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AIM The aim of this study was to investigate the role of mental practice (MP) in functional recovery of upper limbs in stroke patients. METHODS Thirty-six hemiparetic stroke patients (15 females and 21 males) were enrolled in a randomized single blind cross-over study. Patients were randomly divided into two groups, (A and B) each comprising 18 patients.(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine participant preference for weekly versus monthly bisphosphonate therapy for osteoporosis after being informed about differences in fracture efficacy. DESIGN 20-minute, semi-structured, face-to-face or telephone interviews. Two bisphosphonate choices were presented on the basis of block randomization: weekly therapy with proven(More)
INTRODUCTION We aimed to assess the incidence and hospitalization rate of hip and "minor" fragility fractures in the Italian population. METHODS We carried out a 3-year survey at 10 major Italian emergency departments to evaluate the hospitalization rate of hip, forearm, humeral, ankle, and vertebral fragility fractures in people 45 years or older between(More)
Few data are available about the incidence and costs of hip fractures in Italy. We aimed to determine the impact of hip fractures vs. acute myocardial infarction (AMI). We studied the national hospitalization database to calculate their incidence and costs in adults aged ≥45 between 1999 and 2002. In 2002, there were 86,719 hip fractures with a 10.0%(More)
Sarcopenia is the age-associated loss of skeletal muscle mass and function. It is a major clinical problem for older people and research in understanding of pathogenesis, clinical consequences, management, and socioeconomic burden of this condition is growing exponentially. The causes of sarcopenia are multifactorial, including inflammation, insulin(More)
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) is a multifactorial and disabling disorder with complex etiology and pathogenesis. Goals of therapy in CRPS should be pain relief, functional restoration, and psychological stabilization, but early interventions are needed in order to achieve these objectives. Several drugs have been used to reduce pain and to improve(More)
BACKGROUND One of the most frequent impairments in breast cancer survivors is secondary lymphedema of the upper limbs. Several impairments and activity limitations frequently occur in these patients leading to participation restrictions and influencing Quality of Life. AIM To investigate upper limb disability and perceived Health Related Quality of Life(More)
Regular blood transfusions from infancy until adulthood in beta-thalassaemia major patients have substituted severe bone deformities with less marked skeletal lesions as osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is characterized by low bone mass and disruption of bone architecture, resulting in reduced bone strength and increased risk of fractures. Genetic factors have an(More)
A total of 507,671 people ≥65 experienced hip fractures between 2000 and 2005. In 2005, 94,471 people ≥65 were hospitalized due to hip fractures, corresponding to a 28.5% increase over 6 years. Most fractures occurred in patients ≥75 (82.9%; n = 420,890; +16% across 6 years), particularly in women (78.2%; n = 396,967). We aimed to analyze incidence and(More)
This study aimed to evaluate the prevalence of vertebral fractures in elderly women with a recent hip fracture. The burden of vertebral fractures expressed by the Spinal Deformity Index (SDI) is more strictly associated with the trochanteric than the cervical localization of hip fracture and may influence short-term functional outcomes. This study aimed to(More)