Devoting at least one day to asthma

What is asthma? It is a chronic respiratory disease caused by inflammation of the airways. It is characterised by shortness of breath and wheezing which occur more often in the form of an attack. The severity of asthma episodes depends largely on the individual patient, but in any case, to improve the patient’s disease status and quality of life it is essential that asthma is controlled through a course of treatment. What are the causes? Asthma is often associated with the inhalation of allergens (substances that cause different allergies) by the susceptible part of the population. The following are some of the most Read more

How to treat an ectopic pregnancy?

Ectopic pregnancies occur when the fertilised egg nests outside the uterus. It is a situation that is currently taking place in approximately 0.66% of all cases.

However, in the last few decades there has been an increase in the number of ectopic pregnancies as a result of the proliferation of some of the following risk factors:

– Use of Intrauterine Device (IUD)

– Sexually transmitted diseases

– Smoking

– Assisted reproduction: in these cases the likelihood of an ectopic pregnancy is up to 5%

In the vast majority of cases, the egg is implanted in the fallopian tubes, although it can also be implanted in the patient's cervix, ovaries or even in places in a much more residual fashion. We must bear in mind that one of the characteristics of ectopic pregnancies is that the first symptoms - variable abdominal pain or loss of blood – do not show up until the second month of gestation. In some situations such pregnancies can be tricky to diagnose. It is necessary to carry out an ultrasound and, if it is not decisive, it must be complemented by an Read more

WatsonPaths: new technologies for medicine

As we have stated in previous posts in this blog, technology is undoubtedly destined to be, in the not too distant future, the key to our health.

With regard to this reality, today we would like to focus this new post on a technological project, called WatsonPaths, which responds to that future we have mentioned before by bringing new benefits and opportunities for medical professionals when performing their daily work.

Watson, the IBM "knowledge technology" supercomputer that became famous some time ago by beating the human mind, is the basis of this innovative project whose long-term aim is to promote a more natural interaction between physicians, patients’ data and other digital archives. Thanks to this new technology, physicians will find it a lot easier when it comes to understanding and assimilating the various sources of medical data that are available within the different information systems to which they have access, thus reaching different decision paths and alternatives in a far more intuitive manner. The main objective of WatsonPath is to improve the Read more