Laine Ferrara

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1. The spinal volleys evoked by single transcranial magnetic or electric stimulation over the cerebral motor cortex were recorded from a bipolar electrode inserted into the cervical epidural space of three conscious human subjects. These volleys were termed direct (D) and indirect (I) waves according to their latency. 2. We measured the size and number of(More)
The perioperative factors potentially associated with post-coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) ventricular tachyarrhythmias (VT) onset have not been deeply investigated. Monomorphic or polymorphic ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation represent the most dreadful arrhythmic events that can complicate the postoperative course of CABG. As a(More)
AIMS The aim of the present study was to investigate whether the addition of carvedilol to conventional therapy in dilated cardiomyopathy patients is associated with further benefits in the treatment of complex non-sustained ventricular arrhythmias (Lown class III, IV or V). METHODS AND RESULTS We recruited 168 patients with ischaemic or idiopathic(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the diagnostic usefulness of motor evoked potentials (MEPs) and to identify the optimal method for calculating the central conduction time. The test results were evaluated in a prospective study of 1023 neurological patients. METHODS We evaluated the correlation between clinical and electrophysiological findings, the accuracy, the(More)
PURPOSE This study was addressed to assess the clinical characteristics of patients presenting with chronic hyperamylasemia unrelated to pancreatic diseases (CHUPD). Almost all patients presenting with chronic hyperamylasemia undergo expensive, long, difficult, and often unnecessarily repeated diagnostic procedures. This is in conjunction with the poor(More)
Method and design: This is a blinded-study comprising of 22 undergraduate students (11 male, 11 female) of the University of Wisconsin Madison whose average ages range from 21.27 to 22.63. Subjects were divided into experimental groups and control groups. Both groups were assigned a series of puzzles, and without revealing the purpose of the study we(More)
The term X syndrome is used to indicate a group of patients who present anginous symptoms and ischemic-type electrocardiographic alterations which appear during exercise tolerance tests, dipiridamol tests or Holter's dynamic monitoring where coronary ultrasonography reveals no evident coronary lesions, vasospastic angina, arterial hypertension and/or(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate, in patients with chronic renal failure in hemodialysis and arterial hypertension, the effectiveness of a new angiotensin II receptor antagonist, the candesartan cilexitil, comparing it with losartan, the first of this new class of drugs. METHODS We have selected 128 patients with chronic renal failure (92(More)