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The present study examined the characteristics and the possible psychopathological consequences of ecstasy (MDMA, 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine) use. One hundred and fifty consecutive patients, presenting to the Padova (Italy) Addiction Treatment Unit and who had taken ecstasy on at least one occasion, were examined and studied using a semi-structured(More)
The present paper attempts to give an updated overview of the magnitude of the phenomenon of ecstasy abuse in Italy and other European countries. It gives an account of some clinical case studies and of a larger-scale report on polydrug (including MDMA) consumers attending our Public Health Addiction Treatment Unit in recent years, with a view to clarifying(More)
AIMS To evaluate the impact of a pharmacist-led patient education and diabetes monitoring programme on HbA(1c) and other cardiovascular risk factors in the community setting. METHODS Patients with Type 2 diabetes (n = 46) attending two community pharmacies in Hertfordshire, UK were randomized to one of two groups. Patients in the intervention group (n =(More)
The authors have evaluated the psychotropic drug use patterns and psychological distress (with the Symptom Distress Checklist, SCL-90) amongst 331 elderly medical inpatients. Forty-two percent of the sample took psychotropic drugs during their hospitalization period. The drugs most commonly used were anxiolytics and hypnotics of the benzodiazepine class.(More)
The authors administered two scales for the evaluation of depression, the Zung SDS and the DFS (Depression Factor Score), derived from the SCL-90, to two groups of medical inpatients: One composed of adult subjects (N = 201) and the other of geriatric subjects (N = 178). The results confirm a high presence of depressive symptoms among patients with medical(More)
A double-blind, randomized 4-week mianserin vs maprotiline trial was conducted in 48 depressed geriatric medical inpatients. The drug dosages were up to 90 mg of mianserin and up to 150 mg of maprotiline per day. Efficacy was measured by the Geriatric Depression Scale, the Hopkins Symptom Check List depression subscale and the Clinical Global Impression(More)
The authors retrospectively examined the clinical outcome (after 1, 2 and 5 years of beginning the therapeutic protocols) for 16 rapid-cycling bipolar affective disorder patients given either lithium alone or lithium plus carbamazepine. The results suggest that both therapeutic protocols have been safe and clinically effective. However, improvement was(More)
The frequency of an abnormal response to the dexamethasone suppression test (DST) was examined in 38 geriatric patients hospitalized for medical illnesses and affected by depressive disorders diagnosed according to the DSM III, and in 18 medical patients (used as controls) hospitalized in the same ward. Only 11% of the controls and 11% of those affected by(More)