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Epidemiological studies have suggested a link between exposure to persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and hypertension. Cross-sectional associations of serum POP concentrations with the prevalence of newly diagnosed hypertension were investigated in 524 adult participants aged >/=40 years in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 1999-2002.(More)
We performed the present study to investigate the effects of smoking cessation on changes in blood pressure and incidence of hypertension. We evaluated 8170 healthy male employees at a steel manufacturing company who had received occupational health examinations at the company's health care center in 1994 and were reexamined in 1998. Adjustment covariates(More)
BACKGROUND This prospective study was performed in order to investigate the effect of baseline body mass index (BMI), BMI changes, baseline alcohol consumption, and changes in alcohol consumption on liver enzyme activity. METHODS This study population consisted of 6846 male workers in a steel manufacturing company who had undergone health examinations in(More)
We performed a prospective study to assess whether the relationship of age with hypertension was stronger in men with high normal serum gamma glutamyltransferase (GGT) than in those with lower GGT levels. The study population included 8170 healthy male workers in a steel manufacturing company who had undergone health examinations in both 1994 and 1998. The(More)
The present study was performed to estimate the observed frequencies of the immunoglobulin heavy-chain (Gm) and light-chain (Km) allotypes among patients with early-onset periodontitis (EOP) and their effect on the IgG2 subclass responses against Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans Y4 and Porphyromonas gingivalis 381, respectively. Sixty-nine EOP patients,(More)
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