Category Archives: General medicine

Back Pain: A Painful Pill To Swallow

Back pain is among the most common medical complaints. According to current studies, however, the medications used hardly show any effect. US guidelines now recommend non-drug measures. German experts advise that multimodal pain therapy be used. more...

Anosmia: Smelling Function In A Bottle

Smelling disorders are not at all a rarity. They can reduce life quality and have a negative impact on eating habits. Rhinologists have now developed a nasal spray which is able at least in part to restore smelling function. more...

Article by Christine Amrhein
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Time Machine For Type 2 Diabetics

Insulin resistance in type 2 diabetics could be eliminated in a mouse model by an enzyme inhibitor. If the results were to be transferred to humans, would it be a blessing for all those concerned – or rather a free ticket for absolute self indulgence? more...

Article by Sonja Schmitzer
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My Leg Does Not Belong To Me

There are people who feel a strong need to be disabled: they want to live without a leg, paralysed, to be blind or deaf. Studies suggest that changes in the brain play a role. How can doctors deal with those affected? more...

Article by Christine Amrhein

Gout Patients: Dinner Cancelled

Plenty of fat and little carbohydrate – a ketogenic diet was able to alleviate the symptoms of gout in rats. In one Yale University study the NLRP3 inflammasome was also identified as a potential target in gout therapy. more...

Article by Sonja Schmitzer

Mosquitoes: Vaccinating With Spit

Each year, more than 700 million people fall ill to mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue fever. One British company has developed a vaccine designed to protect against all of these diseases. It is being tested in a phase I study. more...

Glioblastoma: Remission Rather Than Progression

For the first time American neurosurgeons have employed genetically modified T cells in the treatment of a solid tumour. One patient with recurrent and multifocal glioblastoma ended up being in remission for about seven months. 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...

Article by Sonja Schmitzer

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...

Article by Sonja Schmitzer
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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...

Article by Sonja Schmitzer
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