Kerstin Ritter

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Although the restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder with a relatively high prevalence rate (8% in Austria) and leads to insomnia and excessive daytime tiredness, there is a paucity of sleep laboratory data concerning objective and subjective sleep and awakening quality. Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate 12 untreated RLS patients as compared(More)
A variety of studies suggest that efficient treatments to induce short-term dietary success in obesity exist. However, sustained maintenance of reduced weight is rare as a large proportion of patients start to regain weight when treatment is discontinued. Thus, from a clinical perspective, it would be desirable to identify factors that counteract post-diet(More)
BACKGROUND This study investigates the prediction of mild cognitive impairment-to-Alzheimer's disease (MCI-to-AD) conversion based on extensive multimodal data with varying degrees of missing values. METHODS Based on Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative data from MCI-patients including all available modalities, we predicted the conversion to AD(More)
The authors discuss the results of a questionnaire sent to medical schools to assess textbooks and computer software used in teaching behavioral science and clinical psychiatry. Attributes concerning presentation, theoretical viewpoints, and topics covered were rated by 75 respondents. Certain texts emerged as frequently used. Although the books rated will(More)
Currently, it is unclear whether pediatric multiple sclerosis (PMS) is a pathoetiologically homogeneous disease phenotype due to clinical and epidemiological differences between early and late onset PMS (EOPMS and LOPMS). Consequently, the question was raised whether diagnostic guidelines need to be complemented by specific EOPMS markers. To search for such(More)
Brain MRI white matter hyperintensities (WMHs) are common in elderly subjects. Their impact on cognition, however, appears highly variable. Complementing conventional scoring of WMH load (volume and location) by quantitative characterization of the shape irregularity of WMHs might improve the understanding of the relationship between WMH load and cognitive(More)
UNLABELLED Recent investigations in our sleep outpatient clinic demonstrated that 30% of patients exhibited organic and 70% nonorganic sleep disorders, with 41% showing as an additional diagnosis neurotic, stress-related, and somatoform disorders, 31% affective disorders and 15% mental and behavioral disorders due to psychoactive substance use. Thus, the(More)
After a short exposition of the meaning and the technique for determination of immune complexes in circulating blood (after Hashkova, with polyethylene glycol) our first experience with phlebological patients is exposed. Positive reactions in a variety of cases (N = 122) includes atypical ulcus cruris, ulcerated vasculitis, Pyoderma gangrenosum, discoid(More)
Over a period of 12 months, all persons among the 10.4 million inhabitants of the state of Baden-Württemberg were included in the study who had suffered severe brain damage and were treated in special early rehab units, comprising 147 beds for adults and 43 for children. With 830 patients admitted, the incidence of severe brain damage was 7.98/100.000 in(More)