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More and more people are taking antidepressants
More and more people are taking antidepressants

People in OECD countries are taking more and more tablets 21.11.2013 The latest OECD health report indicated with concern that people in the Member States are always taking antidepressants. Those responsible see the reason not only in a possible revision and the progress of the "permanent" accessibility through smartphones and other internet-enabled products.

As of today, patients can report side effects
As of today, patients can report side effects

Patients can inform the authorities about the side effects of drugs. There are several portals on the Internet where patients can report side effects of drugs. However, these websites are operated commercially and mostly only serve to exchange experiences among patients. From now on, however, those affected can directly report drug changes and side effects to the responsible monitoring authorities.

Children and seniors swallow too many pills
Children and seniors swallow too many pills

German children and seniors swallow too many pills The Barmer GEK published the 2013 Medicines Report yesterday, which evaluates data from 2.1 million insured persons over a period of 65 years. “We have found many reasonable care structures. We have also found the use of many sensible and safe-acting medicines, but we have also found excessive and incorrect care.

Risk: Lack of sleep favors diabetes
Risk: Lack of sleep favors diabetes

Lack of sleep due to sleep disorders can promote the occurrence of type II diabetes Lack of sleep leads to an increased risk of diabetes. US researchers found this out in a study. Insufficient sleep also promotes the development of overweight, according to the journal Science Translational Medicine, in which the study results were published.

Diet: Diets for losing weight are often disadvantageous
Diet: Diets for losing weight are often disadvantageous

Diets often have significant health disadvantages. Losing weight diets can be a significant burden on the body and often result in a significant increase in weight after the end of the diet. In order to get rid of the excess kilos, a general lifestyle change is recommended in an emergency.

AIDS: drug is said to protect against HIV infection
AIDS: drug is said to protect against HIV infection

The majority of AIDS sufferers have been infected with HIV during unprotected sex. on the occasion of World AIDS Day. In this context, a pharmaceutical company has presented a new drug that is supposed to protect against HIV infections. The new drug is, however, heavily criticized, after the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) pointed out in advance of the World AIDS Day that there are still around 3

Sickness benefit after the end of the employment relationship
Sickness benefit after the end of the employment relationship

Verdict: Right to sickness benefit even after termination Employees are still entitled to sickness benefit after their employment ends, if their sick leave begins on the last regular working day. A current court ruling grants employees the payment of sick pay in such cases, even though the insurance that regulates the financial support in the event of illness actually expires when the employment relationship ends.

No additional contributions for Hartz IV recipients
No additional contributions for Hartz IV recipients

The Federal Minister of Health plans to waive the additional contributions in future for unemployment benefits I and Hartz IV recipients. However, the project has met with criticism within the coalition. (19.08.2010) In the course of the health reform, the Federal Minister of Health Philipp Rösler (FDP) wants to waive the additional contributions of the health insurance companies for Hartz IV recipients and recipients of unemployment benefit I.

Child mortality has halved since 1990
Child mortality has halved since 1990

Child mortality is declining, but is still far too high. In the past twenty years, the number of deaths of children under the age of five worldwide has almost halved, according to the latest report by the children's aid organization UNICEF. Nevertheless, around 19 still die every day.

Spine straightened: thoracic surgery
Spine straightened: thoracic surgery

Adolescent from Saudi Arabia successfully operated on in Lower Saxony: The spine has just been moved and the operation performed through the chest. In young patients, spinal curvature, so-called scoliosis, is usually no longer painful at a young age, because the problems only appear at an advanced age.

Obesity is not a fate
Obesity is not a fate

Obesity is not a fate. A genetic predisposition can be reduced through exercise and a healthy lifestyle. (01.08.2010) Even if people have a genetic predisposition to "get fat", this does not automatically mean that those affected also suffer from obesity. Rather, being overweight depends on how much you exercise and what lifestyle you maintain.

EU: all clear for sweetener aspartame?
EU: all clear for sweetener aspartame?

EU food agency classifies sweetener aspartame as harmless The sweetener aspartame has been repeatedly criticized in the past. The artificial sugar substitute was suspected of being carcinogenic, damaging the genome and negatively influencing cognitive abilities. However, the risk assessment of the substance and its breakdown products by the EU Food Authority (EFSA) recently came to the conclusion that aspartame is harmless in the amounts in which it is contained in food.