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An investigation was carried out in Sweden aimed at studying the contamination of small mammals (orders Rodentia and Insectivora) following the Chernobyl accident. The animals were captured in three differently contaminated areas in Sweden and, for control, in an area with negligible fallout. The results obtained show that the activity in the captured(More)
Wild rodents were collected alive in a suburban area to the north of Rome before, during, 6 months and 1 year after the Chernobyl accident. Radionuclide determinations to assess their content of (137)Cs and mutagenicity tests (bone-marrow micronucleus test and sperm abnormalities assay) were performed on the captured animals. The results obtained for the(More)
OBJECTIVE Accurate assessment of intestinal complications of Crohn's disease (CD) is extremely important, both in clinical practice and in trials. The accuracy of radiographic and ultrasonographic diagnosis of internal fistulae and abscesses complicating CD is still debated and requires further investigation. We compared ultrasonography (US) and contrast(More)
PURPOSE To detect possible clastogenic and aneugenic properties of a 50 Hz, 650 muT magnetic field. MATERIALS AND METHODS The micronucleus test with CREST (Calcinosis, Raynaud's phenomenon, Esophageal dismotility, Sclerodactility, Telangectasia) antibody staining was performed on liver and peripheral blood sampled from newborn mice exposed to an ELF(More)
An investigation was carried out in Sweden aimed at studying the possible genetic effects of the Chernobyl fallout on wild small mammals. The bank voles (Clethrionomys glareolus Schreb.) were obtained from three differently contaminated areas in Sweden and, for control, in an area with negligible contamination by fallout. Radionuclide determinations to(More)
The aim of the study was to survey the current extension of the infected brown rats (Rattus norvegicus) living on the site Ripa Grande-San Michele port located in the center of the sity along the accessible right bank of the Tiber river by using a specific molecular technology. The detection of Leptospira, in 11 trapped brown rats, by tube-based Polymerase(More)
OBJECTIVES Sigmoid volvulus accounts for 5% of cases of large-bowel obstruction. Here, we present the development of a new minimally invasive treatment method that aims to reduce the complication rate of standard percutaneous endoscopic colostomy tube insertion and negate the need for prolonged anesthesia or colectomy. METHODS Six patients underwent(More)
Wild rodents (Mus domesticus) were collected in three areas in Rome exposed to different traffic flows to ascertain a possible correlation between genetic damage and heavy metal concentration. The concentration of lead, cadmium and zinc were determined in liver, kidney and bones and two mutagenicity tests (micronucleus test and sperm abnormality assay) were(More)
Doñana Park (Spain), a protected area in Europe, was affected by an environmental disaster in April 1998 that caused the spreading of acidic water and mud full of toxic metals from the Aznalcollar pyrite mine. In order to assess the contamination in the area and to monitor the possible biological effects of the toxic spill, a series of coordinated studies(More)