At the passport office in Geneva, a local brand new where over 1000 people per day come to wait, sometimes for over an hour to get the new Swiss passport.
But the major problem, it is the pictures. No question of giving anything. The picture of your new passport will be poured into a mold confederal.
John is a photographer at Netushile c œ heart of Geneva for 43 years. With a dozen requests a day since January, Jean Netushile must use all the tricks to try to deliver consistent picture to customers. What is not always easy, according to him.
No way to be original. The photo must not be neither too bright nor too dark. The face should not contain shadow and the head can not be bent. There should be no reflection on the hair. And do not smile too much, otherwise do not comply.
Result, some citizens were asked to return to the booth, sometimes three times according to our evidence. Obviously, at this rate, it becomes more profitable to go to a professional photographer once. Read the rest of this entry »
ROOM 414 yesterday at the Sunway Hotel Hanoi (Vietnam). Dr. Jean-Claude Manuguerra impatient. Sunday morning, this is done, it may REGOUT to French croissants. A fortnight he was there, sent a mission of extreme emergency by the Ministry of Health to try to understand what is the nature of the mysterious evil cause of SARS continues to terrify the world.
The man of hard knocks global disease apparently originated in China in November, but took on new dimensions, precisely in this small hospital Franco-Vietnamese in Hanoi. Tonight, his mission is completed. He just learned Thursday that a new case was reported here in Vietnam, the first for eight days. This does not tarnish the success of his mission, conducted with six of emergency ambulance service.
To get there, he had to show some courage. Equipped with a mask with face shield, two pairs of gloves, a surblouse, he approached without fear of ill to collect samples of skin, which he immediately put in tubes. But I will not deny that I sometimes thought, too, develop the disease. One day, I began to feel feverish.
I somatizing fears… Around him, the atmosphere is oppressive. A French doctor working there, died before his eyes. The next day, a gynecologist Vietnam 36 years and a nurse who died.
At night, cold beer drunk in a small Vietnamese restaurant were good… Many patients recover and can finally leave the hospital infection. But to carry out its mission, Dr. Manuguerra must also solve complex problems of logistics. An incredible stewardship.
Then, it fits like McGyver. Read the rest of this entry »
NEW ARSENAL therapeutic antiviral drugs directly addressing the influenza virus (such as Zanamivir) was placed on the market two years. However the vaccine against influenza is unanimous, and it is strongly recommended to protect the elderly and frail people. It is free for them. If symptoms of flu fever, cough, muscle aches, difficulty breathing, it is first necessary to drink plenty of water to rehydrate, bring down the fever with paracetamol, and stay warm at home because the weakening of our immune system because of the flu makes us more vulnerable to attack other microbes. However, they are useful to combat infections possibly associated, such as urinary tract infections or pneumonia. The doctor will look carefully for the possible appearance of red spots on the skin, which may be signs of meningitis. Read the rest of this entry »
In Ontario, the Directorate of Public Health reported two new probable cases of the mysterious disease. A Toronto physician and a man from York region show symptoms of infection. The doctor had treated a family with two members have died because of infection.
In Toronto, a hotline has been set up to inform people who are worried about being infected after returning from Asia or who display symptoms including fever, aches and respiratory problems.
In Quebec, the Ministry of Health maintains that no cases have yet been reported. The department ensures that the province is ready to receive patients who reported symptoms.
The pneumonia epidemic worsens. Ten people have died so far and about 200 cases have been reported. On Monday, Hong Kong recorded 83 cases against 42 Sunday, while the health checks have intensified in the air. The last reported cases relate to 16 medical students and 23 were relatives of patients.
In Hanoi, at least 48 people have contracted the disease Monday and a near panic has seized the Vietnamese capital, where expatriate families are reluctant to take their children to school, and where some are considering leaving the country.
The first case was also found in Europe, where a doctor from Singapore has been quarantined in Frankfurt. He was aboard a plane carrying between New York stopping in Singapore and Germany. The doctor reported treating one patient with the disease in Singapore. The symptoms began to manifest itself while he was in New York.
For the World Health Organization, the rapid spread of the disease, because the airline is a threat to health across the world. Read the rest of this entry »
THEY ARE MANY LOW, the survivors of lung cancer, can testify to this particularly deadly disease. Now when I see young people with their cigarettes, I tell them to stop but they would not listen. They do not know the risks they take as I do not know their age. In my opinion, the president will have difficulty convincing the French.
In October 1998, Roger leaves the house where the notary has signed the purchase of a small second home in Vendee, where he developed a cough. I thought Gabin, John Wayne, Alice Sapritch, these heavy smokers who did not return.
Roger morale, but also lucky. It is probably one of the first cancer patients in France to have benefited from a PET scan, the improved apparatus can be located in a cliche metastases: After treatment, cancer cells continue to circulate in my body but the doctors did not find any. Read the rest of this entry »
AMERICAN JUSTICE, at war against the cigarette manufacturers, has placed the bar very high financial penalties. A Los Angeles court yesterday condemned Philip Morris to pay $ 28 billion (nearly 28 billion euros, 183 billion) in damages to a woman of 64 years, suffering from lung cancer. The manufacturer, who made the announcement, has decided to request a new trial if the verdict was not canceled. Otherwise, it will appeal. They are in addition to 875,000 dollars already obtained last week by the Californian. Betty Bullock started smoking at age 17. She ate mostly cigarette brand Benson and Hedges (Philip Morris Group) when it was diagnosed in February 2001, cancer became incurable. The lawsuit by the patient has lasted a month. Philip Morris, the worlds leading cigarette, was accused of having concealed the process of addiction to smoking. his lung cancer.
He should have determined, according to him, if the company had encouraged her to smoke or not to stop. Instead, it seems, he notes that this finding relates to public health topics, which can not fairly be decided in such a trial. Last year, this lawyer had already obtained a court in Los Angeles record a conviction against Philip Morris, forced to pay then $ 3 billion to a smoker. Read the rest of this entry »
The decline in mortality from lung cancer in Great Britain is one of the most spectacular in the world. In the after study has led Professor Richard Peto, an eminent epidemiologist at Oxford, mortality from lung cancer between 35 and 44 years increased in 50 years 18 Decca less than 4 per 100,000 individuals. By comparison, in 1950, mortality from lung cancer in France was more than four times lower than the British. Today it is four times higher!
The U.S. authorities have approved a test that evaluates the quality of asthma control. Shortness of breath, coughing at night, wheezing, respiratory gzne handicap and patients who believe themselves well controlled despite the persistence of these symptoms. The test, called NIOX measures the concentration of exhaled nitric oxide in a breath. Changes in nitric oxide are particulicres interesting to assess the evolution of the disease as shown by recent research. Thus, a decrease in the concentration of nitric oxide can clusters the sign of the decline in lung inflammation, thus effectiveness of treatment. This test is designed for doctors who offer their patients with asthma very soon.
Used as an antidepressant and sedative preparations containing kava-kava are now banned in France after a one-year suspension. The kava-kava is an herb traditionally used in mild or moderate depression and sleep disorders. But recently, it was found that liver risks were related to the substance. Thirty cases of liver damage (hepatitis, cirrhosis and various inadequacies) were observed in Germany and Switzerland. Read the rest of this entry »
The German group renounces its desire to retain a majority stake in the pharmacy. Its aim: easily find a partner for this activity in difficulty. With the restructuring and divestitures, he recorded a net quarterly profit rise.
New turnaround for Bayer. Looking for a partner for its pharmacy, the German group is now ready to cede control over this activity. The new chairman Werner Wenning announced yesterday that it had abandoned its desire to retain a majority stake in the pharmacy. The news has surged over 6% per share to Bayer Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
This change comes as the difficulties of Bayer in the pharmacy were not far away, attenuated, and weigh on the group.
Moreover, in the third quarter, pharmaceutical sales fell 6% to EUR 846 million (see also box below). Still shaken by the withdrawal of Baycol, the sixteenth world laboratory is also undermined by the patent expiration this year of its second most important medicine, cardiovascular Adalat. Performance that have saddled the entire group.
In an attempt to redress the balance, Bayer has relied on massive restructuring. Yesterday the group said it had reduced its activities in pharmaceutical research, particularly by outsourcing its R & D on respiratory diseases and asthma. Such measures will not be sufficient to revive the pharmacy, said Werner Wenning. Read the rest of this entry »
The Court of Auditors is not known for its radical positions or revolutionary. In September 2001, the August institution galling as it likes to do regularly, Social Security, and had a diagnosis on the sales of the pharmaceutical industry: The drug is a market where supply premium demand… The industry control information initially and throughout the life cycle of drug… The older drugs, amor, continue to be paid a high price… Innovative products, more expensive, spread rapidly and widely within the population.
The work of wise has obviously not been a great success with the technocrats of the Commission in Brussels. These, in the new directive on the drug they have concocted are literally built into the logic of European pharmaceutical lobby: less product evaluation prior to marketing, no revaluation of five marketed drugs, information direct to the public for prescription drugs in three areas of health: asthma, diabetes and AIDS, particularly lucrative for the pharmaceutical industry.
Public health facing the industrial logic, does not weigh very heavily in the eyes of the Commission. Their text places the major laboratories in position to be judge and party, it leaves the public under the direct influence of advertising manufacturers of capsules, they delegate the task to only producers evaluate their products disturbed in any way Specialists in Brussels. Faced with such an intention, it was found until nine experts from the European Medicines Agency to denounce the shortening vested in the evaluation of new drugs.
But business is business, a new drug must push the previous machine to produce should be running. Regardless of the Social Security deficit, regardless of whether the health benefit is minor as long as that of shareholders is assured. Read the rest of this entry »
not. How imagine that a patient whose condition is serious should wait to allow time for the administration to consider his case. If he gets an asthma attack, and no money to buy her a consultation or Ventolin, it will end up in intensive care in a hospital where he will have to pay 100 Assumption day! Take another case just as often, that of a poor family who just had a baby. Parents should wait one month before receiving free health care for their young.
CMU, as it worked before this decision represented a real step forward because it allowed for immediate treatment.
Online drug co-op give credence to that provides a inclusive choice of services such as hallucinogenic news, salubrity tend products and medicine medication online. Read the rest of this entry »