Hepatitis: one of the greatest threats to our liver

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver which prevents it from being able to carry out its duties properly. The appearance of this disease may lead to cirrhosis of the liver or even cancer.

The liver is an organ that is essential to the functioning of our body in the following ways: it develops an important detoxifying role, removes materials from our blood that could harm us, secretes bile and stores glycogen and vitamins.

That is why, at Best Doctors, we believe that it is important to know the symptoms of hepatitis and how it can be transmitted, because we are convinced that information plays an important role in your health. Symptoms that might go unnoticed Hepatitis can appear without showing obvious or mild symptoms such as the following: Diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting Loss of appetite Abdominal pain Dark urine Pale-coloured stools Jaundice: yellowing of the skin The ABC of hepatitis: Here are the main differences between the three basic types of hepatitis: Hepatitis A virus (HAV) It is present in stools and is often transmitted through consumption of contaminated food or water. Hepatitis A can Read more

Making headway in the treatment of melanoma

This is undeniably true. When talking about our health, perhaps the greatest concern is cancer and its significant impact, which goes beyond the patient and has important consequences for all their family and even their work environment.

In this regard, whatever positive result occurs (however small it may be) in the fight against this evil, should be taken as a victory for us all, and especially if we are speaking about a significant development, as is the case here.

We, at Best Doctors, are delighted to be able to echo one of the most encouraging investigations published in recent times as far as our body’s fight against diseases such as melanoma is concerned.

Taking the cancer cells out of hiding This may be the key, given the fact that recent research has brought to light that some cancer cells use a cloaking mechanism that prevents our immune system from detecting and removing them. Once this strange and secret disguise of tumour cells has been discovered, we try to remove the camouflage and tackle the problem with much more probability of success, as we have seen thus far. New opportunities for treatment which have already delivered interesting results. This discovery has begun to bear fruit in the treatment of melanoma thanks to the effects of a drug that Read more

High volume and noise: a danger to our ears

According to the most recent data from the World Health Organisation, more than 275 million people worldwide suffer from moderate or profound hearing impairment.

This is a health problem that affects our quality of life, and in a large number of cases, comes from infections or hereditary factors. However, there are other causes much easier to avoid that may cause partial loss of hearing or even deafness:

    • Listening to music at full volume  • Excessive noise • Operating noisy machinery or equipment • Intense sounds such as gunshots or explosions If we expose ourselves to factors like these, they may damage our inner ear and diminish our ability to hear. Are we getting used to listening to music too loudly? According to the WHO, bearable noise limits are those that are below 80 dB. The following examples can be used as a reference: • A whisper stands at 20 dB • A very noisy restaurant reaches 70 dB • A hair dryer or an alarm clock is in the region of 80 dB • An MP3 player Read more