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OBJECTIVE To perform a population-based study that evaluates contemporary racial disparities in the morbidity profile of patients undergoing radical nephrectomy in the United States. METHODS Using the Premier hospital database (Premier Inc, Charlotte, NC), which collects data from over 600 nonfederal hospitals throughout the United States, we identified(More)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a demyelinating disease affecting the central nervous system, frequently associated with cognitive impairments. Damages of the cerebellum are very common features of patients with MS, although the impact of this clinical factor is generally neglected. Recent evidence from our group demonstrated that MS patients with cerebellar(More)
Erectile dysfunction (ED), the second most common male sexual disorder, has an important impact on man sexuality and quality of life affecting also female partner's sexual life. ED is usually related to cardiovascular disease or is an iatrogenic cause of pelvic surgery. Many non-surgical treatments have been developed with results that are controversial,(More)
BACKGROUND Cerebellar dysfunction is common in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). However, neuropsychological studies of this clinical feature are lacking. OBJECTIVE We investigate the neuropsychological features in relapsing-remitting MS (RR-MS) patients with and without cerebellar dysfunction. METHODS Twenty-one RR-MS patients with cerebellar(More)
Caspase-9 is a primary effector CASP that executes programmed cell death, which plays an important role in the development of multiple sclerosis (MS). Polymorphisms in the CASP-9 gene may influence its activity, thereby modulating the susceptibility to MS. To test this hypothesis, we evaluated a SNP in the CASP-9 gene in a set of Italian patients from(More)
Rest tremor associated with essential tremor (ET) is a condition that poses challenges in diagnosing Parkinson's disease (PD). We investigated tremor parameters in PD and ET patients with rest tremor. Fifteen patients with PD and 15 patients with ET underwent electrophysiological examination to evaluate characteristics of muscle bursting in rest postures.(More)
INTRODUCTION The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) as a prognostic marker in patients with high-risk non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) and assess the efficacy and reliability of 2 different CTC isolation methods. MATERIALS AND METHODS Globally, 155 patients with a pathologically confirmed diagnosis(More)
BACKGROUND Bacterial prostatitis (BP) is a common condition accounting responsible for about 5-10% of all prostatitis cases; chronic bacterial prostatitis (CBP) classified as type II, are less common but is a condition that significantly hampers the quality of life, (QoL) because not only is it a physical condition but also a psychological distress.(More)
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is inability to achieve and maintain an erection to permit satisfactory sexual activity. Homocysteine (Hcys) is a sulfur-containing amino acid synthesized from the essential amino acid methionine. Experimental models have elucidated the role of hyperhomocysteinemia (HHcys) as a strong and independent predictor for atherosclerosis(More)