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CONTEXT Recently, new methodologies have been applied to commercial immunofluorometric (IFMA) and immunochemiluminometric (ICMA) LH and FSH assays. OBJECTIVE The objective of the study was to use ICMA to establish basal and GnRH-stimulated LH and FSH reference values in normal subjects of different ages and sexual development, compared with IFMA. DESIGN(More)
OBJECTIVE Iron deficiency is the most common cause of anemia and one of the main factors in the clinical deferral of blood donors. This fact prompted the current study that aimed to determine the prevalence and etiology of anemia in blood donor candidates and to evaluate the hematological screening technique used for the exclusion of these donors. METHODS(More)
We propose a new general Bayesian latent class model for evaluation of the performance of multiple diagnostic tests in situations in which no gold standard test exists based on a computationally intensive approach. The modeling represents an interesting and suitable alternative to models with complex structures that involve the general case of several(More)
OBJECTIVE The frequent occurrence of inconclusive serology in blood banks and the absence of a gold standard test for Chagas'disease led us to examine the efficacy of the blood culture test and five commercial tests (ELISA, IIF, HAI, c-ELISA, rec-ELISA) used in screening blood donors for Chagas disease, as well as to investigate the prevalence of(More)
OBJECTIVE to identify the prevalence and intensity of chronic pain among elderly people of the community and to analyze associations with the self-perceived health status. METHOD cross-sectional study with a populational sample (n=934), conducted through household interviews in the city of Goiânia, Brazil. The intensity of chronic pain (existing for 6(More)
The objective of this study was to verify and describe, from a gender focus, the associations between gender and specific postoperative pain variables in pediatrics. This is a cross-sectional study of 77 children between 6 and 13 years of age (M=9 years; sd=2.2 years), ASA I and II, 77.9% from low-income classes, 68.8% boys and 32.8% girls. Data were(More)
The aim of the present study was to perform a cytogenetic analysis in peripheral lymphocytes of 36 individuals occupationally exposed to low levels of ionizing radiation, and compare the results with 36 controls, using the chromosomal aberrations test (CA), sensitivity to bleomycin and cytokinesis-blocked micronucleus assay (MN). The frequencies of CA/100(More)
The aim of the present study was to outline the serological profile of hepatitis C among blood donors seen at the Uberaba Regional Blood Center, Hemominas Foundation, over the last 14 years. The frequency of hepatitis C was compared between first-time and repeat donors and the epidemiological characteristics of those with positive and indeterminate ELISA(More)
Epidemiological screening combined with serological tests has become an important tool at blood banks for the characterization of donors with or without Trypanosoma cruzi infection. Thus, the objective of the present study was to describe the sociodemographic and epidemiological characteristics of blood donors with non-negative serology for T. cruzito(More)
BACKGROUND Hemovigilance is an organized system of surveillance throughout the transfusion chain intended to evaluate information in order to prevent the appearance or recurrence of adverse reactions related to the use of blood products. OBJECTIVE The aims of this study were to assess the late reporting of incidents related to possible seroconversion in(More)