Fabio Garofalo

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The longest common prefix array is a very advantageous data structure that, combined with the suffix array and the Burrows-Wheeler transform , allows to efficiently compute some combinatorial properties of a string useful in several applications, especially in biological contexts. Nowadays, the input data for many problems are big collections of strings,(More)
Total extraperitoneal (TEP) hernia repair has been shown to offer less pain, shorter postoperative hospital stay and earlier return to work when compared to open surgery. Our institution routinely performs TEP procedures for patients with primary or recurrent inguinal hernias. The aim of this study was to show that supervised senior residents can safely(More)
Pseudomonas pictorum in free or immobilized form can deplete serum cholesterol. The reaction kinetics control the global rate of cholesterol depletion during the initial part of free P. pictorum fermentation. Then, mass transfer takes control of the global rate. In this part of the fermentation, the global rate is first order with respect to the cholesterol(More)
PURPOSE A sacral chordoma is a rare, slow-growing, primary bone tumor, arising from embryonic notochordal remnants. Radical surgery is the only hope for cure. The aim of our present study is to analyse our experience with the challenging treatment of this rare tumor, to review current treatment modalities and to assess the outcome based on R status. (More)
P. pictorum depletes serum cholesterol levels upon induction of the involved enzymes. Analysis of the fermentation broth shows cholesterol esterase and cholesterol oxidase activity. P. pictorum was immobilized in alginate beads, polylysine microcapsules and open pore agar beads. The pore size of the former two was too small to allow a barrier free mass(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is becoming one of the most popular bariatric procedures because of its short operative time, good resolution of comorbidities, excellent weight loss, and low complications rate. However, the safety of LSG as a day-surgery procedure has not yet been widely documented. METHODS A retrospective analysis of a(More)
A young woman aged 21 was found to be a new carrier of Hb-Belfast: beta 15 (A 12) Trp-->Arg, and the characteristics of her hemoglobinopathy were not different from those of the four cases so far described: mild hemolysis with molecular instability of the abnormal Hb, red cells inclusion bodies, and slight alterations of some functional parameters of whole(More)
BACKGROUND Bariatric surgery has been proven to be a safe and effective treatment for obesity with BMI (body mass index) reduction, and resolution or lowering of obesity-related co-morbidities. The relative age limit for bariatric surgery has gradually been increased to 60 years of age and above. OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to assess the safety(More)