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Country Feature - GERMANY

Each month we will provide you with information on a particular country or region. This month we focus on Germany.

". . . it's no wonder expatriates from around the world are living and working in Deutschland - and there's much more to this fabulous destination than financial and commercial interests."

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Expatriate Healthcare update the news everyday on their website. Here's a round up of the top stories from last month.


Monthly round-up:

Last month, there were a number of stories relating to cancer. Scientists discovered a gene that appeared to impact the efficacy of tumour treatments, people were informed that dentists could help them to spot oral abnormalities and women were told to talk to specialists about ovarian cancers.

Giving birth was found to have a protective effect against this form of cancer, while new mums were advised to pay attention to their body while exercising and an expert recommended that parents of youngsters with ADHD research the condition.

Jumeirah Park in Dubai was highlighted as a good place for people with families to buy a house and live in, while expatriates considering investing in real estate were pointed to locations in Malta, France, Germany and South Africa.

People were also warned that global warming could increase the spread of infectious diseases across nations and lead to a higher number of individuals suffering from respiratory conditions and allergies.

Furthermore, moisturiser was highlighted as a good treatment for eczema and other conditions relating to dry and cracking skin and insect repellent was described as a necessity in hot climates.

Read on to catch up on other health news from around the world . . .


Global warming 'could result in more respiratory diseases'

People may be more likely to have to fund treatment for respiratory diseases on expatriate medical insurance policies due to global warming, a new document has indicated. The position paper, published in the Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society, stated the impacts of climate change - such as desertification, worsening levels of ozone in urban locations, higher temperatures and infectious diseases having wider ranges - is going to result in an international increase in allergies, cardiovascular or contagious illnesses and asthma.

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Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia survival rates 'improving'

Expatriates with children who are suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) - the most common cancer to strike the young - may be pleased to hear the treatments provided by international medical insurance policies and other healthcare provisions have significantly improved the five-year survival rate for people with this condition. While 83.7 per cent of those diagnosed with ALL between 1990 and 1994 lived for at least 60 months, this proportion rose to 90.4 per cent among those told they had the condition between 2000 and 2005.

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Researchers develop Bluetooth health monitor

Expatriates could be able to monitor their health using a Bluetooth device, following a prototype development by researchers in New Zealand. Tim Roberts and Helen Zhou of the Manakau Institute of Technology's School of Electrical Engineering explained in the International Journal of Intelligent Systems, Technologies and Applications they had created a personal wellbeing monitoring unit.

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Scientists produce SIV vaccine for primates

Expatriates may soon be able to receive an inoculation against HIV on international private medical insurance policies, following a promising study in the US state of Atlanta. Researchers at GeoVax Labs and Emory University have developed a shot that appears to have prevented nonhuman primates from suffering from simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV), despite numerous exposures to the disease.

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German property 'has rental potential'

Expatriates may be able to find good investment opportunities in German residential real estate. According to Proventure Property partner Mat Littlecott from German-property-for-sale.com, renting these structures out typically results in a yield of between eight and 12 per cent. Alongside this "reasonable" figure, tenant demand is strong and finance is easier to secure than it is in other counties, such as the US and UK, he added.

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South African property market 'will pick up in 2013'

People relocating abroad to the Western Cape of South Africa and making investments in the country's real estate might expect the value of their assets to begin increasing in the future. Spacesa.com director Darren McDermott explained the property market in the region has remained "pretty flat in growth and sales" since 2008. This contrasts with the real estate sector in other countries that experienced a boom in house prices before 2008, where large drops of up to 40 per cent were seen after this time, he pointed out.

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Majority of sinus infections 'are bacterial'

Expatriates suffering from sinus infections are unlikely to benefit from antibiotics bought through an international health insurance policy, as guidelines released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America state the vast majority of these conditions are due to viruses. The ailment - also called acute rhinosinusitis - involves an inflammation of the sinus and nasal passages, which can create uncomfortable pressure in the face and is known to last for weeks.

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Dordogne 'is France's culinary capital'

People considering relocating abroad and becoming expatriates might like to examine the opportunities provided in France's Dordogne region. CookinFrance.com cook and teacher Jim Fisher called it "the gastronomic heart" of the country. Many foodstuffs are grown and produced in the district, including garlic, prunes, asparagus, walnuts, goose, pork, duck, strawberries and sturgeon, the specialist declared.

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Moving to Malaysia 'could be a good lifestyle choice'

People may wish to consider relocating abroad to Malaysia, as it is a "choice about lifestyle". This is according to Homesgofast.com director Nick Marr, who explained individuals choose the country because of all of the things it has to offer. He highlighted "its people, its food, the beautiful landscapes and - of course - the warm ocean waters" as some of its key factors.

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Heavy schoolbags 'can cause long-term health problems'

Expatriate children with heavy school bags may be putting themselves at risk of having to make a claim on international medical insurance policies in the future, statements by a specialist have indicated. Back pain expert and osteopath Adam Dallison claimed carrying these heavy items is known to compress the discs in the spine, which can cause the lower back, neck and shoulders to hurt. Arms can become numb when straps dig into shoulders, he continued.

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