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Asthma and lead poisoning are prevalent among urban children in the United States. Lead exposure may be associated with excessive production of immunoglobulin E, possibly increasing asthma risk and contributing to racial disparities. The objective of this study was to examine racial differences in the association of blood lead level (BLL) to risk of(More)
The evidence for a genetic component in the aetiology of sarcoidosis includes familial aggregation, associations with genetic polymorphisms, and linkage to the major histocompatibility complex class region on chromosome 6p. Unfortunately, the majority of genetic associations with sarcoidosis have not been consistently replicated. In the present study, using(More)
The study of genetic polymorphisms has touched every aspect of pulmonary and critical care medicine. We review recent progress made using genetic polymorphisms to define pathophysiology, to identify persons at risk for pulmonary disease and to predict treatment response. Several pitfalls are commonly encountered in studying genetic polymorphisms, and this(More)
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