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Convertir el miedo en acción

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Es normal tener miedo ante algo desconocido. Y no es para menos, el nuevo coronavirus ha cruzado fronteras sin pedir permiso y casi sin darnos cuenta. Hemos sentido su impacto a nivel mundial tanto en la salud pública como en la economía. La palabra pandemia nos hace recordar tiempos difíciles, como lo fue el virus de influenza H1N1 en el 2009, el cual se expandió a 214 países y cobró cerca de 18,000 vidas confirmadas (aunque se estimaron alrededor de 200,000). El gobierno de Puerto Rico no ha sido eficiente en su respuesta, pero eso era esperado. Sin embargo, a nivel individual y comunitario, es primordial convertir el miedo en acción. Y que seamos el refuerzo que necesita el sistema de salud pública. 

Infant Feeding During Emergencies

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After the Puerto Rico earthquakes, health sciences researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Yale School of Public Health, the University of Puerto Rico and The Hispanic Council created this infographic on infant feeding practices. We thank Andrea López-Cepero for sharing them with us!

What is hypothyroidism and how is it treated?

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Before I started studying pharmacy, my mother used to tell me often that she did not feel quite right, she was always tired and had been recently gaining some weight without any apparent trigger or change in eating habits. It never occurred to me that these symptoms were the onset of hypothyroidism. After being diagnosed, my mother joined the number of people suffering from the thyroid, along with my grandmother and grandfather and many other Puerto Ricans.  

Asthma: A Multifactorial Disease

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Last semester, I did an internship at the Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Clinic of the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where we specialize in treating patients with chronic respiratory disease. Soon after starting my clinical rotation, I noticed the large number of visits from Puerto Ricans, especially women. Alarmed, I decided to investigate the reasons for this trend, and I went to the library to find more information about the subject. 

November: Diabetes Awareness Month

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Did you know that diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in the world and of which there is no cure? Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects the body's ability to use the energy contained in food. As a result, blood sugar (glucose) levels increase, resulting in a chain of short and long-term adverse effects. Depending on the type of diabetes patients need insulin or pills to control it.

After consuming food, our body transforms it into glucose and other nutrients that are absorbed by the blood. After eating, blood sugar level increases activating the pancreas that generates insulin and releases it into the bloodstream. In people with diabetes this does not happen because the body is not able to produce or react to insulin properly.

What you should know about leptospirosis

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Due to the floods and lack of potable water caused by Hurricane Maria, leptospirosis has become a real public health concern for Puerto Rico. There are two suspected deaths due to leptospirosis and five cases with symptoms consistent with this disease so far.

Leptospirosis is caused by bacteria. Infection occurs when people come into contact with surfaces, soil, water, or food contaminated with urine from rats, mice, and other infected animals. One can get infected through the nose, mouth, eyes and open wounds on the skin. In addition, the disease can be contracted by drinking contaminated water. 

Why do we sleep?

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We don’t often think about the purpose of sleep, yet we always feel better and more energized after a good night’s sleep. Studies have shown that we spend about one-third of our lives sleeping. Why is this so? There is no scientific consensus on the specific reason why we need sleep. While the question of exactly why we sleep is difficult to answer, sleep has many benefits. The effects of sleep deprivation can either manifest immediately, such as crashing your car due to excessive tiredness, or can build up with time and lead to chronic conditions. Research shows that sleep deficiency impairs your driving ability as much as being drunk. It is estimated that driver sleepiness is a factor in about 100,000 car accidents a year, and this may cause up to 1,500 deaths a year.

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