Simonetta Ballali

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The ingestion of foreign bodies causing esophageal injuries is a common event, mostly in children's population. The aim of the present paper is to present foreign body (FB) ingestion cases observed in a five-year period at the Children's Hospital Gutierrez, Buenos Aires, Argentina and to compare the main findings with data coming from other well-known case(More)
Nutrition labelling on food products represents an important tool for promoting healthy eating in consumers, and to guarantee transparency and clarity on products' characteristics. In an ideal scenario, consumers' better understanding and subsequently better compliance to nutritional facts would result in healthier choices, which could lead to an improved(More)
BACKGROUND The hypothesis underlying this work is that the social network of a child might have an impact on the alimentary behaviors, in particular for what concerns snack consumption patterns. METHODS 1215 Italian children 6-10 ys old were interviewed using a CATI facility in January 2010. 608 "snackers" and 607 "no-snackers" were identified.(More)
BACKGROUND The inclusion of toys in food packages is a common marketing practice, and it is suspected of promoting obesogenic behaviours. This study aimed to determine whether toys packaged with food are indeed increasing the amount of food eaten by children, and if this effect is enhanced by contemporary exposure to TV and/or advertising. METHODS A total(More)
Together with olive and soybean, canola is one of the most important and diffuse oilseed crops. Due to high oleic acid and antioxidant contents, canola oil shows positive effects on cholesterol, glycemic control, blood pressure and cancer. For these reasons, canola oil can be considered an important food-resource: future scientific research is expected to(More)
Children nutrition in early life plays a relevant role not only in general health but also in development, with special regards to school performances and attention. Desarrollo Integral de la Juventud Oaxaqueña (DIJO) is a non-governmental association which since 1993 has developed programs directed towards the education of children, youth and families in(More)
Objective: To assess the economic impact of the introduction of trastuzumab and lapatinib, as 1st and 2nd line treatment of HER-2 (Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2)-positive mBC (metastatic breast cancer) patients in Veneto region (NorthEast of Italy). Methods: A Markov state decision model was implemented to evaluate the cost impact of trastuzumab(More)
Obesity has become, nowadays, a global concern affecting both developed and developing countries. Nutrition and physical activity represent the major factors influencing energy balance and subsequently weight status. Deciding toward an appropriate intake of all nutrients is seen as necessary to maintain a wholesome lifestyle: among nutrients, sugar plays a(More)
Portion size of food and drink products is an important factor when providing nutrition information for food labeling purposes. The present study was conducted in order to understand more about consumer attitudes and understanding of portion size information on food and drink products. An experimental trial was performed on mothers and one of their(More)
Objective: To evaluate the impact of multitargeted tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKI) considering 1 st and 2 nd line treatment for a full period of 3 years in the eligible patients of Veneto Region. Methods: A Markov state decision model was selected to evaluate the cost impact of sunitinib and sorafenib use for a lapse of time of three years in Veneto public(More)