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Experiencing pain from an unfortunate movement, a twisted knee or a bent foot are all signs that the musculoskeletal system has been injured. Depending on the severity of the injury, the recovery might require a long period of rehabilitation. Particularly in the case of performance athletes, cumulative injuries to the musculoskeletal system require proper rehabilitation to restore the athlete's body as soon as possible, to be fit again for training and competitions. Conservative treatment usually requires a break in training, followed by physiotherapy treatment and a new, modified training program. Any physical strain on the body should only be gradually increased, in order to not jeopardize the progression of the healing process. For this reason, it is essential to control rehabilitation closely. In order to obtain a good overview of the body's state during the course of therapy, the use of accurate measuring instruments is essential. seca offers an innovative solution: the medical b
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a collective term for a series of chronic respiratory diseases characterized by a persistent cough, sputum, or a diminished performance and quality of life. Pathophysiologically, the COPD is a narrowing (obstruction) of the airways and hyperinflation of the lungs. As a result of chronic inflammation, the bronchial tubes get progressively and irreversibly constricted. Especially while moving or during exertion, this impedes and prolongs the expiration, so that the inhaled
Nowadays, it is widely recognized that high sugar consumption is associated with a variety of health risks. For this reason, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recently reduced the recommended daily amount of refined sugars to 25 grams, or about six teaspoons. Already, a 250 ml can of commercial soft drink exceeds this recommended daily quantity. Over the last decade, the unhealthy consumption levels of our population and the consequent rise in health care expenses, has forced some countries to regulate their cons
Crowded waiting rooms, delayed appointment bookings and doctors under permanent time pressure are a frequent source of frustration. Doctors would also like to have more time for their patients’ treatment, but a considerable portion of their working time is tied up by administrative tasks. Of course a modern health care system necessitates some level of bureaucracy, but this needs to be in a reasonable proportion to the medical job. Instead of reducing bureaucracy, to provide more time for patient care, t
As a New Year’s resolution, many people resolve to not only stop smoking, but also to lose weight by changing their diet and exercising regularly. Generally, the first step towards these goals is also the hardest and while many may start January with good intentions, their motivation drops noticeably over time. The most common reason for this is a lack of progress or visible results, especially when attempting to lose weight. After an initial quick success, the scales appear to stand still and further we
When we think of anorexia most of us imagine young teenage girls who try to emulate the models they see on tv and in magazines. Indeed, anorexia is one of the most dangerous and deadliest disorders for young women: a total of 1.1% of all women suffer from anorexia nervosa, its frequency peaking for women between the ages of 14 and 17. As a result, up to 15% of all patients die of the disease over the course of 15 years. It often goes unnoticed that men can also be affected by the disorder. Yet anorexia in men is by no means a new development: even in the 19th century, a story in Heinrich Hoffmann’s children’s book “Struwwelpeter” depicts a boy who refuses to eat his supper and consequently dies of starvation. Anorexia in men keeps increasing Over the last few years, anorexia has continued to be diagnosed in men, at an increased frequency. As men reach puberty later than women, the disorder affects them often between the ages of 18 and 26. With a current estimation of 0.3% of all men suffering from anorexia, they are affected more rarely than women - leading to difficulties in treatm
Our general knowledge of the kidneys and their multiple functions is rather limited when compared to other organs such as the heart, brain or intestines. Many people only realize the kidneys’ importance once the organ no longer works properly. Approximately 10% of the world's population suffers from chronic renal failure. Among them are approximately two million people who are dependent on hemodi
For millions of people, their family doctor (general practitioner or GP) is their first point of contact for anything related to their health. As our society keeps aging, the number of outpatients keeps steadily rising and because of this, medical p
A large number of people from many different departments work hand in hand during the stages of development and production at seca. They all strive to create a product which ultimately satisfies all requirements in terms of quality, safety and accuracy. During this process, seca’s quality assurance is of particular importance. The QA department ensures not only that all of seca’s products meet th
During the first few months of life, a child’s development progresses at a rapid pace, so much so that it feels like we could watch them as they grow. It is recommended to see a podiatrist for regular check-ups to make sure an infant develops properly. In this article, we will take a look at the stages a child goes through during its development between the 3rd month and their first year. 3rd to 4th month At this age, infants should be able to stretch and bend their extremities without much difficulty. They should also be able to guide their hands spontaneously to the center of their body. While in a sitting position, they can keep their head upright for a short period of time and while lying face down, slightly lift it. They can also hold and keep eye contact and fixate on faces. They react noticeably when talked to. Upon touch, they turn their heads to familiar sound sources and begin to communicate through facial expressions, gestures and sounds. Around the sixth week of their life
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