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News from the World of Medicine

The most important medical news, in plain English.

Which medical news are TRULY the most important of the year?

The Massachusetts Medical Society (amongst others, Harvard University) selects each January the top medical news stories of the year. 

Radiofabrik presents this news. 

The presenter, Dara Koper, is himself a doctor. 

(Please note: this is a general radio show, without any legal guarantees. Questions pertaining to individual patients cannot be commented.)

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The new guideline for high blood pressure has been released. It comes from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. The new guideline caused controversy, because it adheres to more stringent values than in the past. It is stricter. As an adult, you now have stage 1 hypertension if your systolic blood […]

There were a number of smaller medical news from the year 2016 that are worth mentioning. I list them shortly, but without explaining the technical terms. (These are explained in the radio broadcast). In postmenopausal women with non-metastatic hormone-receptor positive breast cancer, the use of endocrine therapy can be extended from 5 years to 10 […]

Treatment in the last 30 days of life is different for black Americans and white Americans. Multiple studies have shown that black patients receive more “aggressive treatment” at the end of life. Beyond the ethnic differences: Doctors have trouble talking about end of life to patients who are dying. Doctors often give patients who are […]

The treatment of type 2 diabetes is complicated. For a successful treatment, the patient has to work hard (lifestyle changes), and the general practitioner (GP) has to treat not only the diabetes itself, but also high blood pressure, high cholesterol, etc. There is a lot to do. If you should be the patient, can you […]

The scientific advance of the century in medicine, CRISPR, is a technique that allows scientists to make precise changes to genomes. CRISPR is part of the immune system of bacteria. It can cut the DNA of attacking viruses and renders the viruses harmless for the bacteria. The big news is: When CRISPR is fed false […]

It looks like that screening for prostate cancer does not lead to an advantage. I must admit that not all specialists agree, that this topic is discussed controversially, but most professors most probably would agree with me that the advantage of screening for prostate cancer has not been demonstrated. The data are not convincing. Most […]

Pulmonary embolism is a sudden blockage in the major blood vessel of your lung, the pulmonary artery. Syncope (fainting): Doctors and many patients who had syncope can list a number of causes. Pulmonary embolism is not among these causes. Yet, when we look at a new study with 230 patients hospitalised with their first syncope: […]

OSA, “obstructive sleep apnoea,” is intermittent airflow blockage during sleep. Because the airflow is intermittently blocked, your brain wakes you up, for just half a second. You move around, and you can breathe again, and you go back to sleep again, but so on and so forth through the night, and the next day, you […]

Do patients who need oxygen need less oxygen? If someone needs extra oxygen, from a tank, our automatic reaction is: “More is more.” But what if the opposite is true? “Less is more?” Could that be true? Yes, it seems that patients who need oxygen need less oxygen. A well-known professor has analysed two new […]

A new definition of sepsis. Sepsis is an infection that has entered the bloodstream. It can be very dangerous. The new definition has led to a considerable debate. How and when should it be integrated into clinical practice? Doctors would like to greatly improve the treatment of sepsis and septic shock. Our newspapers write little […]

Our strongest pain medications are called opioids. It is largely believed that opioids are very effective for chronic pain. However, this is not so. There is a lack of benefit if chronic pain is treated with an opioid. (The only exception: Patients with cancer and chronic pain). Important to remember: In patients with chronic low […]

The top medical topic of 2016 was—of course—Zika virus infection. If you are an adult, infection with the Zika virus leads to the same symptoms as the common cold, and it goes away just as quickly, in about 7 days. Not too bad. However, Zika virus infection can lead to very severe neurological deformations in […]

Monoclonal antibodies are used in medicine mostly (but not exclusively) for the treatment of cancer. Biosimilars are copies of monoclonal antibodies. The approval process for biosimilars in Europe is unusually strict. Much stricter than the approval process for other generic drugs. You do not need to worry about biosimilars. Biosimilars achieve the same clinical result […]

How are new medicinal drugs approved? Or, in other words: What has medicine to do with the rise of right wing populism?

Food allergies, including peanut allergies, usually start in childhood. Using the available data, it can be concluded that peanut allergies have been increasing worldwide in the last 20 years, especially in developed countries, but also in some developing countries. There is no cure for peanut allergy. Once a child has it, that child has it. […]

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