Curely Global Medicine: Argentina


Curely’s Global Medicine series takes a look at medicine around the world. This month we’ve talked with Dr. Lucas Arriola and Dr. Pablo Slullitel to learn more about medicine in Argentina.


Dr. Arriola’s daily practice, Argentina

Dr. Arriola specializes in pediatrics. He graduated in medicine at the National University of Rosario with his post graduate degree in Intensive Care Unit at Buenos Aires University, both in Argentina. With his current role at Naval Pedro Mallo Hospital coordinating Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and Dupuytren Institute as a pediatrician, Dr. Arriola also provides home care for patients with chronic diseases, cerebral palsy, and EPOC.

Dr. Arriola shared that in Argentina, the health care is divided into two sections — public and private. All citizens are guaranteed the right to public health care with no costs (in hospitals as well as clinics and other medical centers), but can also utilize private healthcare services through either income tax or pre-paid care services if they’d like for their care. There can be out-of-pocket expenses for consumers in Argentina for some services. Like many parts of the world, doctors in Argentina are often in demand — patients can sometimes wait for up to a month to get an appointment with specialists such as cardiologists or dermatologists.

Where Dr. Arriola feels Curely can help consumers in Argentina is by empowering doctors to give immediate response to questions, as well as giving patients the ability and access to choose health professionals. He also feels that Curely helps patients by providing information, because patients can obtain timely and affordable recommendations from nutritionists, pediatrics, general practitioners, and many other specialities. For doctors in Argentina, Curely enables you to connect with consumers from around the world.


We’ve also talked with Dr. Pablo Slullitel of Argentina to learn more about medicine in Argentina. Dr. Slullitel specializes in orthopedics. He graduated in medicine with honors at the National University of Rosario and is currently working as an Orthopedic surgeon at the Italian Hospital of Buenos Aires, the #1 orthopedic center in Argentina, and is a member both the Argentinean Association of Orthopedics and the Argentinean Association for the Study of the Hip and Knee. Dr. Slullitel has several publications in the field, and is fluent in three languages.

Dr. Slullitel shared that 70% of the country’s health institutions belong to the private sector, while almost half (40%) of all Argentineans do not have health insurance. It creates a large discrepancy between people in need and insurance.

Much of the country’s healthcare funding does not cover orthopedics, yet the speciality is one of the fastest growing and most in demand. Dr. Slullitel notes that the healthcare system in Argentina needs an immediate solution and should be a concern for every president in the country.

Dr. Slullitel feels that Curely can help put healthcare into patient’s hands in the country, helping to solve the delay in outpatient consultations that can often take up to a month’s wait for many of the specialities in the country, including orthopedics. Additionally, he believes Curely can be useful by giving valuable advice to people who do not know how to solve trivial or even more complex issues in his field.


Curely Global Medicine: Bolivia


Curely’s Global Medicine series takes a look at medicine around the world. This month we’ve talked with Dr. Lucia Cabrerizo Suaznabar to learn more about medicine in Bolivia. Dr. Cabrerizo Suaznabar graduated in medicine at Nuestra Señora de La Paz University in Bolivia with post graduate certification in Forensic and Legal Medicine. She interned at Hospital Juan XXIII and social work services in a rural area in the Bolivian Amazon. She specializes in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine.


Dr. Cabrerizo with her patients, Bolivia

Dr. Cabrerizo Suaznabar shared that the medical academic level is very high in Bolivia due to the country’s extremely rigorous standards and requirements. Doctors in the country have a high professional responsibility, and learn how to perform under pressure/emergency situations as part of their education and training.


Dr. Cabrerizo helping children in rural areas, Bolivia

However, she also noted that the public health care system in Bolivia is poor due to a lack of resources, equipment and medical specialists. Patients can find that getting an appointment with a specialist can take several months. While she said that doctors adapt to the limited resources they have, it also makes them develop special skills and capabilities as well. In rural areas, it can include a greater understanding and care for patients, as well as cultural differences. Bolivia also has private healthcare, which Dr. Cabrerizo Suaznabar said has great equipment and resources. Most doctors in the country work in both private and public sectors, as well as teach new generations of doctors.


Dr. Cabrerizo’s daily practice, Bolivia

Dr. Cabrerizo Suaznabar believes that Curely can help improve the health care system in Bolivia, in both helping combat the long wait for appointments as well as a resource for guiding patients with information and answers about illness, wellness, and treatments. For doctors, she finds Curely unique in that she and other medical practitioners have access to customers around the world regardless of location. She had mentioned that Curely is the only virtual health platform in Bolivia, which means it could help Bolivia join the new era of telehealth.


Curely Advisor Michael Cohen Featured On The Doctor Weighs In

The role of regulation with technology is a topic that often comes up in the industry. As new innovations are created, it reshapes this future in addition to patient treatment and care. We’re excited to share this great article and video featuring Michael Cohen, legal expert and Curely advisor. Michael discusses the exciting new world of medical apps, with a particular insight about regulation both today and in the future. You can read the article below.

Will Your Medical App Require Regulation?

What your Poo and Pee say about you

what your poo and pee say about you

That awkward subject you need to know about!

The following information is to be used as cross-reference of data and not as a source to auto diagnosis. Please see your doctor if you present any symptoms.

The 101 on a healthy digestive tract

Eat Fiber

  • How much? 25 to 30 Grams
  • Types of fiber:
    Soluble: Dissolves in water, Legumes, apples, bananas and oats.
    Non soluble: Increases the movement and your stool bulk. Whole wheat foods, bran, nuts and seeds.

Drink Water

  • How much? 8 Glasses per day. Fact: Not drinking enough water will slow down your digestive system.


  • How much? 30 Minutes. Fact: Movement stimulates muscles in the GI tract.

The Icky facts – Over 100 million Americans have digestive problems.

  • Frequency: oAverage 1-2 times per day.
  • Infrequent as 2 times per week.
  • 75% of your bowel movements are water.
  • The average American man excretes 1/3 of a pound per day.

Attention to stool detail is important

What the color of your stool says about you

  • Brown = Normal
  • Black = Stomach or Intestinal Bleeding.
  • Red or Maroon = Colon bleeding.
  • Gray or Clay-color = Biliary obstruction (liver, gall bladder & bile ducts are blocked)
  • Yellow = Presence of undigested fat or pancreatic disease.
  • Green = Stool passes through the intestines rapidly.

What the smell of your stool says about you – Terrible smelling stool can be a sign of

  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Celiac disease

What the shape of your stool says about you

  • Desired shape: A continuous “S”
  • Pencil-thin stool can be a sign of rectal cancer.
  • Small, hard stools are typical in people eating low-fiber diets.

How to guarantee a healthy urinary tract

  • Don’t withhold urination.
  • Avoid carbonated, caffeinated and alcoholic drinks.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Lower salt intake.

Interesting facts

  • 9 million doctor visits each year are due to problems with the urinary system.
  • Heavy odor in urine after eating asparagus is the breakdown of a sulfur (the same compound found in garlic and skunk secretions).
  • 10% of women and 18% of men do not wash their hands after using the restroom.

Color and Odor of Urine

About the Odor:

  • Foaming urine indicates too much protein in your diet.
  • Sweet-smelling urine could indicate diabetes.
  • Darker urine is usually a sign that you’re not drinking enough fluid.
  • Ammonia-like odor usually represents infection or urinary stones.
  • Blackberries can turn your urine pink.

About the Color:

  • Straw-Colored to Transparent-Yellow Pee: This is the normal urine color of a healthy, well-hydrated body.
  • Transparent Or Clear Pee: too much water will make your urine virtually colorless.
  • Dark Yellow Pee: Still “normal”—but verging on signs of dehydration.
  • Fluorescent green or blue: Medications (example: Diprivan or Indocin)
  • Orange Urine: Problem with your liver or bile duct
  • Dark brown or cola-colored urine: Consumption of fava beans, rhubarb or aloe.
  • Cloudy or murky urine: Urinary tract infections and kidney stones
  • Red or pink urine: urinary tract infections, enlarged prostate, cancerous and noncancerous tumors, kidney cysts, long-distance running, and kidney or bladder stones. OR Beets, blackberries and rhubarb.

October 2015 Doctor of the Month!


Dr. Blanca H. Alvarez

We’re excited to introduce our Doctor of the Month for November, Dr. Blanca Itzel Hernández Alvarez. Dr. Alvarez is an awesome physician specializing in Otorhinolaryngology in Mexico. She likes both the clinical and surgical aspects of her specialty, and is very good at the work she does with the many patients in her practice. She’s also happy to share her knowledge to help people.

Dr. Alvarez works with both children and adults, and is happy answer any questions, answer doubts, give orientation, and offer adequate treatment options for all of the various pathologies in her specialty. You can ask Dr. Alvarez about facial aesthetics, including sharing pictures to help her share input and answer questions about treatment options, details about treatment and more. Dr. Alvarez reminds Curely users to be sure to send different angles when sending photos!


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