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OBJECTIVE The aim of our study was to examine long-term effects of nephrocalcinosis in prematurely born children. PATIENTS AND METHODS Preterm neonates (gestational age <32 weeks) with (n = 42) and without (n = 32) nephrocalcinosis were prospectively studied at a mean age of 7.5 (+/-1.0) years. RESULTS Blood pressure did not differ in ex-preterm infants(More)
Pentraxin 3 (PTX3) plays an important role in innate immune responses and in female fertility, as discovered with studies in mice. However, the role of PTX3 in human fertility is unknown. Here, we report on a population-based study from a rural area of Upper East Ghana (n = 4346). We studied the association between the number of children given birth by(More)
The F-Scan system was used to measure peak plantar pressures in 11 diabetics each with a unilateral great toe amputation and an intact contralateral extremity (nonamputated), to evaluate the effectiveness of five footwear-insole strategies: 1) extra-depth shoes without an insole, 2) extra-depth shoes with a Plastizote insole, 3) extra-depth shoes with a(More)
OBJECTIVE Adiponectin, a hormone secreted by adipose tissue, is of particular interest in metabolic syndrome, because it is inversely correlated with obesity and insulin sensitivity. However, it is not known to what extent the genetics of plasma adiponectin and the genetics of obesity and insulin sensitivity are interrelated. We aimed to evaluate the(More)
Pregnancy-associated malaria is one of the leading causes of low birth weight in malaria endemic areas. In this study, 145 parturient women residing in areas endemic for Plasmodium falciparum in Lambaréné, Gabon, were recruited into the study after delivery, and the association of maternal P. falciparum infection, inflammatory response, and birth weight was(More)
OBJECTIVE The negative feedback on pancreatico-biliary secretion induced by ileal nutrients has been well documented but the role of the distal gut peptide YY (PYY) as mediator is less well defined. We determined the effect of PYY on basal, sham feeding and feeding-stimulated pancreatico-biliary secretion in humans. MATERIAL AND METHODS Eight healthy(More)
Serum osteocalcin concentrations were measured in 42 patients with Paget's disease of bone and elevated serum alkaline phosphatase (AP) levels. High serum osteocalcin levels were found in only 22 patients. Serum osteocalcin was significantly correlated with urinary hydroxyproline excretion (r = 0.747; P less than 0.001) and, to a lesser extent, with serum(More)
Hormone secretion by somatotropinomas, corticotropinomas and prolactinomas exhibits increased pulse frequency, basal and pulsatile secretion, accompanied by greater disorderliness. Increased concentrations of growth hormone (GH) or prolactin (PRL) are observed in about 30% of thyrotropinomas leading to acromegaly or disturbed sexual functions beyond(More)