Category Archives: General medicine

Philematology: Kissing And Telling In The Lab

At Christmas and on New Year's Eve, the frequency of kissing is particularly high. Kissing not only activates our reward system, it also produces long-lasting changes in the bacterial flora of the partner. Caution: Health risks or even cases of death may lurk behind more...

Cervical Cancer: An Injection Of New Hope

Cervical cancer rates as one of the most common cancers in women. Approximately 500,000 women fall victim to it annually worldwide; 350,000 die. Recovery is only possible with treatment at an early stage or with complete removal of the tumor. A therapeutic vaccine will more...

Calcium Preparations: Creeping Calcifier

Many people reach for calcium supplements in order to cover their daily needs. According to a new study these preparations increase the risk of atherosclerotic impact and thus of getting cardiac disease as well. A more suitable option is a calcium-rich food supply. more...

Life Expectancy: All You Can Age

Is there an upper limit to longevity? Researchers claim as much in a recent study. Colleagues do not skimp in their criticism. Only 100 years ago, sceptics believed that life expectancy would never exceed 65 years. more...

Otitis Media: The Options Are Gelling

Otitis media is frequently treated in infants and young children by using antibiotics. However, the side effects and the long duration of treatment lessen compliance. A hydrogel which is applied just once to the eardrum in a case of illness is about to change that. more...

Induced Stem Cells: Between Hope And Hype

Its inventor was awarded the Nobel Prize. Entire clinics wish by using this technology to rejuvenate humans and make a lot of money. Nevertheless the cultivation of any body tissue from standard natural tissue stem cells does not always seem to function as it should. more...

Article by Erich Lederer

Animal Venoms: The Healing Bite

Animal venoms are supposed to deter, incapacitate or kill adversaries. Increasingly however, researchers keep discovering that the venom of snakes, scorpions or spiders can also cure diseases, and that this is even lucrative. Captopril and the antidiabetic exenatide more...

MS Gene: The Eternal Attraction Of The Grail

For more than twenty years the search was unsuccessful. Only now have Canadian researchers once again come across genes which increase the risk of MS significantly. A certain gene mutation resulted with 70% of its carriers in MS. However, further factors have to be more...

Article by Swen Engelmann

Muscle, Breast And Other Biopsies Often Need A Second Opinion

Biopsies may need to be reviewed by a second physician, particularly if the diagnosis is unclear or if the findings do not go along with the clinical picture. more...

Cystitis: Blowing Away Antibiotics

Bladder infections occur commonly and are usually treated with antibiotics. Researchers have now deciphered how the bacteria change their shape in order to nestle deep within the bladder wall. This knowledge opens up new avenues for the treatment and prevention of more...

Article by Christine Amrhein
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