Although exercise speed is an acute variable to prescribe abdominal strengthening programs, current literature lacks studies analyzing the influence of speed on muscular activation in abdominal exercises. The aim of this work was to determine the influence of trunk curl-up speed on the amplitude of muscular activation and the way in which the trunk muscles… (More)
STUDY DESIGN Nonrandomized control trial. OBJECTIVE To determine if the variations of speed and loading conditions during trunk flexion-extension could influence the times of occurrence and disappearance of the electrical silence of the erector spinae muscles, the degrees of lumbar flexion at those instants, and the relative lumbar motion time. SUMMARY… (More)
BACKGROUND Clostridium difficile (CD) is a leading cause of diarrhoea among hospitalized patients. The objective of this study was to evaluate the rate, the optimal diagnostic work-up, and outcome of CD infections (CDI) in Internal Medicine (IM) wards in Italy. METHODS PRACTICE is an observational prospective study, involving 40 IM Units and evaluating… (More)
Ascites is found in a variety of conditions, both acute and chronic, and computed tomography (CT) is usually successful in detecting its presence. We reviewed the CT images from a three-month window of patients in order to evaluate the prevalence and utility of a new radiographic sign for diagnosing ascites.