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)
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 […]
Treating subclinical hypothyroidism in the elderly doesn’t improve symptoms. What are the possible symptoms of subclinical hypothyroidism? They can for example be fatigue, or decrease of pulse and blood pressure, the nervous system and mental faculties are not as active as before, one feels cold, one puts on weight, one loses the desire for sex […]
Surprisingly, cellulitis, and skin and soft tissue abscesses, even small ones, are common causes of visits to accident and emergency departments. In patients with a drainable abscess, the treatment includes drainage of the abscess. The treatment might also include one antibiotic or even two antibiotics. Should doctors routinely give antibiotics for skin and soft tissue […]
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 […]