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Maggio M.,University of Parma | Cattabiani C.,University of Parma | Lauretani F.,University of Parma | Bandinelli S.,Azienda Sanitaria Firenze | And 7 more authors.
Journals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences | Year: 2013

The aim of this study was to address the intriguing issue of the role of the insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-1 system in longevity looking at the role of different components of IGF system. Vital status was ascertained in 1,197 men and women aged greater than or equal to 65 years from the InCHIANTI study. Hormonal levels were categorized into quartiles, and ratio of IGF-1 to IGF-binding protein (IGFBP)-1 was calculated. The relationship between hormones and mortality was tested by Cox proportional hazard models adjusted for age, sex, and confounders. During the 8-year follow-up period, 240 died and 957 survived. Lowest quartiles of IGF-1 and IGFBP-1 were considered as reference. Compared with the lowest quartiles, IGF-1 in upper quartiles was a negative predictor of mortality independent of age and sex (p =. 01) but not independent of IGFBP-1 and other confounders. IGFBP-1 in second-third quartiles was negatively associated and that in the fourth quartiles was positively associated with risk of death. IGF-1/IGFBP-1 ratio in the lowest quartiles was a strong positive predictor of mortality, in age- and sex-adjusted model (p =. 005), and independent of additional confounders (p =. 037). High IGFBP-1 and low IGF-1/IGFBP-1 ratio are associated with all-cause mortality in older population. © 2013 The Author.

Marino C.,Humanitas C.C.O. | Villaggi E.,AUSL | Maggi G.,Humanitas Clinical and Research Center | Esposito M.,Azienda Sanitaria Firenze | And 15 more authors.
Strahlentherapie und Onkologie | Year: 2015

Purpose: The Italian Association of Medical Physics (AIFM) started a working group dedicated to stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) treatment. In this work, we performed a multicenter planning study on patients who were candidates for SBRT in the treatment of prostate cancer with the aim of evaluating the dosimetric consistency among the different hospitals. Methods and materials: Fourteen centers were provided the contours of 5 patients. Plans were performed following the dose prescription and constraints for organs at risk (OARs) of a reference paper. The dose prescription was 35 Gy in five fractions for the planning target volume (PTV). Different techniques were used (3D-CRT, fixed-Field IMRT, VMAT, CyberKnife). Plans were compared in terms of dose–volume histogram (DVH) parameters. Furthermore, the median DVH was calculated and one patient was re-planned. Results: A total of 70 plans were compared. The maximum dose to the body was 107.9 ± 4.5 % (range 101.5–116.3 %). Dose at 98 % (D98 %) and mean dose to the clinical target volume (CTV) were 102.0 ± 0.9 % (global range 101.1–102.9 %) and 105.1 ± 0.6 % (range 98.6–124.6 %). Similar trends were found for D95 % and mean dose to the PTV. Important differences were found in terms of the homogeneity index. Doses to OARs were heterogeneous. The subgroups with the same treatment planning system showed differences comparable to the differences of the whole group. In the re-optimized plans, DVH differences among institutes were reduced and OAR sparing improved. Conclusion: Important dosimetric differences with possible clinical implications, in particular related to OARs, were found. Replanning allowed a reduction in the OAR dose and decreased standard deviations. Multicenter clinical trials on SBRT should require a preplanning study to standardize the optimization procedure. © 2015, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.

Roy C.N.,Johns Hopkins University | Semba R.D.,Johns Hopkins University | Sun K.,Johns Hopkins University | Bandinelli S.,Azienda Sanitaria Firenze | And 4 more authors.
Nutrition | Year: 2012

Objective: To assess whether selenium and carboxymethyl-lysine (CML), two biomarkers of oxidative stress, are independent predictors of anemia in older community-dwelling adults. Methods: Plasma levels of selenium, CML, folate, vitamin B12, and testosterone and markers of iron status and inflammation were measured at baseline in 1036 adults at least 65 y old in the Invecchiare in Chianti Study, a population-based cohort study of aging in Tuscany, Italy, and examined in relation to prevalent anemia and incident anemia over 6 y of follow-up. Results: At enrollment, 11.6% of participants were anemic. Of 472 participants who were non-anemic at enrollment, 72 (15.3%) developed anemia within 6 y of follow-up. At enrollment, plasma CML in the highest quartile (>425 ng/mL) and plasma selenium in the lowest quartile (<66.6 μg/L) predicted incident anemia (hazard ratio 1.67, 95% confidence interval 1.07-2.59, P = 0.02; hazard ratio 1.55, 95% confidence interval 1.01-2.38, P = 0.05, respectively) in a multivariate Cox proportional hazards model that adjusted for age, education, body mass index, cognition, inflammation, red blood cell distribution width, ferritin, vitamin B12, testosterone, and chronic diseases. Conclusion: Elevated plasma CML and low plasma selenium are long-term independent predictors of anemia in older community-dwelling adults. These findings support the idea that oxidative stress contributes to the development of anemia. © 2012 Elsevier Inc.

Semba R.D.,Johns Hopkins University | Bandinelli S.,Azienda Sanitaria Firenze | Sun K.,Johns Hopkins University | Guralnik J.M.,U.S. National Institute on Aging | Ferrucci L.,U.S. National Institute on Aging
European Journal of Applied Physiology | Year: 2010

Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are bioactive molecules found in foods and generated endogenously in the body. AGEs induce cross-linking of collagen and increase the stiffness of skeletal muscle and cartilage. We characterized the relationship between a plasma AGE, carboxymethyl-lysine (CML), and slow walking speed (lowest quintile of walking speed) in older adults. Walking speed over a 4 m course was assessed in 944 adults, aged ≥65 years, in the InCHIANTI study, a population-based study of aging and mobility disability conducted in two towns in Tuscany, Italy. Participants in the highest quartile of plasma CML were at higher risk of slow walking speed (Odds Ratio [O.R.] 1.56, 95% Confidence Interval [C.I.] 1.02-2.38, P = 0.04) compared to those in the lower three quartiles of plasma CML in a logistic regression models adjusting for age, education, cognitive function, smoking, and chronic diseases. After exclusion of participants with diabetes, participants in the highest quartile of plasma CML were at higher risk of slow walking speed (O.R. 1.87, 95% C.I. 1.15-3.04, P = 0.01) adjusting for the same covariates. In older community-dwelling adults, elevated plasma CML is independently associated with slow walking speed. © 2009 Springer-Verlag.

Gigli A.,National Research Council Italy | Warren J.L.,U.S. National Cancer Institute | Yabroff K.R.,U.S. National Cancer Institute | Francisci S.,National Institute of Health | And 7 more authors.
Journal of the National Cancer Institute - Monographs | Year: 2013

Cancer is a major component of health-care expenditures in most developed countries. The costs of cancer care are expected to increase due to rising incidence (as the population ages) and increasing use of targeted anticancer therapies. However, epidemiological analysis of patterns of care may be required prior to empirically well-grounded cost analyses. Additionally, comparisons of care between health-care delivery systems and countries can identify opportunities to improve practice. They can also increase understanding of patient outcomes and economic consequences of differences in policies related to cancer screening, treatment, and programs of care. In this study, we compared patterns of colorectal cancer treatment during the first year following diagnosis in two cohorts of elderly patients from some areas of Italy and the United States using cancer registry linked to administrative data. We evaluated hospital use, initial treatments (surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation), and timeliness of surgery and adjuvant therapy, taking into account patient characteristics and clinical features, such as stage at diagnosis and the cancer subsite. We observed greater use of adjuvant chemotherapy in stage III and IV colon cancer patients and adjuvant therapy in all stages of rectal cancer patients in the US cohort. We found a higher rate of open surgeries in the Italian cohort, a similar rate of hospitalization, but a higher number of hospital days in the Italian cohort. However, in spite of structural differences between the United States and Italy in health-care organization and delivery as well as in data collection, patterns of care and the timing of care in the year after diagnosis are generally similar among patients within stage of disease at diagnosis. Comparative studies of the costs associated with patterns of cancer care will be important for future research. © The Author 2013. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.

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