Oncomagnetic Device: Is this brain cancer’s cure?

Oncomagnetic Device: Is this brain cancer's cure? | Juan Manila


A new world of non-invasive and nontoxic therapy for brain cancer including many exciting possibilities for the future is what this new milestone for brain cancer treatment has uncovered.

HOUSTON — A prototype of the Oncomagnetic Device helmet works by utilizing oscillating magnetic fields (OMF) by rotating strong permanent magnets near the target area (in this case, the head). After many successful trials with mice, and with the approval of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), this technology was finally tried on a human, resulting in promising findings.

The patient was a 53-year-old man suffering from glioblastoma (GBM), a rare fast-growing aggressive brain and spinal cord cancer— even known as the deadliest brain cancer in adults. The prognosis of GBM is quite dismal, with general life expectancy at around five months up to a maximum of two years, while the survival rate after five years is a mere 4 percent.

After a 36-day trial with the helmet, researchers found that the trial shrank the tumor by 31 percent, a feat in medical history. The process consisted of wearing the prototype helmet a few hours a day.

The patient, who formally consented to his participation in this study, has already undergone surgery for tumor excision two years prior, and has also proceeded with both radiation therapy and chemotherapy, as per medical protocol. A year after his surgery, he came back with a tumor recurrence with notable growth.

The results of the trial implied that the tumor’s growth trend was immediately intercepted on the first week of the trial, with MRI results showing a sharp 10 percent drop in its trend.

Houston Methodist Neurosurgeon David Baskin, along with his colleagues Martyn Sharpe, Lisa Nguyen, and Santosh Hekelar, have recently published their findings on peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Oncology, where they thoroughly discuss their method and outcome, along with other key details to their research.

Significant studies on electromagnetic fields (EMF) being used in cancer treatment have been done prior to this study, with a similar technology called Optune (which uses electrode strips and required patients to shave their heads in order to be used) emerging with an FDA-approval back in 2015 . These studies have provided promising outcomes, and with the advent of the Oncomagnetic Device, the future of oncology is looking even more hopeful.

“Imagine treating brain cancer without radiation therapy or chemotherapy,” says Baskin. “Our results in the laboratory and with this patient open a new world of non-invasive and nontoxic therapy for brain cancer, with many exciting possibilities for the future.” (RF/JuanManila)

New AFP chief installed as Sobejana retires

New AFP chief installed as Sobejana retires | Juan Manila


Former Army acting chief Lieutenant General Jose Faustino Jr is new Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte on July 31.

The previous commanding officer General Cirilito Sobejana has retired on the same day of the take-over.


MANILA — “We confirm that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte approved and signed the designation of Lieutenant General Jose Faustino Jr as chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) effective July 31, 2021,” says presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement.

“We are confident that General Faustino will continue the peace and development efforts of his predecessors while aggressively building up our defense capability. We pray for General Faustino’s success as he embarks in his new role as AFP chief,” says Mr Roque.

The Armed Forces welcomes the appointment. AFP Public affairs office chief Captain Jonathan Zata says General Faustino’s “wealth of experience and passion for service as a commander and staff officer gives him the mettle to lead the AFP in accomplishing its mission, especially as we turn up a notch in our operations in achieving lasting peace and development in the country.”

General Faustino is the tenth military chief appointed by President Duterte. He will serve in his post until November. (HMP/JuanManila)

Lyka under investigation for unpaid taxes

Lyka under investigation for unpaid taxes | Juan Manila


Unpaid taxes caused the halt of unregistered payments app.

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has suspended social media platform Lyka’s operations last week due to unpaid taxes.


MANILA — The Bureau of Internal Revenue says they are investigating the current issue. It was the Revenue Deputy Commissioner Arnel Guballa who instructed the investigation.

The official figures that Lyka is yet to settle is being determined by the tax collection agency.

Also, the BIR “will evaluate” the other tax dues Lyka owes, Guballa says, since it served as a payment system operator despite being unregistered to do so.

Lyka users buy goods and services through the platform using so-called gift cards in electronic mode or GEMs. Some celebrities and social media influencers have been using Lyka GEMs in purchasing expensive buys. (HMP/JuanManila


Household spending expected to hit ₱10.6T in 2021

Household spending expected to hit ₱10.6T in 2021 | Juan Manila


Anticipating fewer restrictions, Fitch Solutions Country Risk & Industry Research has predicted that the country’s total household spending may reach ₱10.6 trillion this year.


MANILA — Economic experts say consumption accounts for about 70 percent of the economy but it fell by 8.3 percent last year and continued to shrink by 7.3 percent in the first quarter.

Fitch Solutions bares consumer spending outlook remains clouded by the delayed vaccine rollout as well as the emergence of new coronavirus variants.

However, it notes consumption is likely to recover with a 4 percent increase in household spending this year.

“This better outlook comes from expectations that there will be more jobs and better incomes, fewer quarantine restrictions, and more businesses reopening,” Fitch Solutions says in a note.

It has also predicted that consumer and retail sectors are only expected to return to pre-pandemic levels by 2022.

The expected ₱10.6 trillion household spending this year is still lower than the ₱11.1 trillion logged in 2019 prior to the pandemic, Fitch Solutions notes.

By 2022, household spending is projected to grow by 5.1 percent to ₱11.2 trillion, it added.

“Our Country Risk team expects household savings rates to remain elevated given the pandemic uncertainty and loss of income over past quarters, while the domestic employment situation is unlikely to improve markedly in the near term,” says Fitch Solutions.

Last May, the risk analyst and economic forecaster lowered its growth forecast for the Philippines this year to 5.3 percent from the previous 5.8 percent and blamed the infection surge, renewed lockdown restrictions, and low vaccination rates. (JD/JuanManila)