Dr. Smartphone: New App from Berlin Making Headway in Healthcare

Dr. Smartphone: New App from Berlin Making Headway in Healthcare

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 01, 2018

Patients are increasingly using software to try to self-diagnose their ailments. A new Berlin startup is seeking to turn your smartphone into your family doctor. By Martin U. Müller more... Comment ]

Playing Doctor with Watson: Medical Applications Expose Current Limits of AI

Playing Doctor with Watson: Medical Applications Expose Current Limits of AI

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 03, 2018

IBM has big plans for how its Watson artificial intelligence software could change the medical industry. But a number of hospitals have ended their experiments with the platform, arguing that it doesn't help diagnose or treat diseases. By Martin U. Müller more... Comment ]


Separating Siamese Twins: 'It Was the First Time I Cried in the Operating Room'

Separating Siamese Twins: 'It Was the First Time I Cried in the Operating Room'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 25, 2018

When pediatric surgeon Allan Goldstein entered the operating room to separate conjoined twins, he did so with the knowledge that one would have to die in order to save the other. He recalls the enormous surgical and ethical challenges. more... Comment ]

End of Life Care: 'We're Reluctant to Talk About Death'

End of Life Care: 'We're Reluctant to Talk About Death'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 08, 2015

Interview Bestselling author Dr. Atul Gawande's new book focuses on medical care for the dying. In an interview, he speaks with SPIEGEL about end-of-life priorities, when treatment is a mistake and how rules in care homes are made to be broken. Interview Conducted by Laura Höflinger more... Comment ]


Whistleblower on Medical Research Fraud: 'Positive Results Are Better for Your Career'

Whistleblower on Medical Research Fraud: 'Positive Results Are Better for Your Career'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 10, 2015

In an interview, whistleblower Peter Wilmshurst discusses how pressure from Big Pharma corrupts research into new medicines and leads companies to cover up fraudulent data. He says he has no regrets about taking on an entire industry. By Rafaela von Bredow and Veronika Hackenbroch more... Comment ]

Conflict 7: Europe Isn't The Center of Focus

Conflict 7: Europe Isn't The Center of Focus

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 01, 2015

An aim of IMI was to make the European pharmaceutical industry more competitive. But as the Combacte project shows, the real beneficiaries were often meant to be elsewhere. more...


Conflict 6: IMI Rules Come With Hitches

Conflict 6: IMI Rules Come With Hitches

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 01, 2015

IMI is hoping to bring together representatives of industry, small- and medium-sized businesses and academics -- but in doing so, it is alienating many universities in Europe. Mid-sized research institutes are also having a tough time. more...

Conflict 5: Patients Are Becoming Lobbyists for the Industry

Conflict 5: Patients Are Becoming Lobbyists for the Industry

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 01, 2015

Few IMI projects are more controversial: Patient representatives are schooled in EUPATI in order to better understand the development of medicines. But critics fear this could lead to prohibited influence. more...


Conflict 4: IMI Research Diverges from WHO Goals

Conflict 4: IMI Research Diverges from WHO Goals

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 01, 2015

IMI's research projects are intended to create the medicines that are most essential to mankind. But instead of following WHO's priorities, IMI often pursues the pharmaceutical industry's agenda. more...

The Last Days of Annie Bus: A Chronicle of Dutch Euthanasia

The Last Days of Annie Bus: A Chronicle of Dutch Euthanasia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 04, 2015

Annie Bus of the Netherlands suffered from horrendous pain and paralysis, but not from a terminal illness. She wanted to die anyway. The story of how she got her wish demonstrates how difficult it is to set boundaries in a country that permits assisted suicide. By Laura Höflinger more... Comment ]