Dr. Thomas Kron

Profession: Physician

My articles:

Lipid-lowering agents: Guidelines fighting off their fat

Heated debates on the subject "cholesterol and statins" are the rule rather than the exception. So it is hardly surprising that new U.S. guidelines currently provide fuel for some feuds. New fat-lowering agents lead us to expect that in the future there will be no more...


Neuro-Enhancement: Terminator reloaded?

Students do it, doctors too, as do celebs of course – mental tuning is reportedly no marginal phenomenon. Yet things can also be done in a pill-less way, with physical-electrical interventive measures on the brain. According to a study, these methods could be used to more...


Atrial Fibrillation: plug it and job done?

Atrial fibrillation problems are mostly a matter of anticoagulation and ablation. However, there is an alternative: the closure of the atrial auricle with a kind of "stopper". Initial studies offer hope. But an acid test is still pending, for instance a comparison with more...


Staying with the Alzheimers

The body of knowledge about Alzheimer's disease is mainly based on research on rare familial forms of the disease. Genomic analyses now provide information on gene variants of the common sporadic form – a glimmer of hope for a more precise diagnosis process and new more...


Trauma Surgery: Steel beats titanium

Titanium implants are now standard in trauma surgery. One main argument for its use is supposedly better biocompatibility. Steel implants on the other hand are almost seen as relics from the "stone age". This may perhaps be wrong. more...


Minimally invasive: not the bee’s knees

In Germany too much surgery is done, it is said again and again. "Innovations" are said to be popular. But regardless of whether that's true, something is indisputably certain: New is not always better. Just one example of this is the minimally invasive implantation of more...


Alzheimer Therapy: Oment please!

Seriously ill people often grasp at any straw which offers hope. And there always are people who will hand you a straw. One such example is an operation for Alzheimer's disease sufferers, in support of which a US surgeon for years has campaigned. He probably doesn't more...


Sitting one’s way to death

Physical inactivity is known to be unhealthy, activity on the other hand life-prolonging. But the activity doesn't have to be sport. Much is already thought to be gained if excessive sitting is avoided, because it's sitting that seems to be life-threatening in itself. more...


CI Watson in the waiting room

The medical profession is supposed to be not only a craft but an art. It follows naturally then that a computer can at best be a useful sidekick. But supercomputer Dr. Watson could be a really valuable assistant. more...


The old man stays sharp

When it comes to physical performance, from the mid-30s at the latest it inevitably and rapidly goes downhill, many believe. A mistake! Strength and endurance fade so slowly that even old people still do amazing things. It's not age, its lifestyle that is the problem. more...


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