Maria Di Chiara

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Zinc is a key element for growth and development. In this narrative review, we focus on the role of dietary zinc in early life (including embryo, fetus and preterm neonate), analyzing consequences of zinc deficiency and adequacy of current recommendations on dietary zinc. We performed a systematic search of articles on the role of zinc in early life. We(More)
Fifteen unique isolates of carbapenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa were selected for time-kill studies to assess the bactericidal activity of cefepime (CFP) and ceftazidime (CZD) (at 4 and 16 microg/mL), alone and associated with amikacin (AMK) (4 microg/mL). CFP proved more active than CZD (p < 0.05, Student's t test). Bactericidal activity after 24-h(More)
The in vitro activity of gatifloxacin and levofloxacin, ciprofloxacin, penicillin, ampicillin, ampicillin-sulbactam, ceftriaxone and clarithromycin was evaluated against 173 S. pneumoniae strains (128, penicillin-susceptible strains; 32, intermediate penicillin- resistant strains and 13, penicillin-resistant strains), 163 H. influenzae strains (128,(More)
BACKGROUND A multidisciplinary committee composed of a panel of experts, including a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Institute of Architects, has suggested that the delivery room (DR) and the neonatal intensive care units (NICU) room should be directly interconnected. We aimed to investigate the impact of the architectural design(More)
Doripenem, a new carbapenem, has shown to be more active against Pseudomonas aeruginosa than other carbapenems. The activity of doripenem, imipenem and meropenem was evaluated against 93 P. aeruginosa isolates, by agar dilution and disk diffusion methods. MIC50 and MIC90, were as follows (microg/ml): doripenem, 2 and 4; meropenem, 2 and 8; and imipenem, 4(More)
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