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This study is an open-label trial on a sample of 76 consecutive patients with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) osteoarthritis treated with a cycle of five weekly arthrocenteses plus hyaluronic acid injections. Patients had a diagnosis of osteoarthritis according to the Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders (RDC/TMD Axis I Group IIIb).(More)
Objective: For adolescent thalassaemic patients, parenteral iron-chelation therapy is still a burden and a major reason for unsatisfactory compliance. The introduction of a new pharmaceutical preparation of deferoxamine (Desferal) claimed to be better tolerated was accompanied by an epidemiological study on the quality of care and life of the Italian(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of the present study was to evaluate the association between temporomandibular joint (TMJ) effusion and disk displacement by means of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. METHODS One hundred and ninety-four patients were included in the study and underwent a bilateral MR of the TMJ at both closed mouth and maximum mouth opening positions.(More)
The aim of the study was to characterize the audiological consequences of congenital cytomegalovirus infection (CMV) and to evaluate the outcome of rehabilitation with hearing aids and/or cochlear implant (CI), associated with an adequate speech–language therapy. A retrospective review of data was made from a total of 16 infants, affected by severe to(More)
OBJECTIVES To identify the predictive variables affecting the outcome after radical surgery for bladder cancer by a newer statistical methodology, i.e. nonparametric combination (NPC). METHODS A multicenter study enrolled 1,312 patients who had undergone radical cystectomy for bladder cancer in 11 Italian oncological centers from January 1982 to December(More)
The aim of this work is to evaluate the importance of the landscape in the wine quality perception, using a statistical method called Conjoint Analysis (Gustafsson at al., 2001). For this goal we developed a questionnaire which was evaluated on its reliability and on its correspondence to the research objective. Preliminary results proved the 'logical'(More)
BACKGROUND High blood levels of coagulation factor VII are associated with a risk of ischemic vascular disease. Although factor VII levels may be genetically determined, the relation between genetic polymorphisms of factor VII, factor VII blood levels, and the risk of myocardial infarction has not been established. METHODS We performed a case-control(More)
The aim of the study was to compare the effectiveness of two single-session protocols, either adopting high- (protocol A) or medium-molecular weight hyaluronic acid (protocol B), with the reference five-session protocol of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) lavage plus viscosupplementation (protocol C) in the management of chronic TMJ degenerative disorders. A(More)
The topic of Multiple Comparison Procedures (MCPs) is receiving nowadays a growing theoretical and applicative attention in both industrial and scientific problems. This issue arises when we consider a response variable of interest and we wish to compare more than two treatments in order to find out possible significant differences among them. In this paper(More)
This paper looks at permutation methods used to deal with hypothesis testing within the survival analysis framework. In the literature, several attempts have been made to deal with the comparison of survival curves and, depending on the survival and hazard functions of two groups, they can be more or less efficient in detecting differences. Furthermore, in(More)