A serious alternative

The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has grown at a phenomenal rate in Catalunya over the last 20 years and the practice continues to gain medical, economic and sociological importance.

Reports from the federation known as TENCAT* state that the popularity of treatments such as homeopathy, reflexology, hypnotherapy, acupuncture, shiatsu massage and traditional Chinese medicine is continuing to rise. However, what is also on the increase is the controversy over their use, regarding both efficacy and regulation.

Whereas conventional medicine is led by a diagnosis from a patient

Barcelona, a leading smart city

A Smart City is a smartly-managed metropolis that is integrated and connected using optimised resources. Regarded as the key to a Smart City is the IoT (Internet of Things), an ecosystem of interconnected objects that are accessible via the internet. London, Paris and New York continue to dominate the Smart City rankings but Barcelona is one of the cities that is moving quickest up the rankings, according to a recent report by the business school IESE.

Barcelona is undeniably one of Europe