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AIM A growing number of neuropsychological studies reported that chemotherapy may impair brain functions, inducing persistent cognitive changes in a subset of cancer survivors. The aim of this paper was to investigate the neural basis of the chemotherapy induced neurobehavioral changes by means of metabolic imaging and neuropsychological testing. METHODS(More)
The cost effectiveness of treatments that have changed the "natural history" of a chronic progressive disease needs to be evaluated over the long term. Disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are the standard treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and should be started as early as possible. A number of studies have shown that they are effective in(More)
ACPA (anti-citrullinated protein antibody) tests are today systematically added to clinical and radiological investigations when diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and the inclusion of ACPA positivity in the new 2010 RA criteria underlines their importance. The aim of this study was to determine the sensitivity and specificity of different ACPA assays(More)
We evaluated the efficacy of clodronate for treating active erosive osteoarthritis of the hand and to compare it with hydroxychloroquine. Group A consisted of 24 patients treated for 24 months with clodronate 300 mg i.v. for 7 days, followed by clodronate i.m. 100 mg for 14 days every 3 months. Group B comprised 14 patients treated with hydroxychloroquine(More)
BACKGROUND The goal was to ascertain the prevalence of SLE in the population over 18 years of age in the Scandicci-Le Signe area of Florence, Italy, based on the records of general practitioners (GPs). MATERIAL/METHODS Twenty GPs screened 32,521 patients by administering the Lupus Screening Questionnaire (LQS) and found 30 patients with suspected or(More)
Five anti-TNF agents, infliximab, adalimumab, etanercept, golimumab and certolizumab pegol are approved worldwide for the treatment of RA. Anti-TNF agents, bind to and neutralize soluble TNF-alpha, but exert different effects on transmembrane TNF-alpha-expressing cells (TNF-alpha-producing cells). Differences on affinity and avidity for soluble and(More)
INTRODUCTION Status epilepticus (SE) is frequently observed in epileptic patients. We reviewed a series of video-EEG documented SE to define the characteristics of SE in this population. MATERIALS AND METHODS Retrospective evaluation of 50 epileptic patients with SE, revision of the electro-clinical data and therapies, and definition of the semeiological(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Several biological agents have been introduced into the drug market and more are emerging. Adverse reactions to these agents have recently been classified into five different subtypes. Some of these reactions are frequent but without consequences for the patients. Others are less frequent but potentially life-threatening, and they include(More)
Biosimilar infliximab (INX) was recently approved by the European Medicine Agency for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis (AS), Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, psoriatic arthritis (PsA), and psoriasis on the grounds that its pharmacokinetics, safety, and efficacy were comparable to those of innovator INX. The aim of this study(More)
Adult-onset Still's disease (AOSD) is a rare rheumatological condition characterized by an acute systemic involvement. There are no treatment guidelines. Glucocorticoids (GC), methotrexate (MTX), cyclosporin A and biologic agents have been successfully used, often in association. We treated six cases of AOSD with clarithromycin (CM) in combination with(More)