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GBE Booklets

The Robert Koch Institute's Federal Health Reporting service publishes a series of booklets (Themenhefte) covering specific topics of health reporting.

In addition to these booklets, the RKI publishes focus reports (Schwerpunktberichte), each covering a single health or health-system topic in a detailed and comprehensive manner.

You can either download these booklets as PDF files (German version only, except number 31 and 42) or receive a printed copy by post.

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Publication 36 "Prostate diseases"

Uterine diseases comprise different malign and benign diseases of the uterus and disease patterns with involvement of the uterus. About 28,000 women (incidence data from 2002) per year develop cancer of the corpus of the uterus (about 11,500), cervix (about 6,500), and ovaries (about 9,900). These are about 13.5% of the total estimated cancer incidence in women. Of all women died of cancer in 2004, about 9% died of carcinoma of cervix, the corpus of the uterus, and the ovaries respectively.


Publication 35 "Tuberculosis"

Tuberculosis is an infectious disease which is caused by bacteria. The disease is mostly transmitted from person to person, usually by inhaling bacteria-carrying air droplets. Tuberculosis most commonly affects the lungs, but it can also affect any other organ. The infection doesn‘t always result in disease. The human immune defence cells can check and control pathogens, so that progression to disease only occurs in about 10% of adults. However the infection may remain latent and can reactive at any time, also after decades if e.g. the immune system is weakened.


Publication 34 "Doping in recreational an mass sports"

Recreational sports in clubs and commercial sports facilities are widespread in Germany. The positive health effects are well documented. Unfortunately doping and drug abuse also exist in this area. The few available studies in Europe regarding doping beyond high level sports point out that only a small number of customers of fitness clubs abuses doping substances, males more often than females.


Publication 33 "Coronary heart disease (CHD) and acute myocardial infarction"

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is one of the most frequent causes of death in adults in the industrialized countries. In Germany, one in five deaths were caused by CHD in 2003. In coronary heart disease the blood circulation of the heart muscle is inadequate; this is caused by a narrowing or blockage of one or more coronary blood vessels.


Publication 32 "Citizen and Patient Orientation within the Health Care System"

The issue of citizen and patient orientation has been increasingly pressed not only nationally, but also inter-nationally, by various protagonists since the early 1990s. Citizens want to have a say in health-policy decisions, a demand that was taken up when the Statutory Health Insurance Modernization Act (GMG) came into force on 1 January 2004. For the first time, representatives of  citizens‘ and patients‘ interests have been integrated into key health-service control and decision-making  bodies, albeit initially only in an advisory capacity.


Publication 31 "HIV and AIDS"

The global HIV/AIDS epidemic is one of the greatest health problems of our time. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated the total number of people living with HIV worldwide at the end of 2005 at almost 40 million people, with five million new HIV infections occurring per year and an annual death toll of three million due to HIV/AIDS related causes.


Publication 30 "Health-related early retirement"

In 2003, about 100,000 men and 74,000 women were awarded a pension due to partial disability. Comparing these figures with the number of people in regular employment shows that male and female wageearners have a greater risk of being forced into early retirement than male and female salary-earners.


Publication 29 "Hearing Disorder and Tinnitus"

The ability to hear is of enormous importance for communication and orientation. Both hearing loss and tinnitus are widespread in Germany. About 60% of the population are affected, at least at times, in the course of their lives. Furthermore, there are signs that impaired hearing is spreading. There are many different causes and forms of hearing impairment.


Publication 28 "Dementia"

Dementia is characterized by memory loss and degeneration of cognitive skills. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for approximately two thirds of all dementia cases and vascular dementia for another 15 to 20%, while mixed types and other rare types of dementia account for the remainder. The prevalence of dementia rises steeply with increasing age.