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BACKGROUND High tibial osteotomy has been recognized as a beneficial treatment for osteoarthritis of the medial compartment of the knee. The purpose of this prospective study was to assess the short-term results of opening-wedge high tibial osteotomies with locked plate fixation. METHODS From September 2002 to November 2005, fifty-one consecutive medial(More)
Neuropeptide Y (NPY) modulates ethanol drinking in rodents. The C-allele of the T1128C polymorphism of the human NPY gene has been previously associated with elevated alcohol consumption in a Finn population study. The present study tested the hypothesis that the T1128C polymorphism is associated with the diagnosis of alcoholism or with severe forms of(More)
AIMS It was investigated whether the allele A9 of the dopamine transporter gene (DAT1; SLC6A3) is associated with alcoholism, delirium tremens (DT), alcohol withdrawal seizures (AWS), or the daily alcohol intake. METHODS A group of 102 healthy subjects and 216 alcoholics, including 97 patients with a history of mild withdrawal symptoms, 65 with a history(More)
BACKGROUND Norepinephrine and dopamine mediate important aspects of alcoholism and alcohol withdrawal. Dopamine-beta-hydroxylase (DbetaH) converts dopamine to norepinephrine. A recent study demonstrated a strong association between variance in plasma DbetaH activity and a novel polymorphism (DBH-1021C-->T) at the structural locus (DBH) encoding DbetaH(More)
BACKGROUND The complication rate of periprosthetic femoral fractures above well-fixed total knee arthroplasties is high. The Less Invasive Stabilization System (LISS) was introduced to reduce surgical dissections at the fracture site. The purpose of this retrospective study was to evaluate the midterm functional outcome of a group of patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Elevated homocysteine plasma levels are considered as a risk factor for the occurrence of seizures during alcohol withdrawal. Homocysteine plasma concentrations seem to be influenced by the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T-polymorphism. It was investigated whether the T-allele of the MTHFR C677T-polymorphism is associated with(More)
As the enzyme dopamine-beta-hydroxylase (DbetaH) converts dopamine to norepinephrine and both transmitters seem to be involved in the pathology of alcoholism and severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms, the gene encoding DbetaH (DBH) was applied to explore the genetic background of alcoholism and severe withdrawal symptoms. 102 healthy control subjects and 208(More)
BACKGROUND The Less Invasive Stabilization System (LISS) is an internal fixator, which combines closed reduction of the diaphysis or metaphysis of distal femur fractures with locked unicortical screw fixation. METHODS In a retrospective consecutive study, 50 patients with Association for the Study of the Problems of Internal Fixation/Orthopaedic Trauma(More)
As the inhibitory neurotransmitter gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) modulates ethanol consumption, alcohol withdrawal symptoms and seizure generation by interacting with the GABAB receptor, the genes encoding for the GABAB receptor can be considered as candidate genes for alcoholism and alcohol withdrawal seizures (AWS). As the polymorphism GABABR1(More)
BACKGROUND Follicular thyroid microcarcinomas (mFTCs) of 10 mm or less in size rarely manifest clinically and their clinical significance is controversial. This study assessed their characteristics and incidence, and analysed treatment modalities used for mFTC. METHODS Members of the German Association of Endocrine Surgeons were asked to review patients(More)