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The systemic inflammatory response has been postulated as having prognostic significance in a wide range of different cancer types. We aimed to assess the prognostic role of inflammatory markers on survival in HIV-infected patients with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma (NHL), and to compute a prognostic score based on inflammatory biomarkers. We evaluated data on HIV(More)
OBJECTIVES To estimate prevalence and incidence of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in paediatric and adult populations in Italy. METHODS The study was carried out in Valtrompia, a valley in northern Italy, where a relatively close community lives, in 2009-2012. The only referral centre for SLE in the area is the Rheumatology Unit of the University(More)
BACKGROUND Aim of this study was to investigate the role of aetiology, diabetes, tobacco smoking and hypertension in the survival of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma. METHODS A prospective cohort of 552 patients (81.5% males, mean age 64.4 years) first diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma in 1995-2001 in Brescia, Italy, was retrospectively(More)
The neutrophil to lymphocyte ratio (NLR) and platelet to lymphocyte ratio (PLR), two low cost, routinely available inflammatory indices, have been found to be associated with risk of death in patients with solid cancer, in both general population and HIV-positive subjects. However, no study investigated the role of NLR and PLR as predictive of cancer(More)
OBJECTIVES We studied survival and associated risk factors in an Italian nationwide cohort of HIV-infected individuals after an AIDS-defining cancer (ADC) or non-AIDS-defining cancer (NADC) diagnosis in the modern cART era. METHODS Multi-center, retrospective, observational study of HIV patients included in the MASTER Italian Cohort with a cancer(More)
BACKGROUND Recently, some systemic inflammation-based biomarkers have been demonstrated useful for predicting risk of death in patients with solid cancer independently of tumor characteristics. This study aimed to investigate the prognostic role of systemic inflammation-based biomarkers in HIV-infected patients with solid tumors and to propose a risk score(More)
BACKGROUND We aimed to assess cancer incidence and mortality for all-causes and factors related to risk of death in an Italian cohort of HIV infected unselected patients as compared to the general population. METHODS We conducted a retrospective (1986-2012) cohort study on 16 268 HIV infected patients enrolled in the MASTER cohort. The standardized(More)
BACKGROUND Immigrants represent a good epidemiological model to evaluate the relative influence of environmental and inherited factors on the development of allergy. Several studies on allergy in adults have been published, but few data in children are available. We aimed to investigate the differences, between Italian and immigrant children, in clinical(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS In the natural history of hepatitis B virus (HBV) chronic infection, the hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) risk is unclear. We assessed incidence and predictors of HCC by a systematic review and meta-analysis. METHODS We included longitudinal studies and randomized controlled trials assessing HCC incidence in untreated patients with HBV(More)