Veronika Bonk

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OBJECTIVE Vasovagal reactions experienced by some blood donors (eg, faintness, lightheadedness, and dizziness) have been shown to be related to a decreased likelihood of future blood donations. This study evaluated the efficacy of audiovisual distraction as a means of reducing self-reported physiological reactions in first-time blood donors. Because(More)
A variety of reliable and valid psychosocial assessment instruments have been developed. Many of these instruments are brief and easily incorporated into clinical practice settings. Measures of coping, self-efficacy, helplessness, and cognitive distortion are especially useful in understanding the pain experience in rheumatic disease populations.(More)
BACKGROUNDS The Loeys-Dietz syndrome (LDS) is an inherited connective tissue disorder caused by mutations in the transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) receptors TGFBR1 or TGFBR2. Most patients with LDS develop severe aortic aneurysms resulting in early need of surgical intervention. In order to gain further insight into the pathophysiology of the disorder,(More)
Exteroceptive suppression of temporalis and masseter muscle activity was examined in young men with and without a parental history of hypertension. Recent clinical studies suggest that the second exteroceptive suppression period is attenuated in several chronic pain disorders and that this brainstem reflex may serve as a noninvasive index of endogenous pain(More)
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