Ruth Gausche

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OBJECTIVE Trends of overweight (ov)/obesity (ob) prevalence among German children aged 4-16 years were studied between 1999 and 2008. SUBJECTS Body mass index (BMI) data (>P90 [ov] and >P97 [ob]) from the national CrescNet database were analysed in three age groups: 4-7.99, 8-11.99, and 12-16 years. RESULTS Trend analyses. Data from 272 826 children(More)
There is ample discussion of the relevance of the metabolic syndrome, the definition criteria, and predictive power. Nevertheless, along with the increasing prevalence of childhood obesity, the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome in obese children is reported at 30%, irrespective of the definition applied. Because children are otherwise relatively free of(More)
Seasonal fluctuations in outdoor temperature have been shown to affect blood pressure in adults. The aim of our study was to determine whether blood pressure measurements in children and adolescents in Central Europe undergo seasonal variation or are influenced by outdoor temperature. The blood pressure of 6,714 subjects (3,497 boys, 3,237 girls) aged 3 to(More)
OBJECTIVE To analyze linear growth of very low birth weight (VLBW), small for gestational age (SGA; < 10th percentile) preterm infants from birth as to catch-up or no catch-up growth. STUDY DESIGN VLBW SGA preterm infants (n = 46) with primarily symmetric intrauterine growth restriction from the Bonn Longitudinal Study were compared with 62 appropriate(More)
OBJECTIVE Regular physical exercise within structured lifestyle programs may improve weight status and minimize metabolic risk factors in childhood obesity. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of the one-year combined physical exercise/lifestyle program KLAKS on anthropometric and metabolic parameters and glycemic control in childhood obesity.(More)
INTRODUCTION For several years practising pediatricians and pediatric endocrinologists in Leipzig have been collaborating closely to achieve early detection of growth disorders. As a result of this collaboration a data-bank was established in September 1998 into which height and weight measurements were entered and related to age and gender. This well(More)
BACKGROUND Growth hormone replacement therapy is more effective the earlier it is begun. This article adresses the question whether children with growth hormone deficiency (GHD) were able to begin treatment earlier through the use of the CrescNet system in the Department of Pediatrics at the Leipzig University Hospital. CrescNet is a network of(More)
It is controversial whether obesity in children is associated with earlier onset of puberty and advanced appearance of distinct parameters of pubertal development. To investigate the impact of obesity on markers of the onset and parameters representing stages of puberty, we analyzed auxological parameters and secondary sex characteristics in three(More)
To assess secular trends in alterations in body mass index (BMI) in German children and adolescents between 1999 and 2006, we performed an analysis using data from a computerized database (CrescNet) and focusing on the data ranges above the 97th percentile (P97) and below the median (P50). This cross-sectional assessment of BMI data used a total of 143 495(More)
High blood pressure is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Blood pressure tracking could help to identify individuals with potential hypertension. Therefore, we have asked whether or not tracking was of predictive value for the development of hypertension in early life. Blood pressure was routinely measured in 13,261 children and adolescents in(More)