Michele Fusillo

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OBJECTIVES To assess the rate of intrafamilial transmission of Helicobacter pylori infection in the general population and the role of a family's social background. DESIGN Population survey. SETTING Campogalliano, a town in northern Italy with about 5000 residents. PARTICIPANTS 3289 residents, accounting for 416 families. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES(More)
BACKGROUND Helicobacter pylori causes gastric inflammation secondary to the mucosal release of cytokines and tumour necrosis factor-alpha. AIMS To investigate whether serum levels of tumor necrosis factor-alpha correlate with Helicobacter pylori infection, CagA antibodies, 13C-urea breath test results, endoscopic, and histological findings. METHODS(More)
BACKGROUND Use of synbiotic preparations as dietary supplement is believed to be a valid approach to restore and maintain colonic microflora. However, only few papers have been published on the assessment of these food supplements and none of them have used molecular biology techniques to evaluate the effects of the probiotic components. METHODS Twelve(More)
In a survey of 129 diabetic patients and 142 normal individuals, a significantly higher percentage of positive reactions in the fluorescent treponemal antibody-200 (FTA-200) test was found among diabetic patients than in the normal population. Absorption of all FTA-200-reactive sera with an extract of Reiter's treponeme eliminated most of the positive(More)