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This study was performed to investigate whether different patterns of body fat distribution may have distinct effects on the clinical, hormonal, and metabolic features of women with clinical hyperandrogenism such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Ninety-seven consecutive women with PCOS were included in the study after assessment of gynecological and(More)
OBJECTIVES The aims of this long-term, prospective randomized study were to evaluate the clinical usefulness of alpha-interferon in treating chronic HBV infection and to establish whether clearance of viral replication markers and normalization of liver function tests induced by alpha-interferon were sustained. METHODS Sixty-four patients with chronic(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The aims of alpha-interferon treatment for chronic viral liver infections are clearance of the virus and healing of the disease. Hepatocellular carcinoma is a complication of viral cirrhosis; but it is not yet known whether treatment of viral cirrhosis with alpha-interferon prevents this complication. METHODS The incidence and the risk(More)
BACKGROUND Most epidemiological studies on depression in primary care are conducted at single sites, and variations in reported prevalence may depend on characteristics of health care services and other local factors. OBJECTIVES Our aim was to investigate the prevalence of depression in primary care in Italy and its association with physical illness,(More)
Veralipride is a benzamide derivative effective in the treatment of menopausal syndrome. Despite its antidopaminergic action, extrapyramidal side effects seem to be very uncommon. We observed a patient with bipolar psychosis, who developed segmental dystonia after taking the drug. The disorder slowly receded in 14 months, but reappeared during neuroleptic(More)
62 consecutive patients with newly diagnosed malignant non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) were investigated for the presence, type, and amount of serum and urine monoclonal immunoglobulin abnormalities. The overall incidence of monoclonal gammopathy (MG) was 81%. M components of the IgM and IgG classes were found in the serum of 52% of the patients. Their(More)
In a prospective naturalistic study many of the 120 patients treated for a current major depressive episode continued to meet the criteria for a major depressive episode as defined by DSM-III during the whole follow-up period (from 1 to 4 years). The problem of compatibility between the chronicity of a full depressive syndrome and the definition of the(More)
The clinical significance of Bence Jones (BJ) proteinuria at low concentration (less than 0.2 g/24 hours) was investigated in 33 unselected patients who had no intact monoclonal immunoglobulin in their serum. The great majority (79%) of the patients were recognized as having malignant lymphoproliferative diseases, such as chronic lymphocytic leukemia (46%),(More)