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OBJECTIVE To evaluate whether an electronic reminder integrated into a routine computer system increases the use of antiplatelet drugs for diabetic patients among Italian general practitioners (GPs). RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS A randomized controlled trial was carried out among 300 GPs and their patients selected from the Health Search Database. Among(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to describe population and primary care morbidity and to examine how the differences vary across the diseases and are influenced by patients' demographic characteristics. METHODS A comparison of the prevalence of four chronic conditions for 432747 patients from the Health Search Database (HSD) and 119799 individuals(More)
OBJECTIVES Post-partum haemorrhage still remains one of the major causes of maternal morbidity and mortality. In case of abnormal placentation it is possible to carry out preventive and therapeutic actions. To maintain fertility in reproductive-aged women and to avoid a more radical surgery, embolization has been introduced in patients at high risk for(More)
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) during a muscle contraction induces a motor-evoked potential (MEP) in the skeletal muscle followed by a cessation of EMG activity, the cortical silent period (C-SP). The C-SP is a useful parameter to indicate the activation of the motor system. Accurate determination of the C-SP can be important in amyotrophic lateral(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe a database used in general practice by analysing the characteristics of the physicians providing the data and the completeness of the data recording on the basis of the indicators of interest (smoking habits, weight, height, and the prevalence of hypertension). DESIGN Descriptive study and multiple linear regression analysis of the(More)
Glutamate is the major excitatory neurotransmitter in the retina, and most glutamatergic neurons express one of the three known vesicular glutamate transporters (VGLUT1, 2, or 3). However, the expression profiles of these transporters vary greatly in the retina. VGLUT1 is expressed by photoreceptor and bipolar cell terminals, and VGLUT2 appears to be(More)
The objective of the study was to describe the epidemiology of unintentional drowning in Italy in the period 1983-1997, in the age-group 0-4 years. We used mortality data from the Italian National Statistical Institute (ISTAT), and calculated the potential years of life lost (PYLL), for the single age-group and for all the children aged 0-4 years, following(More)
BACKGROUND Although several studies describing the diagnostic and therapeutic management of patients with myocardial infarction (MI) by general practitioners have recently been published, little information exists about patients with angina without MI. AIM To describe the management of patients with angina without known MI in general practice. DESIGN A(More)
Shrimp are an essential ecological component of marine ecosystems, and have commercial importance for human consumption and aquaculture. Like other decapod crustaceans, shrimp rely on chemical senses to detect and localize food resources by means of chemosensilla that are located mainly on the cephalothoracic appendages. Using the shrimp Palaemon adspersus,(More)