Grocery list that may help you if you’re interested in eating healthy

You want to eat healthy but don’t know what to put on your Grocery List? Well here is another nice infographic that may help you to pick food to put on your list. It may inspire you to find some nice recipes with these ingredients.

Happy cooking / eating / enjoying…

Clean Eating Grocery Shopping List Infographic

Grocery list that may help you if you’re interested in eating healthy

Source: ChangeInSeconds

Anatomy at a glance

“The study of anatomy has changed enormously…no longer medical students have to spend ling hours in the dissection room…However students still have examinations to pass and in this book the authors, a surgeon and an anatomist, have tried to provide means of rapid revision without any frills…”

Omar Faiz, David Moffat / Blackwell Science / 2002 / 176 pp

Source: InternetArchive

10 foods that mirror the body parts they provide nutrients for

An easy way to remember for which parts of your body some foods are good – just look closely at them:

Here a list of 10 foods that mirror the body parts they provide nutrients for and some links to more information why they are good for these body parts…enjoy reading/eating

1. Carrot: Eye

Carrot is rich in carotene. Scientific research has shown that, the large number of carotene contained in carrot can promote human blood flow to the eyes, so as to help protect eyesight and make the eyes look brighter.

2. Walnut: Brain

Walnut is like a miniature brain. At present, it has been found out that walnut contains more than thirty-six kinds of neurotransmitters, which can help develop the function of the brain.

3. Celery: Bone

Celery contains 23% of sodium, which can strengthen the bones of human body.

4. Avocados: Uterus

Avocado can protect the health of women’s uterus and cervix uterus. Research has shown that, if women eat one avocado every week, it can balance the level of estrogen in their body, reduce the excessive weight after childbirth, as well as prevent cervical cancer.

5. Clams: Testicles

Clam contains a lot of nucleic acid, which is an indispensable substance for the production of genetic factor and sperm.

6. Grapefruit: Breast

Orange contains a large number of antioxidants, which is the most abundant in all the fruits. In addition, it contains more than 170 different kinds of plant chemical compositions. These chemical substances can alleviate the symptoms of mammary gland hyperplasia. As a result, orange is really the best fruit which is beneficial to the health of breast.

7. Tomato: Heart

Tomato is rich in lycopene. The experiment has proved that lycopene has the effect of reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke. As a result, the patients who suffer from high cholesterol can eat more tomatoes in daily diets.

8. Red Wine: Blood

Red wine can promote blood circulation and soften blood vessels.

9. Ginger: Stomach

The capsaicin contained in ginger can stimulate the production of bile, thus speeding up the digestion of fat. In addition, ginger contains a lot of enzymes, which can speed up the decomposition of the protein in the body, so it can promote the digestion of oil and fatty food.

10. Sweet Potatoes: Pancreas

Sweet potato looks like human pancreas. In fact, it is really very beneficial to the health of pancreas. Research has found out that sweet potato can balance the glycemic index of the patients who suffer from diabetes.

List & Pictures Source: Womansday
Text Source: LookChem

“Nicht nur für Weltreisende” – Tageblatt Interview with Jeroen Van de Velde (Founder of Medihoo)

by Jean-Philippe Schmit

Tageblatt Interview

  Tageblatt Interview 

On Monday 20 April 2015 in the “Economy” section of the Tageblatt an interview appeared titled “Nicht nur für Weltreisende”.

In this interview Jeroen Van de Velde – Founder of Medihoo – explains Medihoo’s goal to bring high quality health care closer to the people and emphasizes the community-based character of Medihoo.

He says the globale health provider search platform is not merely a place where people can find health care providers all over the world, but it also a community where everyone can contribute and recommend good health care providers by adding them to Medihoo or by filling in the satisfaction surveys.

Read the article: Nicht nur für Welreisende (German language)

Source : Tageblatt ­ 20.04.2015 - page 17 - Reproduction authorized by
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Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy

Merck online Manual

“Find information on medical topics, symptoms, drugs, procedures, news and more, written for the health care professional in everyday language.”

18th edition /  Robert S. Porter, Justin L. Kaplan, (Editors) /Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp. / >3000 pp

Source: Merck Manual

Microsoft Case-Study on Medihoo’s use of Azure technology

Medihoo’s Azure Case-Study 

Read the original story here
Author: Microsoft

Sharing good care in every corner of the world through cloud-based search

As a startup with big plans for its healthcare search website, Medihoo needed fast, powerful search capabilities that didn’t require a heavy investment in new infrastructure. The company chose to build its site on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, with the Azure Search solution, which offers fast performance, comprehensive functionality, and geospatial and support in multiple languages. They now can help everyone—especially expatriates and travelers—find high-quality healthcare no matter where in the world they are.

  • “The fact that Azure has data centers around the world means we have the ability to process search requests close to the user’s geographic location and deliver a highly available experience at all times. That global availability was one of the biggest reasons we went with Azure.”  Rik Delva / RealDolmen / Project Manager

  • “The speed and performance of Azure Search are a huge competitive advantage for us…. This technology helps us deliver search results fast and offers us the detailed search capabilities that give our users exactly what they need.“ Jeroen Van de Velde / Medihoo / Founder

  • “The fact that Azure has data centers around the world means we have the ability to process search requests close to the user’s geographic location and deliver a highly available experience at all times. That global availability was one of the biggest reasons we went with Azure.” Rik Delva / RealDolmen / Project Manager

  • “The speed and performance of Azure Search are a huge competitive advantage for us…. This technology helps us deliver search results fast and offers us the detailed search capabilities that give our users exactly what they need.“ Jeroen Van de Velde / Medihoo / Founder

For many people, dealing with a new health issue is as simple as calling their physician. But what if you’re living in a foreign city? Where would you even begin to look for medical help? Or what if you’re a local citizen simply wanting a new healthcare provider? Where would you go to find the most detailed information about a physician?

That’s a question that weighed heavily on Jeroen Van de Velde. As a Belgian citizen living in France and working in Luxembourg for a large health insurance company serving expatriates, he saw the challenge up close. “I realized it was extremely difficult for expatriates or even travelers to get access to high-quality healthcare and find good providers,” Van de Velde says. “A lot of people who work for global companies move from country to country, and they’re missing a consistent way to find healthcare. In many cases, there’s also a language barrier.”

In his research, Van de Velde did not find a good global healthcare solution that people could rely on to search for providers. “There were some regional and national medical search platforms, but no global ones,” he says.

Seeing an opportunity and a need, he started Medihoo, a global platform designed especially for expatriates and international travelers so they can easily locate providers and receive high-quality healthcare. “It’s difficult to define quality, so from our perspective, it had to start with transparency and accessibility,” Van de Velde says. “More than just a list of providers and ratings, Medihoo had to include everything from information on a facility’s cleanliness to the actual treatment received.”

Looking for global scalabilityon a limited budget

Van de Velde knew that building the Medihoo platform was going to be a major challenge, given the company’s small size. “As a startup, we don’t have any developers, and we had a very limited IT budget,” he says. “But somehow, we still had to find powerful and scalable search technology to make this a reality. To execute our vision, we needed to find a technology partner.”

That partner turned out to be RealDolmen, a large Belgian IT solution provider and Microsoft partner with 12 Gold and 7 Silver competencies. RealDolmen recommended that Medihoo deploy its solution on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. “They had limited resources, but they wanted to scale the solution globally and make sure they could continue scaling as the solution grew and added more healthcare provider information,” says Rik Delva, Project Manager, RealDolmen. “That’s why we recommended Azure. It supports the ‘start small, scale fast’ scenario Medihoo needed, and helps them keep operational costs low.”

Deploying a powerful solution that searches more than 4 million providers

RealDolmen also recommended that Medihoo take advantage of Azure Search, a solution that developers can use to integrate robust search functionality into their applications. “Azure Search provided search-as-a-service, which was critical for Medihoo because it doesn’t have the staff to maintain virtual machines or clusters,” Delva says. “They don’t want to have to worry about things like making upgrades and fixes to a cluster.”

Medihoo was also impressed with the search capabilities of Azure Search. “We wanted to provide customers with an experience similar to what they have on the enterprise search engines they’re used to,” says Van de Velde. “That meant offering sophisticated features like relevance and search suggestions, and Azure Search is robust enough to offer that.” Van de Velde was also interested in the way Azure Search can easily tune results and create detailed ranking models. “Ranking and search refinements are critical for our solution, and we knew Azure Search could support that,” he says.

Another key Azure Search feature was its geospatial support. “That’s essential for Medihoo, because the solution needs to search the nearest providers and pinpoint them on a map,” says Toon De Coninck, Microsoft Azure Software Engineer at RealDolmen. “All of that information, along with providers’ pictures, is indexed in Azure Search.” Support in multiple languages was also critical for Medihoo. “The solution needs to support five languages, with more in the future, and Azure Search can deliver that,” says De Coninck.

RealDolmen worked with Medihoo to develop a search platform containing a database with 4.2 million healthcare providers worldwide, 70,000 hospitals, and 2,000 different healthcare specialties and subspecialties. The platform incorporates Azure Web Roles to host the front-end website, and it uses Azure Worker Roles to index the data from a SQL Database to the Azure Search index. The solution also includes Azure Blob and Table Storage to store data.

Delivering a scalable, highly available platform

With its Azure-based solution, Medihoo can scale to support expected future growth. “With Microsoft Azure, we have a lot of confidence that we can scale the system to add many more healthcare providers,” says Van de Velde. “There is a lot of room to grow.” The solution also ensures high availability especially for expatriates and travelers searching the system around the clock, no matter where they are. “The fact that Azure has data centers around the world means we have the ability to process search requests close to the user’s geographic location and deliver a highly available experience at all times,” says Delva. “That global availability was one of the biggest reasons we went with Azure.”

Finding a competitive advantage through ultra-fast search

Because Azure Search supports fast search indexing and querying, Medihoo can offer its users the high-performance search capabilities they need. “We’re seeing queries come back in about 200 milliseconds, which is many times faster than we saw using a relational database technology,” says Van de Velde. “We are continuing to test the indexing and querying results, and we’re very satisfied with the speed of the solution.”

As a result, Medihoo users can find the right match for their specific healthcare needs. “The speed and performance of Azure Search are a huge competitive advantage for us,” Van de Velde says. “If users don’t find the right healthcare provider quickly, they’ll turn to other search platforms. This technology helps us deliver search results fast and offers us the detailed search capabilities that are giving our users exactly what they need.”

Helping to improve the quality of healthcare

The Medihoo platform is also helping people guide others to high-quality care, through the use of six-question satisfaction surveys. Medihoo uses an Azure Search algorithm to generate each healthcare provider’s overall score, pushing the highest-rated providers up in the ranking. “Our motto is ‘Let’s Share Good Care,’ so we don’t want people to be negative,” says Van de Velde. “We are trying to motivate expatriates and others to suggest good healthcare providers. By filling out the satisfaction survey, a user can choose to highly recommend a provider, which really helps the overall Medihoo community find the best care possible.”

The surveys are helping healthcare providers, too, by providing quality-care benchmarks. “The satisfaction information isn’t just there for people searching for providers—it’s also for the providers themselves, because the surveys can be important indicators of where they stand in terms of quality,” says Van de Velde. “They are listening to what their patients are saying, and if the surveys give them a better understanding of the areas they might want to improve. It’s all about improving the quality of healthcare globally, which is our primary goal.”

Meeting users’ need for multiple languages

Medihoo will also be able to meet the language needs of its users as the solution expands. “We currently support English, Dutch, French, Spanish, and German, and we will be able to add Portuguese and Turkish in the near future with the Azure Search indexing and search technology,” says Van de Velde. “This is key for us, because if there is a Spanish-speaking person living in China, that person still needs to be able to search in Spanish. That’s the kind of complexity we need to offer, and Azure Search supports it.”

That complexity will also help Medihoo make the solution even more powerful. “We will be able to offer even greater detail, such as giving users the opportunity to filter their search to just show Dutch-speaking providers who are open at a specific hour, for example,” says Van de Velde. “We also expect to use Azure for predictive analysis of the traffic on the site. We’re very excited about these initiatives, and we are pleased to have chosen the right technology and the right partner to make it all possible.”

Medihoo European AppCup winner

Medihoo named winner in the European AppCup – Venue Impressions & Press Release

Medihoo Named Winner in CityNext Category of the 2015 European AppCpp

Third annual Microsoft-sponsored competition recognizes excellence in European application development



Brussels, Belgium — March 25, 2015 — in Brussels, Medihoo from Luxembourg was named as the winner of the Microsoft CityNext category in the company’s third annual European AppCup, a competition created to recognize innovative application development in Europe. Medihoo’s winning application was created to help users share their healthcare experiences and create a database of trusted and well-reviewed medical professionals. The app can be downloaded here.

The competition began with entries from 27 countries, and 9 finalists from 8 countries competed for prizes in three categories – business-to-business (B2B), business-to-consumer (B2C), and Microsoft CityNext which was focused on applications to help improve cities.

The competition was held as part of the International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners’ (IAMCP) annual Europe Summit, which brings together 2000 IAMCP and Microsoft BizSpark members from across Europe. It is the largest gathering of European IAMCP partners that facilitates networking, business development, and European policy discussions.

Speaking at the event, Celine Bremaud, vice president of the Small and Mid-Market Solutions and Partners group for Microsoft in Europe, the Middle East and Africa said, “Our core mission at Microsoft is to reinvent productivity to empower every individual and organization to achieve more. We have a long-term commitment to partnering with Europe to help its start-ups, developers and small businesses thrive, and the European AppCup is a fantastic opportunity to recognize these amazing European innovators who are creating applications that are helping people achieve more and entertain more.”

Upon being named winner, Jeroen Van de Velde, founder of MediHoo, said: “MediHoo is about bringing healthcare closer to the people. We are a community-based business, so events like these are very important to network and connect with both individuals and potential business partners who can help grow our community and ensure everyone can get access to good healthcare providers, no matter where they are.”

Having problems with anxiety, phobia, stress,…? These apps may help you ease things up!

Anxiety, phobia, stress…

Everyone experiences at some give point a stronger or milder form of anxiety, stress, phobias. These apps may help you in lindering their effects.

1. Pacifica

System: iOS & Android
For: Anxiety
Their claim: “Stress and anxiety are caused by an ongoing cycle of fear. Fearful thoughts cause physical feelings which cause actions. Your heart starts racing, so you think you’re in danger, so you want to escape. Pacifica attempts to break this cycle using tools that target each of its components. Day-by-day, you’ll learn to manage stress and anxiety at your own pace. We’re not about quick-fixes or false promises. We are about real progress, a day at a time.”

2. Headspace

System: iOS & Android
For: Stress, anxiety, memory loss, lack of focus, creative blocks, interpersonal relationships
Their claim: “Headspace is meditation made simple. Learn online, when you want, wherever you are, in just 10 minutes a day. Headspace is your very own personal trainer, here to help you train your mind.”

3. Breathe2Relax

System: iOS & Android
For: Anxiety, anger, mood instability
Their claim: “Breathe2Relax is a portable stress management tool. Breathe2Relax is a hands-on diaphragmatic breathing exercise. Breathing exercises have been documented to decrease the body’s ‘fight-or-flight’ (stress) response, and help with mood stabilization, anger control, and anxiety management.Breathe2Relax can be used as a stand-alone stress reduction tool, or can be used in tandem with clinical care directed by a healthcare worker.”

4. PTSD Coach

System: iOS & Android
Their claim: “The PTSD Coach app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that often occur after trauma. Features include: Reliable information on PTSD and treatments that work / Tools for screening and tracking your symptoms / Convenient, easy-to-use tools to help you handle stress symptoms / Direct links to support and help / Always with you when you need it”

5. Positive Activity Jackpot

System: Android only
For: Depression
Their claim: “Positive Activity Jackpot uses a professional behavioral health therapy called pleasant event scheduling (PES), which is used to overcome depression and build resilience. This app features augmented reality technology to help users find nearby enjoyable activities and makes activity suggestions with local options and the ability to invite friends. If you cannot make up your mind which fun thing to do, “pull the lever” and let the app’s jackpot function make the choice for you.”

6. Recovery Record

System: iOS & Android
For: Eating disorders
Their claim: “Building on a platform of decades of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and self-monitoring research, we sought to deliver ‘what works’ in an engaging and elegant way on mobile devices. A simple observation – that the tedium associated with pen-and-paper monitoring detracts from treatment engagement – evolved into Recovery Record, the world’s number one mobile application for eating disorders.”

7. Acupressure: Heal Yourself

System: iOS & Android
For: Anxiety, stress, addiction, physical pain and discomfort
Their claim: “Feeling run down with everyday stresses? Pressure points are a great way to release nerve endings and ease tension in the body for all over spiritual and physical comfort. You can also use self-massage of points to relieve anxiety and to help you get to sleep at night.”

8. Worry Watch

Worry Watch

System: iOS
For: Anxiety
Their claim: “Often we worry and get anxious about everyday things. Later we realize most of those worries were unnecessary and some irrational too. Yet we don’t tend to remember these momentary realizations when we worry again. Worry Watch is a unique journal app designed specifically to log these worries & self-realizations and track visually.”

9. Relax Melodies

System: iOS & Android
For: Insomnia, stress
Their claim:  “Can’t sleep? In 20 minutes or less you will. Introducing the most popular sleep aid app! Start sleeping now and enjoy full nights of sleep like you haven’t in a long time! Select sounds and melodies that you like and combine them to create a mix. Adjust the volume of each sound individually for better results. Lay back, listen, and enjoy falling asleep. Is that simple and it works. Use timers and alarms if needed. Try different and new mixes every time!”

10. I Can Be Free

System: iOS & Android
For: Anxiety, phobias, insomnia, low self-esteem
Their claim: “The I Can Be Anything™ apps will help you overcome any emotional or cognitive challenges you may experience during a lifetime. Each I Can Be Anything™ session will expose you to a very powerful message. By listening to an audio session once a day for two weeks, you will improve your well-being and strengthen your sense of self. When your thoughts and emotions are modified, your actions will also change, making it easier for you to achieve and sustain a good life.”

Source: buzzfeed

Surgical Treatment Evidence-Based and Problem-Oriented

“Surgical Treatment – Evidence-Based and Problem-Oriented” is based upon a concept which the editors believe will become increasingly important in the preparation of clinical textbooks in the 21st century, namely the quality of the evidence upon which currently accepted clinical practice is based needs to be assessed frankly and taken into account when recommendations for patient treatment are made…” 

Holzheimer, Rene G.; Mannick, John A. (Editors) / W. Zuckschwerdt Verlag GmbH / 2001 / 868 pp

Source: NCBI

Drug Class Reviews

“The Drug Effectiveness Review Project (DERP) is a collaboration of public entities, the Center for Evidence-based Policy and the Oregon Evidence-based Practice Center, who have joined together to produce systematic, evidence-based reviews of the comparative effectiveness and safety of drugs in many widely used drug classes, and to apply the findings to inform public policy and related activities in local settings.”

Drug Effectiveness Review Project / 2011
Source: NCBI