Samsung apologizes for death and illness trap

Samsung apologizes for death and illness trap

After cancer cases and deaths among hundreds of workers at its chip and display factories, technology giant samsung has issued an official apology.

Company president kim ki nam expressed regret for not doing "enough to address potential health risks in the chip and lcd panel production lines," according to south korean tv stations. "We sincerely apologize to those who have suffered from illnesses, as well as to the families of those who have been affected."Samsung agreed to settlement of pain and suffering claims.

The market leader’s move on memory chips, smartphones and TV sets followed years of wrangling with representatives of the victims’ families. Both sides had agreed this month to follow the decisions of a mediation committee and settle the dispute. Among other things, samsung declared its willingness to make up to 116.000 euros (150 million won) in compensation for pain and suffering to former and current employees whose illness can be attributed to the handling of chemicals at work.

Health ministry reviews stricter measles vaccination rules

health ministry reviews stricter measles vaccination rules

New measures against the spread of measles are being tested at the federal health ministry. Changes to the infection protection law are being considered, a ministry spokesman confirmed to dpa on sunday. Previously, the "spiegel" had reported on the deliberations.

Unvaccinated schoolchildren could be temporarily excluded from lessons in the event of an outbreak of the disease in their school. So far, this option is only available for sick children. Health authorities are also being considered for a requirement to check a child’s vaccination status when it is admitted to kindergarten. Currently this happens at the beginning of school. However, both mabassumptions could only be passed after the federal election.

The german medical association is calling for more extensive vaccination: "from a medical and scientific point of view, compulsory vaccination is the only sensible thing to do," says the president of the medical association, frank ulrich montgomery, in an interview with the news magazine. "Measles is a highly contagious disease with a high risk potential for the unvaccinated population. Therefore, it would be good if all children were vaccinated."

The chugging holes in the brain

The chugging holes in the brain

This time, the focus was not on the family members or caregivers, but on the people affected and their dementia: at the beginning of dementia week, pastoral advisor johanna schiebl gave a talk to the seniors’ advisory council on the decline of personality.
Johanna schiebl tells of a home resident who is completely exhausted at 5 p.M. Because she thinks she is expected in the stables, but sees no chance of getting there because she is in the wheelchair sitting. Schiebl: "this lady despairs of and in the world she lives in." But understanding and patient nursing staff knew how to calm the woman – with a trick. They said a farmhand helped in the stable.
"I want to go home, is a common phrase that dementia patients stereotypically say, even if they have been living in the same home for ten years. Since the affected people mentally live in the time when they were 30 or 40 years old and had a family to take care of and believe that they still have to do this, but are not able to, they experience a double need.
The pastoral advisor is concerned about recognizing what moves dementia patients. She wanted society to understand the disease and those affected by it. "Dementia patients have a life story, they have helped to build our state, they have lived, loved and suffered, schiebl pointed out.
The affected person perceives the onset of the disease and suffers from the loss of competence, identity and self-worth. Compensatory behavior is the well-known consequence: the affected persons build up a facade, trivialize, avoid what they are no longer able to accomplish and concentrate on an "alternative" as a means of support which, in time, becomes a "huge overload" for them illustration. Automated activities such as walking, cycling or baking cakes remain, as does the knowledge of general or historical data or the ability to count. One’s own biography, the knowledge about oneself, also remains stored in long-term memory. It’s different with short-term memory. New information can no longer be correctly assigned and quickly becomes confused in the case of dementia. The world slips away with the loss of cognitive abilities. This represents the greatest threat to people and their health. "You are what you remember" – this quoted title sums up dementia as a disease.
Schiebl looked at many nodding and approving faces. Everyone knows someone with dementia who exhibits the behaviors described.
The cognitive abilities of dementia patients decline, but their emotional life remains largely intact. Not only do they still experience the sensual experiences of taste and touch, but they also experience worry, anger and joy.
Not least against the background that it can affect anyone, johanna schiebl called for more recognition of dementia patients in society and good framework conditions for professional and home care. The quality of life depends less on the severity than on the environment and society. Perceiving the person with dementia as a cost factor "very quickly leads to considerations of a life that is not worth living" in general. The door was opened to euthanasia. According to schiebl, it is not dementia itself that is the bane of humanity, but the "creeping revaluation and desolidarization of society".
Drastic remarks such as "that’s no life anymore" were generally heard, when the path of life is thwarted by disability or serious illness.
How to behave properly? Above all, patience, respect and the ability to bear one’s own helplessness are needed. With a view to the program of the health city of bad bruckenau, the question remains open for johanna schiebl: "how do we deal with illness??" Dementia and finiteness were not in man’s hands.

Ruling: no cheap drugs without approval

ruling: no cheap drugs without approval

Pharmacists can be punished for fraud if they use a cheaper version instead of prescribed drugs, the court ruled in a verdict announced on tuesday. The judges overturned the acquittal of a pharmacist from bavaria (1 str 534/11).

The defendant from odelzhausen near munich had produced an infusion solution for cancer therapy. He had used a product that is only approved in other countries but contains exactly the same active ingredients as the comparable product for the german market. Because he bought the drug abroad at a lower price, he saved more than 58,500 euros – but charged health insurers the full price. The regional court in munich acquitted the pharmacist last year.

The federal supreme court overturned the acquittal and remanded the case. A drug that is subject to approval remains subject to approval, even if saline solution is added and an injection solution is made of it. A penalty for fraud is also being considered. The customer is entitled to assume that he will receive an approved drug when he goes to the pharmacy. If this is not the case, the pharmacist will replace the patient. According to the BGH, the decision has implications for a number of similar cases.