Giuliana Garufi

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Psychological stress has been implicated as a cause of several psychosomatic disorders, but also as a factor that can unfavourably influence many diseases including diabetes mellitus. Measure of psychological stress in diabetes was performed by Psychological Stress Measure (PSM), a validated instrument, designed using 49 items drawn from descriptors(More)
Sertoli cells play a pivotal role in the regulation of spermatogenesis as they provide the anatomical basis of the blood-testis barrier. In the present paper we report some results of our studies on the ultrastructural features, the responsiveness to FSH, and the ability to secrete androgen-binding protein (ABP) of human Sertoli cells in vitro. The nucleus(More)
BACKGROUND In postmenopausal women, an increase in insulin resistance is associated with an increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and breast cancer. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can reduce insulin resistance and coffee use is reported to decrease the incidence of diabetes. The aim of our study was to assess possible concurrent effects of(More)
The Illness Perception Questionnaire (IPQr) is a validated psycho-social tool. Chronic illness out-patients, 48 women and 42 men, 61.36 +/- 14.55 yrs, showed a social stigma related to illness condition, even common and scarcely invalidating, more evident with a lower degree of instruction, associated to limited cognitive representation and to inappropriate(More)
The functional status of ischemic heart disease (IHD) is currently assessed using the Seattle Angina Questionnaire (SAQ), a tool for monitoring and predicting the patient's prognosis. Illness perceptions (IP) are associated with IHD behavioral risk factors. The aim of the study was to find whether different IP, as evaluated by the IP Questionnaire (IPQr),(More)
During low-flow manually-controlled anaesthesia (MCA) the anaesthetist needs constantly adjust end-tidal oxygen (EtO2) and anaesthetic concentrations (EtAA) to assure an adequate and safe anaesthesia. Recently introduced anaesthetic machines can automatically maintain those variables at target values, avoiding the burden on the anaesthetist.(More)
The aim of this investigation was to study the pattern of luteinizing hormone (LH) secretion in men with mild and moderate hypertension. LH pulsatility was evaluated for 8 h in 14 male patients, subdivided into 2 groups; group A, consisting of 8 patients, whose systolic blood pressure ranged between 180 and 160 mm Hg and whose diastolic blood pressure was(More)
The aim of this work was to characterize further the impairment of the reproductive function reported in untreated male patients with Hodgkin's disease. We evaluated the pattern of luteinizing hormone pulsatility and unconventional sperm features by computer-assisted sperm analysis (CASA) in 20 adult patients affected by biopsy-proven Hodgkin's disease(More)
The pattern of luteinizing hormone (LH) secretion in men with mild and moderate hypertension was studied. LH pulsatility was evaluated for eight hours in 14 male patients, who were subdivided into two groups: group A, consisting of 8 patients, whose systolic blood pressure ranged between 180-160 mmHg and the diastolic between 104-95 mmHg; group B, 6(More)
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