Category Archives: Neurology

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...

Trigeminal Neuralgia: Hands Off

Trigeminal neuralgia – for those affected this means violent unilateral facial pain. Not infrequently, it is accompanied by depressive moods. Chiropractic interventions promise quick relief without side effects. Experts criticise this approach. more...

Phobias: The Algo As Fear Initiator

Neuroscientists have managed to remove fear-afflicted memories from the brains of volunteers. Their tools: algorithms ("algos"), and small rewards. A glimmer of hope for patients who wish to avoid confrontation therapy. more...

Article by Sonja Schmitzer

Muscular Dystrophy Versus Polymyositis

Some doctors are doing a few genetic tests and nothing else and making the diagnosis of muscular dystrophy. Sadly, there are children and adults who have a treatable disorder, myositis, that if it is diagnosed and properly treated can lead to increased strength and more...

Organoids: Mini-Intestine And Mini-Brain

They won't replace animal experiments and clinical trials, but organoids derived from stem cells already offer many advantages. Zika virus could be studied in a mini-brain. The bacterium Helicobacter pylori is best able to be studied in a mini-gastric system as well. more...

Article by Erich Lederer

Erythrophobia: Ever Red-dy To Blush

"The human is the only creature that is able to blush. It is however also the only one with reason for doing so", Mark Twain already understood. Even today this biological phenomenon puzzles researchers. Medically speaking there are several possible options for 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

Muscular Dystrophy Versus Polymyositis

The importance of looking for a treatable muscle disease and not diagnosing everyone with muscle weakness as having muscular dystrophy. In the many years I have seen children (and some adults) with neuromuscular disorders, I have had countless parents tell me that when more...

Autoimmune Diseases: Parkinson Is In The Cast

Researchers during their search for the causes of Parkinson's disease have come across a fresh and clear track: they have observed a link between Parkinson-typical genetic alterations and T-cell activation. Is any trembling and anxious waiting for new therapeutic more...

Article by Sabine Fliegen

Benign Congenital Hypotonia is Not a Diagnosis

There are countless reason that a baby is floppy or weak at birth. One diagnosis that is not correct is Benign Congenital Hypotonia. I frequently tell parents and friends that the Internet has a great deal of good medical information, considerable misinformation, as more...

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