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170 ‘avoidable deaths’ in hospital surgeries every year

As many as 346 patients die in surgeries every year - and half this number could be avoided. The shock findings came in a preliminary report issued by the Portuguese association of operating...

Half the angiographs used in Portugal’s hospitals are past their ‘sell-by’ dates. According to a new report on large-scale hospital equipment, 22 of the country’s 44 angiographs are over 10 years...

Hospital “victory” opens new can of worms

On paper, it’s a “victory”. Socialists fighting the transfer of services from Portimão hospital to Faro have won a court ruling that effectively bars health chiefs from any further streamlining....

Child vaccine withdrawn after bad reactions

A multi-vaccine against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough and polio has been suspended following serious adverse reactions in three children.

Reactions included strong pain and swelling...

Health service suffers 2,000 ‘no shows’ every day

Every day at least 2,000 patients fail to turn up for medical appointments in Portugal’s health centres and surgeries - and doctors point the finger at increased charges and patients’ financial...

Did you know that certain foods or food components may provide health and wellness benefits? These foods, also known as “functional foods”, are thought to provide benefits beyond basic nutrition...

“It is a national emergency.” Thousands of Portuguese every year need ‘end-of-life’ palliative care, but only a tiny minority receive it. According to APCP (the Portuguese palliative care...

Every family should have one, but the truth is that 31.1% of the Algarve’s population has not been appointed a family doctor, according to data from the regional health administration (ARS) cited...

Opt for coconut oil when cooking and baking in place of butter. It is one of the few oils that remains ‘healthy’ and does not oxidise when heated.

Coconut oil is also rich in lauric acid, a...

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