Alessandro Gasperi

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BACKGROUND A number of community-based studies on the prevalence of PD have been conducted worldwide, but they are often extremely costly and time consuming. OBJECTIVE To assess the prevalence of PD and parkinsonism for the population aged between 60 and 85 years in South Tyrol, Northern Italy, using a novel population-based three-stage ascertainment(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the prevalence and severity of restless legs syndrome (RLS) in the general community and to investigate its potential relationship with iron metabolism and other potential risk factors. METHODS This was a cross-sectional study of a sex- and age-stratified random sample of the general population (50 to 89 years; n = 701). The diagnosis(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have yielded evidence of an enhanced risk of cardiovascular disease, especially stroke, among patients with migraine. Our understanding of the underlying mechanisms is far from complete. The aims of the present study were to investigate the potential association between migraine and atherosclerosis and to assess the risk of(More)
The prevalence of primary dystonia was assessed in a random population sample of individuals aged 50 and over in Bruneck, South Tyrol. The diagnosis of primary dystonia was confirmed by videotaped review. Primary dystonia was present in 6 of 707 cases resulting in a prevalence rate of 732 per 100,000 (95% CI 319-1,564) in the general population aged 50 and(More)
Clinical features variability between familial and sporadic restless legs syndrome/Willis-Ekbom disease (RLS/WED) has been previously reported. With this retrospective cohort study, we aimed to determine the clinical and polysomnographic characteristics of 400 RLS/WED patients. Patients with familial RLS/WED were significantly younger than sporadic RLS/WED,(More)
BACKGROUND Specific cognitive impairments have been found in association with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), such as deficits in declarative memory or verbal abilities. No attention has been paid so far to possible deficits in number processing. OBJECTIVE To investigate deficits in number processing in patients with TLE. METHODS Numerical(More)
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