Francesca Zucchi

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy of intravenous (i.v.) clodronate in patients with reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS) and to assess the urinary excretion of type I collagen crosslinked N-telopeptide (NTx) before and after the treatment. METHODS Thirty-two patients with RSDS were randomized to receive either i.v. clodronate 300 mg daily for 10(More)
To evaluate whether the prevalence of osteoporosis and related risk factors might be influenced by the level of education, as has been demonstrated for many other chronic diseases, 6160 postmenopausal women at their first densitometric referral were interviewed about reproductive variables, past and current use of estrogens, prevalence of chronic diseases,(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate bone mineral density (BMD) in young ambulatory female patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and to assess the influence of disease related variables and use of corticosteroids. METHODS Lumbar and femoral BMD were measured by dual x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) in 84 premenopausal patients with SLE (age 30.5+/-7.5 years). All(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of intravenous pamidronate in patients with transient osteoporosis of the hip (TOH). Thirteen men and three women (mean age 38.3 years, range 30-49) were recruited. The diagnosis was made by means of radiographs, bone scintigraphy, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Pamidronate (45 mg) was intravenously(More)
BACKGROUND High calcium intakes seem to be ineffective at reducing bone loss in early postmenopausal women. However, the inverse relation between calcium intake and body weight can attenuate the negative effect of a low dietary calcium intake. OBJECTIVE The objective was to assess the role of dietary calcium and body mass index (BMI) on osteoporosis,(More)
Hypertension and related cardiovascular diseases are reported to be associated with osteoporosis. A nutritional pathway related to dairy intake has been postulated for both diseases. The aim of this study was to assess calcium intake from dairy sources as a possible pathogenic link between osteoporosis and hypertension. This was a cross-sectional(More)
OBJECTIVE Complex regional pain syndrome type I (CRPS-I) is a severely disabling pain syndrome for which no definite treatment has been established. The aim of this multi-centre, randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled trial was to test the efficacy of the amino-bisphosphonate neridronate in patients with CRP-I. METHODS Eighty-two patients with CRP-I(More)
We develop a dynamic model of investment, financing, and cash management decisions in which investment is lumpy and firms face capital supply uncertainty. We characterize optimal policies explicitly, demonstrate that smooth-pasting conditions may not guarantee optimality, and show that firms may not follow standard Miller and Orr (1966) barrier policies. In(More)
To evaluate whether metatarsal fracture in postmenopausal women can be related to osteoporosis, a sample of 113 postmenopausal women with metatarsal fracture due to minor trauma were recruited. Demographic and clinical data were compared with a control group of 339 healthy age-matched women and with a sample of 224 women with wrist fracture. In all women,(More)
We devised a single-blind study to assess the role of providing external sensory cues in the rehabilitation of patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD). Twenty stable, nondemented patients with PD entered a 6-week rehabilitation program and were randomly assigned to two balanced protocols which were differentiated by the use of external sensory(More)