Educational Resources

Available at the National Bookstore or at the Section of Rheumatology UP-PGH


The Section of Rheumatology has actively produced educational materials for the lay. The first was in 2000 with the Arthritis Komiks series – Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Gout– in the Filipino language. These were given free to patients and caregivers during section activities like ABaKaDa ng Rayuma, a monthly lay encounter in the Outpatient Department of UP-PGH and during the Lupus Club meetings. Copies of the Arthritis series is still available in the office. These comics series were made possible by educational grants from Pfizer Philippines and MSD, with story line by Dr. Heizel Manapat-Reyes and Dr. Clemente M. Amante as adviser.

Recently, several members of the staff collaborated with training residents of the Department of Medicine as authors of the Health Booklet series project of the Department. This was a department project of the former Chair and now Dean Agnes Mejia. The most recent publication is Arthritis in the Young

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Calorie Counting para sa Weight Loss

Excellent article from “The Hormonal Endocrinologist.” 🙂

The Hormonal Endocrinologist

Upang malaman kung tama ang iyong timbang para sa iyong height:

Body Weight (kg) / Height (m2)

Halimbawa, ako ay 5’ feet at 4 inches = 1.62 meters (5 foot 4′ = 64 inches = 162 cm = 1.62 m), at ang aking timbang ay 58 kg:

58 kg / 1.622 = 22.1 (ang aking BMI)

Ikumpara sa susunod na chart ang resultang makukuha:

Mga Antas ng BMI para sa mga Pilipino

Underweight< 18.5 kg/m2
Normal18.5 – 23.9 kg/m2
Overweight24 – 27.5 kg/m2
Obese> 27 kg/m2

Ang normal na BMI para sa mga Pilipino ay nasa 18.5 hanggang 23.  Mas mababa sa 18.5 ay underweight, at and sobra naman sa 23.9 ay overweight o obese.

Upang maabot ang nais na timbang natin, isa mga epektibong weight loss strategies ay ang pagbibilang ng calories.  Ang ating pagkain ay may katumbas na caloric…

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Professor Josef Smolen’s Visit to PGH

Last August 27, the PGH Section of Rheumatology was fortunate to have a visit from the venerable Professor Josef Smolen. He conducted a small group open discussion with the fellows of the section and the section head, Dr Ester Penserga. Other consultants in attendance were Dr. Michael Tee, Dr Jose Paolo Lorenzo and Dr Heizel Manapat-Reyes.

There were various topics discussed, but the focus was on rheumatoid arthritis. Dr Smolen also talked about the use of CDAI/SDAI and their advantages over the DAS28.

It was good exposure for everyone in the group to hear from a very much accomplished rheumatologist. Professor Smolen is co-author of several books: Contemporary Targeted Therapies in Rheumatology, SLE: A Companion to Rheumatology, Rheumatology: 2 Volume Set, and a lot more.

And like the description of him in “The Rheumatologist“, working with the good professor was indeed, fun!

Dr Michael Tee Performs a “Smolen Joint Count”

Prof Smolen signs research papers

Prof Smolen with the Section of Rheumatology UP-PGH (Consultants, Fellows and Residents)

Prof Smolen with the Section of Rheumatology UP-PGH and Pfizer Team