Dr. Julia Hofmann

Profession: Medical journalist

My articles:

Brain is free for the thinking prosthesis

The use of prostheses is limited generally to the replacement of the function of limbs. A new development by U.S. researchers is the neuroprosthesis. They should be able to restore lost cognitive abilities. more...

04.12.2012

Hemiparesis: Inserts help the statics

In the event of balance disorders from stroke, physiotherapy is effective – but sometimes only as long as it is actually done. Weakness on one side of the body and its related balance disorders can possibly be dealt  with using shoe inserts. more...

19.10.2012

Pain tolerance: The Brave Little Sportsman

The perception of pain is individual, but performance athletes in pain often seem very "gritty" or courageous. In actual fact sport changes pain tolerance, a study at Heidelberg University has found. more...

05.09.2012

Bacteria: no caving in to antibiotics

Researchers have discovered, far removed from any human contact, deep in a Mexican cave which had until now never been visited, bacteria that are resistant to as many as 14 antibiotics. more...

20.06.2012

ASA: An excursion into Oncology

Acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) has its place, especially in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. British scientists have now demonstrated in three studies its high efficacy against cancer and metastases. A little ASA for everyone everyday then? more...

04.05.2012

ALS: The Breathless Fight for Death

The matter of terminating increasingly requested artificial respiration in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients ought to follow the will of the patient. Yet there is a lack of guidelines for discontinuation of such therapy. A retrospective study is more...

05.04.2012

Cardiac Risk: Late repentance is useless

Whoever cuts their cardiac risk factors often believes that they are then on the safe side. Yet this sense of safety is a deception for the middle-aged: according to U.S. authors, five-or ten-year cardiac risk may then be reduced, but over a lifetime period it isn't. more...

05.03.2012

Penicillin: Dosage with a Retro-Look

Penicillin has for over 50 years been the most important antibiotic that is used on children. Every year, British children receive six million prescriptions of antibiotics for the treatment of bacterial infections, 4½ million of which being oral penicillins. Whether more...

03.02.2012

MS treatment: a very half-baked matter

Almost half of MS patients with immunotherapy break off their treatment within the first two years, according to a Canadian study of nearly 700 patients. What is the cause, how can one keep patients in line? Psychologists and neurologists are looking for answers. more...

05.10.2011

Nanoparticles: many a little make a muckle

Whether in paints and varnishes or as a UV blocker in sunscreen, nano-particles are omnipresent. Their impact on health, however, is largely unexplored. Now, researchers have found that nanoparticles affect heart function. more...

19.09.2011

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