Antónia Amaral Turkman

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OBJECTIVE Respiratory function tests are used to detect early signs of hypoventilation in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). However, there are few studies of the predictive value of these tests in detecting hypoventilation. METHODS We included 199 ALS patients. ALS was bulbar-onset in 68 and spinal-onset in 131. Twenty-four had hypercapnia (pCO(2)>45(More)
We studied the upper (UMN) and lower motor neuron (LMN) innervations of 159 hands from 81 patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Eleven patients with various chronic LMN disorders causing weakness in the abductor digiti minimi (ADM) muscle served as LMN controls. Thirty healthy subjects served as normal controls. Cortical motor threshold,(More)
OBJECTIVE Motor unit recruitment order and firing rate was investigated in healthy subjects, and in small numbers of patients 50years ago. We aimed to investigate firing rate in different disorders, testing the same target muscle with normal strength, to evaluate possible application in diagnosing upper motor neuron (UMN) lesion. METHODS We studied motor(More)
Vegetation burning is a common land management practice in Africa, where fire is used for hunting, livestock husbandry, pest control, food gathering, cropland fertilization, and wildfire prevention. Given such strong anthropogenic control of fire, we tested the hypotheses that fire activity displays weekly cycles, and that the week day with the fewest fires(More)
We analyze results from determinations of peak areas for a radioactive source containing several radionuclides. The statistical analysis was performed using Bayesian methods based on the usual Poisson model for observed counts. This model does not appear to be a very good assumption for the counting system under investigation, even though it is not(More)
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