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Intrinsic Skin Aging

  You can actually see the difference between the effects of intrinsic and extrinsic (caused by external environmental influences) factors on skin aging by simply examining the skin on your own body, seeing the difference between skin exposed to the sun and skin that is sun-protected, which incidentally can be considered representative of the aging Read More

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Acne

  Is defined as a common skin disease which occurs when the pores of the skin become clogged with oil, dead skin cells and bacteria, causing inflammation and infection – i.e. spots/pimples!!! To understand this more we have to know a little bit about normal skin. The small holes in your skin (pores) connect to Read More

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Newsletter ME04 – What happens to our skin as we age?

Nothing good! Skin health and beauty is considered one of the principle factors of overall “well being” and perception of “health” in humans. Watching our skin age can be one of the more distressing facts of aging. Visually we can see the skin aging, becoming drier, rougher and slacker, developing lesions such as benign or Read More

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Newsletter ME03 – How do We Increase Collagen and Elastin

Before we look into ways of increasing collagen and elastin levels we need to look into one more very important component of skin aging – Hyaluronic Acid!!!! HA, also known as hyaluronan or hyaluronate, is a carbohydrate molecule which occurs naturally throughout the body, but more than 50% of it is found in the skin, Read More

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Newsletter ME02 – Collagen and Elastin – What Aesthetics is All About!

The underlying aim of most aesthetic treatments is to correct the fact that, as we get older, we lose two important components which make up healthy, youthful skin – collagen and elastin!! These are found in the connective tissue, also called the “cellular glue”, which supports, connects and separates the different types of tissues and Read More

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Newsletter ME01 – Aesthetic Medicine – Why do it?

As we get older all of us begin to see the visible signs of the aging process and nowhere is this more obvious than in our skin and ultimately our face – the part of our body we see first thing in the morning and last thing at night! For the majority of us this Read More

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Press Articles

The Denial… of Science!

Do you believe in science? When you have people who do not know much about science and stand in denial of science that is a recipe for the dismantling of an informed society. Neil de Grasse Tyson, an American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator, said that when he grew up, people relied on science to Read More

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The Importance of Occupational Health.

Since Luzdoc came into being, more than 30 years ago, we have provided our clients with a personalised medical service of quality. In this context our Occupational Health services answer the needs and specificity of the business sector. Regardless of the obligatory nature of occupational health which our laws impose, the benefits of investing in Read More

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Is Prevention better than Cure?

Please do not start thinking that you have heard enough about this prevention “thing”. So many times, that you do not need to read anything else about it, you know it all. Right, but definitely wrong. Wrong because most people might have heard all about prevention but, knowing is not enough, one needs to put Read More

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Blood Sucking

BLOOD SUCKING, BLOOD LETTING …  AND THE QUEST FOR THE ELIXIR OF ETERNAL YOUTH Seems like all things vampire are all the rage at the moment; what with books and films like the “Twilight” series, TV programmes like “The Vampire Dairies” and “Trueblood” and now the latest catch phrase … the Vampire Facelift … but Read More

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The 10 Commandements of a Family Doctor

It took me 10 years to realize that I actually enjoyed being a GP, or rather I finally recognized myself as having become a true Family Doctor. It was not an easy, believe me, it took a long time to get over the “inferiority complex” of having all of your Medical School friends  getting their Read More

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Man’s Best FrenemyMan’s Best Frenemy

MAN’S BEST “FRENEMY”?? One of our members of staff just recently became the proud owner of a brand new puppy, courtesy of a now much loved other half. And the very next day, that same member of staff came in wailing and complaining about being cover in flea bites! Now we all know by now Read More

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Travel Medicine

There are many things that you can do to prepare yourself and your family for travel. By being as prepared as you can be, you are setting yourself up for a great getaway that will minimize any unpleasant circumstances that sometimes arise with travel. The very first thing you must do is RESEARCH. You want to Read More

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Nutritional Questions and Answers for Optimal Health

Nutritional Therapy is the application of nutrition and health science to enable individuals to maximise their health potential.  It can also help alleviate a wide range of conditions and assist in the recovery from many ill-health situations.  SOME questions which may be apparent but previously people have not felt inclined to enquire about not realising Read More

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Not Enough Time!

Rush, rush, rush, rushing trough life is everybody’s problem (well, almost everybody). Even those who are not working seem to find a way of packing their days with “things to do” creating their own stress timetable as if they cannot resist being contaminated by the “rush virus”. It is pretty rare to hear someone say they Read More

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Architecture, Urbanism and Health

The World Health Day was celebrated on the 7th of April 2010 This year the World Health Organization has chosen as its theme “The influence of architecture and urbanism in health”. It could not be more pertinent. The habitation space is a very important health factor, both to promote it or to destroy it. It Read More

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Health Concerns of a High Protein

Protein is digested by enzymes situated in the upper part of the digestive tract only.  If there is an overload to these enzymes, undigested protein molecules reach the colon causing dysbiosis (A state of altered bacterial flora in the gut).  This putrefactive state can contribute to degenerative diseases later in life furthermore the undigested molecules Read More

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A Life with a Purpose

A Meaningful Life Protects Your Brain… And your Health A new study finds that having a higher purpose in life could protect against Alzheimer’s disease. A sense of higher purpose in life was found to be the most important psychosocial factor associated not only with less cognitive impairment and better psychological well-being, but also in Read More

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Dr. Maria Alice

Dr Maria Alice, the Managing Director of Luzdoc, was invited by Dr João Bacalhau, President of the Administration of the Hospital Particular do Algarve Group, to become one of the tree Directors in the Clinical Direction of the Group, which she has accepted with pleasure, as it is a return to a “friendly family” that, Read More

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Influenza Virus

1. INFLUENZA VIRUS: “THE FACTS OF LIFE” Influenza, commonly called “the flu,” is a viral illness that infects the respiratory tract of many animals, birds, and humans. It is divided into three types, namely A, B, and C. Furthermore, the differences between two specific proteins in the capsular wall of the influenza A virus provide Read More

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Aging

When I’ll get older, losing my hair… many years from now! What does it mean to grow older? During childhood, adolescence and young adulthood the typical “ambience” inside the mind is one of immortality and aging means nothing… it is not “your own thing”. Even though it’s a lifelong process it is not until the Read More

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Silent Night

Silent Night… Holy Night… Santa Claus is coming… to town… December is here again and, with it, all the usual joys of Christmas… There is a lot of confusion and controversy in people’s minds over the meaning of Christmas, in our personal lives and in the world. Yet only a few, if any, are willing Read More

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Patient or Client?

What do you prefer?…To be a patient… or a client? The word patient originally meant ‘one who suffers’, who has the “patience” to suffer. A patient is anyone who is ill or injured and in need of receiving medical attention, care, or treatment from a doctor or other medically educated person. Wrongly, there is the habit of Read More

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The Editorial – Travel Clinic

With Dr Maria Alice Serrano e Silva at the helm since 1983, Luzdoc has continued to strive, on their clients’ behalf, to offer the best, most up to date services possible. One of these services is our new, dedicated Travel Medicine clinic, where we go through your whole itinerary, discuss relevant disease risks and advise Read More

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Treatment vs Cure

TREATMENT vs CURE I am quite sure that I am not the first, last or the only doctor around who often gets very frustrated when they hear their patients saying “…but I felt better so I stopped taking them!”. Successful treatment of disease with prescription medicines requires consistent use of the medicines as prescribed. Yet Read More

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To Sue or not to Sue?

TO SUE OR NOT TO SUE… the internet and liability A few days ago, a very interesting and rather thought-provoking article popped into my email inbox with the following title: “Chilling New Ways Patients are Suing Doctors”… hhhmm. The article was written in the context of the American  malpractice/liability landscape but it brought a couple Read More

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There’s a Rumbling in my Tummy

THERE’S A RUMBLING IN MY TUMMY!!! On the 15 May 2012, the British Dietetic Association issued new evidence-based guidelines for the dietary management of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) in adults which I found most interesting. So I thought that as we come into summer and a lot of our eating habits change to accommodate the Read More

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Health Related Information

ONCE I HAD A PATIENT…

ONCE I HAD A PATIENT… This is how doctors always start a conversation when they get together… People comment all the time that doctors are “terrible”… whenever  two, or more… get together, they seem not to know how to speak about anything else but work. Well, may be it is true, but… the truth, the Read More

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