Timo Pitkäjärvi

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Moderate alcohol consumption has been reported to provide protection against coronary heart disease. We studied serum lipid values in 380 men, including 184 controls (37 teetotalers and 147 moderate drinkers), 90 heavy drinkers, and 106 alcoholics. Total cholesterol values were significantly lower among alcoholics than controls (mean +/- SEM, 5.43 +/- 0.15(More)
We used the Roche Amplicor PCR assay to compare urine and cervical swabs as sample material in the detection of Chlamydia trachomatis causing genital infections. The diagnostic performance of Amplicor PCR was compared with that of cell culture and the Gen-Probe PACE 2 assay with cervical specimens. If discrepant from other results, the specimens negative by(More)
We compared the Roche Amplicor PCR, Roche Cobas Amplicor PCR, and Abbott LCx assays by using urine specimens for the detection of Chlamydia trachomatis infections in a female population. First-catch urine and endocervical swab specimens were collected from a total of 442 patients. Urine specimens were tested by the manual Roche Amplicor PCR, the automatic(More)
In an open randomized study pivmecillinam (Selexid; CAS 32886-97-8) was studied by general practitioners in 345 female patients with uncomplicated acute cystitis. Out of the bacteriologically evaluated 299 patients 151 patients were treated for three days with two tablets of pivmecillinam 200 mg t.i.d. and 148 patients for seven days with one tablet t.i.d.(More)
The purpose of this study was to determine the occurrence and severity of diabetic retinopathy and to clarify its association with the duration of diabetes and several other factors in an outpatient diabetic population. The material consisted of 328 diabetics, mainly (77%) C-peptide negative, type 1 diabetics. The mean age of the patients was 45 years, and(More)
To study the association of alcohol consumption and lipid-based cardiovascular risk factors among middle-age women, cross-sectional analysis among 274 middle-aged healthy women with different drinking habits and a follow-up analysis of alcoholic women during abstinence was performed. Serum total cholesterol, low and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL(More)
In a double-blind study cefixime, an oral cephalosporin of the third generation, was compared to cefaclor in the treatment of acute otitis media in 397 children aged 6 months to 12 years. Clinical evaluation was carried out at the beginning, at day 10-12 and day 28-35 after the start of the treatment. Specimens for bacterial culture and sensitivity testings(More)