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Since the end of the 19th century, scales have been part of the medical routine in hospitals and doctors' offices. Early on, seca pioneered the development of medical measuring and weighing systems and are now the global market leader. However, modern medicine continues to develop rapidly, and the last two decades have seen enormous progress in the area of ​​device diagnostics. This progress raises the question of whether medical scales still have a topical use and what their role might play in future medical science. Scales are indispensable in today's inpatient and outpatient settings, as body weight is one of the standard clinical parameters and weigh-ins are still regularly done. For this reason, seca offers a wide range of medical weighing systems for all groups of patients - from birth to advanced age. Merely weighing a patient offers only restricted information. While scales may accurately measure weight changes, they do not provide details on the underlying causes. In order to overcome these limitations, seca has been focusing on the development of new devices which combine
The famous running track of 26.219 miles has an almost magical appeal for many ambitious runners. Often regarded as a the ultimate milestone, tens of thousands of amateurs and professionals will gather around the globe to undertake this physical and psychological challenge during the coming months. Participating in a marathon challenges the body in many ways, and requires sufficient training and
The world is fat! For quite some time now, headlines such as this have been circulating in the media, summarizing a phenomenon that has been intensively investigated in recent years. Since the second half of the 20th century, the average weight of t
Diabetes mellitus is a chronic metabolic disease characterized by a permanently elevated blood glucose level and is associated with a variety of secondary complications such as stroke, cardiovascular disease, circulatory disorders and renal insufficiencies. The pathophysiological cause for diabetes is an inadequate insulin release or insulin resistance, which interferes with the glucose absorptio
Over the last ten thousand years, humans, as a species, have developed at a rapid pace. But while our lifestyles and life expectancy may have changed fundamentally, our biology has remained largely the same during this rather short evolutionary period. It's because of this, that even today we hardly differ in our biology from our Stone Age ancestors. In many cases, this discrepancy between our lifestyle and our biology causes us to fall sick to diseases which are often referred to as 'civilization diseases'. Particularly overeating (supernutrition) and physical inactivity can encourage the development of these diseases such as arterial hypertension, diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular diseases and various kinds of tumors. Unlike us, our ancestors from the Stone Age covered a distance of 30 to 40 km a day, while we only walk a few kilometers on average a day. In each living cell we can find dynamic mechanisms that are able to modify our DNA sequences. These so-called 'epigenetic changes'
Mrs M has been suffering from an early form of Alzheimer's for two years. A year ago, she lost her husband and is currently living on her own, although her two children live nearby. In addition to her Alzheimer's, the 63 year old widow also suffers from arterial hypertension (high blood pressure), which she regulates with medication. The patient is otherwise in a generally good condition for her age. Her dementia was categorized as early onset Alzheimer's dementia and it was diagnosed by her GP as mild to moderate. The disease has progressed in recent years and the patient is currently treated with donepezil. The most obvious symptoms are loss of memory and some difficulty in finding words; luckily, her daily life is mildly affected by this. Still, Mrs M had to be admitted to hospital twice while in a delirium last year, where she was treated for exsikkose. Since then, her daughter continues to visit for about two hours after work every evening. She helps with cooking and housekeeping. She has often noticed that her mother eats significantly less than she did before and that she leaves her food partially untouched. When questioned, Mrs M assures her daughter that she does eat and
Since the 1990’s, the bioelectric impedance analysis (BIA) was introduced to many areas of inpatient and outpatient care. The BIA method is based on the electrical conduction properties of various tissues and their differences, which enable a precise and non-invasive measurement of a patient's body composition. Because the seca mBCA is versatile in its application with a large range of functions, the tool is used both in the hospital sector and also more often now for outpatient care. Primarily, it is us
A hospital's emergency department is designed to be the frontline for emergency medical care, where patients requiring immediate attention ideally receive their first treatment quickly, before they are transferred to the appropriate departments. But in reality it looks somewhat different; countless patients, long waiting hours and perpetually overworked staff, all characterize the emergency department. As it turns out, it's not merely a specific problem for individual countries, but rather a global issue; and it's gett
Nelly Kreß is a renowned nutritionist and has been working from her successful office in Berlin since 2015, where she offers extensive nutritional advice. Besides treating patients, she often appears on TV and radio as an expert, and is very active
Millions of people worldwide suffer from chronic renal disease, with currently 2.5 million people dependent on regular dialysis treatment due to terminal renal failure. If a donor organ isn’t available at this critical stage or a transplant is contr