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Visual attention in dementia of Alzheimer's disease (AD) has not been investigated as extensively as memory or language. The aim of this research was to study the orienting of attention in patients with AD (which temporo-parietal areas are primarily affected) compared with patients with Parkinson-Dementia, Parkinson's disease, and normal controls, using the(More)
Identification of 13 new mutations in the ACVRL1 gene in a group of 52 unselected Italian patients affected by hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia H ereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) (OMIM 187300) is an autosomal dominant disorder caused by mutations in either of two genes, endoglin (ENG, OMIM 131195) (HHT1) and activin A receptor type II-like(More)
In order to establish whether the serotonergic disorder affecting the parkinsonian brain also modifies hypothalamic-pituitary function in Parkinson's disease, 10 patients (aged 57-66 years) and 10 normal controls (aged 55-69 years) were tested with the serotonergic agonist d,l-fenfluramine (60 mg p.o.), with CRH (100 micrograms i.v.) and with placebos.(More)
We have recently reported that parkinsonian patients show a significant GH response to gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB), but not to gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-ergic drug administration. In order to establish whether muscarinic cholinergic receptors mediate the GH secretion induced by GHB, normal men and parkinsonian patients were tested with GHB both in(More)
The Fuld formula and the linear discriminant function applied to WAIS subtest scores were tested for their ability to identify Alzheimer's disease and senile dementia of the Alzheimer type in a group of 101 demented subjects. The sensitivity and specificity of Fuld's formula for Alzheimer dementia against other dementias were 44.2% and 73.8% respectively;(More)
Introduction. Pediatric surgeons often practice pediatric gynecology. The single-incision single-instrument (SISI) technique used for appendectomy is applicable in gynecologic surgery. Methods. We retrospectively analyzed the records of patients undergoing pelvic surgery from 2008 to 2013. SISI utilized a 12 mm transumbilical trocar and an operating(More)
BACKGROUND Initial antibiotics with planned interval appendectomy (interval AP) have been used to treat patients with complicated perforated appendicitis; however, little experience exists with this approach in children with suspected acute perforated appendicitis (SAPA). We sought to determine the outcome of initial antibiotics and interval AP in children(More)
Purpose. To compare narcotic versus nonnarcotic outpatient oral pain management after pediatric laparoscopic appendectomy. Methods. In a prospective study from July 1, 2010, to March 30, 2011, children undergoing laparoscopic appendectomy on a rapid discharge protocol were treated with either nonnarcotic or narcotic postoperative oral analgesia. Two(More)
It is generally accepted that presenile Alzheimer's disease (AD) has faster progression and severer clinical manifestation than senile onset AD. Recently a relative left frontal hypoperfusion was only found in patients with presenile AD by using SPECT imaging. The aim of the present report was to ascertain whether the same conclusion could be drawn matching(More)
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