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Communication via mobile phones has become an essential tool for health professionals. The latest generation of smartphones is comparable to computers, allowing the development of new applications in health field. This paper aims to describe the use of smartphones by health professionals and patients in the field of health promotion. We conducted a(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the safety and efficacy as a tool of smoking cessation of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), directly comparing users of e-cigarettes only, smokers of tobacco cigarettes only, and smokers of both. DESIGN Prospective cohort study. Final results are expected in 2019, but given the urgency of data to support policies on electronic(More)
BACKGROUND Healthcare professionals play a key role in tobacco use prevention because they are considered as model by patients. This multicenter study was aimed to evaluate smoking prevalence, knowledge and attitudes towards tobacco among Italian hospital professionals. METHODS A cross-sectional study was carried out using a questionnaire administered to(More)
BACKGROUND Our study aimed to estimate the prevalence of pregnancy e-health seekers in a large Italian sample; to explore the factors influencing the choices of the childbearing women regarding their lifestyles after internet consultation; and finally to investigate potential differences between primiparous and multiparous women in internet use to find(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to systematically review and conduct a meta-analysis of published data about the diagnostic performance of (18)F-dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA) positron emission tomography (PET) in patients with paraganglioma (PG). METHODS A comprehensive computer literature search of studies published through 30 June 2011 regarding(More)
To evaluate, in pregnant women at high risk for gestational diabetes (GDM), the longitudinal changes of adiponectin, carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, and to assess their independent value as risk factors for the development of GDM. Fifty women at beginning of pregnancy were studied. Adiponectin, insulin sensitivity (homeostasis model assessment, HOMA) and(More)
INTRODUCTION Advances in electronics and communications have changed modern medicine: telemedicine allows patient assessment and monitoring to facilitate healthcare at a distance. The aim of this study was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis to assess how telemedicine systems, including early telemetry of electrocardiograms, can improve health(More)
Our article aims to give an overview of the most mentioned smartphones' pregnancy-related applications (Apps). A keywords string with selected keywords was entered both in a general search engine (Google(®)) and PubMed. While PubMed returned no pertinent results, a total of 370 web pages were found on Google(®), and 146 of them were selected. All the(More)
BACKGROUND The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that about 180 million people, 3% of the world population, are infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV). In Italy, the prevalence in the general population is reported to be greater than 5% and 9% among households of HCV-positive patients. OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to estimate the trends(More)
OBJECTIVE Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is treated with anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive drugs and off-label biologics. Belimumab is the first biologic approved after 50 years as an add-on therapy for active disease. This paper summarizes a health technology assessment performed in Italy. METHODS SLE epidemiology and burden were assessed using(More)