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Tue, 12/27/2016 - 09:39 Thomas BinderRead more
Thu, 10/20/2016 - 00:00 Thomas Binder

Did you really think Martha had no other options? That she had truly reached the end of the road? Well sometimes there is a distant light - it may be faint, but it does give hope.

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Tue, 10/11/2016 - 08:51 Thomas Binder

You are probably familiar with the following situation: you have a patient who is in desperate need of some kind of treatment, but none of the options are very appealing.

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Tue, 09/20/2016 - 12:12 Thomas Binder

Heinrich is an opera singer - a tenor to be exact. He didn’t really have any complaints but he went to a cardiologist after a heart murmur and a right bundle branch block were detected.

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Wed, 08/31/2016 - 10:18 Thomas Binder

Surgeons love to implant all kinds of “material” into the body: prosthetic valves, tube grafts, or pacemakers. They even implant artificial pumps. The materials developed by the medical industry are innovative and imaginative. Surgeons excel when it comes to stitching, screwing, gluing or clipping such materials into our body.

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Tue, 08/23/2016 - 13:52 Thomas Binder

Did you ever see Sergio Leone's Western called "The Good the Bad and the Ugly"? It is a true masterpiece. Apart from featuring one of the best soundtracks ever produced (Ennio Morricone), Eli Wallach, Clint Eastwood (my hero) and Lee Van Cleef are distinctly different personalities, also changing constantly during the film. One is always in doubt as to who is good, bad, or ugly.

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Mon, 08/22/2016 - 11:15 Anna Maria Pistritto

When young people enter your echo lab you never know whether you should be happy ("This exam will be really fast and easy, no pathologies for sure, I can relax, maybe order a nice cup of coffee!") or anxious ("Hm, if this guy is here, he has something for sure, maybe well hidden, and I am the guy who's supposed to establish the correct diagnosis.") Am I right?

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Thu, 06/23/2016 - 09:20 Thomas Binder

Researchers from the University of Queensland, Australia, say every hour of TV watching after age 25 cuts almost 22 minutes off your lifespan. So people who spend a lifetime average of 6 hours per day in front of the tube “can expect to live 4.8 years less” than adults who do not watch TV.

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Mon, 05/30/2016 - 10:09 Thomas Binder

Isn’t it interesting to see the different ways in which patients deal with their illness? I am sure you have encountered the grouchy patient, the depressive one, or the “worrisome” type.

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Thu, 03/17/2016 - 12:09 Thomas Binder

As medical doctors we often witness medical catastrophes. But rarely are we able to document the moment when the “eye of the hurricane” strikes. Read on and watch an echo you will probably never see again in your career.

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