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Katharina Rathmann, Max Herke, Klaus Hurrelmann, Matthias Richter
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine the associations between features of class climate and school wellbeing, based on self-rated health and reports of absence from school due to illness among adolescents in secondary schools, by using data from the German National Educational Panel Study (NEPS). METHODS: Data was obtained from the National Educational Panel Study (NEPS). The sample includes (n=7,348) seventh grade students in regular schools (Starting Cohort 3, Wave 3, 2012)...
March 14, 2018: Das Gesundheitswesen
Frank Schwab, Christine Geffers, Michael Behnke, Petra Gastmeier
OBJECTIVE: Mortality due to intensive care unit (ICU) acquired primary blood stream infections (PBSI) is related primarily to patient co-morbidities, types of pathogens and quality of care. The objective of this study is to determine the impact of various types of pathogen on ICU mortality. METHODS: Data from the German National Nosocomial Infection Surveillance System of patients with PBSI from 2006 to 2015 was used for this analysis. A BSI is primary when the pathogen recognized is not related to an infection on another site...
2018: PloS One
Eva Münster, Stephan Letzel, Jasmin Passet-Wittig, Norbert F Schneider, Bettina Schuhrke, Rudolf Seufert, Ulrike Zier
BACKGROUND: It is estimated that 5-15% of all couples in industrialised nations are infertile. A perceived unfulfilled desire for a child or self-identification as infertile can lead to psychological strain and social isolation. About 53.000 women underwent assisted reproduction treatments in Germany in 2014. Little is known about the first medical consultation and patient needs prior to the first visit in a fertility clinic in Germany. The baseline survey of the prospective cohort study on couples undergoing fertility treatment in Germany (PinK Study) provides first results on this topic for Germany...
March 5, 2018: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Eugénie Lhommée, Lars Wojtecki, Virginie Czernecki, Karsten Witt, Franziska Maier, Lisa Tonder, Lars Timmermann, Thomas D Hälbig, Fanny Pineau, Franck Durif, Tatiana Witjas, Marcus Pinsker, Maximilian Mehdorn, Friederike Sixel-Döring, Andreas Kupsch, Rejko Krüger, Saskia Elben, Stephan Chabardès, Stéphane Thobois, Christine Brefel-Courbon, Fabienne Ory-Magne, Jean-Marie Regis, David Maltête, Anne Sauvaget, Jörn Rau, Alfons Schnitzler, Michael Schüpbach, Carmen Schade-Brittinger, Gunther Deuschl, Jean-Luc Houeto, Paul Krack
BACKGROUND: Although subthalamic stimulation is a recognised treatment for motor complications in Parkinson's disease, reports on behavioural outcomes are controversial, which represents a major challenge when counselling candidates for subthalamic stimulation. We aimed to assess changes in behaviour in patients with Parkinson's disease receiving combined treatment with subthalamic stimulation and medical therapy over a 2-year follow-up period as compared with the behavioural evolution under medical therapy alone...
March 2018: Lancet Neurology
Leopold Eberhart, Götz Geldner, Susanne Huljic, Kerstin Marggraf, Thomas Keller, Tilo Koch, Peter Kranke
OBJECTIVE: To compare the effectiveness of 20:1 cafedrine/theodrenaline approved for use in Germany to ephedrine in the restoration of arterial blood pressure and on postoperative outcomes in patients with intraoperative arterial hypotension of any origin under standard clinical practice conditions. METHODS AND RESULTS: 'HYPOTENS' is a national, multicenter, prospective, open-label, two-armed, non-interventional study. Effectiveness and post-operative outcome following cafedrine/theodrenaline or ephedrine therapy will be evaluated in two cohorts of hypotensive patients...
February 7, 2018: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Patrick Luig, Werner Krutsch, Michael Nerlich, Thomas Henke, Christian Klein, Hendrik Bloch, Petra Platen, Leonard Achenbach
PURPOSE: Scientific injury data in men's professional team handball injuries are rare and even less scientific information exists on injury prevention. In 2011, Germany's national second team handball league was restructured by merging the existing two regional leagues into one league. This study evaluates the injury patterns in professional team handball and compares the injury rates between the first and second league before and after the restructure. METHODS: All players of Germany's national first and second men's team handball leagues have mandatory trauma insurance with the same insurance company...
February 5, 2018: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
Johann Fuchs, Doris Söhnlein, Brigitte Weber, Enzo Weber
This paper presents a stochastic model to forecast the German population and labor supply until 2060. Within a cohort-component approach, our population forecast applies principal components analysis to birth, mortality, emigration, and immigration rates, which allows for the reduction of dimensionality and accounts for correlation of the rates. Labor force participation rates are estimated by means of an econometric time series approach. All time series are forecast by stochastic simulation using the bootstrap method...
2018: Population Research and Policy Review
Andreas Funke, Susanne Spittel, Torsten Grehl, Julian Grosskreutz, Dagmar Kettemann, Susanne Petri, Ute Weyen, Patrick Weydt, Johannes Dorst, Albert C Ludolph, Petra Baum, Moritz Oberstadt, Berit Jordan, Andreas Hermann, Joachim Wolf, Matthias Boentert, Bertram Walter, Nadine Gajewski, André Maier, Christoph Münch, Thomas Meyer
OBJECTIVE: The procurement of assistive technology devices (ATD) is an essential component of managed care in ALS. The objective was to analyze the standards of care for ATD and to identify challenges in the provision process. METHODS: A cohort study design was used. We investigated the provision of 11,364 ATD in 1494 patients with ALS at 12 ALS centers in Germany over four years. Participants were patients that entered a case management program for ATD including systematic assessment of ATD on a digital management platform...
January 30, 2018: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
J Bischoff, S Mauss, C Cordes, T Lutz, S Scholten, A Moll, H Jäger, M Cornberg, M P Manns, A Baumgarten, J K Rockstroh
OBJECTIVES: The European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) treatment recommendations for hepatitis C no longer discriminate between HIV/hepatitis C virus (HCV)-coinfected and HCV-monoinfected patients. However, recent data from Spain are questioning these recommendations on the basis of the findings of higher relapse rates and lower cure rates in HIV/HCV-infected subjects. The aim of our study was to compare HCV cure rates in monoinfected and coinfected patients from Germany...
January 25, 2018: HIV Medicine
Aline Vater, Steffen Moritz, Stefan Roepke
Narcissism scores are higher in individualistic cultures compared with more collectivistic cultures. However, the impact of sociocultural factors on narcissism and self-esteem has not been well described. Germany was formerly divided into two different social systems, each with distinct economic, political and national cultures, and was reunified in 1989/90. Between 1949 and 1989/90, West Germany had an individualistic culture, whereas East Germany had a more collectivistic culture. The German reunification provides an exceptional opportunity to investigate the impact of sociocultural and generational differences on narcissism and self-esteem...
2018: PloS One
Bartholomew J Tortella, José Alvir, Margaret McDonald, Dean Spurden, Patrick F Fogarty, Amit Chhabra, Andreas M Pleil
BACKGROUND: Hemophilia B requires replacement therapy with factor IX (FIX) coagulation products to treat and prevent bleeding episodes. A recently introduced extended half-life (EHL) recombinant FIX replacement product provided the opportunity to compare the amount of dispensed factor and expenditures for EHL treatment compared with a standard half-life (SHL) product. OBJECTIVE: To determine factor international units (IUs) dispensed and expenditures associated with switching from nonacog alfa, the most commonly used SHL replacement product, to eftrenonacog alfa, an EHL FIX replacement product...
January 24, 2018: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Giorgia Dimitri, Domenico Giacco, Michael Bauer, Victoria Jane Bird, Lauren Greenberg, Antonio Lasalvia, Vincent Lorant, Jacek Moskalewicz, Pablo Nicaise, Andrea Pfennig, Mirella Ruggeri, Marta Welbel, Stefan Priebe
BACKGROUND: Previous studies in individual countries have identified inconsistent predictors of length of stay (LoS) in psychiatric inpatient units. This may reflect methodological inconsistencies across studies or true differences of predictors. In this study we assessed predictors of LoS in five European countries and explored whether their effect varies across countries. METHODS: Prospective cohort study. All patients admitted over 14 months to 57 psychiatric inpatient units in Belgium, Germany, Italy, Poland and United Kingdom were screened...
December 7, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
Daniela Piontek, Ludwig Kraus
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Several indicators suggest that the extent and trends of alcohol-related mortality differ between East and West Germany. Regional drinking patterns and differences in health care systems are assumed to affect the risk of dying from an alcohol-induced disease. The study addresses two questions: (1) What are the unbiased and independent age, period, and cohort effects on alcohol-related mortality trends in Germany? (2) Do these trends differ between East and West Germany? METHODS: Data on alcohol-related mortality for East and West Germany came from the national causes of deaths register for the years 1980 to 2014...
January 10, 2018: Addiction
Bernhard Schwaab
Physical training, psychosocial intervention, nutrition counselling and optimisation of secondary preventive medication to reduce morbidity and mortality of the disease as well as the reintegration into social life and return to work are equivalent goals of cardiac rehabilitation. This requires multifactorial intervention by a multidisciplinary team. In Germany, cardiac rehabilitation starting early after an index event could demonstrate a significant reduction of total mortality, myocardial infarction and hospitalisation during a follow-up of 1-2 years in 5 controlled cohort studies including 12 556 patients after myocardial infarction and CABG surgery...
December 7, 2017: Die Rehabilitation
Niklas Schmedt, Laura Khil, Klaus Berger, Oliver Riedel
BACKGROUND: Data on the incidence of multiple sclerosis (MS) on the national level is scarce. We aimed to estimate the incidence of MS in Germany and to compare different MS case definitions based on claims data. METHODS: We conducted a cohort study with the German Pharmacoepidemiological Research Database in 2012 and calculated age- and gender-standardized incidence rates (sIRs) for 3 case definitions. In addition, the effect of stepwise reduction of the look-back period without MS diagnosis on the incidence rate was evaluated...
November 14, 2017: Neuroepidemiology
Peter Buggisch, Johannes Vermehren, Stefan Mauss, Rainer Günther, Eckart Schott, Anita Pathil, Klaus Boeker, Tim Zimmermann, Gerlinde Teuber, Heike-Pfeiffer Vornkahl, Karl-Georg Simon, Claus Niederau, Heiner Wedemeyer, Stefan Zeuzem
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Ledipasvir/sofosbuvir (LDV/SOF) for 8 to 24 weeks is approved for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus infection (HCV). In the ION-3 study, 8 weeks of LDV/SOF was non-inferior to 12 weeks in previously untreated genotype 1 (GT1) patients without cirrhosis. According to the Summary of Product Characteristics (SmPC), 8-week treatment may be considered in naïve non-cirrhotic GT1-patients. However, there are only limited data on the effectiveness of an 8-week regimen of LDV/SOF under real-world conditions...
November 11, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
Constanze Pfitzer, Paul C Helm, Lisa-Maria Rosenthal, Felix Berger, Ulrike M M Bauer, Katharina Rl Schmitt
We assessed the dynamics in the prevalence of children with congenital heart disease (CHD) and Down syndrome in Germany with regard to phenotype, severity, and gender. Data from patients with CHD and Down syndrome born between 1980 and 2014 were analyzed, who are registered with the German National Register for Congenital Heart Defects. One thousand six hundred eighteen CHD patients with Down syndrome were identified. The prevalence of children born with both Down syndrome and CHD was constant from 2005 to 2009 but increased from 2010 to 2014...
January 2018: European Journal of Pediatrics
Luuk J Kalverdijk, Christian J Bachmann, Lise Aagaard, Mehmet Burcu, Gerd Glaeske, Falk Hoffmann, Irene Petersen, Catharina C M Schuiling-Veninga, Linda P Wijlaars, Julie M Zito
Over the last decades, an increase in antipsychotic (AP) prescribing and a shift from first-generation antipsychotics (FGA) to second-generation antipsychotics (SGA) among youth have been reported. However, most AP prescriptions for youth are off-label, and there are worrying long-term safety data in youth. The objective of this study was to assess multinational trends in AP use among children and adolescents. A repeated cross-sectional design was applied to cohorts from varied sources from Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US) for calendar years 2005/2006-2012...
2017: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health
Esther Jacobs, Annika Hoyer, Ralph Brinks, Oliver Kuss, Wolfgang Rathmann
OBJECTIVE: In Germany, as in many other countries, nationwide data on mortality attributable to diagnosed diabetes are not available. This study estimated the absolute number of excess deaths associated with diabetes (all types) and type 2 diabetes in Germany. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: A prevalence approach that included nationwide routine data from 64.9 million people insured in the German statutory health insurance system in 2010 was used for the calculation...
October 9, 2017: Diabetes Care
Claudia K Niestroj, Volker Schöffl, Thomas Küpper
BACKGROUND: To evaluate type and incidence of acute and overuse injuries in high level European and German competitive archers. METHODS: Participants of the German National Indoor Championship (DM) 2012 in Solingen, Germany, and European Outdoor Championship (EM) 2012 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, participated in the study. The design was a retrospective cohort study performed by a questionnaire. Data obtained included standard personal data (age, gender), training habits, draw weight, competition experience, and detailed data about acute and overuse injuries that occurred during the entire sporting career of the archers...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
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