Migraine: New Therapy, False Promises?

Neurologists have developed antibodies for migraine treatment. These antibodies are intended for use primarily as prophylaxes. Although studies prove their effectiveness, whether they are more suitable than existing medications is nonetheless controversial. more...

For Medicine To Grow, We Need To Look At Our Own Biases

If you had told me I would be writing someday on women's issues, I would have grabbed a pulse oximeter and placed it on your finger to check your oxygen levels. I have spent the majority of my career reading, studying and writing on clinical medicine. Then, something more...

Blog entry by Sasha Shillcutt
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Checking For Dangerous Drug Interactions

I was talking with an old friend recently who was concerned about her husband. He was in his late seventies and had had heart surgery a year ago. She was noticing that he fell asleep easily during the day and yet his doctor said he couldn't find anything wrong. more...

Dyslipidaemia: The New Lipid Sinker

Researchers worldwide are looking for new therapies to deal with elevated lipid blood levels. PCKS9 inhibitor, which has been used in studies to successfully reduce the risk of cardiovascular deaths, is already in use. A cholesterol-lowering vaccine also seems more...

Cats Protecting Against Asthma

Contact with cats in early childhood reduces the risk of asthma by up to 80 percent for children carrying a genetically increased risk, according to the result of a Danish long-term study. Living with a dog did not have a positive effect in this context. more...

Article by Aline Kostka
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Safe Pediatric Dental Anesthesia: Is There Any Hope?

When you tell anyone in healthcare that "sedation" to the point of coma is given in dentists' and oral surgeons' offices every day, without a separate anesthesia professional present to give the medications and monitor the patient, the response often is disbelief. more...

Blog entry by Karen Sibert
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Cystic Fibrosis: It Keeps Progressing

Until now, cystic fibrosis has been primarily treated symptomatically. Now results exist from studies on causal therapy: tezacaftor, a new "CFTR corrector", can improve the lung function of patients when combined with ivacaftor. Is this really a step forward? more...

COPD: Spitting Out An Evaluation

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often develops unnoticed. Early treatment here significantly improves quality of life. Doctors from the USA have now found a biomarker for COPD in sputum. This should facilitate early diagnosis. more...

Article by Anke Hörster
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Doctors: Don’t Emotionally Detach

I was a third-year medical student on a Sunday morning when the reality of what I had chosen as my life career truly hit me in the gut. At that moment, I realized how intimate the practice of medicine was and that I would have to bring not only my brain and skills to more...

Blog entry by Sasha Shillcutt

Blood Donation: The Vampirical Antihypertensive

Donating blood is supposed to have a positive effect on high blood pressure. Patients with moderate hypertension benefited in particular. Recipients, however, must be prepared to deal with risks: young men are at an increased risk of dying if they receive blood from more...

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