Dr. Christine Amrhein

Profession: Medical journalist

Als freie Wissenschaftsautorin und Diplom-Psychologin interessiere ich mich für vielfältige Themen aus den Bereichen Gehirnforschung, Psychologie und Medizin.

My articles:

Anosmia: Smelling Function In A Bottle

Smelling disorders are not at all a rarity. They can reduce life quality and have a negative impact on eating habits. Rhinologists have now developed a nasal spray which is able at least in part to restore smelling function. more...

13.06.2017

Suicide: A Grey Old Springtime

It's already a well known fact that winter and the darkness it brings with it dampens one's spirits. The surprising thing is that patients with depression often find it particularly difficult to deal with springtime. The suicide rate is then also elevated. Biological more...

06.06.2017

My Leg Does Not Belong To Me

There are people who feel a strong need to be disabled: they want to live without a leg, paralysed, to be blind or deaf. Studies suggest that changes in the brain play a role. How can doctors deal with those affected? more...

16.05.2017

Binge-Eating: The Great Gorging

Binge-eating disorder is increasingly being recognised as a distinct condition: the sufferer shoves large amounts of food down his or her throat and does not vomit. Sufferers are often overweight. Treatment is therefore also important because of the risk of more...

07.02.2017

When Fear Works Its Way Into The Body

People with generalised anxiety disorder constantly have exaggerated worries. Even children can suffer from it. Somatic symptoms often dominate the scope of attention – the condition itself is therefore often overlooked. Psychotherapy is helpful in many cases. more...

10.01.2017

Schizophrenia: Brotherly Divided

Genetic factors play an important role in mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. A major study has now investigated the risk of disease for siblings of those affected. Conclusion: physicians should be more aware of the increased risk. more...

29.11.2016

Suicide In The Children’s Room

The majority of children who commit suicide are male and they commit suicide at home. Be that as it may, one third of children make utterances about this intention beforehand. Warning signs include depression, and attention deficit disorder as well. more...

15.11.2016

Cystitis: Blowing Away Antibiotics

Bladder infections occur commonly and are usually treated with antibiotics. Researchers have now deciphered how the bacteria change their shape in order to nestle deep within the bladder wall. This knowledge opens up new avenues for the treatment and prevention of more...

18.10.2016

Hydroxy-citrate: Can Kidney Stones Just Melt Away?

For 30 years, the approach used for the prevention of kidney stones has hardly changed. Now engineers have discovered a substance that helps to effectively prevent kidney stones. It not only inhibits the growth of the stones, but even dissolves them. more...

04.10.2016

Psychiatry: Day of the Unlocked Door

Locked wards in psychiatry are supposed to protect patients. Yet suicide attempts and absconding are more common with locked wards than in hospitals with "open doors". A new study makes it clear: coercive measures tend to jeopardise therapy. more...

27.09.2016

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