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0 8 June, 2016

Clínica Sagrada Familia’s nutritionist Mireia Porta and winner of the National Gastronomy Award and Masterchef’s (TVE) member of the jury Pepe Rodriguez stood up at the Boqueria Market (Barcelona) for bread as a basic element of the Mediterranean diet. Both spoke against the myth of bread not being healthy. In a meeting with referent food and leisure bloggers in the market, Porta and Rodríguez explained bread does not make people fat and is as healthy as other products like cereal. As an example, Clínica Sagrada Familia’s nutritionist stated that a couple of loafs of bread with vegetables have the same amount of calories than the same vegetables boiled with potatoes. “To have a friendlier diet, it is better to change and vary”, said doctor Porta. She also talked about healthy food, like olive oil or blue fish that previously had the “false myth” of not being good for the body. A balanced diet should always include vegetables, fruit, healthy protein and cereals, which opens the door for including bread as well. Bread benefits increase if it is prepared in an artisan way, because the outcome of the process is a more nutritive and digestive product. Clínica Sagrada Familia was invited to the meeting by Pan de Masa Lenta MUM: a new initiative to bake bread in an artisan way, coming from 650 artisan bakers who want to recover the tradition of eating good and health

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0 22 April, 2016

Along with 100 prestigious institutions, Clínica Sagrada Familia was awarded on Tuesday, April 19, with the Diversity Charter diploma. The award was collected by Sheila Millán from the hospital’s Human Resources department. The diploma acknowledges Clinica Sagrada Familia’s work for equality and social inclusion. All the institution members of the Diversity Charter work to favor people’s opportunities to work, the implementation of policies to favor a free working environment and the promotion of non-discrimination programs for disadvantaged groups. In recent years, the hospital has developed policies and actions in the Corporate Social Responsibility area targeted to the board of directors, the equality commission and its general staff.

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0 22 April, 2016

Children’s problems for learning or reading could be a warning for problems with their visual processing. When illnesses such as strabismus or refractive imperfections like myopia or astigmatism, which affect 20% the children, have been discarded, and the child still shows learning problems, it is very important to go to see a behavioral optometrist for a visual examination. According to Gemma Font, who coordinates the ophthalmology optometry services at Clínica Sagrada Familia, there are some visual abilities that need to be developed to have a successful learning process: • Good, quick and automatic focus help us to perform effective short-side visions, keeping the focus and the attention for a longer period of time. • Effective binocularity helps in coordinating both eyes at the same time, having a unique image perceived in 3D dimension. • Precise ocular motion is necessary for good reading. • Perceptual abilities help processing and understanding everything we perceive. • Children must build good laterality to have a reference point in space and timing. They need to know where they are placed in relation with their environment. The visual and space abilities come together and are very important to automatize the things children learn. This process allows them to have a better organization of everything that surrounds them. • The visual and motor abilities tog

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0 22 April, 2016

Doctor Mònica Petix, endocrinology pediatrician at Clínica Sagrada Familia’s CPEN, makes her debut this San Jordi as writer with the tale “La Mía se hace mayor” (“Mine becomes older”). The book, addressed mainly to girls from 8 to 12, explains the tale of Mia, who narrates in first person the experience of becoming older. To make an easier reading, the tale has been illustrated with drawings of Cristina Losantos. In the book’s 48 pages, young readers will find the changers their body goes through until their first period. As author Mònica Peitx explains: “The book wants to be a source of information about puberty, which is a scary stage for many girls”. With Mia, readers will have the opportunity to know what goes through their bodies, learning scientifically the reasons for the changes they suffer. The book offers a chance to face puberty with hope, giving value to the body to become self-confident women in the future.

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0 31 March, 2016

Currently colon cancer is the most frequent tumor in Spain, ahead of lung and breast cancer, in both men and women. A colon tumor is the second most frequent reason of death in our country caused by cancer. This disease is growing very rapidly in Spain. According to the British Medical Journal (October 2015), colon cancer has grown in our country 26% in the last 40 years. Doctor Josep Maria Pou, a member of Clínica Sagrada Familia’s Digestive Endoscopy staff, highlights the importance of the narrow down programs to fight the disease. “They allow us to detect 50% of neoplastic anomalies in our patients”, says Dr. Pou. “Cost wise, we can’t have all the population going through specific tests, and that is why the narrow down programs are very important”. “Colon caner certainly is the secret killer of our society”, adds Dr. Pou. “A benign polyp needs 5 to 20 to become invasive cancer”. Clínica Sagrada Familia’s specialist also pointed out that finding blood in feces does not automatically mean the patient has colon cancer, so people should not be over concerned. Currently, our society has two ways of detecting and isolating this type of cancer:

  • Narrow down: allows to place those patients that have found blood in their feces in contact with colonoscopy with an efficiency of more than 50%
  • Colonoscopy: it is not only used for

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0 8 March, 2016

Today, March 8th is the International Women’s Day and Clínica Sagrada Familia proposes a special celebration for all women regardless of race, religion, ideology or social condition. To contribute in eliminating barriers that are still imposed to many women, we propose facing March 8th as a challenge following three premises.   First: Take care of the people. This should be simple, as we are all human beings who grow in society. We need to think in our family, friends and people we know, paying attention to the needs they might have. The whole family should provide this assistance, so it does not rely only in the women. At Clínica Sagrada Familia we know all patients demand specific assistance and we focus in providing it to them.   Second: Visit the sick. When facing sickness all people discover their vulnerability, being more exposed to life’s difficulties. Today, March 8th we should think about sharing with society a need to worry about others. This comes to an effect at Clínica Sagrada Familia when patients arrive, as they receive a family treatment. In our hospital we know even the small details are important, so we worry about giving all our patients specific medical assistance.   Third: Look after those who assist people. Many of those who take care of others are women. We should remember that their

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0 2 March, 2016

The flu is an infection that causes every year season epidemic outbreaks, which affect the daily lives of millions of people worldwide. It has a high financial impact and it is also associated with a very low mortality rate, as result of further complications. It is a sickness caused by a group of virus (influenza virus) classified in three different types: A, B and C. Group A is the most frequent one, being the result of most of the outbreaks. It has an incubation period of two days and is transmitted very easily from person to person or by breathing secretions (through drops expelled when the sick person sneezes), skin contact and sharing objects that have not been cleaned properly. The flu starts in an abrupt way with general symptoms that generate physical discomfort: high fever, headaches, muscular pain and shivers. It also presents breathing symptoms like dry coughing, neck pain and mucus. The flu can also include diarrhea, nausea and vomits (mainly in children). Symptoms can last from two to seven days, but coughing and fatigue can remain for a longer period of time. The worst and most frequent flu complication is pneumonia: a lung infection that can be caused by the same virus (primary) or by a bacterial infection (secondary). Complications can also affect other organs, but are not as frequent as pneumonia. Treating the flu is d

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0 29 February, 2016

On February 29th you will have the chance to celebrate something very important: a new day added to your life. Time is a treasure and it is also the biggest gift you can receive, as it can be used to fulfill the best of your dreams. Life in the big cities is not peaceful, so having an extra day in a year, like February 29th, is a great option to think about what we can do to take the most out of the opportunity. It will happen this year and will not be repeated until 2020, so let’s take advantage of the situation! To live longer, doctors recommend a healthy lifestyle. Daily physical exercise, a healthy and balanced diet and a job pace according to our age will allow us to live more years with a better quality of life. Knowing we will have an extra day this year could help us think if we eat healthy and if we act with the right mood. Happiness will not come from living an extra day, it will come from doing it the right way, as philosopher Alejandro Llano used to say. The objective is to meet those goals that will lead us to happiness. This is why we need to take sadness away from our daily lives. In the Middle Ages Tomás de Aquino said “taking a bath” was a great way to avoid sadness. And of course, it will also be very important to face our daily matters with a good sense of humor.

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0 15 February, 2016

Hundreds of people will celebrate on Sunday, February 14, Saint Valentine’s Day. Many of them still believe Cupid and luck will be on their side on the lover’s day, but they do not know science is always behind the gods of love. So, how do we fall in love? “We start to fall in love in our brain and then our heart follows the effects”, explains Clínica Sagrada Familia’s cardiologist Doctor Annerys Méndez. The process starts at the brain with the secretion of hormones like dopamine, adrenaline and oxytocin. “These hormones produce a feeling of well-being on us. In fact, when we kiss a person, our wish is to keep doing it because we secrete these hormones that produce pleasure and addiction”, says Doctor Méndez. The so called well-being hormone serotonin gives us serenity and optimism, while oxytocin is very active when we fall in love or in pleasure moments like an orgasm. The secretion of all these substances affects our body, and that includes our heart. These changes, mainly motivated by dopamine, increase blood pressure and the heart rate. “At the beginning, these are not ideal situations for our heart, but the feeling of well-being and pleasure we received compensates them”, explains Doctor Méndez. “But above all, the best stage for our heart is being emotionally balanced, so the autonomous nervous system is not overstimulated”, adds Doctor Méndez.

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0 26 January, 2016

The Alzheimer’s disease is the biggest reason for dementia in western countries. Mía magazine published an article recently to answer several questions about the disease. Clínica Sagrada Familia’s neurologist Doctor César Castejón participated in the article as an expert in the area. What is the Alzheimer’s disease? It is a diseases that progresses slowly leading to the loss of the intellectual capabilities. What is the difference between the Alzheimer’s disease and senility? Senility is a generic term related to those people over 65 that lose their memory and their cognitive capabilities, reaching a state in which they can’t live on their own. The Alzheimer’s disease can cause senility, but can also appear at earlier ages. Alzheimer’ disease symptoms: Loss of memory and direction problems. As the disease progresses, symptoms include problems to find the correct words when speaking, character variations… Can the disease be prevented? Doctor Castejón explains full prevention is not possible. Anyhow, having a healthy lifestyle reduces the chances of suffering from this disease.

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