Learn More
We assessed prospectively clinical and quality of life changes in 9 patients with Parkinson's disease (PD; H&Y > or = 3) with severe motor fluctuations and dyskinesia who started continuous daily levodopa duodenal infusion through percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy. Seven patients completed the follow-up period. Duration of "off" periods and time with(More)
—The EU-funded CoCoRo project studies heterogeneous swarms of AUVs used for the purposes of underwater monitoring and search. The CoCoRo underwater swarm system will combine bio-inspired motion principles with biologically-derived collective cognition mechanisms to provide a novel robotic system that is scalable, reliable and flexible with respect its(More)
BACKGROUND The El Escorial diagnostic criteria are the most commonly used in clinical studies and therapeutic trials in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The accuracy of the El Escorial criteria was tested in clinical practice, but the reliability is unknown when the diagnosis of ALS must be assessed on the basis of medical records. (More)
PURPOSE Minimally invasive treatment of solid cancers, especially in the breast and liver, remains clinically challenging, despite a variety of treatment modalities, including radiofrequency ablation (RFA), microwave ablation or high-intensity focused ultrasound. Each treatment modality has advantages and disadvantages, but all are limited by placement of a(More)
Morphology, perception and locomotion are three key features highly inter-dependent in robotics. This paper gives an overview of an underwater modular robotic platform equipped with a bio-inspired electric sense. The platform is reconfigurable in the sense that it can split into independent rigid modules and vice-versa. Composed of 9 modules, the longer(More)
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a disorder whose pathogenesis is attributed, according to the most recent theories, to generalized membrane abnormalities, including red cell membrane. The study of erythrocyte ghosts in patients affected by DMD showed alterations in ion transport and in various enzymatic activities. Employing a spectrofluorometric(More)
The electromyographic silent period following the motor potential evoked by cortical magnetic stimulation is decreased in parkinsonian patients. In this study we investigated whether the decrease in the silent period is connected only with parkinsonian symptoms. We evaluated the effect of apomorphine (a potent and rapid dopamine-agonist) on the changes in(More)
In this article, we present a neurobiologically inspired multinetwork architecture based on knowledge of cortico-cortical connectivity and its application on an anthropomorphic head-arm-hand robotic system to provide reach-and-grasp kinematics based on multimodal sensorimotor learning. The system incorporates artificial neural network modules (matching(More)
— Homogeneity and heterogeneity represent a well-known trade-off in the design of modular robot systems. This work addresses the heterogeneity concept, its rationales, design choices and performance evaluation. We introduce challenges for self-reconfigurable systems, show advances of mechatronic and software design of heterogeneous platforms and discuss(More)