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To evaluate the efficacy and safety of itraconazole oral solution for preventing fungal infections, a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, multicenter trial was conducted: 405 neutropenic patients with hematologic malignancies were randomly assigned to receive either itraconazole, 2.5 mg/kg every 12 hours (201 patients), or placebo (204 patients).(More)
OBJECTIVES This study sought to assess the long-term predictive power of depressed baroreflex sensitivity (BRS) among post-myocardial infarction (MI) patients with preserved left ventricular function. BACKGROUND Risk stratification after MI is primarily performed by identifying patients with depressed left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) because of(More)
Mutations in exon 12 of the nucleophosmin (NPM1) gene occur in about 60% of adult AML with normal karyotype. By exploiting a specific feature of NPM1 mutants, that is insertion at residue 956 or deletion/insertion at residue 960, we developed highly sensitive, real-time quantitative (RQ) polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays, either in DNA or RNA, that are(More)
To verify whether beta-endorphin plasma levels influence the presence of anginal symptoms, 74 consecutive male patients were studied. All patients had previously documented coronary artery disease and reproducible exercise-induced myocardial ischemia. Thirty-five patients (Group I) had a history of angina and reported anginal symptoms during exercise stress(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the prevalence of plaque erosion as a substrate for coronary thrombosis. DESIGN Pathological study in patients with acute myocardial infarction not treated with thrombolysis or coronary interventional procedures. PATIENTS 298 consecutive patients (189 men, mean (SD) age 66 (11) years; 109 women, 74 (8) years) dying in hospital(More)
BACKGROUND Despite the rational expectation for a survival benefit produced by exercise training among post-myocardial infarction (MI) patients, direct evidence remains elusive. Clinically, changes in autonomic balance toward lower vagal activity have consistently been associated with increased mortality risk; conversely, among both control and post-MI(More)
Philadelphia chromosome-positive (Ph+) acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) has a dismal prognosis. We prospectively evaluated minimal residual disease (MRD) by measuring BCR/ ABL levels with a quantitative real-time PCR procedure after induction and after consolidation in 45 adults with Ph+ ALL who obtained complete hematological remission after a high-dose(More)
The duration of effect of single oral doses of 10 and 20 mg of nifedipine was studied in 10 patients with angiographically proven coronary artery disease and with stable exercise-induced angina pectoris. In a randomized double-blind manner exercise tests were carried out 1 hour before and 1, 2, 4 and 6 h after the administration of placebo, nifedipine 10(More)