Tuesday - Jul 16, 2019

Mexico registers Cuban medication to treat diabetic foot ulcers

by the El Reportero’s wire services

The Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risk (Cofepris) granted the sanitary registration to the Cuban medication Heberprot-P, which is used to treat diabetic foot ulcers, it was reported here today.

The drug is an injection that speeds up the cicatrization of deep ulcers caused by diabetes and one of the main causes for amputation in Mexico.

The medication, which was developed at the Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology Center (CIGB) in Cuba, reduces complications like gangrene and infections.

The measure was announced at the 1st Meeting of the Mexico-Cuba Health Cooperation Group in Havana, which was attended by Mexican Health Secretary Jose Narros.

At the meeting, authorities from the two countries agreed to identify new lines of research on diseases that have a great impact on people, like cancer, high blood pressure, mental diseases and genetics.

They also agreed on creating a bilateral catalogue of units and research centers to identity common areas and potential cooperation.
The two countries will also explore success cases in such fields as geriatrics, mental health, genetics and a model to prevent chronic diseases, the news agency Reforma reported here.

Mexican film students dissolved in acid

Mexican film students who disappeared on March 19 in Tonalá, Jalisco, were murdered by a criminal group and their bodies dissolved in acid, the state attorney’s office said.

After searching 15 farms, finding evidence and the statements of two participants in the crime, the investigation chief of the Public prosecution’s office, Liz Torres, asserted that it can be confirmed that the youngsters are dead and their bodies dissolved in acid.

There are Marco Francisco Garcia Avalos, Javier Salomon Aceves and Jesus Daniel Diaz, who were kidnapped when they were filming for a homework.

It was determined that Aceves’ aunt, now imprisoned and accused of procuring women for immoral purposes, is linked to members of the Nueva Plaza Cartel, which remain fighting against the Jalisco Cartel Nueva Generación (CJNG) and the young people were caught in the middle of that dispute.

The detainees declared to be members of the CJNG, in charge of guarding the farm where on March 18 the three students and others of their classmates made filming for a school assignment.

The farm is owned by Diego Gabriel Mejía, a member of the Nueva Plaza Cartel, who was arrested there in 2015 along with five other people and who could leave prison soon after serving his sentence.
‘Without knowing it, the students were in a place of serious risk guarded by a criminal cell of the CJNG, contrary to the Nueva Plaza Cartel,’ said the head of the prosecution’s office.

Trump administration must accept new DACA applications, said Federal Judge

Federal judges in California and New York have also blocked the administration’s plans on those grounds, and ordered the administration to renew work permits for immigrants enrolled in the program, reported the NY Times.

But the ruling by Bates, an appointee of President George W. Bush, is far more expansive: If the government does not come up with a better explanation within 90 days, he will rescind the government memo that terminated the program and require Homeland Security to enroll new applicants, as well. Thousands could be eligible to apply.

The cases were brought by the NAACP, Microsoft, Princeton University and a student.

Puerto Rican teachers to set a human shield outside the Capitol

The Association of Teachers of Puerto Rico (AMPR) called today for setting a human shield outside the Capitol in San Juan to protest against the closing of 280 public schools.

AMPR placed also a reproduction of a cemetery outside the Ministry of Education, in the community of Hato Rey in San Juan, with 183 reproduction tombstones with the names of the 183 schools, the closing of which was initially outlined for the end of the semester.

The flow of some 40,000 students from the public educational system has been used as a pretext by the Government of Puerto Rico to foster the closing of schools as part of a privatization process, which includes the establishment of charter schools to benefit private sectors.