Pieralda Ferrari

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The objectives of this study were to 1) identify determinants of poor welfare in commercial broiler chicken flocks by studying the associations between selected resource-based measures (RBM, potential risk factors), such as litter quality and dark period, and animal-based welfare indicators (ABM), such as foot pad dermatitis and lameness, and 2) establish(More)
Welfare Quality(®) (WQ) assessment protocols place the emphasis on animal-based measures as an indicator for animal welfare. Stakeholders, however, emphasize that a reduction in the time taken to complete the protocol is essential to improve practical applicability. We studied the potential for reduction in time to complete the WQ broiler assessment(More)
The latency of the major component of the auditory evoked neuromagnetic field, the M100 or N1m, is sensitive to acoustical and perceptual attributes of the presented stimulus [1-3]. In particular the latency depends upon stimulus intensity, frequency and spectral complexity. Thus latency variation has been proposed as an objective metric of hearing, complex(More)
Although alcohol intake and hepatitis B and C virus (HBV and HCV) infections are the major determinants of liver cirrhosis (LC) in western countries, the joint effect of these factors on LC risk has not yet been adequately studied. Data from three case-control studies performed in Italy were used. Cases were 462 cirrhotic patients admitted to Hospitals for(More)
The joint use of two latent factor methods is proposed to assess a measurement instrument for an underlying phenomenon. For this purpose, Rasch analysis is initially used to properly calibrate questionnaires, to discard non informative variables and redundant categories. As a second step, an optimal scaling technique, Nonlinear PCA, is applied to quantify(More)
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