Interferon, a Cuban drug with proven efficacy and safety

Havana, Feb 15 (Prensa Latina) A Cuban drug known as Interferon maintains its efficacy and safety to treat viral diseases such as hepatitis B and C, HIV-AIDS, dengue and Herpes zoster.

Developed in 1986 by a team of researchers from the Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center (CIGB), the 2B alpha human recombinant Interferon has benefited thousands of Cuban patients since its introduction in the national healthcare system more than three decades ago.

The drug prevents viral multiplication within cells and has also been used to treat different kinds of cancer.

Chinese medical authorities’ decision to use it to fight the coronavirus resulted from the general way in which this virus reduces the natural production of interferon in the human body.

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Best Food Pairings That Fight Inflammation

Spinach + blueberries

Whip up a smoothie with spinach and blueberries and drink it before and after your workout. In one study, athletes who ate blueberries every day for 6 weeks reduced post-workout inflammation, while other research shows spinach can improve breathing and the flow of oxygen during a workout. The nitrate present in spinach helps muscles work more efficiently during exercise, while blueberries help decrease muscle soreness after exercise. Bring on the smoothie!

Lentils + lemon

If you’re a premenopausal woman, you’re at risk for iron deficiency anemia (having too few healthy red blood cells due to too little iron in the body). According to the Iron Disorders Institute, this reaction results from an inflammatory response, and it can limit the amount of iron available to the rest of your body. Eating iron-rich foods, such as lentils and beans, together with citrusy foods high in ascorbic acid and carotenoids, like lemon, substantially increases the amount of iron absorbed.

Leafy greens + olive oil

Who says fat is the enemy? Research shows that combining vegetables and a source of healthy fat enhances absorption of antioxidants like lutein and beta-carotene. Lutein, an antioxidant in leafy greens, is known to diminish inflammation in the eyes, therefore helping prevent neurodegenerative disorders like age-related macular degeneration. Beta-carotene, another antioxidant, has been shown to lower all-over inflammation in older adults. Drizzle some olive oil over your next salad to ensure you get more bang for your buck.

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Herbal Remedies for Anxiety Relief

Nature has provided us with several herbal remedies for anxiety, which is a growing problem of our times.

Today, we live in a complex world of high stress and high pressure. Everything needs to be fast, and everything must be good. We have a million possessions to take care of, and a hundred passwords and pin numbers to remember and use.

This type of scenario can make people far more prone to experiencing anxiety. There are many herbs that have nervine, or nerve sedative properties, which can be used as part of an herbal treatment for anxiety. Some are better than others, and some are far better than others. This article will cover the five most powerful and effective nerve sedative herbs for anxiety.


The first of the anxiety herbal remedies to be discussed is valerian. Valerian is one of the most powerful nervine herbs there is. You can use it in varying amounts to do anything from calming the nerves, or as a natural sleeping agent. If you have a high quality tincture of valerian, this can be a convenient way to use it. However, for the purpose of a nerve sedative, a tea is usually the most ideal, and most pleasant way to use it.


Passionflower is one of the top nerve sedative herbs in the world, and is one of the best herbal remedies for anxiety. This is the same species that passionfruits come from, although the variety that is used for herbal purposes is slightly different from the variety grown for its fruit.

This is an attractive plant that can be grown in any garden with a mild to tropical summer climate. The Latin name for the medicinal variety is passiflora incarnate. As anti anxiety herbs, the entire flower is used; it can be used to make a tincture, or it can be dried and stored for later use.

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Cuba highlights importance of child immunization

Havana, Feb 12 (Prensa Latina) The Cuban Minister of Public Health, Jose Angel Portal, reminded today in a message on the social network Twitter that Cuban children are protected by ’11 vaccines, of which eight are of national production.’

Portal recalled in his tweet that on February 12, 1804, doctor Tomas Romay Chacon injected his two children against smallpox and began vaccination on the Caribbean island, a process by which infants are immunized against 13 diseases. In Cuba, the National Immunization Program (PIN) is accessible to the entire population, free of charge, guaranteed in the first level of vaccination and complemented by school vaccination.

As a result, Cuba has eliminated six immune-preventable diseases: polio (1962), diphtheria (1979), measles (1993), rubella (1995), mumps (1995) and whooping cough (1997).

Other conditions have been controlled at rates below 0.1 per million population, such as tetanus, haemophilus influenza type b, meningococcal meningitis, hepatitis b and typhoid.

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Acupuncture helps relieve stress, which is key to preventing psoriasis flares

According to a study published in the Journal of Dermatological Treament, using acupuncture therapies to treat psoriasis is “simple, convenient, and effective” and comes with long-lasting therapeutic effects and very minimal side effects and toxicity compared to more traditional methods of treatment. Furthermore, a review of 13 different randomized trials published in The Journal of Alternative Medicine and Complementary Medicine suggested that acupuncture could be considered a natural short-term treatment for this skin disease and that more well-designed studies will be helpful in determining its true efficacy.

Beyond its stress-relieving qualities, acupuncture offers plenty of other health benefits that make it one of the most widely used natural therapies around the world. Here are a few other things that may convince you to give acupuncture a try:

  1. Reduces chronic pain. A recent study published in the Archive of Internal Medicine found that acupuncture could reduce pain by up to 15 percent when used for different types of pain, but the study focused on chronic back pain caused by physical stress or poor sleeping habits. This study also suggested that using acupuncture could reduce the pain caused by psoriasis. (Related: Acupuncture significantly reduces pain following C-section: Research)
  2. Reduces the frequency of insomnia. Acupuncture increases the secretion of melatonin, which is a chemical that induces sleep. This, in turn, reduces the frequency of insomnia.

People who have psoriasis may find that natural treatments like acupuncture can be a great option for relieving their symptoms. Visit for more studies and stories on other natural medicines for dealing with skin problems.

Cuba’s efforts for food safety highlighted in Rome

Rome, Feb 11 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s efforts to maintain food safety and to implement Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), amidst considerable adversities, has been highlighted by the Cuban ambassador, Jose Carlos Rodriguez.

The Permanent Representative for Cuba and Acting Governor to the International Fund of Agricultural Development (IFAD) delivered a speech during the 43rd session of the Administration Council of the United Nations body, being held in Rome, focused on seeking solutions to eradicate famine in the world by 2030.

Food safety is a key factor for Cuba’s national security, said the diplomat, who added that agriculture, like the rest of the country’s economy, ‘is being made accessible to foreign investment, which we consider strategic.’

Rodriguez informed the IFAD in his 2019 speech that it was a ‘heavy year for the country’s economy,’ mainly due to the worsening of the restrictive measures imposed by the US blockade against Cuba.

He said that as a result, the damages to the Food and Agricultural Industries rose to 413 million 793 thousand dollars, meaning an increase by 66 million 195 thousand dollars compared to the previous year, with serious impact on agriculture and food production.

Rodriguez went on to speak of how Cuba is working to achieve the SDG, which aligns with Cuba’s National Economic and Social Development Plan.

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Patients with chronic kidney disease could benefit from herbal baths

Chinese herbal bath therapy (CHBT) is an ancient method of healing that has been used for thousands of years. Like modern herbal baths, CHBT involves mixing an herbal decoction or herbal extracts in warm bathwater. According to ancient Chinese records, CHBT is an effective treatment for internal diseases like osteoarthritis and skin itching (pruritus) associated with diseases like chronic kidney disease.

In a study published in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers from the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine in China conducted a meta-analysis to evaluate the efficacy and safety of CHBT as a treatment for uremic pruritus (UP). They found that CHBT is a great complementary therapy to hemodialysis or hemoperfusion as it can help improve UP — the most common symptom of chronic kidney failure.

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Bill Gates orders $644 million hydrogen-powered superyacht with gym, helipad, infinity pool

Bill Gates has ordered the world’s first hydrogen-powered superyacht — a $644 million environmentally friendly oasis on the sea with its own infinity pool, helipad, spa and gym, according to reports. The billionaire Microsoft co-founder — the second-richest person in the world — commissioned the 370-foot luxury “Aqua” yacht by pioneering Dutch design firm Sinot,…

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