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Medical Devices Directive: Inspected and still not safe

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Foto: Stamp with TTIP sign on it [22/04/2015] The Medical Devices Directive defines what constitutes a medical device. At the same time, it inspects and monitors. However, scandals in the medical technology industry keep causing uncertainty. They rekindled debate over the safety and transparency of medical devices and also triggered changes on an international level. As a result, new laws are needed more than ever.Medical Devices Directive: Inspected and still not safe - Read more

Heart attack: High risk in divorced women

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Photo: Woman holding her breast [15/04/2015] Divorced women suffer heart attacks at higher rates than women who are continuously married, a new study from Duke Medicine has found. A woman who has been through two or more divorces is nearly twice as likely to have a heart attack when compared to their stably-married female peers, according to the findings.Heart attack: High risk in divorced women - Read more

Rare Diseases: All information online at ZIPSE

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Photo: Martin Frank [08/04/2015] They are rare, often under-researched and it is difficult to learn about them – rare diseases. Patients, family members and even physicians frequently have a hard time finding qualitative information on diagnosis and treatment options or specialized care providers. Thanks to the Central Information Portal for Rare Diseases, ZIPSE, this should soon change.Rare Diseases: All information online at ZIPSE - Read more

Physician and patient: A complicated relationship

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[01/04/2015] The doctor-patient relationship isn’t always easy. On the one hand is the physician, who is responsible for helping many patients. On the other hand is the patient, who visits the doctor in the hopes of his or her problem being treatable. Things always get difficult when one of them feels that they don’t see eye-to-eye. And this happens a lot.Physician and patient: A complicated relationship - Read more

The patient's perspective is also important for physicians

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[01/04/2015] Communication is the key to success when it comes to the patient-physician relationship. Compared to the past however, this relationship has changed somewhat: although physicians are still the experts, thanks to the internet and popular science, patients now also know more about health and diseases. An "informed patient" is not a problem for physicians, but rather a source of better understanding.The patient's perspective is also important for physicians - Read more

Lessons to be learned from Ebola epidemic

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Photo: Woman using hand desinfectant [31/03/2015] While the international response to the Ebola epidemic that started in early 2014 included unprecedented measures that appeared to be gaining control of the outbreak by the end of the year, the past year has also revealed critical weaknesses in the global public health system.Lessons to be learned from Ebola epidemic - Read more

When clocks are set forward, life satisfaction declines

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Photo: Clock with roman numeral [27/03/2015] According to a recent study based on data from the SOEP and the UK study Understanding Society, people’s life satisfaction declines when they lose an hour to daylight savings time.When clocks are set forward, life satisfaction declines - Read more

Does my App look big in this?

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Photo: Woman holding a tablet [17/03/2015] The joint European Forum for Good Clinical Practice (EFGCP) and MedTech Europe Working Party announced the launch of its Workshop Report and resulting “Roadmap for Medical Device Development in Europe.” Does my App look big in this? - Read more

Life-threatening illnesses: Old blood as good as fresh blood

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Photo: Blood bag [17/03/2015] Just like milk and many other foods, blood used for transfusions is perishable. But contrary to popular belief, new research shows that blood stored for three weeks is just as good as fresh blood - findings published today in the New England Journal of Medicine.Life-threatening illnesses: Old blood as good as fresh blood - Read more

Twitter predicts health insurance marketplace enrollment

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Graphic: A hash under the magnifying glass [10/03/2015] An increase in Twitter sentiment (the positivity or negativity of tweets) is associated with an increase in state-level enrollment in the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) health insurance marketplaces. This points to use of the social media platform as a real-time gauge of public opinion and provides a way for marketplaces to quickly identify enrollment changes and emerging issues.Twitter predicts health insurance marketplace enrollment - Read more

 
 

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