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AIM The therapy of chronic hepatitis C genotype 4 (HCV-4) has not been optimized yet. This randomized, prospective, parallel-group clinical trial compared the efficacy and safety of pegylated interferon α-2a (PEG-IFN α-2a) plus ribavirin and PEG-IFN α-2b plus ribavirin and assessed the health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in patients with chronic HCV-4.(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of this study was to identify causes of the failures of internal thoracic artery bypass grafts according to operative technique, the internal thoracic artery used, and the coronary artery grafted. METHODS This retrospective study concerns 302 follow-up angiographies performed in patients treated with 512 internal thoracic artery(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Cyclooxygenase (COX) is an angiogenic factor that is strongly related to inflammatory diseases and the development of cancer and metastasis in several cancers. It is overexpressed in a variety of premalignant and malignant conditions, including urinary bladder cancer. Our aim was to investigate and compare the expression of COX-2(More)
Pesticides are a significant component of the modern agricultural technology that has been widely adopted across the globe to control pests, diseases, weeds and other plant pathogens, in an effort to reduce or eliminate yield losses and maintain high product quality. Although pesticides are said to be toxic and exposes farmers to risk due to the hazardous(More)
We describe the wrapping of the proximal segment of the left internal thoracic artery graft in a polytetrafluoroethylene membrane. Two groups of patients were compared (99 patients with wrapping, 70 patients as controls). There were no statistical differences between the two groups regarding the postoperative course. Three patients in the(More)
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