Dipl.-Chem. Michael van den Heuvel

Profession: Medical journalist

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High-tech: Colleague robot, to the OP theatre at once!

From tumour removal in the head and neck region through to the implantation of reflux pacemakers and prostate biopsies: robots have firmly secured their place in operating rooms. They will become an even greater support for doctors, without however replacing them. more...


Yoga Studies: Genes In The Shavasana Pose

Yoga and qigong are more popular than ever. Does the hype also bring health benefits with it? Whatever happens in the body on a molecular level has hardly been understood due to missing data. Studies now show proof of positive effects on inflammatory processes. more...


Acid Blockers Increase Mortality Risk

Due to the use of PPI, operations to treat peptic ulceration have become a rarity. Nevertheless caution is advised, because there are more and more often problems associated with acid blockers. One study establishes a link to the chance of dying – OTCs come into play more...


Where Have All The Sperm Gone?

With regard to men in western countries, sperm concentration has declined by more than 50 percent since the 1970s. Experts do not see any sperm crisis, but they still advise studying the trend. There are currently several explanatory approaches. more...


The Erythritol Sugar Free Trend: A Sweet Experiment

The benefits of erythritol are almost too good to be true: it has almost no calories, and affects neither the blood sugar level nor the taste. Studies show however that erythritol potentially has a negative effect on the metabolism. more...


The Most Harmful Cosmetics On The Market

Compared to medications, specifications about cosmetic substances in hair and skin care products are vague. Complaints about disturbing side effects are rapidly increasing, US dermatologists indicate. Despite known risks, these products often remain on the market. more...


Oncology: The Suicide Metastasis

On average, cancer patients have a 60% higher suicide risk than non-affected persons. Compared to treatment using pharmacotherapy and radiation therapy, psycho-oncology is given low priority. American oncologists want to change that. more...


Pregnancy: Better Never Than Late?

More and more frequently women aged 35 plus are getting pregnant. Experiencing baby bliss in later life is nonetheless a risk factor. Nothing much is altered here by molecular biology, nor by recommendations based on cohort studies. more...


Cancer: Hunting For The Dumbo Genes

Oncologists have in recent times learned a lot by looking at elephants and Greenland whales. These large and heavy animals, despite huge cell division rates, rarely develop cancer. Now we are trying to use this knowledge for the benefit of human cancer patients. more...


Brain Ageing: Bloodbath In The Fountain Of Youth

Reversing the phenomena of ageing – people have dreamed of it for thousands of years. Neuroscientists are now showing that proteins from umbilical cord blood can revitalise the cognitive abilities of mice. A breakthrough in age research. more...


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