Maria Cristina Martini

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Patients with left visual extinction as a result of unilateral right hemisphere damage were tested on a redundant-targets effect paradigm (RTE). LED-generated brief flashes were lateralized either to the left or to the right visual hemifield or presented bilaterally. Subjects were asked to press a key as fast as possible following either unilateral or(More)
We studied the visual field distribution of speed and accuracy of manual responses to small brief light flashes, in patients with left hemineglect or extinction resulting from right hemisphere vascular lesions and in brain-damaged and healthy control subjects. All patients with right hemisphere lesions showed a greater impairment in both the speed of(More)
We have studied a patient, CZ, with contralateral visual extinction due to a large ischaemic frontal-parietal-temporal lesion in the right hemisphere. We found that manipulation of intensity of the visual stimulus had little effect while an increase in eccentricity substantially increased extinction rate. An important factor was represented by the hemifield(More)
Besides apolipoprotein E (APOE) polymorphism, whose association with Alzheimer's disease (AD) has been confirmed in most of the numerous population samples studied, other markers have been investigated. In most cases the association firstly described was not confirmed in subsequent works. Since it is important to examine these associations in as many(More)
The paraoxonase (PON1) Gln192-->Arg polymorphism was examined in a group of sporadic late-onset Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients, in a group of coronary artery disease (CAD) patients, and in normal subjects. The AD sample showed a PON1*R allele frequency significantly lower than the control group (0.225 vs. 0.281, P=0.049). In the CAD patients the *R(More)
Inflammatory processes are thought to be important contributors to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). alpha1-antichymotrypsin (ACT) is a proteinase inhibitor characteristic of acute-phase inflammation and has been identified in amyloid plaques. We analyzed the plasma ACT levels in a sample of subjects with late-onset AD and correspondent(More)
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