MEXICO CITY a new medical technique in heart surgery in just three hours

Patients who cannot have open-heart surgery have another option with the aortic valve implantation for the first time in Mexico

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The aortic valve obstruction in the heart of Anne was resolved in just three hours without practice an aggressive surgical intervention.

The new valve mounted on a mesh-like spring of a pen was placed using the technique known as catheterization through a small incision in the groin which was introduced into the heart.

This cure is for calcific aortic stenosis for those who suffered and are put at a high risk of developing heart failure because the disease hampers blood flow to the heart.

The device and where you put the valve has added a “ball” that reaches out to destroy the damaged valve and implant the new one is fixed in the myocardium.

The innovative technique of trans-catheter aortic valve implantation was performed for the first time in Mexico, in the XXI Century National Medical Center of the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) on 8 May. Ana, 69, today it is home.

The novelty is that thanks to the material called nitinol, which has the peculiarity that when subjected to cold contracts, it is now possible to introduce this mesh with the valve to the catheter and take it to heart.

“Heart surgery from 50 to 60 begins to develop and begin to have ideas increasingly invade the body, the problem is that there were materials that could enter through tiny catheters, as is the case the prosthesis or device that travels with the valve, which measures less than nine millimeters, “said Dr. Victor Manuel Lozano, head of the Division of Surgical and diagnostic procedures at the Hospital of Cardiology XXI Century.

This procedure is an alternative for patients who are not candidates for open heart surgery because of age or suffering from diseases such as diabetes, hypertension or kidney problems.

“This valve is indicated for patients who once were inoperable, terminally ill patients who were given only medical treatment was so high because the possibility of dying in surgery we decided not to operate,” he said.

With this technique no more than a decade and there is no need to transfuse patients, or with special catheters multiinvadirlos, which commonly occurs in a conventional operation. Recovery time can be three days, whereas before it was up to three months.

According to Dr. Moises Calderon Abbo, director of the Hospital of Cardiology XXI Century, the world will have about six thousand valves of this type, two thousand 500 in Latin America and two in our country, both on 8 May.

“Anne came to the doctor before being in heart failure, the procedure is relatively low risk, is a small incision in the groin with an awake patient, the valve is placed and if all is well at two, three days you can go home and you leave with a heart healed, because the valve was uncovered, and automatically starts to improve oxygenation and reduces the blood pressure, “explained Calderon, who explained that in addition to do it via the femoral implant can be placed through the axillary artery or the tip of the heart.

In the XXI Century National Medical Center are treated each year about 400 patients for aortic stenosis. Of these, between 10 and 15% are inoperable patients who would be candidates for intervenirlos with this technique.

Europe leading the way in Protectionism!

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Resurgent protectionism, a ghost who comes from Europe

The setbacks in the GDP of many nations has led to this business practice, which damages the health of world economies

The resurgence of protectionism in several countries, mainly in Europe, both in trade and in capital flows following a prolonged recession, are a risk to the financial health of many economies.

According to a study published yesterday in New York by Standard and Poor’s, the closure of European economies may affect the development and growth of Latin American countries, mainly in the center of the region.

“The impact of possible shocks differs in several places outside the region. Central America is more vulnerable than Mexico and many Latin American countries, which have a greater capacity to adopt countercyclical policies, “says the report.

Latin America will grow between 3.5 and four percent in 2012 that is two percentage points higher than developed countries and currently available as a region of higher grades of sovereign debt before the start of the global crisis in 2008, according to S & P.

However, the rating agency warns in his study entitled The changing global economic outlook and its impact on Latin America a risk of unexpected change of the current policy framework affecting international trade and capital flows.

According to Standard and Poor’s (S & P), “uncertainty and change characterize the global economy in 2012” with the possible negative impact on emerging markets.

These recent analyzes, the firm adds the risk of “abrupt changes in the rules of the international economic system” that could “affect” the prospects for growth in Latin America.

For the World Economic Forum, there are many examples of countries taking measures that discriminate against foreign firms and products to protect its domestic market.

“The pressures of high unemployment are increasing the demand for protection and stabilization measures of the government. There are several legal forms of protection that can be applied administered through procedures such as those on anti-dumping , countervailing duties and safeguards, “the agency said in its 2010 report on Global Trade Facilities .

Then there is the prospect of many years of hardship and painful reforms in Europe (and to a lesser extent, in the U.S.), which could create an unexpected political backlash, changing the general course of international politics.

“The stagnation would undermine the perception of earnings, a result of increased international economic integration, potentially leading to a backlash in some countries for greater nationalism” they add.

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For specialists, Brazil is one of the nations in Latin America is turning to protectionism in the economy as a way to revive its growth rate, which rose from 7.5% in 2010 to 2.7% in 2011.

The country has great potential in raw materials and an internal market of 205 million.

The scenario in Latin America may be complicated if the sixth largest economy now decided to close. “There will be a slowdown in world trade will be cut and recovery prospects on a global scale,” according to the analysis of S & P.

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Protectionism comming from Europe

France is another example. President Nicolas Sarkozy threatened on Sunday to ignore the European limitations on the issue of protectionism to support his country in an election more than an economic issue.Sarkozy said it was time to support local businesses and stop the uncontrolled flow of immigrants and cheap imports, which demonstrate the lack of protective controls.

He also proposed a European law similar to the Buy American , which would force governments to be in favor of the purchase only of products manufactured in Europe, and said France would begin to apply the rule unilaterally.

“I want a Europe that protects its citizens. I do not want unfettered competition. “

United States has been criticized for its other nation protectionism that violates NAFTA agreements and NAFTA.

Even Mexico has stated that “political restriction” in the U.S. Congress led by the unions, the clause Buy American for the consumption of American products and the tendency of EU to protect their companies, restrict international competition, as an example is the question of the entry of Mexican carriers to U.S. territory.

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In recent years there is a rise in applications and implementations of the measures dumping (if a company exports a product at a lower price than it normally charges on the market, is said to be dumping ), says the World Economic Forum.

According to the agency, average tariffs in Brazil and Argentina rose three percentage points, due to increases in industrial taxes.

In contrast, there was a marked decrease in the average tariff rate of one to two percentage points in Nigeria, Mexico, Iceland and Ukraine.

US allocates more money to Colombia and Mexico to fight anti-crime

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US allocates more money to Colombia and Mexico to fight anti-crime!

USAID spends about $ 180 million to that country and between 50 to 60 million dollars to Peru, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala

MIAMI, Feb. 8. – Latin America and the Caribbean received U.S. assistance for more than one billion dollars annually for programs in various sectors and Haiti is a priority in the region following the devastation caused by the earthquake of January 12, 2010 , said a U.S. official.

The administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Mark Feierstein said in Miami that after the Caribbean country, Colombia, Mexico, Central America and Peru are on the list of priorities of the agency.

The agency provides assistance in education, agriculture, security, judicial, health and the strengthening of democratic institutions, among other areas.

“The priority is Haiti in terms of budget, the biggest budget we have. We have implemented a major program and Congress approved additional funds,” said Feierstein.

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The U.S. government has sent to the Caribbean nation nearly $2 billion 200 million is USAID about a $1.3 billion dollars since 2010 to present, according to figures from the government agency.

Haiti was hit by a powerful earthquake of 7 degrees on the Richter scale that killed 300 000 people, many injured and 1.2 million homeless.

Property damage was estimated at 7.9 Billion$ and reconstruction costs about 11.5 Billion $, according to data from the Haitian government.

“We are very” happy “with the progress being made in Haiti, said Feierstein to mention that the number of people living in tents down from 1.5 million to 500 thousand, but considered that this figure is still” too high. “

“In the area of ​​agricultural production, where USAID has been working with farmers, we could double or even triple the production in the last two years,” the official said.

Showed much enthusiasm for an industrial park to open in northern Haiti soon and is expected to be the largest private employer in the Caribbean country with the generation of about 65 000 jobs.

This is a joint project of the United States, the Haitian Government and the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB), said.

With regard to Colombia and Mexico said that USAID provides assistance in security issues.

In Mexico, he said, the battle being waged against drug trafficking, while highlighting the efforts of Colombia to strengthen their security gains.

“These issues now have become priorities for USAID. And the reason for this is twofold: one, because the impact may be great potential for the United States when there is instability by criminal violence. But also because to consolidate gains in the development is essential to address the issue of security, “he said.

USAID spends about $ 180 million in Colombia and from 50 to 60 million dollars in Peru, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala.

A very important sector for the agency is related to democracy and therefore implements programs to strengthen institutions in almost all countries of the region.

In the case of Venezuela are allocated five million dollars in technical assistance to “promote and protect democracy and human rights.”

Feierstein also stressed that Latin America, compared to other developing regions, “has evolved much more economically and politically is more advanced,” and the matter said: “As a result, programs that one usually associate more with USAID are much less common in Latin America.”

In fact, the agency plans to close its office in Panama this year “in recognition of the progress we (the country) has had on economic and political terms in the last 20 years.”

“We’re 20 years devoting $ 400 million to Panama and now will drop to zero,” he added.

expansion of Hezbollah in America! Supported by Hugo Chavez?


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The expansion of Hezbollah in America, encouraged by the support it receives from Venezuela‘s President Hugo Chavez, a growing concern to the United States, said today the Spanish newspaper ABC.

He said that proof of this is that U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, asked its embassies in the continent an update of the risk posed by Islamist extremism fostered by Iran.

He said that in the summer of 2010 a radical Islamist summit starring Hezbollah, also involving Hamas, took place in Caracas, at the headquarters of military intelligence.

The newspaper said it had access to several communications preparatory meeting, which involved the ambassador of Venezuela in Syria, Imam Saab Saab, and the then Iranian ambassador in Damascus, Ahmad Mousavi.

He said the second man of the Chavez regime in the Syrian capital, Lebanese Ghazi Nassereddine naturalized Venezuelan, is the most prominent of Hezbollah in Venezuela and has a close relationship with Venezuelan Minister of Interior, Tarik el-Aissami. Nassereddine and El-Aissami are designated by the Attorney of New York as the main partners of Chavez with Hezbollah and one attributed financing of terrorist operations and delivery of passports other activists of the organization.

Hezbollah, Lebanese and funding Iran and Syria’s support, has promoted numerous terrorist attacks. “Penetration in Latin America has been conducted through a growing network of Islamic centers whose function is the recruitment and radicalization of activists, as well as fundraising.

They also serve as support logistically possible money laundering and drug trafficking, which place elements of Hezbollah in the U.S. border, “he says. He said that until Chavez came to power, the main Hezbollah cells present was in the triple border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. “While it is true that there have been cases in which Hezbollah members have entered the U.S. illegally to carry out attacks, not sensational or alarmist to be concerned and respond with appropriate measures’ said Roger Noriega, a senior Bush Administration, in a recent lecture at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington.