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BACKGROUND Growth arrest specific gene 6 (Gas6) protein enhances survival of oligodendrocytes and neurons, and it is involved in autoimmunity. Therefore, we aimed to verify whether cerebrospinal-fluid (CSF) Gas6 concentration may represent a biomarker of disease activity in multiple sclerosis. METHODS Sixty-five patients who underwent a spinal tap during(More)
Probiotic milk has been previously demonstrated to reduce the number of respiratory infections (RI) among children attending day care centres. Thus, this pilot study was aimed to assess the efficacy and the safety of 3 month treatment with Bacillus clausii in the prevention of recurrent respiratory infections (RRI) in children. Eighty children with RRI were(More)
A close link exists between allergic rhinitis and asthma. Small airway disease (SAD), defined by a reduction in forced expiratory flow at 25-75% of the pulmonary volume (FEF25-75) and normal spirometry (normal forced expiratory volume at 1 second [FEV1], forced vital capacity [FVC], and FEV1/FVC ratio), may be a marker for early allergic or inflammatory(More)
The objective of this work is to evaluate in a selection of patients with erectile dysfunction the influence of alcohol consumption and the response to alcohol abstinence with and without sildenafil association. Materials and Methods. In a population of 150 consecutive patients with erectile dysfunction we studied 50 patients aged between 22 and 77 years(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM Data on management and long-term follow-up of Helicobacter pylori-associated MALT-lymphoma in clinical practice are scanty. We evaluate the long-term efficacy of H. pylori eradication on low-grade MALT-lymphoma, and the efficacy of further therapies in refractory patients. METHODS This study enrolled patients with stages I-II(1)(More)
Endometriosis, defined by the presence of endometrial tissue outside the uterine cavity, is a common condition affecting 10% of women in the reproductive age. Menstrual factors reported to increase risk include dysmenorrhea, early menarche, and shorter cycle lengths. The theory of retrograde menstruation with implantation of endometrial fragments, in(More)
AIMS The benefits of taking almotriptan early for acute migraine when pain is mild have clearly been demonstrated in the neurology setting. The aim of this study was to determine whether similar benefits with early intervention of almotriptan can be achieved in everyday general practice, where most migraineurs are managed. METHODS In this European,(More)
BACKGROUND Acute rhinosinusitis (ARS) usually presents with respiratory symptoms that persist for more than 10 days without improving. The aim of the study was to establish whether age may have any influence on the clinical presentation during childhood. METHODS This prospective study evaluated 287 consecutive children (152 males and 135 females, aged(More)
INTRODUCTION Bellini's collecting ducts carcinoma represents a rare tumor with an aggressive behaviour with a poor prognosis and often metastatic at diagnosis. We report the first case documented of Bellini tumor with an initial clinic presentation represented by a cutaneous metastasis of scalp. MATERIALS AND METHODS All pertinent clinical information(More)
INTRODUCTION Calciphylaxis is a rare clinic condition characterised by skin necrosis due to medial and intimal calcification of small and medium arteries. It's observed in patients affected by end stage renal disease associated to secondary hyperparathyroidism. Penile involvement has been documented in very few cases. We present both a case of penile(More)