Patients affected by idiopathic scoliosis (IS) show not only a spinal deformity, but also postural and oculomotor deficits suggesting that such syndrome can be related to a vestibular disfunction. It appears, however, that, in children, a slight unbalance in the activity of vestibular complex of both sides escapes the neuronal mechanisms responsible for… (More)
Experimental and clinical evidences indicate that endocrine mechanisms, particularly involving the pineal gland, exert a role in the development of postural deficits leading to the occurrence of idiopatic scoliosis (IS). In particular, experiments performed in bipedal animals have shown that removal of the pineal gland, which secretes melatonin (M), induced… (More)
In under-resourced communities, there are several preventable pregnancy complications that can lead to significant maternal or perinatal morbidity and mortality when left untreated. The lack of access to prenatal imaging is one of many factors that contribute to the greater mortality rates in such populations. Analysis of the most common complications… (More)
Congenital protein S deficiency is an important risk factor for venous and, more rarely, arterial thrombosis. Here, we describe the case of a 35-year old patient with cerebral ischemia, protein S deficiency and carotid stenosis. Other members of the family were found to have the same protein S deficit and a history of venous thrombotic manifestations.