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BACKGROUND Clinical trials yielded conflicting data about the benefit of adding systemic corticosteroids for treatment of community-acquired pneumonia. We assessed whether short-term corticosteroid treatment reduces time to clinical stability in patients admitted to hospital for community-acquired pneumonia. METHODS In this double-blind, multicentre,(More)
BACKGROUND Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is the third-leading infectious cause of death worldwide. The standard treatment of CAP has not changed for the past fifty years and its mortality and morbidity remain high despite adequate antimicrobial treatment. Systemic corticosteroids have anti-inflammatory effects and are therefore discussed as adjunct(More)
Pure trichloroethylene (tri), stabilized by an amine base, was administered by inhalation at 0, 100, and 500 ppm for 6 h/day, 5 days/week, for 18 months to mice, rats and Syrian hamsters of both sexes. No significant increase in tumor formation was observed in any species or dosing group, except in malignant lymphomas, which were increased in female mice in(More)
UNLABELLED We studied the influence of placenta growth factor (PlGF) on arteriogenesis and tested the role of bone marrow (BM)-derived cells on PlGF-depleted vascular growth. METHODS Right femoral artery was occluded in wild type (+/+), PlGF k.o. (-/-) and (-/-) mice receiving BM from (+/+) mice (-/- BM). Blood supply in paws was assessed by laser-Doppler(More)
Viral infection is a common complication after kidney transplantation. The role of natural killer cells (NK cells) in this setting remains unknown. NK cells express activating and inhibitory killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIR). We analyzed whether activating KIR genes carried by kidney transplant-recipients influence the rate of viral infection(More)
Previous analytical studies of industrial samples of trichloroethylene (TRI) have revealed the presence of mutagenic and carcinogenic epoxides which, it was proposed, might be responsible for the carcinogenicity of such samples, as demonstrated with mice in other laboratories. To test this hypothesis, Swiss mice (ICR/HA) of both sexes, bred and kept in SPF(More)
Digoxin was studied to see whether it impairs adrenal function and feminizes male subjects by changing plasma sexual hormones; both have been reported on previously. In eight healthy male subjects neither estrone (38.7 +/- 7.7 vs 35.4 +/- 3.2 pg/ml) nor estradiol (35.8 +/- 6.4 vs 32.2 +/- 3.9 pg/ml) nor testosterone (6.32 +/- 0.74 vs 6.45 +/- 0.73 ng/ml)(More)
We report a case of a 63 year old woman with progressive small red spots that can not be diminished with pressure. They appeared on the feet first and spread out to the legs, trunk and arms. This was accompanied with non-bloody diarrhoea and the laboratory diagnostics showed minor impairment of the kidney. The biopsy of the skin showed deposits of(More)