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Maria Grazia Piccioni, Lucia Riganelli, Valentina Filippi, Eliana Fuggetta, Vanessa Colagiovanni, Ludovica Imperiale, Jlenia Caccetta, Pierluigi Benedetti Panici, Maria Grazia Porpora
PURPOSE: To compare sonohysterosalpingography (sono-HSG) with foam instillation (HyFoSy) versus saline solution (HyCoSy) in the evaluation of tubal patency. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled 37 infertile women, scheduled for laparoscopy. The women were randomized into two groups: HyFoSy (group I) and HyCoSy (group II). The patients of both groups underwent laparoscopy with dye test. We assessed the diagnostic performance (sensitivity, specificity, and overall accuracy) of HyFoSy and HyCoSy, compared with laparoscopy and dye test, in the assessment of tubal patency...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
Salvatore Giovanni Vitale, Valentina Lucia La Rosa, Agnese Maria Chiara Rapisarda, Antonio Simone Laganà
The aim of this work is to propose a brief comment about the role of psychology in the cases of infertility and assisted reproductive treatments with particular reference to the Italian situation.
October 18, 2016: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Salvatore Giovanni Vitale, Valentina Lucia La Rosa, Agnese Maria Chiara Rapisarda, Antonio Simone Laganà
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 18, 2016: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Antonio Simone Laganà, Salvatore Giovanni Vitale, Valentina Lucia La Rosa, Agnese Maria Chiara Rapisarda
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 18, 2016: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Salvatore Giovanni Vitale, Valentina Lucia La Rosa, Agnese Maria Chiara Rapisarda, Antonio Simone Laganà
The aim of this work is to propose a brief comment about the impact of endometriosis on quality of life and psychological well-being of women affected.
October 18, 2016: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Salvatore Giovanni Vitale, Valentina Lucia La Rosa, Agnese Maria Chiara Rapisarda, Antonio Simone Laganà
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 18, 2016: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Marco D'Aurora, Samantha Sperduti, Giovanna Di Emidio, Liborio Stuppia, Paolo Giovanni Artini, Valentina Gatta
The somatic component of follicular structure is a mixture of different cell types, represented by Granulosa cells (GCs) that are the paracrine regulators of the oocyte growth. GCs finely support this process by a continuous bidirectional talk with oocyte, which ensure oocyte quality and competence. Specific pathways are involved in the cross-talk and in both GCs and oocyte development. This review summarizes data from GCs gene expression analysis concerning both their physiological role and their interaction with oocyte...
October 18, 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
Mukundh N Balasubramanian, Nejc Rački, José Gonçalves, Katarina Kovač, Magda T Žnidarič, Valentina Turk, Maja Ravnikar, Ion Gutiérrez-Aguirre
Currently, around 50% of the world's population lives in towns and cities within 100 km of the coast. Monitoring of viruses that are frequently present in contaminated coastal environments, such as rotavirus (RoV) and norovirus (NoV), which are also the major cause of human viral gastroenteritis, is essential to ensure the safe use of these water bodies. Since exposure to as few as 10-100 particles of RoV or NoV may induce gastrointestinal disease, there is a need to develop a rapid and sensitive diagnostic method for their detection in coastal water samples...
October 8, 2016: Water Research
Marialaura Di Tella, Ada Ghiggia, Valentina Tesio, Annunziata Romeo, Fabrizio Colonna, Enrico Fusaro, Riccardo Torta, Lorys Castelli
BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic pain syndrome with a high prevalence of alexithymia, a personality disposition that affects emotional self-awareness. The present study aimed to investigate the relationship between alexithymia and pain, differentiating between the sensory and affective components of pain experience, in a sample of FM patients. METHODS: One hundred and fifty-nine FM patients completed a battery of tests assessing pain experience, pain intensity, alexithymia and psychological distress...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
Anna Maria Pinto, Valentina Imperatore, Laura Bianciardi, Margherita Baldassarri, Paolo Galluzzi, Simone Furini, Giovanni Centini, Alessandra Renieri, Francesca Mari
Orofacial clefts are the most common congenital craniofacial anomalies and can occur as an isolated defect or be associated with other anomalies such as posterior fossa anomalies as a part of several genetic syndromes. We report two consecutive voluntary pregnancy interruptions in a nonconsanguineous couple following the fetal ultrasound finding of cleft lip and palate and posterior fossa anomalies confirmed by means of post-termination examination on the second fetus. The quantitative fluorescent PCR, the karyotype, and the comparative genomic hybridization-array analysis after amniocentesis were normal...
October 4, 2016: Clinical Dysmorphology
Giovanni Ciancio, Manuela Ferracin, Elena Saccenti, Valentina Bagnari, Ilaria Farina, Federica Furini, Elisa Galuppi, Barbara Zagatti, Francesco Trotta, Massimo Negrini, Marcello Govoni
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the micro-RNA (miRNA) expression profile in patients with early psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in order to assess the role of miRNAs as potential PsA biomarkers. METHODS: The expression of 723 mature miRNAs in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of early PsA patients in comparison with early-rheumatoid arthritis (ERA) patients and healthy controls (HC) was evaluated using a miRNA microarray. All patients had active disease and were naïve from treatment...
October 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Valentina Giuffra, Simona Minozzi, Angelica Vitiello, Antonio Fornaciari
OBJECTIVES: Throughout history, gout has been referred to as the "disease of the kings", and has been clearly associated with the lifestyle of the aristocratic social classes. According to the written sources, several members of the famous Medici family of Florence suffered from an arthritic disease that contemporary physicians called "gout". A paleopathological study carried out on the skeletal remains of some members of the family, exhumed from their tombs in the Church of San Lorenzo in Florence, offered a unique opportunity to directly investigate the evidence of the arthritic diseases affecting this elite group...
September 7, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Valentina Di Gialleonardo, Sui Seng Tee, Hannah N Aldeborgh, Vesselin Z Miloushev, Lidia S Cunha, George D Sukenick, Kayvan R Keshari
Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy is used in metabolomics to perform quantitative profiling of low-molecular weight compounds from biological specimens. The measurement of endogenous metabolites using NMR can identify new metabolic biomarkers in physiological and pathological conditions, and assess treatment response. In this study we present a rapid approach to indirectly quantify 13C enriched molecules using one-dimensional (1D) 1H NMR. We demonstrate this approach using isotopically labeled [1,6-13C]glucose and in 4 different cell lines...
October 17, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Liat Lerner-Geva, Valentina Boyko, Shelley Ehrlich, Shlomo Mashiach, Ariel Hourvitz, Jigal Haas, Ehud Margalioth, David Levran, Ilan Calderon, Raoul Orvieto, Adrian Ellenbogen, Joseph Meyerovitch, Raphael Ron-El, Adel Farhi
BACKGROUND: Among children conceived by assisted reproductive technology (ART), increased risk of adverse birth outcomes has been observed, including multiple births, preterm births, and congenital malformations. Regarding cancer among ART-conceived children, findings are discrepant. METHODS: This is a historical cohort of 9,042 ART-conceived children and 211,763 spontaneously conceived (SC) children born from 1997 through 2004. The median duration of follow-up was 10...
October 17, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
Luca Lombardo, Enrico Sacchi, Maria Larosa, Francesco Mollica, Valentina Mazzanti, Giorgio Alfredo Spedicato, Giuseppe Siciliani
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to evaluate the mechanical properties of the screws used for rapid expansion of the upper jaw. METHODS: Ten types of expansion screw were assessed, seven with four arms: Lancer Philosophy 1, Dentaurum Hyrax Click Medium, Forestadent Anatomic Expander type "S", Forestadent Anatomic Expander type "S" for narrow palates, Forestadent Memory, Leone A 2620-10 with telescopic guide, and Leone A 0630-10 with orthogonal arms; and three with two arms: Dentaurum Variety S...
December 2016: Progress in Orthodontics
Arianna Pompilio, Valentina Crocetta, Dipankar Ghosh, Malabika Chakrabarti, Giovanni Gherardi, Luca Agostino Vitali, Ersilia Fiscarelli, Giovanni Di Bonaventura
The present study was carried out to understand the adaptive strategies developed by Stenotrophomonas maltophilia for chronic colonization of the cystic fibrosis (CF) lung. For this purpose, 13 temporally isolated strains from a single CF patient chronically infected over a 10-year period were systematically characterized for growth rate, biofilm formation, motility, mutation frequencies, antibiotic resistance, and pathogenicity. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) showed over time the presence of two distinct groups, each consisting of two different pulsotypes...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Irina D Strazhesko, Olga N Tkacheva, Dariga U Akasheva, Ekaterina N Dudinskaya, Ekaterina V Plokhova, Valentina S Pykhtina, Anna S Kruglikova, Natalia V Kokshagina, Natalia V Sharashkina, Mikhail V Agaltsov, Daria A Kashtanova, Vladimir A Vygodin, Irina N Ozerova, Dmitry A Skvortsov, Daria Vasilkova, Sergey A Boytsov
Background: Telomerase activity (TA) is considered as the biomarker for cardiovascular aging and cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). Recent studies suggest a link between statins and telomere biology that may be explained by anti-inflammatory actions of statins and their positive effect on TA. Until now, this effect has not been investigated in prospective randomized studies. We hypothesized that 12 months of atorvastatin therapy increased TA in peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Methods: In a randomized, placebo-controlled study 100 hypercholesterolemic patients, aged 35-75 years, free of known CVDs and diabetes mellitus type 2 received 20 mg of atorvastatin daily or placebo for 12 months...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Ana M Matia-González, Valentina Iadevaia, André P Gerber
We describe a tandem RNA isolation procedure (TRIP) that enables purification of in vivo formed messenger ribonucleoprotein (mRNP) complexes. The procedure relies on the purification of polyadenylated mRNAs with oligo(dT) beads from cellular extracts, followed by the capture of specific mRNAs with 3'-biotinylated 2'-O-methylated antisense RNA oligonucleotides, which are recovered with streptavidin beads. TRIP was applied to isolate in vivo crosslinked mRNP complexes from yeast, nematodes and human cells for subsequent analysis of RNAs and bound proteins...
October 13, 2016: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
Valentina A Andreeva, Valérie Deschamps, Benoît Salanave, Katia Castetbon, Charlotte Verdot, Emmanuelle Kesse-Guyot, Serge Hercberg
Despite some advantages over traditional methods, Web-based studies elicit concerns about generalizability. To address this issue, we compared dietary intakes between an electronic (e-) cohort study and a nationally representative survey. We studied 49,443 French volunteers aged 18-74 years recruited during 2009-2010 in the NutriNet-Santé Study, a general population-based e-cohort study. The Etude Nationale Nutrition Santé (ENNS; 2006-2007), a cross-sectional study with a nationally representative sample of 2,754 French adults aged 18-74 years, served as the reference data set...
October 15, 2016: American Journal of Epidemiology
Valentina Barletta, Francesco Profili, Rosa Gini, Leonardo Grilli, Carla Rampichini, Daniela Matarrese, Paolo Francesconi
BACKGROUND: In 2010, Tuscany (Italy) implemented the Chronic Care Model (CCM), to improve general practitioner (GP) management of chronic diseases. AIM: assessing how the introduction of CCM affected GPs' compliance with standards of care for diabetes patients. METHODS: A controlled before-after study was performed. Two exposed groups of GPs, one entering the study in 2010 and one in 2011, were considered. Patients with diabetes assisted by GPs of the groups were identified through the healthcare administrative data of the Regional Healthcare System and followed up from 2009 to 2012...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Public Health
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