Incidence of analgesic nephropathy in Berlin since 1983. (1/66)

BACKGROUND: Phenacetin was removed from the German market in 1986 and was replaced mainly in analgesic compounds by acetaminophen. Our objective was to examine the effect of this measure on the incidence of analgesic nephropathy in light of the changes in other end-stage renal diseases. METHODS: We therefore compared the proportion of renal diseases in all patients starting dialysis treatment during three 18-month periods: 4/1982-9/1983 (n=57); 1/1991-6/1992 (n=81); and 10/1995-3/1997 (n=76). RESULTS: On the one hand, the proportion of end-stage analgesic nephropathy decreased significantly from 30% in 1981-1982 to 21% in 1991-1992 and 12% in 1995-1997 (P=0.01). On the other hand, type II diabetes increased significantly from 7% to 22% (P=0.01) and 29%, (P=0.001). Using the chi2 distribution test to analyze the frequencies of seven diseases at three different time intervals, however, showed that the changes in renal-disease proportions between 1982-1983, 1991-1992 and 1995-1997 were not significantly independent. There was a significant median age increase from 52 years (CI0.95 44-58) in 1982-1983 to 63 (CI0.95 55-67) in 1991-1992 and 63 (CI0.95 60-66) in 1995-1997 (P=0.003) for all patients starting dialysis but not for those with analgesic nephropathy [59 (55-71) vs 64 (53-67) and 61 (50-72); n.s.]. CONCLUSION: The decrease of end-stage analgesic nephropathy since 1983 may be partially due to the removal of phenacetin from the German market in 1986. However, considering the general increase in numbers of dialysis patients, their higher age and the increased incidence of type II diabetes, the decrease in analgesic nephropathy is not a statistically significant independent variable. Altered admittance policies for dialysis treatment have yielded a new pattern of renal-disease proportion which interferes with changes in the incidence of analgesic nephropathy.  (+info)

Aquabacterium gen. nov., with description of Aquabacterium citratiphilum sp. nov., Aquabacterium parvum sp. nov. and Aquabacterium commune sp. nov., three in situ dominant bacterial species from the Berlin drinking water system. (2/66)

Three bacterial strains isolated from biofilms of the Berlin drinking water system were characterized with respect to their morphological and physiological properties and their taxonomic position. Phenotypically, the bacteria investigated were motile, Gram-negative rods, oxidase-positive and catalase-negative, and contained polyalkanoates and polyphosphate as storage polymers. They displayed a microaerophilic growth behaviour and used oxygen and nitrate as electron acceptors, but not nitrite, chlorate, sulfate or ferric iron. The substrates metabolized included a broad range of organic acids but no carbohydrates at all. The three species can be distinguished from each other by their substrate utilization, ability to hydrolyse urea and casein, cellular protein patterns and growth on nutrient-rich media as well as their temperature, pH and NaCl tolerances. Phylogenetic analysis, based on 16S rRNA gene sequence comparison, revealed that the isolates are affiliated to the beta 1-subclass of Proteobacteria. The isolates constitute three new species with internal levels of DNA relatedness ranging from 44.9 to 51.3%. It is proposed that a new genus, Aquabacterium gen. nov., should be created, including Aquabacterium citratiphilum sp. nov., Aquabacterium parvum sp. nov. and Aquabacterium commune sp. nov. The type species of the new genus is Aquabacterium commune. The type strain of A. citratiphilum is strain B4T (= DSM 11900T), the type strain of A. parvum is strain B6T (= DSM 11968T) and the type strain of A. commune is strain B8T (= DSM 11901T).  (+info)

Diurnal, weekly and seasonal variation of sudden death. Population-based analysis of 24,061 consecutive cases. (3/66)

AIMS: Several studies have reported circadian and seasonal variations in acute cardiovascular disease. In addition, a weekly variation has been observed in acute myocardial infarction. The aim of our study was to determine the circadian weekly, and seasonal variations of sudden death utilizing population-based data. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analysed the emergency medical system data of Berlin (West) from 1987-1991 with respect to all consecutive sudden deaths in subjects >18 years (n=24 061). There was a marked circadian variation of sudden death, with a minimum between 0 and 6 h and a maximum between 6 and 12 h (P<0.0001) for every day of the week. A minimum of events occurred on Sundays (n=3143), and a maximum on Mondays (n=3721), corresponding to a relative increase of 18.3% (P<0.0001). The increase was more pronounced (23.6%) in patients < or =65 than in patients >65 (15.7%). In addition, we found a significant seasonal variation (P<0.0001) in events, with a maximum during winter (December to February, n=6493), and a minimum during summer (June to August, n=5472), corresponding to a relative difference of 18.7%. The seasonal variation was more pronounced in patients >65 years. CONCLUSION: The present analyses demonstrate marked variations in the occurrence of sudden death with peaks during morning hours, on Mondays, and during winter months. The findings suggest that the onset of sudden death may be associated with endogenous rhythms and external factors including climatic conditions.  (+info)

Genetic variability determinants of Helicobacter pylori: influence of clinical background and geographic origin of isolates. (4/66)

Helicobacter pylori has an unusual pattern of genetic variation, which complicates research on this organism. To gain a better understanding of the forces behind this phenomenon, the extent to which recombination and single point mutations affect genetic variability in H. pylori was quantified and the influence of both geographical distance and clinical background were assessed. Site-directed restriction-endonuclease digestion of 2 gene fragments was performed on 168 isolates from Montreal and Berlin. Allelic diversity was found to be much higher for H. pylori than for other bacterial species. This finding is consistent with those of previous studies on H. pylori that were conducted using other techniques. However, nucleotide diversity was within the range reported for other bacterial species. Phylogenetic analysis found no grouping of strains with clinical background or geographical origin. Recombination at a rate that resulted in linkage equilibrium within genes can explain these observations.  (+info)

Antimicrobial resistance in Streptococcus pyogenes isolates in Berlin. (5/66)

A total of 212 clinical Streptococcus pyogenes isolates were tested for susceptibility to various antibiotics by agar dilution. The overall frequency of erythromycin resistance was 12.7%, being higher in isolates from children (18.9%) than in those from adult patients (10.7%). Similar results were found for clarithromycin, while 2.8% of the isolates were resistant to ciprofloxacin. All strains were susceptible to penicillin and cefotaxime. Of the erythromycin-resistant isolates subjected to the double-disc diffusion test for erythromycin and clindamycin, 35% expressed constitutive and 55% inducible resistance to clindamycin. Ten per cent were susceptible to clindamycin (M-phenotype). Thus, a high rate of macrolide resistance in S. pyogenes has emerged in Berlin.  (+info)

Interpretation of band differences to distinguish strains of Serratia marcescens by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis of XbaI DNA digests. (6/66)

The number of band differences in DNA macrorestriction profiles required to distinguish unrelated strains from an index strain varies in an outbreak with the species and restriction enzyme used. In order to define this difference for epidemiological studies of Serratia marcescens, we produced DNA fingerprints from 57 isolates of the organism using the restriction enzyme XbaI and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). The isolates were selected on the basis of their epidemiology, serotype and phage-typing patterns to include 28 unrelated strains and 29 representatives from 2 distinct outbreaks. One of the outbreaks was prolonged. lasting for several years. Electrophoretic profiles consisting of 20 or more clearly resolved bands were obtained for all isolates. Twenty-six of the unrelated strains had unique profiles with over 10 band differences from all other strains, while 27 of the outbreak representatives could be assigned to the appropriate outbreak with confidence. The majority of the outbreak isolates had none or 2 band differences from the index profile, although 3 isolates differed by 5-7 bands. The 2 exceptions among the unrelated strains differed by 4 bands, and 3 phage typing reactions, and were isolated from London and Berlin 3 years apart, while the 2 exceptions among the outbreak collection had clearly unique profiles with over 20 band differences from each other and the outbreak profiles. Cluster analysis using Dice coefficient and UPGMA gave cut-off values of 75-78% similarity overall for related isolates, while the closest similarity for unrelated strains was 70%. The results of this study together with those of the 6 previous reports of PFGE for S. marcescens (which used either enzymes XbaI or SpeI) confirm that this technique is of value for this species and that with XbaI at least, most epidemiologically related strains will only differ by 3-4 bands. However, on occasion up to 7 band differences can be found within an apparent outbreak, which may be suggestive of genetic drift.  (+info)

Genetic variability and prevalence of Bartonella henselae in cats in Berlin, Germany, and analysis of its genetic relatedness to a strain from Berlin that is pathogenic for humans. (7/66)

Nineteen Bartonella henselae strains and one Bartonella clarridgeiae strain were isolated from blood samples of 97 pet cats and 96 stray cats from Berlin, Germany, indicating prevalence rates of 1 and 18.7%, respectively, for B. henselae and 0 and 1%, respectively, for B. clarridgeiae. Eighteen of 19 B. henselae isolates corresponded to 16S rRNA type II. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) analysis revealed seven different PFGE types among the feline B. henselae strains. Interestingly, all feline isolates displayed low genetic relatedness to B. henselae strain Berlin-1, which is pathogenic for humans.  (+info)

The influence of geopolitical change on the well-being of a population: the Berlin Wall. (8/66)

OBJECTIVES: Social cohesion is recognized as a fundamental condition for healthy populations, but social cohesion itself arises from political unity. The history of the Berlin Wall provides a unique opportunity to examine the effects of partition on social cohesion and, by inference, on health. METHODS: This ethnographic study consisted of examination of the territory formerly occupied by the Wall, formal and informal interviews with Berlin residents, and collection of cultural documents related to the Wall. Transcripts, field notes, and documents were examined by means of a keyword-in-context analysis. RESULTS: The separation of Berlin into 2 parts was a traumatic experience for the city's residents. After partition, East and West Germany had divergent social, cultural, and political experiences and gradually grew apart. CONCLUSIONS: The demolition of the Wall--the symbol and the instrument of partition--makes possible but does not ensure the reintegration of 2 populations that were separated for 40 years. The evolution of a new common culture might be accelerated by active attempts at cultural and social exchange.  (+info)