Living longer, but in better health

For centuries, the challenge facing human beings, and therefore medicine, has been to extend our life expectancy. Some studies carried out in recent decades remind us that the more years we live, the more the economic cost to healthcare systems increases.

On top of all this, the rate of diagnostic error has reached significant numbers in many advanced countries. We must keep in mind that these types of errors (still all too common) end up affecting, one way or another, not only the doctor-patient relationship, but also the level of spending of individual governments and administrations.

By way of an example, in the U.S., the rate of diagnostic error is currently, according to some published studies, between 15% and 28% of all cases. It is a situation, which particularly affects patients with multiple chronic conditions. The key question is how to reduce the number of diagnostic errors In view of this scenario, which obviously affects us all, we should ask ourselves what we can do to solve the problem from all angles: medical professionals, the government and institutions and, of course, from the side of the patients. In order to start to amend the problem, we, as patients, should Read more

Allergy never misses its appointment with spring

Not everyone is pleased in the same way with the arrival of spring, as is often the case each year. As a case in point, and according to data from the President of ASCIA, Clinical Associate Professor (A/Prof) Richard Loh, said allergic disease – including asthma – affects almost 20% of Australians and New Zealanders, and this is rapidly increasing in young children, particularly food allergy.*

In addition to rhinitis (frequent sneezing, runny nose and nasal congestion), there are other symptoms with pollen allergies: Conjunctivitis burning eyes abundant tears conjunctival irritation swelling Asthma dyspnea (fatigue) wheezy chest coughing Looking towards the future According to forecasts, the effects of climate change will increase the production of pollen in the coming decades. This increase will inevitably affect all those patients who suffer hay fever today and in the future, as the age range of allergies is widening, even affecting patients 70 years of age. Fortunately, recent research findings and medical advances in symptomatic treatment are encouraging. According to Beltvitge Hospital (Barcelona), 80% of pollen allergies could be cured by immunotherapy Read more

Will Google Glass be the future of medicine?

Some of the technological advances that were science fiction, or even medicine fiction, a few years ago are starting to be become a reality at a dizzying speed.

Perhaps one of the most spectacular and most talked about advances in recent months is Google Glass – the digital giant’s augmented reality glasses that incorporate GPS, Bluetooth technology and an integrated microphone, as well as a display through which the user can observe a projection while capturing photos or recording videos with simple commands through their voice.

As demonstrated by the first surgical procedures carried out with Google Glass, the future seems full of opportunities in the world of medicine, with as many possibilities for patients. Although there are already other devices used in telesurgery, the capabilities and versatility of the new Google device provide a new, closer and more viable approach.  Google glass has already been tested successfully by some doctors  In Spain, for example, the first Google Glass operation was carried out by Dr. Pedro Guillén of the Cemtro clinic in Madrid, in collaboration with the Catholic University of Murcia and Droiders (Spanish innovative technology company), which Read more