Massimo Rosselli

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The interaction between the brain and the gut as a pathological mechanism of functional gastrointestinal disorders has been recently recognized in the pathophysiology of the irritable bowel syndrome. Communication between central nervous system and enteric nervous system is two-directional: the brain can influence the function of the enteric nervous system(More)
CONTEXT In Italy, data regarding the use of complementary therapies (CTs) among patients with cancer are sparse and discordant. OBJECTIVES The present study aimed to investigate the demographic and psychological characteristics of Italian cancer patients who use CTs and the perceived benefit of users. METHODS Eight hundred three patients from six(More)
AIMS Depression and other psychiatric disorders are frequent in HCV-infected patients, especially during interferon treatment. The molecular mechanism(s) underlying this finding is still unknown but it has been suggested that HCV and/or interferon administration may increase indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) activity, and reduce plasma tryptophan (TRP)(More)
The study of intrapsychic modalities can help to understand the association between depression and breast cancer patients and what kind of intervention can be planned. There is evidence that breast cancer is associated with the development of depression. The study of intrapsychic modalities may explain this association. Therefore, we aimed at investigating(More)
OBJECTIVE The evaluation of psychological distress in cancer patients recently entered oncologic clinical practice. The objective of this study was to evaluate the role of clinical interview within psycho-oncologic assessment. METHODS Questionnaires assessing distress (PDI), psychopathology (MHQ, HADS) and needs (NEQ) and a subsequent clinical interview(More)
BACKGROUND There is an increase in the attention to factors influencing the quality of life of cancer patients. The aim of the present study was to evaluate temperament and character traits related to health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients with cancer. METHODS Two hundred and three inpatients from three Italian oncology departments filled in(More)
A psychosomatic approach to the basic screening of distress for patient care in hospitals and other health services is presented. The aims of this study were to verify association between: (1) medical illnesses and distress; (2) patients' needs and distress; (3) type of illness and patients' needs; (4) patients' needs and sense of coherence. One hundred and(More)
Depression is a frequent side-effect of interferon-based treatment of patients with chronic viral hepatitis, that may lead to reduction or discontinuation of treatment. Clinical trials data showed the importance of therapy of psychiatric disorders for a successful antiviral treatment. Emerging evidence suggests that interferon may cause depression affecting(More)
The relationship between Roberto Assagioli (1888–1974), the founder of psychosynthesis, and Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961), the founder of analytical psychology, is examined by studying a wide range of documents, some unpublished, written by or transcribed from interviews with Assagioli. The long-term professional and friendly relationship between the two(More)
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