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News Medical's "Thought Leaders" series is a selection of articles written by national and international experts and trusted advisers in health and medicine. All the articles are written by experts who have been invited as recognised leaders in their fields to provide a "state of the art" contribution.
Does dandruff cause psychological distress? An interview with Dr Anjali Mahto

Does dandruff cause psychological distress? An interview with Dr Anjali Mahto

Dandruff is a common chronic scalp disorder that is characterised by flaking of the skin of the scalp. As skin cells die, they are shed from the scalp surface. For some people, however, excessive flaking occurs, resulting in dandruff. [More]
Current and new treatments for AMD: an interview with Dr Alan Cruess, AMD Alliance International

Current and new treatments for AMD: an interview with Dr Alan Cruess, AMD Alliance International

For two decades beginning in the late 1970’s through 2001, clinicians relied upon laser photocoagulation in the treatment of wet AMD caused by choroidal neovascularization. Attempts to obliterate the neovascular lesions often led to acute central visual loss and often, even with modest success, the lesions recurred with even more vision loss. [More]
MPI applications: an interview with Tobias Knopp, University Hospital Hamburg

MPI applications: an interview with Tobias Knopp, University Hospital Hamburg

Up to now, we've seen a lot of improvements made, but now we're almost at the point of focusing on the application of MPI and proving what the real benefits of this technology are, which is very exciting... [More]
Spotting the symptoms of advanced prostate cancer: an interview with Brian Tomlinson

Spotting the symptoms of advanced prostate cancer: an interview with Brian Tomlinson

The main symptoms of advanced prostate cancer can include (but are not limited to) difficulty walking or climbing steps, unexplained pain, troubled sleep and taking pain relievers daily. [More]
Transitioning infrared imaging into clinical use: an interview with Dr Matthew Baker

Transitioning infrared imaging into clinical use: an interview with Dr Matthew Baker

The CLIRSPEC network is a UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC – EP/L012952/1) funded network in clinical infrared and Raman spectroscopy. Infrared and Raman spectroscopy can identify the hallmarks of disease and distinguish between diseased and non-diseased samples based upon inherent chemistry. [More]
The future of MPI: an interview with Dr Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, University Hospital Schleswig Holsten

The future of MPI: an interview with Dr Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, University Hospital Schleswig Holsten

I’m Dr Panagiotopoulos and I am a resident at the University Hospital of Schleswig-Holstein. I work in the Radiological and Nuclear Medicine Department, at the Lübeck campus. [More]
Angiography and MPI: an interview with Professor Mauro Magnani University of Urbino

Angiography and MPI: an interview with Professor Mauro Magnani University of Urbino

I am Mauro Magnani, Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Urbino, Italy. My background is essentially the transition of activity from the lab to application. I am also the founder of a spin-off company called EryDel, which uses technology to load materials or drugs inside cells. [More]
Preclinical Magnetic Particle Imaging: an interview with Professor Jeff Bulte, Johns Hopkins

Preclinical Magnetic Particle Imaging: an interview with Professor Jeff Bulte, Johns Hopkins

I'm Jeff Bulte, professor of Radiology and Director of Cellular Imaging at the Institute for Cell Engineering at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland in the United States. I lead a group of about 20 to 25 people who focus their research on imaging cells. [More]
Supporting healthcare technology SMEs: an interview with Gary Stapleton, Chairman, Medilink UK

Supporting healthcare technology SMEs: an interview with Gary Stapleton, Chairman, Medilink UK

We operate nationwide, giving advice and support to all of our members to allow them to develop and grow their businesses. We do this by giving bespoke support in areas such as innovation - from concept to commercialisation, public relations, international trade – including access to many export markets, market research and guidance on procurement as well as many other areas. [More]
Brain protein key to binge drinking? An interview with Dr. Candice Contet

Brain protein key to binge drinking? An interview with Dr. Candice Contet

Alcohol binge drinking is mostly driven by positive reinforcement, a process in which a rewarding experience (e.g., the euphoria one feels when intoxicated) strengthens the behaviour leading to this experience (e.g., going to a bar). [More]
Understanding the antimicrobial action of borrelidin: an interview with Dr Min Guo, TSRI

Understanding the antimicrobial action of borrelidin: an interview with Dr Min Guo, TSRI

Borrelidin is a naturally occurring antibiotic isolated from the Streptomyces species and initially from Streptomyces rochei in 1949. It is called Borrelidin because it was firstly discovered as having anti-Borrelia activity. Borrelia is a type of bacteria... [More]
Breastfeeding duration and intelligence: an interview with Dr Bernardo Lessa Horta

Breastfeeding duration and intelligence: an interview with Dr Bernardo Lessa Horta

Our research shows a benefit of breastfeeding on performance in IQ tests that was similar to the benefit reported in previous tests among children and adolescents, suggesting that the benefits of breastfeeding are still observed in adulthood... [More]
Raising lupus awareness: an interview with Professor Ramsey-Goldman, MD

Raising lupus awareness: an interview with Professor Ramsey-Goldman, MD

Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease, with many different symptoms so it is hard to diagnose. It affects each person differently and it has an unpredictable disease course with flare ups and quiet time. Some patients describe lupus as if they are riding a roller coaster with blinders on because they cannot always tell when they will feel well or sick... [More]
T cell expansion technology: an interview with Alexander Malykhin, CVPF, University of Pennsylvania

T cell expansion technology: an interview with Alexander Malykhin, CVPF, University of Pennsylvania

T cells are taken from the patient’s blood and then modified using lentivirus, adenovirus or RNA electroporation. The modifications allow us to reprogram T cells to recognize cancer cells. [More]
Supporting people with macular degeneration: an interview with Dennis Lewis, AMD Alliance International

Supporting people with macular degeneration: an interview with Dennis Lewis, AMD Alliance International

Once depression sets in, it's very hard to combat. Combinations of medication and talking therapy can help deal with that, but it can be tough when people reach rock bottom and that certainly does happen with macular degeneration... [More]
Will new hepatitis C treatments strain payers’ budgets? An interview with Dr Chhatwal

Will new hepatitis C treatments strain payers’ budgets? An interview with Dr Chhatwal

Our analysis shows that these drugs would not save overall healthcare money, but would add to the budget. When something is cost effective, it does not necessarily mean it is going to save money. It essentially implies that we're willing to spend additional money to gain additional benefits... [More]
Current challenges in tackling macular degeneration: an interview with Mark Ackermann, AMD Alliance International

Current challenges in tackling macular degeneration: an interview with Mark Ackermann, AMD Alliance International

There are two forms of macular degeneration: the wet form and the dry form. The dry form is less challenging as it affects a smaller number of people and the disease progression is far slower... [More]
Women in science: an interview with Professor Dame Carol Robinson, University of Oxford

Women in science: an interview with Professor Dame Carol Robinson, University of Oxford

Professor Dame Carol Robinson has just been announced as the “L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science” European Laureate for 2015... [More]
Managing autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease: an interview with Dr Richard Sandford, University of Cambridge

Managing autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease: an interview with Dr Richard Sandford, University of Cambridge

Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is one of the most common inherited kidney diseases. It's also one of the most common reasons that people require dialysis or transplantation... [More]
Juvenile arthritis care in NSW, Australia: an interview with Jannine Jackson

Juvenile arthritis care in NSW, Australia: an interview with Jannine Jackson

Juvenile arthritis is a disease that, by definition, affects children under the age of sixteen. It's an autoimmune inflammatory condition that affects children's joints. Several different forms of the condition are diagnosed based on how many joints are affected and whether or not other parts of the body are also affected... [More]
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