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 (rerun on the following Tuesday, 4 pm)
Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a virus infection. It mainly occurs in older people. It can be painful or even very painful. And it is estimated that approximately 30% of all persons will experience shingles during their lifetime. Especially in immunocompromised patients, shingles can be an important problem. (An immunocompromised patient is a […]
Contrast media are used during x-rays, CTs or MRIs, in order to enhance such imaging studies. And it is generally believed, also by doctors, that contrast media could damage the kidneys. Especially patients with pre-existing kidney damage could have further kidney damage through contrast media. Doctors should use contrast media very sparingly, it is said, […]
If you are overweight, tired during the day and snore, you might have obstructive sleep apnoea, also known as OSA. Obstructive sleep apnoea can lead to attention problems, memory problems, cognitive problems, problems at work, and behavioural problems; you might be irritable and short-tempered. Obstructive sleep apnoea significantly increases the risk for TIA (mini stroke) […]
“PCI,” “Percutaneous coronary intervention,” is an intervention with a catheter for the treatment of severe hardening of the coronary arteries of the heart. A catheter is inserted. A balloon on the catheter is inflated at the hardened segments of the coronary arteries of the heart. In addition, a metallic stent can be placed at the […]
Cryptogenic stroke means unexplained stroke. The cause of the stroke remains unknown. The foramen ovale is a small opening between the right atrium of the heart and the left atrium of the heart. It closes during infancy in about 75%. In about 25%, the foramen ovale doesn’t close during infancy and remains open also in […]