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
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
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
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
Up to Thursday, no new fatality through Covid-19 had been reported this week in Malaga province, including the Costa del Sol, and five new cases had been reported in the previous 24 hours.
There were only 94 coronavirus patients still in hospital o
As the head of the Emergency Department at the Clínico Virgen de la Victoria hospital in Malaga, Eduardo Rosell has seen the cruelest side of a new illness that can affect anybody. Now that Malaga is in Phase One of the easing of lockdown and the res
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
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
As was the case last week, yesterday Monday and today Tuesday saw no new coronavirus-related deaths in Malaga province announced by the regional Ministry of Health and Families.
This means that the local Covid-19 death toll remains at 271. However,
With 103 new confirmed cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, Malaga province accounts for 42 per cent of new infections reported in Andalucía (245) by the Ministry of Health and Families and 15 per cent of the 685 registered in Spain.
These new positi
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.
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
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
Official coronavirus figures announced by the Andalusian Health authorities on Monday show no new confirmed deaths in the province of Malaga in the last 24 hours, leaving the current total at 183.
The total, however, should be considered bearing in
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
Official Covid-19 figures released by the Andalusian Health authorities on Thursday indicated that the increase in new cases of infection in Malaga was becoming more stable.
The total cases in the province confirmed was 2,074, 68 new diagn
A rise in the growth of new cases of Covid-19 and related deaths was reported in Malaga province on Wednesday.
According to the statement issued by the regional Ministry of Health and Families, the total number of confirmed patients is 1,464 - 115
The total number of coronavirus cases registered in the province of Malaga is at 1,321, accoridng to the official figures announced by the regional Health ministry on Monday.
Coronavirus case and death growth falls in Spain for the first time
Given the expected increase in coronavirus cases in the coming days, the Junta de Andalucía regional government has decided that the Carranque sports complex in Malaga city will be converted into a large hospital for patients of Covid-19, with a capa
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
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
The regional Health ministry has confirmed another significant increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Malaga province, rising from 665 positive cases on Tuesday to 819 on Wednesday. This increase of 154 in 24 hours, even higher than the previ
Three women aged 90, 75 and 82 died, having previously been diagnosed with coronavirus, on Thursday in Malaga province bringing the total number of recorded local deaths since the outbreak to 13.
In total, 23 deaths had been reported in Andalucía
Four more deaths reported on Wednesday take the number of deaths related to coronavirus in Malaga province up to ten, according to a recent update from the regional Health ministry.
The latest fatalities are two men, 71 and 74, and two women, 81 an
Hospitals in Andalucía will, as of Monday, no longer carry out coronavirus testing on patients presenting a mild acute respiratory infection, sources inside the health service told SUR. This measure has been adopted following the latest update of the
An 82-year-old woman is the fifth person with coronavirus to die in the province of Malaga (the seventh in Andalucía), the regional ministry of Health confirmed on Monday. She had underlying health conditions.
The four people who had previously die
The regional Health ministry confirmed the death of two people with coronavirus in Malaga province on Friday.
The first death was that of a 70-year-old man, who was being treated in the Hospital Xanit Internacional in Benalmádena. He had multiple u
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
Malaga city, the Guadalhorce valley and the Costa del Sol have been declared special containment areas as they account for almost 70 per cent of the cases of coronavirus confirmed in Andalucía.
According to the latest update offered by the regional
Eight new cases on Wednesday took the total number of cases of coronavirus in Malaga province and the Costa del Sol up to 67, according to the update provided by the Andalusian Health Department.
In Andalucía as a whole the number of patients affe
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
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
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
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
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
Spain is the world leader for organ and tissue donations, and Malaga in particular plays a leading role in that, says the director of the National Transplant Organisation (ONT), Beatriz Domínguez-Gil, who has just given a talk at a conference in Mala
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
Early diagnosis and more effective treatments mean that nearly 90 per cent of patients survive breast cancer and are alive five years after it was detected.
In Malaga province there are between 800 and 900 new cases of breast cancer every year, an
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
"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
The Andalusian health service (SAS) has 141 physiotherapists working in Malaga province, but there should be at least 1,000 according to recommendations from the World Health Organisation which suggests one physiotherapist for every 1,000 inhabitants
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
The regional government has introduced an initiative to vaccinate everyone against measles who requests it and was born in the seventies, (who are now between 40 and 50 years old), thereby following the recommendations of the Ministry of Health and t
Obesity is a road which in many cases begins during childhood. It is not only adults who suffer from excess weight, and the problem has increased alarmingly among children, to the extent that it has tripled in the past 20 years. In Malaga province, a
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
The sun is essential for life but, when it comes to sunbathing, it is crucial to take care in order to avoid burns and skin allergies. Dermatologists report an increase in the number of people turning up to consultations, suffering from various types
The free Salud Responde app is becoming increasingly popular with people in Malaga province who want to make or cancel an appointment with their GP, or request information. In the first six months of this year, the number of transactions carried out
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
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
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
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
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
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
The life of a 17-year-old boy has changed completely and for the better, thanks to an operation carried out at the Hospital Regional in Malaga to remove a tumour from the left hemisphere of his brain, which is where the language area is situated. The
Colon cancer took the lives of 422 people in Malaga province last year, which is a rate of 26 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants according to the Observatory of the Spanish Association against Cancer (AECC).
Of those deaths, 136 were people aged betwe
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
To practise cosmetic medicine, as well being qualified in Medicine, it is necessary to have a Masters degree from a university or an accreditation from a College of Doctors, as well as the relevant training. Nevertheless, professional intrusion is st
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
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
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
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
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
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
Medical experts are warning that public health services in Spain could face a crisis as doctors in key specialities retire in the next few years and not enough new medics are ready to step in.
Specialist areas affected could include family doctors,
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,
The Clínico Universitario hospital in Malaga city is currently holding an exhibition of the photographs which have been used for the Spanish Association against Cancer (AECC) 2019 calendar, called 'El arte de vivir' (The art of living).
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
Feeling lonely is never a good thing, and in elderly people it can even be harmful, says the president of the Spanish Geriatrics and Gerontology Society, José Antonio López Trigo. This doctor, who works with Malaga council, says the relationship betw
Placing yourself in the hands of a person who doesn't have the necessary university qualification for practising physiotherapy puts you, the patient, at risk and could result in a prison sentence for the so-called professional.
The Andalusian Coll
Socialising, in other words maintaining contact with friends and other people, is essential for a healthy old age, according to Dr José Antonio López Trigo, the president of the Spanish Geriatrics and Gerontology Society. "Elderly people should be as
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
The regional government's ministry of Tourism and Sport and the Andalusian basketball federation have joined forces in a campaign to put a stop to child obesity. They have created a novel programme which aims to make parents more aware of the need fo
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'.
People with Type 1 diabetes have to prick their finger up to eight times a day to check their blood sugar levels. To make life easier for them, the regional government's ministry of Health has decided to provide them with the flash glucose monitoring
The non-use of condoms is leading to an alarming increase in sexually transmitted diseases among teenagers in Spain, an expert has warned.
María Jesús Alonso, who spoke last week at the 32nd congress of the Sociedad Española de Pedriatría Extrahosp
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.
Palliative care units have one principal objective: to look after patients in the final stage of their life. The head of the joint Spanish Association against Cancer- Costa del Sol Hospital palliative unit, Juan Carlos Domínguez, says more of these f
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).
The regional Health authority claimed this week that just 13% of primary healthcare workers (GPs and paediatricians) went on strike on Monday and Tuesday this week, the first two days of ongoing action called to express the professionals' frustration
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
...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
The most powerful weapon for tackling cancer is research, and for that reason the Spanish cancer association AECC has started a campaign to collect at least 500,000 signatures and deliver them to the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.
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
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
The public health service in Malaga and on the Costa del Sol is facing industrial action this autumn because of a simmering dispute over a lack of medical staff.
What doctors' representatives say is a shortage in community health centres was worse
Blood supplies at the Regional Blood Transfusion Centre (CRTS) were below minimum levels earlier this week which caused health professionals to send out an urgent appeal for donors to come forward. As usual the appeal touched the solidarity of the ge
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.
María Isabel Pérez Cabeza, 36, and Ana Morales Becerra, 31, are the only people in Spain to be able to add the letters FEBO after their names. They received the prestigious title Fellow of the European Board of Ophthalmology after passing an incredib
Excess weight has become a public health problem in western society. Francisco Miralles, a specialist in internal medicine (he sees patients at the Gálvez Clinic) and medical director of the Malaga branch of Asisa, spoke on Thursday about the factors
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
Juan José turned 52 on Wednesday, a day that he spent in the Clínico hospital without being able to leave his bed. Now 300 kilos, he can no longer get up by himself. His morbid obesity means that he has spent most of the past four or five years at ho
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
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
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
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.
So many people are suffering from colds and flu viruses in Malaga at present that it is putting pressure on health centres and hospital emergency services. Doctors say they are overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of patients with respiratory problems. "
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
Ildefonso Fernández, a 58-year-old from La Rioja, has recently helped others to understand what life is like for someone who is affected by Alzheimer's. "I haven't changed because they said I have Alzheimer's; I'm still me and that's how I want to be
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.
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
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
Local GPs in public health centres will soon be able to ask for a whole range of additional diagnostic tests for their patients that previously had to be arranged through specialist consultants at hospitals.
In practice, this means that earlier re
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
The presence of melanoma (the most aggressive type of skin cancer) is higher on the Costa del Sol than elsewhere in Spain. The Costa del Sol hospital in Marbella says it sees 17 cases for every 100,000 inhabitants, which is almost double the national
Juan Manuel Martínez Vallejos, an 18-year-old-student at Malaga University, has started a campaign to encourage people to donate bone marrow for transplants.
He suffers from leukemia and is calling on students in particular and the general public t
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
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
The battle against tobacco is being won, but it is a hard fight and the results are slow. Advice, information and campaigns about the damage to health which is caused by this addiction are fundamental tools.
In Malaga province, one quarter of the
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
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
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
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
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
In ten days of frantic activity, 22 patients at the Carlos Haya regional hospital have received the organ transplant they needed to overcome their chronic illness, thanks to a new record in solidarity.
Between 16 and 28 April, 17 kidney and five l
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
A doctor from Malaga, Eduardo Fernández, 53, has been named president of the American College of Radiation Oncology (ACRO), the professional society for specialists in radiation oncology practice in the United States.
The main focus of the organisa
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
The cardiac surgery department at the Clínico Universitario hospital, which is headed by José María Melero, is one of the busiest in Andalucía and carries out more heart operations than any other. Last year 422 highly complex operations took place he
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
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
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
Every year in Spain about 1,100 children are diagnosed with cancer, of whom about 60 are in Malaga. The positive side of this is that nearly 80 per cent of them are cured. These figures were revealed recently in a moving event which took place on the
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
Within Malaga province, the number of cancer cases has increased by 10 per cent in a decade. This is according to Emilio Alba, director of the intercentre oncology unit in Malaga which covers the Carlos Haya regional hospital, the Hospital Civil and