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Social networks such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have become indispensable in today’s world. Every day, millions of people use these networks to share their lives and their thoughts with others. They are especially popular with celebrities and public figures. Although photos, posts and tweets of superstars and politicians seem to be a part of everyday life, reading posts from hospitals and nursing homes seems quite unusual. Yet, many health care and nursing professionals use these platform as a vessel to voice their daily job experiences. For example, Instagram has more than four million posts under #nurse, while up to 100 tweets per hour are published on Twitter under the same hashtag. The underlying motivation differs from person to person. For some, sharing their impressions of their sometimes stressful and disturbing daily work routine is a type of outlet. The interest and concern of others gives support and allows them to better process their experiences. At the same time,
Christmas is coming, and in only a few days the space under the christmas tree will be filled with presents and the dinner table will also be set with many festive dishes. It’s not only the holidays that threaten our diets - sweet treats tempt us into sin even during the pre-Christmas period. At the same time, the winter weather does not particularly invite us to add intensive exercise as another task to our long list of Christmas errands during the last December weeks. After hundreds, if not even thousands, of additio
With more than one billion known cases, arterial hypertension poses a real global health issue. As it is rarely accompanied by symptoms, health care professionals often neglect or diagnose hypertension far too late. If left untreated, it can lead to serious secondary complications and can contribute greatly to premature mortality. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), normal blood pressure is defined as lying between a systolic value of 120 mmHg and a diastolic blood pressure of 80 mmHg. Still, measurements
Heart attacks are caused by the blockage of an already atheroscleroticly damaged coronary artery. The main risk factors for atherosclerosis are well known and primarily include obesity, arterial hypertension, high cholesterol, smoking and lack of physical exercise. Statistically speaking, the probability of suffering a heart attack, differs significantly during the seasons and spikes during the Autumn and Winter months. An important trigger for coronary events seems to be the notable combination of low t
Everyday modern life is becoming increasingly characterized by our lack of physical activity. Many people spend their entire working day doing sedentary activities, while driving cars to get around and remaining inactive in their free time. The human body, however, is not adapted to a low-activity lifestyle, which can lead to health problems in the medium to long term. In particular, the occurrence of civilization diseases such as obesity, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular illnesses, is influenced to a