Category Archives: Medicine

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...

Underestimated: HIV Over 50

The view that HIV infections predominantly affect young people is widely held – even among doctors. Yet 17% of new HIV infections occur in the age group 50 plus. Early diagnosis and treatment is important with older patients. more...

Article by Christine Amrhein

Who’s Welcome On The Anesthesia Care Team?

"Who kicked whom off the anesthesia care team?" asked ASA President Jeff Plagenhoef, MD, FASA. Which professional association refuses to work amicably with the other, he inquired of his audience at the University of Southern California on September 15, as he delivered more...

Blog entry by Karen Sibert

Watch Out, Smoothie-Interaction

A glass of grapefruit juice hasn't harmed anyone before? Incorrect. Under certain circumstances one should forego certain fruits, because the flavonoids contained can lead to interactions. Grapefruit may for instance enhance the effect of the psychopharmaceutical more...

Parabiosis: A Murky Fountain Of Youth

Parabiosis has made a comeback in ageing research. Studies showed: the sewing together of two differently aged mice has rejuvenating effects on the body of the older mouse. A new anti-ageing strategy? Some companies are already offering blood transfusions. more...

Character: Facing An Unresectable Tumor

MRI, CT, PET and color flow ultrasonography have markedly improved our ability to stage cancer patients before an operation and to indicate if a tumor is likely to be resectable. However, these technologies are imperfect and don’t always detect the full extent of more...

Blog entry by Steven Curley

Dementia: The Parkinson’s Prophecy

A characteristic aspect of Parkinson's disease is the presence of movement disorders. However intellectual abilities are also often impaired by the degradation processes in the brain. Neurologists have now developed a risk score to predict the course of progress of more...

Article by Christine Amrhein

The Practical Art Of POCUS

The longer you practice a profession, the easier it is not to bother to learn the next new thing. We may think we're doing just fine without that new drug, or that new piece of expensive equipment. That isn't going to happen with point-of-care ultrasound, or "POCUS", more...

Blog entry by Karen Sibert

The Invisible Burden Of The Oncologist

The return from a vacation weighed on me physically. This had been a true vacation – an entire week away from clinic and spent with my family. I even managed to unplug to the point of only checking email on my phone twice per day – really! more...

Blog entry by Jennifer Lycette

Depression: Help From The Off

Around one in ten GP patients show signs of depression. Only the most minor percentage of them undertake initial therapy. A new treatment procedure has online support as its focus, which provides help before a severe depression develops. more...

Article by Erich Lederer
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