Laura Carta

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OBJECTIVE To characterize the functional properties of natural autoantibodies capable of preventing in vitro infection by HIV-1, present in normal human serum (NHS), and denoted as IgG-reactive antibodies. METHODS IgG-reactive antibodies were affinity purified both from normal human serum (NHS) and from a GammaBind G Sepharose Flowthrough (GBF) fraction(More)
The Mediterranean diet is known to be one of the healthiest dietary patterns in the world due to its relation with a low morbidity and mortality for some chronic diseases. The purpose of this study was to review literature regarding the relationship between Mediterranean diet and healthy aging. A MEDLINE search was conducted looking for literature regarding(More)
Among 273 students (age 11-16 years) living in two small towns located respectively 2 (Portoscuso) and 15 kilometres (S. Antioco) far from the industrial area of Portovesme, the respiratory risk associated to cigarette smoking and environmental pollution was evaluated by the ISAAC questionnaire and standardized spirometry. The prevalence of parent's smoking(More)
In several recent epidemiological studies blood lead levels (BLLs) even below the current CDC intervention level of 10 microg/dl have been associated with reduced neurocognitive capacities of children, with no clear evidence of a "safe" threshold. We analyzed the relationship between the BLLs and the neurocognitive capacities of 205 Sardinian students aged(More)
In several recent studies blood lead levels below 100 microg/L have been associated with reduced neurocognitive capacities and neurobehavioural performances in children, with no clear evidence of the lowest "safe" level not associated to adverse effects on the CNS. We analyzed blood lead concentration and the results of 5 neurocognitive tests, two derived(More)
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