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Zeolites are natural or synthetic crystalline alumosilicates with ion exchanging properties. Supplied in fodder, they promote biomass production and animal health. Our aim was to assess the effects of the natural zeolite, clinoptilolite, on hematopoiesis, serum electrolytes and essential biochemical indicators of kidney and liver function in mice. Two(More)
Total quality in laboratory medicine should be defined as the guarantee that each activity throughout the total testing process is correctly performed, providing valuable medical decision-making and effective patient care. In the past decades, a 10-fold reduction in the analytical error rate has been achieved thanks to improvements in both reliability and(More)
Due to increased metabolic requests, pregnancy can be considered as metabolic stress, especially if associated with oxidative stress triggered by disbalance of pro/antioxidants. The aim of the study was to determine serum concentrations of the trace elements iron (Fe), zinc (Zn) and copper (Cu) important in growth regulation and pro/anti-oxidant(More)
Since 2003 when the international norm for implementation of quality management in medical laboratories (EN ISO 15189, Medical laboratories--Particular requirements for quality and competence) was established and accepted, accreditation has become practical, generally accepted method of quality management and confirmation of technical competence of medical(More)
Concentrations of 34 biochemical constituents of sera were determined on 998 randomly selected urban school children and adolescents aged 8-18 years from Zagreb, Croatia. Reference intervals were obtained by using non-parametric methods to estimate 2.5 and 97.5 percentiles of distribution as upper and lower normal reference intervals, according to the IFCC(More)
Haematological profile for 17 constituents of blood were determined in 998 healthy school children (8-19 years old) and 2246 healthy adult persons (20-70 years old) residing permanently or at least 5 years in a defined geographic region of Zagreb, Croatia. Physiological variations corresponding to age and sex were studied as the most important factors(More)
Serum PON1 is a HDL-associated enzyme that protects lipoproteins, both LDL and HDL, against oxidation and it is considered as an antioxidative/anti-inflammatory component of HDL. Dairy cows are highly susceptible to oxidative stress which commonly occurs in late pregnancy and early lactation. During the transition period, increased production of reactive(More)
Plasma platelet-activating factor acetylhydrolase (PAF-AH), the enzyme characterized by the association with plasma lipoproteins, degrades platelet-activating factor (PAF) as well as PAF-like oxidatively fragmented phospholipids produced during oxidative stress. Apart from pro-inflammatory properties, PAF is also related to reproductive processes and(More)
The aim of this study was to determine whether the paraoxonase (PON1) status, i.e. PON1 activities and phenotypes (AA, AB and BB), and its relationship with lipid status are different in patients with type II diabetes as compared to healthy population. Diabetic group comprised 175 patients with type II diabetes mellitus (94 men and 81 women) who came to(More)
In order to harmonize laboratory results in the field of general medical biochemistry at the national level, analytical methods and analytical quality goals based on biological criteria together with common reference intervals were recommended. The following parameters are included: general biochemical parameters (metabolites and substrates, enzymes,(More)