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Adiponectin influences insulin sensitivity and lipid metabolism, but it is not clear whether these effects are correlated with fat mass or distribution. We studied the relationship between plasma adiponectin and leptin levels, insulin sensitivity, and serum lipids by a cross-sectional study (n = 242 subjects) and by an intervention study (95 of 242) to(More)
Some previous studies have documented an increase in lipoprotein (a) [Lp(a)] levels in renal diseases. Here, we report data in subjects with end-stage renal failure treated with hemodialysis (HD) or with continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) and in renal transplant recipients (RTR), compared with a group of normolipidemic controls (C). Lp(a)(More)
Several studies suggest that diabetes is associated with a hypercoagulable state. Therefore determination of thrombin-antithrombin complex (TAT) could represent a sensitive parameter for specific detection of a latent activation of the clotting system. The present study documents increased plasma TAT in a heterogeneous group of non-insulin-dependent(More)
Objective of the study was to identify predictive factors of response to treatment with interferon in patients with anti-HCV positive chronic liver disease. 92 anti-HCV positive patients, 51 with chronic hepatitis and 41 with active cirrhosis, were treated for 12 months with recombinant alpha 2a interferon at a starting dose of 6 MU TIW/6 months, followed(More)
Post-prandial profiles of plasma lipids and apoproteins have been studied in 13 hypertriglyceridaemic patients and in 24 normolipidaemic subjects who acted as controls. Triglyceride curves were different in the two groups: type IV patients reached the peak later than the controls (7-h vs 4 1/2-h) and cleared plasma triglycerides more slowly. The magnitude(More)
The authors evaluated the usefulness of the psychological therapy in addition to usual diet treatment. Fifty subjects with severe obesity, have been randomly assigned to two different treatment groups: a) diet; b) diet plus psychotherapy. At the end of the study only the patients treated with diet plus psychotherapy showed any highly significant body weight(More)
The reduction in gallbladder motility could play an important role in the pathogenesis of cholesterinic lithiasis by favouring the precipitation of cholesterol crystals, especially in obese subjects who, as is well known, present a greater biliary secretion of cholesterol. In the present study we evaluated, by ultrasonography, the emptying capacity of(More)
A case is presented of Whipple's disease with mild gastrointestinal symptoms. Abdominal ultrasonography and breath test after lactose load were of great help in the diagnostic phase and follow-up. Ultrasonography showed dilated and thickened ansae and abdominal lymph nodes which were considerably increased in volume and markedly hyperechoic; this latter(More)
18 type II diabetes mellitus patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) have been studied. Tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) antigen and activity, plasminogen activator inhibitor (PAI) antigen and activity, thrombin-antithrombin III (TAT) complexes were determined in blood samples. Diabetic CAD patients showed higher TAT levels with clearly increased PAI(More)
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