In front of the Europe social center, we line up to get vaccinated. This Tuesday, October 20, the nurse at the Aisne health promotion center limited the number of people admitted to fifteen. ”
Every October 20 commemorates the World Osteoporosis Day, which seeks to raise awareness about a condition that is a risk factor for fractures in older ages.
Francisco Linares, orthopedic physician and traumatologist, vice president of the Colombian Association of Osteoporosis and Mineral Metabolism (Acomm), explains that osteoporosis It is a condition in which the bones decrease their density and become more brittle, leading people who suffer from fragility fractures to minimal trauma.
In that way patients fracture doing everyday activities that do not pose a danger to the rest of the population, such as a slip, a prolonged stretch when hanging clothes or, even, the one that occurs on the wrist with a simple trip.
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“Osteoporosis occurs more frequently in women, as it is also associated with menopause, but it can also affect men over 70 years of age or anyone who has risk factors such as smoking, alcoholism, underweight, among others,” they say. the experts of this medical guild.
It is known, for example, that osteoporosis causes a higher mortality rate than cardiovascular disease, and that around 200 million people in the world suffer from osteoporosis.
“Worldwide, osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures per year, which is equivalent to a fracture every 3 seconds, and approximately 50 percent of people with an osteoporotic fracture will suffer another, and the risk of new fractures increases with each one ”, indicates the association.
On this occasion, Acomm carries out a campaign on the importance of receiving the sun adequately to activate vitamin D, which allows the absorption of calcium, and this, in turn, strengthens bone health.
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The above, according to experts, because After months of confinement, several Colombian doctors have observed that sun exposure has decreased that the human body requires for certain vital processes, and this is a situation that can affect people’s health and is easily preventable.
The matter is relevant because, as stated by the orthopedic doctor and geriatric traumatologist Miguel Ángel González, president of Acomm, “80% of the vitamin D that the body needs is activated thanks to sun exposure on the skin.”
And he adds that vitamin D is essential for the body to regulate calcium, an essential component for bones to be strengthened and, therefore, diseases such as osteoporosis are prevented. In addition, it improves muscle strength and body stability, which prevents falls and reduces the risk of fractures.
In this sense, the specialist makes some recommendations to properly sunbathe, preventing, incidentally, long exposures that cause, in turn, problems for the health of the skin.
The first thing is that this must be done at least three times a week, preferably from 8 to 10 in the morning or after 4 in the afternoon. It is not advisable to do it at noon hours, when the sun’s rays are more intense. In addition, the exposure should be direct on the forearms or legs and for periods of only fifteen minutes.
It is known that, in addition to sun exposure, other sources of vitamin D are foods such as fatty fish, but especially salmon and tuna, beef liver, cheese and egg yolk, milk and yogurt, juice orange and soy-based drinks, shellfish, tree nuts, green leafy vegetables, and fruits.
“It should be noted that the vitamin D deficiency is a concern for Acomm, since the minimum percentage of vitamin D that must be in the blood is 20 ng / ml and many patients who consult for osteoporosis have a deficiency of this vitamin “, says Miguel Ángel González.
“Direct sun exposure three times a week is important, without sunscreen, preferably on the forearms and legs, for 10 minutes for each torso of the exposed part. The sun should not be received behind a window or a canopy, since the sun’s rays that activate vitamin D do not pass through glass or plastic, and all health measures must be maintained when leaving to avoid contagion with the covid-19 disease, “adds the specialist.
This Tuesday, more than 15 tons of medical supplies and medicines arrived on a flight of the Venezuelan Consortium of Aeronautical Industries and Air Services SA (Conviasa), through the air bridge established between Caracas and Beijing, as part of international cooperation and the brotherhood of both peoples in the fight against COVID-19.
This is the eighth flight that arrives in the country in recent months loaded with medicines and medical supplies that already add more than 250 tons from this Asian power, through the agreement between both nations, which is not only commercial, but based on cooperation and brotherhood of peoples, highlighted the Minister of Popular Power for Health, Carlos Alvarado.
The 15 tons of supplies and medicines include:
300 thousand rapid tests for coronavirus diagnosis.
200 thousand kits for PCR tests.
More than 105 thousand units of drugs for intensive therapy, mainly oriented to the treatment of COVID-19.
55 ventilators (transfer and ICU)
50 oxygen concentrators
The ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Venezuela, Li Baorong, highlighted in the coming months both countries will work on the cooperation of anti-COVID-19 vaccines, when those developed by the Asian giant are approved for mass distribution, as he emphasized that Venezuela is a strategic partner of China.
The new coronavirus survives on human skin five times longer than an influenza virus, 9 hours versus 1.8 hours, according to the study published in the scientific journal Clinical Infectious Diseases Journal. “The 9 hour lifespan of SARS-CoV-2 on human skin increases the risk of transmission by contact with respect to the influenza virus, accelerating the pandemic”, state the Japanese researchers.
They studied the resistance of the virus on the skin of recently deceased people.
Both the coronavirus and the flu virus are “deactivated” within 15 seconds when using ethanol, contained in hand gels. The longer the new coronavirus stays on the skin, the greater the risk of spreading, the researchers point out. “Hand hygiene can reduce this risk,” they add.
Today the vaccination against the gripe. An advance in the calendar of one week, in the middle of the second wave of the coronavirus, which seeks to minimize the impact of the disease on the health care system in the face of the coexistence of both respiratory viruses in autumn-winter. The health authorities have proposed, on the one hand, to raise the immunization rate to 75% in the vulnerable population. An ambitious goal if one takes into account that the annual coverage in people over 65 years is approximately between 53% and 57%, and in health, only 30% -40%. On the other hand, it seeks to avoid overloading health centers and hospitals with this prevention measure.
Amós García Rojas, president of the Spanish Association of Vaccination, clarifies that the intention is not to expand the number of sensitive groups to receive the dose, but to considerably increase immunization in risk groups. That is, in people over 65 years of age, people between six months of age and 60-65 years with some underlying disease, pregnant women, health workers (including pharmacists), staff of nursing homes for the elderly and cohabitants, firefighters and police and the population with exposure labor to poultry and pigs.
The goal is to raise the immunization rate to 75% in vulnerable groups
“If with these rates we have complications, hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths every year, and you add to that what causes SARS-CoV-2, the scenario is unappealing. In addition, it increases the possibility of generating greater stress to the system and, therefore, situations of collapse. That is why it is so important to get vaccinated this year ”, he argues.
For José María Eiros, director of the National Flu Center of Valladolid, it is an opportunity to improve the percentage of immunization, after its fall in the last decade. “The burden caused by the flu is not negligible: between 250 and 1,000 million euros per year derived from work absenteeism, consultations and hospitalizations that it generates,” he warns. In Spain, in the last season 2019-2020, it caused 3,900 deaths, and it is the fifth leading cause of death, according to the Ministry of Health.
For this reason, in addition to the data that support its cost-effectiveness – last year the vaccine prevented 26% of hospitalizations, 40% of ICU admissions and 37% of deaths attributable to influenza, and up to three million annual deaths in the world–, Health launched on September 21 the campaign I get vaccinated. For me. For you. For all, to raise awareness among citizens in a critical health moment. In fact, to achieve the objective, the ministry made an extraordinary purchase of five million doses to reinforce the performance of the autonomous communities.
The vaccination approach will depend on each autonomy. “Based on their own realities,” says García Rojas, who sees fit to advance the calendar to the first half of October. The idea is that patients go to be vaccinated at the health center through a circuit enabled for this, reports the president of the Spanish Society of Primary Care Physicians, José Polo.
The Platform of Patient Organizations, which supports the campaign, fears that management in hospitals and health centers will not be effective and will lead to a health collapse that will prevent the care of the chronically ill.
“The suspension and postponement of consultations and tests may pose a greater risk than Covid itself. Clean circuits should be enabled and priority should be given to people with a previous illness. Chronic patients cannot bear another stoppage in health care ”, warns its president, Carina Escobar. The platform asks the group to get vaccinated and more communication between Administration, patient organizations and health agents: “We need clear messages.”
Regarding the protection news, the Australian company Seqirus introduces, for example, new technologies in manufacturing, such as the use of cell culture versus embryonated eggs, in addition to improving existing ones with the incorporation of the quadrivalent adjuvant for people over 65 years of age. Regarding anti-vaccines, Eiros advocates greater comprehensive health education.
Epidemiologists are cautious in predicting how the virus will behave. For the moment, they are optimistic. “We do not know how it will behave or how the measures against SARS-CoV-2 can influence its incidence. Since both diseases share the same transmission mechanisms, it could happen that influenza is also reduced. The data published in countries of the southern hemisphere, which have already passed the winter, guide these results ”, points out Elisa Cordero, spokesperson for the Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology.
Something that García Rojas agrees on: “If we manage to increase vaccination and that everyone continues to comply with the barrier measures against Covid (use of masks, hand washing, social distance …), we are in quite adequate conditions to hit the flu really hard this year. “
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The analysis of the results of RT-PCR tests that measure the viral load of Sars-CoV-2 in a patient has been the subject of much debate in recent months. These tests make it possible to detect the RNA (molecule close to DNA) of the virus in the patient’s nasopharyngeal sample, thanks to a process of amplification of the genome by cycles. The techniques available make it possible to target between 1 and 3 viral genes. The more cycles it takes to make the RNA noticeable (this value is generally between 10 and 45) the less virus there is in the sample taken. This threshold cycle (CT) from which a result is positive has been at the heart of the debates for several weeks.
In the United States, an article from New York Times published at the end of August cast doubt on the usefulness of these tests practiced all over the world as part of the fight against the Covid-19 epidemic, as we explained in a previous answer. With a value of
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The text foresees that the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) will publish each week a map showing the situation within the member countries with a color code (green, yellow and red), like a traffic light that marks the risk.
The zones will have one color or another depending on the infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days. A fourth color, gray, will be provided for areas where there is not enough data or not enough tests are performed.
Travelers coming from an orange, red or gray zone may have to respect a quarantine or a mandatory test when arriving in another country. There will be travelers who perform functions considered essential, who will be exempt from quarantine.
A country that envisages restrictions on travelers coming from a risk zone will have to inform the Member State in question 48 hours before the start of the restrictions and citizens will also have to be warned 24 hours before.
A single European form will also be created that all travelers will have to fill out.
However, the Member States did not reach an agreement on the measures to be taken on travelers coming from areas considered at risk.
Luxembourg’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean Asselborn, whose country abstained in the vote, considered that the text should be “completed and thoroughly revised”, adding other criteria such as the number of diagnostic tests carried out, the situation of the hospitals or the number of deaths.
Specifically, the person in charge considered that his country is “punished” for its policy of mass testing.
Europe so far registers more than 6.5 million cases of covid-19 and 240,000 deaths, and is currently experiencing a major outbreak of the pandemic, which has forced an increase in restrictions in many countries.
(13.10.2020) Whoever moves stays healthy. The Upper Bavarian moor spa Bad Aibling knows this and recommends all coach potatoes to get over the bogus now and leave the comfortable comfort zone. Because: regular exercise helps to reduce stress, strengthen the immune system, support cell renewal and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Biking and hiking
Photo: AIB Kur
Dirty weather and cold temperatures keep the immune system on the go, colds, flu viruses and now also Corona challenge the immune system. Those who want to get through autumn and winter with the best possible health can spend a few “build-up and strengthening days” in the Bad Aibling mud spa. Light sporting activities and wellness in the scenic Upper Bavaria are the best power mix to get fit through the cold season.
It doesn’t have to be high-performance sport: hiking
Hiking keeps you fit – it strengthens the cardiovascular system, is good for the immune system, metabolism, bones and joints. And it’s good for the brain and soul – it relieves stress and clearly improves mood. Whether relaxed along the Mangfall, through the surrounding moor or with vertical meters in the nearby Wendelstein Mountains, whether in golden autumn or in snowy winter – depending on your mood, mood and level of fitness, you can explore nature in Bad Aibling on foot in a variety of ways.
Fresh air circuit training in the multi-generation park
There is no avoiding light fitness training in Bad Aibling: in the middle of the spa park of the mud spa, the multi-generation park encourages moderate exercise. 14 devices that train a sense of balance, flexibility, strength and endurance. The multi-generation park is suitable for both sprightly seniors who want to improve their mobility and strengthen their sense of balance, as well as for those who are sporty and ambitious who want to strengthen their muscles with strength exercises in the open air. What about the children? They keep jumping on the trampoline or testing their skills on the monkey ladder.
For ambivalent people: street steppes
Streetsteppen combines the effectiveness of running with the dynamics of cycling and is particularly suitable for those people who are looking for an alternative to cycling due to back, joint or saddle problems. The good thing: With the Streetstepper, the upper body stays upright while driving and is constantly in motion in order to maintain balance. This trains the deep-lying muscles around the spine, which are crucial for a healthy, pain-free back. In addition, riding the Streetstepper strengthens many other muscle groups in the body. As a result, this type of locomotion is also good endurance and strength training for the entire body.
Health-conscious active vacationers who would like to test the Streetstepper once can do so in Bad Aibling on a beginner’s tour. The guide, Martin Anzinger, shows a maximum of six participants how it works. They should only have fun exercising, no other prerequisites are necessary.
Discover the landscape and stay fit: cycling
There are 220 kilometers of well-signposted cycle paths around the well-known mud spa. They lead through the slightly hilly foothills of the Alps with forests and meadows and are made for good-humored bike trips. Don’t worry, even inexperienced couch potatoes will discover the joy of cycling in Bad Aibling – the tours are also easily manageable for less ambitious cyclists. If you still have inhibitions, you can rent an e-bike and cycle through the Mangfall Valley with a tailwind. And for those who like it sportier, the mountains of the Alps like the Wendelstein are not far.
Full-body fresh air training: Nordic walking
Nordic walking is ideal for all those who like to be in the fresh air and want to do something for their fitness even in wind and weather. They know that the Finnish trend sport is a simple but highly effective full body workout. In addition to endurance, the use of poles also trains the upper body and coordination, so that even at a moderate pace, fat burning is cranked and the metabolism gets going. The whole thing is also sociable, as the walkers can talk to sporty companions themselves in action and at a distance. Armed with running or jogging shoes and sticks, you can walk through the spa gardens or along the Mangfall at a sporty pace.
Under eight domes and on the houseboat: sauna and massages
The thermal water kick for body and soul: a visit to the Bad Aibling thermal baths is beneficial and encourages relaxation. A wide variety of offers can be found under its eight utopian-looking domes: For example a kelo or eucalyptus sauna. Or how about a “Turkish bath” from the Arabian Nights? The Fürstenbad also offers pure luxury for two with a glass of Prosecco. You can then go on to the massage rooms in preheated bathrobes. In a final aroma oil massage, the skin regains the fats that were previously lost in the bath.
Don’t worry – no sauna-goer in the Bad Aibling thermal baths has become seasick. And that, although sweat lovers can use one in the form of a houseboat on the nearby Triftbach in addition to the classic saunas in the “dome building”. The houseboat sauna can be easily reached from the sauna garden via a jetty, and a water wheel provides automatic water infusion.
More information at www.bad-aibling.de
Since the new restrictions for access to the official exchange market, the benchmark accumulated a decline of 6.1%, while at the same time it was located close to 20% below the maximums reached in August.
Despite the improvements over the end of the week, the Portfolio Personal Inversiones brokerage noted that there is a perceived tendency for investors to exit the Argentine risk, behavior that was reflected in the acceleration of the operations of Cedears (shares of non-Argentine companies listed on the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange) over local shares.
The shares that rose the most this Friday were those of the energy sector; the papers of Cresud, Central Puerto, Transportadora de Gas del Norte and Transener posted gains of over 3.5%.
Meanwhile, the ADRs of Argentine companies, which are listed on Wall Street, closed unevenly after operating with losses for much of the round and suffering significant significant losses at the beginning of the week.
Thursday, The International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced that it will send a mission to Argentina in early October in order to discuss the terms of the new agreement.
“In the midst of political tensions and economic uncertainty, the fund’s mission awakens expectations, since it could not only help to agree on a comprehensive economic plan that gives investors greater confidence, but also contribute to the roll-over of debts to continue clearing the financial program for the next few years, “said the economist Gustavo Ber.
It should be remembered that the debt to be restructured with the multilateral credit organization amounts to US $ 44,000 million. The options being considered are, on the one hand, signing a new “stand-by” that would allow the country to start paying from 2024 in exchange for a commitment in fiscal matters or, on the other hand, agreeing on an extended facility plan ( “EFF”), which would be looser in terms of time but more rigorous in terms of the conditions for the Government’s economic plan.
In the fixed income segment, the new bonds aroused a little more demand from operators, that made selective purchases in the midst of reduced liquidity.
Among the brand-new titles, those with longer terms ended up higher; Global D 2035 (New York law) grew 0.6% and Bonar 2041 (local law) rose 1.4%. Hand in hand with an increase in stock exchange rates, bonds denominated in dollars showed a majority of falls while those denominated in pesos rose.
With these data, in the accumulated of the week, all the local titles presented contractions around 5%.
“There is no news that can justify the ups or downs, everything is still in a situation of total uncertainty. This is more contingent on small purchases and sales without liquidity, than any possible good news for the future, “Mariano Sardáns, director of the asset manager FDI, told Reuters.
“The falls in bonds in recent days made little sense when the government’s short-term expenditures are almost nil. There were already some debt holders who had planned to leave before the swap, but as they had no liquidity, these exits they cause you big falls, “he added.
The bonds came from yielding an average 2.4% in the first four days of the week, which led to Risk country to exceed 1,400 points. However, in the last two days, the index produced by the JP Morgan fell and this Friday it stood at 1,332 basis points. Two consecutive falls were not perceived in this indicator since the beginning of September, when the successful results of the debt swaps were announced.
“There was no specific catalyst to explain the rebound. I think the dynamics will be up and down, with smaller volumes. It happens that one day three funds buy everything and you go up, while another day the opposite happens. Argentina came with many consecutive falls, so everything was very cheap on Wall Street ”, Rafael Di Giorno, director of Proficio Investment, remarked to Ámbito.
For his part, Joaquín Candia, an analyst at Rava, recalled that “we must not lose sight of the fact that the underlying situation did not change and that having fallen so much in a short time, prices began to become more attractive for investors more prone to risk, as this style can rebound over time. “
The rises in ADRs were so strong this Thursday that not even the sudden decline in the CCL dollar prevented the S&P Merval de Bolsas y Mercados Argentinos (BYMA) stock index will end higher. The leading panel managed to close with an increase of 2.2%, to 41,875 units.
In this way, the most important increases of the day were recorded by the Galicia shares (+ 7.2%); Supervielle (+ 6.9%); and Transportadora de Gas del Norte (+ 6.5%).
In the local market, the lack of volume is the main characteristic with significant fluctuations in most of the contributors, they stand out at the tables, beyond the fact that this Thursday a rebound was observed: $ 1,336 million were traded, 44% more than on Wednesday . That amount was half of what was negotiated in CEDEAR, which reached $ 2,635 million.
After the restructuring of some 100,000 million dollars with creditors, the market focuses on the negotiation of another millionaire debt (about 44,000 million dollars) with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
In that sense, the IMF spokesman, Gerry Rice, said Thursday that the agency maintains a “very fluid and constructive dialogue” with the Argentine authorities and is working on a plan for a visit by its staff in early October.
Beyond the rise of this Thursday, the Argentine financial market shows concern after economic indicators that raise doubts for the future, despite a recent successful swap of sovereign debt for some US $ 100 billion whose effect quickly faded.
INDEC reported this week a historic drop in GDP of 19.1% year-on-year in the second quarter and an increase in the unemployment rate to 13.1%, as a result of the effects of the pandemic and quarantine, which adds up high inflation and recent obstacles imposed by the Central Bank (BCRA) on the exchange market in an attempt to preserve its reserves.
On the external front, on the other hand, The main American indices posted slight increases after a volatile session, in which the shares of the technology sector managed to recover from the falls of recent days. In this way the Nasdaq (+ 0.4%) led the rises, in a day in which it was known that the requests for unemployment insurance amounted to 870 thousand requests, slightly above market expectations.
In the fixed income segment, and like stocks, the new exchange bonds closed unevenly, with increases in the versions in pesos and a majority of decreases among those nominated in dollars.
A better performance was observed for the bonds issued under local law. In any case, at the end of the round “there was no clear preference for specific legislation since the outlook is quite uncertain and neither was the mission announced by the IMF for October in the country a sufficiently important driver for investors to fully resume confidence in local assets, “Candia said.
Beyond this rebound, Argentine securities maintain high rates due to the risk associated with the Argentine macroeconomic situation.
After six consecutive raises, the Argentina’s country risk, of the JP Morgan bank, fell 2.9% to 1,350 basis points. On Wednesday it had exceeded 1,400 points intraday.