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Professional internships at the leading hospital on the Costa del Sol

Posted by Xanit Internacional Xanit Internacional | Posted in Pediatrics | Posted on 27-03-2013

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Every year, our hospital is filled with the first-day nerves and the excited anticipation of the many students who come here to learn first-handwhat it’s like to interact with patients and to how to deal with real medical situations: experiences that will, of course, always be supervised by our medical personnel.  These future physicians, educational psychologists, educators, physical therapists, and occupational therapists (to name just a few of the specializations that we oversee) may come from different universities, but they all have two things in common.  They share the desire and the resolve to become the best professionals in their respective fields, and they are determined to carry out their internships at a leading international hospital: our hospital! 😉

Our hospital has reached partnership agreements with multiple Spanish universities—for example, the Universities of Malaga and of Navarra—as well as with other university-level and international institutions.  This allows their students to have the memorable experience of working with and learning from some of the top professionals in their fields.

At our hospital, we have a staff of over 650 trained professionals that includes 250 highly skilled physicians who are renowned both nationally and internationally for their expertise.  This allows us to deliver excellence in health care and to offer the most up-to-date diagnoses and therapies available.  Furthermore, Xanit International Hospital is the only private hospital on the western Costa del Sol that has both a 24-hour emergency gynecological department and a specialized birthing unit.

What exactly do these students experience when they come to our hospital?  Following extensive book and classroom study of clinical cases, it can be difficult to adapt to real situations.  Though it is an adjustment that requires effort and patience, it is also the best way for students to learn.  Frequently, they will discover that something works in theory but not in practice, and having daily contact with our working professionals will permit students to interiorize new knowledge and ideas, as well as to understand the significance of the work in their chosen field.  They learn the theory at their universities, and we provide the context for them to apply this information in the real world—the world in which they will be working once they have finished their education to become specialists.

As such, at our hospital we are committed to providing each student with the best practical experience available within his or her specialty.  In addition, we promote an international work environment, since we believe that, within modern-day health care, this is highly advantageous for the students’ professional careers.  Each student is assigned a professional supervisor, who will direct and advise the student’s work throughout the entire time that he or she is here.

At the end of an internship, there are always many unforgettable stories to be told.  At Xanit International Hospital, we are aware of the importance of this opportunity for the students, and we think that guided, hands-on experience is the best way for them to improve their skills.  Students are encouraged to take advantage of the advanced technology and innovative infrastructure available at the hospital to enhance their education here. Above all, the most important thing is what they take away from their experience—after all, they are the future!

Rocío Júarez y Ruiz de Mier, Neuropsychologist and Child Psychologist

Xanit International Hospital

The benefits of Pilates for cancer patients

Posted by Xanit Internacional Xanit Internacional | Posted in Pediatrics | Posted on 22-03-2013



“Determination is all you need in order to transform yourself.” Joseph Pilates

A multitude of benefits can be obtained from regularly practicing Pilates. Pilates not only improves balance, flexibility, and physical strength, but also is perfectly adaptable to the needs of each individual person.  Did you know that it is highly recommended for people who have been diagnosed with or are being treated for cancer?

When someone is diagnosed with cancer, the treatment that follows is part of a long, constant struggle that has the potential to seriously affect his or her physical and mental well-being.

As healthcare professionals, we consider it a priority to help our patients achieve the best quality of life possible, both throughout and following treatment.

Pilates is one method that can complement the care given to cancer patients. For example, it is beneficial because it helpsease the muscle and joint aches that can appear during treatment or recovery. For women who are recovering from breast cancer, it can facilitate the progressive return of strength and agility to the upper limbs.

As we explained in our first post about the benefits of Pilates, one of its central tenets is breath control. This can be of great benefit to cancer patients given that it potentiates uniform muscle development by optimizing muscle and joint performance and improving mobility. In addition, uniform muscle development enhances the body’s overall stability and alignment, which is a key element in any rehabilitation process.

Another important benefit of Pilates is the level of concentration that its devotees acquire. This concentration allows patients to be more aware of what is going on in their bodies and of the control they have over it. Learning to be conscious of this control gives them the ability to reduce the pain and the suffering they feel.

And, although Pilates has many physical benefits, we must also not forget about the way it improves emotional stability. It is important to point out that it has apositive effect on one’s emotional statealmost immediately. Furthermore, this effect will become long-lasting for those who continue their exercise practice regularly and, as a result, will contribute to an overall improvement in their general well-being.

Pilates produces a sense of control and satisfaction in one’s life by promoting a connection between mind and body that improves overall well-being. It also increases concentration skills, betters one’s ability to handle stress, reduces anxiety and depression, and boosts self-esteem.

At the Personal Training and Pilates Studio of Xanit Health we are convinced that movement also promotes healing. We believe that Pilates is an indispensible tool that can help cancer patients improve their quality of life, provided of course that it is practiced under the care and supervision of expert trainers.

For this reason we offer both private and small group classes for cancer patients, so that we can concentrate on the individual needs of each and every person. Together we stand strong!

Related posts:

The benefits of Pilates 

Information on the treatment and diagnosis of cancer 

Information on the treatment and diagnosis of cancer II 

Isaac Fernández

Manager of the Xanit Health Pilates Studio


Childhood growth and development: Xanit Health

Posted by Xanit Internacional Xanit Internacional | Posted in Xanit salud | Posted on 20-03-2013

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During the first two years of their lives, children develop and grow at a dizzying rate.  By the age of 12-15 months, the majority have already learned to walk, they begin eat a wider variety of solid foods, and they start to sleep for longer periods of time (to the relief of their parents).  Progressively, these advancements become more regular and bit by bit children fine-tune their five senses: they develop and perfect their language skills, their motor skills improve, and their dexterity in other areas also progresses as a natural result of the combination of physical maturation and external stimulation.

The breastfeeding baby soon enters early childhood, and then later becomes an adolescent in puberty.  At this stage an increase in hormone production produces the well-known “growth spurt,” after which growth tends to slow.  Our children will pass through all three of these stages before entering adulthood, and invariably along the way a lot of mothers and fathers end up wondering whether their children are progressing “normally.”  Many of these parents have inquired about this in their appointments with us.

Our job is to make sure that your children grow up healthily, and, in addition, to diagnose, investigate, and prevent anomalies in growth and development that may arise in the early years of your children’s lives.

However, the term normal is very relative when talking about children’s growth.  Nonetheless, it is still important to track each child’s development in order to ensure not only that he or she is physically healthy, but also to keep tabs on other things such as the child’s nutrition, genetic background, or emotional health.

Our goal is for our team of medical professionals to work hand in hand with parents in order to attend to their needs, as well as to those of their children, from birth onwards.  As a result, at the Growth, Development, and Childhood Nutrition Unit of Xanit Health we are proud to offer the services of our Parent School, designed especially to accompany and advise you through all the events of your child’s growth.  This resource is aimed to aid you through every stage of childhood, from birth to adolescence.  The more support a child has from his or her close family, the more motivated and confident he or she will feel.

When evaluated over a period of time, factors such as the height, size, or weight of your child can give us clues about his or her development. Percentile-based measurements can help us assess children’s growth during the first months of their lives.  These Child Growth Standards, established by the World Health Organization, are based on the progression of breastfed children and though they are a useful guide, at the same time they are no more significant than the standards set by the unique development pattern of each child.  Once children have finished breastfeeding, they should continue to be measured every 6-12 months in order to compare their development to the standard for children their age.  Significant deviations from the norm can be a first sign of other less visible problems.  In puberty, especially, in addition to height and weight measurements, it is important to verify that development is correct for the child’s age group.

If a child is short for his or her age, a study of the composition of his or her body mass—or the proportion of body water and body fat—can allow us to determine the state of the child’s health and whether or not treatment is necessary.

Furthermore, early childhood intervention programs exist to encourage cognitive development in small children.  These foster the child’s instinct to learn, explore, and acquire skills, and can even help increase children’s self-confidence.

These are just some of the resources that we offer to families.  Above all, we want to provide a guide for you to draw on to give you the confidence to help your children grow and develop to their maximum potential.

It is up to us to give our children all the support we can so that they develop appropriately, positively, and proactively!  Come visit us at Xanit Health, on the first floor of the Corte Inglés on the Avenida de Andalucía in Malaga!


Juan Pedro López Siguero

Pediatric Endocrinologist at Xanit International Hospital

Coordinator of the Pediatric Endocrinology Unit at the Women and Children’s Hospital of Málaga

Sexuality: common problems and their treatments II

Posted by Xanit Internacional Xanit Internacional | Posted in Various | Posted on 05-03-2013

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In honor of European Sexual Health Day, I set out to write a post that answered the most frequently asked questions by patients in the Sexual Health Unit at Xanit International Hospital.

My goal in these posts is to talk about problems in the realm of sexuality that have, too often, been classified as taboo. As such, I have already discussed the most common sexual disorders and how they can affect quality of life. In addition, I also explained the importance of guidance and sex therapy. You can review these topics by re-reading this post. Today, I’d like to describe how we treat these issues at Xanit International Hospital.

To start with, you should know that we have a team of specialized sexologists who are trained in various types of sex therapy, and who have experience using a range of different medical and surgical options for the treatment of sexual disorders.  Some problems can only be successfully solved if approached from a sexology point of view—such as, for example, female hypoactive sexual desire disorder—whereas others can be treated more successfully via sex counseling.

Here in the Sexual Health Unit, the doctors often encounter couples who have deep-seated communication issues. These can develop due to personal difficulties in expressing emotions, or they can take root in the daily routines we acquire in our lives together. As a result, one of the first steps we take on the road to improvement is to potentiate communication.

Our services range from diagnostic to therapeutic for dysfunctions such as anorgasmia, as well as for issues that can result from other disorders like menopause or depression. In addition, we also provide assessment and mediation for relationship conflict (communication, separation, infidelity, jealousy…).

Furthermore, we offer workshops on Sex Education, Sexuality from a Gender-based Perspective, and Divorce Therapy. The Sex Ed workshops are given in schools and are not intended only for students, but also for teachers and families. They are the most effective way to prevent significant social conflict, such as assault, sexual abuse, or domestic violence.

This year, the workshops on Sexuality from a Gender-based Perspective contain a new element, since at Xanit we are developing group workshops aimed to improve female sexual desire. These workshops are designed both for women and for couples. Gender is a socially constructed part of sexuality, and given that women are not socialized in the same way as men, this affects the development and manifestation of their sexuality. It is very important that we come to accept this reality and from there, above all, that we understand that this difference is not indicative in any way of inferiority.  Our workshops are intended to help with the acceptance of these differences. They also identify factors that can imply inferiority thus that these can be avoided and, instead, mutual understanding and social harmony among all is encouraged. Likewise, differences relevant to female desire and sexual response are analyzed so that women can improve their level of sexual fulfillment and enhance the quality of their experiences with their partner(s).

Lastly, the Divorce Therapy we offer can help prevent other mental and/or physical problems associated with the situation, such as depression or anxiety.  When someone comes to us for divorce therapy, normally they do so seeking to overcome the pain of marital separation. This therapy can provide those in need with the tools to get through divorce as civilly and with as little collateral damage as possible, especially in their relationships with their children and families.

Related links:

Sexuality: common problems and their treatments I

Dr. Ana Rosa Jurado

Coordinator of the Sexual Health Unit