Francesca de Blasio

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AIM To test the hypothesis that obese individuals may either hyperinflate or deflate the lung when exercising. In both cases breathlessness is an inescapable consequence. METHODS Ventilatory variables, end-expiratory lung volume and end-inspiratory lung volume, and dyspnoea score (Borg scale) were studied in 20 class II-III obese subjects and 14 healthy(More)
A prospective study was performed to confirm the prevalence pattern of the most frequent co-morbidities and to evaluate whether characteristics of patients, specific comorbidities and increasing number of comorbidities are independently associated with poorer outcomes in a population with complex chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) submitted for(More)
To assess the smoking cessation efficacy of transdermal nicotine patches an adjunct to low-intervention therapy, we conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in 158 smokers. Participants were randomly assigned to one of the following three study regimens that required daily application of two 15-cm2 patches: 1) 24-hour nicotine delivery, 2)(More)
BACKGROUND Multifrequency bioelectrical impedance analysis (MF-BIA) is a technique that measures body impedance (Z) at different frequencies (5, 10, 50, 100, and 250 kHz). Body composition may be estimated using empirical equations, which include BIA variables or, alternatively, raw BIA data may provide direct information on water distribution and muscle(More)
Abdominal actinomycosis is a rare disease which often resembles an acute suppurative infection or/and abdominal tumour causing abscesses, fistulas and massive fibrosis. The preoperative diagnosis is difficult and surgical exploration is always needed because of major involvement of visceral and retroperitoneal structures. The disease can be diagnosed with(More)
Thirty patients undergoing epirubicin therapy for primary lung cancer were studied by echocardiography and Doppler echocardiography. 2 D ejection fraction (EF) and Doppler left ventricular filling parameters (peak E, peak A, E/A ratio) were calculated before and after the completion of therapy. No differences in the mean values of these parameters were(More)
Monoclonal antibodies detection represented a turning point in field of immunological and biological research. Their application has rapidly extended at immunopathology as well as immunodiagnosis and immunotherapy fields. In oncological field monoclonal antibodies has proved a great usefulness in diagnosis of several districts neoplasm. Monoclonal(More)
Eighteen patients were examined by Doppler echocardiography before and after treatment with doxorubicin (DXR). Early left ventricular filling rate decreased from 66 +/- 15 to 51 +/- 10 cm/sec whereas late filling rate increased from 48 +/- 12 to 61 +/- 9 cm/sec (p less than 0.05) with inversion of the E/A ratio suggesting an impairment of left ventricular(More)
BACKGROUND Visceral adipose tissue (VAT) was shown to be increased in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) compared to control subjects with comparable body mass index (BMI). Our aim was to determine the relation of VAT by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) in patients with COPD by disease severity, BMI, other indices of body(More)