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Handling agricultural commodities such as grain can result in an inhalation of mycotoxin-containing dusts. Ochratoxin A (OTA) is particularly well suited for biomonitoring studies due to its long half-life in blood, and served as a marker toxin to investigate whether or not exposure to dusts in occupational contexts may result in elevated OTA blood serum(More)
Mycotoxins are fungal metabolite which may in some cases exhibit a high health hazard potential. Mycotoxins can show carcinogenic, mutagenic, toxic, teratogenic or immunotoxic effects. Mycotoxin exposure in the workplace may occur through inhalation and skin contact,e.g. during occupational handling of organic matter such as livestock feed, food products,(More)
The assessment of perfusion by myocardial contrast echocardiography has evolved from the early contrast agents, including agitated saline solutions and hydrogen peroxide, to the current second-generation contrast agents. Unlike the first-generation contrast agents, which are composed of air, the newer, second-generation agents contain gases with a higher(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Whole body vibration (WBV) training is a new approach which is currently discussed in the context of reducing the risk of osteoporotic fractures. The study was undertaken to determine the effect of one-year WBV exercise on bone mineral density (BMD) and the number of falls. METHODS 151 postmenopausal women (68.5 +/- 3.1 years)(More)
We describe the case of a patient who came to our hospital with deterioration of his general condition (especially with loss of weight) and progressive thoracic pain with dyspnea. We diagnosed a severe pseudodiverticulosis of the esophagus with esophagobronchial as well as esophagomediastinal fistulae. Furthermore, reactive pleural and pericardial effusions(More)
BACKGROUND Parenteral polymyxin use declined after the 1960s, due to safety concerns. An increase in multidrug-resistant (MDR) gram-negative infections and a shortage of new agents have prompted increased use of parenteral polymyxin. OBJECTIVE To describe our clinical experience with parenteral polymyxin B for MDR gram-negative bacteremia and urinary(More)
Workers in grain elevators are exposed to grain dust and may therefore have an increased risk of inhalatory contact with mycotoxins. To study the mycotoxin burden of such environments, settled grain dust samples (n=35) were collected from several locations of a total of 13 grain elevators in Germany, and analysed for ochratoxin A (OTA, detection limit 0.01(More)
Although the prevalence of variant angina pectoris is unknown, it appears to be substantially less common than typical, exertional angina and unstable angina at rest. The patient with variant angina typically complains of a pressure-like, squeezing retrosternal chest discomfort of several minutes duration. The diagnosis is secured by the occurrence of(More)
PURPOSE To compare video sequence and conventional freeze image documentation of breast ultrasound findings with respect to lesion assessment and the diagnostic power of established ultrasound characteristics. MATERIALS AND METHODS Digitally stored freeze images and corresponding video sequences of 50 breast lesions were randomly arranged and interpreted(More)