Basil C Fine

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BACKGROUND Zinc plays an important role in immune function. The association between serum zinc and pneumonia in the elderly has not been studied. OBJECTIVE The objective was to determine whether serum zinc concentrations in nursing home elderly are associated with the incidence and duration of pneumonia, total and duration of antibiotic use, and(More)
BACKGROUND Vitamin E supplementation may be a potential strategy to prevent respiratory tract infections (RIs) in the elderly. The efficacy of vitamin E supplementation may depend on individual factors including specific single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) at immunoregulatory genes. OBJECTIVE We examined whether the effect of vitamin E on RIs in the(More)
CONTEXT Respiratory tract infections are prevalent in elderly individuals, resulting in increased morbidity, mortality, and use of health care services. Vitamin E supplementation has been shown to improve immune response in elderly persons. However, the clinical importance of these findings has not been determined. OBJECTIVE To determine the effect of 1(More)