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PCSK9 inhibitors

By Baris Gencer, et al. − Proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin 9 (PCSK9) is a promising target in the management of lipid disorders. PCSK9 inhibition offers a novel therapeutic mechanism for the lowering of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol … [read more ...]

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Current opinion

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“Eat your lunch!”

By Philipp Schütz – Malnutrition is a major issue in hospital care. Whether, how and why early nutritional therapy affects outcomes of unselected, elderly, frail medical inpatients remains largely unclear today. Should physicians indeed encourage … [read more...]

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Review articles


Acute painful diabetic neuropathy

By Christel Tran, et al. − Peripheral neuropathies are well-known complications of diabetes. Acute painful diabetic neuropathy (APDN), one of the less common types, is associated with the rapid decrease of high glycaemic levels. This article … [read more ...]

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Medical-ethical guidelines

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Medical ethical guidelines: Intensive-care interventions

Since the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS) guidelines on “Borderline questions in intensive-care medicine” were first published in 1999, medicine’s capacity to keep patients alive through technological and pharmacological interventions has been substantially enhanced.

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Not everything possible will ­benefit a patient

By Andreas Valentin − “Not the application of intensive care measures but the decision about their appropriateness is the most challenging aspect of modern intensive care medicine.” Many experienced intensive care physicians will confirm this statement, although it may be true for other highly invasive and demanding medical areas as well.

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Authoring scientific papers: a perspective from the trenches

By Adriano Aguzzi − It has taken a while, but the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences (SAAS) have come out with a valuable booklet on authorships of scientific manuscripts. This recommendations, published now also as a special article in the Swiss Medical Weekly, aspire to serve as a practical guide for principal investigators confronted […]

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Original articles

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Attendance at the ED of a Swiss university hospital 2002 to 2012

By Maya Shaha, et al. – Emergency departments are the first point of contact in the healthcare system in medical emergencies and accidents, but systematic monitoring of ED attendance has yet to be instituted in Switzerland.  This study indicates a … [read more ...]


Intra-articular Diprospan and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis

By George Habib, et al. − Intra-articular injection of Diprospan at the knee joint had a significantly more suppressive effect on the adrenal gland than Celestone Chronodose, the other popular betamethasone-based depot steroid preparation. … [read more ...]

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Swiss physicians’ attitudes to ­assisted suicide

By Susanne Brauer, et al. − In Switzerland physician-assisted suicide is regulated by specific guidelines issued by the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences (SAMS). This article summarises selected key results of a comprehensive empirical study of … [read more ...]

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