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BACKGROUND The mechanisms underlying steatosis during hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection are complex and multifactorial. The aim of our study was to assess whether host metabolic factors influence the… (More)
Background: Recent studies show that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients exhibit low-grade systemic inflammation, and that plasma endothelin-1(ET-1) and some serum inflammatory… (More)
Background: Progressive nephropathy represents a substantial source of morbidity and mortality in type 2 diabetes. Increasing albuminuria is a strong predictor of progressive renal dysfunction and… (More)