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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)
BACKGROUND HLA-B27 is strongly associated with ankylosing spondylitis (AS), and its subtypes differ in their ethnic distribution. Studies worldwide have shown that B*2701, B*2702, B*2704, B*2705, B*2707, B*2708, B*2714, B*2715, and B*2719 are AS-predisposing subtypes, whereas B*2706 and B*2709 are reported to be negatively associated with AS. The aim of(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)
BACKGROUND Despite its unsatisfactory specificity, rheumatoid factor (RF) is the only serologic marker included in the diagnostic criteria of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) for rheumatoid arthritis. Recently, the diagnostic value of anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP) antibodies has been emphasized in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) due to its(More)
This study investigated the performance characteristics and diagnostic usefulness of a new rapid device test (RDT) for HCV (SD Bioline, Korea). A total of 200 specimens were used in this study and to assess cross-reactivity, five hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) positive, five anti-hepatitis B surface antibody (anti-HBs) positive, five rheumatoid factor(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)