Piercarlo C Sarzi Puttini

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Seventeen patients affected by fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) (16 females and one male) and 17 matched healthy subjects underwent formal polysomnography, a sleep questionnaire and lung function tests. FMS patients slept significantly less efficiently than the healthy controls (p<0.01), had a higher proportion of stage 1 sleep (mean+/-SD, 21+/-6% versus(More)
The use of TNF-alpha antagonists (infliximab, etanercept, adalimumab) has changed the course of many rheumatic diseases including rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Since their approval, some questions regarding their safety including infections have been observed. The aim of the study was to evaluate the changes in cytokines levels and cells subsets in patients(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of the present study was to produce an Italian version of the Revised Leeds Disability Questionnaire (LDQ) in a group of patients with ankylosing spondylitis, and to examine the psychometric properties of this version, evaluating its internal consistency, external validity and reliability. METHODS The LDQ was administered to 60(More)
The fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a chronic condition characterized by chronic widespread pain, fatigue, cognitive disturbances, sleep disorders, and somatic and psychological distress [1, 2]. Between 2.9 and 3.8% of the general population in Europe and the US are affected [3–5], with 9 times as many women as men in clinical settings [2]. Many patients(More)
This study involving 1033 patients with RA confirms the effectiveness of etanercept, adalimumab, and infliximab in reducing RA-related disability even in patients with a history of highly active and longstanding RA. Moreover, we found that the improvement in disability was biphasic, with a marked improvement during the first year of anti-TNF therapy,(More)
Abatacept (ABA) is a fusion receptor protein containing the CTLA-4 domain that prevents the activation of naïve T cells by binding the CD80 and CD86 molecules expressed on the surface of dendritic cells, indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA). There is still little evidence concerning the safety of ABA in RA patients(More)
Our previous results showed that intrasynovial Rifamycin SV caused the lysis of synoviocites and freed the autoantigens which in turn stimulated the immunoregulatory rather than autoreactive T cell response in rheumatoid patients. Here, we hypothesize that disruption in vitro of peripheral blood mononuclear cells, by freeze/thawing or by lytic action of(More)
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