Luca Bellini

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OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of fluvoxamine in the treatment of delusional depression. METHOD Fifty-nine inpatients who met the DSM-III-R criteria for major depression with psychotic features were treated with fluvoxamine for 6 weeks. Patients were assessed at baseline and weekly thereafter with the Hamilton Depression(More)
The neuropsychological characteristics of a group of schizophrenic and affective patients were assessed by mean of a comprehensive neuropsychological tool, the Luria-Nebraska Neuropsychological Batter (LNNB), to determine the lateralized hemispheric neurofunctional characteristics in major functional central nervous system disorders. The results showed that(More)
Delusional depressive episodes may represent more sever degrees of depressive manifestations or a distinct subtype of depressive illness. To test these two alternative hypotheses, characteristics on demographic, clinical and symptomatic variables, presence of personality disorders and familial loading were compared in 57 delusional and 57 non-delusional(More)
Some level of frontal and callosal dysfunction has been reported in patients with schizophrenia. In the present study 68 normal controls and 117 schizophrenic patients were administered the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST), which involves the function of the frontal areas, and the Auditory Comprehension Test (ACT) which involves the corpus callosum and to(More)
BACKGROUND The increasing popularity gained by pet birds over recent decades has highlighted the role of avian medicine and surgery in the global veterinary scenario; such a need for speciality avian medical practice reflects the rising expectation for high-standard diagnostic imaging procedures. The aim of this study is to provide an atlas of matched(More)
Three medetomidine-based protocols were evaluated for sedation in companion rats undergoing diagnostic procedures. Group Me received medetomidine at 150 μg/kg intramuscularly (IM); group Me-Bu received medetomidine 100 μg/kg IM and butorphanol 2 mg/kg IM, and group Me-Bu-Mi received medetomidine 50 μg/kg IM, butorphanol 2 mg/kg IM and midazolam 1 mg/kg IM.(More)
The efficacy of fluvoxamine was compared to that of amitriptyline in a double-blind 6-week fixed-dose trial of 56 inpatients with major depressive episode. The two drugs were comparable in their antidepressant efficacy. We tested the percentage of improvement in Hamilton-D scores during the first and the second weeks of treatment as predictors of efficacy(More)
Performances of 59 affective patients, 59 schizophrenics and 59 normal controls on the Quality Extinction Test (QET), which has been proven to be valuable for detecting abnormal hemisphere functioning in neurological and psychiatric patients, are presented. Frequencies of the left and right extinctions of the affective patients did not exceed those of(More)
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