Julia León

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Increased levels of second trimester maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein (MSAFP) have long been established as a marker for neural tube defects (NTDs). In addition, decreased levels of maternal estriol in the third trimester have been reported in pregnancies with anencephalic fetuses. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether early second trimester(More)
A double-blind clinical trial was performed in 61 adults in an attempt to compare the safety and efficacy of an ionic with a nonionic contrast agent in peripheral angiography. Objective clinical (vital signs) and laboratory factors (complete blood count, serum electrolytes, serum chemistry, urinalysis, and urine chemistry) were monitored before, during, and(More)
OBJECTIVES Maternal nutritional deficiency is an important predisposing factor to congenital neural tube defects (NTDs). It was hypothesized that obese women may have an increased risk for NTDs. The aim of the present study was to address this question in a large cohort. METHODS A total of 72,915 consecutive cases of biochemical screening that had(More)
Currently, transvaginal ultrasound and serial serum beta-hCG measurements are used to differentiate normal versus abnormal gestations in the first trimester of pregnancy. These techniques have been found to be ineffective when the gestations are earlier than 6 weeks. This study was conducted to determine if urinary beta-core fragment, the urine degradation(More)
Ambulatory hernia surgery under local anesthesia is becoming more widely used worldwide. Although many reports include obese patients, there are no studies that report specifically on the feasibility and safety of ambulatory hernia surgery in this category of patients. This paper documents our experience in this respect. The present investigation is an(More)
We have compared the effects of different 12-week exercise programs on simple and choice reaction and movement times in persons 61 to 84 years old. One hundred thirty-eight volunteers were randomized to either a control group, a two-day exercise group (two 60-min sessions a week of aerobic exercises), or a two-day physical plus cognitive exercise group (two(More)