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

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

50 years of innovation and fight against smoking

On the 11th of January, it was exactly 50 years since Luther Terry, Director General of Public Health in the U.S., publicly stated for the first time that smoking could lead to cancer, heart problems and even death.

This statement was supported by the report of smoking and health, a document of over 7,000 scientific articles, marking the beginning of the global fight against smoking.

Great advances have been made in the fight against smoking in this half century. Among other achievements, the number of smokers in the United States has decreased by 59%, according to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reports.  Nowadays it is still necessary to fight tobacco  If we delve deeper into the data of one of the main tobacco markets in the world, USA, the highlighting fact is that currently only 18% of the population smokes, which equates to a total of 44 million people who still suffer health risks as a result of smoking, many governments and companies have spent Read more