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We aimed to investigate whether levels of homocysteine (Hcy), folate, and vitamin B12 are related to bone turnover markers and bone mineral density (BMD) in postmenopausal women. One hundred and twenty postmenopausal women were divided into three groups: osteoporotic, osteopenic and normal, according to the BMD measurements. The age, weight, body mass index(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the relationship between 25(OH) vitamin D3 levels and maternal bone turnover during pregnancy and lactation. STUDY DESIGN Thirty pregnant women and 30 healthy non-pregnant controls were included the study. The pregnant women were examined in the 12th, 25th and 32nd gestational weeks and 6 weeks after delivery. The controls were(More)
BACKGROUND During Ramadan, Muslims fast during the daylight hours for a month. The duration of restricted food and beverage intake is approximately 12 h/day which makes Ramadan a unique model of intermittent fasting. Many physiological and psychological changes are observed during Ramadan that are probably due to the changes in eating and sleeping patterns.(More)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory demyelinating disease of the central nervous system and is the most common cause of neurologic disability in young adults. In this study, the coagulation status and biochemical and non-specific inflammatory markers in patients with MS were investigated. Plasma prothrombin time, activated partial thrombin time,(More)
  • B K Oktar, T Coşkun, +8 authors H Kurtel
  • 2000
The objectives of this study were to characterize the effects of endothelin (ET)-1 on intestinal mucosal parameters and to assess the contribution of polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNs), intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1), and a platelet-activating factor (PAF) to the mucosal dysfunction induced by ET-1. Different concentrations of ET-1 (100, 200,(More)
OBJECTIVE There have been conflicting data about the role of increased levels of homocysteine (Hcy) on haemostatic system. We aim to investigate prospectively the relation between serum Hcy levels and changes in haemostatic system in pregnancy and postpartum period. STUDY DESIGN Sixty-eight healthy pregnant women were included in the study. Blood samples(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the role of Spirulina, a blue-green algae with antioxidant properties in the protection of cyclophosphamide-induced nephrotoxicity and hemorrhagic cystitis in rats. METHODS The control group (C) was sacrificed 24 hours after being given a single dose of saline intraperitoneally (150 mg/kg) on the seventh day of the experiment. The(More)
Hypoxia/reoxygenation episodes in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) results in the alteration of the oxidative balance, leading to the development of inflammation. Airway wall thickening and inflammatory changes are suggested as a primary cause of the airway hyperresponsiveness in asthmatics. Bronchial hyperreactivity (BH) may also occur in patients with OSA.(More)
OBJECTIVE In this study the role of 17beta-estradiol (E2) in the regulation of endothelin-1 (ET-1) mRNA expression and secretion was investigated in cultured human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs). METHODS Endothelial cells were either deprived of or treated with 17beta-estradiol (10(-9), 10(-7) M) for 48 h. After the incubation, the effect of E2(More)