According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), in Germany there are currently 132.500 people infected with the coronavirus. 4.401.631 people have tested to be infected during the corona pandemic in Germany, (as of October 20th). According to the RKI, a total of 57.326.792 people were vaccinated (as of October 20th).
It is an undertaking that could end up protecting more than a billion people: those who live in areas around the world that are plagued by the tropical disease malaria. In 2019 alone, more than 229 million people contracted malaria – most of them in Africa, though South America and Asia are also affected.
When a person suffers a stroke or paraplegia, many of their cells die – even healthy ones. This makes the consequences of such diseases even worse. Ana Martin-Villalba from Spain wants to prevent cells from dying like this. And additionally to activate the self-healing powers of cells. She is conducting research at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg to discover whether this would be possible, and if so, how. Her great-grandfather also studied in this city on the Neckar river. A stem-cell researcher, she has already achieved a breakthrough, managing to make paraplegic mice move again.
Frankfurt/Main (dpa) - Antje Rávik Strubel is the recipient of the 2021 German Book Prize. Her book "Blaue Frau" was named best German-language novel of the year, as announced by the German Publishers and Booksellers Association. The prize is endowed with 25,000 euros. The novel describes a young woman's attempt to escape the memories of her rape.
LifeTime is a mammoth European project involving more than 120 scientists from 53 research institutions in 18 countries. Its goal is to gain a better understanding of the body’s individual cells – allowing conclusions to be drawn about the disease mechanisms of cell groups and organs. The researchers are particularly keen to understand the genome’s role in the ageing process and in the emergence of diseases. The Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC) in Berlin and the Institut Curie in Paris are coordinating the initiative.
Virtual reality glasses, 3D imaging in real time, digital navigation aids – all of these are used in Europe’s most modern centre for eye and ear-nose-throat surgery. The eight fully digitised operating theatres opened at Essen University Hospital in April 2021. The innovative technology allows more precise surgery to be carried out and taught.
They may not appear to have much in common at first glance: high blood pressure, dementia, diabetes mellitus, cancer, mental disorders and viral infections such as SARS-CoV-2. What links them all, however, is the fact that they are widespread diseases that affect millions of people all over the world every year. For a number of decades now, three phenomena have been accelerating the spread of such diseases: globalisation, climate change and migration all have an impact on global health. This is why a new global health approach aims to consider the issue on an international level and encourage joint activities.