Publications by authors named "Tanja Neufeld"

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Cannabis use of patients with inflammatory bowel disease in Germany: a cross-sectional survey.

Z Gastroenterol 2021 Jun 22. Epub 2021 Jun 22.

Department for Internal and Integrative Medicine, Sozialstiftung Bamberg, Bamberg, Germany.

Background And Aims:  Progressive legalization and increasing utilization of medical cannabis open up potential new applications, including for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). This study aimed to collect current figures on the use of and experience with cannabis among IBD patients in Germany.

Methods:  A 71-item questionnaire was mailed to a randomly selected representative sample of 1000 IBD patients.

Results:  Questionnaires were returned by 417 patients (mean age 49.1 ± 17.0 years; 55.8 % women; 43.4 % ulcerative colitis and 54.7 % Crohn's disease). Seventy-three respondents (17.5 %) stated past cannabis use for recreational purposes, while 12 users mentioned usage at the time the questionnaire was completed (2.9 %). Seventeen patients (4.1 %) indicated past use of cannabis, and 18 participants (4.3 %) reported current use of cannabis to treat IBD. Perceived benefits of cannabis use by its users included reduced abdominal pain, improved sleep quality, and relief of unease and worry. They reported lower quality of life and higher levels of anxiety or depression than non-users. Of notice, 52.9 % of cannabis users obtained their cannabis from the black market. A total of 76.5 % of former and 50 % of current users did not report their cannabis use to the physician.

Conclusion:  This survey reveals the largest data set on cannabis use among IBD patients in Germany, with the potential for further research. Cannabis is mainly procured from the black market, with unknown quality.
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June 2021

Kinesiology training in patients with Parkinson's disease: results of a pilot study.

J Neural Transm (Vienna) 2020 05 9;127(5):793-798. Epub 2020 Jan 9.

Department of Neurology, St. Joseph Hospital Berlin-Weissensee, Gartenstr. 1, 13088, Berlin, Germany.

Complementary therapies are an essential component of the treatment of patients with Parkinson's disease. They aim to ameliorate disease symptoms in conjunction with dopamine substitution. Kinesiology trains about the effective use of physical, mental and emotional skills. Objectives of this pilot study were to demonstrate the efficacy of a standardised kinesiology programme in 20 patients with Parkinson's disease. They were on a stable drug regimen during the whole trial. Ten patients received two kinesiology sessions per week over a 6-week lasting interval. The remaining ten patients were only followed over the same time period without any kinesiology training. We scored disease symptoms, tested cognition and assessed instrumental movement performance at baseline and study end. Kinesiology improved disease symptoms, cognitive abilities and execution of simple but not complex movement series. We show a certain value of a standardised kinesiology programme as adjunct, complementary therapeutic approach in patients with Parkinson's disease.
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May 2020