Children in germany are too sluggish

Early practice. And those who don't practice early will be left behind. According to new analyses, children in Germany are moving a little more on average and the number of overweight first-graders is declining slightly – but that is no reason to breathe a sigh of relief, says the dpa. On the contrary: "The gap between very fit children and those who don't exercise at all is widening," says Alexander Woll from the Institute for Sports and Sports Science (IfSS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). "There are more and more children with motor problems."

The researchers' findings are based, among other things, on the long-term study "Motorik-Modul," in which the motor skills of nearly 5,000 children and adolescents between the ages of 4 and 17 were recorded between 2003 and 2006 and between 2009 and 2012. The children had to do push-ups, run backwards, hop or jump. The comparison between the two study periods – the results have only been available for a short time – showed a slight upward trend. But, "35 percent of 4- to 17-year-olds, for example, can't take three steps backward on a three-inch-wide bar," Woll says.

Woll, who has overseen the study from the beginning and will continue it in several waves until 2021, concludes: "Even if the negative trend has stopped for the time being, the situation is still very bad." While society has never been as sporty as it is now. "At the same time, however, lack of exercise has never before been as big a problem as it is today." Movement paradox he calls it.


Pharmaceutical companies tinker with digital future

A balancing belt between trees, beanbags, several huts around it: The "BI X" digital laboratory at Boehringer Ingelheim, which has been in operation for about a year, doesn't look at all like the premises of a pharmaceutical company. Where the guest canteen used to be housed, IT specialists are now tinkering with new product ideas, beyond pills or capsules. Flat-screen monitors line one wall in "BI X". They show the status of the work of five teams pursuing various pilot projects.

Boehringer is looking for new business models in the digital environment, says "BI X" head Heiko Schmidt to the Deutsche Presse Agentur. The laboratory, in which the Ingelheim-based company invested around ten million euros at the start of the project, works together with all Group divisions. The aim, he says, is to test new ideas for technical feasibility and potential benefits in a short space of time and to develop working prototypes within a few months. Initial projects have been completed, such as a digital portal for exchanges between pet owners and veterinarians.

What will come on the market is not foreseeable


Coronavirus: telephone sick leave was extended

Sick leave by phone – that is due to the situation surrounding the Coronavirus Possible since March. Now the arrangement has been extended to 18. May, it would otherwise have expired on 4. May expired. This was announced by the Joint Federal Committee (G-BA) on Wednesday.

The extension takes place "due to the continuing crisis situation" to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. Patients can thus for the time being continue to be certified as unfit for work for a maximum of one week after taking a medical history by telephone. Sick leave can be extended once if illness persists.

The regulation had been decided in March by the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV) together with the umbrella organization of the statutory health insurance funds. Everything you need to know about this exemption:


Donor organs: longer storage comes a little closer

U.S. researchers have developed a possible approach to storing donor organs for longer, dpa reports. In the laboratory, they succeeded in gently deep-freezing animal tie parts using a special process and then reheating them just as gently and at lightning speed by means of magnetic nanoparticles in an induction field.

This could open up the possibility of storing ties and organs for the long term at some point, writes the team led by Navid Manuchehrabadi of the University of Minnesota in the journal Science Tranlational Medicine. Until now, donor organs have often had to be transplanted within hours because otherwise they are no longer functional. However, according to a German expert, it will probably be decades before the new system is ready for use.

The super-fast cooling process called vitrification has been possible for some time now. Water is removed from the cells and replaced with a cryoprotectant. This is to prevent ice crystals from forming during freezing, which would damage the tie. The process is also used for egg freezing.


More and more members of parliament: this is how expensive the bundestag is becoming

When on 26. September, the next Bundestag is elected, decides how many politicians get a seat. Although the guideline size for the delegates mandates is 598. But already at present sit with 709 delegates more in the Bundestag, than intended. No Western democracy has such a large parliament. In fact, it could grow significantly again this fall.

This increase is due to the overhang and compensation mandates. These places in the parliament are assigned, if a party wins more direct mandates with the first vote, than it is actually entitled in the relationship by the second vote.

Bundestag election: Why the Bundestag could be bigger than ever before?

There is a total of 299 direct mandates, which go almost exclusively to CDU and CSU and SPD in every election. For several years, however, the mainstream parties have been achieving results in the second votes that are increasingly far removed from the distribution of the first votes. In the Bundestag, all other parties benefit from this, since the seat ratio – which results from the second votes – with the so-called Compensatory mandates must be restored.


Retirement: how to calculate your own pension amount

Who the 27. Once a year, a man who has reached the age of 65 and is insured under the statutory pension scheme receives his pension Pension notice sent to. In the post from German pension insurance he or she can then read how high his or her monthly pension could be in the future.

But if you want to plan your retirement financially, you don't have to wait for the DRV. With a simple calculation, it is possible to determine relatively accurately how much the monthly pension will be. Whereby in the so-called Pension formula, No extraordinary investments in the pension, such as compensation, bonuses or even Christmas bonuses are taken into account.

To understand the pension formula, you first need to know how the monthly Gross pension is calculated. There are four factors that are crucial to this:


Right-wing police chats: schleswig-holstein plans tough penalties

There are said to have been hundreds of messages that were Osnabruck police officers sent. Images glorifying Hitler and the Nazi era. According to the judiciary, anti-association symbols can be seen, xenophobic statements are dropped.

Again and again Police chat groups especially in the messenger service WhatsApp headlines. It has been known for a few days: Authorities in Hesse are investigating 20 police officers, including special forces. They, too, are said to have spread inciting contents. Police officers may not perform their duties until further notice.

But the case in Osnabruck shows that women often threaten the Policemen and policewomen Although service procedures – but a criminal prosecution is difficult. There is a gap in law enforcement, according to domestic policy makers.


Only half of motorists trust themselves to perform resuscitation

Only 47 percent trust themselves to revive someone by heart massage and artificial respiration. This is shown by a representative forsa survey commissioned by CosmosDirekt.

Willingness was slightly higher among men overall, at 53 percent, than among women, at 41 percent. Among 18- to 29-year-olds, 54 percent said they would be able to perform one of these first-aid techniques correctly in an emergency. Among 30- to 44-year-olds, that was 55 percent. The 45- to 59-year-olds were significantly less self-confident. Here, only 49 percent answered in the affirmative. If the respondents were 60 years and older, the value even shrank to 37 percent.

"Any help is better than no help," says Frank Barnhof, insurance expert at CosmosDirekt: "If the injured person has a cardiac arrest, his or her chances of survival increase considerably if cardiac massage and ventilation are performed."Whoever arrives first at the scene of the accident is obliged to help. He does not have to be afraid of doing something wrong in the process. "Those who have done their best don't have to fear negative consequences."Before first aid is given, it is essential to secure the accident site and notify the emergency services.


Cyberattack on nato countries: what it means for germany

The former defense minister Rupert Scholz (CDU) believes it is conceivable that NATO could declare an alliance emergency after a serious cyberattack, which would then also have consequences for Germany.

If a cyberattack on energy supply and telecommunications completely paralyzes a country and has the goal of making it "incapable of acting, then one would have to come to the conclusion that it is a military attack military attack Is. And after a military attack on an ally, the alliance case automatically kicks in," the defense expert told our editorial staff.

Scholz is convinced that U.S. President Joe Biden wanted his statement to be understood as a warning. He had wanted to say to the other side, "whoever that is," that "we could qualify the cyberattacks as military aggression – and then case X is there," Scholz said


Bundeswehr: are german soldiers fat, stupid and weak?

  • The Bundeswehr commissioner of the Bundestag has in its annual report some Problems named
  • The question Hans-Peter Bartels raises: Has the army been underfunded for years? broken?
  • He finds harsh words, simply put the soldiers are "fatter, weaker and dumber than before"
  • How this can be improved? Bartels gets inspiration from Swedish furniture store Ikea
  • His idea: Away from "design" – towards the Ikea principle: "also buy, pay, take away"

What does a Swedish furniture store have to do with the Bundeswehr to do? For Hans-Peter Bartels (SPD), a lot. The Bundestag's defense commissioner, who sees himself as an advocate and grievance box for the more than 180.In its new annual report, the German military once again complains that it is unable to provide the troops with the bare essentials. Boots, protective vests, backpacks.

Bundeswehr in pitiful condition – this idea should help

Too many orders would be blown up into bureaucracy monsters, soldiers would then have to wait years for equipment. Many things are put out to tender across Europe, first reinvented, tested, certified and then introduced into the Bundeswehr in small orders spread over 15 years.

"You can also just buy it. That means moving away from the principle that everything must always be 'design' for the German military, because otherwise it's no good, and toward the 'Ikea principle': get it, pay for it, take it with you," Bartels said at a press conference in Berlin on Tuesday.