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Two pictures. On the left is Denise B., a woman wearing a blue shirt, wrist and knee braces. She has short red hair and sits in front of a tree in the forrest. On the right is Rana T., a woman with long brown hair, who has sunglasses on her head, sitting in a park
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Misdiagnoses - an investigative article

Have you ever wondered if you are the only one who has been misdiagnosed by a medical professional in the past? In fact, you are in good company. Diagnostic errors are a global threat, but rarely do we hear about them. For this article, I interviewed…
A bottle of Care by Design medical cannabis on a table
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Medical marijuana - a medication in CA, and a drug in Germany

Germany and the US have many apparent differences. However, the gap couldn’t be larger in terms of people discussing marijuana, especially for medical use. Uncountable patients that suffer from chronic pain live in Germany, and many of them…
Screenshot of the personal essay about Karina Sturm's life with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. It shows Karina standing on a bridge close to the pacific ocean looking thoughtful. She wears a black jacket and a black beanie

My struggle to feel deserving of love as a woman with chronic illness

Living with a chronic illness inspired me to write about other people that share my fate. However, I also publish very personal essays about my life with chronic illness. Read on The Mighty why I struggled to feel deserving of love:  My struggle…
Colorful and differently shaped protein crystals under a microscope
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Scientific Publication

While working in research, I published these two scientific articles:  STURM, Karina U., et al. Crystallization and preliminary crystallographic analysis of an Ig-domain-encompassing fragment of the giant adhesion protein SiiE from Salmonella…
This picture shows a simplified illustration of the RCCX gene locus which includes Tenascin XB
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Medical article about the gene Tenascin-XB

In this medical article, I describe the association between the Tenascin-XB gene and specific Ehlers-Danlos syndrome types based on current research. I, therefore, read more than 40 scientific publications and referenced many in this article…