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Travelers Health News Juni 2011

  • Dengue Fever
  • Measles
  • Intestinal Infections
  • EHEC-Infections (Entrohemorrhagic Escherichia Coli)


Travelling with children – what should be kept in mind?

In order for the summer holiday to be a pleasant, relaxing experience for parents and children, a few tips should be kept in mind:

Whether a long-distance trip or a holiday in the surrounding area is planned, it is advisable to have children’s vaccination cards checked by a paediatrician.

The paediatrician will determine whether the standard vaccinations are complete, in accordance with the STIKO (Standing committee on vaccination) vaccination schedule recommendations.

 


Blood sugar and diabetes – what should be kept in mind?

Due to changed living and eating habits, in modern society diabetes has developed from a rare metabolic disorder to a widespread disease.

Since all types of diabetes are associated with an elevated blood sugar level, a measurement can determine quickly and almost painlessly whether you may be affected. If diabetes is recognised early, many later consequences can be avoided.

Here you can learn more.


Regular blood pressure measurements – why are they important?

Elevated blood pressure is often the cause of one of the most widespread illnesses: Heart and circulation disease.

Today heart and circulation ailments are no longer exclusively a problem associated with older or overweight people.
Stress, improper nutrition and a lack of physical exercise can lead to high blood pressure even in younger people.

Find out here what you should keep in mind.

 


Cholesterol levels – why are they so important?

Vascular diseases are the most frequent cause of death in Germany; among other things they can result in heart attack or stroke. Cholesterol plays a decisive role in causing vascular diseases – or more precisely: These are associated with an elevated cholesterol value. Cholesterol can harm the blood vessels and lead to hardening of the arteries. This disease is referred to as arteriosclerosis.


Thermal water – an ‘all-round talent’

Scarcely any other product is as versatile: Thermal water


Uric acid values – and when they can indicate gout

 

Elevated concentrations of uric acid in the body increase the risk of gout. Uric acid is a metabolic end product associated with the breakdown of cell nuclei (purines), and is excreted via the kidneys.

What should be kept in mind – and what uric acid levels indicate a risk of gout?


GOT and GPT liver values – what do they indicate?

The so-called ‘liver values’ of the blood primarily provide information concerning the proper functioning of the liver: The main metabolism and detoxification centre of the body.

In particular, the role of the liver is to take nutrients from the intestines and to process them further.

The nutrients are partially stored in the liver and, when required, are released or metabolised into new substances. For example, this is the origin of gall, urea and cholesterol.

What should be kept in mind?


What to do in the case of jet lag?

The disturbance of the sleep-wake cycle following long-distance flights is referred to as ‘jet lag’.

The cause is our inner clock which, after crossing several time zones, is not yet adjusted to the new local time at the destination.

The direction of the flight also plays an important role: Flights from east to west, resulting in lengthening of the sleep-wake cycle, are much easier to adjust to than flights toward the east, which shorten the sleep-wake cycle.


Fear of flying – what can you do about it?

Are you one of those people who feel queasy and uncomfortable at the mere thought of flying? If so, you suffer from a fear of flying (aviophobia), a fear that should by no means be underestimated.

It is a surprising phenomenon, since most people who suffer from it know very well that according to statistical analyses, modern passenger planes are the safest form of transportation. However, this theoretical knowledge is of no assistance to those affected: For them flying is always accompanied by fear, an undesirable situation that makes air travel difficult or even impossible.

Here you can learn what symptoms are typical, and what you can do about it.


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