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Coffee – help in the battle against surplus kilos?

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Coffee is highly prized for its stimulating effect on increasing the metabolic rate, and is an integral part of many people’s daily diet. Recent studies now reveal that caffeine raises the consumption of energy in the human body.

Caution with obesity in the summer heat

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Temperatures are hitting record highs all around the world, which not only put a strain on the body but can be life-threatening too. Every year, thousands of people lose their lives during heatwaves. Very young people, older people and those with chronic illnesses are particularly at risk. There is, however, another factor that has a major impact on heat intolerance – obesity.

Why salt makes us hungry

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As far as nutrition goes, salt does not fare very well. Consuming excess amounts of salt is associated first and foremost with the development of arterial hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. In spite of these fears, the daily salt intake of 5 grams recommended by WHO is exceeded by many people. Two simulated space missions (2009 and 2011) provided a surprising insight into how the body deals with high doses of salt.

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.