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This study was based on the hypothesis that the occurrence of antimicrobial residues and antibiotic resistant bacteria in the sewage could be correlated with the structure and composition of the bacterial community and the antibiotic resistance loads of the final effluent. Raw and treated wastewater composite samples were collected from an urban treatment(More)
Municipal wastewater treatment plants are recognized reservoirs of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Three municipal wastewater treatment plants differing on the dimensions and bio-treatment processes were compared for the loads of amoxicillin-, tetracycline-, and ciprofloxacin-resistant heterotrophic bacteria, enterobacteria, and enterococci in the raw inflow(More)
Two bacterial strains, G30(T) and A1PC16, isolated respectively from raw milk and raw wastewater, were characterized using a polyphasic approach. Chemotaxonomic characterization supported the inclusion of these strains in the genus Acinetobacter, with Q-8 and Q-9 as the major respiratory quinones, genomic DNA G+C contents within the range observed for this(More)
Kawasaki disease (KD) is an acute, self-limiting, idiopathic form of vasculitis. The preventive effect of early therapy on coronary artery aneurysms, the hallmark of the disease, is well established. The spectrum of complication includes not only cardiac involvement but also central nervous system lesions. We report a 4-year-old boy with a clinical(More)
The potential of domestic wastewater treatment plants to contribute for the dissemination of ciprofloxacin-resistant bacteria was assessed. Differences on bacterial counts and percentage of resistance in the raw wastewater could not be explained on basis of the size of the plant or demographic characteristics of population served. In contrast, the treated(More)
The Kallmann syndrome is characterised by the association of hypogonadotropic hypogonadism and hypo/anosmia. It represents a phenotypically and genotypically heterogeneous clinical entity, with six genes identified so far in the literature-KAL1, FGFR1, PROKR2, PROK2, CHD7 and FGF8. Mutations in the FGFR1 gene can be found in approximately 10% of the(More)
Apathy has been recognized as a frequent symptom in multiple sclerosis (MS) but uncertainty remains about its prevalence and clinical correlates. Therefore, the objective of this work was to assess the prevalence of apathy in patients with MS and to identify clinical and demographic correlates. A case-control study with 30 patients and 30 healthy controls(More)
Since the discovery of the remarkable properties of adipose tissue as a metabolically active organ, several evidences on the possible link between obesity and the pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS) have been gathered. Obesity in early life, mainly during adolescence, has been proposed as a relevant risk factor for late MS development. Moreover, once MS(More)