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Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune condition with unpredictable course, intermingled with flares and periods of remission. Although the prognosis of the disease has improved in the past decades, current therapies are still associated with treatment-related complications. Recently, there has been major progress in the understanding of… (More)
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BACKGROUND Recent data suggest that the presence of associated metabolic abnormalities may be important modifiers of the association of obesity with a poorer prognosis in coronary heart disease. We determined the influence of isolated overweight and obesity on carotid intima media thickness (IMT-CC), and also assessed whether this influence was determined… (More)