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A new computerised test adopting touch-screen technology has been developed to assess the visuo-motor exploration of extra-personal space. The test was derived from well-known paper-and-pencil cancellation tasks used widely in the diagnosis and quantitative assessment of unilateral spatial neglect (USN), a neuropsychological syndrome that is more frequent(More)
The effects of subthalamic nucleus (STN) stimulation on the anticipatory postural actions associated with the initiation of gait were studied in ten patients with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease undergoing therapeutic deep brain stimulation. Kinematic, dynamic and electromyographic analysis was performed before and while subjects were starting gait in(More)
Previous studies have reported that patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) show, in the "off medication" state, a reduced activation of tibialis anterior (TA) in the late swing-early stance phase of the gait cycle. In PD patients the pathophysiological picture may cause differences among the stride cycles. Our aims were to evaluate how frequently TA(More)
The aim of the present study was to assess postural stabilization skill in adult subjects affected by Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) type 1A. For this purpose ground reaction force (GRF) was measured by means of a piezoelectric force platform during the sit-to-stand (STS) movement, until a steady state erect posture was achieved. Specific indexes to(More)
In the advanced phase of Parkinson's disease (PD), gait disturbances represent one of the main causes of disability. Several studies demonstrated that high-frequency electrical stimulation (HFS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) significantly improves the motor symptoms of PD. This study was finalised to quantitatively analyze the effect of STN HFS on gait(More)
Subthalamic nucleus (STN) stimulation, a recent surgical approach to Parkinson’s disease (PD), has been shown to be effective in relieving motor symptoms. The present study carried out a full body gait analysis, during overground walking, on ten PD patients with bilaterally implanted STN stimulation devices. Walking performance was analyzed on the same day,(More)
Cerebellar ataxia is a complex motor disturbance that involves the planning and execution of movements and reduces movement accuracy and co-ordination. The quantification of ataxic signs is commonly realised through visual examination of motor tasks performed by the patient and assignment of scores to specific items composing the international co-operative(More)
In a movement analysis laboratory, stereophotogrammetric motion capture systems and force platforms must share one absolute reference frame that allows the computation of joint moments and powers. The correct calibration of the platform location identifies the transformation between force plate and absolute reference systems, which determines the spatial(More)
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