Nikolaos Samaras

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PURPOSE To compare the activity and tolerability of docetaxel/gemcitabine (DG) and vinorelbine/cisplatin (VC) combinations in chemotherapy-naive non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with advanced NSCLC were randomly assigned to receive either DG (gemcitabine 1,000 mg/m(2) [days 1 and 8] plus docetaxel 100 mg/m(2) [day(More)
Older patients account for up to a quarter of all emergency department (ED) visits. Atypical clinical presentation of illness, a high prevalence of cognitive disorders, and the presence of multiple comorbidities complicate their evaluation and management. Increased frailty, delayed diagnosis, and greater illness severity contribute to a higher risk of(More)
Interaction with the immune system is one of the most recently established nonclassic effects of vitamin D (VitD). For many years, this was considered to be limited to granulomatous diseases in which synthesis of active 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25(OH)2D3) or calcitriol is known to be increased. However, recent reports have supported a role for(More)
PURPOSE To compare the overall survival (OS) of patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treated with docetaxel plus cisplatin (DC) or docetaxel (D) alone. PATIENTS AND METHODS Chemotherapy-naïve patients with advanced/metastatic NSCLC were randomly assigned to receive either DC (n = 167; docetaxel 100 mg/m(2) on day 1, cisplatin 80(More)
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and its sulfate ester are the most abundant steroids in humans. DHEA levels fall with age in men and women, reaching values sometimes as low as 10%-20% of those encountered in young individuals. This age-related decrease suggests an "adrenopause" phenomenon. Studies point toward several potential roles of DHEA, mainly through(More)
Vitamins and trace elements are essential to the body, however, deficiencies are frequently observed in the general population. Diet is mostly responsible for these deficiencies but drugs also may play a significant role by influencing their metabolism. These effects are rarely assessed in clinical practice, in part because of limited data available in the(More)
Abstract Testosterone replacement therapy is often equated with the macho male physique and virility and is viewed by some as an antiaging tonic. The growth in testosterone's reputation and its increased use by men of all ages has seemed to outpace the scientific evidences. This review will aim to examine the uncertainty regarding the nature and the(More)
Given demographic evolution of the population in modern societies, one of the most important health care needs is successful aging with less frailty and dependency. During the last 20 years, a multitude of anti-aging practices have appeared worldwide, aiming at retarding or even stopping and reversing the effects of aging on the human body. One of the(More)
BACKGROUND The number of nonagenarians is rising dramatically. These patients often develop severe aortic stenosis for which transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is an attractive option. The aim of this study was to analyze the outcome of TAVI performed in a cohort of nonagenarian patients. METHODS Between August 2008 and November 2012, 23(More)
n engl j med 366;3 nejm.org january 19, 2012 e6 A 74-year-old woman with chronic renal failure was admitted for diarrhea and functional impairment. She was noted to have a tender, soft swelling of the medial and distal phalanx of the right index finger (Panel A). She had no history of joint inflammation or any recent use of diuretics but reported consuming(More)