OBJECTIVE To compare the 24-month course of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients with long-standing RA treated with a conventional synthetic (cs) or a first, second or third biologic (b) DMARD in daily rheumatological care. METHODS Patients enrolled in the German biologics register RABBIT who were observed over at least 12 months were… (More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE To examine the quality of life (QoL) in a large cohort of untreated patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) and to investigate the impact of intramuscular (IM) interferon beta-1a (IFNbeta-1a) treatment. METHODS Prospective, observational, open-label, multicentre study conducted in Germany. Untreated patients with… (More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the approved treatment of rheumatoid arthritis using rituximab + methotrexate (RTX + MTX) versus the off-label treatment variants of RTX in monotherapy or RTX in combination with leflunomide (RTX + LEF). METHODS We included RTX-naive patients enrolled in the German biologics register RABBIT (Rheumatoid Arthritis: Observation of… (More)
BACKGROUND The aim was to estimate the impact of individual risk factors and treatment with various disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) on the incidence of myocardial infarction (MI) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS We analysed data from 11,285 patients with RA, enrolled in the prospective cohort study RABBIT, at the start of… (More)
The authors describe three siblings born to consanguineous parents with early onset ataxia, dysarthria, myoclonic, generalized tonic clonic seizures, upward gaze palsy, extensor plantar reflexes, sensory neuropathy, and normal cognition. Direct screening excluded mutations in FRDA, TDP1,and SACS genes and at 8344, 3243, and 8993 positions of mitochondrial… (More)
The selection of patients with severe vertebrobasilar artery stenosis for angioplasty is based mainly on clinical experience rather than on controlled data. We present a patient with severe vertebral artery stenosis in whom we could document the positive effect of angioplasty on posterior circulation hemodynamics by using transcranial Doppler sonography.
BACKGROUND METARTHROS (Metabolic impact on joint and bone disease) is a nationwide German network to investigate the overlap between inflammatory and metabolic diseases. The objective of this study was to compare the body mass index (BMI) distribution in patients with early and established rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with data from the general population, and… (More)
OBJECTIVE This observational cohort study investigated the impact of biological (b) disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) on the outcomes of serious infections (SIs) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. METHODS We investigated outcomes of SIs observed in 947 patients enrolled in the German biologics register RABBIT(Rheumatoid arthritis:… (More)
– This paper demonstrates the increasing importance of fault diagnostics in automated systems. It presents two different approaches for analysing massive data based on outlier detection and multi-scale pattern extraction.