Friday, October 31, 2008

Other Major Blood Group Systems

How many blood group systems do you know? One? Two?

Well, perhaps most of you aren’t aware of the other major blood group systems, besides the ABO (A, B, AB, O) and Rh (Rh+, Rh-). Maybe because the other major blood group systems are only considered in routine blood banking when the patients develop unexpected antibodies.

Diseases, which have been associated with the other major blood groups systems, are the following:
MNS BLOOD GROUP SYSTEM: E. coli, malaria parasite
P BLOOD GROUP SYSTEM: parasitic infections, paroxysmal cold hemoglubinuria (an autoimmune disorder transiently seen in children following viral infections).
I BLOOD GROUP SYSTEM: hemolytic anemia
KELL BLOOD GROUP SYSTEM: McLeod phenotype was common among young boys suffering from x-linked chronic granulomatous disease (CGD-a heterogeneous disorder characterized by an inability of phagocytic cells to kill ingested microorganisms).
DUFFY BLOOD GROUP SYSTEM: malaria association
KIDD BLOD GROUP SYSTEM: warm autoimmune hemolytic anemia
LUTHERAN BLOOD GROUP SYSTEM: discovered in the serum of a patient with lupus erythematosus diffusus.

General knowledge of the other major blood group systems is applied to confirm specificity, to assess clinical significance, and to determine the availability of compatible units for transfusion.

Reference: Modern Blood Banking and Transfusion Practices
Related Topic
Human Diseases: Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Fact or Fiction

Great people talk about ideas.

Average people talk about things.

Small people talk about other people.

But beautiful people never talk. They just make post/s for their blog/s.

Fact or Fiction?

Related Topic
Entertainment: Reasons Women Are Special

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Photoviewpoint: Autumn in Leuven, Belgium

Leuven Belgium
The Belgian city that has the most beautiful medieval building in the world. It is situated in the Dutch speaking part of Belgium, about 20 km east of Brussels.

Photographed by: janejane, joy

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Face of the Week: Barbeque Guy

This is the Barbeque Guy. We told him not to smile, but he did anyway.
Along Claro M. Recto Avenue (formerly Claveria Street), Davao City
Where barbeque vendors are visible late in the afternoon until midnight.

A barbeque (PHP 5) and a cup of rice (PHP 5)…and bon appétit!
Camera: Nikon D40X
Photographed by: janejane, xtian

Saturday, October 25, 2008

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Euro as a Reserved Currency

I'm not a financial expert so curiosity comes in every time financial analysts will start talking about pegging to the dollar and the like, and the question of "how the East Asia is looking at the euro as a reserved currency."

Since the dollar at the moment isn’t in good condition and Asian central banks at some point are looking for other currencies to somehow replace the dollar, this is a good opportunity for the euro to penetrate or dominate in the East Asian market. However, though the dollar is experiencing a decline, it's still the dominant/reference currency. (Winner: dollar)

And don’t you think it's interesting to have an Asian Monetary Fund? But according to them, if Asian governments would decide to create such, they would still decide to pull only dollar reserves, as analysts foresee it. (Winner: dollar)

Well, I guess the conclusion would be that though at the moment euro is "increasing but it's increasing very slowly." So, what do you think of euro's fate in Asia?

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Photoviewpoint: Getaway at Crocodile Park

This is Crocodylus mendorensis. "Rise and shine, crocy."
At Crocodile Park. Crocy: "Hmmp…""Where are you going?"

Crocy: "Leave me alone, will yah!?!"
Meanwhile… my sis holding/carrying a baby croc… (I didn’t dare. :-SS maybe next time)

There's a lot more you can do at Crocodile Park.
Please visit them at:
Davao Crocodile Park
Riverfront, Corporate City, Diversion Highway
Ma-a, Davao City 8000
Camera: Olympus uD600,S600
Photographer: janejane

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Web Hosting Geeks, A Place To Be

The Internet, in general, is somehow a very complicated system, especially if you are a non tech-savvy person, who wants to start an online business or business that needs the support of the Internet (for promotion). Of course people will advise you to just hire someone, who's more knowledgeable, and pay that person. But in business, though you have someone working for you on the technical aspect, you still need to learn perhaps the basics and then later on, go deeper into the convoluted technical world.

Once you've decided it's time to have an online business, one of the questions would be: "Who will be your web hosting provider?"

It's not as easy as ABC. You will need simplified information for you to comprehend those things. And I know the right place for you to acquire information about web hosting…where else but at Web Hosting Geeks.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Face of the Week: My Twin Sister

This is Gisele Caroline Bundchen. My twin sister.
We had an altercation when she stole my boyfriend.
Leo and I were so in love when she played havoc with our romantic relationship.
We became estranged.
But time heals all wounds. When they broke up, Gise and I talked. Eventually, I've forgiven her. Though Leo asked me for another chance, I "shut the door". (He's getting older, though still gorgeous.)
I'm happy with who I'm with right now.
In the arms of Tom.
Photos from:,

Friday, October 17, 2008

I'm Breaking Up with Vista

I said "yes" to him a year ago, when I purchased a brand new system unit.
>Processor: 1.6 Ghz Intel Dual Core
>Motherboard: EMAXX 945
>RAM Size: 2Gb DDR2
>Video Card: 256 MB 7200 GS

With his sleekness, improved features, and useful tools like my favorite snipping tool (for technical support stuff), I fell for him easily.

However, days after installing him, he's been showing "tantrums" (blue screen) every time I played video or music. So, I replaced my motherboard with Gigabyte (after troubleshooting).

We were doing okay at first but one day, he's been showing tantrums again. I contacted Gigabyte's technical support for some advice. They told me to update my BIOS through the installer they've sent.

He was okay with it. Though he's been showing tantrums once in a while, it was bearable. But last week, for three straight days (or so), he's been "crashing" once or twice, even 4x a day after I reformatted him, wherefore adversely affected my job.

I don’t know what to do anymore.

I "fed" him with updates, "dressed" him with SP1, and "scoured" him every three months by reformatting. But to no avail.

Now, I'm planning to break up with him and go back to my "ex-P." XP has less hardware incompatibility issues (I just thought). Ergo, more stable and more mature, though not so much in appearance.

If he's not going to patch up things with me, I'm really going to leave and replace him. But I love him… we've been together for a year now.

Oh Vista, I hate that I love you so.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Why Women Experience Dysmenorrhea

Yesterday, my friend asked me of "why women experience dysmenorrhea." Hmm, recalling our lecture in pathophysiology, I answered:

"It's when the arteries in the uterine wall constrict, which causes the endometrial layer to become oxygen-deprived that resulted from the withdrawal of progesterone.

Just imagine when you are frustrated. You're in pain, right? That's how the frustrated ovum (unfertilized egg) feels when it comes out from the uterus to become menstruation (Aunt Flow)."

And I added, "Though dysmenorrhea is a common gynecological problem and the pain can be relieved by taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen (Midol), it shouldn’t be taken for granted. Why? Because it might be caused by a serious gynecological problem, like a tumor of the uterus or PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease)."


Well, any additional information you may want to add that I may have failed to share it with my friend?

***Also, happy birthday to Girlie Naps, a cancer survivor. My friend. An epitome of a true friend.

Photoviewpoint: City of Angels

City of Angels… only in white.
I don’t know what came into our minds when we had this concept. This was taken during our internship.

Further, Happy birthday Cherrie Cube...
Cherrie Blossom. But I like to call her Cube.

A little note: It's when you're stuck with Cube you will realize the importance of the journey (Eching…)

Camera: Unknown

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Face of the Week: The Artist

This is Manong.
A portrait of a Filipino striving to survive in this "stagflation."
Portrays the creativity of Filipinos. The creativity that makes Filipinos to be in-demand abroad.

While his wife watching him.

Camera: Nikon D40X

Photographed by: janejane, xtian

Friday, October 10, 2008

What Kind of Fashionable Woman Are You?

Your Fashion Style is Classic

You like what's stood the test of time...

Simple, well styled clothes that don't scream trendy

You stay updated and modern, but your clothes stay in style for a while

You wouldn't be caught in animal prints, fake fur, or super bright colors

Chico de cumpleaños: The Brain Box

Twenty-nine years ago, Francis Sicnarf was born, hence, the advent of Crush ng Bayan. He's tall, dark and compassionate. A brain box: graduate of BSMT and law (awaiting for the result). Then, he's planning to proceed to medicine and pondering on becoming an astronaut. There's nothing he can't successfully achieve.

Un hijo responsable a sus padres.

That's Francis.

Mi amigo.

***Magpa-cheeseburger/yellow cab/ bigby's ka naman…

Thursday, October 09, 2008

How big is the Philippine Eagle's Egg?

Weight: 215 g
Length: 93 mm

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Be Chic with Zenni Optical

Wearing eyeglasses is sometimes a pain in the neck, especially when you're in the fashion industry. It will make you look "nerdy," either in a good way or in a bad way. But as they say, it's how you carry yourself, a friend of mine (who's been wearing eyeglasses since childhood, a fashionista and "very fastidious" when it comes to choosing a frame for her eyeglasses) can attest to that.

Since my friend's birthday is coming real soon and she's been asking for a gift, I found a perfect place online to buy a perfect gift for her, a frame for her eyeglasses at a perfect fit for her stature, a "fashionista." is known for their "global price and volume leader in very affordable yet high quality and stylish prescription eyeglasses" advocacy. They sell Stylish Prescription Glasses Online from $8. They have a numerous selection of frames, with single vision lens, sunsensor lens (photochromatic) lens, tinted sunglasses lens, bifocal lens and progressive lens.

And there's more, at, their eyeglass orders, including their $8 eyeglasses, will have high quality stylish frame, thin and light 1.57 index lens, anti scratch coating, full UV Protection, lens edge polishing and beveling, quality hard eyeglass case, microfiber lens cleaning cloth, plus a full guarantee. A perfect package, isn’t it? No wonder they have been lauded via Fox Newx TV and even recommended by The Clark Howard Show.

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

Face of the Week- My On-again/Off-again

This twenty-three year old, blue-eyed guy was born in Texas. My on-again/off-again…
"We were never really friends." That's what I told him in the end. But I didn’t mean it. I did it to protect his family…from the "Duchess."

I know it's too late. And I've learned that I can never be certain with sweet thoughts.

So who is he? That's a secret I'll never tell.


Saturday, October 04, 2008

SVC Catheter: Emergency Dialysis


This SVC catheter was inserted via my father's internal jugular vein in the neck. This procedure was made when his creatinine level soared up to 1000+ µmol/l (normal values: 53-97 µmol/l) and he needed to have an "emergency dialysis." Thankfully, after two sessions of hemodialysis, his creatinine level went down to 400+ µmol/l. Though he underwent minor surgery to create an Arteriovenous Fistula (AVF, for future dialysis), we are still hoping and praying that his creatinine level will go back to normal.

Humor: Ilocano

DOC: Barok apay naan ano ka?

NATO: Natodocak ti lansa doc.

DOC: Ah kasdiay kadi? Ania ngarud ti nagan mo barok?

NATO: Nato doc!

DOC: Wen barok ammuk nga natodoc ka ngem damdamagek nu ania ti nagan mo!

NATO: Nato doc!

DOC: Luklukwen nak ah! Aguray ka ta padamag ko man ken nurse.

NURSE: Ania kanu ti nagan mo manong?

NATO: Nato ma'am!

DOC: Ania kanu ti nagan na nurse?

NURSE: Nato doc!

DOC: Agpada kau nga doldog!

Need a translator? :)

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

My Encounter with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Px

Last week at the Renal Dialysis Unit (RDU), I had the chance to talk to an SLE patient.
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is not an infectious
but a chronic autoimmune
. Patients with Lupus produce abnormal
in their blood that attack tissues or organs within
their own body instead of foreign infectious agents.
At first glance, she didn’t look like she has a kidney problem, except for her apparent "chubby cheeks." She was jovial, very entertaining until I talked to her.

She’s been diagnosed with SLE years ago and started hemodialysis just a year ago because her kidneys are already dysfunctional due to SLE. Further, she’s only allowed to take a maximum of 1000 ml (1L) of fluid a day (more than that will cause edema). Her urine output is only a drop a day whereas the normal urine output is about 30 ml per hour. So she has to undergo hemodialysis (takes 4 hours per session) every other day to clean her blood. Her situation is truly dejecting.

She's seen a lot of doctors and most of them gave her a lot of restrictions (food intake, for example) while others advised her to simply "enjoy life." And she chose the latter. It's like nothing can stop her, not even SLE.

I don’t pity her instead I admire her for the courage to live and to enjoy the remaining days of her life with her loved ones. She may not be able to eat some of the food that I am eating but at least she’s trying to live a healthy lifestyle.

Whatever the purpose of her having SLE, only God knows.

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