Maurizio Bevilacqua

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In order to evaluate the prevalence, risk factors, and clinical consequences of hypovitaminosis D in elderly Italian women a multicenter study of 43 osteoporosis centers from all regions of Italy was carried out. Study population included 700 women aged 60–80 years in whom blood was taken for 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) and parathyroid hormone (PTH)(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy of intravenous (i.v.) clodronate in patients with reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS) and to assess the urinary excretion of type I collagen crosslinked N-telopeptide (NTx) before and after the treatment. METHODS Thirty-two patients with RSDS were randomized to receive either i.v. clodronate 300 mg daily for 10(More)
This paper describes an application of the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) for selecting the best maintenance strategy for an important Italian oil refinery (an Integrated Gasification and Combined Cycle plant). Five possible alternatives are considered: preventive, predictive, condition-based, corrective and opportunistic maintenance. The best maintenance(More)
It has recently emerged that endothelial dysfunction is an early step in the development of atherosclerosis and is mainly characterised by a reduction in the bioavailability of nitric oxide. All of the traditional cardiovascular (CV) risk factors (dyslipidemia, arterial hypertension, hyperglycemia and diabetes) are associated with endothelial dysfunction,(More)
BACKGROUND Pharmacological treatment for diabetic polyneuropathy (DP) has shown limited benefit; frequency-modulated electrical stimulation (FREMS) has shown positive results in pain control and nerve conduction velocity in DP. OBJECTIVE To investigate the effects of FREMS vs transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) on the release of vascular(More)
PGHS (cyclooxygenase, prostaglandin endoperoxide synthase, 8.11,14-icosatrienoate hydrogen donor oxygen oxidoreductase, EC is a bifunctional, membrane-bound hemoprotein that catalyzes both the bisoxygenation of arachidonic acid to form PGG2 and the peroxidative reduction of PGG2 to form PGH2. Recently two forms of cyclooxygenase have been(More)
This paper presents a ‘Lexicographic’ Goal Programming (LGP) approach to define the best strategies for the maintenance of critical centrifugal pumps in an oil refinery. For each pump failure mode, the model allows to take into account the maintenance policy burden in terms of inspection or repair and in terms of the manpower involved, linking them to(More)
OBJECTIVES The aims of this study were to assess bone metabolism in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients and to evaluate potential differences between Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) with respect to the mechanisms underlying bone loss in this group of diseases. DESIGN AND SETTING This was a cross-sectional study which started in(More)
Normal subjects and patients with adult-onset diabetes received 10 gm. of aspirin in four days. On the fourth day, the fasting serum glucose and the glucose response to oral glucose were decreased in both groups. These changes were associated with increased levels of serum insulin and pancreatic glucagon, although the glucagon responses to oral glucose were(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Because in vitro studies have shown that nimesulide not only preferentially inhibits COX-2 but also reduces the action/release of pro-inflammatory cytokines, down-regulates the synthesis and/or activity of collagenase(s), and releases reactive oxygen species and other toxic substances from neutrophils, this study investigated whether(More)