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Latin America in Short: Former Paraguayan President's Health Worsens | Crisis in Peru

Former Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo entered an induced coma this week and is under observation. The crisis in Peru, on the other hand, worsens with the arrest of President Castillo's sister-in-law. The most relevant news of the week summarized here .

Fernando Lugo and Pedro Castillo

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This week former Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo has entered an induced coma after an unfortunate stroke. On the other hand, the political crisis in Peru worsened after the arrest of President Castillo's sister-in-law. In health news, a research published this week found that doing housework can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's. Regarding the environment, droughts, as a result of the heat wave during this summer, are increasing in Europe and causing water shortages.

Fernando Lugo, former Paraguayan president, is in an induced coma

The former president of Paraguay, Fernando Lugo, is in an induced coma after suffering a stroke on Wednesday. The one who was the president of the South American country between 2008 and 2012 is being treated at a clinic in Asunción, according to Jorge Querey, a legislator from the leftist coalition to which Lugo is a part. The former president, 71, was in the Senate. For now, studies indicate that the imbalance was due to his recent visit to Bogotá, where he attended the inauguration of Gustavo Petro as the new president of Colombia. According to Querey, this was cause for a seizure.

The toographies taken, according to the press, showed an injury, so he will undergo other tests to determine the exact damage. The former president is expected to remain in an induced coma between 12 and 24 hours to properly oxygenate his brain. In August 2010, Lugo had been diagnosed with early-stage lymphoma cancer, from which he recovered after 2 years of treatment in Brazil.

Pedro Castillo suffers another blow after the arrest of his sister-in-law

The Peruvian president, Pedro Castillo, once again suffers a setback in his countless list of scandals. This week, her sister-in-law, Yenifer Paredes, was arrested for money laundering. The 26-year-old, who is the sister of Castillo's wife, turned herself in on Wednesday to the main office of the Public Ministry to face the charges of which she is accused. According to the Peruvian prosecutor's office, Paredes is involved in the awarding of public works contracts during the Castillo presidency. Now the young woman will remain detained for a maximum of 10 days and must hand over her cell phones and documents while the investigation continues. Pedro Castillo himself today faces 5 cases of possible corruption, which has exacerbated the serious institutional crisis just one year after he took office.

Doing housework could help prevent Alzheimer's

A recent study, published in the journal Neurology, ensures that getting involved in domestic activities of cleaning and caring for the home is a good method to prevent Alzheimer's. The research, by scientists at Sichuan University in Chengdu in China, found that performing tasks such as cooking, sweeping, cleaning the house, gardening, mowing the lawn, and being involved in housekeeping in general, could potentially decrease up to 21% chances of developing this disease. Likewise, those who exercise regularly (35%) and those who maintain close relationships with their loved ones (15%) have a lower risk of suffering from dementia.

Also read: Aging or Alzheimer's? How to Differentiate and Identify Them

Drought threatens most of Europe

The European Drought Observatory has warned that there is an affectation of 63% of the lands of the European Union and the United Kingdom due to the climate. It is one of the consequences of the strong heat waves that the region is experiencing and they have the authorities on high alert, since water is becoming more and more scarce. Italy, Portugal, Belgium, Germany, Spain, France and the United Kingdom are among the most affected areas. In fact, it has been more than 144 days without rain in the south of the UK and July has been the driest month on record. For its part, Germany has the maximum drought alert in the south and almost half of Portugal is in extreme drought.

Real Madrid won the European Super Cup

Real Madrid was crowned champion of the 2022 European Super Cup this past Wednesday. The Spaniards easily beat Eintracht Frankfurt of Germany 2-0 in Helsinski, Finland. It is worth mentioning that the German team started with Colombian player Rafael Santos Borré, who played the initial 90 minutes. David Alaba and Frenchman Karim Benzema scored the goals that defined this meeting between European giants. Carlo Ancelotti's team will soon play their debut in the Spanish League, this Sunday, August 14, against Almería.