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CONTEXT Metabolic syndrome shows clustered metabolic abnormalities with major roles for insulin resistance and obesity. Ghrelin is a gastric hormone whose total plasma concentration (T-Ghr) is associated positively with insulin sensitivity and is reduced in obesity. Ghrelin circulates in acylated (A-Ghr) and desacylated (D-Ghr) forms, but their potential(More)
There is evidence that GH secretion is reduced in normal elderly subjects as well as in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD). To clarify the mechanisms underlying this GH hyposecretory state in 14 elderly subjects (age 65-75 years) and 15 AD patients (age 61-78 years), we studied the effects of both pyridostigmine (PD, 120 mg orally), a cholinesterase(More)
A study was performed to evaluate the prevalence of non-tubercular mycobacteria in swimming pool environments. The bacteria in question were found in 88.2% of pool water samples. The most frequent species were Mycobacterium gordonae (73.5% of samples; range 1-840 cfu 100 ml - 1), M. chelonei (38.2% 2-360 cfu 100 ml - 1) and M. fortuitum (35.3% 2-250 cfu 100(More)
OBJECTIVE Cabergoline is now established as an effective and well-tolerated treatment for prolactinoma. However, there are relatively few published data on the treatment of macro-, as opposed to micro-, prolactinoma. We have therefore reviewed the efficiency and safety of cabergoline in the treatment of patients with prolactin-secreting macroadenomas(More)
It is well known that both spontaneous and growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH)-stimulated GH secretion undergo an age-related decrease; in addition, there is supportive evidence that the GH hyposecretory state of aging is of hypothalamic origin. The aims of the study in 35 normal elderly subjects (20 males and 15 females aged 65-89 years) were to verify(More)
Aim of this study was to verify whether arginine (ARG), which likely inhibits hypothalamic somatostatin release, has an enhancing effect on the GHRH-induced GH rise, even when administered orally at low dose. To this goal we studied the effects of 4 g orally administered ARG, either hydrochloride (ARG-H) or aspartate (ARG-A), on both basal and GHRH (1(More)
Administration of cholinergic agonists increases both basal and GH-releasing hormone (GHRH)-induced GH secretion, probably acting via inhibition of endogenous somatostatin release. The aim of our study was to verify in two groups of children with idiopathic short stature the effect of intranasal administration of neostigmine (inNS; 3 mg), a cholinesterase(More)
OBJECTIVE It is widely accepted that arginine is a potent GH secretagogue in man, probably acting via inhibition of hypothalamic somatostatin release. Although many other amino acids are known to stimulate GH secretion, their effects and mechanisms of action have not been extensively studied in humans. The aim of the present study was to clarify the effect,(More)
The reduced activity of the growth hormone (GH)-insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) axis in aging may contribute to changes in body composition. As this GH insufficiency is due to hypothalamic pathogenesis, the availability of GH-releasing peptides (GHRPs), such as GHRP-6 (His-D-Trp-Ala-Trp-D-Phe-Lys-NH2) which is active even after oral administration,(More)
BACKGROUND Bloodstream infections (BSIs) associated with insertion and maintenance of central venous catheters (CRBSIs) are the most frequent causes of healthcare-associated infections in intensive care units (ICUs). They are responsible for increased length of hospital stay and additional healthcare costs. AIM To investigate whether an educational(More)