Chiara Sapienza

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PURPOSE This study investigated the effect of expiratory muscle strength training (EMST) on voice production, dysarthria, and voice-related quality-of-life issues in persons with multiple sclerosis (PwMS). It was hypothesized that PwMS would have improved voice production and reduced voice-related quality-of-life issues following EMST. PARTICIPANTS AND(More)
Respiratory-related evoked potentials (RREPs) have been elicited by inspiratory loads in adults and children. The RREP was recorded over the somatosensory region of the cerebral cortex. It was hypothesized that a RREP could be recorded by using expiratory occlusion. Electroencephalographic activity was recorded in adults from 14 scalp locations, referenced(More)
The aim of the present study was to test the possible effects of a novel sturgeon-derived compound  (LD-1227) on inflammatory markers related to metabolic nuclear receptors in patients with metabolic syndrome. The study population consisted of 76 patients with metabolic syndrome and 30 healthy subjects who were maintained to their current treatments and(More)
BACKGROUND The prognosis and clinical management of patients with chronic liver diseases are closely related to the severity of liver fibrosis. Liver biopsy is considered the gold standard for the staging of liver fibrosis. However, it is an invasive test sometimes related to complications. This study aimed to assess the diagnostic value of enhanced liver(More)
Ogilvie's Syndrome is defined as acute distension of the colon without any mechanical obstruction. We reported two new cases who underwent surgical treatment and the revision of the literature. Four hundred eight-six cases are described until now. The physiopathology is unknown. The diagnosis is done with abdominal x-ray, barium enema must be used with(More)
The receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) regulates cellular proliferation in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The aim of this study was to test the in vitro effect of Yo Jyo Hen Shi Ko (YHK), a nutraceutical with prior data suggesting its hepatocyte-protecting role, in regulating RAGE in the proliferation of the HCC cell line HuH7 as well(More)
AIM Liver fibrosis is often a possible evolution of chronic liver disease (CLD), with a risk of progression to cirrhosis. This study was designed to determine if the measure of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) is clinically accurate in the staging of fibrosis. METHODS The study was conducted in the period 2008-2012. We recruited 84 patients with CLD.(More)
The aim of this study was to assess the immunomodulatory effect of KC-1317 (a symbiotic mixture containing Saccharomyces boulardii lysate in a cranberry, colostrum-derived lactoferrin, fragaria, and lactose mixture) supplementation in immune-compromised but otherwise healthy elderly subjects. A liquid formulation of KC-1317 was administered in a randomized(More)
The authors present their experience on surgical treatment of intestinal fistulas based on personal cases treated from 1981 to 1990. The cases are divided into two groups: the first: the first group of patients was treated only surgically (1981-1984); the second group was treated with surgery and artificial nutrition (1984-1990). The mortality rates are(More)
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a slow, chronic joint disease characterized by focal degeneration of articular cartilage and alterations of the chemical and mechanical articular function and also major cause of pain and physical disability. There is clinical evidence that increasing dietary n-3 relative to n-6 may be beneficial in terms of symptom management in(More)