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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficiency of pre-treatment in dyspermic males in IVF couples with a combination of micronutrients, for the purpose of improving the fertilization rate, the implantation rate and the outcome of the pregnancy.PATIENTS AND METHODS: This controlled prospective clinical study was performed in two medically assisted reproduction centers. 59 males with mild oligo-astheno-teratospermia (OAT) were admitted to the study. All of them had a history of previous in vitro fertilization (IVF) attempts with female partners aged < 40 diagnosed having tubal or idiopathic infertility. The subjects upon enrolment underwent a semen test and afterward were treated with alpha lipoic acid and glutathione (Fertiplus SOD®, Idi-Pharma, Catania, Italy) for 4 weeks (short-term). The primary endpoints that were evaluated are the following: fertilization rate (mean fertilization), implantation rate and pregnancy rate.RESULTS: At the end of this study all the males (mean age 39.5 ± 5.1) reported in not having any side effects during the administration of Fertiplus. Their female partners (mean age 34.9 ± 4.5) underwent IVF using the ICSI technique. The number of oocytes retrieved and inseminated was not statistically different in comparison to previous attempts, but with the same number of oocytes treated, the fertilization rate per couple demonstrated statistically significant increase (p<0.001). We did not observe a percentage increase in evolutionary embryos, but we noticed an improvement in embryo quality per individual couple (p<0.001), associated with a net increase in the implantation rate per couple (p<0.001) in terms of clinical pregnancy. The estimated miscarriage risk after treatment was five times lower (p<0.001).CONCLUSIONS: Short-term treatment with micronutrients in dyspermic subjects can improve the reproductive outcome of the IVF procedure.

Hakimeh D.,Unfall Krankenhaus Marzan | Tripodi S.,Sandro Pertini Hospital
Italian Journal of Pediatrics | Year: 2013

The epidemic of childhood allergic disorders has been associated to the decline of infectious disease. However, exposure to many triggers (airborne viruses, tobacco smoke, pollution, indoor allergens, etc.) contribute to the disease. Breast feeding practices, nutrition, dietary and obesity also play a multifaceted role in shaping the observed worldwide trends of childhood allergies. Guidelines for treatment are available, but their implementation is suboptimal. Then developed countries are slowing learning integrating the development of suitable guidelines with implementation plans. Awareness, psychosocial and family factors strongly influence asthma and food allergy control. Moreover, monitoring tools are necessary to facilitate self-management. By taking into consideration these and many other pragmatic aspects, national public health programs to control the allergic epidemic have been successful in reducing its impact and trace the need for future research in the area. © 2013 Hakimeh and Tripodi; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

Romagnoli E.,Policlinico Casilino | Biondi-Zoccai G.,University of Rome La Sapienza | Sciahbasi A.,Policlinico Casilino | Politi L.,Meta Analysis and Evidence based Medicine Training in Cardiology | And 12 more authors.
Journal of the American College of Cardiology | Year: 2012

Objectives: The purpose of this study was to assess whether transradial access for ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome undergoing early invasive treatment is associated with better outcome compared with conventional transfemoral access. Background: In patients with acute coronary syndrome, bleeding is a significant predictor of worse outcome. Access site complications represent a significant source of bleeding for those patients undergoing revascularization, especially when femoral access is used. Methods: The RIFLE-STEACS (Radial Versus Femoral Randomized Investigation in ST-Elevation Acute Coronary Syndrome) was a multicenter, randomized, parallel-group study. Between January 2009 and July 2011, 1,001 acute ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome patients undergoing primary/rescue percutaneous coronary intervention were randomized to the radial (500) or femoral (501) approach at 4 high-volume centers. The primary endpoint was the 30-day rate of net adverse clinical events (NACEs), defined as a composite of cardiac death, stroke, myocardial infarction, target lesion revascularization, and bleeding). Individual components of NACEs and length of hospital stay were secondary endpoints. Results: The primary endpoint of 30-day NACEs occurred in 68 patients (13.6%) in the radial arm and 105 patients (21.0%) in the femoral arm (p = 0.003). In particular, compared with femoral, radial access was associated with significantly lower rates of cardiac mortality (5.2% vs. 9.2%, p = 0.020), bleeding (7.8% vs. 12.2%, p = 0.026), and shorter hospital stay (5 days first to third quartile range, 4 to 7 days] vs. 6 [range, 5 to 8 days]; p = 0.03). Conclusions: Radial access in patients with ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome is associated with significant clinical benefits, in terms of both lower morbidity and cardiac mortality. Thus, it should become the recommended approach in these patients, provided adequate operator and center expertise is present. (Radial Versus Femoral Investigation in ST Elevation Acute Coronary Syndrome [RIFLE-STEACS]; NCT01420614) © 2012 American College of Cardiology Foundation.

Del Prato S.,University of Pisa | Nicolucci A.,Mario Negri Sud Consortium | Lovagnini-Scher A.C.,San Gerardo Hospital Monza | Turco S.,University of Naples Federico II | And 2 more authors.
Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics | Year: 2012

Background: We compared telecare and conventional self-monitored blood glucose (SMBG) programs for titrating the addition of one bolus injection of insulin glulisine in patients with type 2 diabetes uncontrolled on oral hypoglycemic agents for ≥3 months who were first titrated with basal insulin glargine. Methods: This randomized, multicenter, parallel-group study included 241 patients (mean screening glycosylated hemoglobin [HbA 1c], 8.8% [73mmol/mol]). In the run-in phase, any antidiabetes medication, except for metformin, was discontinued. Metformin was then up-titrated to 2g/day (1g twice daily) until study completion. Following run-in, all patients started glargine for 8-16 weeks, targeting fasting plasma glucose (FPG) ≤5.6mmol/L using conventional SMBG. Patients with FPG ≤7mmol/L added a glulisine dose at the meal with the highest postprandial plasma glucose excursion, titrated to target 2-h postprandial plasma glucose level <7.8mmol/L using telecare or SMBG for 24 weeks. Patients with FPG >7mmol/L at week 16 were withdrawn from the study. Results: After glargine titration, 224 patients achieved FPG ≤7mmol/L, without any difference between telecare and SBMG groups (mean±SD, 6.2±0.8 vs. 6.0±0. 9mmol/L, respectively). HbA 1c levels were lower following titration and were similar for telecare and SMBG (7.9±0.9% vs. 7.8±0.9% [63 vs. 62mmol/mol], respectively). Adding glulisine further reduced HbA 1c in both groups (-0.7% vs. -0.7%); 45.2% and 54.8% (P=0.14), respectively, of patients achieved HbA 1c ≤7.0% (≤53mmol/mol). Weight change and hypoglycemia were similar between groups. Conclusions: Patients adding one dose of glulisine at the meal with the highest postprandial plasma glucose excursion to titrated basal glargine achieved comparable improvements in glycemic control irrespective of traditional or telecare blood glucose monitoring. © Copyright 2012, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc..

Miceli Sopo S.,Catholic University of the Sacred Heart | Greco M.,Catholic University of the Sacred Heart | Monaco S.,Catholic University of the Sacred Heart | Tripodi S.,Sandro Pertini Hospital | Calvani M.,San Camillo Of Lellis Hospital
Expert Review of Clinical Immunology | Year: 2013

Food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES) is an allergic disease, probably non-IgE-mediated, with expression predominantly in the GI tract. The most characteristic symptom is repeated, debilitating vomiting. It occurs 2-6 h after ingestion of culprit food and is usually accompanied by pallor and lethargy. There may be diarrhea, and in 10-20% of cases, severe hypotension. These symptoms resolve completely within a few hours. The food most frequently involved is cow's milk, followed by rice, but many other foods may be involved. The prognosis is generally good in a few years. In this review the authors try to cope, with the help of some case histories, with the practical clinical aspects of FPIES. The authors also try to provide a management approach based on current knowledge, and finally, to point out the aspects of FPIES that are still controversial. © 2013 Informa UK Ltd.

Dello Iacono I.,Fatebenefratelli Hospital | Tripodi S.,Sandro Pertini Hospital | Calvani M.,S Camillo Forlanini Hospital | Panetta V.,Laltra statistica srl | And 2 more authors.
Pediatric Allergy and Immunology | Year: 2013

Background: Treatment of severe egg allergy is avoidance of hen's egg (HE) and carrying self-injectable epinephrine. Specific oral tolerance induction (SOTI) seems a promising alternative treatment. However, some aspects of SOTI are still considered experimental. Methods: We evaluated the efficacy and safety of an original 6-month SOTI protocol in children with very severe HE allergy using raw HE emulsion. Twenty children (age range: 5-11yr) were randomized equally into a SOTI treatment group and a control group. The treatment group started SOTI and underwent a second challenge 6months later. Control children were kept on an egg-free diet for 6months and then underwent a second challenge. Results: After 6months, 9/10 children of the SOTI group (90%) achieved partial tolerance (at least 10ml, but <40ml of raw HE emulsion, in a single dose) and 1 (10%) was able to tolerate only 5ml (no tolerance). After 6months, nine control children tested positive to the second challenge at a dose ≤0.9ml of raw HE emulsion, and one reacted to 1.8ml (SOTI vs. control group p<0.0001). All children in the SOTI group had side effects, but no child had a grade 5 reaction according to the Sampson grading. Conclusion: Six months of SOTI with raw HE emulsion resulted in partial tolerance, with regular intake, in a significant percentage of children with severe egg allergy. © 2012 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

Zippi M.,Sandro Pertini Hospital
La Clinica terapeutica | Year: 2013

One of the most frequent complications of endoscopic sphincterotomy (ES) is bleeding. When post-ES bleeding does not respond to the use of typical endoscopic therapy, the only alternative is angiography or surgery. A 82-year-old female was admitted for jaundice. A RMN-cholangiography revealed multiple stones in the common bile duct (CBD). She underwent endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). The papilla major was located between two large periampullary diverticula. During the ES, a severe bleeding was observed from the upper part of the biliary cut. Several methods of hemostasis (injection of adrenaline, thermal methods and balloon tamponate) were performed without efficacy. A partially covered metallic stent was placed across the biliary orifice, in order to compress mechanically the bleeding site archiving the hemostasis.

Rigattieri S.,Sandro Pertini Hospital
The Journal of invasive cardiology | Year: 2013

Longitudinal deformation of coronary stents has been recently described and seems to be more frequent with certain contemporary stent platforms. Indeed, in order to increase flexibility and deliverability, stent manufacturers have reduced strut thickness and the number of connectors within cells; this could negatively affect other mechanical properties of the device, such as the resistance to longitudinal stress. Moreover, longitudinal deformation has been associated to adverse events, such as stent thrombosis. We report 3 cases of longitudinal stent deformation observed at our institution. The first case was a consequence of postdilatation of the stent with a non-compliant balloon, whereas the other 2 cases involved the treatment of bifurcation lesions. One case was complicated by acute, intraprocedural stent thrombosis; such a dreadful complication, to the best of our knowledge, has not been previously reported. Although longitudinal stent deformation is an infrequent finding, usually not associated with adverse events, at least in the short term, it can sometimes turn into a catastrophic, life-threatening complication. The growing number of reports about this issue in recent years should prompt the operators to carefully select coronary stents, especially when dealing with certain lesion subsets, such as ostial lesions, bifurcations, and long lesions.

Rossi M.C.,Consorzio Mario Negri Sud | Cristofaro M.R.,Cardarelli Hospital | Gentile S.,The Second University of Naples | Lucisano G.,Consorzio Mario Negri Sud | And 7 more authors.
Diabetes Care | Year: 2013

OBJECTIVE To investigate the quality of type 2 diabetes care according to sex. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODSdClinical data collected during the year 2009 were extracted from electronic medical records; quality-of-care indicators were evaluated. Multilevel logistic regression analysis was applied to estimate the likelihood of women versus men to be monitored for selected parameters, to reach clinical outcomes, and to be treated with specific classes of drugs. The intercenter variability in the proportion of men and women achieving the targets was also investigated. RESULTSdOverall, 415,294 patients from 236 diabetes outpatient centers were evaluated, of whom 188,125 (45.3%) were women and 227,169 (54.7%) were men.Women were 14% more likely than men to have HbA1c .9.0% in spite of insulin treatment (odds ratio 1.14 [95% CI 1.10-1.17]), 42% more likely to have LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) >130 mg/dL (1.42 [1.38-1.46]) in spite of lipid-lowering treatment, and 50% more likely to have BMI >30 kg/m2 (1.50 [1.50 1.54]). Women were less likely to be monitored for foot and eye complications. In 99% of centers, the percentage of men reaching the LDL-C target was higher than in women, the proportion of patients reaching the HbA1c target was in favor of men in 80% of the centers, and no differences emerged for blood pressure. CONCLUSIONSdWomen show a poorer quality of diabetes care than men. The attainment of the LDL-C target seems to bemainly related to pathophysiological factors, whereas patient and physician attitudes can play an important role in other process measures and outcomes. © 2013 by the American Diabetes Association.

Tripodi S.,Sandro Pertini Hospital | Frediani T.,University of Rome La Sapienza | Lucarelli S.,University of Rome La Sapienza | MacR F.,University of Rome La Sapienza | And 9 more authors.
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology | Year: 2012

Background: The so-called component-resolved immunotherapy of allergies proposes an immunization tailored to the molecular sensitization profiles of individual patients. Objectives: We sought (1) to investigate the profiles of IgE sensitization to Phleum pratense in children with grass pollen allergy and (2) to define the compatibility of these profiles with a mixture of recombinant allergenic molecules of P pratense previously proposed for specific immunotherapy. Methods: We examined 200 children (age, 4-18 years; 126 boys) with allergic rhinitis, asthma, or both ascertained through validated questionnaires. Each child underwent skin prick testing (ALK-Abelló) and serum IgE assays (ImmunoCAP, Phadia) with 9 pollen extracts. Sera reacting against P pratense were tested for the individual molecules (rPhl p 1, rPhl p 2, rPhl p 4, nPhl p 4, rPhl p 5b, rPhl p 6, rPhl p 7, rPhl p 11, and Phl p 12). Through a combinatorial approach, the IgE individual sensitization profiles were matched against an experimental allergen-specific immunotherapy (SIT) preparation containing Phl p 1, Phl p 2, Phl p 5, and Phl p 6. Results: Among the 176 of 200 children with IgE sensitization to P pratense extract, 39 profiles of sensitization to the 8 allergenic molecules tested (cutoff, 0.35 kU/L) were identified. This high heterogeneity was reduced by considering only 6 or 4 P pratense molecules but not by increasing the cutoff levels of IgE positivity. The molecular profile of the experimental SIT preparation matched that of 7 (4%) of 176 patients only; the remaining 169 patients were classified in 4 mismatch categories: underpowered (29%), overpowered (32%), underpowered/overpowered (32%), and unrelated (3%). Conclusions: IgE sensitization profiles to P pratense are highly heterogeneous. Molecularly designed SIT preparations tailored to patients' needs should consider this high heterogeneity and be driven by locally performed population studies. © 2011 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

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