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BACKGROUND Mycoplasma hominis and Ureaplasma urealyticum are important opportunistic pathogens implicated in urogenital infections and complicated pregnancy. We aimed to study the role of these pathogens in symptomatic and asymptomatic pregnant women and determine their clinical significance and antibiotic susceptibility. METHODS One hundred pregnant(More)
BACKGROUND Ischemic stroke is a complex condition influenced by many factors. Previous studies have demonstrated that inflammatory markers might play a role in such vascular diseases. Therefore the purpose of this study was to compare the expression of inflammatory markers in Korean ischemic stroke patients and to investigate their relationship to APOE(More)
Non-tuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) lung disease is increasing in prevalence. We analyzed the frequency of NTM lung disease among patients who are suspected of tuberculosis. NTM was isolated from about one-fourth of the mycobacterium culture-positive patients and about half of these had NTM lung disease. Therefore, NTM isolates should be routinely(More)
Rapid diagnosis and timely treatment improves the outcome in patients with ischemic stroke, but a rapid and sensitive blood test for ischemic stroke does not exist. This study tested whether a panel of biomarkers might be useful in the diagnosis of acute ischemic stroke. Consecutive patients with suspected stroke presenting to the emergency department of a(More)
Liver glutathione-S-transferases (GSTs) are responsible for the detoxification of electrophiles, and specifically for the metabolism of orally administered organic nitrates such as nitroglycerin (NTG). Recent studies showed that reactive nitrogen species produced by tetranitromethane (TNM), peroxynitrite, or the myeloperoxidase/H2O2/nitrite system can(More)
Healthcare-associated infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have recently become an important issue for healthcare facilities due to high rates of infection, mortality, and high treatment costs. We investigated the frequency of MRSA in healthcare workers (HCWs) via nasal carriage and assessed the performance of the(More)
BACKGROUND The association of apolipoprotein E (apoE) polymorphism with interindividual variability of serum lipid concentrations and the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis is inconclusive. This study was performed to explore the associations of apoE with lipid concentrations and ischemic stroke in patients with large artery atherosclerosis (LAA)(More)
BACKGROUND Inflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFalpha) and interleukin (IL)-6 play an important role in pathophysiology of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We investigated the possibility whether TNFalpha and IL-6 could be used as an objective marker reflecting treatment response in RA. METHODS Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR),(More)
Partial trisomy 3p results from either unbalanced translocation or de novo duplication. Common clinical features consist of dysmorphic facial features, congenital heart defects, psychomotor and mental retardation, abnormal muscle tone, and hypoplastic genitalia. In this paper, we report a case of partial trisomy 3p with rare clinical manifestations. A(More)
Factor VIII inhibitors are produced during or after coagulation factor VIII (FVIII) therapy in hemophilia A patients. These inhibitors are usually detected by a modified Bethesda assay or an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). In this study, we used the Bethesda assay to determine the incidence of FVIII inhibitors in 75 fresh plasma samples obtained(More)