J. Cristian Salgado

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The aim of the present study is to evaluate the usefulness of two biomarkers—procalcitonin (PCT) and C-reactive protein (CRP)—in addition to the CURB-65 score for assessing the site of care and the etiology of non-severe community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). We conducted a prospective observational study from April 1, 2006, to June 30, 2007, in a single(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have reported a high prevalence of Helicobacter pylori infection in patients undergoing Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) and a greater incidence of anastomotic ulcer in patients positive for H. pylori, leading to recommendations for routine preoperative screening. Our hypotheses were that the prevalence of H. pylori in patients(More)
This paper gives a summary of different aspects for predicting protein behaviour in hydrophobic interaction chromatography (HIC). First, a brief description of HIC, hydrophobic interactions, amino acid and protein hydrophobicity is presented. After that, several factors affecting protein chromatographic behaviour in HIC are described. Finally, different(More)
To allow the survival of the population in the absence of nitrogen, some cyanobacteria strains have developed the capability of differentiating into nitrogen fixing cells, forming a characteristic pattern. In this paper, the process by which cyanobacteria differentiates from vegetative cells into heterocysts in the absence of nitrogen and the elements of(More)
This paper focuses on the prediction of the dimensionless retention time of proteins (DRT) in hydrophobic interaction chromatography (HIC) by means of mathematical models based, essentially, only on aminoacidic composition. The results show that such prediction is indeed possible. Our main contribution was the design of models that predict the DRT using the(More)
Endoscopically unresectable apparently benign colorectal polyps are considered by some surgeons as ideal for their early laparoscopic colectomy experience. Our hypotheses were: (1) a substantial fraction of patients undergoing laparoscopic colectomy for apparently benign colorectal neoplasia will have adenocarcinoma on final pathology; and (2) in our(More)
Selection of candidates for surgical fellowships has traditionally been based on subjective evaluations by the program directors and references from previous positions. The introduction of well-validated objective methods of assessment has allowed us to evaluate candidates’ technical skills and base the selection process on objective, reliable, and(More)
This study aimed to assess the efficacy of a method for avoiding conversion to laparotomy in patients considered for laparoscopic colectomy. Patients deemed to be at high risk for conversion to laparotomy were initially approached via an 8-cm midline incision (“peek port”) with the laparoscopic equipment unopened. If intraperitoneal conditions were(More)
While the prevalence of obesity in IBD patients is rapidly increasing, it is unclear if obesity impacts surgical outcomes in this population. We aim to investigate the effects of BMI on perioperative and postoperative outcomes in IBD patients by stratifying patients into BMI groups and comparing outcomes between these groups. This is a retrospective cohort(More)
Iron is essential for the maintenance of basic cellular processes. In the regulation of its cellular levels, ferritin acts as the main intracellular iron storage protein. In this work we present a mathematical model for the dynamics of iron storage in ferritin during the process of intestinal iron absorption. A set of differential equations were established(More)