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The human glycoprotein PC-1 codon Q121 allele has been correlated with insulin resistance, but not with type 2 diabetes or obesity. We investigated the prevalence of PC-1 Q121 in the Dominican Republic population (755 subjects studied) and whether this variant is associated with insulin resistance, obesity, or type 2 diabetes. The prevalence of PC-1 Q121(More)
The outcomes of Helicobacter pylori infection vary geographically. H pylori strains, disease presentation, and environments differ markedly in Bhutan and Dominican Republic. The aims were to compare the strains, histology, and expression of interleukin (IL) 8 and IL-10 from gastric mucosa from the 2 countries. H pylori status was assessed by the combination(More)
OBJECT It was reported that the liver fibrosis is reduced in patients with chronic liver disease type C after eradication of HCV. Degree of fibrosis was expressed by the classical fibrosis scoring system (F0-F4) at present. However a change of subtle reduction of fibrosis cannot be expressed in its fibrosis score and thus we measured an area of fibrosis and(More)
As a major defence mechanism against cancer, host immunological surveillance is composed of a cellular immunity as well as humoral immunity including antibody and a complement system. In the course of the progress of brain tumours alone, serum complement level (CH 50) as a humoral immunological factor and the tuberculin skin reactivity as an index of(More)
Although the incidence of gastric cancer in the Dominican Republic is not high, the disease remains a significant health problem. We first conducted a detailed analysis of Helicobacter pylori status in the Dominican Republic. In total, 158 patients (103 females and 55 males; mean age 47.1±16.2 years) were recruited. The status of H. pylori infection was(More)
Chest X-ray (CXR) examination is considered essential for health checkups of students;thus, it is important to objectively assess the CXR for a better understanding of the appropriate X-ray exposure dose, and the risks such an examination entails. Accordingly, we performed a multi-institutional study regarding students' CXR exposure, during a 6year-period(More)
A complete response was obtained by interferon (IFN) therapy for hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related advanced chronic hepatitis after curative treatment of initial and recurrent hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The patient is alive 73 months after diagnosis of initial HCC and is in a tumor-free state 53 months after diagnosis of the last HCC. This case suggest(More)
A sustained virological response and improvement of liver function were achieved by low-dose interferon (IFN) therapy following curative treatment of initial and recurrent hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in an 83-year-old man with hepatitis C virus (HCV)-related liver cirrhosis (CLC). Although a fourth HCC episode recurred 16 months after IFN therapy, it was(More)
People in the Dominican Republic are considered to be genetically heterogeneous owing to the post-Colombian admixture of Native American, African, and European populations. To characterize their genetic background, nucleotide sequences of the D-loop region of human mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) were examined in 33 healthy women and 50 gender-matched patients(More)
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