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BACKGROUND Data about quality of life (QoL) are important to estimate the impact of diseases on functioning and well-being. The present study was designed to assess the association of different aspects of panic disorder (PD) with QoL and to examine the relationship between QoL and symptomatic outcome following brief cognitive-behavioral group therapy(More)
BACKGROUND Pyogenic infections of the lumbar spine are a rare but critical pathology, yet with considerably high mortality rates. In cases indicating surgical therapy, the implantation of titanium cages or autologous bone grafts represent today's gold standard. Although non-metallic implants such as poly-ether-ether-ketone (PEEK) have proven to be(More)
Headache associated with sexual activity is an idiopathic headache disorder and regarded to be a vascular headache but no pathophysiological studies have been performed to date to elucidate the underlying mechanisms. We investigated 12 patients with the explosive type of sexual headache according to the criteria of the International Headache Society during(More)
BACKGROUND It is often suggested in the literature that alexithymic patients are less responsive to psychotherapy than nonalexithymic patients. However, few empirical studies have examined this issue. Furthermore, it is unclear whether or not alexithymia itself may improve during psychotherapy. METHODS Fifty-five consecutive outpatients with panic(More)
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