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ISSN print: 0393 – 0564
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BC: Articoli scritti da E. Iorio

Comunicare nell’infosfera: sfide e opportunità per la Medicina di Laboratorio
Communicating in the infosphere: challenges and opportunities for Laboratory Medicine
<p>Communication is becoming more important than ever for health care and health care professionals, as the recent COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically highlighted. The fast evolution of the mass and social media and the continuous development of new health-related platforms and applications are imposing new challenges that involve also laboratory medicine and that need to be carefully considered. In fact, these novel, fast and effective strategies of communication are inherently prone to the risk of publishing misleading, incorrect or fake information which can spread uncontrollably and diffuse all over the world in a very short time. However, social media are undoubtedly a great opportunity to communicate, in a responsible and credible way, health-related data and scientific updates and discoveries. As for the therapeutic alliance, it is now required to establish an &ldquo;information alliance&rdquo; between different healthcare professionals which, based on a trustworthy relationship, will allow the correct diffusion of health-related information and will contribute to citizens&rsquo; education.</p>
Biochimica Clinica ; 45(3) 290-298
Opinioni - Opinions
Stress ossidativo e broncopneumopatie professionali
Oxidative stress and professional pulmonary disease
<p>The chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) of&nbsp;occupational origin may be of functional, inflammatory or neoplastic nature and can also be caused by several&nbsp;chemical agents. One of the most risky processes of exposure to irritants for the respiratory system is welding, during&nbsp;which smoke and gases are released, with production of metal particulates and noxious gases, such as ozone,&nbsp;carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the reliability of the&nbsp;reactive oxygen metabolite assays in the early detection of professional COPD due to free radical damage, with the&nbsp;aim to identify markers whose measurements can be used in protocols of health surveillance of individuals exposed&nbsp;to fumes and noxious gases. The reactive oxygen metabolites were determined in serum of patients with a&nbsp;spectrophotometric procedure and obtained data were compared to those by the chemiluminescence produced by&nbsp;polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMN) in the presence of luminol in whole blood samples. We enrolled 11 welders&nbsp;exposed to fumes and gases from the process of electric arc welding, 5 miners engaged in the extraction and&nbsp;processing of lava stone, 18 apparently healthy smokers not exposed to pollutants in their workplace and 20 healthy&nbsp;non-smokers not exposed to contaminants from work. Results showed that the spectrophotometric test is more&nbsp;reliable than the PMN activation test and can be used in the assessment of early damage by free radicals in&nbsp;professional COPD.</p>
Biochimica Clinica ; 38(1) 23-26
Contributi scientifici - Scientific papers