Local Daily News 24th September

Gynecologists detect an increase in menstrual alterations after vaccination

The arm pain, fever and general ill feeling caused by vaccines against coronavirus now include one other side effect, which in this case specifically affects women and adolescents over 12 years of age who have received the vaccine. These are alterations in the menstrual cycle. Gynecologists in the province of Alicante have detected an increase in consultations for this problem without the exact cause of these alterations being known.

“The number of women consulting for this issue has increased, although these are temporary alterations and fortunately not serious,” says Francisco Quereda, head of the Gynecology service at the Hospital de Sant Joan. The menstrual alterations most frequently reported by the Spanish Medicines Agency are breakthrough bleeding, heavy menstrual bleeding, unspecified menstrual alterations, absence of menstruation, and irregular menstruation.

In the consultation of Alicia Esparza, gynecologist at the Vithas Medimar hospital, there has also been an increase in consultations for this reason, with an average of between 7 and 8 women who come or ask about this problem each week. “Above all we’re seeing cases of bleeding between periods, spotting longer for longer periods of time, delays in the appearance of periods, and breast tension, that is, pain in the chest and swelling.” This professional has also treated cases of women who are already in menopause and who suddenly bleed again after receiving the vaccine. This professional calls for reassurance about these alterations. “I always tell my patients that they are mild and transitory cases and above all I ask them to get vaccinated, not to stop doing it because of these problems.” Esparza points out that its duration is usually a month or two, “afterwards everything returns to normal.”

Regarding frequency, Francisco Quereda explains that several studies are already being launched in Spain that will try to quantify this phenomenon. The only initiative to shed light on the reason for these alterations is the one undertaken in August by the Nursing department of the University of Granada, which is preparing a study through online surveys of women. According to preliminary results, up to 70% of the participating women claim to have suffered changes in their menstrual cycle.

Another very different thing will be to delve into the origin of these changes and how they are related to the vaccine. “All we handle are hypotheses. It is doubted if it is the effects of microthrombosis that the vaccine generates in the ovary or if it is the antibodies that the vaccine provides that are altering ovarian function. In any case, it is very difficult to establish a specific cause,”  says Quereda.

The Ministry of Health maintains that the menstrual alterations produced by the vaccine are being studied by the EU drug agencies and, “currently, a causal relationship has not been established between the reported menstrual alterations and the administration of vaccines”.

In Spain, the Spanish Pharmacovigilance System (SEFV-H) has registered, until July 18, 451 notifications that include alterations in the menstrual cycle or uterine bleeding.

According to the Spanish Medicines Agency, notifications have been received of changes in the menstrual cycle for the four currently available vaccines against covid. In Spain, the notification rate of menstruation alterations after the coronavirus vaccine in women under 65 years of age is estimated at 29 cases per million doses administered. The ministry notes, however, that “alterations in the menstrual cycle can occur for various reasons other than vaccination.”

The Consell and the UA identify the red zones of earthquakes in the province: the Vega Baja and the border with Valencia

The Minister of Urban Planning, Arcadi España and José Delgado, head of the Seismic Unit of the University of Alicante, presented this Thursday at the San Vicente Campus the map of seismic activity of the Valencian Community, which outlines the probability of an earthquake happening in the period analyzed, about 475 years. The map makes it clear that the entire Valencian Community is an area of seismic danger, but the Vega Baja and the fault line that exists between the limits of the provinces of Alicante and Valencia are the most dangerous areas. Delgado stresses, however, that “we should not be obsessed with the idea that an earthquake is going to happen, even though it is going to happen. In fact, all the earthquakes that have occurred this summer in the province of Alicante are not at all extraordinary and do not differ much from the scale and number of other years.

Delgado did emphasize that “what must be taken into account is that, when building, the current technical standard must be respected as much as possible and rigorously applied. The map that we have made reflects the areas where more or less high ground accelerations can occur, according to historical data. The earthquake-resistant standard sets the criteria for quality. There we must be rigorous as citizens,” said Delgado.

The map is useful for technicians when planning constructions. “The map is useful in many ways. To design emergency plans and anti-seismic design. Everything that is to implement measures to improve the response to earthquakes is important,” said Delgado.

The Minister for Territorial Policy, Public Works and Mobility, ArcadiEspaña, described the seismic maps of the Valencian Community, prepared by the Institut Cartogràfic Valencià (ICV) with the collaboration of the University of Alicante, as “a fundamental element of public management“ for both territorial and emergency planning. In the presentation of the maps of seismic danger and of active fault lines and seismicity, as a result of the agreement signed between the ICV and the University of Alicante, the minister stressed that “knowing our territory is essential to guaranteeing a quality of life to our citizens”.

Torrevieja currently has the record for destruction by an earthquake. It was 6.15 pm on the 21st of March, 1829, when the earth shook with a magnitude of 6.6 on the Richter scale in the Vega Baja, the region that suffered its great and devastating earthquake. It was Saturday night, and most neighbors were caught at home. In houses of various heights, without foundations, poorly designed buildings, and narrow streets, homes were falling and dragging other buildings with them. There was nothing left in Torrevieja, Guardamar had to be redesigned and Almoradí suffered even more.

In the Vega Baja region, 2,965 houses were “devastated”, another 2,396 houses were “smashed”, following the terminology of the time. The damage count was detailed by churches (30 in “Orihuela y su Partido”, two in Almoradí, another two in Formentera … 47 in total), by bridges (four) or by oil and flour mills (86 and ten respectively). But the most heartbreaking count was that of the dead and wounded: 386 dead and 375 wounded in the region, and in Almoradi, where the greatest damage was recorded, 192 dead and 150 wounded.

UK threatens no-deal scenario for Gibraltar due to plans for Spain-run border controls

It is starting to become a pattern. Desperate to leave the European Union at all costs, the UK government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson signed Brexit agreements that it longer supports, and is now threatening to renege on these deals if they are not renegotiated. This is the approach it has taken with the Northern Ireland Protocol, and on Wednesday it did it again with the preliminary agreement on Gibraltar, the British Overseas Territory in the south of the Iberian peninsula, which was ceded to Great Britain in 1713 under the Treaty of Utrecht.

On the 31st of December, 2020, just hours before Brexit became a reality and the UK definitively left the EU, the British and Spanish governments struck a last-minute deal to avoid Gibraltar becoming a hard border of the EU. This preliminary agreement must now be enshrined into an international treaty between the EU and the UK, and which is set to be negotiated later this year.

On the 20th of June, the European Commission issued a mandate to start these talks, but the UK government opposes this document and announced on Wednesday that it is considering a no-deal scenario for Gibraltar.

“We are already working, together with the Gibraltar government, on a possible non-negotiated outcome, in the case that we reach the conclusion that this is the path that we must take,” said Wendy Morton, the UK minister for Europe and Americas at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office.

“It’s fair to say that the UK and Gibraltar governments are working really, really closely on this to make sure we have robust plans in place and that we are well prepared in all eventualities. And that includes if we find ourselves in a no-deal situation,” she told the European Scrutiny Committee of the House of Commons.

Lawmakers in the European Scrutiny Committee have the task of overseeing Brexit and assessing how new EU legislation could affect interests in the UK. But during Wednesday’s question-and-answer session, none of them appeared to have a clear idea of the complexity involved with the negotiations over Gibraltar and the delicate stakes at play regarding sovereignty and economic, human and practical issues.

The preliminary agreement signed in December allowed Gibraltar to join the Schengen area, a European free-travel zone that is made up of 26 countries (22 from the EU, plus Norway, Switzerland, Iceland and Liechtenstein). In the deal, the UK and Spain agreed to demolish the physical border fence separating Gibraltar from the neighboring Spanish city of La Línea de la Concepción in Cádiz province, and move the border to Gibraltar’s port and airport.

It was also agreed that during the four-year “implementation period,” these border controls would be headed by the European border agency Frontex, but that Spain would be responsible for making sure the Schengen rules were kept in Gibraltar. That means that the European agents would have to answer to the Spanish authorities regarding who is permitted to enter the area and the policy of conceding visas.

The document, which gives Spain veto rights over the future relationship with Gibraltar during Brexit negotiations and was hailed as a triumph by Spain, was quickly signed by the government of Boris Johnson, who soon afterward called early elections in which his Conservative Party won an overwhelming majority. But times have changed since then. The British prime minister is no longer as popular, and the Gibraltar lobby in the UK Parliament is very powerful.

The main sticking point is the fact that the mandate from the European Commission only talks about Spanish officers performing border controls at Gibraltar’s entry points, without mentioning the presence of the European agency Frontex, which had been a requirement made by the UK and Gibraltar.

“External border control and surveillance would take place at Gibraltar port, airport and waters carried out by Spain applying the relevant EU rules,” the mandate stated. “Spanish border guards would have all necessary powers to perform border controls and surveillance.”

When the European Commission released the mandate, it was quickly lambasted by the UK government. Then foreign secretary Dominic Raab said it sought to “undermine the UK’s sovereignty,” and that there was “no possibility for this forming the basis for an agreement.” Two days later, Spain’s foreign affairs minister, José Manuel Albares, met with Raab in London to assure him it was only a “starting point” to begin negotiations, and was not a fixed position.

They find the body of a woman and look for the body of a man in the coves of Torrevieja

The Civil Guard has found the lifeless body of a 30-year-old woman of Swedish origin and is looking for the body of a man of Russian nationality. Both had been reported missing early yesterday afternoon after receiving several calls on 112 warning about the presence of both of them at sea, in Cala de La Zorra. The Civil Guard deployed a large rescue device, with a helicopter, backed by Salvamento Marítimo. Yesterday evening the woman’s body was rescued, more than three kilometers south of that cove, in front of the Punta Margalla promenade.

According to eyewitnesses, the disappeared were in La Zorra cove, in an area known for bathers jumping into the sea. It is a cliff area that is dangerous even without waves. It would appear that the woman may have got in to bathe and found herself trapped between the waves and the rocks. The man then tried to rescue her and both disappeared.

At that point, men’s shoes were found. The lifeless body of the woman was sighted, late yesterday, several kilometers south of the coves, in the area of ​​Punta Margalla, where she was rescued at around 8.30 pm.

In this area of ​​the coastline of the cliffs of Torrevieja, a strong maritime and eastern storm rages, which makes it difficult to search for the other missing person.

According to eyewitnesses, the lifeless bodies of the disappeared would have been located in the sea at some point in the afternoon by the Civil Guard, but the Maritime Rescue boat has not been able to access them because the proximity to the breakers of the waves against the cliff impede any rescue actions. A Civil Guard helicopter also intervened in the search tasks, which landed south of Los Locos beach, and has generated a stir in this area of ​​the promenade that is still highly frequented by residential tourists.

Ximo Puig announces new measures for next Monday in the Valencian Community

The new normality is closer than ever: the Consell has announced that we will see new de-escalation measures next Monday, the 27th September, of for the entire Valencian Community.

The president of the Generalitat Valenciana, Ximo Puig, has launched a hopeful message: “the door of hope has already opened. We are in a position with 90% of vaccination with both doses to begin progressive opening that leads us to normalization of society “.

However, the president has clarified that “there are still a few days left. We have to consolidate the situation.” This advance will have a positive impact on other areas such as the economy, and what is more, Puig insists that “the Valencian Community is in excellent condition not only to recover but to move forward.”

Regarding the fiscal debate, he has assured that a strong welfare state is necessary and that with this Consell one and a half million Valencians pay less tax.

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