Carla Aguirre

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OBJECTIVES We aimed to establish the prevalence, predictors and clinical consequences of vitamin D deficiency in patients with SLE. METHODS Cross-sectional study including patients fulfilling ACR criteria for the classification of SLE. Serum 25(OH)D levels at 30 and 10 ng/ml were the cut-off values for vitamin D insufficiency and vitamin D deficiency,(More)
Using data collected at the Pierre Auger Observatory during the past 3.7 years, we demonstrated a correlation between the arrival directions of cosmic rays with energy above 6 x 10(19) electron volts and the positions of active galactic nuclei (AGN) lying within approximately 75 megaparsecs. We rejected the hypothesis of an isotropic distribution of these(More)
This report describes the results of six antimicrobial regimens used for the treatment of brucellosis in an open, randomized study performed over two periods (1980-1983 and 1984-1987). In the first period, rifampicin and doxycycline were used for 4 weeks, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole for 6 months, and doxycycline for 6 weeks. During the second period, we(More)
REASONS FOR PERFORMING STUDY The equine temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and its surrounding structures can be difficult to investigate in cases with a clinical problem related to the region. Little previous attention has been given either to a computed tomographic (CT) imaging protocol for the joint or an interpretation of the structures displayed in CT(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies suggest that antimalarials have antineoplastic properties. OBJECTIVE To investigate whether antimalarials decrease the risk of cancer in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). METHODS An observational prospective cohort study was carried out. 235 patients were included in the study at the time of diagnosis (American College of(More)
The surface detector array of the Pierre Auger Observatory is sensitive to Earth-skimming tau neutrinos that interact in Earth's crust. Tau leptons from nu(tau) charged-current interactions can emerge and decay in the atmosphere to produce a nearly horizontal shower with a significant electromagnetic component. The data collected between 1 January 2004 and(More)
The energy spectrum of cosmic rays above 2.5 x 10;{18} eV, derived from 20,000 events recorded at the Pierre Auger Observatory, is described. The spectral index gamma of the particle flux, J proportional, variantE;{-gamma}, at energies between 4 x 10;{18} eV and 4 x 10;{19} eV is 2.69+/-0.02(stat)+/-0.06(syst), steepening to 4.2+/-0.4(stat)+/-0.06(syst) at(More)
BACKGROUND The discovery of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) largely responsible for the non A non B hepatitis, and the antiHCV antibody allows epidemiologic data and risk factors of infection related to the same to be known. The aim of the authors was to know the prevalence of the antiHCV in health care staff in relation with a group of extrahospitalary(More)
Antimalarials have shown beneficial effects on systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) activity. Our aim was to investigate whether antimalarials protect against thrombosis and influence survival in SLE patients. A prospective cohort including 232 patients with SLE were included in the study at the time of lupus diagnosis. End points were documented thrombosis(More)
Standard treatment for autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) due to warm antibodies includes combinations of glucocorticoids, immunosuppressive drugs (mainly azathioprine) and splenectomy. Patients who are refractory or intolerant to these therapies constitute an important therapeutic challenge. Rituximab, an anti-CD20 chimeric monoclonal antibody, can(More)