Rita Steinbach

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BACKGROUND Both genetic and environmental factors play a role in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. The magnitude of genetic and environmental influences may vary in different populations and can be investigated by twin studies. METHODS In this cross-sectional study, 101 (63 monozygotic and 38 dizygotic) adult twin pairs (n =(More)
AIMS Cardiovascular autonomic function is often assessed in patients with diabetes by measuring heart rate variability and baroreflex sensitivity, the heritability of which is not fully understood. The present study was aimed to determine the effects of genetic and environmental factors on heart rate variability and baroreflex sensitivity in monozygotic and(More)
UNLABELLED Both genetic and environmental factors play role in the pathogenesis of the metabolic syndrome. The magnitude of genetic and environmental influences on the components of metabolic syndrome may vary in different populations. AIMS The present study was aimed to determine the effects of genetic and environmental factors on risk factors(More)
Arterial stiffness is an independent predictor of cardiovascular, cerebrovascular and all-cause mortality. Quantifying the genetic influence on the stiff arterial phenotype allows us to better predict the development of arterial stiffness. In this study, we aimed to determine the heritability of carotid artery stiffness in healthy twins. We studied 98 twin(More)
AIM The purpose of the study was to analyse the number of potential cornea donors in relationship to the number of actual donors. Furthermore, the reasons for the discrepancy between the number of the potential and actual donors were analysed. METHODS Over a period of 6 months data were collected from 6 hospitals and the institute for forensic medicine of(More)
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