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BACKGROUND The beta-lactam allergic work-up is mostly standardized. However, the negative predictive value of drug provocation tests is not yet well established. METHOD A historical-prospective multicentre cohort study was conducted in four centres (one in France, one in Portugal, two in Italy) to assess the negative predictive value of provocation tests(More)
Human osteoblasts were cultured on hydroxyapatite (HA), 0.8 wt % silicon substituted hydroxyapatite (Si-HA) and 1.5 wt % Si-HA discs. The influence of these substrates on cell behaviour in vitro was assessed by measuring total protein in the cell lysate and the production of several phenotypic markers: collagen type I (COL I), alkaline phosphatase (ALP),(More)
The aim of this study was to determine the effect of the incorporation of silicon on the surface charge of hydroxyapatite (HA) and to assess surface structural changes of HA and Si-HA induced by dissolution in both static and dynamic systems. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) analysis showed that SiO(4)(4-) groups were substituted for PO(4)(3-) groups(More)
BACKGROUND Asthma is a complex disease with numerous markers of severity/activity. Clinical assessment,functional parameters and inflammation biomarkers are the most used A correlation between them is difficult, as each one evaluates a particular aspect of the disease. OBJECTIVE AND METHODS To explore the possible association between asthma control,(More)
In this work three different hydrogels were developed to associate, as vehicles, with the synthetic bone substitute GR-HAP. One based on an alginate matrix (Alg); a second on a mixture of alginate and chitosan (Alg/Ch); and a third on alginate and hyaluronate (Alg/HA), using Ca(2+) ions as cross-linking agents. The hydrogels, as well as the respective(More)
A novel hydrogel, based on an alginate/hyaluronate mixture and Ce(III) ions, with effective bioactive and antimicrobial ability was developed to be used as vehicle of a synthetic bone substitute producing an injectable substitute (IBS). Firstly, three different IBSs were prepared using three developed alginate-based hydrogels, the hydrogel Alg composed by(More)
In healthy bone, resorption and synthesis are in perfect coordination. In previous studies we demonstrated that the incorporation of silicon into the hydroxyapatite (HA) lattice enhances the proliferation and differentiation of human osteoblasts. Therefore, the aim of this study was to demonstrate the effect of silicon-substituted HA (0.8 and 1.5 wt %(More)
Allergic reactions to midriatic eyedrops are rare despite extensively used by ophthalmologists. Phenylephrine is responsible for 54-95% of cases reported in literature. We present the case of a 56-year-old man with blepharoconjunctivitis after instillation of phenylephrine 5%, tropicamide 0.5%, oxibuprocaine eyedrops. The patient reported good tolerance to(More)
PURPOSE Multiple myeloma, the second most common haematopoietic cancer, which represents the collection of plasma-cell neoplasms that invariably becomes fatal when self-renewing myeloma cells begin unrestrained proliferation. The major clinical manifestation of multiple myeloma is related to the loss of bone through osteolysis. This can lead to pathologic(More)