The Most Transformative Drugs of the Past 25 Years

In the June issue of Nature Reviews Drug Discovery Aaron Kesselheim and Jerry Avorn from Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, published the results of their survey among physicians for the most transformative drugs of the past 25 years (Kesselheim und Avorn, Nat Rev Drug Discov 2013, 12: 425-431). Continue reading

Increased Blood Glucose Increases Risk for Dementia – Even Without Diabetes mellitus

In the current issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, a consortium of scientists from Seattle and Boston reports on their large longitudinal study on the relationship between blood glucose and dementia risk (Crane et al., N Engl J Med 2013; 369: 540-548). Continue reading

Romantic Love: All Just Neurobiology?

This post is dedicated to my one true love.

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), it has been possible for several years to study the neurobiological substrate of highly subjective mental states, such as romantic love. The influential London neuroscientist Semir Zeki has written a number of papers on this matter (e.g. Zeki, FEBS Letters, 2007, 581: 2575-2579), the essence of which I will summarize briefly here. Continue reading