Mayka Freire

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To assess the effect of removing leishmania-infected dogs on the incidence of visceral leishmaniasis, a controlled intervention study was performed in northeast Brazil. The attempted elimination of seropositive dogs resulted in an initial significant decrease in the annual incidence of seroconversion among dogs from 36% to 6% over the first two years. In(More)
Diabetic nephropathy is a serious and frequent complication of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) that has a strong genetic component. Several case-control studies have reported conflicting results with regard to the role of angiotensinogen gene polymorphisms, specifically the M235T T allele, in the development of diabetic nephropathy. The primary(More)
INTRODUCTION A recent genome-wide association study (GWAS) comprising a French cohort of systemic sclerosis (SSc) reported several non-HLA single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) showing a nominal association in the discovery phase. We aimed to identify previously overlooked susceptibility variants by using a follow-up strategy. METHODS Sixty-six non-HLA(More)
BACKGROUND To determine the relationship between DNA polymorphisms in the angiotensin I converting enzyme (ACE) gene, serum ACE activity and the risk of diabetic nephropathy. METHODS A case-control study was carried out in a population of Jewish insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) patients. Cases (77 IDDM patients with diabetic nephropathy) and(More)
An inherited predisposition to hypertension may increase susceptibility to nephropathy in type I diabetes. We evaluated the influence of a family history of essential hypertension on albuminuria in normotensive, normoalbuminuric type I diabetic patients. Forty-two diabetics (12.9 +/- 2.04 years) were divided into three groups according to tertiles of(More)
Peak age at onset of systemic sclerosis (SSc) is between 20 and 50 years, although SSc is also described in both young and elderly patients. We conducted the present study to determine if age at disease onset modulates the clinical characteristics and outcome of SSc patients. The Spanish Scleroderma Study Group recruited 1037 patients with a mean follow-up(More)
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