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Hyperhomocysteinemia can result from decreased methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) enzyme activity, owing to genetic polymorphisms andor inadequate folate intake. This study was aimed at investigating the prevalence of C677T and A1298C MTHFR polymorphisms, and their impact on hyperhomocysteinemia in 95 epileptic patients and 98 controls. Double(More)
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 graph-based clustering algorithm that exploits cycles (triangles and squares) in the co-occurrence(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)
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)
Food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES) is an uncommon and potentially severe non IgE-mediated gastrointestinal food allergy. It is usually caused by cow's milk or soy proteins, but may also be triggered by ingestion of solid foods. The diagnosis is made on the basis of clinical history and symptoms. Management of acute phase requires fluid(More)
BACKGROUND Pre-seasonal, pre-coseasonal and continuous regimens of immunotherapy have been proposed, but their efficacy was never compared. This phase IV open study was designed to compare the clinical efficacy of a continuous and a coseasonal sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT) for grass allergy over 3 years. METHODS Children with rhinitis/asthma because of(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)
Glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency is the most common enzymopathy and hemolytic anemia can be triggered by many drugs, by the ingestion of fava beans, and by metabolic imbalances. Nonetheless, only sporadic reports of hemolytic anemia due to G6PD deficiency in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM1) have been reported to date. We(More)
OBJECTIVE To ascertain the incidence of testicular microlithiasis (TM) in boys with McCune-Albright syndrome (MAS). STUDY DESIGN Study population consisted of 8 boys with MAS whose medical records were reviewed with emphasis on their past genitourinary histories. All of the boys underwent a clinical and ultrasonographic (US) scanning of the scrotal and(More)
BACKGROUND Oral immunotherapy (OIT) for food allergy is gaining interest due to the favorable clinical results reported with cow's milk, hen egg and peanut. The safety of the procedure remains a critical aspect that can limit the introduction of OIT in clinical practice. OBJECTIVE We described herein, in detail, the occurrence and characteristics of(More)