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Fall has begun: How to differentiate Covid symptoms from a cold or allergy?

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  The doctor Pablo Scherbovsky, pulmonologist, director of the Scherbovsky Foundation explained the difference between an allergy or a cold and covid symptoms.   He affirmed that at the time these questions frequently and recurrently arise, especially by the boys who returned to classes. Scherbovsky clarified that in medicine it is important to bear in mind that one plus one is never two, since we are talking about a science that is not exact and can vary.   "I'm going to have general rules or approximations," he explained, "regardless of whether someone may have an exception." Covid versus allergy "Allergies occur at the same time, autumn or spring, and are not accompanied by fever. There is sneezing and itching of the palate, the eyes, the nose and transparent water usually falls from the nose," explained the pulmonologist.   On the contrary, "in covid the symptoms are usually general body discomfort, fever, muscle pain, back pain, joint pain, h

Did you know that eating cheese with wine has health benefits?

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  This was established by new research, suggesting that cheese and red wine may help prevent cognitive decline as people age.   In the note, the details. In the framework of this new scientific study, a question arises: Is it possible that that delicious Camembert cheese that you love, paired with a good glass of red wine, is doing you good? In this case, it appears that "responsible" consumption of wine and cheese may help protect brain function as you age.   The study authors, led by a team from Iowa State University, examined data from more than 1,500 UK adults to explore the links between diet and age-related cognitive decline.   The researchers said cheese was, by far, "the most protective food." After analyzing the data from the dietary survey and the results of the cognitive tests in the participants, they came to this conclusion after a period of 10 years of studies. Red wine was noted for its links to improving brain function, stated the research, published

What is the "double mutant" strain of the coronavirus all about?

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  The Indian Consortium on SARS-CoV-2 Genomics, a grouping of ten national laboratories formed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, confirmed on Wednesday that this new mutation was detected, above all, in the western state of Maharashtra after several tests. in the sequencing of the virus genome. From the organization they expressed that "The analysis of samples from Maharashtra has revealed that, compared to December 2020, there has been an increase in the fraction of samples with the E484Q and L452R mutations."   And they added: "these mutations have been found in approximately 15-20 percent of the samples and do not coincide with any previously cataloged VOC." In the southern state of Kerala, 2,032 samples of the N440K variant have been sequenced, previously detected in 16 other countries, including the United Kingdom, Denmark, Singapore, Japan, and Australia.   This variant of SARS-CoV-2 was also found in 33% of the samples analyzed in the state of And

Gum disease could cause Alzheimer's

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  Agrowing number of scientific studies have long supported a hypothesis that at first glance seems far-fetched: Alzheimer's disease is an infection.  The scientific journal Science Advances reinforces the theory that Alzheimer's could be caused by gum disease and, therefore, researchers continue to study its specific mechanisms, according to Science Alerts. In new work led by Jan Potempa, lead author, a microbiologist at the University of Louisville, USA, researchers report the discovery of Porphyromonas gingivalis - the pathogen behind chronic periodontitis (also known as gum disease) - in the brain of patients who died from Alzheimer's. In order to arrive at this affirmation, studies were carried out in mice that caused mouth infections with the bacteria that reached the brain and this produced amyloid beta peptide (Aβ), the protein associated with Alzheimer's disease. According to the researchers, although a possible relationship to these infections was defined in p

Brain fog: how to identify and treat this coronavirus sequel

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  "Mental fog" due to COVID-19: these are cognitive symptoms, which may include memory loss, confusion, difficulty concentrating, dizziness and difficulty understanding everyday words. An increasing number of COVID-19 survivors say it impairs their ability to work and live normally. Specialists explain that these symptoms could be associated with a new sequel as a consequence of having contracted COVID-19, called “Mental Fog” or “Brain Fog”, in English.   On the one hand, this sequel usually presents with some symptoms such as difficulties concentrating, understanding and finding words of everyday use, memory loss, disorientation and confusion.   The crucial thing about the "mental fog" is that it affects all areas of development of the person, which becomes a limitation when studying, working and continuing to live "normally", after recovery from COVID-19. Despite not having a clear and verifiable cause of this "mental fog" certain questions ari

Cervical cancer: symptoms that require a medical consultation

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  In Argentina, more than 2000 women die from cervical cancer, the country has one of the highest incidence rates in the world.  According to Indec, in Argentina 30% of women between the ages of 25 and 65 had not had a Pap smear (PAP) in the last two years.   This study is considered the simplest to detect precancerous lesions in the cervix.   It is a practice with a simple method to detect lesions in the cervix that should be performed annually between the ages of 21 and 65.      The origin of this type of cancer resides in an abnormal growth of the cells of the cervix caused by some types of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV or HPV).   This name encompasses a group of more than 200 viruses, of which more than 40 are transmitted by direct sexual contact.   Among them there are about 12 that cause cancers. As it is a sexually transmitted virus, it is estimated that 8 out of 10 women will have it at some point in their lives.   Of that total, 5% will generate malformations in the cells tha

How to replace sugar? The different types of sweeteners that exist

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  Sugar is one of the most common health problems for Argentines.   Given this situation, sweeteners appear, which give us the advantage of giving flavor to preparations without adding calories.   Know all the supplements that exist. Each Argentine consumes on average four times more sugar than recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), in foods such as soft drinks, sweets and infusions.   114 grams of sugar are consumed daily per inhabitant, four times the recommended amount. What is the difference between sugar and sweetener? Sugar, whether it be white, muscovado, or whole grain sugar, all provide 4 calories per gram.   The difference between them is the degree of refinement.   The muscabo is more natural.   But they all provide carbohydrates, that is, the same caloric value.   This has to be very clear, especially for people with diabetes or those who are on a weight loss plan. On the other hand, sweeteners are food additives that can be added to food and beverages, replaci

How to return to physical activity after having Covid

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  Both for people with Post-Viral Fatigue Syndrome and for all those who due to the infection have difficulties to resume their daily activities, it is recommended to gradually start a physical exercise program.  For this reason, it is best to consult with a doctor, who may order a series of cardiological tests before we return to exercising with more intensity.     Recommendations to return to physical activity   Perform physical exercise daily.   Except if you present: fever (more than 37º degrees), more feeling of shortness of breath than usual, general malaise and / or muscle pain. Avoid long periods sitting or not moving: every hour it is recommended to perform an aerobic exercise (for example, walking, running, jumping in static) and two body-building exercises (such as getting up and sitting down from a chair, push-ups against a wall). Monitor the intensity of the exercises through the sensation of lack of air that they cause us: -Mild intensity if breathing is slightly accelera

Low-fat diets increase the risk of disease in men

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  Scientists from the UK claim that low testosterone levels are associated with an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer's disease. Research has shown that low-fat diets lower men's testosterone levels, which can increase the risk of a wide range of health problems for men. While fat is an essential component of a healthy, balanced diet, experts generally advise against overindulging in saturated fat, which is found in butter, fatty meats, and treats like cakes and pastries. Ideally, men should eat plenty of monounsaturated fats, found in olive oil, avocados, and walnuts, to boost their testosterone levels. Testosterone is the male sex hormone and is produced mainly in the testes, but also in the adrenal glands, which are close to the kidneys. While the study suggests that low-fat diets appear to lower testosterone levels in men, more randomized controlled trials are needed to confirm this effect, according to lead author Joseph Whittaker of the University of

How to freeze fruits correctly at home and that they do not lose properties

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  Mastering the art of freezing keeps food intact and free of microorganisms for weeks, months and even years.   The ideal temperature is -18 ° C but normally home refrigerators go as low as -10 ° C.   Don't panic, it works too.   HOW TO FREEZE FRUITS   The first step is quite simple but very important: you have to choose a suitable container to put in the freezer. Before starting to prepare your fruits for freezing, we recommend that you have it ready and that it is resistant to moisture vapor, durable, easy to seal completely and that low temperatures do not make it brittle. If you don't have one, it's time to put it on your next shopping list.   Make sure you read the packaging and that it is specified;   There are also specific plastic bags for this mission. Glass containers and jars are not recommended as they can break or crack due to low temperatures, be careful.   THE YES AND THE NO   Now yes.   Make sure you choose the fruits that you can freeze correctly.   Apples