Paweł Majak

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BACKGROUND The possibility of additional strategies to enhance the effectiveness of specific immunotherapy (SIT) is highly attractive. AIM The aim of our study was to assess the influence of oral corticosteroids and oral corticosteroids combined with vitamin D(3) on the early clinical and immunological effects of SIT. METHODS It was a randomized,(More)
BACKGROUND Recombinant human activated protein C (drotrecogin alfa [activated]--DAA) demonstrated in Phase III controlled clinical studies significant reduction of mortality in patients with severe sepsis and high risk of death. The aim of the study was to assess the therapeutic efficacy of DAA in patients included in the National Severe Sepsis Register in(More)
Levels of an interleukin 10 (IL-10) are reduced in asthmatic patients in comparison to healthy subjects. Fact, that IL-10 is produced by Th1 and that inhibits cytokine production by Th2 lymphocytes has led to the concept that IL-10 might be beneficial in mitigating allergic inflammation. The purpose of this study was to define the effect of 4 week(More)
BACKGROUND There are no studies investigating the benefit of using FeNO measurements in correlation with sensitization to perennial and seasonal allergens in children with asthma. OBJECTIVE To define the group of children with respiratory symptoms in whose FeNO measurement has predictive value for asthma. We assessed the effect of age, allergy profile,(More)
BACKGROUND The recommended duration of specific immunotherapy (SIT) treatment relies on empiric data and is not well documented. OBJECTIVE To detect possible differences in the long-term effectiveness between 3 and 5 years of house dust mite (HDM) SIT in asthmatic children. METHODS We performed a 3-year natural history study of 90 asthmatic children who(More)
BACKGROUND One of the most important aspects of sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) is the regimen of administration. The aim of the study was to compare the efficacy and the safety of SLIT given pre-coseasonally (starting before the pollen season and continuing until the end of it) and continuously (all year round, independent of the pollen season) in children(More)
BACKGROUND Since IgE is considered to play a crucial role in allergic immune responses, the reduction of free IgE level has been an attractive target in the treatment of allergic diseases. The present study was conducted to determine the effects of a 6-month treatment with different doses of inhaled budesonide and montelukast sodium in children with newly(More)
There is little agreement among researchers whether a caregiver’s QOL can be used to detect changes in asthma severity in children. We assessed correlation between QOL in parents and QOL in children with asthma as well as clinical parameters of asthma. We determined whether changes in caregiver’s QOL scores reflect changes in child’s QOL and their asthma(More)
BACKGROUND Vitamin D promotes different toleragenic processes of the immune system; however, its role in allergen specific immunotherapy (SIT) is still undefined. OBJECTIVE To determine whether the immunologic and clinical effectiveness of allergen SIT depends on the serum level of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) and its changes during SIT in asthmatic(More)