Giovanni Michetti

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Sputum induction has recently been proposed as the only direct noninvasive method for measuring airway inflammatory indices. The reference values and the distribution of cells in induced sputum in a control population have not yet been well defined. We therefore evaluated data from a large number of healthy volunteers. One hundred fourteen healthy,(More)
Since March 1991 a prospective 1-year study of patients with community-acquired, radiologically verified, pneumonia (CAP) was performed at the Divisione Pneumologica, Ospedali Riuniti Bergamo, and at the Centro Pneumo-Allergologico, Bergamo, Italy. The study included 119 out-patients and 60 in-patients, with a median age of 37.4 and 49.8 years respectively.(More)
Cisplatin-based combinations are efficacious in increasing the overall survival of patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), but their toxicity makes them unsuitable for elderly and unfit patients. The primary objective of this non-randomized phase II study was to evaluate the feasibility and activity of the gemcitabine plus vinorelbine combination(More)
Several authors proposed the stage at diagnosis and some histopathological features as prognostic factors of bronchial carcinoids. However, since large tumour diameters or nodal metastases are frequently associated to aggressive histology, their prognostic role is unclear. To investigate the relationships between the clinicopathological parameters at(More)
BACKGROUND This randomised phase III study investigated if in responsive and stable disease (SD) stage IV patients after two courses of cisplatin and gemcitabine, single-agent gemcitabine (experimental arm) was not inferior in terms of overall survival (OS) to cisplatin-gemcitabine (standard arm). PATIENTS AND METHODS Noninferiority was defined as an(More)
BACKGROUND Patients with small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) that progress after first-line chemotherapy have a poor prognosis and the evidence of a benefit from second-line (SL) chemotherapy is limited. Patients relapsing or progressing more than 90 days after completion of first-line treatment are considered platinum sensitive and may be rechallenged with(More)
The pemetrexed-cisplatin chemotherapy is standard of care in first-line (FL) treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). The second-line (SL) chemotherapy is considered, but the optimal treatment has not been defined yet. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical outcomes of SL-therapy in a series of MPM-patients included in a retrospective(More)
An association between date of birth and development of allergy has been proposed by prior research. Yet, the presence of a dose-response relationship or any potential effect modification for this association has not been widely studied. The aims of our study were to investigate whether an association between birth during pollen season and symptomatic(More)
A growing amount of digital objects is designated for long term preservation a time scale during which technologies, formats and communities are very likely to change. Specialized approaches, models and technologies are needed to guarantee the long-term understandability of the preserved data. Maintaining the authenticity (trustworthiness) and provenance(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the prevalence of Leptospira spp. infections in a population of in- and out-patients with community acquired pneumonia (CAP) and the incidence of leptospiral pneumonia. DESIGN AND RESULTS Of 176 patients infected with CAP who were evaluated for the presence of Leptospira spp. as causative agent, 10 were found positive for leptospiral(More)