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AIM This was a prospective study investigating the efficacy of Ankaferd Blood Stopper(®) (ABS), an herbal preparation, in patients with upper gastrointestinal (UGI) bleeding. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 30 patients (22 male, 8 female) who had UGI bleeding (with differing causes) were included in the study. ABS was used to stop the bleeding. RESULTS(More)
The term mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD) has been applied to a particular subset of patients with overlapping clinical features of systemic sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and polymyositis. Immune response to U1-ribonucleoprotein is the defining serological feature of MCTD. There are different organ and system involvements in MCTD including(More)
BACKGROUND Blood neutrophil-to-lymphocyte (N/L) ratio is an indicator of the overall inflammatory status of the body, and an alteration in N/L ratio may be found in ulcerative colitis (UC) patients. The aims of this study were to investigate the utility of N/L ratio as a simple and readily available predictor for clinical disease activity in UC. METHODS(More)
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is increasingly recognized as the most common cause of chronic liver disease worldwide. It has been shown that NAFLD has a strong association with metabolic syndrome and its component like insulin resistance (IR). Cardiovascular disease has a relation with NAFLD. Platelet volume is an indicator of platelet function(More)
Evidence suggests that acute and chronic hyperglycemia can cause oxidative stress in the peripheral nervous system which, in turn, can promote the development of diabetic neuropathy. Recent studies have found increased expression of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) and S100B, both of which are indicators of glial reactivity, in the neural and retinal(More)
AIM To identify novel non-invasive biomarkers for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). METHODS Twenty patients with histologically proven NAFLD and 20 controls were included. All NAFLD cases were scored using the NAFLD activity score. The relative expressions of miR-197, miR-146b, miR-10b, miR-181d, miR-34a, miR-122, miR-99a and miR-29a were(More)
Heart rate recovery after exercise is a function of vagal reactivation, and its impairment is an independent prognostic indicator for cardiovascular and all-cause mortality. The aim of our study was to evaluate heart rate recovery in patients with familial Mediterranean fever (FMF). The study population included 38 patients with FMF (14 men; mean age, 36.2(More)
AIM To evaluate the efficacy of the aspartate aminotransferase/platelet ratio index (APRI) and neutrophil-lymphocyte (N/L) ratio to predict liver damage in chronic hepatitis B (CHB). METHODS We analyzed 89 patients diagnosed with CHB by percutaneous liver biopsy and 43 healthy subjects. Liver biopsy materials were stained with hematoxylin-eosin and(More)
BACKGROUND Blood neutrophil-to-lymphocyte (N/L) ratio is an indicator of the overall inflammatory status of the body, and an alteration in N/L ratio may be found in patients with familial Mediterranean fever (FMF). The aim of this study was to investigate the interrelationship between N/L ratio and FMF. METHODS One hundred and fifteen patients and(More)
Data examining the association between vitamin D and diabetic peripheral neuropathy are limited. This study investigated the serum levels of vitamin D, vitamin D-binding protein (VDBP), and vitamin D receptor (VDR) in diabetics in the Yozgat region of Turkey, and assessed their relationships with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. 69 diabetic patients and 49(More)