Issue 02/2013

In this issue you find the following subjects:

  • Ambulatory Medical Care of Patients with Dementia Mirrored in Claims Data from a Sickness Fund
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease: Implementation of Secondary Prevention Measures in Primary Care According to Guidelines
  • Hindrance to Qualification in Family Medicine – a Chronology
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Table of contents (02/2013 - selection)


DEGAM Benefits

  • Germany’s Drug Commission Cautions Against Cardiac Risks of Domperidone

    Domperidone is a peripheral dopamine antagonist and the second most frequent prokinetic drug precsribed in Germany. After reviewing two new case-control studies from...

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  • Paroxysmal Supraventricular Tachycardia: to Dip Someone‘s Face into Cold Water?

    The human dive reflex, a physiological phenomenon similar to the bradycardia reflex used by marine mammals during prolonged submersion, represents an effective method...

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  • Your Diagnosis?

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  • Weight Gain After Nicotine Withdrawal

    Smoking cessation is associated with a mean increase of 4–5 kg in body weight after 12 months of abstinence, and most weight gain occurs within three months of...

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  • Norovirus: Mortality Underrated

    Norovirus associated deaths doubled in the US between 1999/2000 and 2006/2007. Mortality risk during outbreaks in nursing homes is more than 10 % higher.Hall AJ et...

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  • Screening for Rheumatoid Arthritis Using Rheumatoid Factor – Trash!

    Individuals in the general population with elevated rheumatoid factor have up to 26-fold greater long term risk of rheumatoid arthritis, and up to 32 % 10 year absolute...

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Original Papers


  • The Hantavirus – a Zoonosis with Varying Incidence

    Background: Following a warning issued this summer by the German Robert Koch-Institute regarding a new peak of notified cases of Hantavirus infections and corresponding...

    Stephan Heberger

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Continuing Education

  • A Statistical Puzzle on New Year’s Eve

    Summary: When searching about mortality-statistics in Germany I came up with the following question: On this new year’s eve, what actually is my own risk of dying...

    Stephan Heberger

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Special Article


  • Changes in German Medical Licensure Act: Mandatory Clerkship in Family Practice

    Reinhold Klein

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