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:

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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


Pink Viagra: The Big Frigidity Tester

By some it's eagerly desired so as to save their marriages, by others it's demonised as an ineffective remedy for a non-existent problem: the lust pill for women is about to be approved in the US. Is it high time? Or is an unsafe brew being pushed through? more...


The Healthy Are Dying Out

Apparently, ubiquitous access to medication and medical care does not improve the subjective perception of one's health among members of the population. Despite medical advances, people feel more ill than they did 25 years ago. What is going wrong with all those more...


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