What was only a dream for diabetics a few months ago became a fact today. A team from Institute and Clinic of General and Transplant Surgery of Baby Jesus Clinical Hospital in Warsaw had conducted revolutionary surgery of autogenous transplantation of islet cells under stomach’s mucosa(1). Read full text »
Glybera is the first drug authorized in Europe which is based on gene therapy. It is also known as the most expensive drug in the world – a therapy with the use of it is expected to cost about 1.2 million euros. The drug helps people suffering from familial lipoprotein lipase deficiency (LPLD) which a rare disease of lipid metabolism. In 2012 the European Commission authorized the drug and it will be available in 27 countries of the European Union in a few months (in the second half of 2013). Read full text »
Modern sciences – such as medicine and technology are developing at a very fast pace. The result of this development is the emergence of ever new devices, tools and techniques. The purpose of these inventions is to support not only the work of scientists and experimenters, but also practitioners. This development is so fast that things which a few years ago seemed like a pure abstraction are common now, and in some cases even commonly used in clinical practice. One of the latest techniques are 3D bioprinters.
Obesity is linked with excessive accumulation of fat tissue and with adverse effects on health. Type 2 diabetes has become one of the main lifestyle diseases and is one of the most common problems in everyday medical practice. Worldwide, in every 10 seconds it is diagnosed in two individuals and one person dies because of its complications. Depression is linked with chronic and sustained despondence, low self-esteem and loss of ability to feel pleasure. Osteoporosis is a chronic metabolic disease, which is characterized with decrease of bone mass and changes in the bone microarchitecture, leading to increased risk of fractures.
Clostridium difficile infection is a serious medical problem. Frequent relapses and terrible consequences such as pseudomembranous colitis make the lives of infected patients miserable. Scientists in the UK have however discovered a mixture of bacteria which guarantees a success of a Clostridium difficile eradication therapy. The new possible remedy surprisingly contains three novel species of bacteria.
Obesity, which is pathological accumulation of body fat in an organism, is an affliction causing dysfunctions of proper body functioning and leads to development of additional diseases and chronic illnesses. According to present specialist knowledge, the prevalence of obesity influences also the mortality of a person. What if suddenly it turned out that obesity protects from premature death? Read full text »
The use of salicylic acid (ASA) reduces the risk of developing Barrett’s esophagus, which is considered as the main factor affecting the occurrence of esophageal cancer. A study describing the dependence of the ASA use and the development of the Barrett’s esophagus was published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. Read full text »
Obesity has become an epidemic of the modern world – a decrease in physical activity, improper diet and stress contribute to the ever-increasing number of people with a BMI over 30. WHO raises the alarm: the expected number of obese individuals in 2015 is said to be over 700 millions. For the first time over 10 years the FDA has approved a new slimming drug. Read full text »
Stress, problems at work, difficult life situation are almost indispensable elements of the modern world. The constant rush additionally increases the tension and makes it difficult or even impossible to relax or rest. For many people the food is the way to deal with this type of emotions. It improves mood because it stimulates production of endorphins (called hormones of happiness), in the body. It is natural and one of the easiest ways to improve mood. But sometimes improving mood by food gets out of control and becomes an obsession. Read full text »
Nowadays, look is very often the determinant of success both in personal and professional life. Slim people are better perceived by the society which put more trust in them. That is why so much interest is devoted to all treatments improving appearance. Read full text »