Chiara Bodini

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Since the year 2000, Chagas disease, traditionally known as a rural Latin American affliction, has been rising in the ranking of international health priorities due to the growing migration flows from endemic areas to non-endemic ones. Using the example of Italy and reporting preliminary results of a study carried out in the district of Bologna, the paper(More)
Glucocorticoids have been shown to inhibit GH secretion in normal man when acutely and chronically administered in pharmacological amounts. Pyridostigmine (PD), an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, is able to elicit GH secretion when administered alone and to enhance the GH response to GHRH in normal subjects probably via a decrease in the hypothalamic(More)
In man the GH response to GHRH is variable within and between subjects. Pyridostigmine (PD), an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, has been shown to reduce the variability of the GH response to GHRH in normal subjects. The aim of this study was to assess the existence of either inter- or intraindividual variability in the GH response to GHRH in type 1 diabetic(More)
In vitro studies have demonstrated that thyroid hormones can enhance basal and stimulated growth hormone secretion by cultured pituitary cells. However, both in man and in the rat the effects of high thyroid hormone levels on GH secretion are unclear. The aim of our study was to test the GH response to human GHRH in hyperthyroid patients and to evaluate the(More)
Subjects with Cushing's disease have diminished growth hormone (GH) response to growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH). The aim of our study was to investigate the underlying mechanism of this diminished GH response in these patients using pyridostigmine (PD), an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, which is reported to increase GH secretion by reducing(More)
We have compared the effects of aztreonam and placebo in the prevention of urinary tract infections (UTI) in elderly hospitalized patients who needed urethral catheterization. 162 patients (96 males, 66 females; age range 60-91 years) were randomly allocated to receive double-blind a single dose of aztreonam (2 g i.m. 80 patients) or placebo (4 ml lidocaine(More)
Glucocorticoids have been shown to inhibit GH secretion in normal man when administered in large amounts for several days. The aim of our study was 1. to investigate the acute effects of a single dose of glucocorticoids on GH secretion in normal man; 2. to look at the relationship between the increase in serum cortisol concentration and GH response to the(More)
Glucocorticoids are thought to inhibit GH secretion through an enhancement of endogenous somatostatin tone. The aim of our study was to evaluate the effect of arginine, a secretagogue that increases GH secretion acting at the hypothalamic level, probably by decreasing somatostatin tone, on GH-releasing hormone (GHRH)-induced GH secretion in three male and(More)
We evaluated the effects of iv pretreatment with exogenous GH on the GH response to GHRH either alone or in combination with pyridostigmine in 14 Type I diabetic patients and 6 normal subjects. All the subjects received an iv bolus injection of biosynthetic human GH, 2 IU; 2 h later they received either a. pyridostigmine, 120 mg orally, or b. placebo, 2(More)