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Hypericin is a natural derivative of the common St. Johns wort plant, Hypericum perforatum. It has in vitro activity against several viruses, including bovine diarrhea virus, a pestivirus with structural similarities to hepatitis C virus (HCV). We conducted a phase I dose escalation study to determine the safety and antiviral activity of hypericin in(More)
PURPOSE Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a proinflammatory cytokine that plays a central role in the pathogenesis of sepsis. We aim to investigate the association between IL-6 and all-cause mortality in patients with sepsis. METHODS A cohort of 40 elderly patients with sepsis was identified between March 2009 and June 2010 at Rambam Health Medical Campus, Haifa,(More)
BACKGROUND Brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) is well established in detecting acute decompensation of heart failure (ADHF). The role of BNP at discharge in predicting mortality is less established. Accumulating evidence suggests that inflammatory cytokines play an important role in the development of heart failure. We aimed to examine the contribution of BNP,(More)
Some effects of the clinically important fungicidal antibiotic amphotericin B on the transport of phosphate, sulphate and potassium ions across the membrane of the human erythrocyte were investigated. In general, amphotericin B inhibited the transport of the anions to about the same degree and stimulated the transport of the cation. At low concentrations,(More)
BACKGROUND Procalcitonin and interleukin 6 (IL-6) are well-known predictors of blood culture positivity in patients with sepsis. However, the association of procalcitonin and IL-6 with blood culture positivity was assessed separately in previous studies. This study aims to examine and compare the performance of procalcitonin and IL-6, measured(More)