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Recombinant human activated protein C (rhAPC) is a natural anticoagulant with potentially important anti-inflammatory properties. In humans with severe sepsis, rhAPC treatment reduces mortality, but mechanisms responsible have not been well characterized. Accumulation of activated neutrophils in the lungs and other organs during severe infection contributes(More)
BACKGROUND Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is no longer restricted to hospital settings, and population-based incidence measures are needed. Understanding the determinants of CDI incidence will allow for more meaningful comparisons of rates and accurate national estimates. METHODS Data from active population- and laboratory-based CDI surveillance in(More)
BACKGROUND Tobacco use is a leading risk factor for oral morbidities and mortalities such as oral cancers and periodontitis. This study characterizes the factors related to dentists and hygienists conducting tobacco-use prevention counseling with 8- through 12-year-old patients. METHODS The study used a mailed survey of dentists (n = 434), orthodontists(More)
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