Andrea Volpe

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BACKGROUND In women, anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) levels may represent the ovarian follicular pool and could be a useful marker of ovarian reserve. The clinical application of AMH measurement has been proposed in the prediction of quantitative and qualitative aspects in assisted reproductive technologies (ART). In men AMH is secreted in both the serum and(More)
BACKGROUND To compare in the first 7 days after surgery the outcome of myomectomy performed by three laparotomic approaches: laparotomy (LT), minilaparotomy (MLT) and laparoscopically assisted minilaparotomy (LA-MLT). METHODS Fifty-one women with 5-15 cm total myoma diameter were randomized blindly using a computer randomization list, to LT (n = 17), MLT(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, a new marker, the anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH), has been evaluated as a marker of ovarian response. Serum AMH levels have been measured at frequent time-points during the menstrual cycle, suggesting the complete absence of fluctuation. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether serum AMH measurement on any day of the menstrual cycle(More)
In this study it was investigated whether the oral administration of melatonin (1 mg) in comparison to placebo was able to reduce blood pressure, vascular reactivity, and catecholamines in men, as previously reported in young women. The administration of melatonin significantly reduced blood pressure, the pulsatility index in the internal carotid artery,(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the association between the vulnerability to stress and the treatment outcome of couples undergoing IVF-ET. DESIGN Controlled, prospective clinical study. SETTING The Assisted Reproduction Unit of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Modena. PATIENT(S) Forty-nine infertile women consecutively admitted to(More)
BACKGROUND In females, anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) is expressed only by the ovary. AMH is secreted by the granulosa cells of ovarian follicles and appears to regulate early follicle development. AMH is detected in serum from women of reproductive age and its levels vary slightly with the menstrual cycle, reaching the peak value in the late follicular(More)
Human placenta expresses subunit messenger RNAs for synthesizing inhibin A and B. Experimental studies have shown an effect of inhibins on placental hormone secretion, but an endocrine function is suggested by the high levels in maternal circulation. Although information is available on the changes of inhibin A in serum of healthy pregnant women, data on(More)
The increase in incidence of oral discomfort among women in a menopause is probably due to hormone modifications. This study evaluated the efficacy of hormone replacement therapy in 27 postmenopausal patients, aged 48 to 58 years, with oral discomfort and no local irritants and in 47 postmenopausal women with no oral discomfort. Patients were treated with(More)
Evidence obtained in animals has suggested a link of the pineal gland and its hormone melatonin with the regulation of core body temperature (CBT). Depending on the species considered, melatonin intervenes in generating seasonal rhythms of daily torpor and hibernation, in heat stress tolerance, and in setting the CBT set point. In humans, the circadian(More)
Prediction of assisted reproduction treatment outcome has been the focus of clinical research for many years, with a variety of prognostic models describing the probability of an ongoing pregnancy or a live birth. This study assessed whether serum anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) concentrations may be incorporated into a model to enhance the prediction of a(More)