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The aim of the study is to investigate the determinants of exposure to ETS among Greek adolescents aged 11-17 years old. The GYTS questionnaire was completed by 5,179 adolescents. About 3 in 4 responders (76.8%) were exposed to ETS at home, and 38.5% were exposed to ETS outside of the home. Gender, age group, parental and close friends smoking status were(More)
Increasing the accuracy of self-sampling methods to detect oncogenic human papillomavirus (HPV) infection would contribute to the wider application of these approaches. In this study, 120 women were tested for HPV-16 by conventional and quantitative real-time PCR (QRT-PCR) in cervical and self-sampled vaginal and urine specimens. QRT-PCR had a higher(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the diagnostic value of preoperative levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), interleukin-8 (IL-8), and E-selectin in patients with an adnexal mass who had surgery for ovarian torsion. DESIGN Prospective study. SETTING University hospital. PATIENT(S) Fifty consecutive women with adnexal mass who(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of our study was to evaluate the psychological consequences of real-world AAS use in athletes abusing such agents, in comparison with a placebo and control group of comparable athletes, while correlating the severity of abuse with the side effects observed. The hypothesis tested by the study was that the use of AAS induces a wide(More)
The aim of this study was to identify varicella complications in children and assess the hospitalisation rates in the pre-vaccination era. The present study was conducted in Aghia Sophia Children’s Hospital, which is located in the Athens metropolitan area and serves approximately 650,000 children 0–14 years of age. The records of patients discharged with(More)
OBJECTIVES There is a controversy about the impact of economic crisis on suicide rates in Greece. We analysed recent suicide data to identify who has been most affected and the relationships to economic and labour market indicators. SETTING Greece. PRIMARY AND SECONDARY OUTCOME MEASURES Age-specific and sex-specific suicide rates in Greece for the(More)
BACKGROUND Data on the prevalence of tobacco use among teenagers in Greece are limited. We examined the prevalence of smoking among middle-school students in Greece using the Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS). METHODS The Global Youth Tobacco Survey was implemented in Greece during the academic year 2004-2005 by the University of Thessaly and the(More)
BACKGROUND Management of environmental health issues is an integral part of public health systems. An active integrated environmental health surveillance and response system was developed for the Athens Olympics to monitor and prevent exposure to environmental hazards. The potential for permanent implementation of the program was examined. METHODS The(More)
BACKGROUND Waste collectors have a potential risk of infectious diseases. The aim of the study was to assess; the prevalence of hepatitis B (HBV), risk factors for infection and possible ways of virus transmission among municipal solid waste workers (MSWWs) in a municipality of central Greece. METHODS A cross-sectional study was conducted among the(More)
Benzimidazoles are veterinary drugs widely used against endoparasites in food-producing animals. Albendazole (ABZ), a benzimidazole, is believed to cause embryotoxicity, teratogenicity and other adverse health effects. This study assessed the residue levels of ABZ and its two major metabolites, the sulfoxide (ABZ-SO) and sulfone (ABZ-SO2), in raw milk(More)