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Since multidrug-resistant gram-negative organisms have been increasing, polymyxin E (colistin) has been reintroduced despite its nephrotoxicity. A case-control study was performed to investigate the incidence, clinical characteristics and risk factors of colistin-induced nephrotoxicity. From August 2006 to June 2008, 47 cases receiving at least one defined(More)
BACKGROUND Obesity is known to be associated with an increased risk of gastric cardia cancer but not with noncardia cancer. In terms of gastric dysplasia, few studies have evaluated its relationship with obesity. In addition, no study on the relationship between obesity and the risk of gastric cancer has analyzed the status of Helicobacter pylori infection.(More)
BACKGROUND The contribution of the metal components of particulate pollutants to acute respiratory effects has not been adequately evaluated. Moreover, little is known about the effects of genetic polymorphisms of xenobiotic metabolism on pulmonary function. OBJECTIVES This study was conducted to assess lung function decrement associated with metal(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the feasibility of the laparoscopic approach for treating suspected early-stage gallbladder carcinoma. DESIGN, SETTING, AND PATIENTS Prospective study from a university hospital. From May 10, 2004, to October 9, 2007, the laparoscopic approach was considered for treating 36 patients with suspected gallbladder carcinoma at T2 or less(More)
Although importation of asbestos to Korea has decreased, there are growing concerns of its hazardous effects. This paper describes the use and occupational exposure to asbestos, and the incidence and mortality of malignant mesotheliomas in Korea. Asbestos raw material imports from other countries peaked between 1990 and 1995, but importation of(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS There has been a controversy regarding the usefulness of biofeedback therapy for functional constipation or fecal incontinence. This study was performed to investigate the long-term clinical efficacy of biofeedback therapy. METHODS Sixty-four patients with constipation or fecal incontinence received biofeedback therapy for 4 weeks. Symptom(More)
PURPOSE Candida albicans is an opportunistic pathogen that is commonly found in human microflora. Biofilm formation (BF) is known as a major virulence factor of C. albicans. The aim of this study was to examine the influence of bacterial presence on biofilm formation of C. albicans. MATERIALS AND METHODS The BF of Candida was investigated when it was(More)
To investigate the effect of genetic polymorphisms on the oxidative damage caused by PAH exposure, we measured urinary 1-hydroxypyrene (1-OHP) and 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) levels to determine exposure and oxidative injury in university students. After examining myeloperoxidase (MPO) and manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) genotypes by PCR and(More)
IMPORTANCE OF THE FIELD Although the solid dispersion method has been known to increase the dissolution rate of poorly water-soluble drugs by dispersing them in hydrophilic carriers, one obstacle of the solid dispersion method is its limited solubilization capacity, especially for pH-dependent soluble drugs. AREAS COVERED IN THIS REVIEW pH-modified solid(More)
OBJECTIVE Smoking is associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in individuals with the HLA-DRB1 shared epitope (SE). SE alleles have been shown to be predominantly associated with anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP)-positive RA. These risk factors have not been identified for anti-CCP-negative RA. The aim of this study was to investigate whether(More)