Antonio Ciuffreda

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BACKGROUND Acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD) are common and strongly influence disease severity and relative healthcare costs. Vitamin D deficiency is frequent among COPD patients and its contributory role in disease exacerbations is widely debated. Our aim was to assess the relationship of serum vitamin D levels with COPD severity and AECOPD. METHODS(More)
Game preservation is a critical issue for game studies. Access to historic materials forms a vital core to research and this field is no different. However, there are serious challenges to overcome for preservationists in terms of developing a strategic and inclusion programme to retain access to obsolete games. Emulation, as a strategy already applied by(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a common comorbidity in patients with chronic airway obstruction, and is associated with systemic inflammation and airway obstruction. The aim of this study was to evaluate the predictors of CVD in two different conditions causing chronic airway obstruction, asthma and COPD. METHODS Lung function tests, clinical(More)
This article describes a usability evaluation of three interfaces that presented results from queries through Internet search engines. One interface used purely text in order to communicate attributes of retrieved results; the remaining two interfaces made use of different combinations of text and metaphors of visual and aural nature. This usability study(More)
An empirical investigation, comparing the level of usability between multimodal and nonmultimodal interfaces within Internet search engines is presented. The experiment was based on Internet search activities through the use of five different interfaces provided by AVBro2, an experimental platform developed for this investigation. A total of fifty users(More)
We present a woman with heterozygous carnitine palmitoyl transferase 2 (CPT-2) deficiency who in the last 6 months suffered from episodic dyspnea and choking. Symptoms could not be attributed to her muscular energy defect, since heterozygous CPT-2 deficiency is usually asymptomatic or causes only mild muscle fatigability. Myopathy is usually triggered by(More)
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