Guendalina Benetti

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OBJECTIVE After non-response to the initial course of therapy, retreatment with alpha-interferon is not effective. The aim of this study was to ascertain whether the administration of N-acetyl cysteine and vitamin E could increase the response rate to retreatment with alpha-interferon. DESIGN Prospective, multicentre clinical trial. SETTING Twelve(More)
To investigate the possibility that GH release induced by gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in man is mediated by a dopaminergic mechanism(s), we evaluated the effect of two antidopaminergic compounds, pimozide and domperidone, on the plasma GH response to acute GABA administration (5 g, orally). Only the former compound can freely cross the blood-brain(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the role of hepatitis G virus (HGV) in cryptogenic chronic liver disease (CLD), we investigated the prevalence of HGV RNA among patients with cryptogenic CLD, patients with nonviral CLD (primary biliary cirrhosis [PBC] and Wilson's disease [WD]) and subjects without clinically evident liver disease (controls). METHODS Ninety patients(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the activity of pidotimod ((R)-3-[(S)-(5-oxo-2-pyrrolidinyl)carbonyl]-thiazolidine-4-carboxylic acid, PGT/1A, CAS 121808-62-6) on 52 patients affected with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The study was carried out in a randomized, parallel, double-blind trial, followed by incomplete blocks design.(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the acridine orange leukocyte cytospin (AOLC) test for the rapid diagnosis of septicemia caused by central venous catheters (CVCs), without removing the catheter, in a pediatric intensive care unit population. Twenty-six patients admitted in the pediatric intensive care unit of Azienda Ospedaliera "Ospedali Riuniti di(More)
BACKGROUND To establish if azithromycin, in association with omeprazole and metronidazole, is effective to eradicate Helicobacter pylori, compared to amoxicillin in triple therapy. METHODS Two hundred consecutive patients with duodenal ulcer and Helicobacter pylori infection were enrolled in the study: group a) 100 patients (69 males, 31 females; mean age(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of our study was to evaluate any correlation between symptoms of the upper digestive tract, endoscopic findings and the clinical stage of disease. METHODS Thirty-four anti-HIV positive patients were enrolled and subdivided, according to CDC classification, as follows: 28 CDC II/III (asymptomatics) and 6 CDC IV (AIDS). The past medical(More)
The activity of pidotimod ((R)-3-[(S)-(5-oxo2-pyrrolidinyl) carbonyl]-thiazolidine-4-carboxylic acid, PGT/1A, CAS 121808-62-6) on immunological parameters was evaluated in a double-blind trial, involving two Research Centres. 16 patients with a primary or metastatic neoplasm, 16 elderly patients under immunodeficiency conditions and 11 healthy volunteers(More)
Thirty-six patients with hepatitis C virus-RNA positive chronic hepatitis were studied to evaluate whether recombinant alpha-2b interferon, in medium-high doses, (6-9 MU 3 times/week) over a long period (12-18 months), was more effective in reducing or normalizing alanine aminotransferase values, and in reducing the relapsing percentage than the historical(More)