Category Archives: General medicine

Schizophrenia: The Pill Of Truth

Many patients with schizophrenia or depression take their medication irregularly. The 'smart' pill informs us whether it has been swallowed. This is therefore supposed to improve compliance. Is this a big step forward, or a step in the process of patients being more...

Article by Kathleen Küsel

CMD: Who’s Cracking The Case?

Craniomandibular dysfunction can be treated effectively in most cases. The problem lies elsewhere: those affected often have an exasperating journey of visits to various specialists already behind them, before the suspicion falls on CMD. more...

Pharmacoresistance: OP Fixes Epilepsy

Epilepsy patients for whom medication is not effective might be able to be effectively treated by brain surgery. Neurologists have evaluated the data of 10,000 patients. One precondition for this 'repair' is that the brain region from which the seizures emanate is more...

Checking For Dangerous Drug Interactions

I was talking with an old friend recently who was concerned about her husband. He was in his late seventies and had had heart surgery a year ago. She was noticing that he fell asleep easily during the day and yet his doctor said he couldn't find anything wrong. more...

Dyslipidaemia: The New Lipid Sinker

Researchers worldwide are looking for new therapies to deal with elevated lipid blood levels. PCKS9 inhibitor, which has been used in studies to successfully reduce the risk of cardiovascular deaths, is already in use. A cholesterol-lowering vaccine also seems more...

Cats Protecting Against Asthma

Contact with cats in early childhood reduces the risk of asthma by up to 80 percent for children carrying a genetically increased risk, according to the result of a Danish long-term study. Living with a dog did not have a positive effect in this context. more...

Article by Aline Kostka

COPD: Spitting Out An Evaluation

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often develops unnoticed. Early treatment here significantly improves quality of life. Doctors from the USA have now found a biomarker for COPD in sputum. This should facilitate early diagnosis. more...

Article by Anke Hörster
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Oral Tobacco: Snuffer, Beware

Snuff is considered a healthy alternative to cigarettes. According to The Global Forum For Nicotine, it is "up to 95 % safer than cigarettes". Critics warn that the risks are being underestimated, as it contains 28 cancer promoting substances. Its consumption can lead more...

When Patients Seek Advice From A Specialist But Don’t Take It

Parents put children at risk when they think they know more than a specialist. Several physicians have told me of their frustration about patients coming to them for advice and then not taking it. Many of these doctors are the top doctors in their specialties. I, too, more...

Childhood Cancer: The Burden Of Survival

Children who suffer from cancer today survive much longer than before. However, as adults almost all unfortunately suffer from serious sequelae illnesses, as a new study shows. Doctors should keep a close eye on those affected, since aftercare doesn't end. more...

Article by Christine Amrhein
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