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BACKGROUND IL-13 (interleukin-13) and RANTES (Regulated upon Activation, Normal T cells Expressed and Secreted) are the important asthma inflammatory mediators. OBJECTIVE The present study aimed to investigate the single and combined associations between the polymorphism (SNP) loci in IL-13 and RANTES genes with the development of asthma in children of(More)
Childhood asthma prevalence worldwide has been increasing markedly over several decades. Various theories have been proposed to account for this alarming trend. The disease has a broad spectrum of potential determinants ranging from genetics to lifestyle and environmental factors. Epidemiological observations have demonstrated that several important(More)
Manganese (Mn) exposure can affect brain development. Whether Selenium (Se) can protect neonates against neurotoxicity from Mn exposure remains unclear. We investigated this issue in 933 mother-newborn pairs in Shanghai, China, from 2008 through 2009. Umbilical cord serum concentrations of Mn and Se were measured and Neonatal Behavioral Neurological(More)
Since late 2012, coxsackievirus A6 (CVA6) has gradually become the predominant pathogen responsible for hand-foot-mouth disease (HFMD) in several provinces of China. A total of 626 patients diagnosed with HFMD in Shanghai, China from January 2012 to September 2013 were enrolled in this study. Of these, 292 CVA6 infected cases were subjected to clinical(More)
UNLABELLED Abstract Background: Recent meta-analyses indicate that children delivered by cesarean section have increased risk for asthma. However, the studies included in these previous meta-analyses showed significant heterogeneity. Furthermore, no previous meta-analysis has distinguished the association of elective and emergency CS, spontaneous and(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Multidrug resistance (MDR) compromises the efficacy of chemotherapy. Many approaches have been used to reduce MDR; however, the results are poor. It has been reported that iron deprivation downregulates MDR genes. To investigate the relationship of iron with MDR and early growth response gene-1 (EGR1), we investigated the effect of iron(More)
China is now becoming the largest consumer of pesticides worldwide. In recent years, there has been a heightened public awareness of pesticides and children's health in North America and around the world. Human epidemiological studies have examined the relationship of pesticide exposures with children's health such as neurodevelopment and cancer, and they(More)
BACKGROUND Increasing research is available verifying that asthma is a familial and hereditary disorder of a complex of factors and genes. Objective. To investigate the single and combined associations of five single nucleotide polymorphism loci in three genes with the development of asthma in children of Chinese Han Nationality. METHODS A total of 192(More)