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)
Do medicines cause dementia? Specifically, do PPIs cause dementia? PPIs generally belong to the safest medicines in the world. PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) are taken by millions every day against heartburn, reflux disease, and stomach acid. PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) include tablets such as omeprazole, esomeprazole, lansoprazole, rabeprazole, etc. Two years ago, a study was […]
DVT (deep vein thrombosis) is the medical term for blood clots in the deep veins of the leg. DVTs can be dangerous. After a DVT originally forms in one leg, it can travel to the lungs and block blood vessels there. This is called pulmonary embolism or PE. After a pulmonary embolism, breathing may become […]
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) […]