Why is a second opinion important?

Today we could provide you with a large number of reasons why we recommend using Best Doctors’ services, but we believe the best way to talk about ourselves is to do it through accounts given by some patients who, through our services, have received a second opinion from the world’s leading specialists.

This is Declan’s story Declan suffered a nose injury while playing rugby and after his first operation, started to experience breathing problems, especially at night. His mother, Sian, began to worry because, although everything seemed to be going fine, her son felt worse after an operation that was supposedly going to solve his problem. The first doctor they consulted informed them of the potential risk of a second operation leading to a permanent hole in Declan’s nose, which inevitably caused certain confusion in the family. Declan and his mother soon discovered that their insurance policy allowed for the possibility to consult Best Doctors. Read more

Physical exercise reduces the risk of hospitalisation for patients with COPD

According to a recent study carried out on patients with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), which affects some 230 million people worldwide, physical exercise can improve the situation of their disease and prevent them from being hospitalised.

What is COPD? It is one of the most common diseases that affects our lungs, and is manifested through breathing difficulties. There are 2 types of COPD: Chronic Bronchitis is caused by the presence of mucus and cough, which usually lasts for long periods Emphysema destroys the elastic fibres in the lungs In many cases, we can find COPD patients who suffer with both types of the disease. What are the most common symptoms? Cough with occasional phlegm Presence of multiple respiratory infections Dyspnoea (difficulty breathing normally) Whistling during breathing (wheezing) Some data supporting physical exercise in COPD patients The aforementioned study was developed by a team of researchers from the Galdakao-Usansolo Read more

An international research team has developed a new antibiotic to fight against tuberculosis

Today, some diseases seem to be from another era. While this may be surprising, tuberculosis currently represents a major global health problem.

All it takes is a look at the figures to realise how serious the situation is. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), more than 8 million people developed tuberculosis in 2012, while the number of worldwide deaths reached 1.3 million.

If we focus on the MDR data (Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis), whose treatment with current drugs does not usually provide good results, we will find 450,000 new cases in 2012 and a total of 170,000 deaths globally. Tuberculosis: a disease that continues to be present in our lives Tuberculosis is a bacterial infection caused by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis germ, which mainly affects our lungs and can be transmitted through coughing, sneezing or even casual conversations. In addition, tuberculosis poses an even higher risk of infection in patients with a weakened immune system.  Some symptoms of tuberculosis: Severe coughing that can last for several weeks Coughing up Read more