Ekkehard Beck

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BACKGROUND There is serological evidence for an association between Chlamydia pneumoniae and coronary heart disease. We investigated the hypothesis that an antichlamydial macrolide antibiotic, roxithromycin, can prevent or reduce recurrent major ischaemic events in patients with unstable angina. METHODS The effect of roxithromycin was assessed in a(More)
AIMS Mounting evidence suggests infection, specifically Chlamydia pneumoniae, plays a role in atherosclerosis. We tested whether antibiotic treatment with the macrolide roxithromycin improves clinical outcome in patients with acute non-Q-wave coronary syndromes. Preliminary reports revealed a reduction in events in the roxithromycin group at 30 days. We now(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the effect of sulfasalazine (SSZ) on inflammatory back pain (IBP) due to active undifferentiated spondyloarthritis (uSpA) or ankylosing spondylitis in patients with symptom duration <5 years. METHODS Patients with IBP and a Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI) >3 from 12 centres were randomly assigned to 24(More)
In the first long-term cohort study of Schnyder's corneal dystrophy the authors examined affected and unaffected members of two unrelated families in 1975 and 1976 respectively, and again in 1984. They identified carriers, catalogued changes in the diffuse and crystalline corneal opacities which characterize this dystrophy and analysed the patient's lipid(More)
Research and surveillance programs relating to the circulation of eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE) virus in Florida between 1955 and 1974 are summarized. All available data suggest that EEE virus is 1) endemic in many Florida fresh water swamps and waterways, 2) active in a continuous cycle throughout the year with a peak between May and August, and(More)