Dipl.-Ing. Sonja Schmitzer

Profession: Medical journalist

Schon seit meiner Schulzeit fasziniert mich die medizinische und biologische Forschung. Als Ingenieurin für molekulare Biotechnologie arbeitete ich zunächst in der pädiatrischen Onkologie der Charité, bevor ich meine Leidenschaft zum Beruf machte: Ich schreibe als freie Fachjournalistin über Lifescience-Themen. Mehr Informationen finden Sie auf meiner Webseite .

My articles:

Time Machine For Type 2 Diabetics

Insulin resistance in type 2 diabetics could be eliminated in a mouse model by an enzyme inhibitor. If the results were to be transferred to humans, would it be a blessing for all those concerned – or rather a free ticket for absolute self indulgence? more...

29.05.2017

Gout Patients: Dinner Cancelled

Plenty of fat and little carbohydrate – a ketogenic diet was able to alleviate the symptoms of gout in rats. In one Yale University study the NLRP3 inflammasome was also identified as a potential target in gout therapy. more...

02.05.2017

Autism: Early Bird Diagnosis

Recognition of autism spectrum disorder currently occurs at the earliest at two years of age. This could soon change due to MRI-based diagnostics – at least for "high-risk children" from families which already have an autistic sibling. But does such an early more...

25.04.2017

Depression: You Are What You Eat!

The results of the SMILES study offer hope: the first randomised controlled study examined whether a change in diet can have a positive impact on the development of depression. The authors see great potential in this simple form of therapy. more...

04.04.2017

Vitamin D-Religion: Amen

No vitamin is the subject of more weighty discussion than vitamin D. For some, it is the universal saviour, which protects against headaches, colds, fractures and even against cancer and multiple sclerosis. For others: much ado about nothing. more...

28.03.2017

Sniffles + Ibuprofen = Heart Attack?

Having colds and taking nonsteroidal antirheumatics (NSA) are among the factors that increase the risk of heart attack. This risk can even increase by a factor of 7.2 if an NSA is taken during a respiratory type infection. more...

21.03.2017

Phobias: The Algo As Fear Initiator

Neuroscientists have managed to remove fear-afflicted memories from the brains of volunteers. Their tools: algorithms ("algos"), and small rewards. A glimmer of hope for patients who wish to avoid confrontation therapy. more...

07.03.2017

Metastases: The Palm Oil Receptor

It was previously unclear which tumour cells are able to metastasise. For this to happen, apparently certain fat-sensitive receptors, which the metastasising cells carry in their membrane, are necessary. High-fat foods, palm oil in particular, promote metastasis. more...

21.02.2017

Wound Healing: A Flawless Future

Wounds leave scars behind. However that situation could soon change. Cell biologists have discovered a natural healing process that can regrow injured skin, leaving it scar-free. The key to this lies in the regeneration of hair follicles and fat cells. more...

07.02.2017

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: An Explanation That’s Not So Irritating

The symptoms of IBS can have a serious impact on the daily lives of those affected. The diagnosis "functional disorder for which there is no organic cause" is unsatisfying. Researchers have now discovered a genetic defect that can explain many symptoms. more...

31.01.2017

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