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Anti-aging medicine: aging in a healthy way

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Since the beginning of time, mankind has dreamt of influencing the aging process and counteracting the progressive physical decline of humans. Thanks to growing insights and initial experimental success, this dream could soon be within reach.

Taking medicine is fine, but hands off my lifestyle!

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Be it diabetes mellitus type 2, arterial hypertension or cardiovascular diseases – these so-called civilization diseases are on the rise all around the world. Despite a variety of possible causes, above all, it is our sedentary lifestyles that contribute to their development.

Patients expect medicine 2.0

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The concept of digitization has become indispensable in today's world. At the end of the 20th century, a process based on technological advances and increasing digitization accelerated and fundamentally changed many aspects of life. In the style of the industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries and the associated economic, political and social changes, digitization is already being referred to as the "digital revolution". Above all, the Internet is the engine and hub of this change. Along with other technologies, it has had a major impact on communication, work processes, and social and consumer behavior.

Smart Hospital – a rocky road ahead?

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Away with our analogue past - the future speaks digital. In many areas, this vision is already a reality. The digital revolution initiated a process that profoundly changed our daily lives.F And finally, after years of reluctance and rejection, the paradigms have started to shift within the healthcare industry. While in the past, the use of computer systems was often considered uncomfortable and time-consuming, today digitization is considered an opportunity and a viable approach. While many industries embraced a digital transformation years ago, in many places modern medicine is still at the beginning of its digital path. So-called "Smart" or "Intelligent Hospitals" are slowly emerging around the globe, for the purpose of rethinking basic concepts and processes within hospitals. The forerunners of this development are above all the Scandinavian countries, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Dubai and South Korea. Following by their examples, more and more countries are launching their own pilot projects.

Heavy weights for heavyweights?

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Obesity is a global health problem that comes with serious consequences to our health and high expenses for our health care system. Malnutrition and a sedentary lifestyle are considered to be among the main causes of obesity for all age groups. Although changing our lifestyle is known to be an effective and cost-efficient way to prevent and treat this condition, many people struggle regularly to change their diets and stay on track with exercising. When you are overweight, your weight can be a limiting factor, as physical activities become increasingly difficult with higher risks of injury - contributing to a loss in motivation.

Malnutrition - Danger during the daily clinical routine

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For a long time, hospital food did not receive the attention it deserved. But in recent years people have become more aware of the growing problems of malnutrition in hospitals. Especially elderly patients are at risk of malnutrition. Several studies have concluded that between 25% to 50% of them are already malnourished upon admission at the hospital and the longer they stay in inpatient care, the more their nutritional status worsens.

Intermittent fasting - pure nonsense or a miracle diet?

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For many cultures, eating three proper meals is part of their daily routine. Often these meals are supplemented by other snacks, so that many people regularly eat at intervals of only a few hours. But to what extent does this lifestyle correspond to human physiology?

Sports ground vs fast food joint

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Not only do our genes and lifestyle, but also our immediate surroundings, contribute to the development of weight problems. A recent study by the Lancet Public Health of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine found that an individual’s proximity to a sporting venue is reflected in their waist circumference, body mass index (BMI) and body fat percentage. During the four-year study, more than 500,000 British people were examined. The results were then compared with the data of the subjects’ place of residence. The study showed that those living more than one kilometer away from a sports field or gym had, on average, a larger waist circumference (+ 1.22 cm), a higher BMI (+ 0.57 kg/m2) and a higher percentage of fat (+ 0.81%), than people who had access to sports facilities in their immediate vicinity.

The Influenza - to vaccinate or to not vaccinate?

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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.