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Each year at the beginning of the Autumn months, many people consider whether they should get vaccinated against the flu or influenza virus. In general, the seasonal influenza vaccine is not explicitly recommended for all groups of people. It concerns mainly healthy children, adolescents and adults up to the age of 60, as for them an infection with the flu generally has few complications. But the elderly, the chronically ill and pregnant women from the second trimester onwards are often at risk, as an infection can progress into something far more severe and might even prove fatal. For this reason, doctors recommend an annual flu shot for these groups of people. The vaccination is also recommended for those with a high occupational risk, such as medical staff, employees of high-traffic institutions, as well as those in contact with members of the mentioned high-risk groups, as these could be a potential source of infection for them. However, the flu shot does not provide 100% protection against infection. On the one hand there are people who do not possess a sufficient immune response to the vaccine, while on the other hand, the vaccine's effectiveness fluctuates due to its charac
Medical science stands at the beginning of a digital revolution, that will fundamentally change its shape in the coming years and decades. Technologies that seemed merely science fiction are already a reality today. While terms like Medicine 2.0 and Big Data are still discussed among experts, some countries have already made connected, digital solutions, as well as tele- and internet medicine, part of their regular health care provision. Still, the advancement of artificial intelligence might soon oversh
Excessive weight is not purely a cosmetic issue, but it’s also one of the leading risk factors for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), current evidence suggests that the risk of developing certain malignant tumors increases with a higher body weight. So far, 13 different types of tumors have been identified, that are associated with excessive weight - including common types such as breast and colorectal cancer. A recent study published by the US Ce
Excess weight is one of the major risk factors for developing a variety of diseases, a problem which has reached epidemic proportions globally. Since 1980, the number of adults who are either overweight or obese has increased to a record breaking 1.
Modern medicine has become unimaginable without the use of technical means. The process of increasing technical sophistication first started as early as the 1960s. Especially in the USA, technical innovations such as electric beds or automated X-ray