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OBJECTIVES To evaluate the psychometric properties of an index based on 3 patient reported outcomes measures, termed PRO-CLinical ARthritis Activity (PRO-CLARA), in order to facilitate rapid and easy rheumatoid arthritis (RA) activity assessment in daily routine. METHODS 196 patients partially or not responding to disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs(More)
BACKGROUND Physical disability in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is often assessed by questionnaires. We compared the Recent-Onset Arthritis Disability (ROAD) questionnaire with the Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ) disability index (DI) in a cohort of RA patients. The aim of this study was to obtain information on several aspects of construct(More)
Biochemical analysis of the extracellular matrix of human aortas was performed on samples of ascending and descending aortas affected by atherosclerosis in comparison with a control group of nonatherosclerotic aortas. Ulcerated or heavily calcified atheromas were excised and excluded from the analysis in order to differentiate biochemical alterations(More)
The biochemical analysis of samples of aortic connective tissue was carried out in 22 subjects from 9 to 84 years old. Aortic samples were taken at necropsy performed after sudden or, more often, traumatic death. The results suggest that aging of the aorta is accompanied by an increase both in collagen content and in total sugar content when expressed as(More)
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