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The aim of this paper is to evaluate dietary habits and behavioural factors related to atherosclerosis in Slovak Romany, the large minority, characterized by high cardiovascular morbidity. The study involved 150 Romany volunteers (68 males, mean age 42.1 +/- 13.9 y and 82 females, mean age 40.9 +/- 13.7 y). Dietary data were obtained by a validated(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate total mercury (THg) and methylmercury (MeHg) exposure of 75 mother–child pairs in relation to their thyroid hormone status (thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), triiodothyronine (T3), free triiodothyronine (fT3), thyroxine (T4), and free thyroxine (fT4)). THg and MeHg in blood samples were measured by atomic absorption(More)
The aims of the present study were: to evaluate the prevalence of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) leading to hospitalization in elderly patients; to analyze the drugs which have been identified as having causal relationship with ADRs and to identify risk factors which predispose the patient to such ADRs. The study has been performed in 600 patients aged> or(More)
A vegetarian diet results in higher intake of vitamins and micronutrients, which - although providing antioxidant defence - may lead to deficiency in other micronutrients involved in DNA metabolism and stability (such as vitamins belonging to the B group). The principal difference among various vegetarian diets is the extent to which animal products are(More)
The objective of this study was to examine frequency of familial defective apo-B-100 (FDB, R3500Q mutation) in probands with the phenotype of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) and in the general population of 40-year-old subjects in Slovakia and to characterize their lipid and clinical criteria and to compare the frequency of FDB with other populations. We(More)
Dietary antioxidant levels in the blood depend on intake of fruits and vegetables and therefore might be expected to show seasonal variation. A group of healthy male subjects in Bratislava, Slovakia gave blood samples each month for 1 year. Vitamin C, alpha- and gamma-tocopherol and several carotenoids were measured in plasma, and concentrations of(More)
Carvacrol belongs to frequently occurring phenolic components of essential oils (EOs) and it is present in many kinds of plants. Biological effect of this phenol derivative on human beings is however not sufficiently known. The present study was undertaken to evaluate the level of VL+MB-induced oxidative DNA lesions in hepatocytes and testicular cells(More)
Risks of carcinogenic and non-carcinogenic effects from asbestos continue owing to the persistence of the fibres in building materials and other products. For this reason, epidemiological and mechanistic research on the toxic effects of asbestos and mineral fibres is still needed. The present molecular epidemiological study was conducted in a former(More)
The aim of this paper was to evaluate genotoxic effects of borneol and its ability to change DNA-damaging effects of H2O2 in rat hepatocytes and testicular cells. Both in vitro and ex vivo approaches were used in the case of hepatocytes. Testicular cells were tested only ex vivo, i.e. shortly after isolation from rats supplemented by borneol. Cytotoxicity(More)
Participants in a study of occupational exposure to mineral fibres in Slovakia were analysed for the polymorphism 23A-->G in the DNA repair gene XPA. Of the 388 subjects, 239 were exposed to asbestos, stonewool or glass fibre; the rest were unexposed controls. Levels of DNA base alterations (oxidation and alkylation) in lymphocytes were measured using the(More)