Barbara Nicotra

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Fifty-nine patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) performed pulmonary function and exercise tests before and after participation in a 12-day pulmonary rehabilitation inpatient program. Postdischarge follow-ups were performed at three months. Training consisted of twice daily aerobic exercise of 30 to 40 minutes' duration.(More)
A patient with both muscle weakness and progressively degenerating respiratory function became increasingly less responsive to therapeutic intervention. The diagnosis of the muscle disease was made through biopsy samples and confirmed as rod myopathy. Through autopsy samples, the patient was found to have had extensive centriacinar emphysema and widespread(More)
Nine hypoxemic patients with COLD, whose hypoxemia is aggravated by minimal exercise, volunteered for this study. Each subject underwent two treadmill exercise trials at two oxygen delivery settings, each on the DODS and SF delivery systems for a total of four exercise trials. We measured SaO2 via ear oximetry and recorded oxygen usage per minute. We(More)
To determine the possible role of Branhamella (formerly Neisseria) catarrhalis as a respiratory pathogen, we screened quality sputa (defined by cellular criteria) that showed numerous gram-negative cocci on Gram's stain for the presence of B catarrhalis. In an eight-month period, 52 isolates of B catarrhalis were identified in adults attending a hospital(More)
BACKGROUND Although the natural history of COPD is thought to be well known, studies assessing differences in the onset and course of the disease by gender are surprisingly lacking. This study is a cross-sectional analysis using progressive cycle ergometry exercise testing to assess male and female patients at specific levels of airway obstruction to see if(More)
Patients with advanced COPD have significantly reduced gas exchange and pulmonary function; however, little is known regarding physical work capacity and exercise gas exchange in patients with mild COPD. A total of 39 individuals (20 men and 19 women) without evidence of COPD (controls) and 51 individuals (29 men and 22 women) with mild COPD (FEV1 > or = 60(More)
Oxygen therapy is one of the most frequently ordered therapies for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In a large percentage of these cases, oxygen therapy is supplied via nasal cannula. With the rising cost of medical care and the search for more effective means of oxygen delivery, a new oxygen-conserving nasal cannula (CNC) that(More)
BACKGROUND In spite of the role of some psychosomatic factors as alexithymia, mood intolerance, and somatization in both pathogenesis and maintenance of anorexia nervosa (AN), few studies have investigated the prevalence of psychosomatic syndromes in AN. The aim of this study was to use the Diagnostic Criteria for Psychosomatic Research (DCPR) to assess(More)
With this paper we aimed to describe a case of a woman affected by Anorexia Nervosa Restricting subtype (AN-R) with delusional symptoms, visual hallucinations and severe body image distortion. We discussed the main AN diagnosis and whether delusional symptoms could be related to severity of AN describing also the use of olanzapine in such a severe clinical(More)
BACKGROUND Obesity and binge eating disorder (BED) are prevalent conditions that severely affect the quality of life of many people in developed countries, but an effective treatment remains elusive. Personality traits have been studied extensively in this population, leading to different, and at times conflicting, results. Subtyping BED people along these(More)