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Coronavirus: The role of the press

In any free society, the press’ role is to inform, not to tell people what to think. However, for decades, media companies found a gold mine in creating polemic on television and radio and decided to create talk shows where journalists and so-called experts opine – not inform – about the news of the day. Parallel to finding talk shows as a gold mine to attract viewers, the press ...Read full article...

This is what you need to have in your pantry during emergencies

Given the current state of affairs related to coronavirus, there are indications that show people beginning to purchase basic food to prepare for the worst. Most people show mistrust or uncertainty about the food industry. Consumption seems to be growing to the detriment of restaurants and in favour of non-perishable or more durable products, like pasta, oil, cookies, rice, preserves and frozen foods. Concern about the increase of people ...Read full article...

Coronavirus: The true purpose of mass isolation

Scientists had been concerned for a month with a fundamental coronavirus issue. They knew that China had managed to somehow control infections, in particular the city of Wuhan, with 11 million inhabitants, because of the decision to isolate the whole city from the rest of the country. But would such measures be possible in Western democracies? The answer is yes, but all other nations failed to do it. What ...Read full article...

A solução para acabar com o ódio: discordar e debater honestamente

Há pouca disposição para discutir idéias honestamente. Ao ouvir isso de um comentarista político e dos cidadãos cada vez mais hiperbólicos da World Wide Web, alguém seria perdoado por pensar que a sociedade do século XXI abriga uma população consumida por sentimentos de profundo ódio. Onde quer que se vá, a acusação é nivelada. Praticamente nenhuma opinião é imune ao epíteto “odioso”. Os que odeiam,  odiarão, Taylor Swift canta ...Read full article...

Diagnóstico e Medicação Excessivos ameaçam a vida das crianças

Autismo, transtorno de déficit de atenção, ansiedade. Um diagnóstico precipitado e uma conclusão definitiva para uma criança em crescimento com um comportamento “estranho” podem levar um menino ou uma menina a serem rotulados sob uma categoria que, certamente, os acompanhará por toda a vida, com conseqüências tanto individuais quanto sociais. Alguns profissionais de saúde querem emitir um alerta sobre esse modelo operacional. Esses profissionais incluem psicólogos, psiquiatras, pediatras, professores, ...Read full article...

Seguro de Salud Universal no es universal

La cobertura de salud universal se define como el garantizar que todas las personas tengan acceso a los servicios de salud necesarios, incluida la prevención, promoción, tratamiento, rehabilitación y paliación, con atención de calidad suficiente para ser efectivos y al mismo tiempo garantizar que el uso de estos servicios no exponga al usuario a las dificultades financieras. La definición de la OMS describe el resultado ideal para un sistema ...Read full article...

La solución para terminar con el odio: Discordar y debatir honestamente

Hay muy poca disposición para debatir ideas honestamente. Al escucharlo del comentarista político y de los ciudadanos cada vez más hiperbólicos de la World Wide Web, uno sería perdonado por pensar que la sociedad del siglo XXI es el hogar de una población consumida por sentimientos de odio profundo. Dondequiera que uno vaya, la acusación se nivela. Prácticamente ninguna opinión es inmune al epíteto “odioso”. Los que odian odiarán, ...Read full article...

O Tratamento do Câncer triplica o risco de Complicações Cardiovasculares

A radioterapia e a quimioterapia, geralmente, apresentam complicações cardiovasculares entre seus efeitos colaterais. O tratamento do câncer triplica o risco de complicações cardiovasculares enquanto representa a causa de morte mais frequente entre as mulheres que sobrevivem ao câncer de mama ou linfoma de acordo com a Fundação Espanhola do Coração (FEC). Assim, um efeito colateral importante e, algumas vezes, “menosprezado” de alguns tratamentos contra o câncer são problemas cardíacos ...Read full article...

Overdiagnosis and Overmedication threaten the lives of Children

Autism, attention deficit disorder, anxiety. A precipitated diagnosis and a so-called definitive conclusion for a growing child with a “strange” behaviour can lead to a boy or girl to be labelled under a category that will surely accompany him all his life, with the consequent consequences, both individual and social. Some health professionals aim to point out this operating model. These professionals include psychologists, psychiatrists, paediatricians, teachers, professors, among ...Read full article...

Cancer treatment multiplies by three the risk of cardiovascular complications

Radiation therapy and chemotherapy usually have cardiovascular complications among their side effects. Cancer treatment multiplies the risk of cardiovascular complications by three, while representing the most frequent cause of death among women who survive breast cancer or lymphoma, according to the Spanish Heart Foundation (FEC). Thus, an important, and sometimes “belittled” side effect of some cancer treatments are heart problems, according to the National Cancer Institute of the United ...Read full article...

Body composition: Does the scale tell you the truth?

You want to get in shape and you decide to give the gym a chance. Apart from showing off a more stylized body, you have read that strength exercise is life insurance. You overcome the first laces and laziness starts, the plan is going well, but when you get on the scale, impatient to see the fruit of so much work, what you contemplate leaves you out of play; ...Read full article...

The new poverty in Latin America

The continent will continue to be poor, perhaps even more, unless educational programs are radically transformed. A new reality demands educational systems that emphasize critical thinking rather than memorization and schools that have the means to make these efforts feasible. Why? Because technology will not wait for anyone to get up to speed and the new wealth is not money, but data. The stupidity of Latin American bureaucrats has ...Read full article...

What kind of procrastinator are you?

We are all procrastinators but we each have our style. That is why there are no strategies that work for everyone or magic solutions that can be applied in any case, although there are some recommendations that can help in the short term. To find a useful solution to the bad habit of leaving everything to the last moment, it is necessary to know what kind of procrastinator each ...Read full article...

Productivity lags behind digital innovation

In the time it will take you to read this text, almost five patents will have come to light worldwide; several industrial robots will have left the factory, ready to banish industrial paradigms, and tens of thousands of people will have made a purchase at a click. However, the probability that these advances will be translated into productivity figures, a key piece in the complex transmission belt that leads ...Read full article...

Coronavirus: Falsedades y hechos

Con tanta desinformación sobre el COVID-19, mejor conocido como el coronavirus, hay tener unas pocas cosas muy claras, y como siempre, la perspectiva ayuda mucho en tiempos de desinformación y exageración por parte de la prensa tradicional y los que buscan enriquecerse vendiendo farmacéuticos y vacunas. Empecemos 1. El CORONAVIRUS es simplemente una versión diferente de otros viruses como el SARS y el de la gripe tradicional. 2. La ...Read full article...