Francis Meire Favero

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OBJECTIVE This study examined the effects of facial exercises associated either with mirror or electromyogram (EMG) biofeedback with respect to complications of delayed recovery in Bell's palsy. PATIENTS Patients with unilateral idiopathic facial palsy were included in this review. INTERVENTIONS Facial exercises associated with mirror and/or EMG(More)
BACKGROUND The measurement of time and compensatory movements for functional tasks is not frequently used to evaluate children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). As muscle weakness progresses, new synergies (compensatory movements) are selected to perform the tasks, demanding higher times. OBJECTIVES The present study aimed to describe the timed(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the mortality rates of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in the city of São Paulo as a function of demographics, year, and region. METHOD This was a retrospective descriptive study. Information was obtained from death certificates registered at the Program for the Improvement of Mortality Information, Municipal Health Department(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the relationship between muscle strength and motor function and between these variables and age. METHOD Muscle strength was measured by Medical Research Council (MRC) scale and motor function, by Motor Function Measure (MFM), in 40 non-ambulatory patients. Spearman tests investigated the relationships between muscle strength,(More)
Cerebral palsy is a well-recognized neurodevelopmental condition beginning in early childhood and persisting throughout life. It is considered the most common non-progressive neurological disease of childhood. Subjects with cerebral palsy present complex motor skill disorders, the primary deficits being abnormal muscle tone that affects posture and(More)
AIMS Two specific objectives were established to quantify computer task performance among people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). First, we compared simple computational task performance between subjects with DMD and age-matched typically developing (TD) subjects. Second, we examined correlations between the ability of subjects with DMD to learn the(More)
BACKGROUND In individuals severely affected with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), virtual reality has recently been used as a tool to enhance community interaction. Smartphones offer the exciting potential to improve communication, access, and participation, and present the unique opportunity to directly deliver functionality to people with disabilities.(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between Performance of Upper Limb (PUL) and Jebsen-Taylor Test (JTT) to assess and monitor upper limb function progression in patients with muscular dystrophy. Thirty patients diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, Becker muscular dystrophy, myotonic dystrophy(More)
Objective To investigate the impact of epidemiological and clinical factors on the benefit of riluzole in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Methods The survival rate of 578 patients with ALS (1999-2011) was analyzed by descriptive statistics and Kaplan-Meier curves. Considering the median of the sample survival time (19 months), patients(More)
Objective To investigate the relationship between DMD and pain. Methods We conducted a systematic review in Medline/PubMed and BVS (virtual library in health) databases. We searched for articles that showed the terms "Muscular Dystrophy, Duchenne" and "Pain" in all fields. All studies included boys diagnosed with DMD and the occurrence/amount of pain on(More)