Women more likely to suffer from Alzheimer's (El Mexicano, 2/4/13 by Hilario Ochoa Movis)

TIJUANA, BC - Persons who are older than 70 have a 15% chance of developing dementia disease and the possibility increases to 50% at age 80 in this city. Alzheimer's disease is the main dementia disorder, said a physician internist with a subspecialty in geriatrics, Dr. Eduardo Vázquez de la Mora.

In a conversation with members of the College of Medicine at General Tijuana (Comegeti), chaired by Dr. Enrique Medina Márquez, the specialist said dementia affects mental functions and at the same time cause a loss of memory. He added that women are more likely to suffer from Alzheimer's disease.

He indicated the factors causing this disease are primarily age, blows to the head, and inheritance of genes from relatives with the disorder, diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular problems.

"It is a disease (Alzheimer's) which causes dysfunctions in memory, disorientation and an individual’s inability to perform such activities as dressing themselves or using the bathroom. They can not go out alone and become more dependent on others," said the specialist.

Vázquez de la Mora said that currently there is no solution for the disorder, only medications to control symptoms and allow a person to have a better quality of life, hence the importance of prevention. "This disease can be prevented through good eating habits, and mental and physical activities. An individual with more schooling is considered less likely to get Alzheimer's," said the internist.

He said that it is important to consider that memory problems are not normal and require professional help. These issues are presented in the form of forgetfulness, constant repetition of something already mentioned or that the person often gets lost.

The medical internist and geriatrician added that unfortunately when patients go to obtain a diagnosis, they are often already at a moderate stage and treatment is less effective, therefore the importance of prevention and early detection is emphasized. http://www.el-mexicano.com.mx/informacion/noticias/1/3/estatal/2013/02/04/649160/mujeres-mas-propensas-a-sufrir-de-alzheimer.aspx

Vitamin thief caught (El Mexicano, 2/5/13 by Eduardo Villa)

MEXICALI, BC - A subject apparently worried about his health and nutrition was arrested by Municipal police officers after allegedly try to leave a Pharmaton store without paying for two bottles of vitamins, during a police operation in the state capital.

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The facts were reported via C4 around 12:10 hours at the store located on Calzada Independencia and L. Montejano in the vicinity of the Colonia Nacozari, where a subject who entered the aforementioned business, pretended to be a customer. According to security guards working for the company, watched him through store cameras and observed how the man stealthily acted around certain products, among them, bottles of vitamins.

The man, who was worried about his daily physical performance, took two bottles and tried to leave the place, but was being observed by officers, who immediately closed the exit, stopped him and called Municipal police.

After several minutes, officers of the above-mentioned corporation arrived and met with employees who reiterated the information they witnessed and showed the video to the officers who arrested the accused caught "with his hands in the dough" without further complaint. The accused was presented before the corresponding authorities to determine his legal status. http://www.el-mexicano.com.mx/informacion/noticias/1/22/policiaca/2013/02/05/649376/atrapan-a-rata-bien-vitaminado.aspx

Infant dies in fire (El Mexicano, 2/5/13 by Said Betanzos)

TIJUANA, BC - A 4-year-old boy died from burns suffered in an apartment fire where he lived with his family in Colonia Alemán. Injuries were also received by three other minors.

The accident occurred around 20:00 hours on Sunday at number 74 on Calle Mar Adriático.

Department 1 and 2 fire personnel went to the scene and managed to remove four minors who were alone in the building. While authorities were caring for the children, they were met by Janeth Guadalupe Ríos Sandoval, 28, the mother of two of the young children and the aunt of the other two.

She argued she had only gone out to buy a few products at the store and left minors alone. Moisés González, 4, died at the General Hospital. The Red Cross attended to brothers Kevin and Frank Lisandro, 4 and 3, respectively, as well as Ricardo González, 1 year and 8 months.

The woman was presented before the agent of the Public Prosecutor's Office, but she denied responsibility. Municipal authorities reported the cause of the fire’s origination, will undergo an investigation, but is currently unknown. http://www.el-mexicano.com.mx/informacion/noticias/1/3/estatal/2013/02/05/649397/fallecio-un-nino-en-incendio.aspx

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