JMUST Vol 6 Issue 1

Journal for Medicine, UST

Editor: Raymond L. Rosales

ISSN: 2546-1621

Volume 6  Issue 1

We have 13 articles for this current issue, which are as follows: (1) For Clinical Research: two clinical articles, a case report, a meta-analysis, a systematic review and review article; (2) For Clinical Practice: a KAP survey; (3) For Public Health Policy: three action researches; (4) For Educational Management: An interpretive phenomenology and a quantitative research; and (5) Medical Education: An insight article.


No Pain No Gain - Quest for Academic and Research Excellence

No pain in academic and research endeavours, no gain in university rankings. Let us look at the gain first. Any university worth its salt has a high caliber faculty who are experts in their fields of study and are effective teachers or mentors to their students. Their effectiveness in teaching are mostly informed by their continuing research activities and strong academic performance of students.

Botulinum Neurotoxin A for Hand Tremors in Parkinson’s Disease: A Meta-Analytic Study

Resting tremor is a prominent cardinal motor symptom of Parkinson’s disease (PD). In some cases, the tremor may be refractory to dopaminergic and anticholinergic treatment. Multiple studies were previously done to evaluate the effectiveness of Botulinum Neurotoxin A (BoNT/A) with essential tremors and dystonia, but data regarding its use on tremors of PD is still lacking. This meta-analytic study aims to determine the effectiveness of BoNT/A in treating tremors of patients with PD.

Effectiveness of Bacille Calmette-Guerin Vaccination Policies in Reducing Infection and Severity of COVID-19: a Systematic Review Protocol

The bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine is used for the prevention of tuberculosis (TB) worldwide. Evidence reports a much lower incidence of COVID-19 in TB-endemic areas implying a possible protective mechanism of BCG in countries with mandated BCG policies. The objective of the study is to synthesize and critically evaluate the effectiveness of national BCG vaccination policies in reducing infection and severity of COVID-19 in their native population.

Growth and Neurodevelopment Outcome Among Preterm and Very Low Birth Weight Neonates Given Early Aggressive Amino Acid Therapy Admitted in the NICU of a Tertiary Hospital

Long-term outcomes of preterm and very low birth weight (VLBW) infants have been the focus of published research due to improved neonatal care. One of the long-term morbidities associated with being born too early or VLBW is postnatal growth failure and neurodevelopment delay. Because of this, different strategies were implemented to address this, one of which is initiating early aggressive amino acid therapy at 3 g/kg/day within 24 hours of life with its goal to improve previously mentioned outcomes.

Severe Hematologic Manifestations Among Filipino Patients With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: a 5-Year Retrospective Cohort Study

Objective: Determination of the prevalence of severe hematologic manifestations among Filipino patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and analysis of any association with organ involvement and serology.

Knowledge, Attitudes and Perceptions on the Use of Telemedicine Among Adults Aged 18-34 in Manila, Philippines During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Telemedicine has been an emerging method for delivering healthcare services due to the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. This descriptive quantitative correlational study is aimed at assessing the knowledge, attitudes and perceptions (KAP), and their relationship among adults aged 18-34 without prior experience in the use of telemedicine in Manila, Philippines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Giving Insulin Is Not a Guessing Game: Insulin Replacement Therapy in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

In 2021, 537 million adults were living with diabetes. Being a progressive disease, there would eventually be failure of oral hypoglycemic agents (OHA) to maintain good glycemic control and a majority will require insulin. However, optimal glycemic control has not been satisfactory in a significant proportion of patients who were on insulin therapy.

IsiPAN (Isinusulong ang Psychiatry At Neurology): Kalusugan ng Diwa, Utak at Kaisipan tungo sa malusog na Pamayanan at Kinabukasan. A Community-Based Mental Health Program

Currently, mental health issues are of greatest importance to society as it is considered to be a growing invisible pandemic. It is strongly suggested to address concerns in the field of neurology and psychiatry, especially at the community level.

Strengthening Nutrition Knowledge of Pregnant Women Through Nutrition Education During Public Health Emergencies

Proper maternal nutrition evidently results in good pregnancy outcomes both for the mother and born infant. However, the process leading to good nutrition during pregnancy remains a challenge most especially during public health emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, which brought limitations on access to a variety of foods as well as nutrition services.

‘When all think alike, then no one is thinking’: Understanding the Praxis of Creative Insubordination as a Decision-Making Strategy in Philippine Medical Schools

Exercising discretion is vital when making decisions. While decision-making implies having to choose between predefined alternatives, discretion requires sifting through several solutions and critically choosing the desired one that implies a choice between many alternatives without rigid guidelines pointing to one direction or the other. While previous studies have constantly investigated the nature and dynamics of creative insubordination or discretionary insubordination in primary and secondary education little is known as to how such a construct operates in higher education.

Self-efficacy of Filipino Physicians Towards Research and Research Utilization: A Single-Center Quantitative Descriptive Survey

The study aims to describe self-efficacy beliefs towards research and RU of UST-FMS graduates’ batches 2012-2016 who had Clinical Epidemiology in their basic medical education.