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A strictly anaerobic, dichloromethane-utilizing bacterium was isolated from a previously described dichloromethane-fermenting, two-component mixed culture. In a mineral medium with vitamins, the organism converted 5 mM dichloromethane within 7 days to formate plus acetate in a molar ratio of 2:1 and to biomass and traces of pyruvate. Of 50 potential(More)
In congenital myasthenic syndrome with DOK7 mutations ephedrine was reported to be beneficial in single patients. We carried out a small, open and prospective cohort study in eight European patients manifesting from birth to 12 years. Five patients showed limb-girdle and facial weakness, three a floppy infant syndrome with bulbar symptoms and/or respiratory(More)
IMPORTANCE The effectiveness of intravenous thrombolysis in acute ischemic stroke is time dependent. The effects are likely to be highest if the time from symptom onset to treatment is within 60 minutes, termed the golden hour. OBJECTIVE To determine the achievable rate of golden hour thrombolysis in prehospital care and its effect on outcome. DESIGN,(More)
IMPORTANCE Time to thrombolysis is crucial for outcome in acute ischemic stroke. OBJECTIVE To determine if starting thrombolysis in a specialized ambulance reduces delays. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS In the Prehospital Acute Neurological Treatment and Optimization of Medical care in Stroke Study (PHANTOM-S), conducted in Berlin, Germany, we(More)
OBJECTIVE Activation and suppression of immune responses are crucial events during sepsis. Based on substantial new data, a complex picture of differential immune-enhancing and immunosuppressive actions of adrenocortical steroids is emerging. The adrenal androgen dehydroepiandrosterone and its precursor, dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate, show a considerable(More)
BACKGROUND There is evidence to suggest that inflammation plays a role in the development of atherosclerosis. Chronic infections may activate an inflammatory response in the walls of blood vessels. OBJECTIVE To investigate the possibility of there being an association between infection with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) and coronary heart disease. (More)
The frequency of myoglobinuric renal failure is estimated between 8 and 20%. Despite early onset of therapy often the use of renal substitution by hemodialysis or hemofiltration is required. This study of the clinical course of nine patients with myoglobinuric acute renal failure reveals continuous arterio-venous hemofiltration (CAVH) to have an effective(More)
BACKGROUND The preferred immunosuppressive drug for long term treatment of myasthenia gravis (MG) is azathioprine (AZA). Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) was suggested as an effective and safe second line alternative to AZA. METHODS In a prospective open-label study, 11 patients with acetylcholine receptor antibody (AChR-ab) positive MG (n=4 ocular MG, n=7(More)
RATIONALE Time from symptom onset to treatment is closely associated with the effectiveness of intravenous thrombolysis in acute ischemic stroke patients. Hospitals are encouraged to take every effort to shorten delay of treatment. Despite combined efforts to streamline procedures in hospitals to provide treatment as soon as possible, most patients receive(More)