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In recent years, the interest in herbal medicinal products, especially in the field of dermatology and cosmetics, has risen enormously. Many plant-derived substances show photoprotective properties in terms of absorption of UV radiation and preventing photodamage to molecular structures of human skin. Modern phytopharmaceutics as well as phytocosmetics… (More)
In recent years, the incidence of skin cancer has risen remarkably. Sun light, especially the included ultraviolet (UV)-radiation, is seen as important trigger for the development of skin cancer. Thus, there is an increasing interest in the development of UV-protective substances to use them as sun care products. One approach is the topical application of… (More)
Monitoring blood pressure is an important diagnostic tool in the management of hypertension. Many patients measure their blood pressure at home. However, the results are only reliable if some rules are observed. These are mainly related to the right choice of devices, execution of the monitoring as well as documentation and assessment of the measurement.
The campain "Choosing wisely" aims to reduce unnecessary tests and treatments which might harm patients. The Association of the Scientific Medical Societies in Germany is developing an adoption of the main principles to implement a similar project in Germany.
The diabetic foot belongs to the most dreaded complications of diabetes. If ulcerations are not treated appropriately, amputations might become necessary. But these can be averted by a complex strategy of preventive measures, early diagnosis and sufficient treatment.
The new national guideline for the management of type 2 diabetes recommends procedures for the diagnosis and treatment of the metabolic disease. However, the contributing medical associations could not agree on some questions. Above all, there is a dissent which drug to choose, if metformin cannot be used or does not suffice in monotherapy.
Ticagrelor is an oral, reversible blocker of the P2Y12 adenosine receptor. In clinical trials the antiplatelet agent reduced significantly vascular mortality and death from any cause when compared to clopidogrel in patients with acute coronary syndrome.
Interest is raising in bariatric procedures for the therapy of type 2 diabetes. Bariatric surgery does not only induce weight loss, but also improves glucose metabolism and other symptoms of the metabolic syndrome. Nevertheless, some important issues have not been clarified by clinical trials so far: Which patients benefit the most? How sustainable is a… (More)
Modern medicine and pharmacy practice has to be based on evidence. However, during the last years some problems have evolved concerning the proper use of the established methods. Some perspectives have been discussed at the annual congress of the German Network for Evidence-based Medicine.
The first years of life are important for the development of a healthy life style. Therefore, parents should pay attention to nutrition and activity when caring for their toddlers. Current recommendations give advice about these issues and also address topics as vegan nutrition and food allergies.