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AIM The main purpose of this paper is to summarize the recent experience that has been obtained till now in the surgical treatment of urinary stress incontinence with less invasive techniques. MATERIALS AND METHODS We used current literature and papers published in MEDLINE and Cochrane library. The keywords used for this review were Stress urinary(More)
AIM To compare the efficacy of three methods: the levels of anti-müllerian hormone (AMH), the levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and the antral follicle count (AFC), for the prediction of the number of retrieved mature oocytes and the number of generated embryos by intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in women stimulated with a GnRH-antagonist(More)
OBJECTIVE To aim of our study is to support the correlation between blood pressure and asymmetric dimethyl argine (ADMA) concentrations as a possible marker for early diagnosis of the preeclampsia syndrome. STUDY DESIGN We attempted to calculate in 38 pregnant women with preeclampsia (group A) plasma levels of the main inhibitor to nitric oxide synthase(More)
OBJECTIVE We used ultrasound to measure fetal subcutaneous fat in pregnancies with normal and abnormal glucose tolerance tests (GTT). STUDY DESIGN Thirty-five women with singleton pregnancies between 24 and 26 weeks' gestation participated in our study. We measured fetal subcutaneous fat tissue thickness in 20 women with abnormal GTT (Group A, study(More)
BACKGROUND To compare the efficacy of oral and intravenous administration of iron supplements for treating postpartum anemia. METHODS One hundred and four anemic postpartum women were studied prospectively. The criteria for the diagnosis of anemia were Hb<8 gr/dl and ferritine<10 microg/dl. They were randomised into two groups. Group A consisted of 78(More)
AIM To evaluate the role of p16INK4a immunoexpression and human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA test for the detection of dyskaryotic cells in high-risk women. MATERIALS AND METHODS This work was a retrospective diagnostic study conducted in the University Hospital of Thessaloniki from January to December 2008. The subjects were women with current or previous(More)
Midwives play an important role in the implementation of cervical cancer screening. We assessed the knowledge of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and of its relationship with cervical cancer in 107 midwives and 29 graduating midwifery students. The majority of midwives (78.5%) were aware that a viral infection causes cervical cancer, whereas only 48.3%(More)
Atherosclerosis is the principal cause of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and has many risk factors, among which is diabetes. Osteoprotegerin (OPG) is a soluble glycoprotein, involved in bone metabolism. OPG is also found in other tissues, and studies have shown that it is expressed in vascular smooth muscle cells. OPG has been implicated in various(More)
Considering that preterm birth accounts for about 6-10% of all births in Western countries and of more than 65% of all perinatal deaths, elucidation of the particularly complicated mechanisms of labor is essential for determination of appropriate and effective therapeutic interventions. Labor in humans results from a complex interplay of fetal and maternal(More)
Acute lung injury (ALI) results in high morbidity and mortality among preterm neonates and efforts have therefore been devoted to both antenatal and postnatal prevention of the disease. ALI is the result of an inflammatory response which is triggered by a variety of different mechanisms. It mostly affects the fetal lung and, in particular, causes damage to(More)