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Cachexia: Sparse Study Conditions

Once under way, there is barely any way back. In the case of cancer but also many other chronic diseases, the body breaks down muscle and fat. Our understanding of the molecular processes is just as limited as the treatment options available. more...

Article by Erich Lederer

The “Shocking” History of ECT

The use of Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) for the treatment of mental illnesses such as severe depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder spans the course of more than seven decades. With the new century has also come advances in science and explorations into new more...

Blog entry by Kumba Sennaar

Post-Hospital Syndrome

Imagine this: You are sick. You are the sickest you’ve ever been. You want to die. You almost did die. You want to bury your head in your cozy bed for the next two years. But you’re not in your bed. This bed has plastic for covers and sandpaper for sheets. more...

Blog entry by Shirie Leng

Zika Virus: In 40 Mosquitoes Around The World

For many years Zika virus slumbered away in solitude, little noticed by science. Now it's rushing from country to country. Its harmlessness as described earlier is also something it has left in the past. It's time for its re-evaluation. more...

Pregnancy: Retirement Notice For The Stork?

Intestinal worms and other parasites are freeloaders that can harm the health of their host. Yet they may perhaps also have an unexpected effect: they might be able to enhance fertility and offer help so that women are able to become pregnant sooner. more...

Article by Christine Amrhein

Sorry, but I’m not part of the ancillary staff. I’m a physician.

A few months ago, I was on call as a cardiology fellow, and I had to go up to one of the inpatient floors to do a stat echocardiogram on a patient. Given how hemodynamically unstable he was, I was rushing to the room as fast as I could with this hefty machine that more...

Blog entry by Chiduzie Madubata

Travel Medicine: Resistance in Hand Luggage

People travelling abroad, especially to tropical countries, run the risk of becoming ill themselves - and introducing antibiotic resistant germs to Europe. A dissertation has examined the effectiveness of tropical medical advice and discusses the need for improvement. more...

Article by Christine Amrhein

Paradox and Uncertainty: The Wonder of Medicine

A few months ago, I came across a young man who had come in with increasing fatigue and shortness of breath that was limiting his quality of life. As a barber, he looked forward to cutting hair and talking with his clients about the events that were happening in their more...

Blog entry by Chiduzie Madubata

Reimagining Inflammation: A Road to New Therapies?

Many of the medical conditions and leading causes of death facing our population involve some form of chronic inflammation; which acts like a prolonged on-switch for the immune system. Heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and abnormal wound healing more...

Blog entry by Kumba Sennaar

E-Cigarettes: One Serve Of “Popcorn Lung”, Please!

The electric smoke maker has been attracting more negative headlines: in one patient liquids containing diacetyl led to complications in the lung. Doctors are all too familiar with this phenomenon through its association with workers in popcorn factories. They have more...

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