Tips for protection against heat

Dizziness, headaches, exhaustion, nausea and vomiting: These can be consequences of great heat if the body is not yet accustomed to it. Particularly at risk are babies, small children, but also the chronically ill and the elderly if they take certain medications or drink too little. This was pointed out by Baden-Württemberg’s Minister of Health Manfred Lucha. The Ministry of Health has published a series of tips on how to behave: stay in cool rooms, especially during the midday heat, and generally in the shade if possible. Postpone outdoor activities until cooler hours. Drink enough and eat only light meals.… Read More

Appointment service center: telephone help in finding a doctor

Currently, it is often difficult to get a doctor’s appointment. This is especially true for visits to specialists and is a problem even if you have a referral. Sometimes it helps to go to the doctor’s office in person during office hours. Many doctors also have the option of making an appointment online. If you still have to keep looking, you can find help at the appointment service of the Kassenärztliche Vereinigung Baden-Württemberg (KVBW). It arranges appointments with specialists free of charge from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. under the telephone number 116 117 and also… Read More

Blood donations can save lives

After accidents or during operations, seriously injured or sick people need blood donations. Around 15,000 blood donations are needed every day in Germany, writes the German Red Cross (DRK). They save lives. How does a blood donation work? Before donating, you have to register. Those wishing to donate must bring a valid ID with them. They should be at least 18 and no more than 65 years old. After that, important health data such as body temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin level in the blood are determined. Those willing to donate then fill out a questionnaire about their health… Read More

What to do after anaesthesia?

Even before an anaesthetic for an operation (OP) or a local anaesthetic at the dentist, patients should know a few things. Doctors say that the following applies in general: Reactivity can be worse, especially when driving or cycling. For this reason, doctors recommend that patients be driven home after the treatment. This also applies if patients are given drops by the ophthalmologist to dilate the pupils. Doctors’ and dentists’ surgeries or clinics usually provide verbal or written information about the correct behaviour after anaesthesia. For example, a leaflet for patients at a dental practice in the district of Tübingen states:… Read More

Sports club voucher for the little ones

“During the Corona pandemic, many sports facilities were closed for a long time. Those who suffered most were the children,” says Tübingen’s Mayor for Social Affairs, Order and Culture, Dr. Daniela Harsch. “Even after the pandemic, we want to ensure that children have easy access to a healthy lifestyle.” Launched as a pilot project during Corona, the sports club voucher offer for children on their fourth birthday is now firmly established. Among the offerings is a yoga class for children ages four to six at the Family Education Center (FBS). In the soccer department of the Tübingen 03 sports club,… Read More

No more masks from Easter

The obligation to wear masks ends throughout Germany on Good Friday, 7 April. However, FFP2 masks must still be worn in certain cases until this date. This applies to visitors in hospitals and care facilities. In addition, patients and visitors in doctors’ surgeries, dialysis and other health care facilities such as rehabilitation clinics must also wear FFP2 masks until 7 April. See tun23032901 FFP2-Masken. Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL / Martin Klaus. 001001      

Ticks can make you sick

In Baden-Württemberg, there is a high risk of becoming infected with the brain infection TBE. This writes the Robert Koch Institute in a statement. This disease is transmitted by ticks. Ticks sit, for example, on blades of grass or in low bushes. They become active in early summer. Closed clothing can protect against them. It also helps not to walk through meadows or undergrowth, but to stay on paved paths. Experts recommend that people who spend a lot of time in their own backyards or in the countryside get vaccinated before the tick season, which runs from April to October.… Read More

Insect powder in food must be labeled

The European Union is allowing more insects to be used in food: the house cricket and the larva of the grain mold beetle. As early as 2021, the mealworm and the migratory locust have been approved as alternative sources of protein. Products such as bread or pasta in which insects ground into powder are used must be labeled on the package with the Latin and German names of the insects. One reason: allergic reactions can occur. This is not only problematic for allergy sufferers. Muslims will also read the list of ingredients carefully—for religious reasons. Muslim scholars have different opinions.… Read More

Entitlement to household help

Anyone who is no longer able to run their household due to illness, pregnancy, childbirth or a cure can apply to the health insurance fund for household help. This is possible under the following conditions: The applicant belongs to a statutory health insurance fund and needs a medical certificate. No one else living in the family can take over the household management. A child under 12 years of age or a disabled child lives in the household. However, this is not necessary in the case of complaints during pregnancy or after birth. Household help can also be applied for by… Read More

TK doctors’ guide: Arabic in the practice

How do you find a doctor who speaks Persian, Arabic or Kurdish? The Techniker-Krankenkasse (TK) offers a search function on its homepage that makes it possible to find doctors in a certain region and speciality who have special language skills. The offer of the statutory health insurance is free of charge. However, if you search the database for a general practitioner who speaks Arabic, you will mainly find one in the Stuttgart city area. A Persian-speaking doctor can be found in Böblingen, for example. There are special searches for all specialties from ophthalmologists to dentists. There are around 40 languages,… Read More

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