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  • Medilagos Clinic reopens on the 3rd of May

    After a long period of varying states of confinement, in which we concentrated all our health services at Luzdoc Clinic, in Praia da Luz, we feel, with a certain satisfaction, that the time has come to reopen the doors of Medilagos clinic, to reconnect with our clients in Lagos.

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  • The “In Between Time”

    We are living in a strange time, the “in between time”. This is the real “twilight zone”… This is the time after the “past normal time” and before the “future normal time” … whatever this will be! We remember how it was, but we cannot really figure out how it will become. For now, we Read More

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  • COVID VACCINATION INFORMATION

    UPDATE National Health Service procedures, regarding vaccination against COVID-19 of the public treated by the private health sector, have now been updated leading to changes in our own internal protocols. Anyone meeting the inclusion criteria for Phase 1 of the COVID Vaccination Program will have to attend a presential medical consultation to ensure that the Read More

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  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION PATIENTS WHO ARE REGISTERED WITH THE STATE SYSTEM (SNS) BUT WHO USE THE PRIVATE MEDICAL SYSTEM FOR THEIR GENERAL CARE, CHECK-UPS AND TREATMENTS, MAY HAVE AILMENTS OR CHRONIC CONDITIONS THAT SHOULD BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT WHEN PRIORITIZING PEOPLE FOR THE COVID-19 VACCINATION. AS THERE IS NO COMMUNICATION BETWEEN PRIVATE AND STATE HELD DATABASES Read More

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  • COVID-19 – ATTENTION

    COVID-19 ATTENTION DIn response to the exacerbation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Portugal, Luzdoc is changing internal procedures for COVID-19 triage/testing, to include those who present with possible symptoms as well as any necessary pre-travel testing. For more detailed information please contact us on 282 780 700 or by email on info@luzdoc.com

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  • CORONAVIRUS UPDATE IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ THE LUZDOC/MEDILAGOS TEAM CONTINUES TO CLOSELY FOLLOW DEVELOPMENTS REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC. WE HAVE INSTITUTED SPECIFIC MEASUREMENTS TO MINIMISE THE RISK OF CONTAGION FOR OUR CLIENTS AND STAFF. NEW WORKING HOURS LUZDOC CLINIC LUZDOC REMAINS FULLY FUNCTIONAL. OUR OPENING TIMES ARE AS FOLLOWS: DURING THE WEEK FROM Read More

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  • LUZDOC MEDICAL TEAM

    Dr. Nádia Brandford has left Luzdoc to work on a new project outside Portugal. We want to thank her for her professionalism and wish her success and personal achievement. We welcome Dr. Isa Rodrigues who will, from now on, be part of the Luzdoc medical team with Dr. Joanna Karamon, Dr. Inês Rodrigues and Dr. Read More

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  • INFORMATION

    INFORMATION provision of health services in suspected or diagnosed cases of infection by covid-19 Luzdoc would like to inform our clients that we are not a Covid-19 REFERRAL unit. However, we have specific protocols in place to guide our decision-making in suspected or positive cases for this infection: • All clients who come to Luzdoc Read More

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  • Pay Attention – Flu jab

    WE WOULD LIKE to inform you that due to the current contingency plans and restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic, we do not yet have an expected date when we will receive the flu vaccines. The distribution of influenza vaccines purchased by the Portuguese state was mainly for the National Health System (SNS). Therefore, we advise Read More

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  • FLU VACCINATION in the times of Covid-19 Pandemic

    The prospect of a flu season during the coronavirus pandemic is frightening to health experts. What disease are you most concerned about catching this Autumn? Probably not the flu! More likely, COVID-19 is the worry on your mind. But the flu season is coming soon. In the northern and southern hemispheres, influenza outbreaks occur mainly Read More

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  • FLU IS NOT A COLD

    FLU IS NOT A COLD TYPICAL FLU SYMPTOMS: MALAISE, FEVER, COUGH PROTECT YOURSELF AND THE OTHERS AROUND YOU BE VACCINATED! Flu vaccines have few side effects, are effective and safe. Vaccination prevents disease, hospital admissions and death. It is possible to avert the effects of flu through vaccination EVERYONE SHOULD BE VACCINATED   IN PARTICULAR: Read More

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  • IMPORTANT NEWS – LUZDOC/MEDILAGOS

    IMPORTANT NEWS – LUZDOC/MEDILAGOS Aesthetic MedicineWE ARE BACK! These are extraordinary times we are living through, but we must adjust to a new “normal” with a new set of behavioral rules and health safety precautions. But we still want to help you to LOOK AND FEEL BETTER in the face of our current reality! With Read More

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  • Unlocking the lockdown

    Unlocking the lockdown The Covid19 pandemic has hit the world hard. In four months we have seen millions infected, thousands dying and the healthcare systems, even in the most developed countries, stretched to breaking point. It is now time to start considering how you will get people back into the workplace as many economies worldwide Read More

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  • COVID-19 – Quick Test

    COVID-19 Quick Test COVID-19 IgG/IgM Immunochromatographic Assay Tests Qualitative Antibody Detection Results within 10 minutes Available From the 15th of May For more information, please contact 282 780 700.  

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  • MASK USE REQUIRED

    MANDATORY MASK USE When you come to Luzdoc – International Medical Service, you must wear a surgical mask. If you don`t have yours, we have a mask available for you, which will be invoiced. Face mask is indispensable to access our services.

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  • COVID-19 TESTING

    THE LUZDOC TEAM HAS BEEN CLOSELY FOLLOWING THE PORTUGUESE DGS (GENERAL DIRECTION OF HEALTH) AND THE LEADING EPIDEMIOLOGISTS IN THEIRRECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING THE EVOLUTION OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. LUZDOC IS NOW OFFERING COVID-19 TESTING WITH THE SUPPORT OF MEDICAL ADVICE FOR REQUESTING THE APPROPRIATE TESTS TO EACH INDIVIDUAL, INTERPRETING THE RESULTS AND ADVISING ON FOLLOW-UP PRESENTLY Read More

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  • Up-To-Date Health Services A continuous effort!

    Since 1981 Luzdoc has progressed into a tailor-made Family Medicine center, providing a comprehensive 24 Hours Health Care Service to the resident and the tourist populations of the Algarve, where patients are partners in their health care, well-being and health prevention. Luzdoc recognises the emergence of more discerning clients, better informed about their health issues Read More

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  • CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

    CORONAVIRUS UPDATE IMPORTANT INFORMATION – PLEASE READ THE LUZDOC/MEDILAGOS TEAM CONTINUES TO CLOSELY FOLLOW DEVELOPMENTS REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PANDEMIC. WE HAVE INSTITUTED SPECIFIC MEASUREMENTS TO MINIMISE THE RISK OF CONTAGION FOR OUR CLIENTS AND STAFF. NEW WORKING HOURS LUZDOC CLINIC LUZDOC REMAINS FULLY FUNCTIONAL. OUR OPENING TIMES ARE AS FOLLOWS: DURING THE WEEK FROM Read More

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  • DISEASE OUTBREAKs

    Endemic, Epidemic, Pandemic The World is scared of the new coronavirus outbreak. Around 80 thousand confirmed cases, more than 2.500 deaths and numbers keep growing every day. Outbreaks of disease can spread rapidly and kill thousands. A disease Outbreak is declared when more cases of a disease than expected are recorded in one area. The Read More

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  • The silly season… or… The Dog Days of Summer

    The silly season is generally considered to be the period in the late summer months, when the mass media often focus on trivial or frivolous matters, for lack of major news stories. But it is also a period of time, during a holiday season, in which the behaviour of an individual or a group tends 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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  • AREN’T WE LUCKY!

    AREN’T WE LUCKY! We are the lucky “Algarveans” that have been having a most extraordinary sunny winter. This week, when all the news were talking about cold and ice everywhere in Europe, I have seen people at the beach, lying on a towel and even bathing … Crazy? May be not!  The sunshine has been Read More

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  • Why have a skin screen before summer?

    Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer! Ultraviolet radiation from the sun is a major environmental factor, regarded as the main causative factor in the formation of skin tumours such as basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma. This radiation causes DNA damage to the cells triggering mutations (genetic defects) that 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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  • The International Algarve Fair

    The International Algarve Fair was again held at Fatacil this year on the 5th and 6th of June and Luzdoc was there to participate. As we have come to expect over the years it was a great success both through the organization, participation and attendance of all concerned. We saw many clients, old and new, Read More

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  • Traveling Throught

    We all travel through life, year after year, day by day and each hour, each minute should be used and enjoyed as much as possible along the way, an inevitable trip, a journey you will have to endure and profit with pleasure, making the best of it. Each life, each year, has expected routine and 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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