Lisbon is considered Europe’s new culture capital instead of Paris or Berlin

European capitals have always been subject to many cultural manifestations and the inspiration for artists over the centuries. An article on Elevated Today talks about how Lisbon is the next big culture spot in Europe. Instead of going to the old culture hubs like Paris, Berlin or Barcelona the author explains why going to Lisbon might be a better choice.

Here’s what the author says about artists in Lisbon:

“There is a huge influx of art here, and it is growing at an unprecedented rate. Some of the next generation’s greatest artistic minds are meeting and mingling here, sharing inspiration and producing their own great works.”

The fact that Lisbon is still not a very touristic place pleases the author since the city is not overly crowded and much of the Portuguese essence is present in every day life. Tourists can still feel how the Portuguese live:

“Additionally, the city is virtually unknown – it is not overrun with tourists like other European capitals. The heartbeat of the city is still strongly Portuguese, and the cafes and restaurants still thrum with authenticity and the traditional roots of Portugal.”

Through the author’s visit to Lisbon it is possible to see how he enjoyed the fact that the city has wonderful places to visit and it is still a cheap destination when compared to the other more famous capitals in Europe. The cost of living in Portugal is relatively cheaper than other cities and allows for tourists or expats to establish in Lisbon easily.

“It’s also attracting foreigners who can no longer afford Berlin, Barcelona, or Paris. It’s a fact: the city is cheap. Astoundingly cheap. It hasn’t experienced the insane rise in cost of living like its bigger cousins. It is possible to live very well in Lisbon on very little, which is attractive to writers and artists who are living in constrained budgets.”

The author ends the article saying the Ernest Hemingway would certainly write about Lisbon if he was still alive and adds that: “The next great American novel? Well… it just might be written in Portugal.”

Read the full article here.

American association “No Stomach for Cancer” awards Portuguese investigators for their research on stomach cancer

Three Portuguese investigators were awarded 25,000 € to continue their research on Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer.

This collaboration is between two investigators from the University of Porto and from the Technical University of Lisbon.

This is the first time that “No Stomach for Cancer” finances a project from an entirely Portuguese team leading the investigation in cancer genetics. Their work on the identification of the individuals who have mutations that might cause the hereditary diffuse gastric cancer caught the attention of this association. The goal of the association is to support scientific research about stomach cancer, especially those dedicated to early diagnosis and treatment.

Gastric cancer is the fourth most common cause of cancer in the world and the hereditary diffuse gastric cancer is a genetic form of stomach cancer. Those who had cases in the family must do regular screenings to find out if they carry the genetic modification. There is not enough research yet about the genetic modifications and the manifestation of early stages of cancer that allows for a comprehensive identification of those at risk.

The goal of the research is to offer an effective test for those who are genetically prone to have the disease and to better keep them under surveillance.

Read the full article here.

Daily Express recommends the top 10 things to do when visiting Portugal

The English newspaper published recently an article featuring their favorite 10 things to do when visiting Portugal.

The first thing to do when in Portugal is to visit the country’s capital: Lisbon. A good place to start is the historic district of Belem, where well-known monuments of the capital are located like the Belem Tower, the Jeronimos Monastery and the Ajuda Palace.

The second is located further south and is the suggestion to go on a road trip through “one of the most stunning preserved coastline in Europe in the Costa Vicentina National Park, stretching for 100km from Porto Covo in the Alentejo to Burgau in the Algarve.”

Number 3 and number 4 is to visit Porto and “wander its maze of ever-winding, cobbled streets”, discover the majestic monuments and try the world-famous Port wine. A cruise in the Douro region is also a “can’t miss” to appreciate the natural beauty of the landscape where wine is been produce for over 2000 years.

On number 5, there is Boca do Inferno a cliff into the Atlantic Ocean near the town of Cascais. Cascais is also a must go place known as the “Portuguese Riviera”, located just 20 minutes from Lisbon.

The sixth thing is to travel to Castelo de Vide, a roman city in the interior of Portugal known for its Jewish quarter, its 14th century castle and the main square.

Back to Lisbon, the 7th thing to do is to visit the Zoo. Located in the city center, by going there “you can travel around the world” and see more than 2000 animals.

Number 8 and number 9 are for those who like to visit ancient places and wonder around. Number 8 is to visit Évora’s Capela dos Ossos – Bone Chapel – where you can see skeletons from centuries ago and walk the streets of this ancient city. Number 9 is to visit Alfama neighborhood in Lisbon. It’s the capital’s old district with influences from the Arab domination, it has survived the earthquake of 1755 that destroyed great part of Lisbon and is where Fado singers find their inspiration.

Because a trip to Portugal isn’t complete without a trip to the Algarve, number ten is a recommendation to visit the “long expanses of golden sand” which “are overlooked by ochre cliffs and green pines”.

As you can see, Portugal is a small country with a lot of diversity from the North to the South and from the coast to the interior. Maybe you cannot do all of those things in just one trip to Portugal, but discovering Portugal has to be for sure included in your “Must see” bucket list.

7 superfoods for weight-loss

Yahoo health has listed the 7 best superfoods for weight-loss so that those who are looking to lose a few pounds before summer can get a hint of delicious and nutritional foods that will boost weight loss.

A balanced diet is comprised of fruits, vegetables, fish, meat and whole grains. For an effective weight loss it is very important to stay hydrated and drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Keeping a healthy diet and practicing exercise regularly help to lose weight in a consistent and long term way.

The 7 best superfoods for weight loss and some of their benefits according to Yahoo are:

  1. Almonds

“For optimal results, eat your daily serving before you hit the gym. A study printed in The Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition found that almonds, rich in the amino acid L-arginine, can actually help you burn more fat and carbs during workouts!”

  1. Green Tea

“It contains catechins, an antioxidant that hinders the storage of belly fat and aids rapid weight loss.”

  1. Vitamin-D fortified yogurt

  2. Legumes

Yahoo advises you to eat “(…) lentils, chickpeas, peas and beans into your diet throughout the week.”

  1. Avocado Oil

  2. Pistachios

  3. Grapefruit

Click here to read the entire Yahoo Health article.

Always keep in mind that a rapid weight loss might not be the best solution, if the diet isn’t balanced and healthy. Always consult a physician before starting a diet so that you can assess your health. Medical Port can help you lose weight with our weight loss program designed for those who would like to lose a few pounds and learn how to eat healthy and exercise properly.

If you would like to know more, please contacts us through email or call us at +351 220 973 751 and we will be glad to help you.

Medical Tourism is a growing trend among Americans

Every year it is estimated that more than 750, 000 American residents travel outside the country to seek medical care abroad, according an article of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The choice of travelling outside the country of residence for medical care can be for several reasons. Some decide based on price, based on the reputation of the doctor, the reputation of the hospital facilities, the geographic proximity, or particular connection to the country. The article adds: “The most common procedures that people undergo on medical tourism trips include cosmetic surgery, dentistry, and heart surgery.”

A common concern among those who travel for medical care is safety. The role of those who plan and organize medical care abroad, like a medical tourism facilitator, is to ensure people receive the best medical care.

Maintain a clear communication is essential to keep the client confident.

One of the ways to ensure the medical care is safe, and follows international standards is the international accreditation from Joint Commission International. This organization has been accrediting hospitals all over the world since 1994 to ensure consistency, safety and standard rules for medical care. Hospitals and clinics that receive this accreditation follow and maintain strict standards for patient safety, minimizing the risks of medical procedures. A JCI seal of approval means the patient will return home the best way possible in the least amount of time.

Medical Port partnered Hospital Lusíadas Porto and Hospital Lusíadas Lisboa that are accredited by Joint Commission International.

This partnership is a guarantee that our clients will receive the best care they need and the course of their treatment is under the supervision of top professionals. The international accreditation by JCI ensures that patients will be treated with the same quality standards, as they were back home in the United States, in a welcoming and private environment.

Porto voted the preferred European destination for Americans

Airbnb recently did a research on where in Europe their American users are planning or willing to travel in the near future. The preferred destinations surprised them and their readers also. The number one preferred destination is Porto, in Portugal.

Portugal’s second largest city, Porto, has been a popular destination for European travellers for the past few years since is located just 2-3 hours by plane from the most important European cities. The increasing number of low cost flights operating to and from the city have spread the curiosity about the city. The North region of the country is known for its natural landscape, like the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Porto is described as a city for those who are looking for “wine, parties in summertime, historic churches and bell towers, and Baroque and Beaux-Arts architecture”. And Airbnb gives an advice to their readers: since many Americans are planning to travel to Porto the best choice is to “[…] get there before everyone else does!”

Visiting Europe has always been a dream vacation for Americans, but destinations like London, Paris and Rome used to top preferences. The fact that Porto is the number one on the list even took Airbnb by surprise.

Here is the complete top 5:

  1. Porto
  2. Milan
  3. Lyon
  4. Budapest
  5. Dublin
Also on the list of the preferred destinations to travel from San Francisco is Porto, followed by Vienna and Stockholm.

Read the full Airbnb article here.

Hospital Lusiadas Lisboa earns the Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation

Hospital Lusiadas Lisboa is now the only private hospital in Lisbon – the capital of Portugal – to achieve such distinction from the leading accreditor of health facilities in the world.

Joint Commission International is an independent organization that according to their website, “identifies, measures, and shares best practices in quality and patient safety with the world.”

Joint Commission International’s mission is to work “to improve patient safety and quality of health care in the international community (…). In more than 100 countries, JCI partners with hospitals, clinics, and academic medical centers (…) to promote rigorous standards of care and to provide solutions for achieving peak performance.”

The accreditation process consists of an evaluation from an international team of auditors of 1200 requisites related to patient safety, clinical and non-clinical standards, customer service, and management of the health facilities.

Hospital Lusiadas group has 3 hospitals with JCI accreditation
Hospital Lusiadas group has 3 hospitals with JCI accreditation
Joint Commission International quality approval seal
Joint Commission International quality approval seal

Medical Port is proud to partner with hospital facilities whose quality is internationally recognized. Our motto “Making sure your health comes first” just can be achieved when working with partners like Lusíadas Lisboa who considers quality of health care as a priority.

Another Medical Port partner from Lusiadas group, Hospital Lusiadas Porto holds the Joint Commission International accreditation since 2012.

CNN invites everyone for the centre of universe, the centre region of Portugal

CNN journalist Paul Ames highlights the beauty and undiscovered treasures of “Centro”. The centre region of Portugal for its monuments, natural beauty and of course, food.

The journalist says the region is a “largely undiscovered array of treasures unjustly ignored by Portugal visitors who typically only hit Lisbon or the wine-based charms around Oporto in the north.”

The article features main points of interest in the region. The sunny beaches of the Silver Coast – with the famous waves of Nazare where Garret Macnamara broke the world record for the highest surfed wave. The old luxurious palaces turned into charming boutique hotels at affordable prices. The cool cities of Coimbra and Aveiro and the Serra da Estrela Mountains – with snow in the winter and stunning views in the summer. And the witnesses of Portugal’s heritage like Alcobaca monastery or Tomar.

Typical food from the centre region has its own itinerary. From locally produced cheese and wines, tourists can enjoy regional treats like goat, eel stew or roasted piglet and fresh fish in the many restaurants along the coast.

There are many options for things to see and do in the center of Portugal. The region was famous for its spas in the beginning of the 20th century and now “the forests, hills and vineyards of central Portugal are dotted with luxurious places to stop over – from palatial old school spas to converted castles, convents and mansions.”

Around the region there are many UNESCO heritage sites to visit. The Univsersity of Coimbra – dating to 1290 is one of the oldest in the world – with its buildings from renaissance and baroque periods.

The journalist also refers to three monuments with this distinction in the region: the great monastery in the town of Alcobaca, “Construction got underway here in 1178, while Portugal’s first king battled to gain control of the country after 500 years of Arab rule”. Convent of Christ in Tomar, and Convent of Batalha “a multi-spired Gothic pile in soft-yellow stone built in thanks for Portugal’s 1385 victory over an invading Spanish army in a field nearby.” 

Read the full CNN article here.

Breast reduction and breast lift surgery

Breast size can affect women in various ways, whether they are too big or too small for comfort.

We have previously discussed about breast augmentation for women who feel their breasts are too small. Now we will discuss when women have such big breasts that interfere with a normal life. These women are often diagnosed with macromastia and opt for a breast reduction surgery. In many cases, big breasts means suffering from discomfort or back pain.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, breast hypertrophy or macromastia is the increase in volume and weight of breast tissue more than the normal in women.

The effects of big and heavy breasts include muscular pain in the neck, shoulders, and back. Rashes and skin inflammation can occur in the submammary region or cleavage area. And it can impact daily activities like practice exercise or even find a comfortable position to sleep.

It is genetically common for women to have large breasts, often intensified with pregnancy or weight gain. Before a breast reduction surgery and for better results, doctors sometimes ask their patients to lose weight. Sometimes women also have asymmetric breasts – being one breast much bigger or smaller than the other – and the breast reduction surgery also entails the correction of the symmetry.

Associated with the breast reduction surgery in many cases there is the breast lift procedure. Both are done to alter the shape of the breast. Breast lift consists of raising the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue to reshape and support the new breast contour. It improves the appearance of sagging breasts. The goal is to improve the shape of the breast while minimizing visible scars. This surgery is also known as mastopexy. For some women, after a considerable weight loss, their breasts also appear too big for their bodies. In those cases, a breast reduction surgery might not be the solution, but a breast lift surgery might.

If you would like to know more about breast reduction or breast lift surgeries, feel free to contact us. We have partnered with the best plastic surgeons that will evaluate each particular case to provide the best course of action. You can also send us an email or call us at +351 220 973 751.