HEALTH – March & April 2022, Issue 79

WHO ARE YOU CALLING OLD? MEDICAL MINUTES BY JOHN SCHIESZER The number of people who are living past the age of 100 has been on the rise for decades, up to nearly half a million people worldwide. The oldest living person, Jeanne Calment of France, was 122 when she died in 1997. Currently, the world’s…

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Helping Loved Ones Who Are Addicted to Technology Medical Minutes by John Schieszer

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have increasingly turned to technology for entertainment and information. It is a trend that raises concerns about an increase in technology addiction. According to the Pew Research Center, a growing percentage of people are constantly online, and health officials are concerned about the amount of time children and adults… Read More

Train Your Respiratory Muscles By Rachel Garrod

These past few weeks I have been seeing patients with post COVID-19 sequelae, which refers to longer term complications following the initial infection. Imagine, a long period of bed rest and inactivity, weeks or possibly months of breathing dependent on a ventilator, fibrotic damage to the lungs as a result of the infection, muscle problems… Read More

More Than One Glass of Wine a Day

By AJ Linn   Today we are awash with advice about health and how to maintain a satisfactory balance between what we think is not really good for us and what definitely is not. We try to avoid the diet pundits – whether it’s the radio, TV, printed media or social networks – because the…

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Coquinas and Champagne A Culinary Delicacy from the Sea By Helle Barlebo from Chili Gourmet Catering

  Coquinas (wedge claims) are light and delicious, and brilliant as tapas, a snack, a starter or the crown of any shellfish main course. They also go well together with a healthy lifestyle, as they are rich in folate (B-vitamin), B12, selenium, chromium and protein. Therefore, I thought that this recipe would be perfectly timed…

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NEW INSIGHT INTO THE BRAIN

BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE Some very good news to report when it comes to battling Alzheimer’s disease. A novel form of an Alzheimer’s protein found in the fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord indicates what stage of the disease a person is in, according to a study by researchers at Washington University…

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LONG COVID AND PHYSIOTHERAPY

Rehabilitation is unequivocally recognised to improve functioning, breathlessness, muscle strength and quality of life. We don´t presently know what the needs will be for people recovering from COVID-19. However, we can surely estimate that there will be significant rehabilitation needs, particularly for those with other underlying diseases. We are also beginning to understand more about…

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GOOD NEWS FROM C-19 RESEARCHERS

… AND THE BENEFITS OF A DAILY STROLL Medical Minutes by John Schieszer     AT-HOME TESTING FOR COVID-19 INFECTION Researchers in the United States have developed a new type of multiplexed test with a low-cost sensor that may enable the at-home diagnosis of a COVID-19 infection through rapid analysis of  small volumes of saliva…

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SHOULD WE BE WEARING MASKS?

By Rachel Garrod   The wearing of masks during this COVID-19 pandemic still seems highly contentious. A number of issues influence our compliance with mask wearing: ideology, knowledge and, of course, cultural norms. Japan and other Asian nations have habitually worn masks for many years, particularly when travelling on public transport. But, for us Europeans,…

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COVID-19 UPDATE: Medical Minutes by John Schieszer

DEVELOPING A MULTI DRUG COCKTAIL AGAINST COVID-19 A new American study has identified 21 existing drugs that stop the replication of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Scientists analysed one of the world’s largest collections of known drugs for their ability to block the replication of SARS-CoV-2. They identified 100 molecules with confirmed antiviral activity…

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HOW TO BE COOL with Your Breathing by Rachel Garrod

If you have breathing problems, this time of the year can be very tough. The heat – and we experience a lot of it here in Spain, even into earlyautumn – can adversely affect your breathing and make it difficult to keep active. Pollen allergies may be worse, especially during summer, and increased ozone in…

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THE FIRST BUILDING BLOCK OF ANTI-AGEING

Millions of euros are spent each year in Marbella on health and beauty treatments and products by the many women – and an increasing number of men – who want to retain a youthful appearance. However, one key ingredient is often overlooked: antioxidants. To retain a youthful appearance and live a long and healthy life,…

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THE GLOBAL QUEST for Coronavirus Treatments

NEW IDENTIFICATION OF GENETIC BASIS OF COVID-19 SUSCEPTIBILITY Italian researchers are reporting that they have been able to identify the genetic basis of susceptibility to COVID-19 infection. This has important implications for treatment and drug development. The clinical presentation of COVID-19 varies from patient to patient, and understanding individual genetic susceptibility to the disease is…

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MUSCLE STRENGTH AND OUR DIET – Gender Differences

We are cautiously emerging from lockdown. And now it seems like the time to take stock of our health again. I was fortunate to have access to a treadmill (it had not seen the light of day for a long time) so managed to maintain my cardiovascular fitness (pretty much). But I found it hard…

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Guidelines Issued for Older Adults during COVID-19 Pandemic – Medical Minutes by John Schieszer

Older adults are at elevated risk for complications from COVID-19 and are dying at higher rates than younger patients. In light of these concerns, researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine and colleagues have just issued guidelines and best practices for healthcare providers and family caregivers who are providing care for older adults during the…

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Diagnosing Depression…

and Motion-Detection for Smart Vision – Medical Minutes by John Schieszer A HAIR SAMPLE COULD DIAGNOSE MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS It’s possible that a lock of hair can be used to help diagnose depression and monitor the effects of treatment, according to a new American study. Researchers looked for potential relationships between the concentration of the…

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Hospital Quirónsalud Marbella…

National Award for Women’s Diagnosis Hospital Quirónsalud Marbella has received first prize in the “Women’s Diagnosis” category and two special awards in the “Respiratory System” and “Global Results” categories in the first edition of the Best Spanish Hospitals Awards organised by consultancy company Higia Benchmarking. The awards recognise hospital excellence based on indicators of efficiency,…

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VAPING Controversy …

By Rachel Garrod Since I am writing this article in October, more commonly known now as “Stoptober”, I thought it was worth considering the discussion we are presently having around vaping. Vaping refers to the use of electronic cigarettes which mimics smoking but without burning tobacco. The vaporised product from an e-cigarette typically contains nicotine,…

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How to have an epic 2020

By Petya barr What can possibly make the beginning of the new decade different? Well, you will need the powerful engine that can take you towards success and accomplishment in all areas of your life: motivation. And sorry, you can’t order it in a box with a ribbon from Amazon. What is motivation and why…

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