Silvia Vierucci

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate serum levels of osteoprotegerin (OPG) and receptor activator of nuclear factor kB-ligand (RANK-L) in patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA); to correlate these values with disease activity variables, radiological bone damage, and bone mass; and to correlate OPG gene polymorphisms with bone mass. METHODS Eighty-four(More)
OBJECTIVE Emerging evidence from in vitro studies and mouse genetics attributes to osteoprotegerin (OPG), a member of the tumor necrosis factor receptor family, an important role in vascular biology. We evaluated serum levels of OPG in a group of children with Kawasaki disease (KD), before immunoglobulin (IVIG) infusion and at 3-month followup. METHODS(More)
A more detailed knowledge of dental and craniofacial features in hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (HED) during childhood is needed in order to include these characteristics among diagnostic criteria. The present study comprised 5 HED children, 4 males and 1 female, during the primary dentition phase. Clinical and radiological dental findings consisted of(More)
N-nitroso compounds are carcinogens that can be ingested directly or synthesized from nitrites and nitrates. The possible role of N-nitroso compounds in the induction of upper aerodigestive tract tumours was considered in a case-control study conducted in the Valle d'Aosta, an Italian region with a high incidence of these neoplasms. Nitrate, nitrite, labile(More)
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