April 6, 2023

FDIME activities during ECIM 2023, 15 -18 March in Athens

FDIME activities during ECIM 2023 15 -18 March in Athens During the EUROPEAN CONGRESS of INTERNAL MEDICINE in Athens the Foundation for the Development of Internal Medicine in Europe (FDIME) was involved in a variety of activities. Previous Next The most important activity probably was the combined FDIME/EFIM patient session on Friday March 17, mainly organized by members of the FDIME Management Team and chaired by Ramon Pujol and Dror Dicker. After a short introduction about the recent activities of FDIME entitled “Internists, patients and FDIME” and presented by Jan Willem Elte, three patients gave their view after being introduced briefly by three internists, respectively on diabetes developments (Nikolaos Tentolouris), obesity (Dror Dicker) and rare diseases (Ramon Pujol, taking over from Daniel Sereni). The patients were Efstathios Chatzopouloson, who talked about diabetes, Vicki Mooney about obesity and metabolic disease and Eustratios Chatziharalambous about rare diseases/general aspects, followed by a Round Table discussion with all speakers and a general discussion. “Patients address European Internists”. The session was well received with ample discussions and more audience than expected. During the closing ceremony on Saturday March 18 traditionally the two Grant Award winners of 2021 gave a short presentation of their research. Leonardo […]
May 19, 2023
Anemia is a major but treatable global health problem

Anemia is a major but treatable global health problem

Stefan Lindgren, Sweden and Maria Cappellini, Italy Anemia is the result of a decrease in the level of hemoglobin and too few circulating red blood cells, resulting in poor oxygen delivery to tissues and organs in the body. Anemia may therefore lead to lack of physical and mental capacity, tiredness, loss of breath during physical effort and several other symptoms. In addition, the reason behind anemia may cause additional symptoms from various organ systems. Anemia is a major global health problem with severe consequences for millions of people, particularly young and pregnant women. Moreover, anemia in the elderly though often mild, is quite common and independently associated with important clinical outcomes including decreased quality of life, risk of falls and fractures, cognitive decline, increased length of hospital stay and even mortality. It is often difficult to dissect the cause(s) of anemia in the elderly which is typically multifactorial and a limited diagnostic approach often leads to categorization of the anemia as “unexplained”. The principal mechanisms behind anemia are failure to produce red blood cells due to diseases in the bone marrow, lack of essential components of hemoglobin such as iron, folic acid and vitamin B 12, shorter survival of red […]