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Overview: Topics of the Month 2015

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December 2015: The brain


The brain controls every movement of our body. The human control center collects information from the body and the environment and processes them into reactions. However, as it also applies to control centers in technology, sport and traffic: Damage or a failure can have disastrous consequences. For the brain, these are diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's or strokes.
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November 2015: MEDICA


The world’s leading medical trade fair, MEDICA, is going to start with a significant change. From this year on, the event will cover the four days from Monday to Thursday. We look in advance at exciting research topics, major health policy and economic questions for you at Feel free to check out those and more for yourself from 16th to 19th November in Düsseldorf.
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October 2015: Theranostics


Theranostics is a young field which combines therapy and diagnostics of cancer. It is a therapy guiding diagnostics, which mainly aims at an individualized therapy of the patient. In addition to diagnostics the characterization of the disease stage as well as the monitoring of the healing progress are placed in the foreground.
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September 2015: Wearables


Wristbands to record sleep’s quality, earplugs to measure body temperature, and vests for cardio-vascular monitoring. In a physician’s office, sometimes large, expensive instruments have these functions, but costumers are already able to buy smaller counterparts and use them every day: wearable devices that measure bodily functions and help their user to live a healthier life.
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August 2015: Nuclear medicine


From top to bottom – the cardiovascular system reaches the outermost parts of our limbs where it ends in extremely small blood vessels. This is why its diseases are especially devastating, because they potentially affect our whole body.
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July 2015: Cardiovascular disaeses


From top to bottom – the cardiovascular system reaches the outermost parts of our limbs where it ends in extremely small blood vessels. This is why its diseases are especially devastating, because they potentially affect our whole body.
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June 2015: Cancer and diagnostics


Diagnostics – tests of fluid, secretion and tissue samples – often lay the foundation of cancer identification and the appropriate treatment decision. On the way to personalized medicine, especially (gene)diagnostic methods play a key role. In our Topic of the Month, you get to know to what extent cancer mutations offer hope for new therapies and how Liquid Biopsy could change cancer diagnosis.
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May 2015: Cancer screenings


There are several early cancer screenings that are offered to people of a certain age. Or not. Many patients – or rather citizens – do not know that some examinations are paid for by health insurance companies. Often they are also not aware that screening methods may be associated with risks. We have talked with experts about this topic.
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April 2015: The informed patient


Patients with an interest in medicine can find reports, information and opinions quickly and everywhere without a physician. But which of this information is scientifically sound, high quality and useful and which is based on marketing, rumors and anecdotal evidence is a different story – one that both physicians and patients need to hear to the end before they talk about treatment.
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March 2015: Crisis management and communication


Remain calm in the event of a crisis, determine the cause, go one step at a time and professionally summarize the information given to the media. This could be the plan of a hospital that has to deal with a crisis situation. Could be! Unfortunately the reality is often different. Many hospitals do not seem to prepare for possible crisis situations. But that can be changed.
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February 2015: Pathology


It is the detective genre of medicine: pathology. Doctors and researchers in this area are looking for microscopic and molecular clues to answer questions in diagnostics and therapy. Findings from a patient’s tissue sample are a road map for further treatment. And resected tumor tissue might reveal biomarkers that are useful in personalized medicine.
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January 2015: The intestines


The intestines are most likely the organ with the strongest influence on our wellbeing. They make themselves felt when we are nervous or frightened, when we suffer from food intolerance or when we have eaten spoiled food. And pathogens that completely mess up our digestion put us out of action for days. The intestines of an adult are a very wide field.
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