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Previous studies relating hormone and cytokine concentrations in follicular fluid to oocyte fertilizability were flawed by the uncertainty about the actual oocyte maturity status at the time of recovery and by the possible contribution of the male factor to failures of conventional in-vitro fertilization. This is the first study in which oocyte maturity was(More)
BACKGROUND Concentrations of certain substances in follicular fluid (FF) are related to fertilization outcome and early post-fertilization development. The study aim was to identify FF markers with which to predict embryo implantation potential. METHODS Concentrations of selected hormones, cytokines and growth factors in individual FF samples obtained(More)
The increased vascular calcification, cardiovascular morbidity, and mortality in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients has been associated with disturbances in mineral-bone metabolism. In order to determine markers of the vascular calcification frequently observed in these patients, blood samples of elderly male and female hemodialysis CKD patients were(More)
We selected 38 patients scheduled for cholecystectomy and studied their serum concentrations of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and growth axis hormones [growth hormone/insulin-like growth factor-1 (GH/IGF-1)]. We aimed to determine whether alterations in these concentrations resulted from surgical stress or, on the contrary, preceded surgery and were(More)
The aims of our studies were: (1) to determine if the protein catabolic response after a major or moderate surgical trauma can be restrained by the administration of exogenous human growth hormone (hGH); (2) to determine if the administration of hGH can improve systemic host defenses, thus reducing the risk of infection, and (3) given that the postoperative(More)
OBJECTIVE To study the most frequent markers of mineral-bone metabolism in young hemodialysis (HD) patients in order to detect any metabolism changes that could lead to the atherosclerosis and extravascular calcification frequently observed in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients and estimate their potential prognostic significance. DESIGN AND METHODS We(More)
To study atherogenesis markers in patients with stage 5D chronic kidney disease (CKD-5D) on hemodialysis to determine which parameters are modified and whether their behavior differ between male and female patients of similar age. Total cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, total proteins, HDL-cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, oxidative modification of(More)
n = 26; hGH-treated group, n = 22). Eligibility criteria were strict so as to introduce as few variables as possible. The results obtained in the study show that for moderate surgical injury (cholecystectomy in metabolically healthy subjects) the administering of low doses of hGH (8 IU/day) minimized the POF syndrome (Christensen score). Furthermore, a(More)
OBJECTIVES To study homocysteine (Hcy) levels during post-infarction follow-up. METHODS AND RESULTS In this study, serum Hcy levels were measured in 90 healthy individuals and in 127 patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI) on the day of infarction (day 0) and days 2, 5, 7, 9, and 11 post-infarction, comparing Hcy levels in MI patients on day 0 with(More)
BACKGROUND The present study aimed to determine whether decreases in dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S) and growth axis components precede cardiovascular disease or are a consequence of it. METHODS We measured the concentrations in serum of DHEA-S, ACTH, cortisol, growth hormone, insulin-like growth factor-1 and insulin-like growth factor-binding(More)