Florentína Díaz

Learn More
Sixty male patients all with apnea plus hypopnea indices (A + HI) above 12.5, who met a criterion of positionality by having two or more times the rate of these events during supine sleep in comparison to their lateral sleep rate, were randomly assigned to one of four treatments for 8 weeks. All were restudied for two nights, one with and one without(More)
Quantitative methods were used to compare the changes taking place in the volume of the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (dLGN) and corresponding neurons of young, adult and old rats. The study was carried out on male albino rats aged 3, 18, 24 and 28 months. In order to estimate the volume of the dLGN, neuronal volume density, numerical density and total(More)
The Apnea Plus Hypopnea Index (A + HI) of 60 male positional sleep apneics was analyzed by sleep stage to determine if positional differences are limited to NREM sleep. Differences in apnea severity by sleep position were found to persist in REM sleep and to be of equal extent to those differences found in NREM sleep, despite the fact that there is also a(More)
The aim of this study was to determine the influence of body weight on circulating plasma levels of beta-endorphin and insulin in women with polycystic ovary disease (PCOD), as well as the correlation between the plasma levels of beta-endorphin and insulin. One-hundred and sixty-seven consecutive subjects with PCOD were recruited, 117 of whom had normal(More)
OBJECTIVE Endothelial activation plays an active role in modifications of the circulatory status of cirrhotic patients. Soluble endothelial adhesion molecules, induced by pro-inflammatory cytokines, could be considered markers of endothelial activation. Their role in the natural history of cirrhosis and portal hypertension has not been reported. Our(More)
The mechanism for the development of insulin resistance in normal pregnancy is complex and is associated with serum levels of both progesterone and 17beta-estradiol. However, it remains unclear whether estrogens alone or progestins alone can cause insulin resistance, or whether it is a combination of both which produces this effect. We attempted to(More)
The aim of this work was to analyse apoptosis rate, measured by the serum levels of proapoptotic interleukin (IL)-18 and of soluble Fas (sFas), as well as of anti-inflammatory IL-10, in patients with chronic hepatitis C, at baseline and after treatment with interferon alpha and ribavirin. Twenty-seven patients with biopsy-proven chronic hepatitis C were(More)
An ultrastructural and quantitative study of age-related changes in the capillaries of the dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus was carried out using male Wistar rats aged 3, 24, and 28 months. The most important structural changes were found in the basal lamina: thickenings either homogeneously distributed or in specific points; spurs towards the astrocyte(More)
It is known that expression of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) as an astrocyte-specific marker can be regulated by levels of circulating gonadal steroids during postnatal development. In addition, astrocytes play an important role in the physiology of the hippocampus, a brain region considered sexually dimorphic at the neuronal level in rodents. To(More)