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Hypertension in children and adolescents has gained ground in cardiovascular medicine, thanks to the progress made in several areas of pathophysiological and clinical research. These guidelines represent a consensus among specialists involved in the detection and control of high blood pressure in children and adolescents. The guidelines synthesize a(More)
UNLABELLED Pentraxin 3 (PTX3) is an acute phase protein strongly expressed by advanced atherosclerotic lesions. We investigated (a) PTX3 expression and secretion in subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT) and omental visceral adipose tissue (VAT) obtained from 21 obese (37.4+/-8.15 yr) and 10 normal weight subjects (43.7+/-11.07 yr) and (b) the relationships of(More)
Effects of long-term antiepileptic therapy on the hypothalamic-pituitary axis were evaluated from the basal and stimulated plasma levels of growth hormone (GH) and prolactin (PRL) and from circadian adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)/cortisol rhythms. Data for patients with well-controlled epilepsy of mild-to-moderate severity were compared with those for(More)
Objective:The role of glucocorticoids production in adipose tissue in the development of metabolic disorders in humans has not been fully characterized. We investigated whether in obese subjects, 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 (11β-HSD1) expression in subcutaneous (SAT) and visceral (VAT) adipose tissue is associated with the occurrence of(More)
Recent experimental evidence supports the role of glucocorticoids in the neuroendocrine control of food intake and energy expenditure. In particular, glucocorticoids promote food consumption directly through stimulation of NPY and inhibition of CRH and melanocortin release. CRH and NPY are also functionally linked by a mutual regulation. CRH is anorexigenic(More)
OBJECTIVE Crohn's disease (CD) is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease characterised by a peculiar accumulation of mesenteric adipose tissue covering the inflamed intestinal wall. METHODS The authors characterised different adipose tissue compartments of patients with CD using morphological and molecular techniques and compared them to those of subjects(More)
OBJECTIVE The worldwide increase in the prevalence of childhood obesity is reaching epidemic proportions and is associated with a dramatic rise in cases of type 2 diabetes. The prevalence of glucose intolerance and its determinants and the relation of cardiovascular risk factors with levels of glycemia and degree of obesity were studied in grossly obese(More)
The aim of this study was to compare the use of several biomarkers to identify obese children and adolescents with increased metabolic risk. One hundred sixty-two Caucasian obese children and adolescents (41% males, 9-18 years old) referred to the Istituto Auxologico Italiano between 2003 and 2004 underwent an oral glucose tolerance test. Circulating levels(More)
The adrenal participation in the pathogenesis of polycystic ovary syndrome is still under debate. In order to reappraise androgen and glucocorticoid secretion in this disease, we measured serum androstenedione, dehydroepiandrosterone-sulphate, total and free testosterone, sex hormone-binding globulin, LH, FSH, PRL, cortisol, corticosteroid-binding globulin,(More)
Patients with active Cushing's syndrome have an increased thrombotic tendency. We chose to reassess the mechanism underlying the thrombophilic state associated with this clinical condition using sensitive markers of coagulation and fibrinolysis activation in 17 patients with active disease. The results were compared with those obtained in 12 Cushing's(More)