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The Thermes Springs in Kalymnos Island - Greece

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In Kalymnos Island besides sun bathing, windsurfing, tasting frest fish, visiting the island's orchards you can also experience the local hot springs... 


Thermal Spas: The Thermes spring (spring with 37o C temperature) , 1 km S from Pothia; this is an ideal thermal treatment against rheumatism, arthritis and gynecological problems.

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The Questions You Need to Ask About Any Health Story

The Questions You Need to Ask About Any Health Story | thermal tourism | Scoop.it
Health news reporting is plagued by incredulity, false correlation, and general public confusion. Gary Schwitzer has devoted his life to reviewing how health news is reported, and, more often than not, mis-reported. Bob speaks to Schwitzer about his new study, “A Guide to Reading Health Care News Stories,” and the impact of bad health reporting.
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If all health reporters followed the suggestions of Gary Schwitzer we would have more trustworthy health news. I just repeat them here: 

 

"We try to remind journalists of simple concepts that could be injected into more stories:

• In health care, more isn't always better, newer isn't always better. Less is often more.

• Any health care decision involves tradeoffs: something you stand to gain but also something you stand to lose.

• To quote Sir Muir Gray: "All screening tests cause harm; some do good as well."

• On surrogate markers: "A difference to be a difference must make a difference."

It doesn't require a PhD and it doesn't require a 1,000-word story"

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Visit Greece | Nisyros

Visit Greece | Nisyros | thermal tourism | Scoop.it
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NIsyros is a natural monument with its volcanic land, beautiful beaches and still unspoiled by mass tourism.   

The local thermal spa, located at Loutra (exact translation of spa!), the spring (37° C water temperature) is ideal for rheumatisms, arthritis, skin infections, sciatica and etc.

You can also add to the benefits of the spas a desintoxication diet  with fresh and cooked local vegetables, fruit and fish.

 

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Community Management That Works: How to Build and Sustain a Thriving Online Health Community

Community Management That Works: How to Build and Sustain a Thriving Online Health Community | thermal tourism | Scoop.it
Community Management That Works: How to Build and Sustain a Thriving Online Health Community
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H φίλη Colleen Young από τον Καναδά, http://www.colleenyoung.com/, έγραψε ένα εξαιρετικό άρθρο για το πώς χτίζεται και αναπτύσσεται μια διαδικυτακή κοινότητα για θέματα υγείας. Η Colleen, με μεγάλη εμπειρία στη διαχείριση διαδικτυακών κοινοτήτων μας δίνει δώδεκα πρακτικές συμβουλές. 

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Visit Greece | Ikaria Beauty and the Feast

Visit Greece | Ikaria Beauty and the Feast | thermal tourism | Scoop.it

In the ancient times, the thermal springs had caused for a town to flourish; it was a town that celebrated the natural phenomenon and its therapeutic effects by its name: Thermai. In the roman years, an earthquake devastated Thermai, but not the springs, which are considered to be among the richest in the world as far as radium content is concerned. Rheumatism, arthritis, neuralgia, neuritis, skin, circulatory, endocrine and gynecological conditions bring people to the springs to seek and find cure. Some of them dive not only into health, but into history also: they swim in the water coming out of an ancient basin, at the place where the ancient thermal site used to be.


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Ikaria's thermal springs are famous for their effect on a number of chronic diseases like rheumatish and arthritis and attract visitors not only from Greece but from all over the world. The airline connection of the island with Athens makes it easy for foreign visitors to make a thermalism and much more vacation on this beautiful island.

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The Economic Crisis and Access to Medicines in Portugal- Dr. Jose Manuel Silva

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"Portugal has one of the best Public Health Services in the World!"  It's universal, cheap, extraordinary health indicators. The Portuguese National Health Service is Sustainable! What is not sustainable is the way Portugal is being ruled by successive Governments and the Troica!"

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Bath salts recipe

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Γιατί να αγοράζετε άλατα για το μπάνιο, όταν διαθέτουμε τόσα αρωματικά βότανα, φυτά και φρούτα; Η συνταγή αυτή βάζει αιθέρια έλαια ως αρωματικό αλλά και ξύσμα λεμονιού,πορτοκαλιού ή περγαμόντου, κανέλλα, άνθη λεβάντας, καλέντουλας, κ.ά. θα κάνουν το μπάνιο αρωματικό, ευχάριστο και χαλαρωτικό.

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Kythnos Island: Natural thermal springs & fantastic sandy beaches

Kythnos Island: Natural thermal springs & fantastic sandy beaches | thermal tourism | Scoop.it

Kythnos is definitely the place for thermal tourism. A modern spa centre is in operation in Loutrá, with two hot springs in the area. The following springs have been famous for their therapeutic effectiveness since the ancient times, namely the spring of Ayioi Anárgyroi, inside the spa facilities, and the spring of Caucasus, at 50 m. from the first one, with a temperature reaching 52 degrees Celsius.

 

The most impressive of the 65 sandy beaches of the island is Kolóna, where a lane of sand connects the islet of Ayios Loukas to Kýthnos. Low stone fences run for many kilometres on bare Cycladic hills with 350 white country chapels here and there. The typical Cycladic style equally appears in the villages: cobbled narrow streets, white houses, squares, chapels and windmills. Follow the paths that connect the villages to each other and taste apricots and wild mulberries on the way to Katafýki cave, one of the biggest caves in Greece with beautiful stalactites and stalagmites.

 

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Well+Good’s 12 Fitness and Wellness Trends of 2012 | Well+Good NYC

Well+Good’s 12 Fitness and Wellness Trends of 2012 | Well+Good NYC | thermal tourism | Scoop.it

Well+Good's 12 Fitness + Wellness Trends of 2012 


...We waded through the hundreds of interviews we conducted in 2010 with the city’s wellness experts and cognoscenti, and evaluated what was fad and what was entering New York City’s wellness zeitgeist....

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The Healing Waters: Mineral Hot Springs

The Healing Waters: Mineral Hot Springs | thermal tourism | Scoop.it

...."Mineral Therapy


Interaction with several layers of earth and clay contributes essential minerals to the waters. Even trace amounts of minerals can have a significant therapeutic effect when absorbed through the skin. Mineral content and chemical compositions most often found include:

Arsenic: while toxic in large quantities, trace amounts encourage plasma production and tissue growth; beneficial for fungal infections on the skin; arthritis.

Bicarbonate gas: increases circulation and opens peripheral blood vessels. Use in tepid to warm waters can alleviate symptoms associated with cardiovascular disease, hypertension and mild atherosclerosis; relieves stress.

Boron: increases brain activity, strengthens bone and builds muscle.

Chlorides: beneficial for rheumatic conditions, arthritis, stress, arthritis.

Iron: increases blood production and strengthens the immune system.

Lithium: alleviates depression; helps with digestion.

Magnesium: converts blood sugar to energy; promotes healthy skin.

Potassium: regulates heart rhythms and decreases blood pressure; eliminates toxins.

Sulfates: treat respiratory ailments and skin infections. Also beneficial for liver and gastrointestinal conditions.".....

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Dr. Peter Bach on "Avoiding the Breast Cancer Warrior Trap"

Dr. Peter Bach on "Avoiding the Breast Cancer Warrior Trap" | thermal tourism | Scoop.it

“the national television platform is still influential – and is used, in my opinion, unethically when it delivers an advocacy, opinion-based message on what should be a highly-individualized, evidence-based, shared decision-making discussion between patient and doctor.....

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It’s a solid article:  a doctor’s perspective, an evidence-based perspective, but, more than that, a cancer widow’s perspective.  He not only questioned her “Get screened” advice.

He wrote that she “trampled” over the rich debate, oversimplifyng with an easier message than the “complex tradeoffs of the actual disease.”He stated his surprise “that these arguments were being made by  a journalist whose job should be to appreciate and explain nuance, not look away from it.”He wrote that Robach’s “I kicked cancer’s butt!” statement may leave other women feeling that “They must be dying for their lack of fortitude.”

The article led to a healthy discussion in the online comments left by readers....

Kathi Apostolidis's insight:

O Gary Schwitzer ήταν ένας από τους πρώτους δημοσιογράφους που έθεσε ερωτήσεις σχετικά με το πως η η Amy Robach παρουσίασε την εμπειρία της με τον καρκίνο του μαστού.  Στο σημερινό του άρθρο σχολιάζει το πρόσφατο  άρθρο του Δρος Peter Bach, "Αποφεύγοντας τη παγίδα του "μαχητή" του καρκίνου του μαστού" του οποίου η σύζυγος πέθανε από την ασθένεια, στοn ιστότοπο New York (το έχω δημοσιεύσει στις αρχές του μήνα). Οι υπεραπλουστεύσεις, το life style, δεν ταιριάζουν στον καρκίνο ούτε σε όσους γιατρούς και ασθενείς προσπαθούν κάθε μέρα για το καλίτερο, χωρίς όμως να έχουν καμμία εγγύηση για τα αποτελέσματα... Οπως σχολίασε στο άρθρο του Δρος P. Bach κάποια μεταστατική ασθενής "..δεν είμαστε ούτε μαχητές ούτε άγιοι-είμαστε ασθενείς".

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O Gary Schwitzer ήταν ένας από τους πρώτους δημοσιογράφους που έθεσε ερωτήσεις σχετικά με το πως η η Amy Robach παρουσίασε την εμπειρία της με τον καρκίνο του μαστού. Στο σημερινό του άρθρο σχολιάζει το πρόσφατο άρθρο του Δρος Peter Bach, "Αποφεύγοντας τη παγίδα του "μαχητή" του καρκίνου του μαστού" του οποίου η σύζυγος πέθανε από την ασθένεια, στοn ιστότοπο New York (το έχω δημοσιεύσει στις αρχές του μήνα). Οι υπεραπλουστεύσεις, το life style, δεν ταιριάζουν στον καρκίνο ούτε σε όσους γιατρούς και ασθενείς προσπαθούν κάθε μέρα για το καλίτερο, χωρίς όμως να έχουν καμμία εγγύηση για τα αποτελέσματα... Οπως σχολίασε στο άρθρο του Δρος P. Bach κάποια μεταστατική ασθενής "..δεν είμαστε ούτε μαχητές ούτε άγιοι-είμαστε ασθενείς".

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Genetics Lab Refuses To Share Data That Could Save Lives

Genetics Lab Refuses To Share Data That Could Save Lives | thermal tourism | Scoop.it
Since the Supreme Court ruling one year ago, Myriad Genetics is no longer the only lab in the United States conducting BRCA testing. But it refuses to share lifesaving data it has collected.

 

Myriad Genetics may have lost its singular hold on the market for BRCA1 and BRCA2 testing in May 2013 when the Supreme Court ruled against the patenting of genes, but few outside the science and medical communities are aware that Myriad continues to possess a repository of patient data from BRCA testing that it does not share with researchers outside its own lab.


After testing for a genetic mutation related to BRCA, some people — around 3 to 7% of cases — receive the result “variant of uncertain significance.” This indicates that the lab found a genetic change that may be linked to cancer risks but was unable to determine whether the gene change is a “deleterious change,” which increases the risk for cancer, or a variant that does not. Until the Supreme Court ruling which allowed other labs to begin conducting BRCA testing, Myriad had been for 16 years the sole commercial provider in the United States collecting those variants, which are important tools for interpreting results. It stopped contributing those results to the public database Breast Information Core, the largest database for BRCA mutations, in 2004.
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The issue with Myriad is that it considers the samples on which they conducted BRCA genetic testing as their "commercial property" and not as the scientific "tool" that has the possibility, if accessible to researchers, to lead in undestanding if they’re inherited and if they cause cancer.

The allegations presented by Myriad are not convincing, and lead to think again about who owns biospecimens given to labs for testing. In Europe the discussion about biobanking is only recently getting more attention by patient advocacy organizations. It is a subject that is not known to the majority of patients e.g. what are biospecimens, where are they stored, who has access to them, what are the patient's rights on them..

ECPC has recently published a concise  information booklet the Biobank F.A.Q. Through the EU funded project  EuroCanPlatform (http://eurocanplatform.eu/)    ECPC and its partners have compiled a concise document, which will provide European cancer patients with the basic knowledge to understand the importance and power of biobanking. Please download the F.A.Q. clicking here: Biobank F.A.Q.

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Visit Greece | Loutraki

Visit Greece | Loutraki | thermal tourism | Scoop.it

Loutraki  is a coastal town which is internationally known for its thermal springs, built in the northern part of the Corinthian Gulf’s cove, at the foot of Mount Geraneia. During the ΄50s, ΄60s and ΄70s it was a very popular vacation resort both for Greek and foreign visitors. The first Casino in Greece was established in 1928 in Loutraki, whilst in 1995 the biggest Casino in Europe re-opened in Loutraki, which enhanced the city’s tourism. 

The thermal springs of Loutraki were famous from Antiquity, when the city was called Thermai, in honor of Thermia Artemis. The region is also famous for its natural mineral waters. It is located 12,5 km northeast from Corinth.

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Loutraki is best located for tourists who want to enjoy thermalism and possitherapy (drinking the natural mineral waters) but also visit Athens and Peloponnese. Athens is just an hour's drive by car or less with the fast train that stops at Corinth, while Argos, Mycenae, Nafplio are also easy to reach by bus or car within one - one and half hours..

Besides those interested in local culture and cuisine they can follow the Wines Route of Peloponnese and visit the wineries of Nemea...

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Why we're heading for a global healthcare crunch – and how to avoid it

Why we're heading for a global healthcare crunch – and how to avoid it | thermal tourism | Scoop.it
Designing healthcare around the commercial concept of value would improve services and prevent a financial crisis, says policy advisor Anoop Maini

 

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So what is value in healthcare? It may be patient outcomes or results achieved per pound spent; this is hard to visualise so it may be better to say that value equals solving health problems for patients to leave them in a better position than when they approached the service, and at a cost which is more efficient than paying for the long-term consequences of the presenting problem.

Spend a few minutes digesting these sentences, for they explain the root of the problem and the barriers to better value-based services in healthcare. The particular pressures that health services face are the difference between solving a problem and responding to an illness, and the difference between taking the long term or short term view.....

Kathi Apostolidis's insight:

To θέμα του κόστους της παροχής υπηρεσιών υγείας στα δημόσια συστήματα υγείας δεν είναι μόνον Ελληνικό, απλά σε μάς έχει αναδειχθεί σε βασικό κοινωνικό και οικονομικό θέμα, λόγω της οικονομικής κρίσης και της ευκολίας με την οποία οι κυβερνήσεις αποφασίζουν τις περικοπές χρηματοδότησης του συγκεκριμένου τομέα.

 

Τα περισσότερα Ευρωπαϊκά συστήματα υγείας αντιμετωπίζουν σοβαρά προβλήματα λόγω του συνεχώς διογκούμενου κόστους. Το άρθρο θέτει σε δημόσια συζήτηση το άν τα δημόσια συστήματα υγείας οφείλουν προκειμένου να επιβιώσουν να προσανατολισθούν σε παροχή υπηρεσιών υγείας που βασίζονται στην "αξία" (value)....Πως όμως θα προσδιορισθεί η "αξία"?

 

 

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AACR Cancer Progress Report 2012

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The AACR Cancer Progress Report 2012 details how scientific discoveries are transforming the prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer and ushering in a new era of personalized medicine where cancer patients are treated based on the molecular profile of theircancer.

 

 

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Στις 18 οι αναγνωρισμένες ιαματικές πηγές

Στις 18 οι αναγνωρισμένες ιαματικές πηγές | thermal tourism | Scoop.it
Άλλη μία Ιαματική Πηγή προστέθηκε στον κατάλογο των αναγνωρισμένων πηγών της χώρας.

 

Υπενθυμίζεται ότι οι άλλες 17 αναγνωρισμένες Ιαματικές Πηγές είναι:

Λίμνης Βουλιαγμένης (Ν. Αττικής), Καμένων Βούρλων (Δήμος Αγ. Κωνσταντίνου-Μώλου), Κρηνίδες (Καβάλα), Λουτράκι-Πόζαρ (Αριδαία),Σουρωτή (Θεσσαλονίκη), Κάνιστρα (Κασσάνδρα-Χαλκιδικής), Καλλιθέα(Ρόδος), Λουτράκι-Περαχώρα (Κόρινθος), Θέρμη (Θεσσαλονίκη),Παρανέστι (Δράμα), Γιάλτρα Αιδηψού, Χανόπουλος (Άρτα),Ν.Απολλωνία (Βόλβη), Παπαϊωάννου (Αιδηψός), Τραιανούπολη(Έβρος), Θέρμαι Σύλλα στην Αιδηψό και πρόσφατα η πηγή Διαμάντη-Πεπόνα στην Αιδηψό.

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H Ελλάδα εκτός από τις ανωτέρω 17 αναφερόμενες έχει εκατοντάδες άλλες ιαματικές πηγές, αλλες περισσότερο και άλλες λιγότερο οργανωμένες για λουτροθεραπεία, π.χ. οι θερμομηγές της Λέσβου με την υψηλότερη θερμοκρασία στην Ευρώπη, τα Μέθανα στην Αργολίδα, κ.ά..Πρόκειται για ανεκμετάλλευτο φυσικό πλούτο..

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Visit Greece | Bath town Aidipsos

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Boasting more than 80 thermal springs-already known from the antiquity- and an excellent tourism infrastructure, the beautiful seaside resort of Northern Evia, welcomes every year thousands of visitors, who come to enjoy the “thermal gifts” of this...
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Types of hydrotherapy techniques

Hydrotherapy is a form of body treatment involving moving and exercising in water. The treatment is carried out in special pools known as hydrotherapy pools. These pools differ from ordinary pools in pressure, temperature and water movement. However, the pressure, temperature and water movement of hydrotherapy pools are controlled depending on the person being treated and type of hydrotherapy carried out.

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Thermal Baths - Prefecture of Thessalonica

Many thermal springs spurt from the Macedonian soil. Five mesothermal alkaline thermal springs and one cold acid spring can be found in Thessalonica Prefecture.


These are located at the following locations: At Thermi, some kilometers outside Thessalonica, where you will find the Thermi thermal spas with sulfuric thermal springs and accommodation and balneotherapy facilities, which are open from July to October.


At Apollonia village (55 km away from Thessalonica), on the banks of Volvi lake visitors will find a spa with modern facilities. Soon the thermal spas of Apollonia will offer not only therapeutic activities but also beauty and relaxation services. The thermal spas of Apollonia are ideal for curing dermatopathies, as well as conditions related to peripheral nerves.


Moreover, at Lagadas village, 18 km away from Thessalonica visitors can find another network of hot thermal springs. There is also a hotel, a restaurant and a beautiful garden providing a shelter from the heat.


The thermal spas of Lagada are ideal for curing arthritic and rheumatic diseases as well as conditions related to peripheral nerves.


Finally at Souroti, a village near Thessalonica, there is spring with drinking water, which has a healing effect, eases digestion and acts as a diuretic.

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Pozar Thermal Baths- A revitalisation of the senses in the birthplace of Alexander the Great

Pozar Thermal Baths- A revitalisation of the senses in the birthplace of Alexander the Great | thermal tourism | Scoop.it

Home to your sensational holiday will be Loutráki, also known as Pózar, an area situated at 110 km from Thessaloniki and only 40 km from Edessa, the capital of Pella and one of the most beautiful cities of Greece thanks to the water streams that run through it and rush over the cliffs to form two waterfalls, with the higher and more spectacular one at 70 m.


At the foot of Kaimaktsalan Mountain, the thermal baths facilities of Pózar comprise 48 individual baths, 6 indoor pools, the outdoor pool (12x25m) hamams, jacuzzi and spa services. Recommended for rheumatic, dermatological, gynecological, and respiratory and circulatory system conditions, the hot springs of Pózar are beneficiary for everybody’s health and well-being not just while bathing in them, but also when drinking their water. Still, that’s just half as natural and healthy as you can go.

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