Sergio Alagna

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Women at high risk for breast cancer were compared to low risk women with respect to frequency of breast self-examination (BSE), knowledge and quality of BSE, and attitudinal variables. The women at high risk did not practice BSE more frequently than women at low risk, although they were more knowledgeable about BSE, more focused on breast cancer, and less(More)
BACKGROUND Urgent late complications of biliopancreatic diversion (BPD) are rare and often require the experience of a bariatric surgery team for their immediate resolution. METHODS The present work analyzes the incidence of emergency surgical conditions in a group of 138 patients who had undergone classical BPD, with a mean follow-up of 60 months (24-96)(More)
Fluoxetine hydrochloride, a specific inhibitor of serotonin reuptake, was given orally to five adult males to study its effect on fasting and insulin-stimulated release of PRL. A 3-day course of fluoxetine (30 mg daily) had no demonstrable effect on fasting PRL levels. Fluoxetine significantly enhanced insulin-induced PRL release. These data suggest that(More)
The effects of the oral administration of nomifensine, which inhibits endogenous cathecolamine re-uptake, on secretion of prolactin and cortisol were investigated in 12 normal subjects. In all the volunteers, a significant decrease of prolactin levels was observed following nomifensine administration. Cortisol levels were unaffected by this pharmacological(More)
BACKGROUND Prepubertal patients receiving chemotherapy are relatively resistant to cyclophosphamide-induced germinal cell alterations. OBJECTIVE To study the possible protective effect of testosterone used to inhibit germinal cell activity in men who are receiving cyclophosphamide. DESIGN Randomized, clinical trial. SETTING University medical center.(More)
OBJECTIVE Data on parathyroid function in patients with homozygous beta-thalassaemia are discordant. Moreover, there is no report on the effects of sexual steroid treatment on bone metabolism in these patients. METHODS Serum parathyroid hormone (PTH), calcitonin (CT) and osteocalcin (GLA protein) levels were measured in 121 patients. Thirty-three(More)
Seventy-three women attending a health fair completed a questionnaire that measured demographic and health history variables, knowledge, and current practice of breast self-examination (BSE), Multidimensional Health Locus of Control (MHLC; Wallston, Wallston, & DeVellis, 1978), and components of the Health Belief Model (HBM; Rosenstock, 1974) in relation to(More)
The effect of synthetic LHRH on plasma concentrations of LH, FSH, testosterone and testosterone response to i.v. HCG was studied in fifteen normal men and in fifteen men with impotence. The mean basal concentrations of LH, FSH and testosterone in the men with impotence were not significantly different from those of the normal group. A normal response of(More)
Elevated plasma concentrations and abnormal secretory patterns of GH have been found in patients with cirrhosis of the liver. Displacement of brain dopaminergic monoamines by false "neurotransmitters' produced in the gut has been postulated as a cause of encephalopathy. In this study basal GH plasma levels and their response to TRH and L-DOPA were(More)