Sepsis: Never Ending Story

Following a septicaemia event, patients have for months or even years later an increased risk of death. A research team has now discovered that this not only derives from pre-existing conditions, but is also a direct result of blood poisoning. more...

Article by Christine Amrhein

Practice vs. Performance

It is one of the most boring truisms on the planet: “Practice makes perfect.” It is also one of the most misleading. Practice merely ingrains certain patterns after deciding on the best course of action after constant criticism and problem-solving. more...

Blog entry by Shirie Leng

Evidence-based Guidelines Won’t Prevent Malpractice Claims

The best way to avoid being sued for malpractice is to make certain that all your patients are happy and all their outcomes are good. Reality is seldom so rosy. Patients aren’t necessarily happy even when their clinical outcomes are as good as they can get. In the more...

Blog entry by Karen Sibert

Stem Cells After Stroke: It’s Running Again

A stroke patient can walk again after stem cell injection directly into the brain. Other patients can speak or are able to move their hands better. It seems as if we have completely underestimated the regenerative ability of the brain. more...

Probiotics: Flora Et Labora

For years marketing experts from the food industry have been promising intestinal health by way of probiotic yoghurt cultures. A new generation of probiotics seems to be capable of doing much more: They displace pathogenic antibiotic-resistant bacteria from the more...

Article by Erich Lederer

Privilege and Entitlement in “Work-Life Balance”

Did it ever occur to some of today’s physicians that many people work awfully hard and complain a lot less than they do about “burnout” and “work-life balance”? Did it ever occur to them that “work-life balance” is the very definition of a first-world more...

Blog entry by Karen Sibert

Glioblastoma: A Deadly Duet

Glioblastomas are, in spite of intensive treatment using surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, incurable. However a recently discovered mechanism could offer a new drug target. This is because tumour growth is accelerated by two mutually reinforcing genes. more...

Medical Students: What No One Tells You About Anesthesiology

In case you were wondering — robots won’t replace anesthesiologists any time soon. There will definitely be a place for feedback and closed-loop technology applications in sedation and in general anesthesia, but for the foreseeable future we will still need humans. more...

Blog entry by Karen Sibert

Prescription Compliance and Type II Diabetes Management

With the availability of a variety of medicines and therapies, as well as educational programs geared at helping patients understand the long-term health risks of diabetes, medical compliance is key to reducing risk factors. There are three measurable considerations more...

Blog entry by Swati Kapoor

Migraine: Get Out of the Red Light District

Migraine is often associated with increased sensitivity to light. One research team has now discovered that white, red and blue light increase the pain, whereas green light can ameliorate it. Glasses with special filters could relieve migraine pain. more...

Article by Christine Amrhein
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