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BACKGROUND Mercury (Hg) is a ubiquitous pollutant that negatively affects fetal and child neurodevelopment at accidental high-dose exposure. Some studies indicate that Mediterranean populations could be at risk of prenatal exposure to mercury through fish consumption. OBJECTIVES To assess the prenatal exposure to total mercury (T-Hg), both inorganic and(More)
BACKGROUND Maternal clinical thyroid disorders can cause reproductive complications. However, the effects of mild thyroid dysfunctions are not yet well established. The aim was to evaluate the association of maternal thyroid function during the first half of pregnancy with birthweight and preterm delivery. METHODS We analysed data on 2170 pregnant women(More)
In 38 asthmatic patients (34 children and 4 adults) raised serum concentrations of IgE and the IgG4 subclass were found to correlate with the clinical picture. 5 children with eczema, asthma, and hayfever had grossly increased concentrations of both immunoglobulins, as did 4 adults who had had atopic eczema as children. Raised concentrations of just one of(More)
BACKGROUND Previous clinical research has shown that severely ill (somatic) as well as many psychosomatic patients show raised noradrenaline (NA), adrenaline (AD), cortisol, free serotonin (f5HT) and platelet aggregability. Conversely, they show reduced NA/AD plasma ratio and platelet serotonin (p5HT). They also show adrenal hyperresponsiveness to an oral(More)
We routinely measured plasma neurotransmitters and hormone levels in order to investigate the role of stress on many types of diseases. In this study, we present results obtained from patients with severe chronic diseases. The study sample consisted of 88 patients (asthmatics, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, chronic active hepatitis, chronic relapsing(More)
Immunodeficiency is frequently invoked as an ethiopathogenetic factor for many somatic diseases. On the other hand, stress, depression, and psychotic disturbances are associated with severe immunological disorders. Taking into account that the benzodiazepines (BZ) are the psychoactive drugs more widely used than any other to treat psychological(More)
Raised levels of IgG4 were present in twelve (35%) of thirty-four asthmatic children and raised levels of IgE in twenty-three (68%). Eighteen of 104 first degree relatives also had raised levels of IgG4, thirteen had no history of atopic disease and nine failed to give positive skin reactions to Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus or to mixed grass pollens.(More)
Cytochrome P450 1B1 (CYP1B1) is involved in the metabolism of anticancer agents; its overexpression was associated with resistance to docetaxel, a commonly used drug for second-line treatment of NSCLC. Several functional single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have been associated with CYP1B1 expression and activity. The objective of this study was to(More)
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