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BACKGROUND Radio-contrast media (CM)-related adverse reactions are important clinical problems that may cause fatal anaphylaxis. Accordingly, it has been common practice to premedicate patients who have had previous reactions to CM with corticosteroids, antihistamines, and H2 blockers to prevent hypersensitive reactions. However, the effectiveness of(More)
Inherent problems exist in the use of two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) for sample preparation and separation of proteins from Halobacterium salinarum. In particular, proteins from cells grown in 25% NaCl are difficult to resolve by 2-DE due to the abundance of salt. To remove salts, a 3 kDa molecular weight cut-off column was used. When soluble(More)
PURPOSE There are no specific tools for measurement of the severity of chronic cough in Korea. We developed a Korean version of the Leicester Cough Questionnaire (LCQ) and tested its scaling and clinical properties. METHODS The LCQ was adapted for Korean conditions following a forward-backward translation procedure. All patients referred to chronic cough(More)
The forced swimming test (FST) is a widely used tool in the assessment of behavioral despair and prediction of response to antidepressants. However, the neural mechanisms underlying behavioral changes between pretest and test sessions of the FST remain unclear. In this study, we investigated changes in rat brain activity during the FST using(More)
We used the [F-18]FDG micro-PET neuroimaging to examine the effects of fluoxetine on brain activity in rats and on their behavioral response in the forced swimming test (FST). In the first experiment, the rats were administered doses of fluoxetine (10 or 20mg/kg) 24, 19 and 1h before the rat brains were scanned. Fluoxetine induced strong activation of the(More)
PURPOSE Allergic asthma (AA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are immune tolerance-related diseases, and immune tolerance is known to be influenced by costimulatory molecules. In this study, we sought to identify common genetic susceptibility in AA and RA. METHODS Two hundred cases of AA, 184 cases of RA, and 182 healthy controls were recruited at the Seoul(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about the characteristics of anaphylaxis in Korea or even in Asia. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the incidence of anaphylaxis and the clinical features of patients with anaphylaxis in a Korean tertiary care hospital. METHODS We performed a retrospective review from January 1, 2000, through July 31, 2006, of 138 patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Recent studies suggest an association between allergic diseases, including asthma, and lower vitamin D level, a well-known risk factor of osteoporosis. However, it is not yet clearly known whether patients with asthma are prone to bone loss. OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether the occurrence of airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) or asthma is related to(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS It has been suggested that the serotonergic systems are associated with anger and aggressive behaviors. We investigated the association between several single nucleotide polymorphisms in the serotonergic genes and anger-related personality traits. METHODS A total of 228 healthy female Korean women participated in this study. All subjects(More)
OBJECTIVE Defense mechanism may contribute to psychiatric symptoms. Refugees are vulnerable to various psychiatric symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, somatization, and those associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), due to their traumatic or stressful experiences. We aimed to investigate the mediating role of each defense mechanism in the(More)