Fabrizia Caminiti

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The influence of gamma-amino-beta-hydroxy butyric acid (GABOB) treatment on pituitary function has been investigated in this study. Different doses (50 x 100 mg) of GABOB were iv injected into three and six normal women, respectively. PRL and GH plasma levels were measured before and after the injection. The treatment with 150 mg GABOB, performed in another(More)
BACKGROUND Several studies reported olfactory dysfunction in patients with multiple sclerosis. The estimate of the incidence of olfactory deficits in multiple sclerosis is uncertain; this may arise from different testing methods that may be influenced by patients' response bias and clinical, demographic and cognitive features. AIMS To evaluate objectively(More)
BACKGROUND The olfactory loss due to traumatic brain injury is a common clinical condition. The understanding of the cortical areas involved in ability to detect, discriminate and identify the odours is still limited. However, it has been shown that the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) is involved in the discrimination and recognition of odours and in particular(More)
Immunoreactive alpha-melanocyte stimulating hormone (IR-alpha-MSH)-like activity was measured by radioimmunoassay (RIA) in at term pregnancy amniotic fluid prior and after adsorption on a Sep-pak C18 cartridge. alpha-MSH activity was 3-4 times lower after Sep-pak purification but, unlike the levels of IR-alpha-MSH in the fluid analyzed in toto, increased(More)
OBJECTIVE Olfactory dysfunction is a possible side effect of chemo-radiotherapy performed in patients affected by nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Self-rating measurements and olfactory event-related potentials were used and compared in order to evaluate the impact of this treatment on the olfactory system. METHODS Nine patients underwent subjective evaluation(More)
Eight milligrams of prostaglandin E2 (PGE2; 2 mg every 30 min) were given orally to 12 puerperal women on day 4 after delivery. Plasma levels of prolactin showed a significant decrease in comparison with basal levels and with those of controls sampled over a similar period. The same dose of PGE2 was ineffective in modifying the plasma prolactin levels in(More)