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For a while now, avoiding food that contains gluten has become one of the most popular nutritional trends and is also of great interest to the media. Gluten-free alternatives in supermarkets and restaurants are part of everyday life. Just last year, global sales of gluten-free products rose by 12.6% and doubled their total revenue since 2011. The gluten-free diet is especially popular in the US. According to surveys, a large part of the US population believes that a gluten-free diet is beneficial to their health and has a positive effect on their physical and mental constitution. Between 2009 and 2014, the number of people who eat gluten-free food tripled. During that same period, the number of people diagnosed with gluten-sensitive enteropathy or celiac disease remained largely steady and constituted about 0.7% of the total population. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes an intolerance to gluten, a substance which occurs in various grains. The consumption of small amounts leads to a chronic inflammation of the mucous membrane of the small intestine and can cause permanent damage. The dysfunction of the small intestines leads to such symptoms as nausea, vomiting,
The discovery of penicillin, and the consequent development of other antibiotics during the 20th century, provided medical sciences with an effective method to treat infectious diseases for the very first time. But currently, the numbers of pathogens resistant to common antibiotics keep rising, which presents a serious challenge to modern medicine. Hospital infections with multiresistant germs lead to an increase in morbidity and mortality, as well as prolonged waiting times and significantly higher trea
In cases of Chikungunya, dengue fever and leishmaniasis, most people think primarily of African, Asian, as well as Central and South American countries. The fact that these supposedly tropical diseases also occur in parts of Europe, is often neglected. In recent years, cases in which these infections were not imported from tropical countries, but were rather locally acquired in Europe, have multiplied. This development is especially owed to the spread of host animals and particularly to foreign mosquito species. They a
The turn of the century saw the field of digital technologies rapidly progressing, revolutionizing everyday life in the process. The advancement of digitization has also reached medical sciences, although the use of modern technologies and digital s
Early 2017, an Italian study looked at a possible interdependency between a Mediterranean diet and the height of the phase angle. The Mediterranean diet has long been regarded as one of the healthiest nutritional diets. It is characterized by the us