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While for most cancers incidence and mortality are decreasing, those of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) are steadily increasing. Research to define reasons for this increase is extensive, but has not yet resolved them. We have conducted a literature analysis on trends regarding changes in the incidence, geographic distribution, and etiologic factors of NHL.(More)
OBJECTIVE Up to now, treatment modalities of unilateral deafness consist of no treatment, conventional contralateral routing of signal (CROS), or Bone-Anchored Hearing Aid (BAHA) hearing aid. Cochlear implantation makes a new treatment modality available for patients with single-sided deafness. The aim of this study is to evaluate the use of unilateral(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was designed to examine the subjective appraisal of aversive tension under conditions of daily life in patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD). METHOD A sample of 63 female subjects with BPD and 40 mentally healthy controls were each given a hand-held computer. For two consecutive days, participants were prompted at hourly(More)
Data on the economic burden of lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI) in young children are lacking in Germany. The objective of the cost-of-illness study was to estimate the economic impact of community-acquired LRTI and nosocomial LRTI as well as of infections due to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), parainfluenza viruses (PIV) and influenza viruses(More)
PURPOSE To improve survival and reduce toxicity in primary CNS lymphoma (PCNSL) treatment, we conducted a multicenter phase II study with early high-dose chemotherapy (HDT) and autologous stem-cell transplantation (ASCT) followed by hyperfractionated whole-brain radiotherapy (WBRT) for newly diagnosed PCNSL patients younger than 65 years of age. PATIENTS(More)
BACKGROUND The clinical relevance of infections with the novel human coronavirus NL63 (HCoV-NL63) has not been investigated systematically. We therefore determined its association with disease in young children with lower respiratory tract infection (LRTI). METHODS AND FINDINGS Nine hundred forty-nine samples of nasopharyngeal secretions from children(More)
The effects of semi-annual and 3.5 yr mean ozone (O3) concentrations on children's forced vital capacity (FVC) and forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) were assessed over a study period of 3.5 yrs in 2,153 schoolchildren from 15 study sites in South Western Germany and Lower Austria. Spirometric parameters were assessed twice a year, and(More)
Toxicity-reduced conditioning is being used for allogeneic stem cell transplantation in older and/or comorbid patients. We report on the treatment of 133 patients (median age: 55.6 years [23-73 years]) with acute myeloid leukemia (AML)/myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS; n = 81), myeloproliferative syndromes (MPS; n = 20), and lymphoid malignancies (n = 32)(More)
Toxicity-reduced conditioning is a curative treatment option for medically compromised or elderly patients ineligible for myeloablative hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). The aim of this study was to detect prognostic factors for overall survival (OS) and to evaluate quality of life (QOL) in a large homogeneous cohort of 160 consecutive patients aged(More)
BACKGROUND To improve survival of elderly patients with primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL), we conducted a phase II study with high-dose methotrexate (MTX) combined with procarbazine and CCNU. To reduce neurotoxicity, whole-brain irradiation was reserved for patients not responding to chemotherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS High-dose MTX was(More)