Daniela De Marco

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OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study is to evaluate (a) health-related quality of life (HRQL) after vertical banded gastroplasty (VBG) (Mason) and (b) predictors of HRQL. SUBJECTS Eighty-two consecutive patients were assessed preoperatively and then after 6, 12 and 24 months. Patients filled out questionnaires for subjective appraisal of HRQL (physical(More)
BACKGROUND A low glycemic index (LGI) diet has been proposed as a treatment for obesity in adults; few studies have evaluated LGI diets in obese children. AIM The purpose of the study was to compare the effects of two diets, with similar energy intakes, but different glycemic indexes in a pediatric outpatient setting. SUBJECTS AND METHODS A parallel-(More)
Poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL 6, 12, and 24 wt %) and titanium (TiO2) organic-inorganic hybrid materials have been synthesized by the sol-gel method from a multicomponent solution containing titanium butoxide, poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL), water, and chloroform (CHCl3). Sodium ampicillin was incorporated in the hybrid material to verify the effect as(More)
With potassium ferricyanide copper(II) forms KCu(10),[Fe(CN)(6)](7) quantitatively in 0.5M potassium nitrate medium. Cadmium forms Cd(3)[Fe(CN)(6)](2) if the ferricyanide is added to the cadmium solution in absence of extra potassium, and KCd(10)[Fe(CN)(6)](7) if potassium is added first, or if the cadmium solution is added to the ferricyanide. Silver forms(More)
Morbid obesity (body mass index > 40 kg/m2) is a risk factor for cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, neoplastic, and psychologic sequelae. In the present prospective clinical study 65 patients (11 men, 54 women) underwent vertical banded gastroplasty (Mason procedure) from June 1994 to October 1997. The median age was 41 +/- 5.3 years (range 18-69; n =(More)
Acromegaly is usually due to autonomous, excessive secretion of growth hormone from a pituitary adenoma. One would expect growth hormone-releasing factor (GHRH) in these patients to be suppressed. In the available literature referring to acromegaly, immunoreactive GHRH levels were determined in 259 acromegalic patients. When growth hormone was measured(More)
Violacein, a violet pigment produced by Chromobacterium violaceum, has attracted much attention in recent literature due to its pharmacological properties. In this work, the antioxidant properties of violacein were investigated. The reactivity with oxygen and nitrogen reactive species and 1,1-diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazyl (DPPH), a stable free radical, was(More)