Giuseppe Crisafulli

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In this paper, we present a novel approach to Web search result clustering based on the automatic discovery of word senses from raw text, a task referred to as Word Sense Induction (WSI). We first acquire the senses (i.e., meanings) of a query by means of a graphbased clustering algorithm that exploits cycles (triangles and squares) in the co-occurrence(More)
Spinal muscular atrophy with respiratory distress (SMARD 1) is a very rare autosomal recessive motor neuron disorder that affects infants and is characterized by diaphragmatic palsy, symmetrical distal muscular weakness, muscle atrophy, peripheral sensory neuropathy and autonomic nerve dysfunction. SMARD 1 is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait and(More)
Glyco-metabolic status was evaluated in 29 pubertal homozygous thalassaemics aged from 17 to 42 years and in 12 age-matched healthy subjects. Diagnosis of diabetes mellitus was assessed in 4 patients (13.8%), who became diabetic after the age of 18 years. With respect to controls non-diabetic patients exhibited significantly higher fasting plasma glucose(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Previous studies on menarcheal age (MA) in type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) have shown conflicting results about the effects of DM, but most lack a control group. The present study design is peculiar in that it covers a study population of 73 intensively treated menarcheal adolescents with premenarcheal onset of T1DM (Group A), whose MA(More)
BACKGROUND Although well-defined in the general population, correlates of total homocysteine (tHcy) plasma concentration have not been sufficiently evaluated in diabetes. We investigated factors potentially associated with tHcy concentration in a cohort of type 2 diabetic subjects. MATERIALS AND METHODS The common methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase(More)
Food allergy is an increasingly prevalent disease in western countries, but an effective form of therapy has not yet been found. A specific active treatment for immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated food allergy is currently under study in human clinical trials. Allergen-specific approaches include oral, sublingual and epicutaneous immunotherapy. Currently,(More)
BACKGROUND Oral immunotherapy (OIT) may be an effective treatment for food allergy in children. It is not clear if the OIT-induced effect is achieved by desensitization (transient state dependent on regular antigen exposure), or by tolerance (persistent condition where the ability to consume the food is retained even after a period of withdrawal). (More)
The aim of this retrospective study was to ascertain, whether an early growth hormone (GH) treatment can normalize height prognosis of children with congenital GH deficiency (GHD). The study covers 23 children with early onset GHD who received GH 0.1 U/kg/day from the beginning of therapy (0.4-4.9 years). This dose was corrected for weight every 3 months(More)
The Short Form 36 Health Survey (SF-36) is a self-administered scoring system that has been widely used and validated as a quality of life (QOL) assessment tool. In our study, a cluster analysis of SF-36 scores was performed in 50 healthy volunteers (controls) and 50 neurobiologically asymptomatic patients on maintenance hemodialysis (MHD). Firstly, we(More)