Malgorzata A. Kowalska

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The objective of this study was to develop age- and gender-specific reference ranges for blood pressure in a large national database on blood pressure levels throughout childhood and adolescence in young Poles. A prospective cross-sectional study was performed in 2002−2005 in the representative sampling sites, selected randomly from the entire Poland.(More)
BACKGROUND To obtain current data on the occurrence ofwork-related symptoms of office computer users in Poland we implemented a questionnaire survey. Its goal was to assess the prevalence and intensity of symptoms of upper extremities, neck and back in office workers who use computers on a regular basis, and to find out if the occurrence of symptoms depends(More)
Granulocytes play a key role in the defence against bacterial infections. Their dysfunction may both predispose to and result from infections. The oxidative metabolism of peripheral blood granulocytes was studied in 50 children aged from 1 to 10 years, with recurrent upper respiratory tract infections and/or tonsillar hypertrophy. Four groups of patients(More)
Two different methods to measure binocular longitudinal corneal apex movements were synchronously applied. High-speed videokeratoscopy at a sampling frequency of 15 Hz and a custom-designed ultrasound distance sensor at 100 Hz were used for the left and the right eye, respectively. Four healthy subjects participated in the study. Simultaneously, cardiac(More)
OBJECTIVE A number of studies show an association between traffic-related air pollution and adverse respiratory health effects in children. However, most evidence relates to the regions with low or moderate levels of ambient air pollution. The study was undertaken to assess the impact of traffic-related air pollution on respiratory health status in children(More)
The presented cross-sectional study, comprised a group of 1,130 children from 13-15 years of age living in Upper Silesia, Poland, was undertaken to ascertain the role of environmental factors in the development of adverse respiratory health outcomes. To estimate the prevalence of these effects, the ISAAC questionnaire supplemented by questions related to(More)
BACKGROUND Osteoporosis and its consequence of low trauma fracture represent a major health burden in aging population, because it results in increased morbidity, mortality and high health care costs. The number of hip fractures worldwide will approximately double by the year 2025 and more than triple by 2050. The aim of the study was to assess the(More)
Causes of treatment failure in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are still poorly understood. Microarray technology gives new possibilities for the analysis of the biology of leukemias. We hypothesize that drug sensitivity in pediatric ALL is driven by specific molecular mechanisms that correlate with gene expression profiles assessed by microarray(More)
BACKGROUND The issue of occupational exposure to ozone in workers using photocopiers or printers is not frequently addressed in the Polish medical literature. Eye irritation and disorders of upper respiratory system, fatigue and its consequences (headache, malaise, concentration disorders) are the most frequently described health problems. MATERIAL AND(More)
Our aim was to ascertain whether the ultrasonic measurement of longitudinal corneal apex displacements carried out in a proper headrest is a credible method of ocular pulse (OP) detection. To distinguish between longitudinal movements of the eye globe treated as a rigid body and ocular surface expansion caused by the variations of the eye-globe volume, two(More)