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Mycosis fungoides (MF) is a rare form of cutaneous T cell lymphoma suspected of having a viral etiology. As in adult T cell leukemia, the virus involved may be human T lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1). We cultured the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) of 29 patients with MF HTLV-1 seronegative by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and Western blot.(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS The role of coffee in the development of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is debated. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of coffee in HCC, taking the main risk factors into account. METHODS A hospital-based case-control study was conducted in an area of northern Italy. We recruited 250 HCC cases and 500 controls hospitalized(More)
BACKGROUND Various studies have ascertained different birth outcomes between resident and migrant populations in western countries. Considering preterm delivery (<37 complete weeks of gestation) as a perinatal risk condition, we assessed its rate in migrant and native Italian women who delivered in the main public hospital in Brescia (Italy). METHODS All(More)
The quantification of bacteria and fungi in sputum or bronchoaspirate is of clinical value for the diagnosis of respiratory tract infections. We have developed an easy method to count the micro-organisms in patients with respiratory tract infections. This consists of the quantification of micro-organisms by subsequent streakings of a calibrated loop on(More)
The in vitro antibacterial activity of the new carbapenem antibiotic meropenem (SM-7338) against 567 clinical isolates was evaluated. SM-7338 exhibited activity against a broad spectrum of organisms, including aerobes and anaerobes, and was superior to the other beta-lactam drugs tested (piperacillin, cefotaxime, ceftazidime, ceftriaxone, cefoxitin).(More)
The prevalence of atopy and asthma, and their association with familial and environmental factors were investigated among 13- to 14-yr-old children living in Brescia, an industrialized town in North Italy. All the 1450 children attending primary school in the town were invited to participate, and 967 of them (66.7%, 493 males) provided a valid questionnaire(More)
We present the clinical, virological and haematochemical data of a 22 year old patient from Romania with Adult T Cell Leukaemia (ATL). Viral isolation in peripheral mononuclear blood cells (PMBC), detection of DNA sequences of HTLV-1 by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and of antibodies by Elisa and Western blot were performed. The patient does not belong to(More)
"Carditis" (inflammation of the gastric cardiac mucosa) may be associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), whereas other studies argue that Helicobacter pylori could play a significant role in the chronic cardiac damage. We examined prospectively histologic features of gastric cardia, esophagitis, and H. pylori status in 204 consecutive subjects(More)
OBJECTIVE Celiac disease (CD) is underdiagnosed mainly because of lack of awareness of its heterogeneous clinical presentation. The Center for Surveillance and Control of Celiac Disease (CCD) was set up in June 2000 in the province of Brescia, Northern Italy (1,016,426) inhabitants to enhance case-finding, to standardize diagnostic criteria and to collect(More)