Archive for the 'Health' Category

“Jetzt ist wichtig, hier ist wichtig, ich bin wichtig”

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Zeit online: Todkranke Kinder: “Manche Kinder bekommen ein Löwentraining”. “Das Gefüge einer Familie wird erschüttert, wenn ein Kind krank wird. Ein Gespräch mit dem Kinderarzt Boris Zernikow über Kraftquellen, die auch in schwersten Krisen helfen.” Interview: Katrin Zeug und Andreas Lebert.

“Boris Zernikow wollte eigentlich Umweltschützer werden und gegen Atomkraftwerke kämpfen, blieb dann aber auf seiner Zivildienststelle hängen, der Kinderklinik in Datteln, und begann sich mit den Schmerzen zu beschäftigen, deren Ursache man nicht sieht. Inzwischen ist er der Chefarzt der Klinik, leitet das Schmerzzentrum sowie die Palliativstation und ist Inhaber des Lehrstuhls für Kinderpalliativmedizin an der Uni in Witten.”

Peers pose a large threat

Saturday, June 10th, 2017

Deutsche Welle: Study shows German students frequently exposed to sexualized violence. “A German study has found that 48 percent of surveyed students aged 14 to 17 have experienced verbal or physical sexual violence. Researchers said that the violence was often carried out by the students’ peers.”

“When presenting the results on Thursday in the city of Wiesbaden, the study’s two main researchers highlighted one of the study’s main takeaways – that fellow students are often the perpetrators.

“The main risk for [perpetuating] sexualized violence are other youths – meaning their peers,” Professors Sabine Maschke and Ludwig Stecher said.

Around 48 percent of the perpetrators of physical sexual violence and 64 percent of those who carried out non-physical violence were “friends” or “classmates” according to the study.

Additionally, students reported that over 50 percent of non-physical sexualized violence occurs at school.”

““For almost all of them, marriage means rape on their wedding night and thereafter.””

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

The New York Times: 11 Years Old, a Mom, and Pushed to Marry Her Rapist in Florida.

“Johnson, the former 11-year-old unwitting bride who is now fighting for Florida to set a minimum marriage age (there is none now), says […] she was raped by both a minister and a parishioner and gave birth to a daughter when she was just 10 (the birth certificate confirms that). A judge approved the marriage to end the rape investigation, she says, telling her, “What we want is for you to get married.”
“It was a terrible life,” Johnson recalls, recounting her years as a child raising children. She missed school and remembers spending her days changing diapers, arguing with her husband and struggling to pay expenses. She ended up with pregnancy after pregnancy — nine children in all — while her husband periodically abandoned her.

“They took the handcuffs from handcuffing him,” she says, referring to the risk he faced of arrest for rape, “to handcuffing me, by marrying me without me knowing what I was doing.””

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“[W]hat surgeons know about gun violence that the rest of us don’t”

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

Huffington Post: What Bullets Do to Bodies.
By Jason Fagone, photographs by Finlay Mackay.

“The gun debate would change in an instant if Americans witnessed the horrors that trauma surgeons confront every day.”

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I shall please – ich werde gefallen – placebo

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

NPR: Can Placebos Work If You Know They’re Placebos? (4min 42sec sound file, transcript)

“NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly asks writer Robert Siegel about “open label placebos” and whether placebos work even when patients know they’re placebos. He wrote about his experience in Smithsonian Magazine.”