Dipl.-Chem. Michael van den Heuvel

Profession: Medical journalist

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HPV: Time To Vaccinate The Lads As Well!

Eleven years after the launch of the first HPV vaccine, it's time to take stock. As the number of protected women rises slowly but surely, men become the new risk group. Experts are calling for comprehensive vaccination of both sexes. more...


Placebos: Awareness Does Not Protect Against Effects

Doctors are reluctant to use placebo instead of medication as a therapeutic measure because they do not want to betray their patients. Perhaps they do not even have to. One study shows that placebos work, even when patients know that the preparation contains no active more...


ASAving The World

The arrival of large-scale production of acetylsalicylic acid 120 years ago paved a new path of conquest. ASA, according to studies, protects patients from coronary events, as well as from cancer, and is effective against depression. Can (almost) everything be cured more...


Lithium Cordial To Keep Dementia Away

Lithium has been employed for years in the treatment of bipolar disorders and depression. It also has positive effects on dementia disorders. In the face of increasing patient numbers, one psychiatrist has a questionable idea: distributing drinking water containing more...


Alopecia: Hair Follicles, Wake Up!

Hair loss is more than just a cosmetic problem. People suffer mentally from having lack of hair. At present only a few medications exist for treating it. Biologists are now trying to manipulate the metabolism involved and to develop implants from stem cells. more...


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...


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