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Urinary excretion of podocytes in patients with diabetic nephropathy.
BACKGROUND Detection of podocytes in the urinary sediments of children with glomerulonephritis has been shown to indicate severe injury to the podocytes. The aim of the present study was to determineExpand
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Nicotinamide suppresses hyperphosphatemia in hemodialysis patients.
BACKGROUND The use of calcium- or aluminum-based phosphate binders against hyperphosphatemia is limited by the adverse effects of hypercalcemia or aluminum toxicity in long-term hemodialysis. BecauseExpand
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Subcortical silent brain infarction as a risk factor for clinical stroke.
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE No prospective studies have examined the rate of symptomatic ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke in patients with subcortical silent brain infarction (SSBI) who were otherwiseExpand
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Molecular evidence for the presence of new Babesia species in feral raccoons (Procyon lotor) in Hokkaido, Japan.
We recently reported that feral raccoons (Procyon lotor) with splenomegaly native to Japan were carriers of a Babesia microti-like parasite identical to that found in the United States, which wasExpand
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Effect of Cerivastatin on Urinary Albumin Excretion and Plasma Endothelin-1 Concentrations in Type 2 Diabetes Patients with Microalbuminuria and Dyslipidemia
Background/Aims: To determine whether cerivastatin, a newly developed novel synthetic potent statin, exerts a renoprotective effect, we assessed urinary albumin excretion (UAE) and plasma and urinaryExpand
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Effect of cigarette smoking on plasma metalloproteinase-9 concentration.
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Value and limitation of stress thallium-201 single photon emission computed tomography: comparison with nitrogen-13 ammonia positron tomography.
The diagnostic value of exercise 201Tl single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) for assessing coronary artery disease (CAD) was comparatively evaluated with exercise [13N] ammonia positronExpand
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Effect of pitavastatin on urinary liver-type fatty acid-binding protein levels in patients with early diabetic nephropathy.
OBJECTIVE Liver-type fatty acid-binding protein (l-FABP) is expressed in renal proximal tubules and is reported to be a useful marker for progression of chronic glomerulonephritis. The aim of thisExpand
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Modulation of plasma metalloproteinase-9 concentrations and peripheral blood monocyte mRNA levels in patients with septic shock: effect of fiber-immobilized polymyxin B treatment.
The authors measured plasma metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 and corresponding monocyte mRNA in 20 patients with septic shock. Plasma MMP-9 concentrations and monocyte MMP-9 mRNA levels were significantlyExpand
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Effect of troglitazone on urinary albumin excretion and serum type IV collagen concentrations in Type 2 diabetic patients with microalbuminuria or macroalbuminuria
Aims  Troglitazone, a newly developed thiazolidinedione derivative, has been shown to ameliorate microalbuminuria in diabetic animal model and in human diabetic nephropathy in short‐term studies. TheExpand
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