Tobacco: A threat to development

No smoking

This week the World Health Organisation celebrated World No Tobacco Day. Each year the non-profit tackles this extremely real and truly global addiction.

2017’s theme is “Tobacco – a threat to development” and all efforts have revolved around measuring and inciting government measures as well as the general public to join forces and promote health and development of a smoke-free society. WHO explains that the campaign “will demonstrate the threats that the tobacco industry poses to the sustainable development of all countries, including the health and economic well-being of their citizens.” The objective of the day is to propose new measures the communities can make to actively contribute to confronting the global tobacco crisis. Tobacco is a threat that doesn’t discriminate against race, age, gender Read more

Hypertension and new treatments

We commonly refer to hypertension as the blood pressure levels that are above those that are considered healthy for the human body.

What exactly is blood pressure? Blood pressure measures the force of the blood pumped from the heart against the walls of the arteries with the aid of a blood pressure monitor. The blood pressure reading (sphygmomanometre, as it is normally called) gives us two results: • Systolic pressure, which is usually 120 mmHg in a healthy patient while resting. • Diastolic pressure, which is usually 80 mmHg in normal conditions. It is usual to talk about the combined figure, 120/80 or 12/8, with the millimetres of mercury (mmHg) being the most common unit of measurement. When is there hypertension? We can consider that there is hypertension when the patient reaches or exceeds blood pressure of Read more