Rebuild after an accident of life

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Road accident, bereavement, natural disaster, aggression… Life accidents are numerous and can turn our lives upside down.

How to overcome an event that we consider insurmountable? How to rebuild?

  • Dr Christine Mirabel-Sarron, psychiatrist at Sainte-Anne Hospital. Head of the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Unit. Doctor in Pathological and Clinical Psychology. Teacher at the Universities of Paris V and Paris VIII. Author of the book ” Rebuild after an accident of life », Published by Odile Jacob
  • Jean-Pierre Alley, doctor in clinical and health psychology, psychotherapist in Lomé, Togo. Currently psychosocial coordinator on mission in Guinea for the French Red Cross.

At the end of the program, we find the anti-sedentary chronicle, with the Dr Jean-Marc Sène, sports doctor and doctor of the French judo team.

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Scientists have named the main dangers of self-isolation for health

The first victim of self-isolation is muscles

A week spent at home, regardless of the type of activity, has every chance of being considered comfortable and convenient, says CNN. Even if a person continues to work remotely, he still seriously reduces physical activity. Such inactivity can negate hard-won muscle-building progress.

Experts believe it can take months to build muscle mass, and just one week to lose muscle mass. “Humans, for all our stamina, lose muscle faster with age,” says Keith Baar, professor of molecular exercise physiology at the University of California.

When a person loses muscle, they do not necessarily lose muscle volume, but they inevitably lose strength, which, according to Baar, is one of the “strongest indicators” of propensity for longevity. “The stronger we stay, the easier it is for us to maintain our longevity,” the scientist is sure.

The heart suffers in captivity

Keith Baar noted another risk of stopping training. “If you don’t exercise, you don’t raise your heart rate. And when the heart is not beating so hard, it weakens, ”said Baar.

With Baar’s opinion, according to CNN, Dr. Panagis Galiazatos, a pulmonologist at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, agrees. He stresses the dangers of stopping sports for the lungs. Galiazatos said many of his patients felt their respiratory function was deteriorating because they were no longer exercising.

People who have lung problems are considered more susceptible to coronavirus because it is a respiratory illness. They often stay at home to reduce their risk of infection. But if they don’t move and increase blood flow to their lungs, it could harm them anyway.

“Exercise is the only key to improving heart and lung function: no medicine can do it,” Galiazatos said. Keith Baar offers people his recipe for avoiding such problems when they cannot leave the house. He recommends dancing or finding tools for home strength training – for example, a kettle of water can be used as a kettlebell.

Fat is self-isolation’s best friend

A person who is forced to spend a lot of time at home gets a dangerous neighbor – his own refrigerator. In a situation where there is no clear meal schedule, people begin to constantly replenish themselves, which with a high probability can lead to a set of fat mass.

With self-isolation, the amount of time you eat most of your food can vary. If, under normal conditions, a person is inclined to take the most high-calorie food from 10 to 15 hours, then in conditions of constant stay at home this interval shifts to the afternoon. This can lead to a spike in insulin levels. Insulin stimulates fat storage and the conversion of other molecules into fat, said Giles Duffield, professor of anatomy and physiology at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana.

“At the start of the pandemic, many people were stocking up on non-perishable food in case of supply disruptions,” says Duffield. Such foods are usually rich in sugar and starch, the scientist reminds.

“Weight gain during periods of intense stress is normal. However, weight gain becomes dangerous when it turns into obesity. In such a situation, the body can begin to resist insulin and chronic health problems such as metabolic disease or diabetes can develop, ”Duffield said.

Quarantined hunchback

Staying at home, people spend more and more time at the computer, regardless of whether they are working or relaxing. While working at a computer, a person takes a sitting position: leaning forward, shoulders are hunched, the spine is bent, the neck is bent and the elbows are raised.

Constant sitting and lying throughout the day can seriously affect your posture and strain your back, neck, shoulders, hips and eyes, said Brandon Brown, an epidemiologist and professor at UCLA.

Brown gives advice on how to avoid such problems: you need to get up from your seat once an hour, walk and stretch. Sometimes you should even lie on the floor and “let your back recover,” the scientist emphasized.

The sleep deprivation paradox

Being in self-isolation, a person is almost completely deprived of sunlight. Many people spend whole days with the curtains closed, while working whenever they want. In this case, human sleep inevitably suffers.

“Getting enough sunlight in the morning helps to synchronize your body’s circadian rhythm,” said Giles Duffield. “So if you’re locked up or working in the dark all week, your sleep may suffer too.”

In addition, not only the quality of sleep, but also the amount of sleep may be affected. At home, a person may have the false feeling that they can get enough sleep whenever they want, but activities or entertainment can constantly distract him from sleep. In such a situation, a paradox is created – a person is constantly next to the bed and does not get enough sleep.

Slowing down the brain

A sedentary lifestyle can also slow down the brain. The fact is that exercise produces certain chemicals in the brain that break down toxins in the blood and even prevent them from entering the brain, where they can kill brain cells, says Baar.

Lack of exercise means that a person will not be as effective at breaking down amino acid by-products that build up in the brain, such as neurotoxins.

The effects of isolation are insidious – they can be subtle until they reach an extreme stage. However, these symptoms can be prevented before they appear.

Read also: “American experts predicted the end of the pandemic:” There will be fundamental fear “

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Montaña Central Leonesa refuses to “mortgage the mountains” to build wind farms

The Platform for the Future of the Central Mountain of Leonesa holds a meeting with entities opposed to the projects of wind farms for the Mountain of León. In the image, the president of the platform, Esther Domínguez. / Campillo / ICAL

Miriam Badiola / ICAL
| 09/27/2020 – 1:05 p.m.

The Platform for the Future of the Central Mountain of Leonesa showed once again this Sunday its rejection of the wind farm projects for that area, considering that “they do not want to mortgage the mountains or replace their economic use by a monopoly of multinationals who want exploit a single resource and make the area exclusively dependent on a single company or a single resource “, according to one of its representatives, Sergio Díez.

This was pointed out by the representative of the Platform for the Future of the Central Mountain of Leonesa during the celebration in Pedrún de Torío of a meeting of 25 groups and entities of the province, from different areas, both social, educational, sports and ecological that have decided to join together to “be able to work together against the installation of wind projects in the Leonese mountain” and that in today’s meeting they decided to “set a roadmap to work together”.

“We are not against wind energy, it seems very necessary to us, but in addition to being renewable we remember that it also has to be sustainable, for which it has to be an energy that cannot be located anywhere, but has to cause a minimum impact on the environment “, explained Sergio Diez, while pointing out that” the mountain areas in which the macro-wind farms are projected are not the ideal ones “, which is why” they have generated a rejection in the population very important”.

Campillo / ICAL

For this reason, he considered it “essential” that the administrations “take into account that if these projects do not arise from the inhabitants themselves, the territory must be very aware that they are multinationals that come to plunder the resources in some way”, which is why that “they do not have the approval of the inhabitants.”

An approval that is not available because, according to the representative of the Platform, “what is not wanted is to mortgage the mountains, one of the main values ​​that we have, during the 30 years that the concessions of the parks “, since in addition” the areas are used as economic use at the level of pastures, livestock and other types of activities such as tourism, which today generates a fabric that is true that it is small and should be promoted “, but” very diverse “which” is not to be replaced by a monopoly of multinationals that want to exploit a single resource and make the area exclusively dependent on a single company or a single resource “.

Diez recalled that “there are many cases at the national level and in the province of León itself of what this type of monopolies mean in the end the day that companies decide to close and disappear because they are no longer profitable”, so that “the inhabitants become they are once again in an empty territory and without resources “and” they would throw away the last 15 years in which they are working to diversify the economic offer “.

For all these reasons, Sergio Diez set his sights on the actions taken by the Platform at the moment in which the administrative process of the wind farm projects begins in order to present allegations. For this reason, from the Platform for the Future of the Central Mountain of Leonesa, informative talks are being held in different parts of the province, while keeping an eye on these deadlines to start legal processes.

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Montaña Central Leonesa refuses to “mortgage the mountains” to build wind farms

The Platform for the Future of the Central Mountain of Leonesa holds a meeting with entities opposed to the wind farm projects for the Mountain of León. In the image, the president of the platform, Esther Domínguez. / Campillo / ICAL

Miriam Badiola / ICAL
| 09/27/2020 – 1:05 p.m.

The Platform for the Future of the Central Mountain of Leonesa showed once again this Sunday its rejection of the wind farm projects for that area, considering that “they do not want to mortgage the mountains or replace their economic use by a monopoly of multinationals who want exploit a single resource and make the area exclusively dependent on a single company or a single resource “, according to one of its representatives, Sergio Díez.

This was pointed out by the representative of the Platform for the Future of the Central Mountain of Leonesa during the celebration in Pedrún de Torío of a meeting of 25 groups and entities of the province, from different fields, both social, educational, sports and ecological that have decided to unite to “be able to work together against the installation of wind projects in the Leonese mountain” and that in today’s meeting they decided to “set a roadmap to work together”.

“We are not against wind energy, it seems very necessary to us, but in addition to being renewable we remember that it also has to be sustainable, for which it has to be an energy that cannot be located anywhere, but rather has to cause a minimum impact on the environment “, explained Sergio Diez, while pointing out that” the mountain areas in which the macro-wind farms are projected are not the ideal ones “, which is why” they have generated a rejection in the population very important”.

Campillo / ICAL

For this reason, he considered it “essential” that the administrations “take into account that if these projects do not arise from the inhabitants themselves, the territory must be very aware that they are multinationals that come to plunder the resources in some way”, which is why that “they do not have the approval of the inhabitants.”

An approval that is not available because, according to the representative of the Platform, “what is not wanted is to mortgage the mountains, one of the main values ​​that we have, during the 30 years that the concessions of the parks “, since in addition” the areas are used as economic use at the level of pastures, livestock and other types of activities such as tourism, which today generates a fabric that is true that it is small and should be promoted “, but” very diverse “which” is not to be replaced by a monopoly of multinationals that want to exploit a single resource and make the area exclusively dependent on a single company or a single resource “.

Diez recalled that “there are many cases at the national level and in the province of León itself of what in the end this type of monopolies suppose the day that companies decide to close and disappear because they are no longer profitable”, so that “the inhabitants They are once again in an empty territory and without resources “and” they would throw away the last 15 years in which they are working to diversify the economic offer “.

For all this, Sergio Diez set his sights on the actions taken by the Platform at the time the administrative process of the wind farm projects begins in order to present allegations. For this reason, from the Platform for the Future of the Central Mountain of Leonesa, informative talks are being held in different parts of the province, while keeping an eye on these deadlines to start the legal processes.

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Is there a green colonialism?

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The environmental historian Guillaume Blanc shakes the coconut palm of our good ecological conscience … to put an end to the myth of the African Eden.

Let us shake the coconut palm from our good ecological conscience by questioning the environmental protection policies at work on the continent. Since the end of the XIXth century and the creation of the first African natural parks to “save” a necessarily virgin and wild nature of these inhabitants, it is always the same logic which continues. A century and thousands of expulsions later, can we speak of a green colonialist or the new green clothes of colonialism?

With Guillaume Blanc (environmental historian, specialist in contemporary Africa) for his bookThe invention of green colonialism, to put an end to the myth of African Eden,published by Flammarion.

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Medical journals and scientific fraud

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In early June 2020, the very serious British scientific journal The Lancet issued a warning against the use of hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of Covid-19.

This warning has led the WHO to temporarily suspend a clinical trial, and France to end the use of this molecule against Covid-19. Two days later, the journal retracted and announced the withdrawal of this study.

Conflicts of interest, fake scientific journals flourishing on the internet, doctors who cheat on their curriculum vitae …

What are these journals for? How is their content checked? How to recognize scientific fraud? Do these publications carry too much weight today or do they remain essential?

  • Dr Hervé Maisonneuve, public health doctor, scientific editor, leads the blog Medical and Scientific Writing and integrity referent of the Faculty of Medicine Paris 7.
  • Bruno Toussaint, editorial director of the review ” Prescribe »
  • Pr stephane gaudry, Professor of Intensive Resuscitation Medicine atBobigny Avicenne Hospital, in the Paris region.

    At the end of the program, we talk about the OXFAM report indicating that rich countries have already reserved half of future doses of vaccines, which will make it difficult to supply part of the world’s population. We talk about it with Robin Guittard, spokesperson forOxfam France.

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How to explain urinary tract infections in women?

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Urinary leaks, kidney stones, urinary tract infections … The kidneys are organs as discreet as they are essential and when the elimination functions are disturbed, the consequences can make everyday life impossible.

How to explain urinary tract infections in women? Are antibiotics the only solution?

  • Pr corinne isnard bagnis, nephrologist, deputy head of department in the Nephrology department of the Pitié Salpêtrière Hospital and professor of Nephrology at the Sorbonne in Paris. Author of the book ” Impossible urination. Take care of your kidneys, they will give you back! », Published by Rocher

Find the entire program by clicking here

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UV light harmless for patients kills coronavirus in hospitals

“Most UV disinfection systems use germicidal lamps that emit UV C (UVC) radiation around 254 nanometers (nm). However, it is well known that 254 nm UVC is harmful to the skin and eyes, ”the work indicated.

Its authors assured that 222 nm UVC light, belonging to far UVC (207-222 nm), has the same highly effective germicidal properties as 254 nm UVC; but it is less harmful to eyes and skin.

Previous studies concluded that low UVC doses of 222nm inactivated aerosolized H1N1 influenza virus and human coronaviruses alpha HCoV-229E and beta HCoV-OC43.

The authors of this new work also mentioned that UV disinfection in SARS-CoV-2, the effect of 222 nm UVC on SARS-CoV-2 is poorly understood; so they decided to check it out. The results showed that SARS-CoV-2 was reduced by 99.7%, to undetectable levels, after just 30 seconds of exposure.

“Our results suggest that this technology could be used for the prevention and control of Covid-19 infections not only in unoccupied spaces but also in occupied spaces.”, He concluded.

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Kidney and urinary tract health

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Urinary leaks, kidney stones, urinary tract infections … The kidneys are organs as discreet as they are essential and when the elimination functions are disturbed, the consequences can make daily life impossible.

How do our kidneys work? What are they for ? How to prevent disorders and diseases related to kidney function?

  • Pr corinne isnard bagnis, nephrologist, deputy head of department in the Nephrology department of the Pitié Salpêtrière Hospital and professor of Nephrology at the Sorbonne in Paris. Author of the book ” Impossible urination. Take care of your kidneys, they will give you back! », Published by Rocher
  • Dr Soumaila Diawara, nephrologist at the Polyclinique Guindo, in Bamako, Mali.

At the end of the program, the Pr Jean-Baptiste Nikiema, team leader on drugs, technologies, infrastructure and health equipment at the WHO Regional Office for Africa tells us about the panel of experts that approved the protocol for herbal medicine clinical trials for Covid-19.

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