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End of Ebola in Africa?

At 14 January of 2016 the WHO (World Health Organization) declared the end of the Ebola virus disease that punched Africa, taking with it millions of African lives. But, is this the end of the Ebola virus in Africa? The WHO insists in the fact that there is no chain of transmission now, at least in West-Africa, but they also warn about the possibility of the appearance of new flare-ups. Many countries were declared free of having the virus, for example Liberia, but this country has had two more outbreaks. Anyway, today there is no infected patient in the most likely countries to have the virus but Dr Alex Gasasira (2016); a WHO representative in Liberia says that “The rapid cessation of the flare-up is a concrete demonstration of the government’s strengthened capacity to manage disease outbreaks. WHO will continue to support Liberia in its effort to prevent, detect and respond to suspected cases.” Read more of this post

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Julian Assange from other points of view

Globalization has carried out an impressive amount of information, the most of mankind´s history. We can see straightly what is happening now in Sydney or in Los Angeles very easily and with a big accuracy. This development of the information exchanging comes from all the devices invented in the 20th century and the improvement of them and, of course, from the invention of Internet. But at this point a question comes to our mind: is there some kind of hidden information? do governments keep in secret some other matters? So here appears the figure of Julian Assange, the creator of Wikileaks a website that has the aim of giving to the people everything all the information hidden by the governments such as how much do they truly invest in the army or some secrets of politician´s private life. Of course, this is legit in a democratic and free world and undoubtely Wikileaks has helped revealing some unbearable aspects of politician´s life but still there are some critics and writers like Mario Vargas Llosa or Fernando Savater who claim exactly the opposite. But what do they argue? For structuring the article, I will use some articles written by Vargas Llosa in his book “La civilización del espectáculo”(2012) and an article written by Fernando Savater called “Transperentes abusos”(2010) and published in the “Tiempo” magazine. Read more of this post

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Doctor Leon Eisenberg, the man who discovered for the first time the disorder of deficit of attention with hyperactivity, has confessed months before dying that this disorder was “an excellent example of a disorder invented”. So this invented disorder was created to sell pills. Leon Eisenberg said also  that “the genetic predisposition for the TDAH is completely overvalued”. This confessions were Eisenberg‘s last words in an interview before his death. This interview was published in the German semanal, Der Spiegel, in 2012.

All this statements, have caused an impact in doctors, parents and people in general, because many children are medicated to treat this disorder, in spite of the effects that these medicines have in the short and long term. Nevertheless, alone Eisenberg spoke that in many cases was diagnosing TDAH when it was not.

To diagnose the TDAH, the doctors do not base on a disorder of learning. Problems of attention are in concretely. As for symptoms of hyperactivity, the doctors do not give so much importance to this since they can or not to be present and if anybody suffers it, it is supposed that it is something easy of detecting. This disorder they have not said that only affect children, but also to teenager and adults who have other disorders.

The habitual treatments are based on stimulants, of which very soon was observed that they modify the symptoms. The action of the stimulants, it has been investigated and it has been observed by risks and important complications. Also it is important to observe that an agreement neither exists in the scientific community on the benefits of the therapy with stimulants, there is not even safety brings over of his efficiency. (Diagnostics and Treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference Statement November 16-18, 1998)

The rejection with regard to this disorder bases the people on several points.

· That has diagnosed to people without this disorder

· That was basing on observations of the behavior

· That this diagnosis can be in use for the control in disobedient children in order that they fulfill the established

· That the treatment is based on drugs with amphetamines that provoke the same side effects that the cocaine and they end up by causing a serious deterioration of the health

For all that, we find with facility arguments in favor of a fictitious disorder, which shows that what is tried is to sell tablets at any expense to obtain benefits, without bearing in mind the hurt that the treatment of an invented disorder it can generate in the health and the longevity of the life of a person.

Jörg Von Blech (2012.02.06) Schwermut ohne Scham.In Der Spiegel. Retrieved 2014.01.2009 from http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/print/d-83865282.html

Larry Silver, M.D.  (December 2006/January 2007) What is ADDHD? Attention Deficit Diagnosis and Treatment Information. In ADDitude Magazine.Retrieved 2014.01.2009 from http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/1572.html

 (2013.12.14) The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder. In The New York Times Retrieved 2014.01.2009 from http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/15/health/the-selling-of-attention-deficit-disorder.html?_r=0

Pascual Tamburri (24.1. 2014) Leon Eisenberg, el hombre que cambió la educación con su invento TDAH. In El Semanal Digital.com Retrieved from  http://www.elsemanaldigital.com/blog.asp?idarticulo=133377&cod_aut

An unbreakable record: Jumping from over the sky

Felix Baumgartner

Felix Baumgartner

Felix Baumgartner, the famous Austrian skydiver, has set a record for the history, jumping from a baloon from the stratosphere (38,969.3 metres). Although it looks impossible, he broke the sound barrier during the free-fall, and he landed successfully. Baumgartner had prepared herself for this jump for more than 3 years, and finally he achieved his objective. Read more of this post