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BACKGROUND Morbidly obese patients are at risk of developing insulin resistance and cardiovascular disease. Low-grade systemic inflammation is an important factor for this development. We evaluated(More)
Mediterranean spotted fever caused by Rickettsia conorii is a potentially lethal disease characterized by vascular inflammation affecting multiple organs. Studies of R. conorii so far have focused on(More)
BACKGROUND Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) apheresis is an extracorporeal treatment modality used in high-risk coronary patients. It may, however, induce complement activation and downstream(More)