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OBJECTIVE Recent findings support greater efficacy of early vs. delayed interferon beta (IFNbeta) treatment in patients with a first clinical event suggestive of multiple sclerosis (MS). We aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of early IFNbeta treatment in definite relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) and to assess the optimal time to initiate IFNbeta treatment(More)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients complain with the first symptoms of the disease in a range period which varies from childhood to adult life. The extent to which clinical presentation, disease course and demographic features may differ between childhood and adult onset has been the object of investigation. This paper aims to demonstrate that the different(More)
BACKGROUND There are a few and conflicting results from randomised controlled trials (RCTs) pertaining to the influence of gender in response to currently used disease modifying drugs in Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Observational studies may be especially valuable for answering effectiveness questions in subgroups not studied in RCTs. OBJECTIVE To conduct a(More)
This independent, population-based surveillance study monitored, in clinical practice, the efficacy of interferon beta (IFNbeta) products in 1173 patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) from the Department of Neurological and Psychiatric Sciences, University of Bari, Italy. Relapses and Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) scores were evaluated for up to 6(More)
The Multiple Sclerosis Database Network (MSDN) is the first Italian multiple sclerosis (MS) registry. The preliminary results on the MSDN cohort demonstrated that the risk of disability progression, in a sample of 2090 MS patients, was reduced by about four- to five-fold in patients exposed to IFNbeta for more than 4 years compared with patients exposed for(More)
BACKGROUND The approval of 9-δ-tetrahydocannabinol and cannabidiol (THC:CBD) oromucosal spray (Sativex) for the management of treatment-resistant multiple sclerosis (MS) spasticity opened a new opportunity for many patients. The aim of our study was to describe Sativex effectiveness and adverse events profile in a large population of Italian patients with(More)
Rituximab (RTX) efficacy in NMO is suggested by several case series. No consensus exists on optimal dosing strategies. At present the treatment schedules more frequently used are 375 mg/m2/week iv for 4 weeks (RTX-A) and 1000 mg iv twice, 2 weeks apart (RTX-B). Aim of this study is to confirm RTX efficacy and safety in the treatment of NMO and to evaluate(More)
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