Category Archives: Studies

Y: A Chromosome Gives Up

With old age, the loss of the Y chromosome occurs in many leukocytes in men. This phenomenon is a risk factor for getting tumours – and as new evidence indicates for getting Alzheimer's dementia as well. Is the Y to blame for the fact that men die earlier than women? more...

Article by Sabine Fliegen

Glioblastoma: A Deadly Duet

Glioblastomas are, in spite of intensive treatment using surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, incurable. However a recently discovered mechanism could offer a new drug target. This is because tumour growth is accelerated by two mutually reinforcing genes. more...

Sex and Violence: Neurons in the Grey Zone

Erotic love relationship or perhaps sexual violence? The film "Fifty Shades of Grey" shows that these might only be separated by a thin boundary. American scientist David Anderson also comes to a similar conclusion. more...

What Is a Medical Superhero?

Medical superheroes are those who don't suffer from illness despite having the relevant mutations in their genetic tissue. Researchers have not come to a proper understanding of this phenomenon with respect to monogenic diseases as yet. It's reason enough to warn more...

A Radiating Job

Patients should be subjected to the smallest possible amount of ionising radiation. But what about doctors? Exposure to radiation isn't free from consequences. A recent study has shown the way that doctors and their assistants in the cardiac catheter lab have by way of more...

Dengue Seeks Asylum

In the coming decades, the risk of dengue outbreaks will spread across Europe. This has been demonstrated by a Swedish research team's simulation calculations. It is therefore important to establish early warning and prevention measures Europe-wide now. more...

Article by Christine Amrhein

The Flicker of Broken Hearts

When a loved one dies, a burden remains on the bereaved. This also has an impact on the cardiac health of mourners: a recent study shows that one year after the death of a partner, the risk of having atrial fibrillation is significantly increased. more...

Article by Christine Amrhein

Miscarriage: No Family Tree Without Stem Cells

About six percent of pregnant women suffer two or more abortions, wherein the risk increases with age. A lack of stem cells in the endometrium could be a possible reason for habitual miscarriage, according to British researchers. more...

Flexikon Write Club

The Flexikon is all about medical knowledge. Get ready for the battle: We show you all the important tips and tricks to win the fight against ignorance! The principle of the Flexikon Write Club is simple: Participate – share your medical knowledge. But there are some more...

Article by Alexandra Schritz

Anti-Ageing: One Serve of Forever Young To Go, Please!

In animal studies its been quite the trick: extending life by diet or in feed additive form. Why this is so, however, is far less clear. The relationship between cellular energy supply and ageing processes seems to include a few crucial interconnection points. more...

Article by Erich Lederer
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