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Intrathecal administration of opioids is a very efficient tool in the long-term control of intractable nonmalignant pain. However, despite the well known role of opioids in endocrine regulation, few data are available about possible effects on hypothalamic-pituitary function during this treatment. Seventy-three patients (29 men and 44 women; mean age, 49.2(More)
OBJECTIVE Hyperglycemia occurs in most critically ill patients. Using continuous glucose monitoring (CGM), we investigated whether intensive insulin therapy based on discontinuous glucose monitoring can achieve normoglycemia (80-110 mg/dl) in a medical intensive care unit (MICU). RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Fifty adults (men/women 31/19, age 62 +/- 16(More)
INTRODUCTION Liver X receptors (LXRs) are nuclear receptors that function as cholesterol sensors and regulate cholesterol homeostasis. High cholesterol has been recognized as a risk factor in asthma; however, the mechanism of this linkage is not known. METHODS To explore the importance of cholesterol homeostasis for asthma, we investigated the(More)
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