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OBJECTIVES To characterize swallowing deficits in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); investigate the delay in dysphagia onset; estimate correlations between dysphagia severity and patients' functional status; identify the symptom(s) most likely to predict dysphagia. MATERIALS AND METHODS A group of 49 consecutive patients with ALS, 14 with bulbar onset(More)
Extramedullary (EM) involvement occurs infrequently in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) and usually involves skin and CNS. We describe seven patients (four observed at a single institution) who relapsed in various sites of the auditory apparatus, including the external canal and middle ear (temporal bone). Front-line treatment included ATRA and(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective of our study was to review our current knowledge of the aetiopathogenesis of Cogan's syndrome, including viral infection and autoimmunity, and to discuss disease pathogenesis with relevance to pharmacotherapy. SYSTEMATIC REVIEW METHODOLOGY Relevant publications on the aetiopathogenesis and pharmacotherapy of Cogan's syndrome from(More)
Dispositional optimism is an individual difference promoting psychosocial adjustment and well-being during adolescence. Dispositional optimism was originally defined as a one-dimensional construct; however, empirical evidence suggests two correlated factors in the Life Orientation Test - Revised (LOT-R). The main aim of the study was to evaluate the(More)
Personal goals play a leading role in directing behavior and influencing well-being. Thus, it is important to assess goal dimensions promoting effective goal pursuit. The current research aimed at identifying the best predictors of goal pursuit, operationalized as perceived goal progress, among goal-related variables and individual differences in(More)
Lipoma is a benign tumour of mesenchymal origin with a very rare occurrence in the upper aero-digestive tract. To date, approximately 100 cases have been described in the literature. This lesion has a slow growth and, therefore, can present with various symptoms due to the mass effect with obstruction and compression on neighbouring structures, including(More)
The MiniMental Parkinson (MMP) has been derived from the MiniMental State Examination (MMSE) for the screening of cognitive impairment in Parkinson’s disease by adding subtests that were focused on executive and visuo-spatial impairment more than on memory or language deficits. In this multicenter study, the psychometric and validity properties of the MMP(More)
1. A five-step procedure for preparing highly purified aspartate aminotransferase from ox heart is described. 2. The homogeneity of the pure enzyme was established by criteria such as ultracentrifugation and electrophoresis in starch gel and in polyacrylamide gel. 3. The pure enzyme has an isoelectric point of about pH5, and E(1%) (1cm.) 14.40 at 278mmu. 4.(More)
Circadian rhythms of hypothalamic catecholamines and their metabolites and of prolactin and corticosterone circulating hormones were determined over 24 h in group-housed (six per cage; control) and individually housed, 90-day-old male albino rats adapted to a 12:12 light/dark cycle. After 5 weeks of adaptation, in individually housed rats, norepinephrine(More)
Circadian rhythms of serotonin (5HT), its precursors tryptophan (TP) and 5-hydroxy-tryptophan (5HTP) and its acid catabolite 5-hydroxy-indoleacetic acid (5HIAA), were determined in the hypothalamus of control rats and rats which had been treated continuously with subcutaneous imipramine (10 mg/kg/day) for 2 weeks. Rats were individually housed and entrained(More)