Category Archives: General medicine

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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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...

MS: One Blow Follows Another

It is now known that repeated blows to the head can lead to severe brain damage even decades later. According to a recent study, traumatic brain injuries are particularly dangerous during adolescence. They are thought to increase the risk of developing multiple more...

Article by Anke Hörster
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Obligatory Aerobics For The Depressed

The doctor advises doing sport – the patient nods, but not much ends up happening. For people with mental illness, regular sport can have as much impact as medications. Getting back up on their feet, however, is very difficult for them, because of their illness. Time more...

Article by Christine Amrhein
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My Mom Is A Doctor, My Dad Is A Dad

I have been thinking a lot lately about the parenting role-reversal that exists when the woman is the full-time bread-winner and the man is the stay-at-home-parent. The following are a few examples from our lives. more...

Blog entry by Jennifer Lycette

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
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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...

Night Shift: Shuffling On All The Way To Cancer

Those who work at night not only turn their biorhythm upside, but also increase their risk of cancer. Responsibility for this could lie in a lack of the sleep hormone melatonin, which is involved in DNA repair. more...

Article by Sonja Schmitzer
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“This Airbus Has Three Emergency Doctors”

Medical emergencies on flights are rare, but they will increase in the future due to the increasing age of passengers and to the greater frequency of pre-existing diseases. How can airlines prepare themselves for this? And what is to be considered when a doctor more...

Article by Christine Amrhein
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