Maristella Pellegrino

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This study assessed how body size dissatisfaction (BSD) varies in relationship to specific body mass index (BMI) values in a sample of preadolescents. A novel statistical approach based on spline function, suitable to assess in detail how two variables are related, was used. The study was conducted between December 2004 and March 2005. Students (aged 11 to(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the changes of ghrelin circulating levels induced by a mixed meal and their relationship with postprandial substrate oxidation rates in overweight and obese children with different levels of insulin sensitivity. METHODS A group of ten boys (age 9-12 years) with different levels of overweight (standard deviation score of body mass(More)
Subclinical varicocele is a relative rare condition. The aim of this study is to identify the role of bioflavonoids in the management of subclinical varicocele. We analyzed the medical charts of patients treated for subclinical varicocele with bioflavonoids between 1999 and 2004; inclusion criteria were created before treatment. Short and long-term results(More)
This study focuses on the potentiality of a putative probiotic strain, Lactobacillus paracasei A, to survive gastrointestinal (GI) passage and modulate the resident microbiota of healthy infants. In a placebo-controlled study, 26 children aged 12-24 months received 100 g/day of either fermented milk containing strain A or pasteurized yogurt for four weeks.(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the relationship between body size and depressive symptoms, as well as the moderating effects of age, sex, and socioeconomic status (SES), in a sample of young adolescents. STUDY DESIGN The study group comprised 678 young adolescents (age 11 to 14 years). Body mass index (BMI) z scores were used to estimate body size. Depression(More)
Serum levels of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha), interleukin 1-beta (IL-1 beta) and interleukin-2-(IL-2) were measured in 19 atopic subjects and in 8 healthy controls. TNF-alpha concentration was increased in atopic subjects and the increase was correlated with the severity of the disease in patients affected by atopic dermatitis. Increased plasma(More)
High level of the CA 125 serum antigen is typically associated with ovarian malignancies. However the CA 125 antigen can also be found in association with inflammation or neoplasms of tissues other than ovaries, i.e. mesothelial cells, mullerian duct derivatives and gastroenteric tract. Therefore the marker is not specific for ovarian neoplasms. In(More)
There is no general agreement about the possibility that pancreatitis could be regarded as a clinical complication of Salmonella infection. We report 2 cases of salmonellosis WHO were admitted to our Department for clinical and biological signs of pancreatitis. Our observation agrees with other reported cases, suggesting that patients affected by(More)
The bronchoalveolar compartment can be easily investigated with BAL (bronchoalveolar lavage) before and after antiblastic therapy. We studied 50 patients affected by primary lung cancer, of whom 31 served as a control group and 19 were submitted to BAL after chemo- and/or radiotherapy. Data from BAL performed in an unaffected lung area show that antiblastic(More)