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The purposes of this study were to validate the use of a single standard question for the rapid screening of restless legs syndrome (RLS) and to analyze the eventual effects of the presence of RLS on self-assessed daytime sleepiness, global clinical severity and cognitive functioning. We evaluated a group of 521 consecutive patients who accessed our(More)
BACKGROUND It is well known that nails can be involved in some diseases of the central nervous system; however, no systematic study has been carried out in order to evaluate the incidence and the possible mechanisms of these nail changes in hemiplegia. OBJECTIVES To study the presence of nail pathology specifically associated with hemiplegia and to(More)
The concentration of zinc in serum, hair and urine has been examined in 92 homozygous beta-thalassemic and 81 control subjects. The results were not statistically different in the subjects of each group studied (thalassemic and control persons of different ages: 1-12, 12-18, and 18-35 years). In the thalassemic children no statistically significant(More)
BACKGROUND Vinorelbine is active in a variety of malignancies. The most common side effects are leukopenia and granulocytopenia, moreover Vinorelbine is a vescicant and venous irritant, the incidence of the latter being 10-26% in patients who received VNB as a 20-30 minute peripheral infusion. To prevent venous toxicity we have carried out a study in order(More)
We report the results obtained in the treatment of 52 advanced non-small-cell lung cancer patients with the combination chemotherapy VP16 (120 mg/m2 i.v., days 1-2-3), epirubicin (50 mg/m2 i.v., day 1) and procarbazine (100 mg/m2 p.o., days 1 through 8). The courses were repeated every 21 days. No patient had been pretreated. A median of 5 courses was(More)
Lyme disease, or borreliosis, is a zoonosis transmitted by Borrelia burgdorferi which also involves the central nervous system (CNS), in 15% of affected individuals, with the occurrence of aseptic meningitis, fluctuating meningoencephalitis, or neuropathy of cranial and peripheral nerves. Encephalopathy with white matter lesions revealed by magnetic(More)
579 Background: Amplification or overexpression of HER-2/neu has been identified in 10-20% of invasive breast cancers and is associated with shorter overall survival times; furthermore HER-2/neu is a predictive factor with regard to monoclonal antibody therapy with Trastuzumab. The observed association between the overexpression of HER-2/neu and higher VEGF(More)
Several studies have demonstrated the importance of hypercholesterolemia as a cardiovascular risk factor and a direct correlation between the reduction in cholesterolemia and the reduction in cardiovascular mortality in populations younger than 65 years. This correlation is controversial in the elderly and, particularly, in the oldest old. The aim of our(More)
AIMS AND BACKGROUND The treatment of inoperable malignant pleural mesothelioma is a challenge for the oncologist. Available chemotherapy regimens achieve poor results, therefore new agents or combinations are needed. In a phase I study, the combination of oxaliplatin and raltitrexed was shown to be active against malignant pleural mesothelioma. We herein(More)