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Public Health & Associations

News on public health research and national as well as international health policies. Edited by MEDICA.de and several associations.

 
 

Euthanasia – A Human Right?

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[01/12/2014] Several weeks ago on November 1, 2014, 29-year-old Brittany Maynard, who suffered from terminal brain cancer, took drugs to end her life surrounded by her family. This was preceded by months of despair and anguish, but also by love and a lust for life as the young woman describes in several videos she recorded to fight for the right to die with dignity.Euthanasia – A Human Right? - Read more

Making Your Own End-of-Life Decisions: “All options of palliative care, pain management and continued life need to have been explained to the patient“

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[01/12/2014] How does a physician handle a patient, who wants to die and what rights do I actually have as a patient? Legal practitioners do not automatically answer these and other questions. We talked about this subject with MD-PhD Ralf Jox from the Institute of Ethics, History and Theory of Medicine at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany.Making Your Own End-of-Life Decisions: “All options of palliative care, pain management and continued life need to have been explained to the patient“ - Read more

Membrane reduces scarring in damaged blood vessels

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Graphic: Blood vessel with a narrowing, blood flow [01/12/2014] When blood vessels are damaged through surgery, it can trigger an endless cycle of scarring and repair. Now, a new surgical membrane delivers the healing action of vitamin A.Membrane reduces scarring in damaged blood vessels - Read more

“When patient monitoring becomes too intensive, it violates human dignity and human rights“

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[01/12/2014] Modern medical technology shortens and makes care processes easier, while it ensures the safety of patients at the same time. However, monitoring or electronic sensors for remote surveillance keep being accompanied by ethical violations. Patients feel like they are being watched and in the worst-case scenario, robbed of their freedom and autonomy. “When patient monitoring becomes too intensive, it violates human dignity and human rights“ - Read more

Weight and eating habits in Parkinson’s disease

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Photo: Nurse helps an old woman to eat [27/11/2014] A review of the scientific literature on Parkinson’s disease, conducted by SISSA research scientists, shows that even the non-motor symptoms associated with the disease can contribute to the changes in body weight seen in patients, including those subjected to deep brain stimulation.Weight and eating habits in Parkinson’s disease - Read more

How a mutant gene can cause deafness

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Photo: Girl puts a hearing aid into her ear [26/11/2014] Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered how one gene is essential to hearing, uncovering a cause of deafness and suggesting new avenues for therapies.How a mutant gene can cause deafness - Read more

'Antibiogram' to help improve antibiotic use, effectiveness

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Photo: White blood cell eats MRSA [25/11/2014] Use of "antibiograms" in skilled nursing facilities could improve antibiotic effectiveness and help address problems with antibiotic resistance that are becoming a national crisis.'Antibiogram' to help improve antibiotic use, effectiveness - Read more

Ebola surveillance may become quicker and cheaper

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Photo: Ebola virus under microscope [19/11/2014] A new method for examining the Ebola virus genome could make surveillance quicker and cheaper for West African nations, and help detect new forms of the virus. With over 13,000 cases and nearly 5,000 deaths in eight affected countries, the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest to date.Ebola surveillance may become quicker and cheaper - Read more

Colorectal cancer – What’s new in oncology?

With Professor Nils Homann from the Clinical Center of the City of Wolfsburg, Germany, the MEDICA EDUCATION CONFERENCE has brought an expert in colorectal cancer to the stage. He primarily focuses on this type of cancer, which is malignant in most cases. It is the second most common cause of death in Germany with approximately 30,000 people dying each year.Colorectal cancer – What’s new in oncology? - Read more

A medical lab for the home

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Photo: Microchip at a fingertip [13/11/2014] Fraunhofer FIT demonstrates a mobile wireless system that monitors the health of elderly people in their own homes, using miniature sensors. Besides non-invasive sensors this platform integrates technology to take a blood sample and to determine specific markers in the patient's blood.A medical lab for the home - Read more

 
 

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