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Awareness raising, medical training in the field and medical/surgical equipment: focus areas in the initiative by Amref Health Africa and Laboratorios Viñas to improve obstetric health in southern Ethiopia

Awareness raising, medical training in the field and medical/surgical equipment: focus areas in the initiative by Amref Health Africa and Laboratorios Viñas to improve obstetric health in southern Ethiopia

 Ethiopian women have a 1 in 52 chance of dying due to pregnancy-related causes, compared with 1 in 3,700 in developed countries. Obstetric deaths in Ethiopia are estimated as making up approximately 4% of all maternal deaths worldwide (WHO 2013). The most recent demographic health survey in Ethiopia (EDHS 2011) estimated the maternal mortality rate (MMR) in the country at 676 per 100,000. 85% of maternal deaths in health centres are due to direct obstetric complications. However, it should be kept in mind that the EDHS (2011) showed that just 10% of births take place in a healthcare establishment.In line with the Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) Assessment 2008, the top cause of maternal death in healthcare establishments is uterine rupture (18%). The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA 2010) estimated that 9,000 Ethiopian women develop an obstetric fistula each year and that up to 100,000 women live with untreated fistulas or uterine prolapse. An obstetric fistula is an abnormal orifice in the birth canal leading to constant urinary incontinence, health problems, shame and social exclusion. Uterine prolapse occurs when the uterus descends due to rupture or weakness of the pelvic floor. The causes of these extremely high figures are: the low rate of births in health centres, the lack of qualified midwives, the poor healthcare centre referral system, the lack of Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEmONC) and Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (CEmONC), as well as insufficient funding. Similarly, cultural and social mores in rural communities, large distances from health centres and financial barriers constitute significant limitations for the improvement of maternal health. For all of these reasons, the Ethiopian government prepared a 5-year Strategic Plan (2015 - 2020) containing measures for improvement of childbirth assistance and access to emergency obstetric care. There are 9 fistula repair centres in the country and the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) continues to promote campaigns for uterine and vaginal prolapse repair surgery in all hospitals. Reaching the rural regions of southern Ethiopia Aware of this precarious situation, Amref Health Africa and Laboratorios Viñas developed an initiative in southern Ethiopia’s Jinka General Hospital, located in the rural region of South Omo, an area with very low sexual and reproductive health indicators, where, due to its cultural diversity (up to 20 different ethnic groups) and the semi-nomadic way of life, it is essential to raise community awareness to detect cases, even in the most isolated rural communities. Poverty and poor road infrastructure makes access to the formal healthcare system (hospitals and health centres) all the more difficult. The overall objective of the initiative was to improve obstetric health in the women of Ethiopia’s rural communities. The specific objectives included improving access to specialised obstetric healthcare through campaigns promoting uterine prolapse and obstetric fistula repair surgery and healthcare staff training on prevention, assistance for obstructed labour and prolapse treatment. To achieve these goals, they engaged in several activities: Community-wide awareness raising and information giving, case detection and diagnosis by community healthcare workers.Medical/surgical and training campaign for the treatment and repair of uterine prolapse and obstetric fistula.Provision of equipment and medicines. The results have been very positive, and certainly constitute a necessary first step. A total of 32 women with uterine prolapse and obstetric fistula were treated with reconstructive surgery and received advice and support.15 healthcare professionals from Jinka Hospital received practical training from volunteer obstetricians and specialist surgeons visiting the country.Surgical equipment such as catheters, cannulas, surgical gloves, suture materials and medicines were provided. Indirectly, the population of women of reproductive age from the municipalities falling within the catchment area of Jinka Hospital will benefit, representing 23.4% of the population or 234,000 women.  During this second year of collaboration, Amref Health Africa and Laboratorios Viñas launched this project after offering training to midwives also in Africa. Of note, by way of recognition for its work, Amref Health Africa received the 2018 Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation.  Since 2007, Laboratorios Viñas has supported humanitarian initiatives to help improve the critical healthcare and nutritional situation of many people in different parts of the world. These actions fall within its Corporate Social Responsibility policy. 
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Belcils launches two essential products for the most sensitive eyes

Belcils launches two essential products for the most sensitive eyes

 Eyes play the starring role in every look, day or night. They are a key facial feature and are very delicate, as is the eye contour skin, which shows signs of ageing: in addition to wrinkles and sagging skin, the passage of time causes increased sensitivity due to further thinning of what is already a fine and delicate area. It is also important not to forget the importance of the “frame” of the eyes, the brows. Thick and well defined brows bring unique personality and attractiveness to the face. But excessive plucking as well as problems such as alopecia and seborrheic dermatitis render them sparse, grey and barely visible, almost completely erasing the face’s expressiveness. Not just any product will do to bring eyes back into the spotlight. People with sensitive eyes and simply wearers of contact lenses (which can cause dry eyes) should take care with the products they use. Two essential eye make-up products Belcils, the sensitive eye care and beauty specialist brand, is launching two essential new eye make-up products, Belcils Hypoallergenic Highlighter and Belcils Dual-Colour Eyebrow Pencil. The perfect duo to flaunt fresh and rested eyes that steal the show. Belcils Hypoallergenic Highlighter is an illuminating make-up product applied to bring light to certain areas of the face. Its formula with Dermaxyl and vitamin E beautifies the eyes, reduces expression lines and wrinkles, and minimises signs of tiredness. It contains light-diffusing pigments to cover and conceal imperfections, bringing instant luminosity to the face.   Its fluid texture, which comes in a single shade, adapts to your skin and is recommended for all women looking to bring a touch of light to their eyes while treating signs of ageing. Hypoallergenic and tested under dermatological and ophthalmological control, it is especially indicated for contact lens wearers or people with highly sensitive skin and tolerance problems. Belcils Dual-Colour Eyebrow Pencil, in a duo of brown tones, with its core enriched with Japanese tree wax, fills in, defines and shapes brows with total safety. It incorporates a brush to smudge and comb the pencil strokes, offering a very natural appearance. Hypoallergenic and tested under dermatological and ophthalmological control, it is especially indicated for contact lens wearers or people with sensitive eyes and/or skin and tolerance problems. These two products combine perfectly for high-tolerance eye make-up, even in cases of extreme sensitivity, with an attractive and natural result. First, define and shape your brows with the pencil, combing through to fill in, and finally apply the highlighter to the eyebrow arch for a more natural look and a lift effect. On sale in pharmacies and parapharmacies. Beauty tips How to define eyebrows Use a long pencil to act as a guide to help you mark the key points.  Place the pencil over your lip and direct it towards the outer part of the wing of the nose. Where it passes through the brow, the pencil will mark where it starts.To mark the second key point on the eyebrow, look straight ahead and place the pencil parallel to the iris, vertically, to mark the highest point of the brow.Finally, to locate the point where the brow should end, use the pencil to join the corner of the lip with the outer corner of the eye. This will give you the exact spot.Once you have marked the key points to correctly design your brow, apply Belcils Dual-Colour Eyebrow Pencil, filling in all of the missing hairs within your outline and covering the finest and whitest hairs.Brush through to harmonise the effect. Since this is a long-lasting product, you can rest assured that your brows will remain perfect for hours.  Where to apply the highlighter Which strategic areas of the face can be brightened with Belcils Hypoallergenic Highlighter for a radiant look with no trace of tiredness? Outside the tear duct, between the brows and at the temples to open up the eyes.In the eyebrow arch for an eyelid lift effect.Over the cheekbones to sculpt the face.In the wings of the nose to avoid shadows.In the centre of the chin to harmonise the facial contour.In the centre of the forehead to bring more luminosity to the face. 
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The Sportsalil range is growing: new care products to cover the needs of amateur athletes

The Sportsalil range is growing: new care products to cover the needs of amateur athletes

 Safeguarding health is within our reach. All you have to do is keep to a balanced diet and engage in regular exercise. The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends spending at least 150 minutes a week on moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of more intense exercise. Staying active is essential to the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes, breast cancer or colon cancer. The statistics speak for themselves: NCDs are responsible for 71% of all deaths worldwide, including those of 15 million people aged 30-70 each year. The advantages of exercise are not merely physical. Exercise is an excellent stress and aggressiveness regulator. It also helps improve sleep and boost energy levels. By causing endorphin release, it offers a feeling of wellbeing. In addition, by improving muscle tone and reducing fat levels, it makes us feel more attractive. Our goal: to cover athletes’ needs Although 26% of the Spanish population continues to be sedentary, the latest survey by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport in 2015 shows a 9.2% increase in the number of people taking exercise compared with the survey from 2010. Aware of the growing importance of sport in our lives, Laboratorios Viñas has developed Sportsalil, a range of specific products to cater to amateur and professional athletes’ needs before, during and after exercise. The existing range made up of Sportsalil Ice Spray and Sportsalil Heat Band and Patch, indicated for muscle care, Sportsalil Articular, for joint protection and Sportsalil Roll-on Deodorant, to boost hygiene, is now extended with Sportsalil Relax Cream, Sportsalil Anti-Rubbing and Sportsalil Footcare. Don’t let pain stop you We all like to improve our performance, but sometimes pain or fear of injuring ourselves can slam the brakes on our potential. Sports massage is an excellent strategy for eliminating fatigue and preventing injuries since it allows us to improve blood flow to the muscles and eliminate toxins. -  Thanks to its fluidtexture and easy absorption, Sportsalil Relax Cream is ideal for massage application. Developed with a combination of plant extracts (Arnica montana, Camomile and Ginkgo biloba) and other ingredients, it hydrates skin and procures a calming and refreshing sensation, an effect which is boosted by its pleasant camomile aroma. Tested by athletes and physiotherapists at the San Cugat Training Centre, Sportsalil Relax Cream gained a general satisfaction percentage of 79% among athletes and 97% among physiotherapists. In both cases, the evaluation of the residue level after product application was 100% satisfactory (*). Sportsalil Relax Cream is ideal for people looking to relieve muscle discomfort caused by sport or daily activities, and it is especially well suited to people looking for products based on plant extracts or those who do not wish to use heat effect creams. Directions for use: apply a sufficient quantity of Sportsalil Relax Cream and massage the affected area until completely absorbed. Repeat as often as necessary. Sportsalil Relax Cream comes in two formats: a 100 ml tube and a 200 ml tube. Keep your skin free of injuries and irritation Well hydrated skin free of injuries is essential to prevent us from feeling limited during sport. Blisters, rubbing and irritation are our top enemies. - Sportsalil Anti-Rubbing Gel forms a pleasant film over skin, preventing rubbing against sports clothing, your own skin or sweat. Dermatologically tested, it is resistant against water, moisture and sweat. It is also fragrance-free. Directions for use: apply a small amount of gel before exercising, to areas likely to experience rubbing and irritation, such as the groin, nipples, underarms, the inner surface of the thighs and the neck, and gently massage in. Thanks to its non-oily texture, it is easily absorbed. Sportsalil Anti-Rubbing Gel comes in a 30 ml tube. -  Sportsalil Footcare is an intensive moisturising cream designed for amateur athletes or people who engage in regular exercise leading to foot problems. This formula based on Enteromorpha compressa (algae), peppermint oil and glycerine can be used before or after exercise. Before: prevents the appearance of blisters, rubbing and other forms of discomfort, while intensely moisturising, avoiding impact-related discomfort and friction on the foot.After: refreshes and repairs sports lovers’ delicate feet and, thanks to its revitalising action, rebalances skin. Directions for use: apply a small amount over the whole surface of the foot before or after exercise. Gently massage in until fully absorbed. Sportsalil Footcare comes in a 50 ml tube. The Sportsalil product range is on sale in pharmacies and parapharmacies.                        (*) Use test carried out on 20 professional athletes at the High Performance Sports Centre of Catalonia with 6 physiotherapists.
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Estriax Anti-Stretch Mark Cream. An innovative and effective anti-stretch mark solution, with an excellent texture and cosmetic qualities

Estriax Anti-Stretch Mark Cream. An innovative and effective anti-stretch mark solution, with an excellent texture and cosmetic qualities

 Our skin is an elastic tissue thanks to collagen and elastin, two structural proteins that provide it with support and flexibility. The passage of time is a factor that can alter skin’s elasticity, but there are other situations where our bodies change significantly, such as pregnancy and breastfeeding, puberty, sudden weight changes or certain pharmacological treatments, such as topical corticosteroids, which can also diminish skin’s cohesion. These are the times where we run the risk of developing stretch marks. Stretch marks or striae are marks on the skin caused by the breakage and partial loss of the collagen and elastin fibres found in the dermis. They are characterised by the localised thinning and indentation of the skin, causing linear depressions with an irregular texture and a reddish, purplish or pearly colour, depending on their age.  Pregnancy and breastfeeding, the most delicate time A high percentage of young people develop stretch marks when their body is transformed by the onset of puberty. But this risk increases further during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Between 75 and 95% of women develop stretch marks during pregnancy, particularly after the 24th week, a time when the skin stretches rapidly. The areas most sensitive to the tearing of fibres are those where the change in volume is more accentuated, such as the abdomen, breasts, buttocks, thighs and hips. This sometimes results in an aesthetic problem which could be prevented through the correct use of specific products that avoid their appearance and development.  Estriax prevents their development and improves their appearance Laboratorios Viñas, a brand backed by extensive experience in dermatological products, presents Estriax, a cream that prevents the development of stretch marks and improves the appearance and visibility of existing ones. Its formulation includes Hidraelast, an innovative compound with highly hydrating and active ingredients derived from pumpkin seeds (Cucurbita pepo) which promote collagen synthesis and protect skin’s network of elastic fibres by inhibiting their breakdown by proteolytic enzymes. It thus helps reduce the development of stretch marks and boosts skin’s elasticity and flexibility. In addition, the Estriax formula contains lipid esters and glycerine, which provide flexibility and work to protect and hydrate the skin. Estriax’s efficacy has been demonstrated through conclusive studies: A clinical study carried out using Estriax for 8 weeks in 84 women at risk of developing stretch marks due to pregnancy or with existing stretch marks showed that in 83% of cases, Estriax prevented the development of new stretch marks, with excellent tolerability and cosmetic qualities. The overall preventive efficacy was considered good by 93% of the women participating in the study. In another study comparing Estriax with Hidraelast versus placebo, the percentage variation in skin’s biomechanical properties was assessed after 12 weeks’ treatment in 33 female volunteers (average age = 37 years). This study demonstrated a significant improvement in tone, elasticity, deformation and regression of the areas treated with Estriax compared with placebo.  5 TOP TIPS TO PREVENT THE DEVELOPMENT OF STRETCH MARKS  Hydrate skin: hydrated skin is less vulnerable to developing stretch marks. To achieve this, it is very important to get into the habit of drinking enough water during the day (especially during the warmest months) and to apply a moisturising cream daily.Avoid sudden weight changes: when skin is stretched over a short period of time, the dermal elastic fibres can break, causing stretch marks. It is important that any changes in body weight take place in a gradual and stable manner over time.Prevent the development of stretch marks during adolescence: due to the changes that take place during this time of life – both growth and development – it is important that young people are made aware and get into the habit of keeping skin well hydrated.Avoid the development of stretch marks during pregnancy: pregnancy is associated with rapid stretching of the skin, particularly on the abdomen. For this reason, from the first month of gestation, it is essential to hydrate skin in-depth and apply an anti-stretch mark product daily. You are recommended to start using these products from the start of pregnancy, but it is an absolute must beyond the 24th week of pregnancy, especially in first-time mothers, as this is when the incidence of stretch marks is at its highest.Treating stretch marks: the sooner the better. If a sudden change in volume is expected, it is necessary to apply anti-stretch mark creams containing hydrating and nourishing active ingredients and stimulate collagen and elastin synthesis, as a preventive measure. Once they have appeared, it is important to continue the treatment to avoid their growth and further development. It should be kept in mind that the evolution of the lesions depends on the treatment given in their early phases, when they are known as striae rubra and are still pinkish or purple in colour.
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Experiences & Laboratorios Viñas: a winning duo at Infarma 2018

Experiences & Laboratorios Viñas: a winning duo at Infarma 2018

 Laboratorios Viñas believes in professional training and, once again, its stand at Infarma 2018 has proven to be the perfect arena for it. Within a temporary architectural space perfectly designed to continue to uphold the new image the brand has built in recent years, Laboratorios Viñas wanted to provide pharmacists - its clients - with the so-called “Viñas Experiences” or training pills, which, once again and more than ever, sparked interest at the Infarma 2018 Conference and Exhibition Centre, in a new record edition with almost 34,000 visitors and 400 exhibitors. This year’s Experiences were dedicated to Vitacrecil and the workshop on how to correctly diagnose hair loss, to Belcils and its routine to care for and beautify sensitive eyes, to Liposomial Well-Aging and its texture workshop, to the Emolienta masterclass on the commonest dermatological conditions and to Tanit and its approach to age spots in the pharmacy. It has been the “experiential” training which, year on year, pharmacists have come to expect and enjoy, meaning the stand is always chock-full beyond the designated area. With an ever broader portfolio, including innovations in many of its lines, the brand continues to make use of a design allowing visitors to discover the 9 categories under which its products are grouped: hair and nails, skin, hands and feet, eyes, oral and dental, pain, women’s health, children’s health and sports health. Worthy of special mention on this occasion, the latest dermocosmetics line launched by Laboratorios Viñas, Liposomial Well-Aging, had its own dedicated space including a podium. After years of investigation and development, a complete range of 4 facial products was launched early this year, aimed at women over 50 and showing outstanding initial success. Without a doubt, this is another example of the brand’s desire to keep on evolving and gaining in understanding and know-how, based on ceaseless work carried out with professionalism and the most modern techniques to create the best products. It continues in the same vein, 70 years after the death of its founder, pharmacist Pedro Viñas Dordal. There is no better legacy than maintaining the synergy between amassed knowledge, research and innovation to face the future with a desire to continue working to improve people’s quality of life by improving their health across the different areas in which Laboratorios Viñas has worked throughout its history. For all kinds of problems and with the goal of improving life in the broadest sense of the term, based on science. “Science for your Life.”
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Introducing Liposomial Well-Aging: the new range of specialist care products for mature women’s skin

Introducing Liposomial Well-Aging: the new range of specialist care products for mature women’s skin

Almost 7.5 million women in Spain are aged 50 or over. Their lifestyle is in stark contrast with previous generations. Unlike their forebears, they feel confident, dynamic and attractive. Today’s mature woman no longer hides her age: she wears it as a badge of honour and maturity. This new woman shuns the artificial. For her, beauty is synonymous with health and naturalness. It is no longer a question of fighting off the passage of time, but of joining forces with it, making the most of life by fully enjoying each and every moment. This is a woman in search of products that help her to maintain her natural beauty, being herself, because she is confident in her own skin.  Well-Aging means ageing naturally and intensely enjoying every moment of life With this new woman in mind, one who stays young in her maturity, Laboratorios Viñas launches Liposomial® Well-Aging, a range of products designed for all skin types past the age of 50. The formulas of this new line reflect the woman for whom Liposomial® Well-Aging is created: a woman who is active and honest, who knows what she wants, knows how to take care of herself and understands that technology can be a helping hand to keep her skin healthy.  Cellular Longevity With the innovative LWA Complex®, this range is designed to prolong a woman’s natural beauty, lengthening her cellular longevity and preserving her skin’s health. Its content based on liposomes, hyaluronic acid and vitamins A and E offers three-fold benefits found in each and every one of the line’s products. 1.- Detox action on cells: reactivates the cell’s own waste removal process - one which deteriorates over the years and contributes towards ageing - to preserve skin’s cellular health and prolong its longevity. 2.- Offers and instant re-tautening effect. A network of biopolymers generates an invisible 3D veil with an “express facelift” tautening effect, providing an instant sensation of comfort on skin. Transported via next-generation liposomes, vitamins A and E reinforce the anti-wrinkle action. 3.- Improves skin’s elasticity and luminosity thanks to a prolonged hydrating effect. Present throughout the range, hyaluronic acid is its key hydration booster. It forms a film at skin’s surface, boosting its moisture-fixing ability and helping to improve the skin’s elasticity and tone, while smoothing micro-texture and evening out the complexion. Furthermore, all of the range’s products are infused with a floral feminine fragrance. The aroma’s top notes - over the first 15 minutes - of bergamot, green notes and apple offer a fresh effect; the middle notes - which are prolonged over up to 6 hours - of lemon, jasmine, peach and carnation confer a sense of femininity, while the base notes - which last up to 24 hours - of aquatic notes, sandalwood and musk invite relaxation and create a luxury feel.  The range is made up of 4 references With its melt-in texture, Liposomial® Well-Aging Firming Day Cream SPF 15 moisturises skin with an instant re-tautening effect, re-structuring it to prevent the appearance of wrinkles and boosting its resistance. With an SPF 15 sun filter. Liposomial® Well-Aging Restoring Night Cream is a nourishing cream with a soft, non-greasy texture, which moisturises skin while activating nocturnal cell renewal, for a visible reduction in wrinkles. Prevents and treats the signs of ageing while improving elasticity. Liposomial® Well-Aging Intensive Lifting Serum is an intensive regenerating treatment that offers a lasting lifting effect, boosting the effects of the Liposomial® Well-Aging creams. It treats wrinkles in-depth and regenerates skin’s luminosity. It is endowed with a refreshing texture with a soft-touch, oil-free effect. Liposomial® Well-Aging Eye Contour Filler is a specific eye contour treatment to tauten, nourish and smooth skin to maintain youthful-looking eyes with an innovative, fresh and light texture. It combats signs of fatigue and offers a wrinkle-filler effect. Its innovative silicone applicator makes application easy and pleasant. Ophthalmologically tested.  Visible results in 28 days The Liposomial® Well-Aging range products’ effects on the treatment of the signs of mature skin ageing have been proven. A sensorial study carried out on over 300 volunteers* confirmed their appreciation of visible results in 28 days. Furthermore, 9 in 10 women preferred Liposomial® Well-Aging to their usual cream. Their reviews included highlights such as “visible reduction of expression lines” and “visible anti-wrinkle effect.” They also found that the combined use of Liposomial® Well-Aging Firming Day Cream SPF 15 and Liposomial® Well-Aging Restoring Night Cream improved the visible results. This new range of products offers high efficacy and enjoys the backing of a pharmaceutical company with strong expertise in dermocosmetics, with an excellent price-quality ratio.  30 years of Liposomial® Anti-ageing Liposomial®, the mature skin specialist brand from Laboratorios Viñas is celebrating its 30th birthday. In 1988, Liposomial® Anti-ageing was launched and has been a benchmark product in pharmacy cosmetics ever since. A pioneer in the use of liposomes to combat the different signs of ageing, it remained the market’s number 1 product for many years and continues to be trusted by thousands of women today, who enjoy the outstanding moisturisation and comfort it provides.
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