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BACKGROUND We report the main findings of the WHO Multicountry Survey on Maternal and Newborn Health (WHOMCS), which aimed to assess the burden of complications related to pregnancy, the coverage of key maternal health interventions, and use of the maternal severity index (MSI) in a global network of health facilities. METHODS In our cross-sectional(More)
BACKGROUND Caesarean delivery rates continue to increase worldwide. Our aim was to assess the association between caesarean delivery and pregnancy outcome at the institutional level, adjusting for the pregnant population and institutional characteristics. METHODS For the 2005 WHO global survey on maternal and perinatal health, we assessed a multistage(More)
BACKGROUND Control of blood glucose is important in reducing both the incidence and the severity of complications in diabetes mellitus. One consequence of long- term hyperglycaemia is the formation and accumulation of advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) on tissue macromolecules. An AGE-modified form of human haemoglobin (Hb-AGE) present at high levels in(More)
Major depression is one of the leading causes of disabling condition worldwide and its treatment is often challenging and unsatisfactory, since many patients become refractory to pharmacological therapies. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive neurophysiological investigation mainly used to study the integrity of the primary motor cortex(More)
BACKGROUND Perinatal mortality and morbidity continue to be major global health challenges strongly associated with prematurity and reduced fetal growth, an issue of further interest given the mounting evidence that fetal growth in general is linked to degrees of risk of common noncommunicable diseases in adulthood. Against this background, WHO made it a(More)
BACKGROUND Every year millions of women around the world suffer from pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum complications. Women who survive the most serious clinical conditions are regarded as to have experienced a severe acute maternal complication called maternal near miss (MNM). Information about MNM cases may complement the data collected through the(More)
of Catania is actively involved in pursuing cutting edge research on issues related to Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition and their applications to medical image analysis, ecological informatics and bioinformatics. More specifically, the PeRCeiVe Lab's research is focused on some topical aspects of: – Computer Vision and Image Understanding. In(More)
ThermoTyre: Tyre temperature distribution during handling manoeuvres. Tuning and objective performance evaluation of a driving simulator to investigate tyre behavior in on-center handling manoeuvres. Design of an adaptive control for a magnetorheological fluid brake with model parameters depending on temperature and speed. Non-linear modelling and optimal(More)
— Traffic management in an urban area is highly facilitated by the knowledge of the traffic conditions in every street or highway involved in the vehicular mobility system. Aim of the paper is to propose a neuro-fuzzy approach able to compute the main parameters of a traffic system, i.e., car density, velocity and flow, by using the images collected by the(More)