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The Greek National Reference Laboratory for Mycobacteria is a major source of tuberculosis (TB)-related data for Greece, where the TB burden and epidemiology still need to be better defined. We present data regarding newly diagnosed TB cases and resistance to anti-TB drugs during the last 15 years in Greece. Although the total number of newly detected TB(More)
In temperate ecosystems, acidic forest soils are among the most nutrient-poor terrestrial environments. In this context, the long-term differentiation of the forest soils into horizons may impact the assembly and the functions of the soil microbial communities. To gain a more comprehensive understanding of the ecology and functional potentials of these(More)
Isolates of Cercospora beticola resistant to fungicides that inhibit sterol demethylation (DMIs) were collected from sugar beet fields in Northern Greece. Fitness of these isolates was compared to that of DMI-sensitive isolates. The parameters measured were competitive ability both under growth chamber and field conditions, mycelial growth, spore(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the performance of the Gen-Probe Amplified MTD® Test (AMTD) for childhood tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis compared to conventional culture. DESIGN We retrospectively studied 121 childhood cases (73 males; median age 7 years, range 1-16). Pulmonary samples (104/152, 68%) included gastric aspirates (n = 53), induced sputum samples (n =(More)
The Greek National Reference Laboratory for Mycobacteria is a major source of tuberculosis (TB)-related data for Greece, where the TB burden and epidemiology still need to be better defined. We present data regarding newly diagnosed TB cases and resistance to anti-TB drugs during the last 15 years in Greece. Although the total number of newly detected ΤΒ(More)
Single-lesion isolates ofCercospora beticola (n=150) were collected in 1998 from sugar beet fields in the area of Serres, N. Greece. In this area, sterol demethylation-inhibiting (DMI) fungicides have been used for almost 20 years to control sugar beet leaf spot. The sensitivity of these isolates to the DMI fungicides flutriafol and difenoconazole (EC50(More)
Corticosteroids are among the most commonly prescribed drugs by physicians of nearly all medical specialties. Their widespread use in clinical neurology is based either on randomized studies or, most often, on clinical experience and experts' opinion. Besides the well-known adverse effects of corticosteroids, they may also induce or worsen certain(More)
Central pontine myelinolysis (CPM) is a rare medical condition that has primarily been associated with alcoholism, chronic malnutrition, certain surgical procedures, and serum sodium imbalances with rapid correction [1]. The condition has also been reported to be pregnancy-related, however complicated by hyperemesis gravidarum [2, 3], resulting in(More)