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We investigated whether 30 days of oral supplementation with a special mixture of amino acids (AAs), together with conventional therapy, could improve exercise capacity in elderly outpatients with chronic heart failure (CHF). A group of 95 outpatients (12 women and 83 men; New York Heart Association class II-III) aged 65-74 years were studied. This was a(More)
BACKGROUND Pulmonary Rehabilitation ("Rehabilitation") can improve both lung function and quality of life in patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) even if only a very small proportion of patients have access to Rehabilitation. Supplementation of Essential Amino Acids (EAAs) might allow COPD patients to achieve some typical(More)
Rolandic paroxysmal epilepsy (RPE) is a useful model for investigating the complex links between epilepsy and cognitive dysfunction. 44 children with RPE who met the following (among other) criteria: negative CT scan, freedom from drug treatment, and IQ greater than or equal to 80, were assigned to three subgroups by side of EEG focus: left, right and(More)
BACKGROUND An adequate energy-protein intake (EPI) when combined with amino acid supplementation may have a positive impact on nutritional and metabolic status in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). METHODS AND RESULTS Thirty eight stable CHF patients (27 males, 73.5+/-4 years; BMI 22.5+/-1.4 kg/m2), with severe depletion of muscle mass and were(More)
Elderly persons have reduced muscular mass, with consequent deterioration of their daily activities and reduced quality of life. This is more pronounced in elderly patients affected by chronic diseases such as chronic heart failure (CHF). It has been demonstrated that oral amino acid (AA) supplementation improves muscle protein metabolism. A recent study(More)
PURPOSE We evaluated the effectiveness of intrapulmonary percussive ventilation (IPV) compared to traditional standard chest physical therapy (CPT) in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and productive cough. METHODS We conducted a quasi-experimental clinical trial. Twenty patients, 40% female (mean ± SD age: 70 ± 8 years), with(More)
Language lateralization was assessed with a dual task procedure in 10 male right-handed patients with Down's Syndrome and relatively preserved linguistic skills. Their performance was compared with that of two control groups, with and without mental retardation, matched with Down's Syndrome individuals for sex, handedness and I.Q. Results did not support(More)
We aimed to document in stroke patients peripheral blood immune cell profiles, their relations with neuro-functional tests, and any possible influence of supplemented essential amino acids (EAAs) may have on both the immune system and the relationship of the latter with neuro-function.Forty-two dysphagic stroke patients (27 men; 71±9 years) underwent(More)
We report the results of a double-blind placebo controlled study of bornaprine, an anticholinergic drug, in the treatment of Parkinson's disease. We studied 17 patients presenting persistent tremor in spite of a stable long-term L-Dopa therapy. The bornaprine, in doses of 8 mg/die, compared with placebo significantly improves tremor. Only mild side effects(More)