Rolf Malessa

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The authors undertook this study to determine the effects of age, gender, and heart rate (HR) on the results of cardiac autonomic function tests for measuring heart rate variability (HRV) in a large sample of healthy subjects (n=309). Conventional tests (deep breathing, maximum/minimum 30∶15 ratio), and a standardized 5-minute resting study, including(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy and safety of alpha-lipoic acid given intravenously, followed by oral treatment in type 2 diabetic patients with symptomatic polyneuropathy. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS In a multicenter randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial (Alpha-Lipoic Acid in Diabetic Neuropathy [ALADIN] III Study), 509 outpatients were(More)
The temperature dependence of the pressure-induced equilibrium unfolding of staphylococcal nuclease (Snase) was determined by fluorescence of the single tryptophan residue, FTIR absorption for the amide I' and tyrosine O-H bands, and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). The results from these three techniques were similar, although the stability as measured(More)
A role for human herpesvirus 6 (HHV6) in the neurological complications associated with infection by human immunodeficiency virus (neuro-AIDS) and during multiple sclerosis (MS) is not known. For the present study, an improved PCR and immunofluorescence serology method were applied to sera and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from 27 neuro-AIDS, 36 MS and 24(More)
Numerous studies provide evidence that major depression (MD) is associated with certain disorders of cardiac autonomic nervous system (ANS) function, in particular, with an autonomic neurocardiac imbalance characterized by a low cardiovagal modulation, a raised sympathetic nerve activity and a high resting heart rate. We assume that such MD-associated(More)
In contrast to diabetic autonomic neuropathy, cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN) in long-term alcoholics has been studied rarely. Using both standardized bedside tests and computer-assisted analysis of heart rate variability (HRV), we prospectively compared autonomic neurocardial function between 35 strictly selected, detoxified alcoholics(More)
Foveal and conventional full field pattern-shift visual evoked potentials (f-VEPs and c-VEPs) were recorded bilaterally in 100 HIV seropositive homosexual men (HIVs) and in 40 age-matched healthy controls. In HIVs, both f-VEPs and c-VEPs revealed a significant mean increase in P100 latency (p < 0.001). In stage WR2 early conduction changes were detected in(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore efficacy and safety outcomes of topiramate for episodic migraine prevention in community practice. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Open-label, multicenter, flexible-dose clinical trial consisting of a 4-week baseline phase, 24-week core phase and an optional 24-week follow-up phase in patients (18-80 years) with episodic migraine treated(More)
The pressure-induced unfolding of wild-type staphylococcal nuclease (Snase WT) was studied using synchrotron X-ray small-angle scattering (SAXS) and Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, which monitor changes in the tertiary and secondary structural properties of the protein upon pressurization. The experimental results reveal that application of(More)