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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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Testosterone for older men: is it worth it? The answer is: no. Although testosterone has a very good reputation, it does not help older men to stay physically and mentally fit. The studies show no benefit but side-effects. Calcium tablets for older women—and for some older men, namely very elderly men: are they worth it? […]

“Deep vein thrombosis” or “DVT” is blood clots in the deep veins of the legs. “Pulmonary embolism” or “PE” is such a blood clot, but dislodged and traveling into the lungs. DVT and PE together are called “venous thromboembolism” or “VTE” in medicine. Venous thromboembolism (VTE) can be dangerous and sometimes even lead to death. […]

1) In intensive care units, one of the goals is to get rid of the full intubation as soon as it this feasible, and to avoid re-intubation. “HFO,” high-flow oxygen for respiratory support with a simple nasal cannula, seems to be effective in selected patients. 2) In patients with suspected coronary artery disease, both the […]

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. It usually is caused by bacteria. Pneumonia can be mild and just cause cough, or severe and cause cough with phlegm or mucus, fever about 39°C or even higher, trouble breathing, pain when taking a breath, a fast heartbeat, and shaking chills. Pneumonia can be a serious disease. […]

Heart attacks and strokes kill us! Coronary heart disease, hardening of the blood vessels, heart attacks and strokes are the leading cause of death in developed countries. Their numbers are increasing rapidly in developing countries as well. One important reason we are at risk for these diseases is high cholesterol. If you are at risk: […]

For selected patients with acute stroke, “endovascular treatment” seems to be the best option. In five new clinical studies, functional neurological independence was significantly better with endovascular treatment. This is an important medical topic, but it is not important for everybody. It is not important, for example, for the patients and their families. It is […]

Treatment-resistant high blood pressure: Many patients have high blood pressure, and it will increase their risk of death, heart attack and stroke. Unfortunately, some patients have treatment-resistant high blood pressure. That is, their high blood pressure does not go down to normal or near-normal values despite a better, healthier diet (with less salt) plus taking […]

The No 1 medical topic from 2015: In the SPRINT clinical study with almost 10 thousand patients, there were significantly less heart attacks, strokes, and deaths, when the systolic blood pressure treatment target was 120 mm Hg, instead of 140 mm Hg. However, the blood pressure measurement in this clinical study was perfect. Too perfect. […]

This programme consists of three repeats. Your feedback was: In clear words, present the most recent information on • How to quit smoking • How to have a healthy diet • And, How to lose weight That’s a lot to remember. Therefore, the complete text is available here on the archive. — Cigarettes shorten your […]

1) Sepsis can be a serious complication of an infection. In sepsis treatment, three large clinical studies could not confirm a treatment strategy called EGDT. However, these three large clinical studies confirm the importance of rapid antibiotic administration and initial fluid boluses in patients with septic shock. 2) Keeping patients out of hospital and preventing […]

Millions of patients the world over have surgery every year. Until now, heart function is almost always tested before surgery in patients 50 years of age or older. However, cardiovascular assessment before surgery was developed further, and the corresponding guideline has been updated. The data show that there is no need any more for stress […]

Millions of elderly patients have to take warfarin or phenprocoumon, generally known in German speaking countries as Marcumar. DOACs (direct oral anticoagulants) are an alternative to warfarin or phenprocoumon. DOACs are very new. Do they cause problems? But the DOACs certainly are more convenient. And the news from 2014 is: DOACs (direct oral anticoagulants) are […]

Millions of patients have chronic orthopaedic pain. Pain that has not been caused by an accident. Chronic knee pain, chronic back pain or chronic back pain that radiates into the arm, buttocks or legs. Elderly often suffer from chronic orthopaedic pain, but also younger people, for example 40 or 50 years old, or even very […]

Hospice care significantly benefitted patients at the end of their life. And inpatient or outpatient hospice care was preferred by the patients, compared with usual care. There also is a general discussion what hospice care is. And a very good book for patients at the end of their life and their families is presented, »End […]

Preventing heart attacks and strokes largely is, I am afraid to say, up to you. In addition, there are things that your doctors can do for you. Are all of the recommendations valuable? Yes, they are, but one of them is controversial at the moment. I shall briefly discuss this recommendation. Afterwards, I shall explain […]

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