Roberta Fusco

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The aim of this study was to investigate the discrimination power of standard long-term heart rate variability (HRV) measures for the diagnosis of chronic heart failure (CHF). The authors performed a retrospective analysis on four public Holter databases, analyzing the data of 72 normal subjects and 44 patients suffering from CHF. To assess the(More)
Obesity is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. A number of adipocytokines are increased in obesity causing low-level chronic inflammation associated with an increased risk of tumors. The adipocytokine leptin shows profound anti-obesity and pro-inflammatory activities. We have hypothesized that in common obesity, high circulating leptin(More)
OBJECTIVE Report the preliminary results on electrochemotherapy (ECT) in the treatment of locally advanced pancreatic cancer of a phase I/II study and described the new functional imaging tools to assess ECT response in Magnetic Resonance (MR) imaging compared to morphological Computer Tomography (CT), ultrasound (US) without and with contrast enhancement(More)
BACKGROUND Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients treated with percutaneous ablation require close follow-up for early detecting and treating tumor recurrence. PURPOSE To illustrate our single-center prospective experience on using contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) as a follow-up tool alternated with computed tomography (CT). MATERIAL AND METHODS In(More)
To investigate the potential of DCE-MRI to discriminate responders from non-responders after neoadjuvant chemo-radiotherapy (CRT) for locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC). We investigated several shape parameters for the time-intensity curve (TIC) in order to identify the best combination of parameters between two linear parameter classifiers. Seventy-four(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of our study was to evaluate the diagnostic value of an imaging protocol combining dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) and diffusion-weighted MRI (DW-MRI) in patients with suspicious breast lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS A total of 31 breast lesions (15 malignant and 16 benign proved by histological examination) in 26 female(More)
Our aim was to evaluate the surgical impact of preoperative MRI in young patients. We reviewed a single-institution database of 283 consecutive patients below 40 years of age and who were treated for breast cancer. Thirty-seven (13 %) patients who received neoadjuvant chemotherapy were excluded. The remaining 246 patients included 124 (50 %) who(More)
Computer systems for Electrocardiogram (ECG) analysis support the clinician in tedious tasks (e.g., Holter ECG monitored in Intensive Care Units) or in prompt detection of dangerous events (e.g., ventricular fibrillation). Together with clinical applications (arrhythmia detection and heart rate variability analysis), ECG is currently being investigated in(More)
Accurate location of small breast lesions is mandatory for proper surgical management. The purpose of this article is systematically review procedures used to locate non-palpable breast lesions, including a description of the current status, advantages, and disadvantages for each technique. A total of 47 articles were finally included: 7 articles for the(More)
Parathyroid hormone increased basal adenyl cyclase activity and that increase was inhibited by prostaglandin E(1) (PGE(1)). Tissue cyclic 3',5'-adenosine monophosphate (cyclic AMP) concentrations were increased by parathyroid hormone and that increase was likewise inhibited by PGE(1). Both parathyroid hormone and dibutyryl cyclic AMP increased (32)P(More)