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Influenza is a worldwide public health issue. The virus circulates annually in winter and can cause significant morbidity in the general population and increased mortality rates in those who are more susceptible to complications if infected by the virus, especially the elderly. Although...
Acute pharyngotonsillitis caused by β-haemolytic group A streptococcus (GAS) is a common childhood disease. Phenoxymethyl penicillin remains the drug of choice, as no resistance has been reported so far. Nevertheless, the failure of penicillin to eradicate streptococci From the throat occurs in...
Profound and prolonged neutropenia following chemotherapy is a major risk factor for systemic fungal infections. Mortality associated with disseminated fungal infection is high, and treatment with conventional amphotericin B is complicated by renal toxicity. Candida and Aspergillus are among the...
The peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ (PPARγ) is a nuclear receptor that controls the expression of a large array of genes involved in adipocyte differentiation, lipid storage and insulin sensitization. PPARγ is bound and activated by prostaglandin J2 and fatty acid derivatives,...
The prenatal diagnosis of fetal rhesus D (RhD) status is useful for the management of RhD-negative women with partners heterozygous for the RHD gene. Conventional methods for prenatal fetal RhD status determination involve invasive procedures such as fetal blood sampling and amniocentesis. The...
Arginine, taurine and homocysteine are amino acids which have been shown to affect the risk factors of cardiovascular diseases in humans. Arginine and taurine may protect against cardiovascular diseases while homocysteine may be a risk factor for them. Both arginine and taurine seem to lower...
The majority of doctors in North America, Australia and much of Europe now inform patients about a cancer diagnosis. However, many doctors report that they have difficulty disclosing a cancer diagnosis. Poor doctor-patient communication skills may lead to psychological distress including...
In order to analyse the prevalence and significance of cryoglobulinaemia in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and the possible relationship of cryoglobulinaemia with the genotypes of HCV, we studied 89 patients with chronic HCV infection, 42 healthy controls and 22 patients...
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