Jürgen Braun

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The field of spondyloarthritis (SpA) has experienced major progress in the last decade, especially with regard to new treatments, earlier diagnosis, imaging technology and a better definition of outcome parameters for clinical trials. In the present work, the Assessment in SpondyloArthritis international Society (ASAS) provides a comprehensive handbook on(More)
Shifting attention away from a visual stimulus reduces, but does not abolish, visual discrimination performance. This residual vision with 'poor' attention can be compared to normal vision with 'full' attention to reveal how attention alters visual perception. We report large differences between residual and normal visual thresholds for discriminating the(More)
Although visual attention is known to modulate brain activity in the posterior parietal, prefrontal, and visual sensory areas, the unique roles of these areas in the control of attentional resources have remained unclear. Here, we report a dissociation in the response profiles of these areas. In a parametric functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the overall prevalence of spondylarthropathy (SpA) among whites. METHODS To screen for SpA symptoms, such as inflammatory back pain (IBP), joint swelling, psoriasis, and uveitis, or a specific family history, questionnaires were mailed to 348 blood donors (174 HLA-B27 positive and 174 HLA-B27 negative). From the responding 273(More)
UNLABELLED BACKGROUND Treatment options for patients with ankylosing spondylitis are few. We aimed to assess the effectiveness of infliximab, an antibody to tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha, in treatment of such patients. METHODS In this 12-week placebo-controlled multicentre study, we randomly assigned 35 patients with active ankylosing spondylitis to(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate various validity aspects of four disease activity scores (ASDAS) for ankylosing spondylitis (AS) in comparison with the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index (BASDAI), its individual components and physician and patient global assessment of disease activity. METHODS The analyses were performed in two cohorts of patients(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop evidence based recommendations for the management of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) as a combined effort of the 'ASsessment in AS' international working group and the European League Against Rheumatism. METHODS Each of the 22 participants was asked to contribute up to 15 propositions describing key clinical aspects of AS management. A(More)
OBJECTIVES To develop a new index for disease activity in ankylosing spondylitis (ASDAS) that is truthful, discriminative and feasible, and includes domains/items that are considered relevant by patients and doctors. METHODS Eleven candidate variables covering six domains of disease activity, selected by ASAS experts in a Delphi exercise, were tested in a(More)
The purpose of this study was to assess the value of electron beam computed tomography in the detection of cardiac calcifications in coronaries and valves of dialysis patients and to determine the rate at which calcification progresses. Forty-nine chronic hemodialysis patients aged 28 to 74 years were compared with 102 non-dialysis patients aged 32 to 73(More)