Nikos C Thalassinos

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BACKGROUND Although insulin resistance in thyroid hormone excess is well documented, information on insulin action in hypothyroidism is limited. METHODS To investigate this, a meal was given to 11 hypothyroid (HO; aged 45 +/- 3 yr) and 10 euthyroid subjects (EU; aged 42 +/- 4 yr). Blood was withdrawn for 360 min from veins (V) draining the anterior(More)
To investigate respiratory muscle strength in patients with hypothyroidism, global respiratory muscle strength was assessed by measuring mouth pressure during PImax and PEmax efforts. Maximum pressures, VC, FEV1, FVC, T3, T4, and TSH were measured in 43 hypothyroid patients. Measurements were made before and three months after replacement therapy with(More)
Glucocorticoid (GC) hypersecretion constitutes the major hormonal response to stress. In an effort to investigate the impact of a long-lasting exposure to high GC levels in vivo on cellular longevity, we have studied the lifespan of skin fibroblasts from patients suffering from Cushing's syndrome, who are characterised by chronic endogenous GC excess.(More)
The serum levels of soluble interleukin-2 receptors (s-IL-2R) and soluble CD8 antigens (s-CD8) were measured in 33 patients with Graves' disease (GD), 29 with toxic nodular goiter (TNG), 6 with toxic adenoma (TA), and 12 with hypothyroidism, as well as in 11 patients with infectious mononucleosis (known to have high s-IL-2R and s-CD8 levels) and 34 normal(More)
OBJECTIVE Several studies have demonstrated impaired GH secretion in patients with active Cushing's syndrome (CS). It has been suggested that persistence of GH deficiency, despite treatment of cortisol excess, may delay the recovery of these patients and therefore temporary treatment with GH may have some benefit. However, the time course of restoration of(More)
In order to examine whether serum soluble Interleukin-2 Receptors (sIL-2R) could be used as a marker of the biological effects of the thyroid hormones, we measured the sIL-2R, sex hormone binding globulin and beta-2 microglobulin levels in thirty-three hyperthyroid patients (14 with Graves' disease, 17 with Toxic Nodular Goiter and 2 with toxic adenoma)(More)
OBJECTIVE Chronic exposure to elevated glucocorticoid (GC) concentrations induces detrimental effects in several tissues. In the skin, GCs provoke intense alterations on various parameters of the physiology of fibroblasts, cumulatively leading to skin atrophy and impaired wound healing. As there are concerns that GCs may generate permanent adverse(More)
Intense stress can challenge tissue homeostasis and accelerate the ageing process. However, several lines of evidence indicate that repeated mild stresses can have beneficial and even life-prolonging effects. Hypersecretion of glucocorticoids (GC) represents the major hormonal response to stress. Besides its life-sustaining role, GC excess, usually due to(More)
A 61-year old female presented with paroxysmal hypertension and a 4.5cm left adrenal mass on CT scan. Repeated measurements of 24-hour urinary fractionated metanephrines, total catecholamines and vanillylmandelic acid (VMA) were within normal range. A further scintigraphic study with (131)I -metaiodobenzylguanidine ((131)I-MIBG) revealed selective(More)
The aim of this investigation was to assess the periodontal condition of two different age groups of young insulin-dependent diabetics, and to compare it with two age-matched groups of non-diabetic controls. Group A consisted of 19 diabetics 15-24 years old, group B of 21 diabetics 25-36 years old, control group CA of 16 healthy individuals 16-24 years old.(More)