Sergio Paladini

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BACKGROUND B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) represents a promising predictor of early (30 days) re-admission in patients with heart failure (HF) admitted to cardiology units. Whether BNP retains its predictive value in unselected patients admitted to general medical wards is unknown. METHODS We determined BNP levels on admission and pre-discharge in 100(More)
Limbic encephalitis (LE) is a neurological syndrome that may present in association with cancer, infection, or as an isolate clinical condition often accompanying autoimmune disorders. Here we have characterized the clinical and laboratory features of two patients presenting with subacute onset, and chronic evolution, of anterograde amnesia and(More)
BACKGROUND Vitamin D is involved in immune regulation in humans. Vitamin D serum deficiency is reported to be common in hospitalized patients, especially among Intensive Care Unit (ICU) patients. Our aim was to evaluate the relationship between vitamin D levels in septic patients and outcome. METHODS A total of 170 patients were studied, of which 92 were(More)
Abstract Aims/hypothesis. This study sought first to compare the pharmacodynamics and pharmocokinetics of two rapid-onset, rapidly-reversible insulinotropic agents, nateglinide and repaglinide, in pre-diabetic Cynomolgus monkeys and second to use these agents to assess the metabolic effects of early insulin secretion on prandial glucose control. Methods.(More)
OBJECTIVES The Urinary Bladder Cancer (UBC) test is a marker that detects urinary fragments of cytokeratin 8 and 18. The aim of this study is to evaluate the usefulness of the pre and post operative UBC test to detect early recurrences of a bladder tumor in the first year after the transurethral resection of a bladder tumor. MATERIALS AND METHODS A(More)
The effects of Amiodarone (1000-1400 mg/week, for a period ranging from 3 to 24 months) on thyroid gland function were studied in 45 patients with heart disease, using a new method of free thyroid hormone assay. Forty-four untreated patients and 11 normal subjects were used as controls. In treated patients the prevalence of dysthyroidism was 22,2% (15,6%(More)