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The levels of the health-related quality of life (HR-QoL) were analyzed in hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) patients. The Short Form-36 Health Survey (SF-36) was administered to 50 HHT patients and scores were compared to a cohort of 2301 normal subjects. Clinical variables were patient age, illness duration, number of epistaxis episodes in the(More)
BACKGROUND Peutz-Jeghers syndrome (PJS) is a rare dominantly inherited disease characterized by the association of gastrointestinal hamartomatous polyposis, mucocutaneous hyperpigmentation, and increased risk of cancer at different target organs. Its occurrence with differentiated thyroid cancer, particularly papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC), even if rare,(More)
Micronutrients, mostly iodine and selenium, are required for thyroid hormone synthesis and function. Iodine is an essential component of thyroid hormones and its deficiency is considered as the most common cause of preventable brain damage in the world. Nowadays about 800 million people are affected by iodine deficiency disorders that include goiter,(More)
The aim of this paper was to investigate the relationship between sex hormones and fat distribution in premenopausal obese women. Serum concentrations of sex hormones, glucose tolerance and fat distribution were determined in a population of non-diabetic obese women, in the outpatient clinic of University Hospital, Bari, Italy. The subjects were 40(More)
Selenium and iodine are essential for thyroid hormone synthesis and function. Selenium, in form of selenocysteine, is found either in the catalytic center of enzymes involved in the protection of the thyroid gland from free radicals originating during thyroid hormone synthesis, and in three different iodothyronine deiodinases catalyzing the activation and(More)
Epidemiological studies have recently shown that obesity, and abdominal obesity in particular, is an independent risk factor for the development of heart failure (HF). Higher cardiac oxidative stress is the early stage of heart dysfunction due to obesity, and it is the result of insulin resistance, altered fatty acid and glucose metabolism, and impaired(More)
Rates of depression are significantly increased in diabetic patients, and even more in the elderly. About 20-30% of patients with diabetes suffer from clinically relevant depressive disorders, 10% of which being affected by the major depression disorder. Moreover, people with depression seem to be more prone to develop an associated diabetes mellitus, and(More)
Pituitary carcinomas are very rare tumors, nearly always presenting as widely invasive masses, although the hallmark of these lesions is the finding of distant metastases. One third of reported cases are prolactin (PRL)-secreting tumors. We report the case of a fatal pituitary carcinoma evolving within 4 years from a PRL-secreting microadenoma. A(More)
Until the 2000s Testosterone (T) Replacement Therapy (TRT) wasn't very satisfactory for male hypogonadic patients because the available T formulations weren't able to reproduce the physiological pattern of T secretion in man. In fact, oral formulations (oral undecanoate T) showed very short half-life (<24 hours), requiring the administration of several(More)
In the present study we evaluated somatomedin-C (Sm-C) plasma levels in diabetic patients, with and without retinopathy. One hundred and thirty four diabetic patients (65 type I and 69 type II) and 90 controls, strictly matched for age and sex, were enrolled in the study. Ophthalmoscopy and fluorescein angiography allowed to distinguish: 49 patients without(More)