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(Tacrolimus).html">buy FK506</a> The CAN questionnaire was completed by the parents (aged <9 years old) or by the children (��9 years old). The strength of the association among FEV1, FENO, and CAN questionnaire was studied using Spearman's rho, and the degree of agreement for asthma control among FEV1, FENO, and CAN questionnaire, with classification of these variables according to values of normality, was studied using Pearson's ��2 test and Cohen's kappa (KC). We studied 268 children, mean age 9.7?��?2.1 years. Significant correlations were found between FENO and CAN (r?=?0.2), between FEV1 and CAN (r?=??0.3), and between FENO and FEV1 (r?=??0.12). On classifying the variables according to values of normality, no agreement was found to establish <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calpain
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