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Sorin Nicolae Borlea, Codruta Mare, Monica Violeta Achim and Adriana Puscas


The results of extensive studies that analyzed the existence and meaning of correlations between the economic growth and the financial market development lead us to a more thorough study of these correlations. Therefore, we performed a broad study of the developing countries from around the world (the developing part of each region constructed by the World Bank through its Statistics Bureau). The regions taken into analysis were: Europe and Central Asia, South Asia, East Asia and the Pacific, the Arab world, Latin America & and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa. For comparison purposes, we have also included in the sample the North American countries, the Euro Area and the European Union as a whole, because these last three areas are the main benchmarks of the financial markets. The results are consistent with those from previous studies on the subject and vary depending on region and financial indicator considered.

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Sebastian Surugiu, Adina Chis, Codruta Mare, Horea Matei and Florin Stamatian


Objective: the pourpose of the study was to determine if there are any differences between placenta derived plasmatic levels of messenger RNA in normal and future preeclamptic pregnancies and if these placental transcripts can predict preeclampsia long before clinical onset

Study design: we compared plasmatic expression of two placental transcripts from 12 women who ultimately developed preeclampsia with 224 controlled subjects, at the end of the first trimester of pregnancy. After multiplse-of-the-median conversion of markers we developed a multivariate model using logistic regression to determine preeclampsia risk.

Results: we found lower multiples of the median values for both placental transcripts (mRNA corresponding to placental growth factor and pregnancy associated plasmatic protein A) in cases who ultimately developed preeclampsia and the multivariate model we obtained offered a preeclampsia detection rate of 75% at 10% false positive rate.

Conclusion: specific early changes of placenta-derived messenger RNA could be used as preeclampsia predictors.