Chelsea Doktorchik

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BACKGROUND Clostridium difficile (Cdf) releases toxins (TcdA and TcdB) that damage the intestinal epithelial barrier. Ecto-5'-nucleotidase (CD73) is expressed on intestinal epithelial cells, and it is hypothesized to protect against toxin-induced epithelial damage through the cleavage of 5'-AMP to adenosine (Ado) and subsequent activation of adenosine(More)
BACKGROUND Additional social support is often recommended for women during the prenatal period to optimise birth outcomes, specifically to avoid preterm birth. Social support is thought to act in one of two ways: by reducing stress and anxiety, or by providing coping mechanisms for women with high stress. However, evidence in this area is mixed. The purpose(More)
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