Aurora Fuiani

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OBJECTIVE To investigate the impact of interferon-beta (IFNbeta) on disease progression in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis patients. METHODS A cohort of 1,504 relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (1,103 IFNbeta-treated and 401 untreated) patients was followed for up to 7 years. Cox proportional hazards regression adjusted for propensity score(More)
OBJECTIVE Recent findings support greater efficacy of early vs. delayed interferon beta (IFNbeta) treatment in patients with a first clinical event suggestive of multiple sclerosis (MS). We aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of early IFNbeta treatment in definite relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS) and to assess the optimal time to initiate IFNbeta treatment(More)
AIM To propose a simple tool for early prediction of unfavourable long term evolution of multiple sclerosis (MS). METHODS A Bayesian model allowed us to calculate, within the first year of disease and for each patient, the Bayesian Risk Estimate for MS (BREMS) score that represents the risk of reaching secondary progression (SP). RESULTS The median(More)
There is evidence that inflammatory processes in multiple sclerosis (MS) are age-dependent. In this study we evaluated the impact of aging on gadolinium (Gd) enhancement of brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) lesions in MS patients. Pre- and post-contrast MRI scans, acquired using a standardized procedure by the same MRI scanner, at least 1 month far(More)
Multiple sclerosis (MS) patients complain with the first symptoms of the disease in a range period which varies from childhood to adult life. The extent to which clinical presentation, disease course and demographic features may differ between childhood and adult onset has been the object of investigation. This paper aims to demonstrate that the different(More)
The Multiple Sclerosis Database Network (MSDN) is the first Italian multiple sclerosis (MS) registry. The preliminary results on the MSDN cohort demonstrated that the risk of disability progression, in a sample of 2090 MS patients, was reduced by about four- to five-fold in patients exposed to IFNbeta for more than 4 years compared with patients exposed for(More)
BACKGROUND There are a few and conflicting results from randomised controlled trials (RCTs) pertaining to the influence of gender in response to currently used disease modifying drugs in Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Observational studies may be especially valuable for answering effectiveness questions in subgroups not studied in RCTs. OBJECTIVE To conduct a(More)
This independent, population-based surveillance study monitored, in clinical practice, the efficacy of interferon beta (IFNbeta) products in 1173 patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) from the Department of Neurological and Psychiatric Sciences, University of Bari, Italy. Relapses and Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) scores were evaluated for up to 6(More)
BACKGROUND The approval of 9-δ-tetrahydocannabinol and cannabidiol (THC:CBD) oromucosal spray (Sativex) for the management of treatment-resistant multiple sclerosis (MS) spasticity opened a new opportunity for many patients. The aim of our study was to describe Sativex effectiveness and adverse events profile in a large population of Italian patients with(More)
There is growing interest in the use of observational data to estimate treatment effects in chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS). The main results derived from postmarketing evaluations, in the last 2 years, of short-and long-term disease modifying drugs (DMDs) effectiveness will be reported in this Review. Moreover, some of the methodological(More)