Bulgarian Association for Hemophilia presents: Cycling tour “TOGETHER”

April 10, 2017By Йоана АндоноваHealth news No Comments


On April the 23rd , 2017 for a second consecutive year the Bulgarian Association for Haemophilia will organize the cycling tour “TOGETHER”. The both social and sporting event will start exactly at 10:30 am. simultaneously in three cities – Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna.

The rally point in Varna is the Sea Garden.

This year, in parallel with the World Hemophilia Day with the call “Hear their voice,” emphasis of the campaign will be all girls and women with inherited bleeding disorders.

The association annually celebrates the World Hemophilia Day on April the 17th with various public events that aim to publicize initiatives to provide the necessary treatment of people with congenital bleeding disorders. This year’s event is scheduled for April the 23th  (Sunday), having in mind the Easter holidays on April the 16th and 17th.

The cycling tour “TOGETHER” is a special event chosen by the Bulgarian Association for Hemophilia, which aims to make cycling popular cycling as it is recommended and healthy for people with hemophilia. The association works to protect the rights and interests, focusing on the principle that by using modern treatment and social support, those people can be TOGETHER, equivalently integrated – part of the evolving modern society. The organizers invite all active citizens on April the 23rd to take a bike ride together to unite in a cause, which aims to raise awareness, adequate acceptance and empathy in our society.

The route for the cycling tour TOGETHER in Varna will be as follows. It is consistent with the capabilities of even the most novice cyclists!

Show your support and enjoy a wonderful Sunday stroll!

WHO Oral Health Manual in Bulgarian Language Was Issued by MU-Varna

March 18, 2017By Antonia GenovaHealth news, Science and education No Comments

In 2015 the World Health Organization (WHO) provided Medical University – Varna with the exclusive rights for translation of the WHO manual Oral Health Surveys – Basic Methods into Bulgarian language. It was translated by students from the Faculty of Dental Medicine, edited by Assoc. Prof. Klara Dokova from the Department of Social Medicine and Healthcare at the Faculty of Public Health.

The manual is of great value to all researchers and dental practitioners, who are interested in the incidence of oral diseases and the risk factors in the population. Moreover, it is an invaluable teaching aid for training students in the subject of Public Dental Health.

You can find the full text of the Bulgarian edition of the WHO manual here.

A Student at MU-Varna Was Distinguished with the Award “Dignified Bulgarian 2017”

March 18, 2017By Antonia GenovaCultur activity, Health news No Comments

The student at Medical University – Varna Nikolay Tsolov was distinguished with the award “Dignified Bulgarian 2017” at a ceremony, held at Marinela Hotel – Sofia, on 6.03.2017.

Nikolay is a 3rd-year student in Dental Medicine at MU-Varna. On 22nd March 2016 he saw a worried woman and stopped his car beside her. He found out that she was Marinka Bolton, who was waiting for the Emergency team to come for her husband, who had a heart attack. Nikolay took Michael Bolton to the hospital, where the sick man was hospitalized, and fortunately his life was saved.

The award was given to Nikolay by the TV producer Magardich Halvadzhiyan, who turned to the audience with the words, “I’d like to thank all Bulgarians for the fact that such dignified, good people live among us, who are ready to lend a helping hand, to do their best in order to make our life better, and not because someone requires them to do it, but simply because they are good people. This example should be given every single day by every one of us if we wish to see the light at the end of the tunnel!”

The event organizers had prepared a diploma and a medal for Nikolay Tsolov with the message “We take pride in the fact that you are a dignified Bulgarian”.

He said he was extremely happy to receive this award and promised to go on helping people in trouble.

Assoc. Prof. Anton Tonev: Rapid Increase in Colon Cancer Rates

March 18, 2017By Antonia GenovaHealth news No Comments

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anton Tonev for Darik radio

“The incidence of colon cancer, along with rectal cancer, has been increasing rapidly over the last 20 years. This trend was typical of developed countries 30-40 years ago, but unfortunately it is already apparent in our country as well”, pointed out Assoc. Prof. Dr. Anton Tonev from First Clinic of Surgery at University Hospital “St.Marina” in an interview for Darik radio.

“The reasons for this negative trend are the increase of stress factors and the way of eating on the run, consuming a lot of byproducts. To tackle that issue cancer prevention is currently being developed in Western Europe and the United States. It includes a series of medical activities similar to immunization schedules for children. Thus oncological diseases could be “caught” and successfully removed in their precancerous stage.

Furthermore, malignancies of the gastrointestinal tract become more frequent in the country. In addition, inflammations and gall bladder stones are among the most common diseases in the abdomen.

World practice shows that hernias are more typical of men because they are exposed to heavy loads more frequently.” The abdominal surgeon underlined that gall bladder stones are more common in women due to their hormonal profile. According to him, it is necessary to increase the health awareness of Bulgarians and to urge them to actively seek health services.

“Minimally invasive (bloodless) surgery achieves the same and even better results in some cases in comparison to classical open surgery, because thus some of the complications in the classical method are reduced. However, laparoscopy cannot help, and it can be even detrimental in cases where there are prior surgery interventions that have changed the patient’s anatomy”, explained further Assoc. Prof. Anton Tonev.

“According to a surgical aphorism we can never have 0 and 100 in medicine. It’s really very hard to explain to a patient that we cannot guarantee that something will happen in 100% of the cases, although we all wish we could. We work with living people, and each person is an individual case, who has his/her own peculiarities”, said the expert.

“Technology will continue to play a leading role in the work of surgeons. One of the latest methods is robotic surgery, in which the surgeon operates on from the neighbouring room, and the surgery is performed with the help of robot hands. Anyway, hardly ever will artificial intelligence be able to replace human intelligence”, believes the specialist. “Due to the new trends surgeons need to receive not only medical, but also technologically advanced education.”

According to Assoc. Prof. Tonev the surgery at Hospital “St. Marina” and in all the other university hospitals in our country are at a world class level. This is accomplished through annual training of Bulgarian surgeons at the most reputable hospitals abroad. 

For the Fourth Consecutive Year Students from MU-Varna Organize Smile for Life Campaign

March 18, 2017By Antonia GenovaHealth news, Student activity, Upcoming events No Comments

An information and prevention campaign entitled Smile for Life is to be held for the fourth consecutive year in Varna. Organizers of the initiative are the Association of Students of Dental Medicine – Varna, together with the Faculty of Dental Medicine, the Student Council at Medical University – Varna, the Association of Medical Students in Bulgaria and the Association of Students of Pharmacy in Varna.

World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated globally every year on 20 March. It is an international day to celebrate the benefits of healthy mouth and the importance of good oral health throughout life.

The campaign, which will be held on 18 and 19 March 2017 this year, aims to promote, create and raise oral health awareness of Varna citizens. The students are going to distribute information leaflets, and everyone involved in the campaign is going to win special gifts. Students will carry out survey among the citizens and will acquaint them with the methods and means of maintaining good oral hygiene.

Every year the initiative is a huge success, involving thousands of Varna citizens. This year it will be conducted as follows:

18.03.2017, 11:00 – Venue: Mall Varna

19.03.2017, 14:00 – Venue: Grand Mall Varna 

First Pediatric Stem Cell Transplantation Performed at University Hospital “St. Marina” – Varna

March 14, 2017By Antonia GenovaHealth news No Comments

The first pediatric stem cell transplantation at University Hospital “St. Marina” – Varna has already  become a fact. On 13thFebruary, at the Transplant Center of the Clinic for Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, a team of specialists, headed by Prof. Igor Resnick, performed autologous transplantation in a 6-year-old girl with neuroblastoma (intra-abdominal malignancy). The child hasalready been discharged from hospital in stable clinical status.

Over the last years transplantation of bone marrow and peripheral stem cells has been used as a routine treatment method in a number of hematology and oncology diseases in adults and infants.  Moreover, the method is getting widely used as an unconventional therapeutic option in solid tumors in children. Experts explain that stem cell transplants can be autologous and allogeneic, and the choice depends on the child’s age and type of primary disease. In autologous transplants the donor is the patient himself or herself, while in allogeneic ones the donor is a healthy person.

In our country pediatric stem cell transplantations were performed only at one medical institution in Sofia, due to which young patients had to be directed to international centers. Thanks to the establishment of the new pediatric transplant center at Varna University Hospital, hematology and oncology sick children in Bulgaria will receive treatment in our country.


February 28, 2017By Antonia GenovaHealth news No Comments

Assist. Prof. Krasimir Hristov, MD, our beloved and respected colleague, our lecturer and friend, passed away suddenly on the 27th of February 2017.

Dr. Hristov was a lecturer in the Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology at Medical University-Varna. He started his professional career as an assistant in the Department of Pathophysiology in 1986 with scientific interests in the area of hyperbaric hypoxia, electroacupuncture and marine medicine. He has 23 publications and participations in scientific forums in the areas of hyperbaric medicine, electroacupuncture, the effects of the environmental factors. He was a member of the Bulgarian Society of Physiological Sciences, the European Society of Physiological Sciences, USB (Union of Scientists in Bulgaria), BMA (Bulgarian Medical Association), International Association of Electroacupuncture and Electrotherapeutic Studies.

Throughout the past few years he was also an important figure for the English programme students in medicine and dental medicine, teaching Pathophysiology in the Department of Physiology and Pathophysiology.

The academic society lost an admired by all students, very erudite and devoted lecturer. His hard work, humanity and devotion will stay forever in our hearts.

A memorial service will be held on the 2nd of March 2017 at 11:30 in the ritual hall at the ‘Topoli’ Cemetery. 

Tribute to him and his memory!

Another Two Children with Diabetes Received Insulin Pumps at University Hospital “St. Marina”

February 28, 2017By Antonia GenovaHealth news No Comments

Two children with diabetes at the age of 3 and 8 received a donation of sets of insulin pumps and sensor devices at University Hospital “St. Marina” – Varna. The donation was accomplished thanks to the funds raised during the joint national campaign dedicated to insulin therapy conducted by Association “Touch the Rainbow”, founded by Baroness Denislava Angelova, and the country’s first Centre for Innovative Therapies and Advanced Technologies in Diabetes (CITAT-D) at the University Hospital.

Infusion insulin pumps are innovative, effective and expensive therapy that allows children with diabetes to lead a normal life. Thanks to them, there is no need for young patients to observe strict daily regimen and undergo multiple punctures every day.Another great advantage of pump therapy is that children can be monitored from distance, which reduces their stay in hospital. 40 diabetic children, aged 0 to 18, from Eastern Bulgaria are treated at the Centre for Innovative Therapies and Advanced Technologies in Diabetes at University Hospital “St. Marina” in Varna, headed by Prof. Dr. Violeta Yotova.

Baroness Denislava Angelova expressed special gratitude to the entire management of University Hospital “St. Marina” for their support, and the Executive Director Prof. Dr. Valentin Ignatov guaranteed the efficient operation of all medical teams at the hospital for the benefit of the children and their families. The Association and the parents expressed their gratitude to Prof. Dr. Violeta Yotova and the doctors, who take care of the children with diabetes and support them every single day.

The insulin pumps and sensor devices were given by Ms. Greta Zheleva, a representative of “Labirint” Residential Complex and Eng. Dimitar Vasilev, who helped for their purchase.

UMHAT “St. Marina” – Varna Obtained an Ambulance Provided by Israel through the Bulgarian Red Cross

February 28, 2017By Antonia GenovaHealth news No Comments

From today UMHAT “St. Marina” – Varna has at its disposal another ambulance, after Mr. Hristo Grigorov, Chairperson of the Bulgarian Red Cross, officially handed the keys to the Executive Director of the Hospital – Prof. Dr. Valentin Ignatov.

The reanimobile is gratuitously granted by the organization of the Red Shield of David of Israel through the Binational Chamber of Commerce Bulgaria Israel.

Official guests at the ceremony for providing the ambulance were Avinoam Katrieli – President of the Binational Chamber of Commerce Bulgaria Israel, Mr. Kosta Bazitov – Deputy Mayor of Varna Municipality, Prof. Krasimir Gigov – Director General of the Bulgarian Red Cross, Mr. Iliya Raev – Chairperson of the Bulgarian Red Cross – Varna, Mr. Emil Magrisso – Secretary General of the Binational Chamber of Commerce Bulgaria Israel, Prof. Dr. Krassimir Metodiev – Honorary Consul of Israel to Bulgaria.

The President of the Binational Chamber of Commerce Bulgaria Israel Avinoam Katrieli reminded that this was another ambulance in a row, provided by them and said: “This is a donation which is inspired by the immense love and respect of the Israeli people for Bulgaria, and I sincerely hope that it will save lives and will be in favour of Varna and its citizens”.

Mr. Katrieli and the Chairperson of BRC – Acad. Hristo Grigorov said that they together would provide additional equipment for the ambulance.

Prof. Dr. Valentin Ignatov thanked on behalf of the management of Hospital “St. Marina” – Varna for the gesture and expressed his hope that the fast transportation of patients would be improved thanks to the newly obtained ambulance.

Lecturers from MU-Varna Took Over the Management of St. Anna University Hospital – Varna

February 16, 2017By Antonia GenovaHealth news No Comments

The Assistant Professor from the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology at Medical University-Varna Dr. Nikolay Kolarov is the new CEO of St. Anna University Hospital–Varna, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Boryana Varbanova from the Department of Pediatrics took over the post of the Chairperson of the Board of Directors after the former director Dr. Galen Shivarov retired in order to focus on his scientific career.

Dr. Kolarov is known to the patients as one of the best specialists in Orthopaedics in Bulgaria, a surgeon who successfully copes with cases requiring hip or knee replacement surgery, musculoskeletal system traumatology, shoulder or revision prosthetics. Medical students know him as a lecturer, ready to ignite interest in Orthopaedics and Traumatology during his lectures and exercises. Among the medical circles he is known for his participation in international surgical teams for shoulder or revision prosthetics, applying a bloodless method.

Dr. Kolarov graduated in Medicine from MU-Varna in 1989 and specialized Orthopaedics and Traumatology. He has been working at St. Anna University Hospital since 1995 and has been an Assistant Professor at the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology at the University. Dr. Kolarov has specialized joint replacement surgery and periprosthetic fractures in Belgium, Germany and Switzerland, and since 2006 he has been certified to perform these procedures individually. Currently he is preparing his dissertation thesis entitled “Unipolar Prosthesis in Femoral Neck Fracture in Elderly Patients”.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Boryana Varbanova is a competent and reputable doctor in Northeastern Bulgaria, a specialist in Pediatrics, Pediatric Rheumatology and Clinical Allergology. She is a founder of Pediatric Rheumatology in Varna, turning the seaside capital into a leading centre in the country. She is a member of the European Association of Pediatric Rheumatology, and since 2015 Assoc. Prof. Varbanova has been a national coordinator in Pediatric Rheumatology in Bulgaria.

Assoc. Prof. Varbanova has specialized in the biggest pediatric hospital in the UK Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, which is the leading training base in Europe in Pediatric Rheumatology, Autoimmune Diseases, in the central laboratory of the Dutch Red Cross, as well as short-term specializations in Germany and France.

Assoc. Prof. Varbanova graduated in Medicine from MU- Varna in 1985. At present she is the head of the Clinic of Pediatrics at St. Anna University Hospital and an Associate Professor at the Department of Pediatrics at MU-Varna.

She feels really happy when the students choose the difficult and responsible specialty of Paediatrics for their professional path in life.