Michail V Pararas

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Preterm birth represents a major problem for modern obstetrics due to its increasing frequency and the accompanying socioeconomic impact. Although several maternal characteristics related to preterm birth have been identified, the etiology in most cases remains inadequately understood. Various microorganisms have been linked to the pathogenesis of preterm(More)
Viral conjunctivitis is one of the most common disorders observed in ophthalmic emergency departments, yet no established treatment exists. Lately, antiviral medications have been introduced into clinical practice; however, a systematic review focusing on their use and effectiveness in the treatment of viral conjunctivitis has not been previously reported.(More)
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are the best-studied family of pattern-recognition receptors (PRRs), whose task is to rapidly recognize evolutionarily conserved structures on the invading microorganisms. Through binding to these patterns, TLRs trigger a number of proinflammatory and anti-microbial responses, playing a key role in the first line of defence(More)
Kawasaki disease (KD), an acute febrile mucotaneous lymph node syndrome, was initially described as a distinct clinical entity in 1967 by the Japanese physician, Dr Tomisaku Kawasaki (Kawasaki et al., 1974). Today the disease is recognized as an acute self limited vasculitis of unknown etiology that predominantly affects young children of all racial and(More)
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