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The Spanish Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer, or AECC, has increased its funding for cáncer research to 4.1 million euro, with seven new projects being funded and a further eleven receiving funds to continue with their r…

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The Spanish Asociación Española Contra el Cáncer, or AECC, has increased its funding for cáncer research to 4.1 million euro, with seven new projects being funded and a further eleven receiving funds to continue with their research. In addition, two large groups have been awarded funding for projects that investigate the early detection of colon cancer and Ewing’s sarcoma, a type of childhood cancer located in bone. This new contribution, along with the other research projects open at the AECC, results in nearly 14 million euro being committed to cancer research.

Spanish orthopaedic surgeon, Pedro Guillén, made history of a different kind on Friday, by broadcasting the first live speech using the augmented reality technoly of Google Glass. The surgeon presented a procedure on a 49 year old patient´s knee, at the Clínica CEMTRO de Madrid, streamed through the internet live. This is the first time any experiment like this has occurred in the world, for which Google prvided a one off pair of glasses for his use.

Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization in Spain, which represents a significant percentage of all health expenditure, according to experts at the tenth meeting of the Heart Failure and Transplantation Section of the Spanish Society of Cardiology. It is therefore a disease that is becoming one of the main challenges of modern medicine to affects 6.8% of those aged over 45, and between 15% and 20% of those over 85. The progressive aging of the population and the increase in major cardiovascular risk factors has meant that in the last ten years, the incidences of this disease have increased by 30% and is expected to increase further in the coming years.

A new European policy on cigarette and tobacco labelling came into force this week, requiring 70% of the package surface to be covered by text and images warning of the dangers of smoking, rather than the 40% coverage that was required before this change. Flavoured cigarettes, such as strawberry, vanilla and menthol will also be banned, in a move to make smoking less attractive and enjoyable. Although a number of European countries opposed the legislation originally suggested by the Irish presidency, Spain was undecided on the viability of the motion.

Consumer and animal rights groups are complaining about a draft law being proposed by the Partido Popular, that would outlaw independent testing of food products. If approved, the law would prevent such testing as those conducted during the recent horse and dog meat in food for human consumption, preventing the disclosure of incorrectly labelled items in grocery stores.

In 1998, after a three year marketing experiment, Cherry Coca Cola was withdrawn from sale in Spain, leaving Spaniards envious of their global neighbours who were still allowed to enjoy this fizzy blend of carbonated beverage. But now, after a 15 year absence, the much coveted drink will return to shops and shelves of supermarkets, bars and chiringuitos, but only for the summer, accompanied by an online hashtag and web campaign to test the viability of this mythical drink in today´s market place. But if you want to play your part in encouraging a positive return, make sure you include the #susovuelve tag in all of your online correspondence.

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