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OBJECTIVES To compare serum levels of the receptor for advanced glycation end products (sRAGE) between multiple sclerosis (MS) patients and healthy control subjects, and to investigate whether serum sRAGE levels correlate with MS disease severity as indicated by the Kurtzke Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS). METHOD 37 patients with clinical(More)
A study was carried out in 68 chronic schizophrenic out-patients to assess the therapeutic effectiveness and tolerance of long-term maintenance treatment with a depot preparation of clopenthixol decanoate. Patients received 200 mg to 600 mg doses by intramuscular injection every 2 to 3 weeks for a mean treatment period of 20.3 months. Clinical(More)
Thermography registers thermal radiations emitted by a body on the infrared frequency. It has recently been used increasingly in medicine for the study of the thermal distribution of the skin coating. This study was carried out on 66 patients with idiopathic scoliosis who presented different degrees of curvature in different sites. In 94% of the cases an(More)
Introduction In acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), intraabdominal hypertension (IAH) increases intra-thoracic pressures, leading atelectasis and deterioration of respiratory mechanics and gas-exchange. The optimal setting of mechanical ventilation (MV) and its impact on respiratory function and ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI) in ARDS(More)
BACKGROUND/AIM Aim of the present study is to assess, according to the guidelines of the Maastricht Consensus Conference, the appropriateness and diagnostic yield of upper gastrointestinal endoscopy in an open-access endoscopy system, in order to evaluate the diffusion of knowledge about Helicobacter pylori among different types of physicians. METHODS(More)
Introduction Acute exacerbations of pulmonary emphysema lead to increased morbidity, mortality and, in some cases, requirement of invasive mechanical ventilation (MV) [1]. So far, no study has compared the biological impact of pressurecontrolled ventilation (PCV) versus pressure-support ventilation (PSV) in experimental emphysema. Our aims were to develop(More)
In South Italy chronic hepatitis is characterized by high frequency of HBsAg positivity, male prevalence and infrequent presence of clinical signs of autoimmunity. To clarify some etiologic aspects of HBsAg negative chronic hepatitis, immunofluorescent tests for ANA, AMA, SMA and for liver membrane antibody (LMA) were performed on the sera of 116(More)
Introduction Emphysema is characterized by irreversible enlargement of the airspaces distal to the terminal bronchiole, accompanied by destruction of their walls, and impairment of cardiac function. Acute exacerbation of emphysema leads to increased morbidity, mortality and, in some cases, requirement of invasive mechanical ventilation (MV). So far, no(More)