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?
Each January, the Massachusetts Medical Society (amongst others, Harvard University) selects the top medical news stories of the year.
Radiofabrik presents this news.
The presenter, Dara Koper, is a doctor.
(Please note: this is a general radio show, without any legal guarantees. Questions pertaining to individual patients cannot be commented.)
Airtime: Every third Sunday of the month, 1.30-2 pm
Back pain: The effect of physical therapy against back pain is real but marginal. The effect of surgery against back pain is real but we do not know if the effect lasts long-term.
Atrial fibrillation: A large clinical study, “EAST-AF,” showed that early rhythm control…
Each one of us knows physical pain, i.e., pain in the body. When medical doctors are confronted with patients experiencing physical pain, they also face a problem: How to measure pain?
Pain is not measurable objectively. Therefore, patients routinely are asked to rate the severity…
Gout is an inflammation of the joints (arthritis). Gout is caused by hyperuricaemia, i.e., too much uric acid in the blood. Gout is clinically characterised by acute gout attacks (sudden, severe attacks of pain, swelling, redness, and tenderness in one or more joints, most often…
Coronary artery disease is caused by the narrowing of the blood vessels of the heart.
There is the so-called “stable” coronary artery disease, i.e., no symptoms occur during physical rest.
A large and important clinical study, the ISCHEMIA trial, has been conducted in such patients.
Why are we sceptical about vaccines?
Why are we specifically sceptical about the vaccine of AstraZeneca?
Governments need to remember that not only their citizens but also, they have difficulty seeing the bigger picture. We have our PSYCHOLOGY standing in our way. But the coronavirus…