Manolis Economou

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BACKGROUND Greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet has been associated with a lower incidence of cardiovascular disease and cancer. OBJECTIVE We studied the effect of the Mediterranean diet on total antioxidant capacity (TAC) in 3042 participants who had no clinical evidence of cardiovascular disease. DESIGN During 2001-2002, a random sample of 1514(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM We evaluated the association of obesity with serum total antioxidant capacity (TAC), in a population-based sample of 3042 adults. METHODS AND RESULTS During 2001-2002 we randomly enrolled 1514 men (18-87 years old) and 1528 women (18-89 years old), from the Attica area in Greece into the study, and the sample was stratified by the(More)
BACKGROUND Factors that predict response and breakthrough phenomenon to lamivudine monotherapy in patients with HBeAg-negative chronic hepatitis B have not been well defined. AIM To determine pre-treatment and on treatment variables that predict initial response and breakthrough in patients with HBeAg-negative chronic hepatitis B receiving long-term(More)
BACKGROUND We sought to evaluate the association between pre-hypertension status and oxidative stress markers (total antioxidant capacity (TAC) and oxidized low density lipoprotein (LDL)), in a random sample of cardiovascular disease-free adults. METHODS The ATTICA study is a cross-sectional population-based survey that conducted in Attica region during(More)
We report two cases of meningitis caused by Listeria monocytogenes in children. The first patient was a healthy 14-month-old boy and the second patient a 3-year-old girl with Byler disease which, however, is not reported as a predisposing factor for listeriosis. We present these cases because Listeria infection, although common in neonates, is extremely(More)
Ninety eight percent of patients present with abdominal pain accompanied by vomiting (25%), while laboratory investigation reveals raised serum and urinary pancreatic enzymes. Imaging methods such as abdominal ultrasound and computed tomography, have high diagnostic accuracy (80%). However the diagnostic method of choice is ERCP which shows not only the(More)
BACKGROUND The role of Helicobacter pylori infection and especially of the cytotoxin-associated gene A (CagA) product strain in peptic ulcer bleeding among non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) users remains controversial. METHODS A case-control study was carried out including 191 consecutive chronic NSAIDs users admitted to hospital because of(More)
BACKGROUND Whilst emerging evidence from animal and cell experiments has shown high-density lipoprotein cholesterol to have anti-inflammatory effects consistent with a protective role in asthma, human studies investigating the relationship of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol with asthma have produced conflicting results. OBJECTIVE To examine the(More)
This study is to estimate the degree of genetic contribution of Fok-I gene polymorphism of Vitamin D receptor to bone mass in patients with thalassaemia. Results indicate a protective role of the f allele of the Fok-I gene polymorphism when found in homozygosity on bone mineral density of young thalassemic patients. The purpose of this study is to estimate(More)