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A system for digital measurement of microscope photometric signals, based on Voltage to Frequency Conversion (VFC) and suitable for automatic data processing, has been devised. Advantages and disadvantages are illustrated with special emphasis on the comparison between photocurrent measuring and photon counting techniques. A statistical analysis of the(More)
This retrospective study investigated the effects of rituximab in 19 pediatric patients (15 girls and 4 boys) with chronic refractory symptomatic immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). Patients received from 2 to 5 weekly infusions of rituximab (375 mg/m(2)); 15 patients were younger than 12 years when treated. The median follow-up time was 30 months(More)
Childhood obesity and its related comorbidities are increasingly recognised in children, predisposing them to early cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome. The objective of the study was to investigate markers of metabolism, inflammation and haemostasis in a group of Italian obese children and adolescents. Fifty-nine obese and 40 non-obese subjects(More)
The most important reasons cited by the opponents of vaccines are concerns about vaccine safety. Unlike issues such as autism for which no indisputable documentation of direct relationship with vaccine use is available, immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP) is an adverse event that can really follow vaccine administration, and may limit vaccine use because(More)
In this paper we propose a model to represent and manage affective/emotional feedback. This model represents a set of emotions which is assumed to play a major role for learning processes. The emotions are to be identified during the learning phase. To achieve these objectives, we have considered primarily: i) Methods and techniques to assess and identify(More)
The proliferative activity of bone marrow cells was studied in 24 patients with primary dysmyelopoiesis by means of flow cytometry and 3H-TdR autoradiography. Abnormal DNA content was found in two cases with aneuploid karyotypes. DNA content typical of a diploid population was observed in all patients with normal karyotype and in three patients with(More)
BACKGROUND Rendu-Osler-Weber syndrome, or hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT), is an autosomal dominant vascular disorder. The syndrome is characterized by telangiectases and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) affecting skin, mucosae and internal organs. AVMs often remain clinically silent until provoking sudden serious complications, responsible(More)
Exhaled nitric oxide (eNO) levels are correlated with several markers of atopy and inflammatory activity in the airways, but the relationship between eNO and total serum IgE has not been fully elucidated in the context of allergic sensitization. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between eNO, total serum IgE and allergic sensitization(More)
The most frequent forms of inherited thrombocytopenia (IT) are characterized by platelet size abnormalities and it has been suggested that this parameter is useful for their differentiation from immune thrombocytopenia (ITP). Recently, a monocentric study identified cut-off values for mean platelet volume (MPV) and mean platelet diameter (MPD) with good(More)
We evaluated the capacity of peripheral CD4+ T helper cells in four Common Variable Immunodeficiency (CVI) patients to secrete interleukin-4 (IL-4) and IL-5. While in control CD4+ T cells, stimulated via CD3 and cultured in presence of IL-2 or IL-15, a 10 fold increased production of IL-5 (146 +/- 30; 142 +/- 25 pg/ml) was found, a 4 fold increment of this(More)