Edoardo Guastamacchia

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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 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)
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)
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)
Hereditary Haemorrhagic Telangiectasia (HHT) or Rendu-Osler-Weber syndrome is an autosomal dominant disease characterized by local angiodysplasia affecting different organism districts. From a clinical viewpoint, HHT patients suffer from epistaxis, mucocutaneous telangiectases and arteriovenous malformations in various organs. Mutations in two known genes(More)
The aim of this retrospective observational study was to evaluate whether adding liraglutide to lifestyle changes, metformin (Met) and testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), by means of improving weight and glycaemic control, could boost erectile function in type 2 diabetic obese men with overt hypogonadism and erectile dysfunction (ED) in a 'real-life(More)
The issue of a possible relationship between type 2 diabetes and cancer is still debated. Such chronic diseases show a high incidence in the general population. In their pathophysiology both genetic and environmental factors are involved, inducing important modifications of metabolism. Diabetes is associated to profound metabolic alterations, such as(More)
Microcalcifications are a highly specific sign of malignancy being frequently detected in papillary or medullary cancers, while only 5% of nodular goiters and 3-4% of adenomas show this feature on thyroid sonogram. They correspond to clusters of psammoma bodies at cytological or histological examination. The microphotographs of cytological smears show(More)
There is evidence that cytokines, in particular interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta) and interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma) might mediate beta cell destruction in type 1 diabetes. Therefore the secretion of these cytokines by peripheral blood lymphomononuclear cells (PBMNC) was investigated in basal conditions and 48 h after stimulation with T-cell mitogen(More)
Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) is characterized by vessel alterations such as dilatation of postcapillary venules and arterio-venous communications, which account for the major clinical manifestations of the disease. Two types of HHT have been characterized HHT-1 and HHT-2, respectively, depending the former on endoglin mutations and the latter(More)