The “smart bed” facilitates the patient’s hospital stay. Instead of consuming by wiring the vital signs are monitored by sensors in bed. Source: AP
Aachen A thirst-sensor could remember the elderly in the future to the drink. If seniors do not take enough fluids, can be serious: cardiovascular problems, confusion, a higher fall risk. Aachen researchers have indicated designed with a sensor that can display the dehydrogenation of a people.
“Four electrodes are glued to the body. Showing the water content in the muscle, “says Steffen Leonhardt from the Helmholtz-Institute for Biomedical Engineering at RWTH Aachen University. Although the thirst sensor is not yet ready for production. But the project is an example of the trend of the so-called Geronto technology, high-tech tools with sensors for geriatric medicine to develop.
“The Geronto technology currently employed many university facilities,” observes Professor Ralf -Joachim Schulz of the Executive Board of the German Society for Geriatric Medicine. In essence, go to preserve the independence of older people. The geriatric put on an early rehabilitation with the use of tools, so Schulz, who is also chief physician of St. Mary’s Hospital in Cologne.
In a feverish cold for a long time is not any doctor immediately. This is the result of a representative survey of the “Apothekenumschau”. One in five (18.1 percent) respondents treated in such a case, even non-prescription drugs from the pharmacy or home remedies. Especially the self-employed (29.7 percent) avoid the doctor and try it once with self-medication
Almost one of around 2,000 checked-counter drugs is loud Stiftung Warentest unsuitable. These include well-known remedy for colds, runny nose, sore throat, constipation, diarrhea, or insect bites. Often the combinations of different drugs cut badly, about painkillers and stimulants in cold medications. In other cases, the testers complain about high alcohol content – such as a cold remedy for the night or inappropriate combinations with tablets against throat infections. The 2,000-counter drugs are part of a larger database of Stiftung Warentest drugs
With cold and flu the pharmacy to offer quite a bit of nonprescription products. But many do not keep their promises
Aspirin Complex granules.. Not meaningful combination of a pain reliever and a stimulating agent that is distributed via the bloodstream throughout the body
Doregrippin tablets: As with Aspirin Complex granules ranks Stiftung Warentest, the combination of agents as a not useful
Grippostad C capsules. Contains a drowsy antihistamine that is distributed via the bloodstream throughout the body
WICK DayMed and Medinait (capsules and drinks). Not useful combination among others of a painkiller, . a cough suppressant and a stimulating agent
Alternative: The individual cold symptoms should be treated better separated. For pain and fever paracetamol alone is sufficient. When cold is the short-term use of decongestant nasal drops compatible
colds and allergies
Rhinopront combination tablets: Little suited for colds. Not useful combination of resources
Reactine duo release tablets. Helps hardly in allergic rhinitis. Little meaningful combination of an antihistamine and a stimulating substance that is distributed via the bloodstream throughout the body and thereby subsides, the mucous membranes. With long-term use can cause serious side effects
alternative. tablets, drops or juice with cetirizine or loratadine to help in acute allergy symptoms. Cromoglizinsäure as a nasal spray for prevention (early to start with the treatment unpreserved specimens prefer). In a normal cold is the short-term use of decongestant nasal drops compatible
Chicken Soup is a popular remedy for colds. However, the mixture does not affect the immune system, says Hajo Haase from the Institute of Immunology at the University Hospital of the RWTH Aachen. Makes you feel better characterized but still: The body gets the nutrients, salt and something warm
Anyone who regularly strong in the <> Sauna to go and his body temperature changes, such as ice baths shocks, which toughens the immune system – which many believe. But immunologists from wave: Also, there are no scientific studies that can prove that the hardening has an influence on the immune system, said Stefan Meuer, director of the Institute of Immunology at the University of Heidelberg, the “world”.
Food supplement with Zinc and Vitamin C to support the immune system. Of course, the body needs certain nutrients to allow the defense system against germs and viruses work. However, vitamin C and zinc tablets can not cure or even prevent colds. According to the German Nutrition Society (DGE) there is no scientific evidence of the benefits of colorful pills. The supply is normally done through the diet, deficiency of vitamin C and zinc are rarely in Germany. Good Vitamin C suppliers are, for example, orange juice, broccoli, kiwi or red pepper. Zinc is present, for example, meat, egg, wholemeal and dairy products. The recommended daily dose is about already a piece of beef (150 grams) and a glass of milk covered
But not only against cold symptoms, there are non-prescription remedies, which unfortunately do nothing. Even against other ailments useless herb grown …
fire and wound gel medice: The gel is not very suitable for wound care according to Stiftung Warentest. Therapeutic efficacy is not well established. In addition, the ingredient benzethonium can easily trigger allergies
alternative. Cool Light burns with intact skin under running water fast. But open wounds should not be self-treated
Pyolysin ointment:.. These ointment for superficial wounds without effect
Alternative: povidone-iodine solution is suitable for disinfecting, panthenol ointment to care for superficial abrasions
Dobendan Strepsils Dolo and Dolo-Dobendan Lozenges: The combination of ingredients is not useful: antiseptics such as cetylpyridinium chloride is patchy against viruses or not effective. Bacteria in the deeper layers of the mucosa are also not achieved. The analgesic Benzokain can easily cause allergies
Dorithricin lozenges / Lemocin lozenges. These tablets do not really help against inflammation in the throat. The antibiotic Tyrothrizin is only superficial and not reached bacteria in deeper tissue layers. Again, the analgesic Benzokain is included that can easily trigger allergies
Locabiosol 0.125 mg spray. The therapeutic efficacy of the antibiotic fusafungine at neck infections is not well established. The application of a spray can in sensitive individuals lead to asthma attacks
alternative. throat infections are often caused by viruses, which antibiotics do not work. Sugar-free throat lozenges moisturize the mucous membranes and can relieve dysphagia. Lozenges with ambroxol or lidocaine analgesic effect
As you can deploy sensors in everyday objects so that they provide reliable medical information of a patient can be an example to show shoe. “This way you can see how far a person is mobile. What is his weight shift. Is he fall risk “? Schulz. There is also approaches that incorporate sensors in the clothes to get about ECG data without additional effort.
Only to control a heart patient would then no longer stay in the hospital. He could go home and take control of some heart or blood pressure would run automatically in everyday life. But still the future.
“Some centers will then be able to provide patients do not have to keep in the hospital,” says Schulz. This approach is also essential in the context of demographic development. Otherwise, is the medical “monitoring” sometime even more affordable. Good for the patient: The could live again in their own homes.