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The technique of intraneural microstimulation (INMS) combined with microneurography was used to excite and to record impulse activity in identified afferent peroneal nerve fibers from skeletal muscle of human volunteers. Microelectrode position was minutely adjusted within the impaled nerve fascicle until a reproducible sensation of deep pain projected to(More)
1. Intraneural microstimulation (INMS) and microneurography were used in combination to stimulate and record from muscle nociceptor primary afferent fibers of the common peroneal nerve of healthy volunteers. When pain evoked by INMS was projected to muscle, afferent activity could be evoked by innocuous and noxious pressure applied within the projected(More)
BACKGROUND Streptococcus pneumoniae, lancet-shaped, gram-positive, facultative anaerobic organisms, are common inhabitants of the respiratory tract and may be isolated from the nasopharynx of 5% to 70% of healthy adults. OBJECTIVE The aims of the study were to estimate the vaccination coverage for pneumococcal 23-valent polysaccharide vaccine and to(More)
BACKGROUND A geographic analysis of the causes of death is an important tool for assessing the effectiveness of Public Health initiatives. The aim of this study is to analyse the causes of death between 2000 and 2004, to discover any excess mortality from cancer in Province of Taranto, an area at high environmental risk. METHODS Mortality data from cancer(More)
Pneumococcal disease epidemiology has changed after introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines. Seven-valent vaccine (PCV7) has been effective in reducing invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD). In Europe, PCV13 effectiveness was estimated at 78% (95% CI: -18-96%) for 2-priming doses. In Italy, PCV7 was introduced in 2006 in the childhood immunization(More)
The aim of the study is to assess the determining factors and the level of vaccination coverage for those vaccinations recommended to health care workers. The employees of the Apulian Vaccination Services were given an interview-based standardized anonymous questionnaire. Of the 302 replies from the employees, 54.5% of the respondents had received the(More)
BACKGROUND Surveillance represents a key strategy to control type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM). In Italy, national data are missing. This study aimed at evaluating the incidence of T1DM in subjects <18 year olds in Apulia (a large southeastern region, about 4,000,000 inhabitants) and assessing the sensitivity of the regional Registry of Childhood-Onset(More)