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BACKGROUND This study was aimed at the evaluation of the relationship between genetic polymorphisms of catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) (rs4680:A > G-Val158Met, rs6269:A > G, rs4633:C > T, rs4818:C > G) and pain sensitivity after lumbar discectomy. METHODS All patients had one-level symptomatic disc herniation from L3 to S1. The primary data recorded(More)
Thirty male mongrel rabbits were divided into 3 equal groups: (1) controls, (2) animals receiving a high-fat diet (HFD) containing cholesterol and coconut oil, and (3) HFD + lecithin. The experiment lasted 12 weeks. In animals receiving a HFD (group II) the QRS interval (ECG) was significantly prolonged, and the concentration of lipid fractions (except for(More)
The factories processing natural phosphates and apatites in Poland release into the atmosphere considerable amounts of fluorine compounds. Fluoride is known to accumulate in the hard tissues of animals and humans. This paper describes the determination of fluoride in mandibles of deer in the years 1982 and 1990. In recent years, the establishments have(More)
MINI SUMMARY Animals from areas contaminated by industrial emissions containing fluoride may accumulate it predominantly in hard tissues. Therefore, an analysis was performed for the determination of fluoride content in mandibles and teeth of deer living at large in different areas in Western Pomerania (Poland). Samples of hard tissues obtained with a(More)
Fluorine and aluminum are able to pass through the blood-brain barrier and accumulate in the central nervous system (CNS) of exposed animals. Chronic intoxication is accompanied by behavioral disorders, degenerative changes, and abnormalities of aerobic metabolism of the neurons. Awareness of the role of aluminum in Alzheimer's disease stems from(More)
Limited studies indicate a possible association of 5'-UTR thymidylate synthase enhancer region polymorphism and treatment outcome in patients medicated with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). The study was designed to verify the relationship in patients with colorectal cancer (CRC), a Polish population that received 5-FU-based adjuvant chemotherapy. The study analyzed(More)
Occasional or suicidal methanol intoxications are a permanent problem for most Poisoning Centers around the World. Therefore it is important to look for new diagnostic and clinical prognostic methods. In the present paper 5 cases of methanol intoxication were analyzed. At first the methanol concentrations in blood and urine were estimated with headspace gas(More)
Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) exists as several isoenzymes and many isoforms present in tissues and serum. The objective of this study was to separate tissue ALP forms in rats and humans and characterise their properties. The materials for the investigation were intestinal, bone, and liver tissue of rats and commercially available human preparations of tissue(More)
The opinion on the usefulness of selected genetic examinations in connective tissue diseases is reported. Particular attention was paid to healing of fractures especially in respect of pathological aspects of accretion processes. The reasons for a delay in or a lack of bone fracture union process have not been fully explained--in spite of several reports(More)
The motor system of the masticatory organ is a complex morphological and functional structure. Its dysfunctions are manifested by various symptoms within the masticatory apparatus and in distant organs. The paper presents a discussion on the physiotherapeutic procedure for the treatment of disorders in the motor system of the masticatory organ. Therapeutic(More)