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The only currently recommended treatment for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is lifestyle modification. Preliminary studies of silybin showed beneficial effects on liver function. Realsil (RA) comprises the silybin phytosome complex (silybin plus phosphatidylcholine) coformulated with vitamin E. We report on a multicenter, phase III, double-blind(More)
BACKGROUND Ultrasound (US)-elastography is a newly developed imaging technique for the reconstruction of tissue stiffness by measuring the degree of tissue's deformation in response to the application of an external force. This technique has previously been shown to be useful in the differential diagnosis between benign and malignant tumors. METHODS The(More)
A total of 261 diabetic patients were admitted because of rest pain and/or foot ulcer in 1 limb. Ankle pressure (AP) and transcutaneous oxygen tension (TcPO(2)) were measured, and digital subtraction arteriography was performed. Transcutaneous oxygen tension was <30 mm Hg in 213 patients and >or=30<50 mm Hg in 48 patients. Ankle pressure could not be(More)
Offspring of long-lived individuals are a useful model to discover biomarkers of longevity. The lipid composition of erythrocyte membranes from 41 nonagenarian offspring was compared with 30 matched controls. Genetic loci were also tested in 280 centenarians and 280 controls to verify a potential genetic predisposition in determining unique lipid profile.(More)
PURPOSE Several epidemiological published data support the protective role of omega-3 consumption in coronary artery disease, sudden cardiac death and ventricular arrhythmias, but interestingly, this is not the case for atrial arrhythmias. The purpose of this study is to evaluate different fatty acid profile between AF/AFL subjects and healthy controls. (More)
We reviewed a large series of patients with essential thrombocythemia diagnosed on the basis of the Polycythemia Vera Study Group criteria, and reclassified them by evaluating their major morphologic features and clinical course using the World Health Organization classification. The morphologic review of the bone marrow biopsies of 116 patients (44 males(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study is to evaluate the usefulness of sutureless incisional open hernia repair with mesh fixation only using a fibrin glue sealant. METHODS From 2002 to 2007, 40 patients underwent surgical recurrent incisional hernia repair, consisting of a sutureless positioning of a retromuscolar-preperitoneal polypropylene stiff mesh, fixed(More)
We examined microvessel density (MVD) and immunohistochemical expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) in the bone marrow biopsy specimens of 98 patients with Philadelphia chromosome-negative (Ph-) chronic myeloproliferative disorders (CMPDs). There were significantly more MVD "hot spots" in chronic idiopathic myelofibrosis (CIMF; mean +/-(More)
From January 2007 to December 2009, 207 diabetic patients were consecutively admitted to our foot center because of osteomyelitis of a phalanx or metatarsal head. The removal of infected bone was performed by internal bone resection in 110 patients (group A) and amputation in 97 patients (46.9%; group B). Dehiscence occurred in 15 patients (13.6%) patients(More)
INTRODUCTION The aim of this prospective, randomized, double-blind study was to evaluate whether continuous sciatic nerve block can improve postoperative pain relief and early rehabilitation compared with single-injection sciatic nerve block in patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty (TKA) and lumbar plexus block. METHODS After ethical committee(More)