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OBJECTIVES To investigate the relation between residential exposure to radon and lung cancer. METHODS A literature search was performed using Medline and other sources. The quality of studies was assessed. Adjusted odds ratios with 95% confidence intervals (CI) for the risk of lung cancer among categories of levels of exposure to radon were extracted. For(More)
BACKGROUND Ambulatory care-sensitive conditions (ACSC), such as hypertension, diabetes, chronic heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma, are conditions that can be managed with timely and effective outpatient care reducing the need of hospitalization. Avoidable hospitalizations for ACSC have been used to assess access, quality and(More)
BACKGROUND It has been argued that the excessive consumption of energy drinks (EDs) may have serious health consequences, and that may serve as an indicator for substance use and other risky behaviors. The present paper offers a perspective on this topic that remains underexplored on the population of adolescents. METHODS Data were collected via(More)
UNLABELLED The study investigated the use of, attitudes towards, and adherence to motorcycle helmets in a group of adolescents. A random sample of 412 adolescents (14-19 years old) attending randomly selected public secondary classes in Catanzaro (Italy) received a questionnaire consisting of questions on socio-demographics, patterns of motorcycle use,(More)
BACKGROUND Meta-analysis was used to assess the effectiveness of local delivery of metronidazole alone or as an adjunct to mechanical therapy in patients with chronic periodontitis. METHODS Studies were identified using MEDLINE and other sources. Meta-analyses were performed on the basis of probing depth (PD) at baseline and experimental and control(More)
OBJECTIVES To adapt the Assessing Care of Vulnerable Elders Quality Indicators (ACOVE QIs) for use in Italy, to assess the adherence to these indicators as reported in the medical records of residents in a nursing home (NH), to compare this adherence for general medical and geriatric conditions, and eventually, to identify the relationships between(More)
BACKGROUND One quality indicator of hospital care, which can be used to judge the process of care, is the prevalence of hospital readmission because it reflects the impact of hospital care on the patient's condition after discharge. The purposes of the study were to measure the prevalence of hospital readmissions, to identify possible factors that influence(More)
BACKGROUND The Internet represents an increasingly common source of health-related information, and it has facilitated a wide range of interactions between people and the health care delivery system. OBJECTIVE To establish the extent of Internet access and use to gather information about health topics and the potential implications to health care among(More)
CONTEXT Pneumococcal conjugate bacterial vaccines that are able to prevent invasive disease and mucosal infections have been developed. OBJECTIVE A meta-analysis of published data from trials on pneumococcal conjugate vaccine was performed to determine the efficacy in reducing the incidence of invasive disease caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae,(More)
This study explored knowledge of risk factors and diagnostic procedures for oral cancer, attitudes and behavior among dental hygienists in Italy. A random sample of 500 dental hygienists received by mail a questionnaire focusing on demographics and practice characteristics, knowledge, attitudes and behaviors regarding oral cancer assessment practices.(More)