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Smart helpers for people with depression

Dear Sir or Madam,

People with depression are often met with lack of understanding. Others do not perceive their severe condition but give useless advice like "Don't make a fuss!". Physicians can stand by their side with medication and therapy – but patients often need support after the doctor's visiting hours, too. Will smartphones and wearables be able to help here soon? Learn more in our current Topic of the Month!

Have a nice week,

Timo Roth
Editorial team
image: 12 - 15 November 2018, MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine in Düsseldorf

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Topic of the Month: Depression
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eHealth and mHealth – smart helpers for people with depression

Topic of the Month

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Smartphones have become our everyday companions. A lot of people are critical of this: On the one hand, they connect us to everything and everybody, on the other hand, we lack time and concentration for personal contacts and our surroundings because of them. Still, smartphones and other wearables are a great asset for medicine, as they help people to stay healthy or to manage a chronic illness, for example. Read in our Topic of the month what this can look like for people with depressions.
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eHealth and mHealth – Smart helpers for people with depression

Research & Technology

Surgery involving ultrasound energy found to treat high blood pressure

An operation that targets the nerves connected to the kidney has been found to significantly reduce blood pressure in patients with hypertension, according to the results of a clinical trial led in the UK by Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS Trust, and supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
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Complementing conventional antibiotics

Antimicrobial resistance is a major medical problem worldwide, impacting both human health and economic well-being. A new strategy for fighting bacteria has now been reported in the latest online issue of Nature by a research group headed by Prof. Dikic at the Goethe University Frankfurt. The scientists revealed the molecular action mechanism of a Legionella toxin and developed a first inhibitor.
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Cancer diagnosis: no more needles?

Urine is an everyday liquid which most people pay little attention to and regard as rather unpleasant. It’s quite the opposite for a group of clinical researchers from Kiel University, the University Medical Center Schleswig-Holstein (UKSH) and the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences in Kaunas, who are convinced of the diagnostic potential of this yellowish liquid.
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Less is more? Gene switch for healthy aging found

Aging is associated with an increase in frailty and age related-diseases. A calorie-restricted diet is known to alleviate these age-related conditions. Researchers from the ERIBA in Groningen, Netherlands, and the FLI in Jena, Germany, now demonstrate in a mouse model that the C/EBPß-LIP gene regulator is involved in the aging process.
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