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BACKGROUND Laparoscopic pancreatic surgery has gradually expanded its applications to include pancreaticoduodenectomy. However, the benefits of the laparoscopic approach are still debated. This article aims to present data regarding the efficacy of laparoscopic pancreaticoduodenectomy in a single center. METHODS From March 2003 to June 2010, a total of 22(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to define any benefits in terms of early outcome for laparoscopic colectomy in patients over 75 years old (OP) compared with the outcomes of a younger populations (YP). METHODS Forty elderly patients undergoing laparoscopic colectomy for colorectal cancer between 2007-2011 were studied, the patients are divided for(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopic splenectomy (LS) has gradually become the technique of choice for surgical removal of the spleen. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of LS in a large cohort of patients from a single center. METHODS From March 1992 to June 2010, 300 patients underwent LS at our hospital for predominantly hematologic disorders. The(More)
BACKGROUND Laparoscopy has increasingly become the standard of care for patients who undergo colorectal surgery for both benign and malignant disease. On the basis of this growing experience, there is now an expanded role for laparoscopic approach to postoperative complications after primary colorectal resection. However, there is little literature specific(More)
The paper investigated drivers' speed behaviour in a section of a rural highway crossing a small urban community in the existing scenario without any traffic calming device and in two different design scenarios with traffic calming in the urban community. Two gateways and four integrative traffic calming devices along the route within the urban area were(More)
Aim of the study was to investigate, by means of a driving simulator experiment, drivers' behaviour in terms of speed, deceleration, and lateral position on major approaches of rural intersections in relation to different perceptual cues. In the experiment, ten different design conditions with and without speed-reducing treatments along the approach to the(More)
DRIVE IN<sup>2</sup> is an automotive research project within the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems, especially Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS). The project originates from the idea that the development of new ADAS and evaluation of their effect have to take drivers into account, as well as their behavior while driving: the benefits of(More)
Reduction of the environmental impact of cars represents one of the biggest transport industry challenges. Beyond more efficient engines, a promising approach is to use eco-driving technologies that help drivers achieve lower fuel consumption and emission levels. In this study, a real-time microscopic fuel consumption model was developed. It was designed to(More)
Identification of driving behavior is a crucial task in several Intelligent Transportation Systems applications, both to increase safety and assist drivers. Here we identify driving behaviors by means of an analytical model. In order to estimate the model parameters, data are collected with an instrumented vehicle. The paper presents the model, the(More)
This paper analyses driving behaviour in car-following conditions, based on extensive individual vehicle data collected during experimental field surveys carried out in Italy and the UK. The aim is to contribute to identify simple evidence to be exploited in the ongoing process of driving assistance and automation which, in turn, would reduce rear-end(More)