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Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2022: An Interview with Abeda Steenkamp (CANSA)

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to raise awareness about the impact of breast cancer….

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Diversity and Ability (D&A): An Interview with Brian Lutchmiah and Piers Wilkinson

Diversity and Ability (D&A) is a UK-based social enterprise led by and for disabled people, i.e., 85% of their team…

Alexander Eitner

Waldenström Macroglobulinemia: What Are Supportive Treatments?

This is the tenth part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients:…

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Use of Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Stroke Recovery

Stroke is a medical condition where the blood flow to the brain is interrupted, causing nerve cells to die. This…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Waldenström Macroglobulinemia: Further Types of Treatment (Part 2)

This is the ninth part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients:…

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Predicting Outcomes after Stroke: How Components of the Blood Clotting System Can Help

A stroke happens when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off or reduced and can be…

Dr Claire Beveridge

UK Disability History Month 2022: An Interview with Piers Wilkinson (Diversity and Ability)

This year’s UK Disability History Month is held from November 16 until December 16, 2022, and features the theme “Disability,…

Susanne Meister

Waldenström Macroglobulinemia: Rare, But Treatable. An Interview with Dr Shirley D’Sa (Hematologist)

Waldenström macroglobulinemia (WM) is a rare blood cancer that usually progresses slowly. WM can be diagnosed by blood tests, bone…

Susanne Meister

Waldenström Macroglobulinemia: Further Types of Treatment (Part 1)

This is the eighth part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients:…

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Effect of Hearing Loss on Cognition and Cognitive Reserve

Subjective cognitive decline (SCD) is the self-reported experience of worsening or more frequent memory loss or confusion without clinical evidence…

Dr Claire Beveridge

Waldenström Macroglobulinemia: Who Dares Wins. An Interview with Bob Perry (Patient / Patient Support Manager WMUK)

Waldenström macroglobulinemia (WM) is a rare blood cancer that usually progresses slowly. WM can be diagnosed by blood tests, bone…

Alexander Eitner

Waldenström Macroglobulinemia: Types of Treatment – Chemotherapy

This is the seventh part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients:…

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Breast Cancer Genes and Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) syndrome is cancer due to inherited mutated breast cancer (BRCA) genes or some other…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Movember 2022: “Changing the Face of Men’s Health”. An Interview with Anne-Cécile Berthier (Country Director UK & Europe)

The yearly event known as Movember involves growing moustaches throughout the month of November to bring attention to issues affecting…

Alexander Eitner

Waldenström Macroglobulinemia: Active Monitoring, Starting Treatment, and Follow-Up

This is the sixth part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients:…

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Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Advantages, Disadvantages, and Ethical Concerns

The direct-to-consumer genetic testing (DTC GT) market has grown rapidly over the last 20 years. In the open-access research article…

Dr Claire Beveridge

Waldenström Macroglobulinemia: Common Feelings When Diagnosed and How You Can Help Yourself

This is the fifth part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients:…

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Check Your Breasts – Save Your Life: An Interview with Sonja Dinner (The DEAR Foundation)

The good news is: The earlier breast cancer is detected the faster it can be treated, which means that cure…

Susanne Meister

How Might the Immune System Be Involved in the Development of Schizophrenia?

Schizophrenia is a long-term (chronic) mental health condition. In the research article “Autoantibodies against Central Nervous System Antigens and the…

Dr Claire Beveridge

Waldenström Macroglobulinemia: Who Is in My Care Team and Which Tests Will I Need to Have?

This is the fourth part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients:…

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How Regular Exercise Can Benefit People Receiving Maintenance Hemodialysis

Maintenance hemodialysis (HD) is a way of treating people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) after they have experienced kidney failure….

Dr Claire Beveridge

COVID’s Ugly Progeny: Long COVID. An Interview with Emily Taylor (Vice President of Advocacy and Engagement at Solve M.E.)

Since late 2019, people all over the world have heard of COVID-19, or coronavirus. Since then, it has been a…

Susanne Meister

Waldenström Macroglobulinemia: Possible Effects

This is the third part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients:…

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Acute Kidney Injury during Pregnancy

Acute kidney injury is a sudden reduction in kidney function which usually occurs in conjunction with other health issues. In…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

What Causes Waldenström Macroglobulinemia and How Will It Affect Me?

This is the second part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients:…

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Is Warfarin Treatment Safe for Patients with Atrial Fibrillation and End-Stage Renal Disease Who Transition to Hemodialysis?

Hemodialysis is a way of treating people with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) after they have experienced kidney failure. In the…

Dr Claire Beveridge

World Cancer Research Day 2022: An Interview with Professor Datin Paduka Dr Teo Soo-Hwang (Cancer Research Malaysia)

In 2020, more than 18 million individuals were diagnosed with cancer and nearly 10 million died of the disease, more…

Susanne Meister

What Is Waldenström Macroglobulinemia?

This is the first part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients:…

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How Can Telehealth Aid Genetic Testing for Cancer?

Some people have mutations (changes) in their genes that increase their risk of developing particular types of cancer. In the…

Dr Claire Beveridge

World Patient Safety Day 2022: An Interview with Prof. Sir Liam Donaldson (Patient Safety Envoy WHO)

For World Patient Safety Day 2022 on September 17 we got in touch with Professor Sir Liam Donaldson. He is…

Alexander Eitner

Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP): 10 Frequently Asked Questions

This is the eighth part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients:…

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How Can Analyzing microRNAs in Blood Serum Improve the Diagnosis of Lung Cancer?

Serum biomarkers can be detected by analyzing blood samples. In the open-access research article “Screening of Serum miRNAs as Diagnostic…

Dr Claire Beveridge

Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP): The UK TTP Registry

This is the seventh part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients:…

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Continuous Glucose Monitoring in Dialysis Patients

Glucose monitoring in diabetic patients is essential to provide an appropriate treatment plan. Patients with chronic kidney disease who undergo…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month 2022: An Interview with Sally Sara (Prostate Cancer Specialist Nurses of Australia)

For Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, which is held in September each year, we got in touch with Adjunct Professor Sally…

Alexander Eitner

Medications for Immune Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (iTTP) and the Role of Clinical Trials

This is the sixth part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients:…

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Neuroblastoma: A Rare Condition in Adults

Neuroblastoma is a type of solid tumor that is rare in adults. As a result, the disease course of neuroblastoma…

Dr Claire Beveridge

“A Typical Cavernoma Looks Like a Raspberry”: An Interview with Ailsa Crowe (Cavernoma Alliance UK)

A cavernoma is a cluster of abnormal blood vessels, usually found in the brain and spinal cord. They are sometimes…

Alexander Eitner

Immune Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (iTTP) Treatment: Medications Suppressing the Immune System

This is the fifth part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients:…

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Diagnosing Food Allergies

This blog post is about the reliable diagnosis of food allergies, which is currently mainly done through the use of…

Victor Kelly

Shine Night Walks: An Interview with Gareth Mulcahy (Cancer Research UK)

From August to October, thousands of people across the UK will come together to take part in Shine Night Walks…

Alexander Eitner

Immune Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (iTTP) Treatment: Plasma Exchange

This is the fourth part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients:…

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How Mathematical Modelling Can Increase Digital Biomarker Use in Drug Development

Digital biomarkers enable data from “smart” devices to be used to track health-related trends and patterns. In the open-access research…

Dr Claire Beveridge

Gastroparesis Awareness Month 2022: An Interview with Hayley McCorkle (International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Disorders)

Gastroparesis, commonly known as delayed gastric emptying, is a condition in which the stomach does not empty completely. In the…

Alexander Eitner

How Is Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP) Treated?

This is the third part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients:…

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Nail Lichen Planus: An Inflammatory Health Condition

Lichen planus is an inflammatory condition that can affect different parts of the body including the nails. It is not…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Appendix Cancer Awareness Month 2022: An Interview with Dr. Paul Sugarbaker

Appendiceal cancer is very rare. It is estimated that approximately 1 or 2 people per million in the United States…

Alexander Eitner

Types and Symptoms of Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP)

This is the second part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients:…

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An Introduction to Cochlear Implants and Auditory Brainstem Implants

This post focuses on cochlear implants and auditory brainstem implants, which are two similar medical devices that can make it…

Victor Kelly

What Is Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP)?

This is the first part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients:…

Editorial Office

Mediterranean Diet and the Gut Microbiome

The Mediterranean diet is a plant-based diet that has multiple benefits for healthy living. Based on the review article “Influence…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Asthma in Pregnancy

This is the tenth post of our mini-series about asthma based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients and…

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How Do Patient Expectations Impact Dermatological Treatments?

Patient expectations can affect their treatment experiences, even having an impact on efficacy and tolerability. The open access review paper…

Victor Kelly

Asthma in Children

This is the ninth post of our mini-series about asthma based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients and…

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Kangaroo Care Does Not Adversely Affect Oxygenation of Babies Born Preterm

Kangaroo care is a method that puts babies born preterm or newborns in skin-to-skin contact with their parents. In the…

Dr Claire Beveridge

How Can Treatment Side Effects of Cholangiocarcinoma Be Reduced?

This is the seventh and last part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts…

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Kidney Failure: How Peritoneal Dialysis Has Helped Reduce COVID-19 Infections

Peritoneal dialysis (PD) enables people with kidney failure to conduct dialysis at home by themselves. During the COVID-19 pandemic, increased…

Dr Claire Beveridge

Sarcoma Awareness Month 2022: An Interview with Megan Fletcher (Early Diagnosis Officer Sarcoma UK)

According to Sarcoma UK, sarcomas are uncommon cancers that can affect any part of the body, on the inside or…

Susanne Meister

What Are the Treatments and Schedules for Cholangiocarcinoma?

This is the sixth part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patient…

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Monitoring Nutrition in Premature Infants

Babies born before 37 weeks of gestation require special care and potentially external help in their growth and development. Nutrition,…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

The Vitiligo Patient Journey Map: An Interview with Yan Valle (CEO Vitiligo Research Foundation)

On the occasion of World Vitiligo Day, which is observed on June 25 every year, we got in touch with…

Alexander Eitner

How Can Cholangiocarcinoma Be Treated by Systemic Therapy and Infusion Therapy?

This is the fifth part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patient…

Editorial Office

What’s the Best Method of Monitoring Hair Loss and Related Treatments?

Hair loss can be hereditary or a normal symptom of aging, but it can also be a sign of illness….

Victor Kelly

World Scleroderma Month 2022: An Interview with Sue Farrington (CEO Scleroderma & Raynaud’s UK)

Scleroderma, meaning “hard skin” in Greek, is a rare autoimmune condition that causes skin and tissue to thicken and become…

Alexander Eitner

How Can Cholangiocarcinoma Be Treated by Surgery and Radiotherapy?

This is the fourth part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patient…

Editorial Office

World Kidney Cancer Day 2022: An Interview with Anne Wilson (International Kidney Cancer Coalition (IKCC))

This year, June 16 is World Kidney Cancer Day (WKCD). It is a day when the world’s kidney cancer community…

Alexander Eitner

Does Platelet-Rich Plasma Improve the Outcome of Plastic Surgery?

“Platelet-Rich Plasma in Plastic Surgery: A Systematic Review” is a systematic literature review published in the journal Transfusion Medicine and…

Victor Kelly

World Blood Donor Day 2022: An Interview with Professor Andreas Buser

Blood. According to a saying it is “thicker than water”, and for one poet it is “a very peculiar juice”….

Susanne Meister

Cholangiocarcinoma: Diagnostic Tests, Procedures and Staging

This is the third part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patient…

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Skin Prick Test: How Does Reading Time Influence the Detection of Allergies in Infants?

Allergies are a body’s adverse reaction to a relatively harmless substance. The methods to test allergies have been well established…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Cancer Survivors Day: An Interview with Michael Nodes (Cancer Survivor)

Cancer Survivors Day is an annual celebration of those who have survived any type of cancer, a support for those…

Alexander Eitner

Cholangiocarcinoma: Seeing Your Doctor & Who Is Who

This is the second part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patient…

Editorial Office

What Are COVID Toes and Can the Vaccines Cause Them?

Inspired by the recent report “Vaccine Toes Are the New COVID Toes” published in the journal Skin Appendage Disorders, this…

Victor Kelly

Menstruation: There Is More than Meets the Eye

Menstruation is often inconvenient, sometimes painful, but mostly manageable. This applies to an environment with good sanitary standards and a…

Susanne Meister

What Is Cholangiocarcinoma, How Does It Develop and What Are Its Symptoms?

This is the first part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patient…

Editorial Office

Bladder Cancer Awareness Month 2022: An Interview with Jeannie Rigby (CEO Action Bladder Cancer UK)

Bladder cancer affects all ages and is a very common cancer, e.g., it is one of the ten most common…

Alexander Eitner

Prediabetes, Proteinuria and Kidney Health

Type 2 diabetes is a known factor which can lead to poor kidney health. An indication for kidney damage is…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Oral, Head and Neck Cancer: A Neglected Entity? An Interview with the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance

April is National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness Month. Although oral, head and neck cancer is the 6th leading…

Susanne Meister

Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma: How Can You Help Yourself?

This is the sixth part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients…

Editorial Office

World IBD Day 2022: An Interview with Isabella Haaf (Deputy Director EFCCA / worldibdday.org)

For World IBD Day, which takes place on May 19 each year and unites people in their fight against inflammatory…

Alexander Eitner

Learn about Delay in Kidney Function after Transplantation

With improvement in science, kidney transplants have been quite successful in recent days. However, under certain conditions, there are chances…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Celiac Awareness Month 2022: An Interview with Marilyn G. Geller (CEO Celiac Disease Foundation)

Celiac disease is one of the world’s most prevalent genetic autoimmune diseases. The disease affects between 1 in 100 and…

Alexander Eitner

Dementia Action Week 2022: An Interview with Professor Janice Murray and Professor Adele May

On the occasion of Dementia Action Week, which is held from May 16 to 22, we got in touch with…

Susanne Meister

Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma: How Is It Treated?

This is the fifth part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients…

Editorial Office

Understanding and Screening for Prostate Cancer

The open access case report “Genetic Analysis of a Family with Multiple Incidences of Prostate Cancer”, published in the journal…

Victor Kelly

Skin Cancer Awareness Month 2022: An Interview with the British Skin Foundation

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. Around 1.49 billion people worldwide suffer or have suffered from a skin disease at…

Alexander Eitner

Types of Metastatic Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma

This is the fourth part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients…

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Understanding Ectopic Pregnancy

This post summarizes the state of knowledge on ectopic pregnancy, a rare but life-threatening complication of pregnancy. Although it only…

Victor Kelly

Staging of Metastatic Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma

This is the third part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients…

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Stem Cell Transplant for Refractory Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Acute myeloid leukemia is a type of blood cancer that can occur and flare up suddenly. The treatment needs to…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Oesophageal Cancer Awareness Month 2022: An Interview with the Less Survivable Cancers Taskforce (LSCT)

In 2018, six charities came together and founded the Less Survivable Cancers Taskforce (LSCT). Lung, brain, liver, stomach, pancreatic and…

Alexander Eitner

How Can Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma Be Diagnosed?

This is the second part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients…

Editorial Office

IBS Awareness Month 2022: An Interview with Alison Reid (CEO The IBS Network)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common gastrointestinal disorder, with an estimated prevalence of 10–15%. However, many people remain undiagnosed…

Alexander Eitner

What Is (Advanced) Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma?

This is the first part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients…

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Treating Onychomycosis: A Fungal or Yeast Infection of the Nails

Onychomycosis is a relatively common infection of the fingernails and toenails. The currently available oral antifungals are not without risk….

Victor Kelly

Association between Psychiatric Disorders and Glomerular Disease: An Interview with Hailey E. Desmond

Patients with chronic health conditions, particularly chronic kidney disease, are at heightened risk for psychiatric disorders. A group of scientists…

Susanne Meister

Stem Cell Transplantation for Myeloma

This is the fourth and last part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts…

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Bacterial Vaccination for Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections belong to the most common bacterial infections. They do commonly recur and affect primarily women. Antibiotics have…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Testicular Cancer Awareness Month: An Interview with Steven Crocker (Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation)

For Testicular Cancer Awareness Month in April we spoke with Steven Crocker. He is a stage 2b testicular cancer survivor,…

Alexander Eitner

Myeloma: What Treatment Will I Receive?

This is the third part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients…

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Understanding Penicillin Allergies

If a patient has an allergy to penicillin, it can complicate the treatment of common bacterial infections, such as tetanus,…

Victor Kelly

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month 2022: An Interview with Dr Angela Nunnery and Dr Millard D Collins

Dr Angela Nunnery and Dr Millard D Collins are family medicine doctors who know about the importance of colorectal cancer…

Alexander Eitner

What Are the Types and Effects of Myeloma?

This is the second part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients…

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How to Boost Your Immune System: An Interview with Prof. Emilia Vassilopoulou

With the COVID-19 pandemic entering its third year and people being more aware and worried about their immune system, we…

Susanne Meister

Long-Term Surgical Mask Use and Skin Conditions

We’re all accustomed to wearing masks in public now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there are some issues that…

Victor Kelly

Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month 2022: An Interview with Lisa Ferguson (Myeloma Specialist Nurse)

On the occasion of Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month in March we spoke with Lisa Ferguson. She works as a Myeloma…

Alexander Eitner

What Is Myeloma, How Is It Diagnosed, Who Gets It, and Why?

This is the first part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients…

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Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month 2022: An Interview with Andrea Krull (Patient Advocate)

Green socks for women with ovarian cancer? What does this mean? Politicians from the left spectrum are referred to, rather…

Susanne Meister

Skin Reactions after Radiation Therapy for Cancer Treatment

Radiation therapy is a common treatment for cancer. Skin reactions or dermatitis due to the radiation is prevalent. Currently, the…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Telehealth in the Field of Nutrition: How Do Patients Benefit?

During the COVID-19 pandemic hospitals and healthcare institutions as well as patients and their supporters have been forced to employ…

Susanne Meister

9 Frequently Asked Questions about Colonoscopy

A colonoscopy is an exam used to detect changes in the large intestine (colon) and rectum. It can be used…

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World Kidney Day 2022: An Interview with Alice Poidevin (worldkidneyday.org)

World Kidney Day (WKD) is a worldwide campaign in order to raise awareness of the importance of the kidneys and…

Alexander Eitner

World Kidney Day 2022: Focus on Bridging the Gap in Health Education and Literacy

Chronic kidney disease affects 1 in 10 adults worldwide. To bring awareness to the needs of the patients and to…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Treating Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency: Managing the Complications

This is the fifth part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients…

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World Obesity Day 2022: An Interview with Vicki Mooney (Patient Advocate / European Coalition for People Living with Obesity)

On the occasion of this year’s World Obesity Day (March 4, 2022) we spoke with Vicki Mooney, patient advocate and…

Susanne Meister

Why Should We Care about Circulating Tumor Cells?

Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are showing promise in cancer diagnostics, with new studies looking at their potential. For example, the…

Victor Kelly

Rare Disease Day 2022: An Interview with Jo Balfour (Managing Director Cambridge Rare Disease Network)

For Rare Disease Awareness Month in February and Rare Disease Day on February 28 we spoke with Jo Balfour, founding…

Alexander Eitner

Treating Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency: Managing the Anemia

This is the fourth part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients…

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Understanding Allergic Rashes Caused by Medication

The skin can react to certain medications by erupting into rashes called fixed drug eruptions. In this blog post, based…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Rare Disease Day 2022: An Interview with Anna Kole (EURORDIS)

On the occasion of both Rare Disease Awareness Month in February and Rare Disease Day on February 28 we spoke…

Alexander Eitner

How Will Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency Affect Me or My Child?

This is the third part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients…

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Do Antibiotics Help in Controlling Acute Exacerbation of Asthma?

Antibiotics are frequently prescribed to children experiencing acute worsening of their asthma, but are they always needed? Published in the…

Victor Kelly

Rare Disease Day 2022: An Interview with Helena Baker (CEO Rare Disease Nurse Network)

On the occasion of Rare Disease Awareness Month in February as well as Rare Disease Day on February 28 we…

Alexander Eitner

What Causes Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency and How Is It Diagnosed?

This is the second part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients…

Editorial Office

International Childhood Cancer Day 2022: “Does a Monster Eat My Hair?”, a Picture Book on Leukemia

International Childhood Cancer Day (ICCD), which is held on February 15 each year, is a worldwide collaborative campaign in order…

Susanne Meister

Is COVID-19 Affecting Infants’ Microbiota?

COVID-19 is having an impact on infants’ microbiota, and this may affect them in their later lives. Published in the…

Victor Kelly

World Cancer Day 2022: An Interview with Dr Cary Adams (CEO UICC)

World Cancer Day is an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and came to life on February…

Susanne Meister

What Is Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency?

This is the first part of our series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients…

Editorial Office

Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake In Cardiovascular and Chronic Kidney Diseases

Omega-3 is an important fatty acid that has proven health benefits. The extent of its benefit to be used as…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

World Leprosy Day 2022: An Interview with Dr Vivek V. Pai

During 2019 and 2020, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Leprosy Strategy 2021–2030 “Towards zero leprosy” was developed. The core…

Susanne Meister

Long-Chain Fatty Acid Oxidation Disorders: Genetic Testing and Genetic Counseling

This is the third part of our mini-series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients:…

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Atopic Eczema Is Associated with Depression and Anxiety

Our mental health can be influenced by long-term conditions, including dermatological ones such as eczema. This post was inspired by…

Victor Kelly

Thyroid Disease Awareness Month 2022: An Interview with Ashok Bhaseen (Thyroid Federation International)

The thyroid gland plays a vital role in the body. Thyroid disorders, whether temporary or permanent, which affect about one…

Susanne Meister

Long-Chain Fatty Acid Oxidation Disorders: Diagnosis, Managing and Monitoring

This is the second part of our mini-series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients:…

Editorial Office

Bacterial Infection after a Tattoo

Tattooing involves pricking the body and introducing ink into the skin. In a small number of cases, bacterial infection can…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Cervical Health Awareness Month 2022

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2020 an estimated 604,000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer worldwide, and…

Editorial Office

What Are Long-Chain Fatty Acid Oxidation Disorders?

This is the first part of our mini-series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patients:…

Editorial Office

Melanoma Diagnosis: How a New Technology Could Help

This post was inspired by the open access research article “The Additive Value of 3D Total Body Imaging for Sequential…

Victor Kelly

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Fertility and Pregnancy, Children, and the Elderly

This is the sixth and last part of our mini-series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts…

Editorial Office

Dry January 2022: An Interview with Dr Richard de Visser

On the occasion of Dry January 2022, we turned to Dr Richard de Visser from the University of Sussex. An…

Alexander Eitner

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Will You Need Surgery?

This is the fifth part of our mini-series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patient…

Editorial Office

How Is Metastatic Prostate Cancer Treated?

This is the fourth and last part of our mini-series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts…

Editorial Office

The Interesting Case of Raynaud’s Phenomenon Occurring after a COVID-19 Vaccine

This post looks at a single case of Raynaud’s phenomenon (a disruption of the blood flow in the fingers and…

Victor Kelly

Menopause: Frequently Asked Questions about Hormone Replacement Therapy

This is the ninth and last part of our series about the menopause based on our booklet “Fast Facts for…

Editorial Office

The Role of Curcumin in Neurodegenerative Disease Treatment

Progressive neurodegenerative diseases have no cure but, in some cases, can be slowed down or controlled. Astrocytes, a type of…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Menopause: Hormone Replacement Therapy and Breast Cancer

This is the eighth part of our series about the menopause based on our booklet “Fast Facts for Patients: Menopause”,…

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Right Diet Choices Can Help in Treating Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects 5–20% of women of reproductive age worldwide. When left untreated, this can lead to issues…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Menopause: Weighing Up the Benefits and Risks of Hormone Replacement Therapy

This is the seventh part of our series about the menopause based on our booklet “Fast Facts for Patients: Menopause”,…

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World AIDS Day 2021: 33 Years and Counting

The first World AIDS Day was marked on December 1, 1988. Now, 33 years later, we still have good reason…

Susanne Meister

The Potential for Adverse Effects from Finasteride

This post looks at finasteride, explaining what it is, what it is prescribed for, and what adverse effects it can…

Victor Kelly

Menopause: Hormone Replacement Therapy

This is the sixth part of our series about the menopause based on our booklet “Fast Facts for Patients: Menopause”,…

Editorial Office

Will Digital Patient-Reported Outcomes Become The Standard of Cancer Patient Care?

With many current cancer treatments involving at-home medication and not necessarily requiring a hospital stay, the onus of cancer management…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Long-Term Consequences of the Menopause

This is the fifth part of our series about the menopause based on our booklet “Fast Facts for Patients: Menopause”,…

Editorial Office

How Accurate Is Trichoscopy in Diagnosing Inflammatory Scalp Diseases?

This post is based on the free access article “Diagnostic Accuracy of Trichoscopy in Inflammatory Scalp Diseases: A Systematic Review”…

Victor Kelly

Hyperhidrosis Awareness Month 2021: An Interview with Dr Dimitris Rigopoulos

For this interview we turned to Dr Dimitris Rigopoulos, the founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal Skin Appendage Disorders….

Susanne Meister

Menopause: Managing the Common Symptoms

This is the fourth part of our series about the menopause based on our booklet “Fast Facts for Patients: Menopause”,…

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Can Mothers Transmit SARS-CoV-2 to the Fetus or Newborns?

This blog post answers the query that most pregnant women who are tested as SARS-CoV-2-positive have: “Will my baby get…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Psoriasis Awareness Week 2021: An Interview with Dominic Urmston (The Psoriasis Association)

On the occasion of Psoriasis Awareness Week 2021, which ran from October 29 to November 4, we spoke with Dominic…

Alexander Eitner

How Will The Menopause Transition Affect Me?

This is the third part of our series about the menopause based on our booklet “Fast Facts for Patients: Menopause”,…

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Chronic Kidney Disease and Mental Health

Mental health problems are an issue in patients with different chronic diseases. End-stage renal disease has also been associated with…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Menopause: Other Reasons than Natural Ageing

This is the second part of our series about the menopause based on our booklet “Fast Facts for Patients: Menopause”,…

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How Does Type 1 Diabetes Affect Brain Development in Young Children?

This post looks at the impact of type 1 diabetes on the development of children’s brains. Type 1 diabetes is…

Victor Kelly

What Is the Menopause?

This is the first part of our series about the menopause based on our booklet “Fast Facts for Patients: Menopause”,…

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Understanding Menopause: An Interview with Dr. Paula Briggs

On the occasion of World Menopause Day 2021 (October 18), we turned to renowned expert Dr. Paula Briggs, who is…

Susanne Meister

Can Advanced Gastric Cancer Be Treated?

This post looks at gastric cancer. What is it, how does it happen, and what are the treatment options? Based…

Victor Kelly

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: How Will Your Condition Be Monitored?

This is the fourth part of our mini-series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patient…

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What Is Personalized Nutrition?

Based on the open access paper “Interactions of Carbohydrate Intake and Physical Activity with Regulatory Genes Affecting Glycaemia: A Food4Me…

Victor Kelly

Lupus Awareness Month 2021: An Interview with Mandy McCartney (Specialist Lupus Nurse)

Lupus Awareness Month takes place during October in the UK every year. We spoke with Mandy McCartney, a Specialist Lupus…

Alexander Eitner

How Can I Make My Child’s Diet as Sugar-Free/Low in Sugar as Possible?

In their book “Kinderernährung – Expertenwissen für den Alltag” (German only), Swiss nutrition experts Dr George Marx and Andrea Mathis…

Dr. George Marx

Why Is a Baby’s Gut Microbiota Altered after Cesarean-Section Delivery?

From the time they are born, it is important for humans to have a good composition of gut microbes to…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan
Phil Brace (CEO The Little Princess Trust) (source: Little Princess Trust)

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month 2021: An Interview with Phil Brace (CEO The Little Princess Trust)

For this year’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, we spoke with Phil Brace, CEO of The Little Princess Trust. The UK-based…

Alexander Eitner

Where and How Can I Cut Down on Sugar in Daily Life?

In their book “Kinderernährung – Expertenwissen für den Alltag” (German only), Swiss nutrition experts Dr George Marx and Andrea Mathis…

Dr. George Marx

Tattoos and Delayed Allergic Reactions

Delayed allergic reactions, also known as delayed hypersensitive reactions, occur days, weeks or even months after exposure. This post deals…

Victor Kelly

Asthma: How You Can Help Yourself

In accordance with the motto of this year’s World Asthma Day, “Uncovering Asthma Misconceptions”, this is the eighth post of…

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Can Fecal Microbiota Transplantation Help with Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

This blog post is about irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It is inspired by the recent open access paper “Improvement in…

Victor Kelly

Fertility Preservation in Young Cancer Patients: An Interview with Inken Hilgendorf (German Foundation for Young Adults with Cancer)

Fertility preservation is a major issue for young cancer patients undergoing treatment. We spoke with Inken Hilgendorf, MD, about the…

Alexander Eitner

How Healthy Is a Vegetarian/Vegan Diet?

In their book “Kinderernährung – Expertenwissen für den Alltag” (German only), Swiss nutrition experts Dr George Marx and Andrea Mathis…

Dr. George Marx

Improving the Quality of Life of Chronic Kidney Disease Patients through Peer Mentoring

Outside of the doctor-patient interaction, patients with chronic disease need support to navigate their medical and mental journey with their…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Treatment of Severe Asthma

In accordance with the motto of this year’s World Asthma Day, “Uncovering Asthma Misconceptions”, this is the seventh post of…

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Cancer and Sleepless Nights

Sleep disorders are reported in 30–50% of cancer patients, but the specific causes are unknown. A detailed series of questionnaires…

Victor Kelly

What Are the Tasks of the Microbiome?

In their book “Kinderernährung – Expertenwissen für den Alltag” (German only), Swiss nutrition experts Dr George Marx and Andrea Mathis…

Dr. George Marx

Sarcopenia Obesity, Postmenopausal Women and High Protein Intake: What Is the Connection?

In old age, with muscle mass loss and increased weight gain, there are increased health risks like falling, fracturing, and…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Severe Asthma: What You Need to Know

In accordance with the motto of this year’s World Asthma Day, “Uncovering Asthma Misconceptions”, this is the sixth post of…

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Could MP-AzeFlu Be the Right Treatment for Allergic Rhinitis?

Allergic rhinitis is an unpleasant condition that can significantly impact people’s quality of life. There is no cure, but perhaps…

Victor Kelly

Digital Aging and Mascne in the Time of COVID-19: An Interview with Dermatologist Sarah T. Arron

We spoke with Sarah T. Arron, MD, PhD, a dermatologist in Burlingame, California. For The Waiting Room, she has contributed…

Susanne Meister

The Most Important Questions about Milk Consumption

In their book “Kinderernährung – Expertenwissen für den Alltag” (German only), Swiss nutrition experts Dr George Marx and Andrea Mathis…

Dr. George Marx

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Heart and Kidneys

This post is based on a recent open access review titled “Cardio-Pulmonary-Renal Consequences of Severe COVID-19”, published in the journal…

Victor Kelly

What Are the Tests for Asthma?

In accordance with the motto of this year’s World Asthma Day, “Uncovering Asthma Misconceptions”, this is the fifth post of…

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Encouraging Healthy Drinking by Using Psychology

Sugar-sweetened beverages are often consumed for hydration over healthier drinks. How the drink is represented and experiences around it are…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Sarcoma Awareness Month 2021: An Interview with Brandi Felser (The Sarcoma Foundation of America)

Sarcomas are a rare type of cancer growing in the connective tissue, i.e., cells connecting or supporting other kinds of…

Alexander Eitner

Can Obesity Complicate Kidney Transplants?

Learn more about kidney transplants and how obesity can affect their chances of success. This post is based on a…

Victor Kelly

World Hepatitis Day 2021: An Interview with Cary James (World Hepatitis Alliance)

For World Hepatitis Day, which takes place on July 28, we spoke with Cary James, CEO of UK-based World Hepatitis…

Alexander Eitner

World Sjögren’s Day 2021: An Interview with Linda Stone (Sjögren Europe)

This year, World Sjögren’s Day is on July 23. We spoke with Linda Stone of Sjögren Europe about the challenges…

Alexander Eitner

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) Awareness Day 2021: An Interview with The Life Raft Group

This year, Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) Awareness Day is on July 13. We spoke with Carolyn Tordella of the non-profit…

Alexander Eitner

World Vitiligo Day 2021: An Interview with Yan Valle, CEO of the Vitiligo Research Foundation

This year, World Vitiligo Day was held on June 25. We spoke with Yan Valle, CEO of the Vitiligo Research…

Alexander Eitner

Why Some Chemotherapy Patients Keep Their Hair

Hair loss due to chemotherapy is well known, but is it well understood? This post is based on an editorial…

Victor Kelly

Understanding COVID-19-Associated Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

In the recent COVID-19 pandemic, children have been mildly affected by the disease itself. However, in rare cases, children have…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Improved Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy with NEPA Treatment

Nausea and vomiting are common side effects of chemotherapy, especially in the treatment of breast cancer. A recently approved treatment…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Best Practices for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia compromises the immune system, making patients more susceptible to infections. It’s important for patients and physicians to…

Victor Kelly

The Value of Patient-Reported Outcomes

Patient-reported outcomes are a valuable aspect of clinical trials. Regulatory authorities and research groups are encouraging the inclusion of these…

Victor Kelly

Patient-Centric Holistic Treatment of the Fungal Infection Onychomycosis

Onychomycosis is a fungal infection that deforms and discolors the nails. Through this post based on the free-access review article…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Effect of Nutrition on Depression

Recent research shows that the microorganisms in the gut communicate and affect brain health and depression. In the paper “Personalized…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Impact and Treatment of Asthma: An Interview with John Harrington

We spoke with John Harrington, Respiratory Clinical Nurse Consultant at the John Hunter Hospital in New Lambton Heights, New South…

Susanne Meister

Metastatic Prostate Cancer: How Will the Disease Affect Me?

This is the third part of our mini-series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patient…

Editorial Office

Train Your Body towards Tolerance of Food Allergens

There is an increase in the prevalence of food allergies. Rather than relying on complete food avoidance, how can the…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Which Sugar Alternatives Are Available?

In their book “Kinderernährung – Expertenwissen für den Alltag” (German only), Swiss nutrition experts Dr George Marx and Andrea Mathis…

Dr. George Marx

How Can You Deal with an Asthma Attack?

In accordance with the motto of this year’s World Asthma Day, “Uncovering Asthma Misconceptions”, this is the fourth post of…

Editorial Office

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: How Can You Help Yourself and Stay Healthy?

This is the third part of our mini-series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patient…

Editorial Office

Metastatic Prostate Cancer: Why Is My Cancer Staged?

This is the second part of our mini-series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patient…

Editorial Office

How Important Is Proper Vitamin Intake for My Child?

In their book “Kinderernährung – Expertenwissen für den Alltag” (German only), Swiss nutrition experts Dr George Marx and Andrea Mathis…

Dr. George Marx

Asthma: What You Need to Know about Triggers, Risk Factors, Types and Severity

In accordance with the motto of this year’s World Asthma Day, “Uncovering Asthma Misconceptions”, this is the third post of…

Editorial Office

What Causes Inflammatory Bowel Disease and How Is It Treated?

This is the second part of our mini-series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patient…

Editorial Office

What Is Metastatic Prostate Cancer?

This is the first part of our mini-series about the condition based on our patient booklet “Fast Facts for Patient…

Editorial Office

Effects of Smoking on Hair Health

Smoking, apart from affecting the internal organs, can also affect skin and hair health. In the article “The Effects of…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

What Are the Effects of Sugar on Health?

In their book “Kinderernährung – Expertenwissen für den Alltag” (German only), Swiss nutrition experts Dr George Marx and Andrea Mathis…

Dr. George Marx

What Are the Symptoms of Asthma?

In accordance with the motto of this year’s World Asthma Day, “Uncovering Asthma Misconceptions”, this is the second post of…

Editorial Office

Microorganism Composition Affects Wheezing and Rhinitis in Children

Inflammation of mucous membrane due to cold or allergies (rhinitis) and wheezing frequently affects both children and adults. How does…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: An Interview with Professor Fergus Shanahan

On the occasion of World Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Day we spoke with Fergus Shanahan, who is Professor and Chair…

Alexander Eitner

May 19 Is World IBD Day: What Is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

World IBD Day is a global event which takes place on May 19 each year. It is intended to raise…

Editorial Office

Connecting Psoriasis and Celiac Disease

If you have psoriasis, you have a higher probability of developing other autoimmune disorders, including celiac disease. The authors of…

Victor Kelly

How to Fight Skin Cancer: Self-Examination and Prevention

Skin cancer is both preventable and treatable, yet it has become alarmingly common. The key to fighting skin cancer is…

Dr. Sarah T. Arron

Increasing the Success of Behavioral Approaches to Weight Loss

If you are losing weight for personal or medical reasons, it could be important to talk to your primary care…

Victor Kelly

Bladder Cancer Awareness Month 2021: An Interview with Lydia Makaroff (Fight Bladder Cancer UK)

Each May, Bladder Cancer Awareness Month is a time to increase awareness of the disease, to raise funds for bladder…

Alexander Eitner

May 5 Is World Asthma Day: What Is Asthma?

World Asthma Day, which takes place on May 5 in 2021, is organized by the Global Initiative for Asthma to…

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Nutrition in a Difficult Pregnancy

How impactful can a healthy diet be? In the case study “Quality or Quantity of Proteins in the Diet for…

Victor Kelly

How Useful Is a Gluten-Free Diet?

In their book “Kinderernährung – Expertenwissen für den Alltag” (German only), Swiss nutrition experts Dr George Marx and Andrea Mathis…

Dr. George Marx

Acute Kidney Injury and COVID-19

Learn more about acute kidney injury and its impact on the body. Discover how this condition can worsen the impact…

Victor Kelly

Let’s Talk about Asthma and Fungal Spores

If you have asthma, you need to know what you’re allergic to. When your doctor is doing a skin prick…

Victor Kelly

World Irritable Bowel Syndrome Day 2021: Spotlight on an Often Underdiagnosed Condition

On World Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Day (April 19), and in accordance with IBS Awareness Month, we spoke with Dr…

Alexander Eitner
Knotted rope

World Kidney Day: Advocacy for Patient-Centered Wellness

World Kidney Day is a yearly campaign to raise awareness about kidney health. For 2021, the steering committee has chosen…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan
Portrait Peter Weisenseel

What Are the Effects of the Current COVID-19 Pandemic regarding Sexually Transmitted Diseases?

We spoke to Peter Weisenseel, MD, a specialist in dermatology and venereal diseases who works at ‘Dermatologikum’ Hamburg. He is…

Susanne Meister
Mumbles

Treating Cancer by Harnessing the Immune System and Microbiota

The authors of the review article ‘Immune System Efficiency in Cancer and the Microbiota Influence’ in the journal Pathobiology investigate…

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: April Is IBS Awareness Month

Every year in April, IBS Awareness Month as well as World IBS Day (April 19) aim to raise awareness about…

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Why Is Dietary Calcium so Important for Children?

In their book “Kinderernährung – Expertenwissen für den Alltag” (German only), Swiss nutrition experts Dr George Marx and Andrea Mathis…

Dr. George Marx