Topics of the Month 2014 -- MEDICA Trade Fair

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Overview: Topics of the Month 2014

December 2014: Ethics


Distribution of donor organs, legalizing of assisted suicide, use of untested drugs against pandemic diseases – problematic and extreme cases have tremendously evolved compared to ancient times. The old tenet “first, do no harm” falls short because physicians need to know more than how to merely heal patients.
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November 2014: MEDICA 2014


From 12th to 15th November the world's largest trade fair for medicine and medical technology opened its gates in Düsseldorf. On we had a look at some exciting research topics that you could see during the fair. Read about current issues in wound healing, diabetes and imaging in our topic of the month.
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Photo: Physician treats a woman's knee

October 2014: Orthopedics and physical therapy


Orthopedics and physical therapy not only proverbially help patients back on their feet. They are also supposed to cure, improve or maintain the functionality of the human musculoskeletal system. Also the search for causes of injuries plays a significant role such as in the cases of spinal disk herniation or cartilage degradation.
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Photo: Patient in intensive care; Copyright: Klochan

September 2014: Intensive-care medicine


Life-threatening diseases and injuries necessitate measures from intensive-care medicine. These for example are the monitoring of vital signs and artificial ventilation at the patient’s bedside. But intensive-care medicine means more than just acute care: after surgery, the long, hard healing process begins.
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August 2014: Hygiene


Hygiene and our health are closely linked to each other. That applies both to our homes and hospitals and public buildings. Hygiene prevents illnesses and helps us to keep up our physical capabilities. Disinfection measures as well as the right handling of antibiotics are decisive for the prevention and the control of infections.
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Photo: Close-up of two hands; Copyright: Day

July 2014: The Skin


The human skin often is called a protective shield since it acts as a barrier for pathogens that try to enter the body. The skin is sometimes also considered a window to look inside the body, because it displays symptoms of some diseases. Read something new about both of these two well-known aspects of the skin in our Topic of the Month.
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June 2014: Sport & Medicine


Sports are a must-do to maintain a healthy lifestyle. A lack of physical activity promotes overweight, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. But not only too little exercise is a health risk, too much can also be dangerous. Both athletes and non-athletes have to consider their vascular health, since both congenital and acquired diseases can cause a myocardial infarction during exercise.
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Photo: Asian female physician looks at MRT images and makes a phone call; Copyright: Bock

May 2014: Mobile Health & IT


Today, mobile assistance systems for people with dementia and modern health apps facilitate communication between patients and medical staff. Whether in emergency situations or for regular health checks – Mobile Health is very versatile. Already a simple cell phone can save lives, whether in Germany or Nigeria.
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Photo: Paramedics treat a patient; Copyright: Guyon

April 2014: Emergency Medicine


Emergency cases are anything but “business as usual” in medicine, yet they can still happen anytime. There are many acute threads to human lives: from poisoning and allergic reactions to heart failure and stroke; from accidents in the household, traffic or at the workplace to mass-casualty incidents and disasters.
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Photo: Packed conference room; Copyright: Shironosov

March 2014: Continuing Education


Further training and education is a vital part of the medical profession. Because only regular training ensures that doctors understand and can apply new techniques and are able to use current therapies on their patients. But how should good training be designed and what if the training fails under certain circumstances? Find out more in our current topic of the month!
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PHoto: CT examination; Copyright: Yeulet

February 2014: Cancer


Cancer is a sneaky disease. It can remain unnoticed for a long time. Some tumors can hardly be treated surgically. Also, surgery may deal great damage to the body, if extensive amounts of tissue have to be removed. But even then surgeons cannot be sure that the tumor has been taken out completely, since its boundaries are not always clear.
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Photo: OR monitor

January 2014: Surgery


"Injure to heal" – that is one way to describe work in the operating room. During surgery, physicians have to inflict a wound on a patient to fix damage inside the body, to remove tissue or to place an implant.
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