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AIM Obesity and insulin resistance (IR) are closely related to hepatic steatosis (HS), and adiponectin is a hepatic insulin sensitizer that has important effects in liver function. This study aims at investigating the relationship between serum adiponectin concentration and the presence of HS. METHODS We carried out a cross-sectional study in a check-up(More)
The antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is characterized by the presence of venous and arterial thrombosis, recurrent fetal losses and thrombocytopenia, associated with the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL). This syndrome may be "primary" or may be associated with other diseases, mainly systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). However, some patients(More)
BACKGROUND To determine the clinical and immunologic characteristics of a large cohort of patients with primary Sjörgen's syndrome (SS) and to asses if the sex, the age at onset, the time of evolution and the immunologic pattern define different subsets with specific characteristics. PATIENTS AND METHODS We included 80 patients (76 female and 4 male) that(More)
AIM To establish an association between the serum leptin levels and the development of gallstone disease (GD). METHODS We carried out a non-matched case-controlled study in a university hospital in Mexico City. Two hundred and eighty-seven subjects were included: 97 cases with gallstones and 190 controls. Body mass index (BMI), fasting plasma leptin,(More)
The effect of 1 Hz, 30 mT pulsed magnetic fields on young adult rat femoral metaphyseal bone thickness was assessed. Ten same litter, female Wistar rats were studied; five of them underwent 30 min magnetic stimulation sessions for 20 consecutive days. The anterior and posterior cortical, as well as trabecular bone transverse thicknesses were measured. The(More)
Technetium-99m hexamethylpropylene amine oxime (HMPAO) labelled leucocytes and indium-111 polyclonal immunoglobulin (IgG) were simultaneously injected into a group of 27 patients routinely referred for the investigation of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Ten-minute anterior abdomen and tail on detector views were obtained at 30 min, 4 h and 24 h p.i. of(More)
BACKGROUND Different oncogenes (Fas and bcl-2) and diverse cytokines (IL-10 and alfa-TNF) may have an effect on the regulation of apoptosis. The majority of studies to date have evaluated only one or two of these elements independently and it is difficult to obtain a global view of apoptosis disregulation in the pathogenesis of systemic lupus erythematosus(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the prevalence and clinical significance of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) in a cohort of patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (SS). METHODS Eighty patients with primary SS were studied prospectively. The prevalence of aPL and characteristics of the clinical and laboratory features of these patients were compared with those(More)
AIM To explore the role of ghrelin in gallstone disease. METHODS We carried out a cross-sectional study in 150 subjects, 38 with gallstones (cases) and 112 controls. We also did a real-time PCR-RT study in twenty gallbladder samples each. Body mass index (BMI), serum insulin, ghrelin, and serum lipids were measured. Logistic regression analyses(More)
OBJECTIVE To determined in a prospective study the quality of life (QoL) in the systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) females. We also studied the relationship between QoL and the activity of lupus disease. METHODS We studied 67 consecutive SLE females. To study the QoL we administered the Medical Outcomes Study Short form Scale SF-36 (MOS-SF36). This(More)