’s customers are also part of Thailand’s LGBTQ community, reports the South China Morning Post.

The treatment presently costs $650 (£480) for five sessions.

It’s not the first time when that The Lelux Hospital has been involved in controversy.

A year ago, a viral Facebook post uncovered that the facility had begun offering a “3D Vagina” system in which ladies could have their own fat injected into their private parts for a fuller aesthetic.

The treatment costs $1,500 (£1,107).


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Does broccoli can help prevent cancer?

Past research has proposed that sulforaphane – a compound present in broccoli and various cruciferous vegetables – can aid to prevent cancer or slow its growth. Another review may have found how.broccoli

Researchers from Oregon State College (OSU) found that sulforaphane lessened the expression of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) in prostate cancer cells, which disturbed the cells’ capacity to form colonies – a sign of metastatic cancer.

Beforehand believed to be “junk DNA” with no important function, lncRNAs have increasingly appeared as key players in the development of various cancers, including prostate, breast, stomach, and lung diseases.

Studies have proposed that lncRNAs can control gene expression – the procedure by which genes are changed on or off in order to do their jobs. At the point when lncRNAs get to be dysregulated, it is believed that they can fuel disease development.

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Not only does the new study give additional proof of the role lncRNAs play in cancer, however it supports past research hailing the anticancer effects of sulforaphane.

“It’s obviously of interest that this dietary compound, found at some of its highest levels in broccoli, can affect lncRNAs,” says principal study investigator Emily Ho, of the Moore Family Center for Whole Grain Foods, Nutrition and Preventive Health at OSU.

“This could open the door to a whole range of new dietary strategies, foods, or drugs that might play a role in cancer suppression or therapeutic control,” she adds.

Ho and colleagues recently reported their results in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.

Sulforaphane prompted a fourfold decrease in colony formation

To achieve their findings, the researchers administer whole-genome sequencing on normal human epithelial prostate cells and prostate cancer cells.

They found that the prostate cancer cells indicated high expression of lncRNAs, especially one called LINC01116.

But when the group conducted sulforaphane to the prostate cancer cells, LINC01116 levels were diminished, leading to a fourfold reduction in the cells’ capacity to form colonies.

As indicated by the researchers, their discoveries support the possibility of IncRNAs as a target for cancer prevention, and they recommend that dietary intake of sulforaphane might be a practical way to target these molecules.

Lead study author Laura Beaver, of the Linus Pauling Institute and College of Public Health and Human Sciences at OSU, says that their results may not only have suggestions for cancer prevention, but for cancer treatment.

“It would be of significant value if we could develop methods to greatly slow the progress of cancer, [and] help keep it from becoming invasive,” she notes.

While further studies are needed to better see how sulforaphane might prevent and slow cancer, the researchers believe that their findings help to shed some light.

Source: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/316448.php

Meet Dr Gia Sison, Clinician and CMO of a non-stop telehealth facility in the Philippines #doctors20

How fortunate I am to meet such extraordinary  people, thanks to the intersection of the worlds of digital health and social media; digital health innovators tend to have an active social media life which makes it easier to reach out.

And now, you too can meet the amazing Gia Sison, MD.  Gia Sison will join us in Paris, May 26-27 at Doctors 2.0 & You, where she will speak about her very active experience in a busy telehealth center, in a country sorely lacking in access to care.


Q1. Tell us a bit about yourself. What is your daily life as a clinician and a digital specialist in the Philippines like?
I’m your ordinary doctor with an extraordinary mission as a patient too. I’m a certified workaholic and a passionate advocate of health and social media. My daily life moves around digital health, I head a group of doctors as their Chief Medical Officer running a 24/7 facility for Telehealth services in the Philippines. I see patients during weekends usually Saturdays and I find time to be a brand ambassador of a fitness facility who believes that Exercise is Medicine, so I walk the talk with a simple wearable my Fit Bit and my iWatch as a firm believer of digital health.

Q2. You have a second specificity, as a former cancer patient. Can you tell us how that impacted your professional life after that episode?
Here’s my sentimental take on my whole experience– As a physician I can only hope and pray for the best being aware of the statistics in medicine. As a warrior my faith does not allow any room for doubt, just complete belief that a Higher Power will complete my belief for complete healing and a miracle. As a patient I cannot help but empathize more than others.
Q3. I know as well that you practice « good health habits »…How is that working out?
So far I am putting the health is wealth up into practice walking the talk, literally making time for physical activity doing circuit training after work. Really dead serious about it. I eat moderately though and I am more conscious with what I buy too, no parabens for me.

Q4. We know that bandwidth is an issue in the Philippines, but, besides Facebook, can you tell us which apps you use personally and professionally?
I am a strong Twitter user and my cloud space is probably more than what it can contain. I rely heavily on One Note, my iWatch is overused. I believe Instagram should be used also to promote health but at the same time also contain happy candid moments. I like Figure 1, Doodle, Netflix, Periscope.

Q5. Finally, you’ve never been to Doctors 2.0 & You. But you have gotten a lot of exposure to it online. So, what do you value about this event? What made you want to participate?
The honor of being able to share my own experience in digital health from a Philippine perspective. I value the collaboration in Doctors 2.0 & You and the strong friendships developed just like you and me and the chance to also share a part of me with all of you.

Q6. And please give us a teaser about what you might discuss in Paris, during your talk?
It’s about telehealth in the Philippines being a shy typed culture in innovation, building on empathy-driven questions during phone consults and how we have overcome the hurdles when we first launched it.

You can meet Dr Gia Sison on May 26-27 in Paris at beautiful Cité Universitaire.

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