Progress in Inflammation Research

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Nova Publishers, 2006 - Science - 194 pages
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The process of inflammation, which causes the swelling and redness around a wound, is a vital part of the body's system for fighting off infections. When the body is hurt, the immune system produces chemical signals telling cells to multiply without dying, allowing skin to close over a gash, for example. Other chemicals spur the growth of new blood vessels to feed the recovering tissue. Scientists have linked inflammation to cancer and recently to heart disease in several ways. Doctors suspect that long-term inflammation or infection is involved in up to 20 per cent of cancers, including those of the oesophagus, colon, skin, stomach, liver, bladder, breast and some kinds of lymphoma. C-reactive protein (CRP) is one of the acute phase proteins that increase during systemic inflammation. It's been suggested that testing CRP levels in the blood may be a new way to assess cardiovascular disease risk. A high sensitivity assay for CRP test (hs-CRP) is now widely available. This new book presents recent leading-edge research from around the world.
 

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Contents

Retroperitoneal Fibrosis a True Inflammatory Disease New Insights in an Old Entity
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Involvement of Invading Macrophage Derived Prostaglandins in the Pathogenesis of Neuropathic Pain Caused by Nerve Injury
39
The Acute Phase Inflammatory Response in Stroke Systemic Inflammation and Neuroinflammation
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Nitric Oxide Metabolism in Muscle Mitochondria in Endotoxic and Septic Shock
147
A New Hypothesis for the Origin of Shock SelfDigestion of the Ischemic Intestine by Pancreatic Enzymes
165
Index
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