Maria P Del Ben

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We report the use of the uncemented Kotz modular femur and tibia reconstruction system after 95 distal femoral resections performed from 1983 to 1989. The average follow-up was 51 months; 62 patients had at least 36 months' follow-up and 36 at least 60 months. Complications required reoperation in 55%. The postoperative infection rate was 5% for primary(More)
BACKGROUND Several studies suggest an increase of oxidative stress and a reduction of endothelial function in obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS). We assessed the association between OSAS, endothelial dysfunction and oxidative stress. Further aim was to evaluate the effect of nasal continuous positive airway pressure (nCPAP) on oxidative stress and(More)
We have investigated the effect of the G/A substitution in the promoter region of the apolipoprotein (apo) AI gene (-75 bp) on plasma lipid, lipoprotein and apolipoprotein levels in a sample of 204 children from central Italy. The subjects included 111 boys and 93 girls, aged 8-11 years old. The frequency of the A allele was 0.19 in the total sample, and(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS The association of liver steatosis with a number of common metabolic conditions has been suggested. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the clinical features of subjects with different severities of steatosis. METHODS The present study was performed in 282 consecutive patients with 'bright liver' at ultrasonography and in 58(More)
Thirty-one cases of endoprosthetic proximal femoral reconstruction after resection for bone tumors are reported. The minimum follow-up period was 2 years (average, 63 months). There were two local recurrences, two deaths from pulmonary metastases, two postoperative infections (1 superficial and 1 deep), both responding to therapy, one postoperative(More)
Previous observations have shown that oral administration of 5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) without dietary prescriptions causes anorexia, decreased food intake, and weight loss in obese subjects. To confirm these data over a longer period of observation and to verify whether adherence to dietary restriction could be improved by 5-HTP, 20 obese patients were(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the nutritional habits among six Mediterranean countries and also with the various official recommendations and the 'Mediterranean diet' as originally described. DESIGN Cross-sectional study. SETTINGS Three centres in Greece, two in Italy and one in Algeria, Bulgaria, Egypt and Yugoslavia. SUBJECTS Randomly selected non-diabetic(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease was traditionally interpreted as a condition which may progress to liver-related complications. However, the increased mortality is primarily a result of cardiovascular diseases. It has been suggested that fatty liver can be considered as the hepatic consequence of the metabolic syndrome. The aim was to(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS An association of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease with the insulin-resistant metabolic syndrome has been suggested. The aim of the study was to assess the association of fatty liver to different degrees of insulin resistance and secretion. METHODS AND RESULTS The study was performed in 308 alcohol- and virus-negative consecutive patients(More)
A multicentric study was conducted by the European Musculoskeletal Oncology Society on 113 cases of resection for tumors of the major long bones and reconstruction with massive allografts, as intercalary diaphyseal or for arthrodesis. The follow-up was at least 12 months. There was a 14% incidence of infection, with a higher frequency (18.5%) in intercalary(More)