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AIMS The rise of markers for myocardial injury indicates early graft-related or non-graft-related perioperative myocardial infarction (PMI) after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). A diagnostic discrimination between these two situations may enable adequate therapeutic measures, limiting myocardial damage, and improving outcome. METHODS AND RESULTS(More)
BACKGROUND A possible relationship between increased perioperative risk during coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and previous percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is debatable. We sought to determine the impact of previous PCI on patient outcome after elective CABG. METHODS AND RESULTS Between January 2000 and January 2005, 2626 consecutive(More)
BACKGROUND Subtle and inconsistent differences in hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity have been reported for patients with panic disorder. While these patients show little or no alterations in basal ACTH and cortisol levels, it has been hypothesized that HPA hyperresponsivity was a trait in panic patients when exposed to novel and(More)
BACKGROUND Hyperthymic Temperament (HYT) and a closely related trait, Hypomanic Personality (HYP), have both been related to bipolar affective disorder (BAD). Intensity dependence of auditory evoked potentials (IAEP) is a suggested inverse indicator of serotonergic neurotransmission and has been found to be elevated in BAD. Therefore the present study(More)
OBJECTIVE Intensity dependence of auditory-evoked potentials (IAEP) is a suggested indicator of serotonergic neurotransmission. In contrast to its clinical renaissance, the reliability of IAEP has only been examined in a few studies, most of which are limited due to the possibly confounding effects of age and gender. Therefore, the present study examines(More)
BACKGROUND Accessing information that defines personally familiar context in real-world situations is essential for the social interactions and the independent functioning of an individual. Personal familiarity is associated with the availability of semantic and episodic information as well as the emotional meaningfulness surrounding a stimulus. These(More)
Intensity dependence of auditory-evoked potentials (IAEP) has been suggested as an indicator of central serotonergic neurotransmission. Two recent studies investigated a possible association of IAEP with a functional polymorphism in the transcriptional control region of the serotonin transporter gene (5-HTTLPR) that has a short (s) and a long (l) variant.(More)
OBJECTIVE In clinical practice lung transplantation is the only procedure where the transplanted organ is left without its own arterial perfusion. With the interruption of the bronchial arteries the nutritive support is dependent on collateral flow by the pulmonary artery and the oxygen tension of desaturated central venous blood, representing an abnormal(More)
Transcription factor AP-2beta may influence brain monoaminergic systems by regulating target genes. Several monoaminergic genes, including the serotonin transporter gene, have AP-2beta binding sites. Late auditory-evoked potentials (P1, N1/P2) and impulsiveness-related personality traits are correlated, and both are modulated by monoaminergic(More)
Estimation risk is known to have a huge impact on mean/variance optimized portfolios, which is one of the primary reasons to make standard Markowitz optimization unfeasible in practice. This issue has attracted new interest in the last years, and several approaches to incorporate estimation risk into portfolio selection have been developed only recently. In(More)