Archivo de ‘Health’



IPS gets nod in Spain

Viernes, julio 5th, 2013

The hospital administration model implemented by the University IPS (Health Providing Institute) was recognized as one of the world’s most effective at the MI Health Forum in Barcelona.

The entity was applauded for not only recovering its patrimony, but that of over entities as well. “In Colombia, there are many hospitals going through difficulties, facing bankruptcy, many of their facilities are in poor conditions,” said IPS manager, Jaime Poveda, adding that the IPS sets out to remedy that.

Health reform could mean financial relief for many

Jueves, junio 20th, 2013

It’s not official yet, but according to an expert source from the pharmaceutical sector, control over the price of prescription and over-the-counter drugs in Colombia could save patients as much as 3,8 billion pesos a year. According to the head of the Liberal Party, congressman Simón Gaviria, who released the information to the media, the Ministry of Health would be the one to monitor the activity and avoid uncontrolled inflation in medication prices.

For pharmaceutical companies, this could mean a loss of about 40 percent in income, but socially and politically it’s excellent news. This could be one of the most significant changes for Colombians as far as health services after Congress approved a statutory health reform law yesterday, allowing the Government to exercise control over prices which, on occasion, are as much as 400 percent higher than those other Latin American countries.

Cyclotron will help make quicker diagnoses

Miércoles, mayo 29th, 2013

Five healthcare entities in Medellín and two in the western portion of Colombia joined forces so that they could increase their ability to diagnose illness with cutting edge techonology. The new machine, called a cyclotron, is a type of particle accelerator that produces radioisotopes, which is a substance injected into patients that later emits a specific type of radiation.

Another machine, an advanced imaging tool called a Pet-CT, is then used for very specific diagnoses. Experts say the two machines complement each other and will help diagnose diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s sooner, hence treatment can begin earlier.

Mixed EPS ready to begin operating

Lunes, abril 1st, 2013

As of tomorrow, Comfama, Medellín’s Mayoralty and the Governorship of Antioquia are a partnership in the quest to provide healthcare services in Antioquia to 1’650,000 members of the subsidized system.

74 percent of the shares of the mixed EPS (Healthcare Promoting Entity, for its Spanish acronym) belong the State while Comfama owns the remaining 26 percent.

Conviction upheld in plastic surgery death, many cases still pending

Martes, septiembre 11th, 2012

A conviction against a surgeon and a bacteriologist, found responsible for the death of a woman following a gluteoplasty in 2006, was upheld this week but this case is far from isolated. This year, Antioquia’s Health Department has received at least 20 formal complaints about irregularities in plastic surgery clinics and the questionable competence of their staffs.

In Medellín, ten women have died between 2008 and 2011 as a consequence of poorly performed plastic surgeries. Health authorities are urging people to conduct careful research before putting themselves in the hands of clinics and their surgeons, because in many cases these establishments are allowed to remain open during appeal processes.

Thirty salons fail health inspection in Medellin

Viernes, agosto 3rd, 2012

Thirty beauty salons did not pass inspection by Medellín’s Public Health Department and while the red stickers that identify them aren’t necessarily permanent, they do mean that significant changes must be made before conditions are deemed safe for customers.

For this year, the Health Department has 5,400 inspections plans; 933 salons have already been inspected, of which 202 met all requirements, and 701 had violations that must be corrected but are not a health hazard to customers.

Las Américas opens new emergency and urgent care units

Miércoles, julio 11th, 2012

In an effort to provide the right care in each circumstance, Las Américas Hospital opened new, separate urgent care and emergency care units.  Each unit has its own entrance on 70th Avenue in Tower 4. More than 100 additional beds will help the hospital expand its ability to care for patients.

“Emergencies are situations in which a patient’s life is at stake or there is an imminent risk of a worsening condition and they must be tended to immediately,” said Dr. Javier Orozco. Urgent care, on the other hand, is for conditions in which prompt attention is required but the patient’s life is not in jeopardy.

WHO: diesel fumes cause cancer

Miércoles, junio 13th, 2012

The World Health Organization (WHO) just confirmed what the scientific community had been claiming for quite some time: diesel fumes cause cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reported findings that prove a connection between lung cancer and exhaust from diesel engines; the study also revealed a ‘positive association’ between these fumes and bladder cancer..

According to IARC study leader, Dr. Christopher Portier, the experts’ decision to shift the exhaust fumes from ‘probable carcinogen’ to ‘carcinogen’ was unanimous. “Given the additional health impacts from diesel particulates, exposure to this mixture of chemicals should be reduced worldwide,” he said.

Experts say the announcement should raise awareness but not cause panic.

Many could be HIV positive and not know it

Jueves, abril 12th, 2012

As many as 160,000 people in Colombia could be HIV positive and not even know it, according to a study by the United Nations Program on HIV/Aids (UNAIDS). The program’s national coordinator, César Núñez, said this is due to the fact that there is lack of awareness about condom use and many don’t feel personal concern over the chance of being infected. Symptoms can appear as late as five to ten years after infection, and Colombians tend to seek treatment only when their health starts to show signs of deterioration.

“The difference between those infected that we know of and the ones we don’t know of is that the latter haven’t been tested, usually because they don’t feel it’s something that they could have.” Núñez urged Colombians to reconsider their attitude towards the use of condoms because 98 percent of the HIV positive cases in Colombia are a result of unsafe sex.

A total of 5,650 people died of AIDS last year and experts believe this rate could be considerably lower if the disease is diagnosed sooner.

Experts disagree on course of action for PIP implant patients

Jueves, marzo 29th, 2012

While they agree that the issue isn’t urgent and both recommend staying calm, plastic surgeons and mastologists differ in their views on how to proceed regarding controversial PIP implants.

The Colombian Association of Mastology recommends having PIP implants removed, whether they have ruptured or not, while the Colombian Association of Plastic Surgery only suggests replacing the ones that rupture, but “we don’t feel it’s prudent to wait for them to break”.



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