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Ángel Escalera

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11/09/2020 14:50

Local

Getting a doctor's appointment this summer has become a real ordeal

The coronavirus has been causing major problems at health centres in Malaga province, where there is more work than staff can handle and a lack of available materials. It can take up to 14 days to get an appointment just to talk to a GP over the p

07/08/2020 17:10

Local

Seven new Covid-19 outbreaks detected on western Costa del Sol

Seven new local outbreaks of Covid-19 were reported on Friday in the daily figures released by the regional health authority. There were 29 positive cases within these new clusters, all located in the Costa del Sol health district, currently the part

07/08/2020 14:16

Local

Local coronavirus outbreaks shoot up on the western Costa del Sol

The number of people testing positive for coronavirus continues to rise in the Malaga area. Small, separate local outbreaks in coastal holiday resorts west of the city are a particular focus for the health authorities at the moment. Nightclubs were

27/07/2020 19:57

Local

New Covid-19 outbreak reported on the Costa del Sol with four cases

Monday's official Covid-19 figures from the Andalusian health authority revealed a daily increase of 23 new cases in the province of Malaga, 12 more than the total announced on Sunday. The authority reported a new outbreak in the Costa del Sol hea

02/07/2020 20:35

LifeStyle

People smoked considerably more during the lockdown period

Tobacco is like a very effective spider's web: it traps those who fall into its net and doesn't let them go. It is the addictive power of nicotine that makes it so hard to stop smoking, especially in exceptional situations such as the one we have jus

27/06/2020 16:19

Local

Coronavirus cases detected at Malaga Red Cross shelter rise to 90

The number of cases of Covid-19 infection at an emergency shelter run by the Cruz Roja (Spanish Red Cross) in Malaga had reached 90 by Saturday, regional minister Elías Bendodo confirmed. The Malaga case is the largest of nine isolated outbreaks in

27/06/2020 14:56

Opinion

The virus is still with us

The state of alarm is over, but the virus is still here. Although most of the restrictive measures that have marked our days for more than three months have now been lifted, the reason why we had to lock ourselves away is still a danger, however much

18/06/2020 18:18

Local

Telephone appointments to continue at public health centres

A visit to the doctor at the local public health centre isn't going be the same as it was before the pandemic. The Andalusian health service, SAS, has decided to keep in place the initial telephone filter when a patient requests an appointment. This

15/05/2020 20:44

Local

Costa del Sol moves to Phase One of lockdown easing on Monday

The provinces of Malaga and Granada will move into Phase One of the Spanish government's plan to gradually scale down its coronavirus restrictions on Monday 18 May. The two areas, which include the Costa del Sol and the Costa Tropical now join the

15/05/2020 14:54

Opinion

Frying pan or fire?

They say that when a man had been given a death sentence by a judge, he was asked if he would prefer to die by hanging or being garotted. His answer, which was completely ignored by the insensitive executioner, was: "I want to live!" Which of cour

05/05/2020 16:52

Local

Third day in a row with no coronavirus deaths in Malaga province

The province of Malaga has now gone three days with no confirmed deaths from coronavirus, according to official data provided on Tuesday by the regional Ministry of Health and Families. As a result, the Covid-19 death toll remains at 261. The repor

24/04/2020 19:51

Local

Fury over defective face masks given to local health workers

There has been outrage among healthcare professionals in Malaga this week after it came to light that thousands of defective protective face masks had been sent to frontline health workers across Andalucía. Around 2,500 staff at the Hospital Clínic

24/04/2020 16:53

Local

More Covid-19 patients discharged to take strain off Malaga hospitals

After the number of people given the all-clear after testing positive for Covid-19 in Malaga province officially passed 1,000 on Thursday, another 65 patients joined the recovered list on Friday, taking the total up to 1,119, according to data publis

13/04/2020 14:41

Opinion

Dear masks

In the all-out war the entire world has embarked upon against coronavirus, we're learning something new every day. The better we know the enemy, more chance we have to defeat it. So little was known about Covid-19 that people have been hitting out

27/03/2020 16:31

Opinion

What's important now

Now that the coronavirus has suddenly appeared in our lives with a vengeance and is leaving a trail of deaths wherever it goes, we are starting to realise that we are much more vulnerable than we thought. The so-called welfare state can't cope, wh

27/03/2020 14:35

Local

More than a thousand Covid-19 cases now confirmed in Malaga province

The number of Covid-19 cases in the province of Malaga had passed the one thousand milestone on Friday as the regional Health minister Jesús Aguirre gave the latest total of 1,006. This is 101 up on the previous day's figure, a greater increase tha

13/03/2020 15:49

Local

Seventy-year-old man with coronavirus dies in Benalmádena hospital

A 70-year-old man who was being treated in the Hospital Xanit Internacional has been confirmed as the first person with coronavirus to die in the province of Malaga. The patient had multiple underlying health problems, and his condition was complic

06/03/2020 16:06

Local

Normal flu claimed 81 victims in Andalucía last winter

A total of 81 people died in Andalucía from complications arising from flu last winter. The regional government's Health and Families department says 429 people were hospitalised with flu and the victims died from complications. This is a fatality ra

03/03/2020 17:08

Local

Retired doctor in isolation in Malaga hospital with coronavirus

A 73-year-old man is being kept in isolation at the Hospital Clínico in Malaga after suffering pneumonia as a direct result of the coronavirus. He was admitted to the hospital on Sunday and initial investigations point towards him having contracted

05/02/2020 18:01

Local

Nine out of ten babies born at the Clínico are exclusively breastfed

More than 88 per cent of babies born at Malaga's Clínico hospital (Universitario Virgen de la Victoria) are being exclusively breastfed when they leave the hospital. This has been achieved progressively over the years, thanks to a programme to encour

28/01/2020 15:20

Local

Work to resume on San Pedro health centre, says new SAS boss

The new CEO of the Andalusian Health Service (SAS), Miguel Ángel Guzmán, told SUR this week that work would resume shortly on the new health centre in San Pedro Alcántara. The construction had come to a halt two months ago due to differences over

13/12/2019 16:33

LifeStyle

"We go to bed with someone as if we were about to sit an exam"

Sex is the most intimate form of communication between two people. At the same time it is the most direct path to paradise or hell, depending on how one carries out a process which in Spain lasts on average for three and a half minutes. This framewor

15/11/2019 16:57

LifeStyle

From Malaga to Beijing in the fight against obesity

Malaga. The distance which separates Malaga and Beijing, 13,292 kilometres, was surpassed collectively on Tuesday by the around 3,500 people who walked five kilometres each in a bid to raise awareness for the growing obesity crisis, especially among

14/10/2019 15:39

LifeStyle

Cristina isn't giving in

So far this year Cristina Cosano has been in hospital several times, including in the intensive care unit (UCI). In total, she has spent six months and nine days in the Regional Hospital (formerly the Carlos Haya hospital) during 2019. The reason she

27/09/2019 14:49

LifeStyle

When your headache makes life impossible

"It feels like my head is going to explode, all of a sudden. It's like someone is hitting me on the head with a hammer. The pain starts when I least expect it, and I can't work when it happens." WHAT IS MIGRAINE? Characteristics. Migraine is pain

11/09/2019 15:23

LifeStyle

Experts call for obesity to be classified as a chronic illness

Obesity is a chronic illness. That is the conclusion of Spanish experts in endocrinology and nutrition, who took part in the first summit on obesity which was held in Spain recently. At the conference, the specialists argued that excessive weight sho

30/08/2019 10:18

LifeStyle

"Radiotherapy can expect to cure 40 per cent of cancer patients"

The new president of the Sociedad Española de Oncología Radioterápica (SEOR) is Jorge Contreras, a doctor from Malaga. He says his top priority is to give greater visibility to radiotherapy and ensure that every patient who needs this type of treatme

09/07/2019 17:13

LifeStyle

STD prevalence is increasing sharply among young people

Sex is surrounded by myths and misinformation, and the combination of these two factors is directly linked to the significant increase in sexually transmitted diseases (STD) in the past five years. This is especially the case among young people, who

21/06/2019 16:08

LifeStyle

Juan José's new lifestyle

On 19 March 2018 Juan José was admitted to the Clínico hospital as a result of the extreme obesity from which he was suffering. His 300-kilo weight meant that he was housebound, because he couldn't move around. He was a recluse, lying in bed or on th

17/06/2019 15:05

Opinion

Nadal, king in Paris

If for Henry IV reigning in Paris was well worth a mass, it has taken Rafael Nadal 12 French Opens, and with it he has become a legend. No other tennis player in the history of racquet sports has won a Grand Slam a dozen times. I think that it will b

17/05/2019 14:46

LifeStyle

Why are cases of mumps increasing?

Every three or four years there is a new outbreak of mumps, a viral infection that is characterised by inflammation of the salivary glands. As a means of prevention, children are given the MMR vaccination (a vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella

06/05/2019 13:29

LifeStyle

Happiness at a hospital wedding

Like so many other couples, Pilar and Héctor want to spend their lives together, make plans for the future and see them come to fruition. Having decided to get married, their wedding took place on Monday. However, this is where this couple differs fr

05/04/2019 17:21

LifeStyle

When spring is the enemy

The arrival of spring should be welcomed because it brings more hours of daylight, the weather is better and the days are longer, but some people feel low in energy, sleepy, lethargic or even sad at the beginning of this season. These symptoms are

27/03/2019 10:38

LifeStyle

Spring colour arrives at La Concepción

The blue flowers of the wisteria announce the arrival of spring in the Jardín Botánico -Histórico de La Concepción just outside Malaga. This haven, in which nature is displayed in all its glory, has many plant species that are at their best at this t

27/02/2019 18:01

Education

Around 25 per cent of children diagnosed with autism don't have it

Ten years ago, the incidence of autism was one case for every 1,000 births, and now it is one for every 67. However, the cases of severe autism have not increased - so what has been happening? The response from experts, based on facts, is that now

04/02/2019 12:12

Local

Flu is now reaching an epidemic level in Malaga

The flu epidemic has begun in Malaga, and the health authorities believe it will reach its peak in mid-February. It has occurred later this year than last year, probably because of the mild, dry weather. So far, the incidence of flu is described a

30/01/2019 20:44

LifeStyle

Study in Malaga links obesity to anxiety and depression

A Malaga biomedical research body has linked obesity to anxiety and depression. The study by nutritionists at Ibima, which is linked to Malaga university and the city's two main hospitals, was published in the Scientific Reports journal, part of the

28/01/2019 10:41

LifeStyle

"Malaga needs twice as many physios"

These days more and more people are needing physiotherapy but there is a serious lack of trained professionals employed by the health service in Malaga, says the president of the College of Physiotherapists of Andalucía, Juan Manuel Nieblas, in this

18/01/2019 14:52

LifeStyle

Two doctors in Malaga, among the most highly valued in Spain

Two doctors who work in Malaga are among the 25 most highly valued professionals in their speciality, according to Doctoralia, a platform which connects patients with health professionals. On this select list are allergist Jaime García Campos, who wo

11/01/2019 13:32

Local

Shorter waiting lists for surgery but longer ones for tests

The waiting time for surgery under the health service in Malaga has improved and the province now has the third-shortest waiting times after Cadiz and Cordoba. In Malaga the average delay is now 68 days for surgery which is supposed to be carried

08/01/2019 11:11

LifeStyle

Help from the heart for young Palestinians

They went to look after Palestinian children who needed surgery for a congenital heart condition, and came back happy to have been able to help and satisfied at a job well done. In September, pediatrician Antonio Morales and nurse Cristina Arcos,

14/12/2018 15:16

Opinion

Operating theatres

Nearly two and a half years after the partial opening of the Guadalhorce valley hospital, two of its four operating theatres and some of its beds were finally opened this week. This hospital is greatly needed to take the pressure of the Clínico in

19/11/2018 11:09

LifeStyle

"Obesity is the biggest public health problem in the Western world"

Obesity is a type of plague which has been spreading inexorably through Western countries to such an extent that it has now become the most important public health problem, says the president of the Spanish society for the study of obesity (SEEDO), F

16/11/2018 16:11

LifeStyle

The Hospital Civil welcomes Da Vinci, the robot surgeon

Greater precision and safety, faster recovery of patients, fewer scars and the possibility using flourescence-guided surgery (using an imaging technique to examine the lymphatic system) are the main advantages of the new surgical robot 'Da Vinci'.

24/10/2018 12:04

Opinion

Striking doctors

When trust is broken it's very difficult to repair the ties that have been cut. That is what's happening with the regional Health Department, the Andalusian Health Service and the doctors who provide primary healthcare around the province of Malaga.

19/10/2018 11:46

Local

Doctors' strike: little impact, big message

The first of several doctors' strikes took place this week as a result of an ongoing conflict over medical staff's dissatisfaction with the Health Department's failure to act on their demands for improvements to the Andalusian Health Service (SAS).

05/10/2018 11:51

LifeStyle

"There are people who worry more about their car than their heart"

The key to preventing cardiac problems is for people to look after their heart, explains Juan José Gómez Doblas, the president of the Andalusian Heart Foundation and head of the Cardiology Department at the Clínico hospital, in this interview. Last S

05/10/2018 11:42

LifeStyle

A step forward for science and a life for Lorena

...malaga. Four days after torrential rain fell on Malaga on 14 November 1989, while the city was suffering the effects of one of the worst floods of the 20th century, Lorena Pérez Piñero came into the world by caesarean section at the Parque San Antoni

28/09/2018 15:27

Opinion

Cancer research

The only way we're ever going to beat cancer is through research. There's no doubt about it. The silent and anonymous work being carried out by scientists has to be valued, praised and appreciated. The more money spent on fighting tumours, the more p

11/09/2018 22:15

LifeStyle

An art auction to benefit cancer patients, present and future

Local painter Santiago Fernández Aragüez has donated 36 artworks, between them paintings and sculptures, to the provincial branch of the Spanish cancer association (AECC) for an auction that will take place on Thursday. The money raised will go tow

01/06/2018 12:56

LifeStyle

"People could live for as long as 600 or 700 years"

Could immortality be possible one day? This was the burning question at a talk given in Malaga last Friday by Ginés Morata, member of the Spanish scientific research council (CSIC) and winner of the prestigious Prince of Asturias award in 2007. "In

27/04/2018 15:10

Opinion

Immortality

For as long as the world has been the world, man has sought immortality. Without success, of course. Until now. Or, to be more precise, until 2045. That year, which is only just around the corner, will be when dying will become optional, according to

13/03/2018 17:31

Local

Malaga hospitals in urgent need of donors from all blood groups

The Regional Blood Transfusion Centre is calling for people from all blood groups to donate after reserves of blood fell below their minimum levels. They are particularly interested in donors from the O+ and O- blood types. Isidro Prat, director o

21/02/2018 22:06

Local

Health authority says Malaga could have new hospital by 2024

Malaga's new public hospital, with 800 beds and the latest technology in healthcare is expected to cost 230 million euros. The Junta de Andalucía's health minister, Marina Álvarez, said on Monday that the hospital could be completed by 2024, speaking

26/01/2018 11:55

LifeStyle

Jairo will get the drug he needs

Jairo Gallardo, a three-year-old boy from Malaga, was diagnosed two years ago with Type 2 spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) which means he cannot speak, walk, breathe or eat normally. At present there is no cure for this neurodegenerative disease, but

26/01/2018 10:59

LifeStyle

Antequera stroke case could lead to change in hospital A&E procedures

The regional minister for Health, Marina Álvarez, said last week that the guidelines followed by hospital accident and emergency departments could change if an inquiry into the death of a man in Antequera finds shortcomings in the system. Ángel Bur

29/12/2017 19:04

Opinion

Putting off the kilos

Although the link between cancer and obesity is more than proven scientifically, it seems that people still don't recognise the importance of reducing kilos in order to lengthen life. While in the so-called Third World, people continue to die of hung

17/11/2017 10:54

LifeStyle

A campaign to prevent strokes by detecting cradiac arrhythmias

People with atrial fibrillation (AF), a quivering or irregular heartbeat (benign cardiac arrhythmia), have been shown to be at more risk of suffering a stroke. It stands to reason then, how important it is to diagnose an irregular heartbeat. The c

17/11/2017 10:34

LifeStyle

Alzheimer's sufferers and their families get royal support

Queen Sofía, the mother of King Felipe VI, expressed support for those suffering from Alzheimer's and their families, as she officially opened the VII National Alzheimer's Conference in Malaga recently. She said relatives who care forAlzheimer's suff

10/11/2017 11:47

LifeStyle

Sick kids avoid missing out on school during hospital stays

In a hospital paediatric ward, as well as looking after sick children, classes are also a priority. That's the philosophy followed in the wards in the Materno Infantil and in hospitals in Ronda, Vélez, Antequera and Marbella. A team of around ten tea

24/07/2017 11:06

LifeStyle

Malaga hospital uses Botox to treat patients with chronic migraine

All headaches are a nuisance but some are particularly disabling, especially migraines, which involve intense throbbing pain and occur time and time again, affecting the sufferer's quality of life. If the medication normally used to alleviate head

16/06/2017 14:05

Local

Association enters Guinness Book of Records

AVOI, the association for volunteers who work in children's wards in various hospitals across Malaga province, has entered the Guinness Book of World Records after more than 100,000 people turned up at 30 'verbenas', or street parties, that took plac

07/06/2017 16:04

LifeStyle

Five ways to stop smoking

The most basic and principal method of giving up smoking is to really want to do so. Knowing the damage that a tobacco addiction does to the body is a major incentive to stop, and so is being aware of how much money can be saved by giving up a habit

02/06/2017 14:08

LifeStyle

Rolling your own can be more dangerous than cigarettes

Many people roll their own cigarettes because they mistakenly believe that loose tobacco is healthier than manufactured cigarettes, because it contains fewer additives. That may be the case, but smoking loose tobacco also accumulates more nicotine

26/05/2017 20:02

LifeStyle

Twins' eyes look to Malaga for hope

Maya and Talla are twins from Palestine. They are eight years old and suffer from keratoconus, a condition which stops them seeing normally and can even lead to blindness if not treated. The two little girls arrived at Malaga airport on a flight f

26/05/2017 20:01

LifeStyle

Obese, but feeling slim

They look in the mirror and think they're fine. They're satisfied with the image in front of them and they don't notice any excess weight. This is the case with over 80 per cent of people whose weight puts them in the category of "obese". Even though

26/05/2017 15:20

LifeStyle

Doctors recommend walking between 8,000 and 10,000 steps every day

One way to prevent excess weight and obesity is to be active, take exercise, and not spend your spare time on the sofa or in your favourite armchair. Moving about, practising sport regularly and maintaining an active life are all factors in keeping t

24/05/2017 21:04

LifeStyle

Between 300 and 400 cases of HIV are diagnosed in Malaga every year

Every year between 300 to 400 people are diagnosed with HIV at Malaga's hospitals, according to doctor Javier de la Torre, who specialises in infectious illnesses and works at Marbella's Hospital Costa del Sol. De la Torre revealed the figures at a

12/05/2017 14:38

LifeStyle

Music as a form of therapy

Malaga's Hospital Materno Infantil was filled with music on Monday as musicians from the Malaga Higher Conservatory of Music played both classical and cinematic pieces to patients, staff and visitors alike. This was in aid of second edition of the

13/04/2017 01:16

Local

What is the real cost of devotion?

The average cost to a religious brotherhood of running its annual procession in Malaga city during Holy Week is around 25,000 euros. As there are 41 brotherhoods and two other groups that parade on the official route in the city each year, the total

24/03/2017 12:32

LifeStyle

When breastfeeding is not possible

Many would agree that breast milk is the best nourishment for newborn babies as it helps to bolster their fragile immune systems and facilitates mother-baby bonding. However, there are occasions when it is not always an option, which was the subject

17/03/2017 11:51

LifeStyle

Twenty years of liver transplant success at Carlos Haya Hospital

The Carlos Haya Hospital in Malaga held an event on Tuesday to mark twenty years since the hospital carried out its first liver transplant operation. Since 14 March 1997 surgeons and medical staff at the hospital have performed 921 other, similar ope

27/02/2017 15:21

Local

Pablo Ráez dies after brave battle against leukemia

Pablo Ráez, the 20-year-old from Marbella whose two-year battle against leukemia was followed by thousands on social media, died on Saturday at his home surrounded by his family. He was diagnosed in 2015 and his later campaign for bone marrow dono

06/02/2017 10:51

LifeStyle

Three new MRI scanners among new kit expected for Malaga hospitals

The Andalusian public health service has announced that it will be installing three new MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scanners in Malaga's hospitals this year. One will be placed in the children's hospital, Hospital Materno, so that patients no lo