Antonella Piani

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BACKGROUND Many patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) undergoing dialysis therapy suffer from sleep disturbances. The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of sleep disorders in a large population of uraemic patients recruited from 20 different dialytic centres in Triveneto. METHODS 883 patients on maintenance dialysis were enrolled(More)
Prevention of drug-related problems is a key issue in the aged. Anticholinergic (ACH) drugs are a biologically plausible and potentially modifiable risk factor for cognitive impairment. Therefore, we intended to evaluate the association between ACH drugs and cognitive impairment. Our study comprised 750 subjects aged 65 years or older. Cognitive impairment(More)
OBJECTIVE The occurrence of dementia among the elderly has been associated with several, often not modifiable, risk factors. Recent epidemiological studies focused their interest on a possible association between cognitive decline and sleep, a potentially modifiable risk factor. Due to controversial results and limitations of the previous studies, we(More)
Activation of phagocytes by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) causes synthesis and secretion of various mediators of inflammation. CD14, a glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored monocytic antigen serving as receptor for LPS, and members of the family of Toll-like receptors mediate cellular activation in response to LPS. Here we investigated whether expression of MHC(More)
In this study, we use data from the Demographic and Health Surveys to examine the relationship between household structure and childhood immunization in Niger and Nigeria. We show that household structure is an important determinant of childhood immunization in Nigeria: Children from nuclear, elementary polygynous, and three-generational households are(More)
Sleep in elderly people shows progressive changes caused by general aging processes. Several alterations are described in medical literature: changes of sleep/wake rhythm and modifications both in sleep duration and in sleep architecture. The aim of our study was to evaluate sleep disturbances in elderly people, with and without cognitive impairment,through(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of restless legs syndrome (RLS) on quality of life (QoL), anxiety, and depression in people with type 2 diabetes. METHODS One hundred twenty-four patients with type 2 diabetes were enrolled in this study. RLS was diagnosed by a neurologist masked on psychological evaluation. Data on severity,(More)
Deep brain stimulation of the subthalamic nucleus (STN-DBS) has acquired a relevant role in the treatment of Parkinson's disease (PD). Despite being a safe procedure, it may expose patients to an increased risk to experience cognitive and emotional difficulties. Impairments in emotion recognition, mediated both by facial and prosodic expressions, have been(More)