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  1. Claudio De Felice1,
  2. Mattia Gentile2,
  3. Alessandro Barducci3,4,
  4. Antonio Bellosi5,
  5. Stefano Parrini6,
  6. Giovanna Chitano7,
  7. Giuseppe Latini8,9
  1. 1
    Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Senese, Policlinico “Le Scotte”, Viale Bracci, Siena, Italy
  2. 2
    Medical Genetics Unit, Hospital Di Venere, Bari, Italy
  3. 3
    Department of Information Engineering, University of Siena, Siena, Italy
  4. 4
    Institute of Applied Physics “Nello Carrara”, National Research Council of Italy, Florence, Italy
  5. 5
    Orintex s.r.l., Prato, Italy
  6. 6
    Department of Odontostomatological Sciences, University of Siena, Italy
  7. 7
    Euro Mediterranean Scientific Biomedical Institute (ISBEM), Brindisi, Italy
  8. 8
    Division of Neonatology, Perrino Hospital, Brindisi, Italy
  9. 9
    Clinical Physiology Institute, National Research Council of Italy (IFC-CNR), Lecce Section, Italy
  1. Dr Claudio De Felice, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Azienda Ospedaliera Universitaria Senese, Policlinico Le Scotte, Viale M. Bracci, 16, I-53100 Siena, Italy; defelice.claudio{at}

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