Towards an effective prevention of, and approach to, heart and vascular diseases

An interview with Dr Eric Wyffels, cardiologist at the Cardiovascular Center OLV Aalst (Belgium) In 2019, no fewer than 1.6 million Belgians suffered from heart or vascular disease of one form or another. At the same time the statistics show that these diseases remained the principal cause of death in our country, ahead of cancer […]

Be Breast Aware this Pink October!

It’s Pink October this month! Most of us know someone either directly or indirectly who has been affected by breast cancer, so we have put together some quick facts about the disease to help raise awareness  #pinkoctober  #checkyourbreasts Some stats Breast cancer remains the most common cancer in women worldwide.1 In 2020, there were 2.3 […]

Skin Cancer. The sun: friend or foe?

Interview with Dr Thomas Maselis on (Prevention of) Skin Cancer The number of people with skin cancer is increasing substantially worldwide. In the past 20 years the annual number of new cases in Belgium has risen by nearly 400%. The increased number of holidays in the sun, the use of sunbeds and inadequate protection during […]

Living from your gut feeling

an interview with Prof. Dr Séverine Vermeire, a gastroenterologist at University Hospital Leuven (UZ Leuven), about the impact of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) on people’s lives and the search for an effective treatment In recent decades, the number of patients with IBD has risen sharply. Inflammatory bowel diseases are also affecting more and more young […]

EFCCA – World IBD day 2021

Breaking the Silence on IBD and Intimacy Discussing how IBD affects your personal life can be difficult, and as a result issues surrounding intimacy and relationships tend to be an overlooked and ignored area. This leaflet provides some tips that you might find useful as you navigate your way around coping with IBD. Riviere P, […]

The lowdown on colon cancer

an interview with Dr Luc Colemont, co-founder of vzw Stop Darmkanker Colon cancer is a serial killer. On average, 23 Belgians are diagnosed with colon cancer and five people in Flanders die from the disease every day. The goal of Dr Luc Colemont’s non-profit, Stop Darmkanker (Stop Colon Cancer), is to raise awareness, inform, and convince people […]

World Kidney Day

Living well with kidney disease On 11 March is Word Kidney Day, and BEYOND will be joining the global awareness campaign. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) can be a debilitating and life-threatening condition. However, if CKD is detected early and managed appropriately, the progressive deterioration in kidney function can be slowed or even stopped. Understanding the […]

HAE and Covid-19

In our second blog post on the topic of hereditary angioedema (HAE), we wanted to highlight a review article by Xu et al., (link to open-access article), which explored the possibility of an interaction between HAE and coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), based on the pathophysiologic mechanisms underlying these two clinical conditions.

World AIDS Day

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) – the virus responsible for the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic – has led to considerable morbidity and mortality worldwide.


Today is World COPD Day 2020, which provides an ideal opportunity to find out more about some of the key issues facing patients with COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, in the current global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. COPD comprises a group of progressive lung conditions, including emphysema (damage to air sacs) and chronic bronchitis […]