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The powerful effect of psychosocial and acculturating influences on population blood pressure trends seems to be confirmed, through longitudinal observations, in the nuns in a secluded order. After initial observations had been made on culture, body form, blood pressure, diet, and other variables in 144 nuns and 138 lay women, included as a control group, a(More)
BACKGROUND Despite recent evidence, the role of uric acid as a causal factor in the pathogenesis and progression of kidney disease remains controversial, partly because of the inclusion in epidemiologic studies of patients with hypertension, diabetes, and/or proteinuria. STUDY DESIGN Prospective observational cohort. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS 900 healthy(More)
BACKGROUND Microalbuminuria has been linked to cardiovascular (CV) risk in patients with diabetes or hypertension, and in an unselected general population; serum uric acid (UA) is emerging as a novel risk factor for CV disease. The aim of our study was to evaluate the prevalence of excess microalbuminuria and its relation to established CV risk factors and(More)
The powerful effect of psychosocial and acculturating influences on population blood pressure trends seems to be confirmed, through longitudinal observations, in the nuns in a secluded order. After initial observation had been made on culture, body form, blood pressure, diet, and other variables in 144 nuns and 138 laywomen, included as a control group, a(More)
30-year data are presented on blood pressure and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality for 144 nuns living in a secluded order in six nunnerlie in Umbria, central Italy and 138 lay women from the same region. There were no significant differences at baseline regarding age, blood pressure, body mass index, race, ethnic background, menarche, family history(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiovascular (CV) disease is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in chronic hemodialysis (HD) patients. Inflammation is a potent risk factor for CV disease in the general population. Recent evidence suggests infection, particularly with agents such as Chlamydia pneumoniae (C.pneumoniae) and Helicobacter pylori (H.pylori), as a source(More)
Aim of our study was to ascertain, prospectively, whether serum uric acid is a suitable predictor of preeclampsia and/or the delivery of small-for-gestational-age infants in women with gestational hypertension. We screened 206 primiparas, with a singleton pregnancy, referred for recent onset of hypertension. At presentation, we measured serum uric acid,(More)
A previously healthy 34-year-old Caucasian man was referred to our outpatient clinic, due to an accidental finding of nephrotic range proteinuria (11.5 g/24 h). His uri-nalysis had been completely normal 1 year earlier. He reported having had a 'sore throat' ∼6 weeks earlier, treated with amoxicillin for 5 days. He denied any recent travel and sexual(More)
—Aim of our study was to ascertain, prospectively, whether serum uric acid is a suitable predictor of preeclampsia and/or the delivery of small-for-gestational-age infants in women with gestational hypertension. We screened 206 primiparas, with a singleton pregnancy, referred for recent onset of hypertension. At presentation, we measured serum uric acid,(More)
BACKGROUND Severe hyperhomocysteinemia is common in hemodialysis patients, who also present a dramatic increase in plasma concentrations of sulfate, one of the main products of methionine and cysteine catabolism. The aim of this study was to verify the relationship between high plasma sulfate levels and cysteine or homocysteine concentrations in(More)