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Development of biomaterial-related infections is attracting an increasing interest due to the significant percentage of implant failure in the hospital care. Recent literature puts in evidence the dependence of the infection risk on the different biomaterials used, because of the different interactions between material surface and micro-organisms. Despite(More)
The spontaneous beat-to-beat variability of the ventricular repolarization duration was investigated in 21 healthy subjects (age 25-71 years; mean, 40 years) during the basal state in a recumbent position. For each subject, approximately 1,000 consecutive cycles were analyzed with an automated technique. The time series of the RR, QT, and RT intervals(More)
This study assesses the feasibility of beat-to-beat measurement of the R-T interval in Holter ECG recordings. The low sampling rate of the Holter system was increased by a specific interpolating filter, and the precision and accuracy of two T-wave fiducial point (T-wave maximum: Tm, T-wave end: Te) detection algorithms were compared. The results of the(More)
This work presents a technique to improve the identification of late potentials (LP) in patients affected by greater arrhythmogenic right ventricular disease (GARVD). Several authors have documented the correlation between GARVD and LP by means of time domain analysis. Moreover, the high incidence of bundle branch block in patients affected by GARVD(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate cardiovascular autonomic balance in normal pregnancy through spectral analysis of heart rate variability. For this purpose, electrocardiograms were recorded in 8 nonpregnant women and in 32 pregnant women at 10-39 weeks of gestation. Low-/high-frequency peak (LF/HF) ratio was used as an indirect index of(More)
Branched gold nanoparticles were grown on oxidized multiwalled carbon nanotubes by one-step reduction of gold chloride in water. The carbon nanotube/gold hybrids were used for the delivery of the anticancer drug doxorubicin hydrochloride into A549 lung cancer cell line. Doxorubicin (Dox) can be adsorbed in high quantity on both inner and outer surfaces of(More)
The inadequacy of the QT interval to shorten following heart rate increase is a feature of the inherited long QT syndrome and may have a role in the genesis of the typical arrhythmias associated with this syndrome (torsade des pointes). The aim of our study was to evaluate whether drugs that prolong the QT interval, such as amiodarone and D-sotalol, may(More)
Gold nanoparticles functionalized with doxorubicin and stabilized with multilayers of degradable polyelectrolyte were allowed to age in aqueous medium in vitro in order to show the possibility of drug release in cellular environment. The chemico-physical characteristics of the nanoparticles are reported. The observed release of doxorubicin (DOX) was(More)
Er<sup>3&#x002B;</sup>-acticated silica-hafnia glass-ceramic waveguides were fabricated by bottom-up and top-down approaches. The pros and cons of the procedures in terms of optical, spectroscopic and structural properties are reported, in particular regarding attenuation coefficient, NIR emission, and local environment for the rare-earth ions. The results(More)
We present an innovative approach to characterize small metal nanoclusters embedded in an amorphous carbon matrix. A simple mathematical relation linking binding energy shifts to the mean nanoparticle (NP) dimensions allows determination of the distribution of NP sizes by fitting the Au 4f X-ray photoemission spectrum. The NP size distributions obtained(More)