Francesca Fortunato

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BACKGROUND Streptococcus pneumoniae, lancet-shaped, gram-positive, facultative anaerobic organisms, are common inhabitants of the respiratory tract and may be isolated from the nasopharynx of 5% to 70% of healthy adults. OBJECTIVE The aims of the study were to estimate the vaccination coverage for pneumococcal 23-valent polysaccharide vaccine and to(More)
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) lung disease is characterized by high levels of cytokines and chemokines in the airways, producing chronic inflammation. Non-invasive biomarkers, which are also specific for the inflammatory and immune responses, are urgently needed to identify exacerbations and evaluate therapeutic efficacy. The aim of this study is to evaluate the(More)
In a new case of carnitine palmityl transferase (CPT) deficiency the defect was documented in muscle and muscle cultures with an isotope exchange reaction, using different concentrations of palmityl-dl-carnitine and a forward reaction with and without albumin. The defect was expressed in cultured skin fibroblasts only by the “reverse” and “hydroxamate”(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study is to explore the association between celiac disease and menstrual cycle, gestation and puerperal disorders. METHODS The association between celiac disease and menstrual cycle, gestation and puerperal disorders in a sample of 62 childbearing age women (15-49 age) was assessed within an age and town of residence matched(More)
AIMS We investigated whether exercise training could promote angiogenesis and improve blood perfusion and left ventricular (LV) remodelling of the post-myocardial infarction (MI) failing heart. We also explored the contribution of ameliorated beta-adrenergic receptor signalling and function on the overall improvement of cardiac contractility reserve induced(More)
The aim of this metaanalysis was to evaluate the risk of the development of obstetric complications in women with celiac disease. We searched electronic databases from their inception until February 2015. We included all cohort studies that reported the incidence of obstetric complications in women with celiac disease compared with women without celiac(More)
Botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A) represents the gold standard therapy for focal spasticity after stroke, with low prevalence of complications, reversibility, and efficacy in reducing spastic hypertonia. Current guidelines suggest the employment of a dosage up to 600 units (U) of BTX-A to treat spasticity after stroke, to avoid important adverse effects and(More)
Chronic inflammatory diseases need non-invasive sensitive, reliable and predictive clinical biomarkers for diagnosis and monitoring therapy. Since inflammation is a complex phenomenon, simultaneous evaluation of different analytes in the same sample may help in defining this complexity and in developing specific anti-inflammatory intervention strategies. In(More)
An 8-year-old boy with galactose-1-phosphate uridyl transferase (GALT) deficiency presented with hypotonia, muscle hypotrophy, hepatomegaly, bilateral cataract and mild mental retardation. Two brothers showed a GALT activity consistent with a homozygotic condition and both parents were found to be heterozygotes for this defect. Histological and(More)