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We developed a hand brace and studied its efficacy and tolerability in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). We randomized 83 subjects into a treated group, which wore the hand brace at night for 4 weeks, and a control group, which received no treatment. The primary efficacy measure was change in the Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire (BCTQ) score.(More)
Blastoschizomyces capitatus strains resistant to fluconazole were isolated in three cancer patients. All of the strains had identical genomic DNA restriction profiles. Our findings give evidence for the emergence of fluconazole-resistant B. capitatus and suggest a nosocomial acquisition emanating from a common source within the hospital environment.
We performed this study with the aims of describing the trend of asthma-related mortality in Italy between 1980 and 1994, and to evaluate the relationship between sale estimates of beta2-agonists drugs and mortality from asthma. For asthma mortality we used data provided by National Institute of Statistics, for sale estimates of beta2-agonists we used data(More)
The activity and tolerability of a retreatment cycle with leucocyte interferon-alpha (IFN-alpha) (6 million units (MU) three times weekly for 12 months) was evaluated in a group of 22 hepatitis C patients who had been intolerant to a previous course of lymphoblastoid IFN-alpha. Seven patients (31%) discontinued the new therapy owing to either a lack of(More)
The prevalences of dental caries and developmental enamel defects were assessed in 643 randomly selected children aged 11 to 13 years who were lifelong residents of three areas of Naples with high (4 ppm), optimal (1 ppm), and low (0.3 ppm) concentrations of fluoride in their drinking water. The children living in the high fluoride area had significantly(More)
A cluster of disseminated Candida albicans infections, which occurred at the Intensive Care Unit of the Department of Heart Surgery, was investigated. Ten patients became infected and seven died. A wide microbiological surveillance was carried out. A total of 14 isolates of Candida albicans, four environmental and ten human, were examined using the(More)
Candida inconspicua was recovered from three patients with hematological malignancies. Two patients had intravenous-catheter-associated fungemia, whereas the third had fungal hepatitis. The three cases of infection occurred over a period of 1 month in patients staying in adjacent single rooms. In vitro susceptibility testing of fungal strains showed all(More)
BACKGROUND Human enterobiasis is usually mild. Occasionally, however, an "ectopic" disease may occur with a more severe course. Two rare cases of eosinophilic ileocolitis due to Enterobius vermicularis infection are reported here. CASE REPORTS Case n degree 1 was 46 years old, presenting with fever and bloody diarrhoea. Blood eosinophilia was present.(More)
What inferences do readers make about " who knows what " in narrative worlds? We introduce the concepts of projected knowledge and projected co-presence to describe circumstances in which readers infer that characters possess information presented, for example, only in narration. Our experiments examine one type of evidence readers use to project knowledge.(More)
Surveys on life and health conditions of university students besides providing useful epidemiologic data partly related to the young population. They are potentially useful for the intervention planning aimed to remove possible environmental or behavioural risk factors. Following these purpose a survey sample about 1200 student attending the University of(More)