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The established risk factors for atherosclerosis fail to fully explain the extent and severity of coronary artery diseases in 50% of the patients. Thus, the causative agents and processes, which may be involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, are being sought. Notoriously, atherosclerosis and cardiovascular event rates are much lower in developing(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to define the prevalence of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in patients with myasthenia gravis (MG). METHODS Seventy-eight MG patients recruited unselectively from Israeli MG database were evaluated by medical history, physical examination and serology (ANA at 1:100 and anti-ds-DNA at 1:10 dilution) for the(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the role of cytotoxic T-lymphocyte-associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4) during HIV infection. METHODS Intracellular CTLA-4 expression, determined by flow-cytometry, and proliferative responses to HIV antigens, were studied in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from 93 HIV-1-infected [HIV(+)] patients and 40 HIV-1 seronegative controls.(More)
Arterial hypertension is associated with increased plasma levels of complement C3, C4, and C-reactive protein (CRP). The aim of the study was to compare these laboratory markers in patients with resistant arterial hypertension (RAH) and controlled arterial hypertension (CAH). Patients with RAH (n = 34), those with CAH (n = 34), and 26 normotensive controls(More)
OBJECTIVES Patients arriving in the emergency department (ED) need rapid and reliable evaluation of their respiratory status. Mainstream end tidal carbon dioxide (ETCO(2)) is one of the methods used for this purpose during general anaesthesia of intubated patients in the operating theatre. Sidestream ETCO(2) (SSETCO(2)) might be a non-invasive, rapid, and(More)
BACKGROUND At the population level, asthma has been associated with chronic systemic inflammation as well as adverse cardiovascular outcomes. OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to investigate peripheral vascular hemodynamic variables of arterial stiffness (AS) and their relationship to pulmonary function tests in asthmatic patients. METHODS Young(More)
INTRODUCTION Activation of the coagulation cascade resulting in thrombin production is a prominent feature of exacerbations in chronic spontaneous urticaria (CU). Autologous serum skin test (ASST) causes wheal-and-flare reactions in 30% to 50% of CU cases. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical and laboratory data in patients with CU(More)
The main objective of this study was to assess whether aspirin 100 mg QD can improve blood pressure (BP) control and endothelial function in subjects with arterial hypertension (AH) and hypercholesterolaemia. In total, 21 patients of both sexes (52.1+/-11.5 years) with treated AH and hypercholesterolaemia on antihypertensive and statin therapy were included(More)
BACKGROUND Hypertension is considered resistant if blood pressure cannot be reduced to <140/90 mmHg with an appropriate triple-drug regimen, including an oral diuretic, with all agents administered at maximal dosages. This definition has evolved with the development of new therapies and evidence-based data supporting treatment to lower BP goals. OBJECTIVE(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of the study was to examine effects of Helicobacter pylori eradication on chronic idiopathic urticaria (CU) with and without positive aulogous serum skin test (ASST). METHODS Seventy-eight patients with CU were checked for the positivity ASST and H. pylori urea (13)C-urea breath test ((13)C-UBT). Twenty-one patients were with both(More)