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UNLABELLED The prevalence and the excess coronary heart disease (CHD) risk of the metabolic syndrome (MS) and its components were investigated in the Turkish Adult Risk Factor Study in both a prospective and a cross-sectional manner. In a population sample, representative of Turkish adults who have low levels of high- and low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol(More)
Many non-invasive tests have been studied for diagnosis and determining the activation degree of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Nevertheless, an ideal test has not been found yet. Mean platelet volume (MPV) is influenced by the inflammation. In a few study, decreased platelet volume have been reported in IBD. The aim of this study is to determine whether(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have focused on the relationship between halitosis, gastroesophageal reflux disease and Helicobacter pylori. In this study we aimed to investigate the interaction between halitosis and upper gastrointestinal endoscopic findings. METHODS Patients who previously had dyspepsia and had undergone endoscopic examination were included(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential use of serum transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1), tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1), fetuin-A, and fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) in the detection of liver fibrosis in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB). The value of the noninvasive fibrosis models - that is, the(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS TGF-beta1 is a growth factor with wide ranging effects on proliferation, differentiation, immune suppression, apoptosis and matrix remodeling. We aimed to clarify the clinical significance of circulating levels of TGF-beta1 as a tumor marker in gastrointestinal tract cancers by comparing it to CEA across a range of parameters such as cancer(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM The aim of this study was to assess and compare the performance of a series of non-invasive tests to detect fibrosis in patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB). PATIENTS AND METHODS Seventy-six patients with CHB, whose blood samples were collected and biopsies were done on the same day, were included in this study. Pre-treatment(More)
OBJECTIVE To report a new case of probable alfuzosin-induced hepatitis. CASE SUMMARY An 80-year-old man was evaluated because of jaundice and pruritus. He was diagnosed as having Child-Pugh A chronic liver disease due to hepatitis B virus. Other etiologies of hepatitis were appropriately ruled out, and the hepatitis B was non-replicative. Therefore,(More)
BACKGROUND Skin ageing is a continuous process, with intrinsic factors determining which extrinsic factors (chronic sun exposure and other environmental factors, particularly smoking) have the greatest effect. AIM To investigate the effects of lifestyle and environmental factors on skin ageing in a Mediterranean population from Ankara, Turkey. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Liver fatty acid-binding protein (L-FABP) is a small molecule. The aim of this study was to examine L-FABP levels and to detect its diagnostic value in chronic hepatitis C (CHC). METHODS We studied 22 patients with CHC and 20 healthy control subjects. Patients with persistently elevated serum aminotransferases and positive HCV RNA were(More)