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BACKGROUND Little is known about the role of asymptomatic bacteriuria (AB) treatment in young women affected by recurrent urinary tract infection (UTI). We aimed to evaluate the impact of AB treatment on the recurrence rate among young women affected by recurrent UTI. METHODS A total of 673 consecutive asymptomatic young women with demonstrated(More)
PURPOSE To test whole brain apparent diffusion coefficient histogram analysis as an alternative approach to visual score for the assessment of leukoaraiosis (LA). MATERIALS AND METHODS T2 and diffusion weighted images were obtained in 15 elderly patients. LA extension was assessed on T2 weighted images by two observers using a semiquantitative visual(More)
Inherent cellular radioresistance plays a critical role in the failure of radiation therapy (RT). The proto-oncogene bcl-2 encodes a protein that inhibits apoptosis, a common mechanism of cell death induced by several genotoxic agents, including gamma-radiation. Thus, it is likely that bcl-2 gene expression could be involved in the complex mechanisms of(More)
Our experiments, carried out at night and during the day on adults and laboratory-born young of the sandhopper Talitrus saltator, deal with the identification and use of the moon as an orientating factor. Sandhoppers were released in an apparatus (a Plexiglas dome) that produced a scenario similar to the natural one (with artificial sky, moon or sun(More)
The assessment of cough threshold and intensity is important in respiratory medicine. We have developed a method for objectively and noninvasively assessing cough threshold and intensity of expiratory muscle efforts in response to inhalation of ultrasonically nebulized distilled water (UNDW). Thirty (83%) out of 36 volunteers studied coughed in response to(More)
The authors developed a program for the computer-assisted identification of mycobacteria using the results of conventional laboratory tests, and founding it on an empirical probability matrix largely based on published data. The program performance was assessed both in a retrospective study and in a prospective one. In the former, 6184 recorded laboratory(More)
There is great interest in developing reliable biomarkers to support antemortem diagnosis of late-onset Alzheimer's disease (AD). Early prediction and diagnosis of AD might be improved by the detection of a proteolytic dysfunction in extracts from cultured AD fibroblasts, producing altered isoelectrophoretic forms of the enzyme transketolase (TK-alkaline(More)
It was the aim of this pilot study to investigate effects of motor activity on psychosocial and functional-physical conditions (using an assisted multidimensional questionnaire) of 53 (39 female, 14 male) free living elderly and old subjects in Florence, Italy. In addition, ADL (test of Activities of Daily Living) and Pfeiffer test (short portable mental(More)
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