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The phenomenon of suicide represents a complex problem, the specific aspects of which should be examined by a multifactorial analysis, particularly in the elderly subjects. Although the research on risk factors continues to grow, only a limited knowledge is available on the biological changes increasing the risk for suicide. Similarly, limited information(More)
Aim of this paper is to present a computer program able to provide objective and quantitative data useful to guarantee the selection of the proper implant in order to obtain symmetry with the contralateral breast, in case of unilateral breast reconstruction by tissue expansion, especially for surgeons without experience or for occasional operators. Our C++(More)
The so-called white coat effect occurs in about 42% of elderly patients. This phenomenon leads to several problems in treatment and may also cause renal disease. One of the most frequently controlled parameters is microalbuminuria, an index of renal damage. The present case-control study intended to evaluate the urinary excretion of albumin in elderly(More)
Leisure time represents an important part of the so-called 'successful aging' and contributes to overcome the problems related to the reduction of the social roles, favoring a better subjective adaptation to old age. In this work we observed the elderly population frequenting our Day Hospital, by estimating the affective sphere (geriatric depression scale,(More)
OBJECT The aim of this paper is to introduce a computer program developed to provide objective and quantitative data useful to provide proper expander selection when a rectangular tissue expander has to be used. METHODS The program has been developed to calculate the volume of a rectangular tissue expander to obtain the exact amount of yield necessary to(More)
OBJECTIVE Moringa oleifera Lam., a multipurpose tree, is used traditionally for its nutritional and medicinal properties. It has been used for the treatment of a variety of conditions, including inflammation, cancer and metabolic disorders. MATERIALS AND METHODS We investigated the effect of Moringa oleifera Lam. on adipogenic differentiation of human(More)
The antihypertensive treatments have resulted in favorable effects in terms of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in the elderly, but the therapeutic approaches raise problems linked to the pathophysiological aspects of hypertensives and to the reduced homoeostatic capacity of the senile organism. The antihypertensive treatment in elderly must be aimed(More)
Casual blood pressure (BP) measurements may sometimes indicate the presence of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, but the correlations between BP values and the subsequent occurrence of such complications are low. This may depend on the known inability of casual BP measurements to reflect accurately the 24-hour mean and overall profile of the BP. In(More)
INTRODUCTION Polisierositis is a rare but not negligible adverse event of a therapy with clozapine, that occurs usually during the titration phase of clozapine or just after the reachment of the plateau, and politherapy increases the incidence rate. CASE REPORT Ms. C. is a 42 years old smoker woman who suffers from a schizophrenia associated to a(More)