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Background: Since publication of the UK Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) in 1998, there has been a clear evidence base for tight glycaemic (HBA 1c < 7.0%) and blood pressure (BP < 140/85 mmHg) control. Aim: To determine the effect of UKPDS–based intensified glycaemic and BP targets on the...
The classical acute-phase protein, C-reactive protein (CRP), is an exquisitely sensitive systemic marker of disease with broad clinical utility for monitoring and differential diagnosis. Inflammation, the key regulator of CRP synthesis, plays a pivotal role in atherothrombotic cardiovascular...
Background: Acute paraquat self-poisoning is a significant problem in parts of Asia, the Pacific and the Caribbean. Ingestion of large amounts of paraquat results in rapid death, but smaller doses often cause a delayed lung fibrosis that is usually fatal. Anti-neutrophil (‘immunosuppressive’)...
Background: The use of HIV protease inhibitors (PIs) as a component of combination antiretroviral therapy in HIV-infected patients has been associated with dyslipidaemia, but its significance as a risk factor for cardiovascular disease is unclear. Endothelial dysfunction is an early phase of...
We present a retrospective analysis of the available articles on severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) published since the outbreak of the disease. SARS is a new infectious disease caused by a novel coronavirus. Originating in Guangdong, Southern China, at the end of 2002, it has spread to...
Background: For women with end-stage renal failure of child-bearing age, renal transplantation offers a chance to start a family. Pregnancies in renal transplant recipients involve risks for graft and fetus, and need to be carefully managed. Aim: To identify graft, fetal and maternal outcomes in...
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