The TV series gesundheit heute (health today) attracted a total of more than six million viewers in 2018. Each programme is watched by 160,000 people on average and the market share is 18 percent (SRF 1 and SRF info). This makes gesundheit heute the most watched early evening programme on SRF. Compared with other Presse TV programmes, the audience share throughout the programme remains constantly high.
Interpharma is a co-sponsor of gesundheit heute and, as such, can propose topics to the editorial team. The editorial team has complete independence in writing the content. HPV viruses and head and neck tumours, oncology and algorithms/digitization and big data, reflux, use of interpreters in the healthcare system, rare diseases, vaccination in old age, psoriatic arthritis, colon cancer, acne inversa and multiple sclerosis were some of the topics covered.
In early March, gesundheitheute showed what is already possible today thanks to big data and where this development is leading. Dr. Jeanne Fürst spoke with top physicians and experts about medicine today and in the future. Dr. Tim Jäger, Head of Diagnostics Roche AG, explained the multidisciplinary tumor board and the way in which data from the individual patient can be compared with data from entire groups in order to establish the best-possible therapy for the individual patient.
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“When I was given the diagnosis, I didn’t know whether I should be pleased or whether I should cry,” says 60-year-old Gina Bringold. At last her symptoms had a name and she had the confirmation that it was not all in her imagination. “I was constantly fobbed off as a fake – that was very hurtful,” says Bringold, who suffers from a rare disease in which the immune system attacks the patient’s own body. In the programme broadcast on 1 September, Dr. Jeanne Fürst spoke with rheumatologist Dr. Ines von Mühlenen and paediatric cardiologist Dr. Markus Dechant about rare diseases – how they can be detected and ultimately treated.
The programme broadcast on 6 October was devoted to the subject of “Vaccination in old age”. What vaccinations are recommended in old age and how effective are they? There is a whole range of vaccines where anyone over 60 should have a booster: tetanus, pneumococcal and pertussis (whooping cough) vaccines, as well as the flu vaccine. Christoph Berger, Professor for Infectious Diseases at the University of Zurich, underlined the importance of the flu vaccination, even if this is not always quite as effective in older people as it is in younger people. Every year, 1500 people in Switzerland die as a consequence of influenza, 90% of whom are elderly people. For older people in particular, flue is anything but trivial and a vaccination can mitigate the course of the infection and, in the best case, protect against it.
Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a systemic, inflammatory autoimmune disorder, in which the inflammation generally manifests in the form of painful, swollen joints and structures close to the joints. This form of arthritis develops in about 15% of all patients with psoriasis. Elisabeth Bischoff felt the stabbing pain alternately in the shoulders, hands, knees and the chest. Rheumatologist Dr. Martin Toniolo from the Centre for Rheumatic and Bone Diseases at the Hirslanden Klinik im Park spoke about treatment options with biologics. Elisabeth Bischoff, for example, is currently being treated with a medicine that she can take orally and no longer has to be injected. “I feel much better today than I did four or five years ago,” says Elisabeth Bischoff.
Multiple sclerosis, the disease that always shows itself differently, was the theme of the programme on 8 December. Therese Lüscher has been suffering from MS for 46 years. She had her last attack a year ago. Thanks to a new drug, she is better today, even though she is struggling with the fatigue that comes with the disease. The 34-year-old Samuel Bischof was thrown off track by the diagnosis. At the last relapse one and a half years ago, he only possessed 10% of his vision. The electrician is currently looking for a job in which he is physically challenged to a minimum. Prof. Andrew Chan from the Inselspital Bern explained that MS does not necessarily force patients into wheelchairs. The course of the disease is very individual. Today there are also drugs that can reduce relapses.
The programme is broadcast every Saturday at 18:10 h on SRF 1 and can be watched online at gesundheit heute.