Hana Benáková

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Procalcitonin (PCT) levels can distinguish between infectious and non-infectious systemic inflammatory response. However, there are some differences between Gram-negative (G−), Gram-positive (G+), and fungal bloodstream infections, particularly in different cytokine profiles, severity and mortality. The aim of current study was to examine whether PCT levels(More)
BACKGROUND Recent evidence indicates that various types of interactions between nervous and immune system are important in pathogenesis of depression. These findings show that a significant role in developing depression play pro-inflammatory cytokines that may mediate its psychological, and neurobiological manifestations. Great importance among these(More)
As traditional risk factors are unable to fully explain the pathogenesis of coronary artery disease (CAD), novel mechanisms became a target of many investigations. Our aim was to study the response of selected markers to physical exercise. High-sensitive C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), matrix metalloproteinases 2 and 9 (MMP-2, MMP-9), advanced oxidation(More)
OBJECTIVES EN-RAGE is extracellular newly identified receptor for advanced glycation end-products binding protein playing a role in inflammation. The aim was to test the relationship of EN-RAGE to prognosis of long-term hemodialysis patients (HD). DESIGN AND METHODS This is a prospective observational cohort study in 261 HD patients followed up for five(More)
OBJECTIVE Responsible for sleep brain perfusion changes, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) constitutes a cardiovascular risk. To find out about any diffuse damage to the brain tissue, we studied the S100B protein, whose serum level is known to rise in stroke and craniocerebral trauma. METHODS 60 men (mean age 51.7+/-11.8 years) referred to us for OSA without(More)
The authors used indirect immunofluorescence to examine the association of antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCAs) with exposure to asbestos among 61 asbestos-exposed patients (mean exposure = 24.6 yr) and 39 nonexposed controls. ANCA positivity was detected significantly more frequently (p = 0.034) in the asbestos-exposed group (21.3%) than in the(More)
BACKGROUND Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is characterized by blood-retina barrier breakdown induced by local changes in the retina and systemic factors. We investigated vitreous and serum levels of glucose and uric acid (UA) in patients with DR and aimed to describe their correlation with the grade of DR. METHODS Prospective study of 81 patients with DR and(More)
BACKGROUND Dissociative symptoms are traditionally attributed to psychological stressors that produce dissociated memories related to stressful life events. Dissociative disorders and dissociative symptoms including psychogenic amnesia, fugue, dissociative identity-disorder, depersonalization, derealization and other symptoms or syndromes have been reported(More)
INTRODUCTION Brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) has important role in the diagnosis and management of heart failure. Data on the impact of blood pressure (BP) on BNP are controversial. In primary aldosteronism (PA), BNP production can be affected by both hypertension and specific endocrine mechanisms. This study was aimed at investigating the impact of(More)
The standardization of biochemical measurement procedures in multiple myeloma is necessary for reliable prognostic stratification of patients in multicentric trials. The new prognostic index International Staging System for multiple myeloma uses only two laboratory markers, albumin and beta-2 microglobulin. Our study compared results of albumin, beta-2(More)