Swiss medical weekly : official journal of the Swiss Society of Infectious Diseases, the Swiss Society of Internal Medicine, the Swiss Society of Pneumology
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Switzerland, with its ETHZ and EPFL, universities, advanced technical colleges, the CSEM, the Empa and the Paul Scherrer Institute, possesses a complete chain of knowledge and interdisciplinary competence which ranks it among the worldwide leaders in medical technology. To ensure that a wider ra...
The number of patients implanted with cardiovascular electronic devices (CIED) like implantable defibrillators (ICD), cardiac resynchronisation (CRT) devices, and pacemakers continues to grow. These devices require regular follow-up interrogation in dedicated device clinics. Contemporary CIED ar...
Sphincters to guarantee continence are in principal the simplest muscles, because only two states (closed and open) seem to be important. The healthy urinary sphincter, however, provides dynamic components. During the filling phase the increase in tonus prevents urinary loss. The sphincter rapid...
The in vitro engineering of functionally developed biological cartilage substitutes, based on cells and appropriate structural and soluble factors, is an attractive concept for the clinical treatment of cartilage injuries and degeneration. The field of cartilage tissue engineering has developed ...
The precision of symptom assessment and documentation in daily routine is unknown. Differences in hip studies have been observed between the charts and the patient questionnaires. This was the reason to perform this study and to compare the charts and the patient questionnaires. This was a retro...
While studies from other countries have shown an excess mortality in diabetic individuals when compared with the general population, comparable long-term data is not available for Switzerland. To assess gender-specific cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular mortality of patients with type 1 and t...
The Swiss Sentinel Surveillance Network (SSSN) has been used as a monitoring system for asthma epidemiology. Three aspects of asthma were studied between 1989 and 2005: the seasonal pattern of asthma, practice incidence and time trends for allergic and non-allergic asthma on the basis of the ass...
Combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) has dramatically improved the prognosis of HIV-infected persons to a level close to a normal life expectancy in a significant proportion of treated individuals. On starting cART HIV-induced immune deficiency can be prevented or, if already present, recon...