Dipl.-Chem. Michael van den Heuvel

Profession: Medical journalist

Als Diplomchemiker und Fachjournalist interessieren mich alle Themen rund um Naturwissenschaften, Medizin, Gesundheit und Gesundheitspolitik. Besonders den Entwicklungen in der Apothekenlandschaft bin ich hier auf der Spur. Meine Texte schreibe ich für Informationsdienste, Broschüren oder Magazine. Außerdem konzipiere  ich Internetauftritte.

My articles:

Infections: Hit The Virus In The Sweet Spot

Many illnesses are accompanied by zero appetite. Researchers have now shown that abstaining from eating helps fight bacterial infections. Our immune system benefits, to be sure. In the case of virus the story is exactly the reverse. more...


Life Expectancy: All You Can Age

Is there an upper limit to longevity? Researchers claim as much in a recent study. Colleagues do not skimp in their criticism. Only 100 years ago, sceptics believed that life expectancy would never exceed 65 years. more...


Liquid Biopsy: Pathologists Dripping Blood

Working with tumour DNA from blood samples, doctors are succeeding in prying out the molecular characteristics of cancer without creating risks. The liquid biopsy might eventually even replace classic screenings, researchers hope. more...


Contraception: Once Again Under Fire

The "pill" is as popular as ever among women of childbearing age. It is considered a relatively safe option as a contraception. Now researchers are demonstrating that these medications lead to mental function disorders. However some questions arise with regard to the more...


Orthopaedics: A1 Once Again, Thanks To 3D

Three-dimensional printing techniques are revolutionising orthopaedics. All at once, entirely new pathways are opening up for colleagues in the treatment of complicated cases. Alongside artificial materials, biological materials are taking on a central role. more...


Cancer: An Inheritance That One Cannot Reject

How do ethnic or gender differences manifest as part of cancer risk? And what added value do doctors get from the respective information? These questions are being answered by researchers using long-term data collected from more than 1.3 million cancer cases in the Los more...


Bad Vibriotions

Summertime is bathing time. However "brain-eating" amoeba and "carnivorous" vibrios spoil the pleasure for holiday makers. Doctors are effectively groping about in the dark when dealing with non-specific symptoms, such as occur with amoebic encephalitis. This infection more...


Patient Information: Unhealthy Half Knowledge

'The empowered patient' has become a household term since medical knowledge became available without limits on the Web. Yet such forms of information have a downside. Researchers point to a number of risks coming from modern media. more...


Spirometry: Men Who Breathe Into Phones

Pulmonary function measurement via mobile phone – startups are working on this concept worldwide. They have developed several apps and tools. Even a classic pay phone, thanks to modern algorithms, can be made suitable for diagnosis. more...


WHO: Cold Coffee Served Lukewarm

Following the efforts of the WHO's special department in putting processed meats under the microscope, hot drinks are now the topic. Coffee and tea, contrary to earlier judgements, are suddenly no longer carcinogenic. The question remains open: how dangerous is it to more...


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