Giuseppe Paglia

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Much evidence suggests that parkinsonian rigidity is due to hyperactivity of a reflex arc. While tendon jerk and H reflex are not modified in Parkinson's disease (PD), the long-latency component of stretch reflex (LLR) shows an increased size in PD. It has been proposed that this modification could account for rigidity. We studied in 14 PD patients and 8(More)
We stretched quadriceps femoris in healthy subjects and in patients with a recent diagnosis of PD in order to assess whether modifications of the long-latency component of the stretch reflex is an early event in the course of Parkinson's disease (PD). We found a modified mechanical and electromyographic (EMG) behavior in stretching relaxed muscles of(More)
Authors report a case of focal action myoclonus due to a localized hemispheric lesion. The woman had cardiac arrest complicated by ischemic stroke involving the left parietal region. Action myoclonus of the inferior right limb was the sole residual complaint, provoked by movement and maintenance of posture. Patient noted that myoclonus was worsened by(More)
Mycotoxins are secondary metabolites produced by pathogenic fungi in crops worldwide. These compounds can undergo modification in plants, leading to the formation of a large number of possible modified forms, whose toxicological relevance and occurrence in food and feed is still largely unexplored. The analysis of modified mycotoxins by liquid(More)
Short- and long-latency responses to stretching have been evoked in various muscles in the healthy subject. The quadriceps femoris, however, has never been investigated in this connection, despite its functional importance. We studied its stretch reflex in 17 healthy subjects with a torque motor to determine its morphological features in relation to the(More)
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