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:

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...


Breast Cancer: Trend Towards Double-Mastectomy

Increasingly often, doctors receive requests for prophylactic mastectomies from patients with breast carcinoma. From a scientific perspective, the affected individuals rarely benefit from the procedure. What role do role models in the media play? more...


Vaccine With A Bit Of Cheek

Recommendations for vaccinations are ignored by many. Now bioengineers are trying to develop vaccines for domestic use, thereby eliminating the need to go to the doctor. Is it possible to overcome the skin mucosal barrier without a needle? more...


Diabetes: Diet Instead Of Injections?

Is a special diet a cure for type 1 and type 2 diabetes? This supposition is being expressed by cell biologists based on an animal study. They evaluate their results to be relevant to human medicine despite open questions. more...


Hypertension: A Forceful Foursome?

In dealing with patients with arterial hypertension, lifestyle changes are not always enough. Cardiologists now show that those affected benefit from four low-dose antihypertensive medications in combination. Their study is nevertheless not free of weaknesses. more...


Asthma Fatale

Every third asthma diagnosis of an adult is false, the outcome of a recent investigation states. The study leader and pulmonologist adds with a critical tone: "Asthma is not so difficult to diagnose, but doctors do need to do the right tests". more...


Erythrophobia: Ever Red-dy To Blush

"The human is the only creature that is able to blush. It is however also the only one with reason for doing so", Mark Twain already understood. Even today this biological phenomenon puzzles researchers. Medically speaking there are several possible options for more...


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...


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