Alberto Cester

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BACKGROUND Some clinical conditions, including dementia, compromise cognitive functions involved in decision-making processes, with repercussions on the ability to subscribe a will. Because of the increasing number of aged people with cognitive impairment there is an acute and growing need for decision-making capacity evidence-based assessment. AIMS Our(More)
INTRODUCTION Currently, the diagnosis of psychiatric illnesses is based upon DSM-5 criteria. Although endophenotype-specificity for a particular disorder is discussed, the identification of objective biomarkers is ongoing for aiding diagnosis, prognosis, or clinical response to treatment. We need to improve the understanding of the biological abnormalities(More)
Hypovitaminosis D is associated with frailty, but if vitamin D supplementation may prevent the onset of frailty is poorly known. Therefore, we aimed to investigate whether vitamin D supplementation is associated with a lower risk of frailty. In this longitudinal study, 4,421 individuals at high risk or having knee osteoarthritis free from frailty at(More)
BACKGROUND To date, delirium prevalence in adult acute hospital populations has been estimated generally from pooled findings of single-center studies and/or among specific patient populations. Furthermore, the number of participants in these studies has not exceeded a few hundred. To overcome these limitations, we have determined, in a multicenter study,(More)
Oral donepezil and rivastigmine are two commonly used cholinesterase inhibitors (ChEIs) used in Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The rivastigmine transdermal patch formulation has high tolerability profile, allowing patients to achieve optimal therapeutic doses and providing potential advantages over oral ChEIs. This is a 6-month, multicentre, observational(More)
In geriatrics, end-stage chronic heart failure, old age and death are often an almost obliged clinical and existential continuum. Accompanying these patients to death with dignity and relief is an issue deserving a high degree of cultural attention not only by our discipline, but also by all other specialties and scientific societies that are devoted to the(More)
With the advance of technological progress and the increase in life expectancy, it is nowadays mandatory to define what is the therapeutic limit. Every day each physician must take therapeutic decisions on the basis of his scientific knowledge, but also of his own conscience and sense of limits. They can not avoid to consider the global risk of death,(More)
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