Author: Rosana

Top 10 best lawyers in the world

Needing the assistance of a lawyer is something that nobody desires as it normally implies you are facing some kind of legal problem and that you will probably have to assume a considerable financial outlay. However, if you want to put things right, it is not only inevitable but essential to find a good legal representative that can solve your legal issue in the fastest, smoothest and most advantageous way. Even when you are not ‘in trouble’, knowing about a trustworthy and talented attorney is highly advisable in order to avoid making rushed decisions in cases of need.

Yet, with no less than 1.3 million of attorneys only in the US, the task of choosing the best candidate to represent you in court does not seem an easy one. Rather than difficult, carrying out some thorough research can be time-consuming but these tips can help you to make a wise decision. First of all, you have to identify the type of legal problem you have and what would be the best suited specialist for such case.

Types of lawyers and who you should choose

Now, if you have already started the quest for a lawyer, you have soon realised there are many types of legal professionals out there. The legal industry is certainly big and complex, and most attorneys tend to specialize in a specific area of legal practise. The result is a myriad of different specialists that can sometimes be confusing for the public. The good news is that there is always one for you regardless of how complex and specific your case is. For obvious reasons, your wouldn’t select an employment lawyer to handle your divorce, in the same way you wouldn’t expect an optician to carry out a kidney transplant.
So, in order to help you figure out which lawyer to select according to your legal needs, we are going to define the area of expertise of the most common types of attorneys.

  • Bankruptcy Lawyer

You will definitely opt for a bankruptcy lawyer if are facing financial problems, the most common of which is being unable to comply with bills and debts payment deadlines. The bankruptcy lawyer will first analyse the severity of your situation and will try to renegotiate new payment plans. Even if a bankruptcy proceeding is the only way out, they will also guide you in the process to minimize the economic loss.

  • Business or Corporation Lawyer

If you are willing to start your own business and you don’t know where to start, or rather you want to dissolve your corporation, then what you need is a business lawyer. Of course, they will also guide you when it comes to employment contracts, tax compliances or any internal disagreements.

  • Criminal Lawyer

In the unfortunate event you or a beloved one face criminal charges or even the possibility of a prison sentence, then it is time for you to look for the counseling of a good criminal attorney. Common crimes include arson, bribery, burglary, money laundering, computer crime, drug trafficking, extortion, homicide or vandalism among many others. Specially well-qualified lawyers can make a big difference between the defendant going to prison or avoiding it.

  • Employment or Labor Lawyer

Have you been made redundant without a valid reason or you feel you’re being discriminated at your workplace? Likewise, are you worried about how to manage a troublesome employee? Then, opt for the counselling of an employment or labor lawyer as far as employer-employee related issues are concerned.

  • Estate Planning Lawyer

Although nobody likes to prepare or even think about their deaths, the sooner you get your will ready the better. In this way you’ll make sure your children or beneficiaries won’t have to go through any costly and sluggish paperwork to inherit your assets when the time comes.

  • Family Lawyer

Although divorces are the most common case family lawyers handle, they are also in charge of providing assistance in terms of prenuptial agreements, child custody, adoption, paternity and even reproductive rights.

  • Intellectual Property Lawyer

Cases which involve copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets and licensing agreements will need the expertise of a good intellectual property (IP) lawyer. Therefore, if you are an artist, scientist or engineer and you have come up with a new piece of art, design or discovery, you will need some legal guidance on how to protect your creation from possible counterfeiters or usurpers.

  • Immigration Lawyer

Moving to a new country where the culture and language is new to you can be quite challenging, especially at the beginning. If, on top of that, you have to resolve your legal status in the country and cope with its the bureaucratic formalities, then the level of stress can increase substantially. Instead, an immigration lawyer can save you a lot of time and make visa, residence or citizenship applications seem an easy and quick process.

  • Personal Injury Lawyer

Personal injury lawyers will give you the proper assistance to claim a compensation when you have been physically or psychologically injured, whether it is in a car accident, due to some food poisoning at a restaurant or due to medical malpractice at a hospital, to name some.

  • Real Estate Lawyer

If you have finally decided to buy or sell a property, it is key to hire a good real estate lawyer who can negotiate the most advantageous buying or selling prices for you as well as to handle all the necessary paperwork for the transaction.

Once you have identified the type of specialist you need, you can then create a list of potential candidates coming from personal referrals as well as online resources. In this respect, websites of law firms, bar associations and specialized peer-review guides can be really helpful to gather information about attorneys’ level of expertise, qualifications, success rates, customer reviews as well as fees. An initial consultation with the best suited candidates will be key in the decision-making process.

The information obtained from these initial consultations will be decisive in picking the right lawyer but it is necessary to make the right questions. Of course, a brief introduction of your issue will give you an idea of the approach to be taken by each lawyer. First impressions matter and it is important to choose a forthcoming professional that you feel you can really trust and ask any questions or concerns about your case. You can then inquire about the specifics of the service by asking questions such as:

  • What are your fees and how often will I be charged?
  • Are there any additional costs beyond the lawyer fees?
  • How will I periodically be updated about the state of my case?
  • Will anybody else be working on my case? If so, what is his/her experience?
  • Do you have a malpractice insurance? If so, what is the coverage?

However, if you want to make the long story short and go for a sure bet straightaway, you can then have a look at the list below.

The best from the best

The list we’ve compiled here are experts and true leaders in their respective specialities. Their colleagues admire their skills and they have achieved big recognition in the field, which, in turn, have made them deal with the most complicated cases.

10 – Samantha Michelle Aguilar Beteta – Managua, Nicaragua

In recent years, Samantha Michelle Aguilar Beteta has been recognised as one of the best specialists in tax law from Nicaragua and Central America.

http://latamlex.com/
saguilar@latamlex.com
(505) 2277-0767

9 – Freddy Aray Lárez – Caracas, Venezuela

Represented by the prestigious law firm Tinoco, Travieso, Planchart & Núñez, which has been providing legal services for more than 100 years, Freddy Aray Lárez stands out as one of the best criminal defense attorneys of 2020 in the world.

https://www.ttpn.com.ve/index.html
faray@ttpn.com.ve

8 – Martín Godino – Madrid, Spain

Best Lawyers has recognized Sagardoy Abogados as the “Law Firm of the Year in Spain” in the area of employment and labour law, at the same time that the managing partner Martín Godino has received the award “Lawyer of the Year” in the years 2014 and 2017 for his outstanding work in the same area of legal practice.

https://www.sagardoy.com/en/
+34 914 540 054

7 – Ramón A. Anzola R. – Panama City, Panama

If you are in need of legal counselling as regards real estate, corporate or tax law, Ramón A. Anzola and his law firm Anzola Robles & Asociados have proven to be of great talent. Although they are based in Panama, they are also highly experienced in dealing with foreign proceedings.

http://www.anzolaw.com/en
info@anzolaw.net
(507) 263-0003
(507) 263-4224

6 – Marcia D. Alazraki – New York, USA

In recognition of her great work and high success rates as regards insurance regulatory law, Marcia D. Alazraki has been named “Lawyer of the Year 2020” in the USA by Best Lawyers as well as “New York Super Lawyer” in 2008 by Super Lawyers. Interestingly enough, she is represented by the top-ranked firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP which has also been awarded as “Best Law Firm of the Year” in 2020.

https://www.manatt.com/
(518) 431-6700

5 – Izumi Akai – Tokyo, Japan

When it comes to capital markets law, Izumi Akai, partner of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, stands out as a true expert and a recurrent name in most rankings of top-rated lawyers. In fact, ALB Japan Law Awards recognized him as the dealmaker of the year in 2007, 2010 and 2017 and appears as a recommended lawyer in the reputed legal publications such as Who’s Who Legal, The Best Lawyers or IFLR1000. In case you’re wondering, Mr. Akai can give you assistance both in Japanese and English.

https://www.sullcrom.com/
akaii@sullcrom.com
+81-3-3213-6145

4 – María del Carmen Alvarado Bayo – Lima, Peru

María del Carmen Alvarado Bayo is an international attorney providing outstanding legal services on intellectual property behind the legal firm Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados. What is more, she is an active contributor to various associations aimed at protecting trademarks, copyrights, patents and industrial properties. As a result of the high quality standards of her services, The Best Lawyers platform has recently named her “Lawyer of the Year 2020”.

https://www.estudiorodrigo.com/
mcalvarado@estudiorodrigo.com
+51 (1) 619-1900

 3 – Oscar Aitken – Santiago, Chile

In the fourth position we find the Chilean Oscar Aitken, a prominent partner of Carey and considered by many as one of the best specialists in immigration law in Chile and abroad. Besides immigration, his practice also includes the areas of labor and employment as well as project finance and development. Last but not least, Mr. Aitken has to his credit more than ten awards in recognition of his outstanding career.

https://www.carey.cl/
oaitken@carey.cl
+56 2 2928 2223

2 – Ann-Marie Ahern – Cleveland, Ohio

Ann-Marie Ahern, from McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA, has established as a leading advocate who has successfully resolved hundreds of employment disputes, especially of those who are in the most vulnerable situations. Her expertise in the field has granted her the respect and admiration her peers, which has resulted in numerous awards and recognitions.

ama@mccarthylebit.com
216-696-1422

1 – Luis Manuel Castro – Santa Ana, Costa Rica

If there is a name that appears repeatedly referenced by the most renowned legal publications, that is Luis Manuel Castro, co-founder of the Costa Rican legal firm BLP. For over 20 years of legal practice, Mr. Castro has become one of the most notorious legal talents inside and outside Costa Rica, especially in the areas of real estate, communications, corporate and M&A, project finance and development practice. This multi-awarded attorney is also a prominent member of associations such as the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association, Energy Committee of the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of the Private Business Sector (UCCAEP) and a founding member of the Costa Rican Association of International Law.

https://www.blplegal.com/en/
lcastro@blplegal.com
(506) 2205 3902

Besides these top-rated attorneys, we cannot disregard other prominent names such as Karim S. Anjarwalla (Nairobi, Kenya) from corporate law; Simon P. Barrett (Tokyo, Japan) from construction law; Asli F. Basgöz (Istanbul, Turkey) from banking, corporate and finance law; Reuven Behar (Tel Aviv, Isreal) from corporate, arbitration and mediation law; Panayotis M. Bernitsas (Athens, Greece) from arbitration mediation, corporate and European Union law; Richard Briggs (Dubai, United Arab Emirates) from insurance, litigation and maritime law; Ricardo F. Casellas-Sánchez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) from apellate, litigation, arbitration and mediation law; and, Gheorghe Buta (Bucharest, Romania) specialized in insolvency and reorganization law.

If you wish to obtain further information about their legal fees, success rates and the specifics of your case, do not hesistate to contact these professionals by telephone or email and visit their firms’ webpages. They will be glad to provide a first consultation, usually, at no charge.

Sherry wines

The 10 best sherry wines in the world

The production and consumption of wine has played an important role in society since ancient times. The first instances of vine cultivation date back to 6000-5000 BC. Yet, it is not until the emergence of the Ancient Egypt and the subsequent Greek and Roman empires that wine truly acquired the status and importance it has today. Egyptian hieroglyphs show how feasts and religious acts revolved around wine, not to mention the fact that many pharaohs were buried surrounded by vessels full of wine so that they could enjoy it in their next lives. Then it came the Greeks and the Romans who even worshiped a god devoted to this fermented juice, namely Dionysos and Bacchus, respectively.

These empires were responsible for great technological developments in vine-growing and wine preservation as well as for the expansion of the wine culture throughout the mediterranean Europe. Interestingly enough, they really enjoyed experimenting with a variety of ingredients such as honey, perfumes, myrrh, thyme and even sea water, so the type of wine that was consumed at that time quite differed from the one nowadays. Such was the value given to this drink that even Roman soldiers were encouraged to drink between 2 and 3 litres of wine per day as it was believed this would give them strength. In fact, it was frequently used as a remedy for a variety of diseases including kidney stones, cholera or phlegm. However, as one might expect, alcoholism was also quite a thing at that time and it is known that big names such as Socrates, Sofocles or Alexander the Great had serious drinking problems.

Later on, with the irruption of Christianism, viticulture and viniculture passed under the control of monasteries, abbeys and castles. These, who first introduced wooden barrels for the preservation of wines, were in charge of supplying churches with this drink for the masses. Thus, it is not surprising that France, Spain and Italy, with a high concentration of religious enclaves, are the most important producers of wine since the Middle Ages. Since then, cutting-edge techniques and more than 3,000 varieties have been developed and refined. Of these, we want to focus this time on Jerez-Xérès-Sherry wines, as it is one of the oldest varieties in the world which is gaining wide recognition in recent times.

The towns of Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa María and Sanlúcar de Barrameda, in Andalusia, Spain, form what is known as the Sherry Triangle. This small region in the southwest part of the Iberian Peninsula is the only one devoted to the production of the D.O.P Jerez-Xérès-Sherry, the official name given its status of protected designation of origin. The secret of its quality seems to be a combination of four key factors: the geographical location, privileged climate and rich soil of its vineyards as well as the unique aging system of these wineries. Right in the mouth of Guadalquivir river, the production of Palomino, Moscatel and Pedro Ximénez grapes is greatly influenced by the west winds from the Atlantic ocean, frequent showers and high temperatures.

Once the sherry has been fermented, the base wine is fortified with a grape spirit aimed at increasing its alcohol level. Then, it is aged following a singular process known as solera. Solera consists of mixing the youngest wines, preserved in the top casks of the cellars, with the oldest ones, found in the bottom casks of the same pile. The result is a very versatile, high-quality fortified wine which perfectly pairs with a wide range of flavours, dishes and, of course, tapas.

Within the sherry family, we can find 5 main styles of different levels of dryness: fino, manzanilla, oloroso, amontillado or palo cortado; as well as two sweet styles: Pedro Ximénez and Moscatel, especially popular as a dessert. As a matter of fact, it is known that Christopher Columbus brought sherry wines to the Americas and Ferdinand Magallanes was more worried about having enough supplies of sherry wine than of weapons as he prepared his voyage around the world.

At this point, sherry wine has probably piqued your interest but you might not know where to begin with. If you are a total beginner in the sherry world and you feel totally useless at choosing a good wine, then you must keep reading.

How to find a good wine

It is frequently believed that only true wine connoisseurs are able to identify a good wine. However, as it is usually said, there is no accounting for taste and anybody is able to discern the good from the bad. Indeed, there is no scientific method that makes us able to measure the quality of a wine but there are some tricks that can help us find a good bottle of wine without being an expert.

Here are some tips. 1) Use mobile phone apps that can guide you on the intimidating task of picking the perfect bottle of wine for every occasion, whether it is for a special meal or as a gift. 2) Cheap does not mean poor quality. Read the label and check whether the description given meets your taste. If still in doubt, check online reviews. 3) Avoid last-call deals. That’s a bad symptom. 4) Let yourself be advised. Ask for recommendation from trusted friends or relatives which you know are into the wine world. They will be delighted to be asked and pass on their personal favourites. 5) Keep record of those wines you like. You will soon realise which styles you like the most.

Even so you can always save time and rely on wine critics. For this reason, if you are short of time and do not want to fail on your choice but wish to get initiated on the sherry world, you can just pick one of the references listed below.

10 –  La Bota de Fino Amontillado nº85 – Equipo Navazos

Making use of one of the oldest fino soleras from Bodega Los Amigos de Pérez Barquero, Equipo Navazos has accomplished one of the most appreciated bottles of this in-between variety known as fino-amontillado. Indeed, it gathers the very best from both worlds, resulting in an balanced acidity and high finesse,  which has granted it with a 96+ in the Parker list.

9 – Pedro Ximénez Reliquia – Bodegas Barbadillo

As its very name indicates, this relic is at the reach of a very few as it is sold at the extraordinary price of 930€ each bottle. This very old and rare sherry is a very limited series with an estimate age of 150 years. If you have yet not abandoned the idea of trying this jewel  and you can afford it, then you are a very lucky person.

8 – Amontillado Tradición Vors 30 Years Sherry N.V. – Bodegas Tradición

Cured meats and cheeses, snacks and desserts are said to be the perfect pairings for this amontillado according to wine lovers and experts. With “only” 22 years of existence, Bodegas Tradición have been able to place themselves as one of the best producers of sherry wines in the world.

7 – La Bota 61 de Amontillado N.V. – Equipo Navazos

This top-quality amontillado is the result of years of work and experimentation of Equipo Navazos in the vine-growing and wine-making fields. Indeed, the prestigious Parker guide has granted it with 96/100 points making it one of the best wines in the world. The incredible long finish is probably its most remarkable trait.

6 – Palo Cortado Tradición VORS 30 Years Sherry N.V. – Bodegas Tradición

Although expensive, this palo deserves a spot on your wish-list. With more than 30 years, Palo Cortado Tradición VORS 30 Years Sherry is delicate on the nose while powerful on the palate. It is best paired with mild cheeses such as Cheddar or Gruyere, nuts and seafood.

5 – Este Pedro Ximénez N.V. – Bodegas Ximénez-Spínola

Regarded by many as the best Pedro Ximénez in the world, this superb enological jewel is always found in the top positions of wine rankings. Although wine critics recommend to enjoy it on its own, it has also proven to be the perfect pairing for dark chocolate, foie gras and blue cheeses.

4 – Sibarita Oloroso VORS – Bodega Pedro Domecq

This fragrant and powerful wine has attracted great interest among wine lovers and there is a good reason for it. They make use of solera casks which date back to 1792. Truly, one of a kind. As its name suggests it is the favourite of true hedonists or sybarites.

3 – Palo Cortado “Torre del Oro” – Waitrose & Lustau

For as little as £11.99 the bottle it is not surprising that Waitrose Palo Cortado “Torre del Oro” was the winner of “IWC Great Value Champion Fortified 2019” award. Waitrose partnered with bodega Lustau to produce this superb sherry of nutty and yeasty notes.

2 – Harveys Oloroso Medium VORS – Bodegas Fundador

According to the International Wine & Spirit Competition, Harveys Very Old Oloroso Blend Medium VORS produced by Bodegas Fundador is the best sherry wine of 2019. It is highly recognised for its character but well-balanced flavour which leaves no one indifferent.

1 – Tío Pepe Cuatro Palmas Amontillado – González-Byass

Tío Pepe Cuatro Palmas has been awarded with the “Champions of Champions Trophy 2019” recognising it as not only the best sherry but also the best wine in the world. The jury of the prestigious International Wine Challenge agreed that this 53 year-old-wine helds a perfect balance of dryness, acidity and robustness. Its producers, González-Byass, pride themselves of being the first ones to elevate a sherry to the highest world ranking of winemaking.

For more information of any of the above mentioned wines, do not hesitate to check the official webpages of its wineries. There you will find detailed informstion of these sherries, how they are produced as well as recommendations on how are they best preserved, consumed and paired.

The benefits of wine

These are just ten of the many reasons to dive into the wine and, most particularly, sherry world. In this respect, it is also interesting to note the many benefits of regular, yet moderate, consumption of wine as reported by the community of health experts and researchers. Before moving on, let’s first clarify what is understood as moderate, responsible drinking of alcoholic beverages. According to different health agencies, the consumption of wine should be limited to a maximum of one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men.  Of course, this only applies to healthy adults and anyone suffering from liver and kidney diseases, drug dependency issues, taking medication or recovering from accidents or illnesses, is strongly discouraged from taking up or continuing alcohol drinking.

This being said, research suggests that this millenary beverage may be a good ally when it comes to protecting against certain cancers, strengthening heart health, boosting the immune system, improving mental health and living longer. Indeed, wine is full of antioxidants which have proven to be effective in reducing the risk of suffering diseases such as Alzheimer, Parkinson or prostate, colon and breast cancers. Also associated with the high concentration of different antioxidants is the prevention against high blood pressure and high cholesterol. What is more, some emerging evidence indicates that wine may help in promoting healthy gut bacteria, which in turn contributes to better digestions and weight control. Along with these, recent studies suggest that an occasional cup of wine can reduce the chances of suffering from dementia or depression. Interestingly enough, these positive effects of this millenary beverage are mostly attributed to red wine.

Last but not least, we should also be aware of the potential risks of wine abuse. Excessive drinking can turn the above mentioned benefits into the opposite effects. Needless to say, this is not a general rule to everybody and some people should not drink alcohol at all. It is highly important that any changes in your diet are be carefully supervised and approved by a doctor.

If you liked this article, please do not forget to share it and leave some comments below.  This author will be more than glad to read your contributions and recommendations as far as wine and sherry wines are concerned. This is a great opportunity to expand our knowledge of viniculture and gain some new insights of this fascinating beverage.

Vet

Top 10 best vets across the world

Who would not want the very best care for their beloved pets? Our furry friends are faithful, caring and the best companions we could ever have and, as such, it is not surprising that they have evolved from being a simple distraction to true members of the family. Numbers speak for themselves: 57% of the world population own a pet, with dogs (33%) and cats (23%) being the most popular companion animals, followed by fish (12%) and birds (6%) according to a survey by GFK. This means that the majority of world has at least one pet at home, a figure that is expected to grow gradually as awareness on animal welfare and income of consumers rises across the world.

As a result, veterinary medicine has not only experienced great advancements in the past decades but it has also witnessed the proliferation of these professionals worldwide. In the same way, as veterinary care techniques keep on improving over the years, animals are also expected to live longer thus requiring specialised and continuous assistance. Although finding this specialised care can be an overwhelming process for many pet owners, it is worth doing some previous research.

Whether you have just adopted a new puppy or you are moving to a new city, finding a vet that meets your needs is as important as finding a good physician. It goes without saying that the type of animal you have, the breed, the age and the specific health issues it has will greatly condition the type of vet you’re looking for. These can range from general veterinarians to professionals specialising in: exotic species medicine, equine medicine, geriatric care, oncology or ophthalmology, among others. Once these initial aspects have been cleared up, it is time to look at more qualitative features such as:

  • the medical team experience and knowledge
  • the choice of medical treatments and alternative therapies
  • whether they have modern facilities with cutting-edge technologies
  • customers’ satisfaction and feedback

Although choosing the right health care provider is a personal decision, gathering the aforementioned information from different webpages can be an excellent way to check the available standards of care. Another good source are recommendations from family, friends or other pet owners you can trust. That said being said, don’t wait until it’s an emergency to select a vet if you want to avoid undesirable situations. This search is to be done ahead of time even before moving to a new place or adopting a new companion animal. In fact, a vet can give you advice on the type of animal that best suits your personality and lifestyle as well as on nearby shelters that are looking for pet parents willing to adopt a new companion.

Yet, if you came here is because you wanted to get to know the world’s best vet. Well, that’s a hard question to answer as there are no comprehensive rankings at a global scale when it comes to veterinary medicine. Even so, we’ve been able to compile ten top-rated vet clinics from different parts of the world that are considered among the best for a variety of reasons. Keep reading to know why.

The best veterinary clinics

10- Yorkshire Veterinary Hospital – USA

Beginning from the northwestern side, we find Yorkshire Veterinary Hospital right in the heart of the US, a top-rated team of professionals providing vet services for over 30 years.  As a matter of fact, they are not only fully accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), but they have also received numerous awards in recognition of their outstanding quality care and high rates of satisfaction. This vet medical centre based in the city of Colorado Springs is dedicated to provide a comprehensive array of vet services whether it is in the prevention and detection of health problems or in the resolution of emergencies.

9- Hospital Veterinario Dr. Hato – Brazil

Dr. Hato Veterinary Hospital in Sant André, Brazil, is frequently regarded as the best vet medical centre in South America. Indeed, there are good reasons for that. This ultramodern hospital, with an area of more than 13,000m² and 300 professionals, has wide expertise in a myriad of specialities, the most remarkable of which are stem cell treatments, cardiology, oncology, neurology and physiotherapy. In fact, the count on a 25-metre swimming pool destined to animals in need of rehabilitation therapies. But that’s not all, just beside the entrance there is a 24-hour pet supermarket where pet parents can find anything imaginable to spoil their beloved animal friends.

8- Fitzpatrick Referrals Oncology and Soft Tissue – UK

Moving eastwest, right in the south of the UK, we find the first cancer hospital for pets in Europe. Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, who has become popular for starring in the British TV programme the Supervet, founded Fitzpatrick Referrals Oncology and Soft Tissue in 2005 to cater for the demand of centres that provide this very much needed care. Actually, cancer is the second leading cause of death among companion animals which contrasts with the lack of specialists in this type of diseases. Fortunately, this state-of-the-art hospital has the most advanced technologies for the treatment of different types of cancers including a well-equipped chemotherapy suite as well as a neuro-orthopaedics department in charge of making custom-made limbs for those pets that lost some of their legs during the illness.

7- Swanspool Veterinary Clinic – UK

Rated as the UK’s best veterinary clinic in 2019, it is not surprising that Swanspool Veterinary Clinic is the first choice for many British and foreign pet owners when it comes to veterinary care. As a result, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ Practice Standards Scheme (RCVS) have accredited the top quality of their practices as regards hygiene, facilities, equipment, safety and health management.

With more than 140 years of experience, Swanspool Veterinary Clinic staff have been able to provide personal and individualised care to cats and dogs as well as horses and a other farm animals. Among the wide range of services they offer, they are able to perform a variety surgeries along with radiography, ultrasonography,  endoscopy and dentistry services.

6- Veterinary Hospital Restelo – Portugal

Veterinary Hospital do Restelo has been providing the most outstanding and complete vet services in Lisbon, Portugal, since 2002. With more than 50 professionals specializing in a variety of species and practices, the centre is able to respond to almost any pet’s needs even when it comes to the most complex cases. As well as cardiology, dermatology, oncology, ophthalmology, alternative treatments and dialysis therapies, to name some, they have especial concern for geriatric care aimed to making our companion animals’ lives longer and better. Additionally, they are also well-qualified to offer the most appropriate palliative care at the last stages of their life.

5- Monument Park Vet Clinic – South Africa

Monument Park Vet Clinic is a family-owned business that offers high quality and individualised pet care to dogs, cats, horses, cattle and a variety of farm animals in Pretoria, South Africa. One of the most interesting services of this vet medical centre is their own mobile phone application. Pet owners can easily download it to check important information about the clinic, keep in touch with the doctors as well as to request for assistance in case of emergency 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Interestingly enough, veterinarians in this clinic also make routine phone calls to follow up on the well-being of their furry, scally or feathery patients. Additionally, customers can also make use of their lost and found service in charge of solving these stressful experiences rapidly. What is more, if you have ran out of your dog’s favourite treats, then you can easily purchase it at this clinic’s well-assorted online shop.

4- Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital – United Arab Emirates

Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital (ADFH) is certainly one of a kind. If the United Arab Emirates and Abu Dhabi in particular are the world capital of falconry, then Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital is the vet medical centre of reference for the care this highly valued animals. Although not exclusively, falcons are their main pet patients and, as such, they count on the most qualified specialists and advanced technologies for the treatment of this species. In fact, they have a total of 200 air-conditioned rooms for the 11,000 falcons that are treated yearly at their premises. Owing to the growing interest of falcons worldwide and the increasing number of tourists visiting the capital of this Emirate, ADFH is now offering guided tours to raise awareness on this powerful animal and its importance in the Emirati culture. The tour includes a visit around the premises, witnessing a free-flight of a falcon and the chance to hold one of the majestic birds.

3- Rehab Vet Clinic – Singapur

As regards the southeastern part of Asia, Rehab Vet Clinic in Singapore stands out as an excellent centre specialized in animal rehabilitation and physiotherapy. Pets suffering from a variety of orthopaedic and neurological conditions as well as from canine cancer are in the very best hands thanks to the expertise and training of their therapists and fully-equipped facilities. Rather than focusing on medication, Rehab Vet Clinic professionals make use of physical therapy to improve these pets’ well-being by increasing their mobility and reducing pain. Hydrotherapy,  electroacupuncture or the hyperbaric chamber are some of their most popular and effective treatments. Their high success rates have granted them with excellent customer reviews and frequent referrals from other doctors of veterinary medicine.

2- Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic – Australia

With three branches operating in capital city of Sydney, Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic is a family-run business who has been offering the highest quality standards in the area for quite a while now. They pride themselves on featuring a unique approach consisting of giving pet owners total independence in the choice of their best treatment for their four-legged friends while offering them a wide range of options. Of the comprehensive care services available, it is worth mentioning their specialist pet surgery which is assisted by the most advanced technologies that would normally only be available on humans. What is more, they are committed to offering competitive prices that make their practice accessible to most customers.

1- Vetenatura: world leader in holistic vet care

Vetenatura established in Seville, Spain, since 2011 has become a highly-recognised vet centre both in Spain and abroad. The clinic is led by Ivas Álvaro Millán, a specialized vet doctor, author and conference lecturer who a has received extensive training in vet medicine and alternative care techniques for pets.

What distinguishes Vetenatura from other veterinarian centres and has attracted many people to their premises is their choice of natural therapies along with conventional vet medicine practices. They have been pioneers in naturopathic and alternative treatments in Europe for over ten years specializing in traditional acupuncture, electroacupuncture, homeopathy, homotoxicology, oligotherapy as well as nutritherapy.

In fact, this group of professionals have been the first to cure animals suffering from disc herniation without the need of surgery by applying a combination of techniques ranging from acupuncture needles to dietary adjustments. What is more, the fact that they count on a small team of professionals allows them to provide close personalized treatment in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Additionally, for those who are interested in receiving advice and guidance on holistic vet care but are not able to visit Vetenatura premises, they are able to do it through their online platform. Last but not least, to complement this holistic approach, they have launched their own online shop that offers a wide range of ecological products that make use of top-quality ingredientes free from any artificial additives.

Everything considered, it can be argued that the clinics listed above are among the best in the world whether it is for their high degree of specialisation, high customer satisfaction, accessibility to the most up-to-date vet care practices and/or the wide range of treatments available. However, we would be glad to hear from your own experiences and contributions so that we can improve this list and widen our knowledge on the topic. Finally, it should be reminded that choosing the best veterinarian for your pet needs to be a planned, thorough process that should not be disregarded.

Fertility clinics

Top 10 best fertility clinics around the world

Many people, if not most, will develop the strong desire to have a child at some point in their lives. While some people believe this responds to an inborn paternal instinct that is innate in most animals for the sake of the species preservation and propagation, others argue that it is a social construct what leads most parents to conceive a baby. Still, for many hopeful parents there are less biological or cultural factors and more personal reasons attached to this decision. Whatever the main motive is, the truth is that parenthood is both an objective to be fulfilled and a fulfilling experience for many couples and individuals.

Nonetheless, different reports claim that birth rates in Western countries are in serious decline due to a variety of factors. Generally speaking, it seems that today’s busy life of developed countries together with a change of mentality and a wider access to contraception methods have been decisive for many people putting off their plan to have children. The truth is that society is not what it used to be and getting an education, pursuing a career, travelling and achieving economic stability, among others, have taken precedence over creating a family. Another, perhaps less obvious but no less important, key factor are the prevailing challenges to combine family life and work. Not to mention the existing inequality between men and women in the labour market when it comes to having a child.

Hence, as a result of delaying pregnancy, infertility is increasingly becoming an issue for many parents, especially in the European continent where the the lowest birth rates have been recorded. That means that only 1.5 children per woman are conceived in Europe, compared to the 2.4 children per woman who are born at a global scale. To make things worse, the prospects are not really promising as childlessness is expected to decrease at speed of 8%-9% annually. Being infertile can cause frustration, stress and unhappiness for many individuals and couples to the extent that it has become one of the main triggers for divorce. Yet, not everything is lost for hopeful parents who are struggling to conceive as thousands of them have already found a solution in fertility clinics.

But, when is it advisable to seek the help of an infertility specialist? It goes without saying that the first step is to visit a gynecologist, and an urologist in the case of men, who will run the necessary testings and come up with the source of the problem. In general terms, fertility treatments are recommended to:

  • Women who have suffered various miscarriages
  • Women under 35 who haven’t got pregnant after one year of trying
  • Women over 35 who haven’t got pregnant after half year of trying
  • Men who have been diagnosed with poor semen quality

Once the specialist has evaluated the patients’ case, she or he will outline a treatment plan that will range from fertility medications, to stimulate the production of eggs or sperm; lifestyle changes, such as diet adjustments; to the so-called In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) technique when none of the previous have worked. However, although many people come to the conclusion that they need to go through some kind of assisted reproduction technique, selecting the most suitable clinic can be really nerve-wracking.

Choosing a fertility clinic

As a consequence of the growing demand for fertility treatments, the number of specialized doctors and centers in the field have not stopped growing in recent years. This has subsequently led to, on the one hand, the development of new and more effective techniques,  and, on the other, the progressive reduction of prices thus facilitating the access of these therapies to a wider population. However, all fertility clinics are neither the same nor offer the same services. That is why it is necessary to do some research before making a sensible choice.

Key aspects you should keep in mind when deciding on the best clinic for you are: the percentage of success rates, previous customers reviews, the number of embryos transferred as well as the range of services and treatments provided. Needless to say, it is essential to make sure that these are certified centres run by a team of highly qualified IVF specialists that use the most innovative techniques. As the search can bit a bit overwhelming, we have created a ranking of the best fertility clinics according to the parameters outlined above.

10 – Medicana Fertility Clinic, Turkey

With more than 1000 IVF/ICSI cycles performed in their premises every year, Medicana Fertility Clinic has been regarded as one of the most solid fertility clinics in the Middle East region. Trained in Europe and the USA, Medicana team is a ready to offer their patients a remarkable variety of treatments at an excellent value for money. To name some, IVF, ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm injection), Embryo and Sperm Cryopreservation, Intrauterine inseminations (IUI), ovulation induction, and Co-Culture, are some of their flagship procedures.

9 – Gyncentrum Fertility Clinic, Poland

Another highly-regarded team of assisted reproduction professionals is the one formed by Gynocentrum Fertility Clinics, located in Katowice and Krakow. When looking at the numbers of their popular “2+1 Program”, these centres stand out for achieving up to 90% of success rates. This In Vitro program includes two procedures at the price of 4000€ and offers patients a third attempt for free when the previous have been unsuccessful. Interestingly enough, those women who get pregnant at the first attempt receive a refund of 1600€.

Conscious of their international outreach, patients from abroad are ensured close assistance throughout the whole process, be it in the planning of the journey, the stay in the country as well as the departure, so that they get an experience that is as carefree and pleasant as possible.

8 – Repromeda, Czech Republic

For more than 21 years, Repromenada Clinic has been able to validate their motto: “We are helping to start a family”. In fact, they have made possible the birth of 5000 in their two branches of Brno and Ostrava. Beyond the high quality of their services and established expertise, Repromenada is especially recognized for having an outstanding customer care service. Additionally, this centre also offers its patients alternative medicine therapies such as acupuncture or phytotherapy as a complement to maximize pregnancy chances.

7 – Serum IVF, Greece

Considering their excellent customer reviews, it is not an overstatement to say that Serum IVF is a benchmark in fertility medicine inside and outside Greece, where their premises are located. Besides the significant array of fertility treatments provided by this clinic, it is important to note that they also feature their own sperm bank for the convenience of patients. The access to state-of-the-art technologies at affordable prices has proven to be an essential aspect to their success. So, if you are on a tight budget but you don’t want to compromise quality, then Serum IVF might be an excellent choice.

6 – GATJC Fertility Center, Italy

Proof of the high level of services, cutting-edge technologies and highly-qualified team, GATJ Fertility Center in Gioia Tauro has been accredited by the prestigious GRC (Global Clinic Rating). As well as obstetrics, gynaecology and reproductive medicine, GATJ is comprised by a multidisciplinary team of professionals specializing in anatomic and clinical pathology, psychotherapy and medical genetics.  Whatever your case is, you can be sure GATJ will be ready to assist you with all the means and knowledge at their disposal.

5 – Tambre Fertility Clinic, Spain

Tambre Fertility Clinic in Madrid has provided assisted reproduction for over 40 years, making it one of the most solid and experienced clinics in the field. Conscious of the importance of scientific development and innovation, Tambre has been actively participating in research projects in collaboration with different universities and has made significant scientific contributions, especially on male factor infertility. Choosing Tambre Fertility Clinic to undergo your long-awaited fertility treatment is without doubt a guarantee of quality, professionalism and high chance of success, as they count on the most innovative equipment for assisted reproduction.

4 – Dunya IVF Clinic, Cyprus

98% of Dunya IVF Clinic patients have claimed to be completely satisfied with their experience, something that is not surprising as they feature one of the highest percentages of live births. Actually, their high quality standards have been recognized by the ISO (International Organization for Standardization), thus certifying Dunya’s commitment to excellence and continuous improvement in customer care. Furthermore, the fact that reproductive medicine is the only area of expertise of this centre has allowed them to concentrate their efforts in what they do best to the extent that they offer especial support to women of advanced age as well as same sex couples who are willing to have a baby and find obstacles elsewhere.

3 – Klinika Bocian, Poland

After 13 years of experience, 4 clinics in Poland, more than 23.000 patients annually and a GCR accreditation, Klinika Bocian is a true example of success. Just one look at their web page reveals that, unlike other fertility clinics, ready-made packages are not part of their offer as they strongly believe these do not cater individual’s needs. Instead, Klinika Bocian is willing to design personalised plans according to the particularities, needs and challenges of each case. Thanks to their great investment capacity, they are able constantly update their equipment and have access the latest technologies as far as IVF, ICSI, IMSI and egg donation are concerned. What is more, their competitive prices with respect to other European clinics attract national and foreign visitors alike.

2 – Sanatorium HELIOS, Czech Republic

In association with the prestigious Australian company Genea World Leading Fertility, the first to implement IVF in the world, Sanatorium Helios has been able to establish itself at the forefront of assissted reproduction medicine worldwide. As a result of this collaboration and their close contact with the sphere of scientific research, this team of professionals have been pioneers in the implementation of the newest procedures earlier than the rest.

Along with their assisted reproduction department, Sanatorium Helios is ready to provide assistance in the field of gynecology, genetics and cancer prevention in the most discreet and empathetic way possible. What is more, they count on one of the most complete databases of egg donors what makes it very easy to find a compatible one almost immediately. Last but not least, they are available for you 365 days a year without exception.

1 – IVF Spain, Spain

If there is a IVF clinic that stands out from the rest, that is IVF Spain. Although their headquarters are located in Alicante, they have now opened branches in Donostia and Madrid to give response to the high demand of their services.

Despite the clinics listed above being guarantee of high standards, IVF Spain gathers all the essentials to be considered a leader in fertility medicine: excellent customer feedback, highly-qualified staff, modern facilities with the most cutting-edge technologies, an overwhelming range of services and, most importantly, great expertise in the treatment of challenging cases. In fact, IVF Spain is frequently the last resort for women patients who have suffered from repeated miscarriages and implantation failures as well as for those with immunology and genetic conditions that could not get pregnant in other centres.

Another aspect that distinguishes this clinic from the rest is their outstanding customer-centred approach. Aware of how stressful the journey of getting pregnant can be, a personal assistant will give you all the necessary support in your native language even before departing from your home country. You won’t have to worry about travel arrangements as additional services include free taxi transfers and special fares in nearby hotels.

As a result of all this, IVF Spain has achieved up to 80% of successful pregnancies, exceeding the Spanish and EU average in most cases.

Everything considered, it is right to conclude that there are more chances than ever before for infertile couples or individuals to fulfill their dream to become parents. Even when infertility has been caused by complex conditions. Recent advances in science and medicine have resulted in the development of innovative methods that are painless, more effective and more affordable. However, it is necessary to make sure you choose the best centre for you based on your economic possibilities and needs after carrying out thorough research ahead of time.

Finally, if you have read to here it is probably because you are considering the option of assisted reproduction. But, if you have already visited any of these centres, you know somebody that has or you just want to share your personal experience, feel free to contribute with any comments or suggestions that make us improve this ranking or expand our knowledge in the topic.

Best hair transplant doctors

The 10 best hair transplant doctors across the world

According to different reports, around 60% of the male population and 40% of the female population across the world suffer from or are going to develop some kind of alopecia at some point in their lives. Be it for genetic, psychological, dietary, behavioural, hormonal, traumatic or environmental factors, the truth is that hair loss is one of the most pervasive human conditions that worries people the most. As such, it is not surprising that only in 2017 a total of 635,189 hair restoration procedures were practised worldwide. A number that is expected to grow exponentially in the following years.

Such increase in the demand of hair transplant surgeries has been to a great extend motivated by two main factors. On the one hand, the development of new hair transplantation techniques which have notably increased success rates; and on other other,  the accessibility of patients to more affordable packages. Furthermore, these packages often include transportation, a language interpreter, accommodation in a 5-star hotel and post-surgery monitoring at the patient’s origin country, which makes it even more attractive for potential patients.

Yet, the explosion of activity in this market has also led to the emergence of so not reliable operators. This is the reason why it is important to carry out some comprehensive research before deciding on the best clinic that meets your expectations and needs. The truth is that not all the clinics are neither the same nor offer the same conditions to hair transplant patients. But here’s the good news: we have done the hard for you work and we have here compiled a list of the most reputed hair transplant surgeons in the field.

10 – Dr. Hamid Aydin

Based in Turkey, Dr. Hamid Aydin has been offering hair transplantation services for over 25 years at the best quality-price ratios. Yet, competitive prices do not equal poor quality, as this specialist of the FUE technique, PRP treatment and hair mesotherapy has an extensive professional background gathering a wide list of qualifications. If you are on a tight budget or you just simply want to skip luxurious services and extravagant add-ons, then CliniFUE might just be for you.

9 – Dr. Muttalip Keser

Dr. Muttalip Keser also appears in  list as features one of the most advanced and complete medical centres for hair restoration. Dr. Keser is well-known for successfully bringing patients’ hair back, especially to those with severe hair loss problems. There is no doubt that Dr. Kesser’s clinic is one of the best options if, beyond a regular hair transplantation surgery, one is looking for a way to increase hair density and strengthen hair follicles.

8 – Dr. Serkan Aygin

Besides FUE Sapphire and DHI hair transplantations on scalp, beard and eyebrows, Dr. Serkan Aygin also offers complementary treatments such as hair mesotherapy and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) which contribute to the hair thickening and strengthening, specially important after the post-surgery healing process. Besides its wide range of treatments to choose from, Dr. Serkan Aygin has also gained wide popularity in recent years thanks to its media presence, especially in Turkey, Spain, Italy, Russia and Ukraine, among others.

As far as numbers are concerned, Dr. Serkan Aygin boasts of having a 10,000 satisfied patients, a 98% success rate, 23 years of experience in the field and 49 conferences worldwide.

7 – Dr. Mbaraka Ljohiy

The FUE method, mostly performed on men, has established as the flagship treatment in most hair transplant clinics. Yet, unlike other centres, Sanantur Clinic has also specialized in female hair transplantation by adapting to the special particularities of this condition in women. For this reason, they are especially careful when it comes to head shaving and offer women to work on a small area at a time while leaving some locks of hair that camouflage the process. Another thing that should not be overlooked is the fact that Dr. Mbaraka Ahmed Ljohiy, leading a team of 15 professionals, belongs to the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS), comprised of the world’s most recognized specialists in the field. This in itself constitutes a unique guarantee of quality and reliability.

6 –  Dr. Serkan Yavuz

The added value of undergoing a hair transplant in Medical Hair Park led by Dr. Serkan Yavuz is that it offers its patients nothing less than a lifetime warranty. Treatments are carried out in its outstanding premises in the Medical Park Hospital, a leading medical institution in the region. What is more, the Joint Commission International (JCI) granted this clinic with a health care accreditation that recognises and guarantees excellent quality and patient safety standards at a global scale. In addition to this, the Swedish Ministry of Health has licensed Dr. Serkan Yavuz to perform hair transplantations in Europe after passing a thorough medical examination.

5 – Dr. Serdar Gökrem

Educated in Ankara and Zurich, it is worth mentioning the Dr. Serdar Gökrem from the Ankara International Saç Ekimi, who has been regarded as one of the most important specialists in hair transplantation. This highly skilled surgeon has specialized in the FUE technique as it has proven to be one of the best state-of-the-art methods with the most satisfactory results to date. Along with his professional career as surgeon, Dr. Serdar Gökrem has actively participated in the study and research of hair transplant procedures which, in turn, has led him to the publication of different scientific articles and teaching as an associate professor at university.

4 – Dr. Koray Erdogan

Thanks to the leadership and expertise of the Dr. Koray Erdogan, the Asmed Clinic has gained wide reputation among experts in the field of hair transplantation and customers alike. Patients with a wide array of alopecias (be it androgenetic alopecia, alopecia areata or traction alopecia, to name some) as well as those in need of a mega session often choose this center as the best option. These so-called mega-sessions, where more than 2,500 grafts can be transplanted in one single day, are becoming especially popular among patients with either a tight agenda or aggressive hair loss conditions who want to reduce treatment times while covering wide extensions of their scalp at once. Whatever the case, Dr. Koray Erdogan has always been a synonym of quality and effectivity.

3 – Dr. Balwi

With more than 20,000 patients treated in its premises and more than 10 years of experience, Dr. Balwi is a highly qualified surgeon who has himself developed new products, techniques, and surgical procedures for the treatment and prevention of alopecia. If you have realized you need to get your precious hair back and do not want to worry about the arrangements, then Elit Hair Transplant clinic might be the right choice as they offer one of the most complete all-inclusive packages based on the FUE technique.

Another thing that distinguishes this clinic from others is that it offers an in-between, less invasive solution for baldness. Hair pigmentation, which is a permanent tattoo simulating shaved hair on the scalp, is especially interesting for those patients who either do not have the sufficient quantity of grafts on the donor area or simply like the shaved head style and do not want to care about their everyday hair routine. It goes without saying that, together with a 30-year warranty, the fact they have been backed by the JCI constitutes in itself an irrefutable “seal of quality” and trustworthiness.

2 – Dr. Tayfun Oguzoglu

Ranked as one of the top hair transplant surgeons in Istanbul, Dr. Tayfun Oguzoglu has been one of the precursors of hair restoration in Turkey and one of the pioneers to perform the first Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) surgeries. In fact, FUE is now considered one of the most -if not the most – innovative and effective procedures to date.

As one of the most prominent members of the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery since 1998, Dr. Tayfun Oguzoglu has extensively contributed to the creation of a worldwide framework for safety and quality standards for patients this kind of aesthetical procedure. In fact, his work was so important that he received the ”ISHRS Promoting High Standards of Safety and Quality of Care of Hair Loss Patients” award in 2016. What is more, he is one of the 200 surgeons to receive the title of American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery Diplomate (ABHRS).

Dr. T Hair Clinic, located in Medistate Kavacık Hospital in Istanbul, has exclusively devoted to the FUE technique as they argue it is the technique which has demonstrated the best and most natural results with the fastest recovery times. It is also interesting to note that this clinic offers Unshaven Fue Hair Transplant for those patients for whom shaving their hair completely could be too traumatic.

1- Dr. Oğuz Kayiran

Everything considered, if there is a Turkish clinic that stands out among the rest, then we should be talking about Capilclinic. Comprised by a solid team of professionals and led by the reputed Dr. Oğuz, Capilclinic is considered as the best option to undergo a hair transplant surgery in Istanbul. This is backed by, on the one hand, the prestigious Gold Seal of Approval granted by the Joint Commission International (JCI) and, on the other, the high satisfaction rates among its patients. 

Apart from receiving extensive training in Turkey and the UK, Dr. Oğuz, as the highest representative of this medical centre, has also participated in the research and investigation of hair loss and plastic surgery. On top of that, he is actively involved in the activity of different associations in the field of medicine and cosmetic surgery such as the the Turkish Medical Association, the Turkish Association of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, the Aesthetic Surgery Association and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, among others. 

Interestingly enough, Capilclinic has also opened a centre in Barcelona for the convenience of European patients. Their centres have established as a benchmark of excellence featuring particularly well-equipped facilities with the most cutting-edge technologies. As well as the FUE Sapphire and DHI techniques for hair transplantation, they have recently included a pioneer treatment using stem cells for the enhancement and regeneration of scalp skin cells which, in turn, stimulate the growth of new hair.

Last but not least, they are so confident of the quality of their services that they offer nothing less than a lifetime warranty. That means that your hair will look perfect forever.

Hair transplant in Turkey

The fact that most of these clinics are based in Istanbul or Turkey is not a coincidence and there is a good reason for that. In fact, there are a bunch of good reasons for that.

First, hair transplantation packages are up to ten times cheaper in Turkey than in Western countries while at the same time offering the best services and most experienced surgeons. This has been greatly motivated by both government grants and investments from private corporations who have seen the potential of health tourism in Turkey.

Secondly, there is a wide array of clinics to choose from, which has caused a great competition among these to distinguish from each other. This situation has consequently led them to grow rapidly and develop the most advanced cosmetic procedures to stand out in the field.

The third factor relates to the city of Istanbul itself. It is not the same to recover at home than to spend your recovery time exploring the charming capital of the Ottoman Empire. As the postoperative period of a hair transplant is simple and does not require hospitalization, patients can take advantage of these days to visit the magnificent Hagia Sophia, sail the Bosphorus, get lost in the Grand Bazaar and devour the mouth-watering delicacies of this Middle Eastern country.

All in all, it can be argued that getting your lost hair back and rocking a new bushy hair is possible at very affordable prices. However, if you are thinking to undergo a hair transplant surgery with permanent results and hassle-free, it is key to carry out some previous research bearing in mind your budget and the technique that best fits your needs.  In fact, just be providing some pictures of your case, most clinics offer a charge-free evaluation of your alopecia together an estimate quotation of the recommended treatment.

How to start running

Quit smoking, learning a new language, reading more, saving money, going on a healthier diet, getting in shape, taking up yoga… We are about to reach the end of the year and many people might already be thinking about their new year’s resolutions. New Year’s resolutions are the perfect opportunity to review past choices and failures and plan ahead those lifestyle changes we keep procrastinating. Here ‘s a suggestion, why not taking up running?

Running can bring about a number of benefits to your physical and mental health. First, it tests your mental strength and capacity of sticking to a training plan and overcoming any obstacles to reach your target. Secondly, putting on your trainers and getting out into the street can significantly reduce stress and make you feel happier during the day. As for your physical fitness, running has proven to be your perfect ally when it comes to keeping fit, strengthening your heart as well as your cardiovascular system. 

Yet, you might still be wondering: “Ok, that’s all right but, how do I start?” Needless to say, a good pair of trainers is a key staple to feel comfortable and avoid possible injuries. Just head to the closest specialty running store and let the professionals advise you on the kicks that best fit your needs. Next, you should find a motivation or set a goal that keeps you on the track. Signing up for your first 5K race, setting a weight-loss goal, finding a running partner or simply joining a running club can help you stay focused and not give up prematurely. Most importantly, you should keep in mind that starting a running habit doesn’t have to be painful, so allow yourself and your body the necessary time to adapt and find a routine you feel comfortable with. 

Another key aspect to success is to set a realistic training plan and schedule. Running faster or longer distances than you’re ready for from the beginning can eventually lead to frustration, or injuries in the worst cases. Start by finding 2 or 3 days in the week when you have time for yourself and keep it regular. A good way for beginners to get started is to combine walking and running for 15 to 20 minutes on the first days or even weeks , depending on your fitness level. You will gradually progress by adding 5 minutes more to each session or completing longer distances within the same time. Believe it or not, in a few months you will be ready for your first midlle-distance or even long-distance race. 

Do’s and don’ts on your first race

  • DON’T overtrain days before the race if you don’t want to waste all your energy in advance
  • DO eat your breakfast at least 2 hours before the start time (a poor digestion can ruin your day!)
  • DON’T put on a new outfit you have never worn before (it’s not the day for experiments)
  • DO pace up (avoid being carried away by adrenaline as this can lead to uncontrolled speed and early exhaustion)

Your first race must be an exciting memorable experience, so try to keep the above tips in mind and go for it!

Top 8 fashion trends you will be wearing this autumn/winter 2019

Yeah, it’s mid-November and, unfortunately, bike shorts, tie-dye and cowboy boots are nothing more than a past memory. But don’t panic, it is never too late to catch up with the latest cold season trends. Fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris are over and, as usual, their catwalks have poured hundreds of designs into the streets of every city. While hairpins and bucket hats have been able to survive previous seasons, some other new trends are making their way into most fashionists’ wardrobes. Whether you are a fashion addict or you just want to get a bit of inspiration, here are a bunch of autumn/winter 2019 trends you need to know about. 

1. Puffy shoulders

Puffy shoulders are a clear example that old trends always come back, yet with a modern twist. This time they get a little bit extra. Organza, silk, wool, tulle, satin… they come in different sizes, fabrics and colours but the truth is that puffy shoulders have come to stay.

2. Puffy headbands

Is it everything puffy this season or is it just my imagination? Puffy headbands are a clear must-have accessory this season which will make a difference in your wintertime outfit. Go get one if you haven’t yet.

3. Snakeskin boots

If last summer was the time for super-comfy strap sandals and chunky sneakers, now it is time for a good pair of, needless to say, synthetic snakeskin boots. What is more, it seems that knee-length boots will be the protagonists this year. 

4. Waist belts

Be it to wrap them around dresses, coats, knits, blazers or maxi shirts, the good thing is that waist belts offer endless ways to style your outfits. While these have had its highs and lows in the world of fashion, this flattering accessory is back again to slenderise our waists. 

5. Nail art

Celebrities such was the world-famous Kylie Jenner or the Spanish artist Rosalía have been important precursors of this increasingly popular trait. Considered by some as a sign of femininity, empowerment and self-assurance, extreme manicures featuring pointy, highly-decorated nails are now a thing. 

6. Leather effect

If it ever departed the runway, another fabric which has made a major comeback is the leather effect, which can be easily found in garments such as skirts, trousers, trench coats and jumpsuits, to name some.

7. Oversized blazers

Oversized blazers have long been a timeless staple in our wardrobes but it seems they keep  getting bigger and bigger. This autumn/winter you will be wearing them with waist belts and in a wide array of patterns: tartan, hound’s tooth, tweed or gingham, among others.

8. Ruffles

Dresses and blouses full of volume have been the protagonists in the warmest days this year. Yet, ruffles have been able to trespass the boundaries of summer straight into the autumn/winter catwalks in a number of creative, sometimes asymetric, designs. Love them or hate them, ruffles are dominating shop windows these days. 

Now it’s time for you to update your wardrobe and decide which of these trends will work with your own style. 

Plastic surgery in Turkey

The advantages of plastic surgery in Turkey

Along with hair-replacement treatments, the number of people travelling to Turkey to undergo their desired cosmetic surgery has not stopped growing in recent years; something which has certainly placed this Eurasian country as a global leader in health tourism. Looking at the numbers, circa one million people rely on the Turkish healthcare system every year for cosmetic purposes according to the last report of the Istanbul International Health Tourism Association. But, what are the main reasons that make Turkey such a popular medical destination?

Rhinoplasty, abdominoplasty, breast augmentation, breast lift, buttock augmentation, liposuction and lifting are just some of the many medical procedures performed by expert Turkish clinics. Regardless of the type of , these clinics have well-qualified specialists with certified experience and expertise in the field which have brought them wide international recognition. Actually, Turkey has been ranked third in health tourism by the International Medical Travel Journal.

As well as being assisted by a solid team of professionals, it is worth mentioning that these Turkish clinics count on state-of-the-art facilities and technologies, thus providing patients with the newest and most precise treatments for almost any kind of cosmetic surgery. In turn, these have permitted them to reduce not only waiting but also recovery times. As a result, they can boast of achieving one of the highest success and satisfaction rates among its patients.

However, it is the low cost of their surgeries which have proven to be the determining factor for the majority of visitors in the Ottoman country. Yet, despite what many people may think, low cost does not equal low quality. Thanks to government investments and the high volume of patients it receives, these Turkish clinics can work at the best quality-price rations in comparison to other clinics in western countries. For example, while a patient in the US can pay up to 10,000$ for a rhinoplasty, the same procedure in Turkey would only cost one-third or even a quarter of its price.

Istanbul: plastic surgery and holidays for the same price

Last but not least, undergoing a plastic surgery in Turkey, and in most cases Istanbul, provides an added value due the the wide array of options it offers at a cultural, historical and gastronomical level. The magnificent Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar, a boat tour on the Bosphorus, the awe-inspiring sunsets or the delicious Turkish kebabs are just some of the many attractions that make most of its visitors fall in love with the Turkish capital.

All things considered, it is clear that choosing Turkey in general or Istanbul in particular for a plastic surgery turns out to be an excellent option as it allows, on the one hand, to get your long-awaited cosmetic change and to enjoy, on the other, a holiday in one of the most unique and enchanting cities in the world. Interestingly enough, most plastic surgery packages include accommodation at a high-end hotel, airport transfers and a translator, thus making it the most comfortable experience possible.

Stock market indices

All you need to know about stock market indices

Ibex, NASDAQ, Dow Jones… may all ring a bell but most people still have trouble understanding these financial concepts. While these give name to some of the most important stock market indices, the truth is that there are hundreds of them. But, what do they really stand for and what is their function?

A stock market index is frequently defined as measurement or indicator which reflects the value of a specific section of the stock market at a specific point in time. More specifically, each of these is comprised of different companies or assets that gather common characteristics and their numerical value is calculated on the basis of their performance. Therefore, both traders and investors use these indicators as a tool to decide their trading strategies and forecast the return of their investments. Yet, not all stock indices are the same nor formed according to the same criteria.

Types of stock market indices

There are four major categories of stock market indices: national, regional, international and sector-related. Of these, the most quoted ones are the national indices, which are those comprised by assets from the same country. A well-known example is Dow Jones Industrial Average, which integrates 30 of the most powerful companies in the USA, along with S&P 500 from the same country.

Something similar occurs in Europe with the most powerful assets of each country featuring a common national stock market index. That is the case of, for example, the British FTSE 100, the Spanish IBEX 35, the German DAX 30 or the French DAC 40, among many others. Likewise, we find the Japanese Nikkei 225, the Hang Seng Index from Hong Kong and the SSE Composite from Shanghai as the most prominent indices in Asia whereas the Mexican IPC, the Argentinian Merval and the Chilean IPSA stand out in South America.

The third group corresponds to those indexes which extend beyond national boundaries or have a supranational origin. Notable among these are the MSCI World, comprised by more than 1,600 companies from 23 different countries; the Eurotoxx 50, which integrates the 50 most important companies in the eurozone; or, the S&P Asia 50 including companies from the stock exchanges in Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan, to name some.

The fourth category of stock market indices refers to those consisting of companies belonging to a common sector. Wilshire US REIT, for instance, is made up by a total of 80 assets from the real estate sector, whereas Nasdaq 100 gathers 100 assets belonging to the technological sector.

Bitcoin: the new safe haven asset

A new group of assets that are gaining popularity in recent years are the cryptocurrencies, of which most popular representative is the Bitcoin. This digital asset works as any other currency with the exception that it is neither linked to any state nor operates within the framework of the stock market.

Although the value of this asset keeps fluctuating due to its recent creation, some experts expect that it will reach the price of 1.000.000 USD in the next years. Such optimistic forecast has inevitably attracted greedy traders as well as investors seeking to store their cash in times of crisis and geopolitical instability.

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Words lost in translation

It is often said that languages are a true reflection of its speakers, and more specifically, of their culture and the way the perceive the world and interact with it. This is the reason why languages are unique with each other and bear words that can be untranslatable to other native tongues. Here are a few examples of curious foreign terms with singular meanings that you may have never heard of and might be interested to include in your repertoire.

Sobremesa, for instance, literally translated as ‘over the table’, is used by Spanish people to describe the time they spend chatting at the table after the meal even when the food is gone. A truly Spanish habit which can last for hours portraying the talkative personality of these people. Another interesting term found in this Romance language is friolero, referring to those people who are especially sensitive to cold temperatures. Something which is not rare among Spaniards considering the long summer days and mild winters of their lands.

Unlike Spain, Norwegians cannot enjoy the same amount of sunshine, and as such, they really appreciate the act of utepils or the joy of sitting outside while having a beer on a hot summer day. Interestingly enough, they also have a word for anything that can be put into a sandwich such as ham, cheese, ketchup, mustard, jam, peanut butter, chocolate spread… or simply pålegg.

The German language is also rich of fun, curious vocabulary. The word kummerspeck, for example, literally translated as ‘grief bacon’, refers to the weight gained after undergoing some kind emotional distress. A more evil one, however, is schadenfreude describing the enjoyment that some people feel when hearing or knowing about other people’s problems. Yet, it seems this is not exclusive to Germans.

Japanese people, on the other hand, are known to have a special sensitivity to anything surrounding them and a good reflection of this are the many words they use packed with subtlety. The concept wabi-sabi, for example, is used by Japanese to describe the beauty which can be found in imperfections. Not as beautiful but equally delicate is the concept of komorebi, which refers to the effect of the sun rays as they filter through the trees and leaves.

Sometimes, however, we need to look into less known languages to find just the right word. It seems that Inuits – but not only Inuits – are tired of waiting their latecomer countrymen as they have even coined the term iktsuarpok to refer to this frustrating feeling. Many readers will also identify with the Pascuense word of tingo which stands for all those items your neighbour borrowed from you but never returned. Do you still remember that expensive and beautiful lawnmower?

These are just a few examples which show how hard the task of a translator is. It is not just a matter of changing the words but of capturing the essence of an idea in the most precise way. Most often than not, meaning is, inevitably, lost in translation.