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Mechanical factors play a key role in activation of cardiac growth factor response in hemodynamic overload, and both cooperate in myocardial remodeling. The present study was performed to investigate whether a different growth factor response is activated in the right and left ventricles in aortocaval fistula and its effects on regional myocardial(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE The majority of studies on neuropsychological complications after cardiac surgery used the raw variation of selective tests scores to define the occurrence of cognitive decline. We prospectively estimated the frequency of cognitive impairment after cardiac surgery, with a particular emphasis on persistent and clinically relevant(More)
Exogenous serotonin elicits several behaviors in Procambarus clarkii, including a flexed, elevated posture, reduced locomotion, and changes in aggressive behavior. We conducted experiments to determine if several serotonin agonists mimicked the behavioral effects of serotonin in two crayfish species, P. clarkii and Orconectes rusticus. Drugs tested were(More)
BACKGROUND Neutrophils are the predominant phagocytes in the early stages of myocardial ischemia-reperfusion response and are also implicated in the development of tissue damage. This study examined the role of recruited macrophages in the evolution of this tissue injury. METHODS Farm pigs were subjected to 30 minutes of myocardial ischemia followed by 30(More)
BACKGROUND Human herpes virus 8 (HHV8) appears to be the primary aetiologic agent of Kaposi sarcoma (KS). To study the distribution of HHV8, a seroepidemiological study was carried out in western Sicily, where a high incidence rate of classical KS is well documented. METHODS A total of 970 sera of healthy human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) negative(More)
This paper describes the epidemiology of hospitalised cases with influenza-like illness (ILI) and laboratory-confirmed influenza A cases in Sicily (Italy) during the 2009 influenza pandemic. The first ILI case diagnosed as infected with pandemic influenza A(H1N1)2009 in Sicily was reported in June 2009 and it rapidly became the dominant circulating strain.(More)
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