On the 11th of February, the World Day of the Sick was held; its aim, among other things, is to emphasize the needs of people with health-related problems and the service they receive. Among the most important issues concerning the latter are, without question, outpatient medical consultations and diagnosis of diseases.In the majority of developed countries, the economic crisis of recent years has led to cuts in many areas of health care. This has resulted in an increase in the number of patients per physician in primary care centres, as well as in specialty centres. Patients face overcrowded waiting rooms and less time for care and diagnosis. Health workers, in turn, are suffering from an increasing level of stress that has a negative effect on the quality of service. Working together for better healthcare All of us involved - governments, managers, health professionals and patients - must be aware of the situation Read more
Winter. It’s the season when we wrap ourselves up in scarves and blankets in order to protect ourselves from a visitor who never fails to appear around this time: the influenza virus.
If there is something special about the Influenza virus it is its ability to mutate, making it different each year. Above all, we should not be alarmist and we should focus on the data from official sources, such as the Spanish Weekly Influenza Surveillance Report, which studies outbreaks and possible severe cases and offers a global overview of the disease.Since week 40/2012, eight European countries have reported 912 hospitalised laboratory-confirmed influenza cases, 361 of those cases were in United Kingdoom. Influenza A, B and C. Are there any differences? Their symptoms are similar: Fever over 38ºC Muscle and bone pain Very intense headache Marked general malaise The effects last 5 to 7 days. What varies in the 3 types is their potential for mutation to more dangerous viruses. Influenza A: the one that mutates most easily. It therefore has a higher risk of change to less well known viruses. Influenza B: the most common in humans, with a more limited capacity to mutate, thus allowing us to build up defences Read more
Dr. Newman, neurology specialist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY, explains some of the recent improvements in the treatment of migraine headaches, which include education through the physicians and growing medical information on the internet.Read more