Category Archives: Pharmaceutics

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

Deprescribing: The Pill Dropouts

Every fifth patient is permanently taking three or more pharmaceutical products. Whether the medications cause harm in the long term is too often unquestioned by doctors for fear of rebound phenomena. Through the process of deprescribing, taking unnecessary pills is more...

Migraine: New Therapy, False Promises?

Neurologists have developed antibodies for migraine treatment. These antibodies are intended for use primarily as prophylaxes. Although studies prove their effectiveness, whether they are more suitable than existing medications is nonetheless controversial. more...

Cystic Fibrosis: It Keeps Progressing

Until now, cystic fibrosis has been primarily treated symptomatically. Now results exist from studies on causal therapy: tezacaftor, a new "CFTR corrector", can improve the lung function of patients when combined with ivacaftor. Is this really a step forward? more...

Propranolol’s CV Gets An Update

Propranolol has been used as a beta-blocker for decades now. New studies suggest that it could also be indicated for other conditions. One startup in the USA is even planning to prescribe it to treat fear of public speaking. more...

Placebos: Awareness Does Not Protect Against Effects

Doctors are reluctant to use placebo instead of medication as a therapeutic measure because they do not want to betray their patients. Perhaps they do not even have to. One study shows that placebos work, even when patients know that the preparation contains no active more...

Lithium Cordial To Keep Dementia Away

Lithium has been employed for years in the treatment of bipolar disorders and depression. It also has positive effects on dementia disorders. In the face of increasing patient numbers, one psychiatrist has a questionable idea: distributing drinking water containing more...

Alopecia: Hair Follicles, Wake Up!

Hair loss is more than just a cosmetic problem. People suffer mentally from having lack of hair. At present only a few medications exist for treating it. Biologists are now trying to manipulate the metabolism involved and to develop implants from stem cells. more...

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...

Acid Blockers Increase Mortality Risk

Due to the use of PPI, operations to treat peptic ulceration have become a rarity. Nevertheless caution is advised, because there are more and more often problems associated with acid blockers. One study establishes a link to the chance of dying – OTCs come into play more...

Click here and become a medical blogger!
Copyright © 2018 DocCheck Medical Services GmbH
Language:
Follow DocCheck: