Renata Cerutti

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BACKGROUND The PGWBI is a 22-item health-related Quality of Life (HRQoL) questionnaire developed in US which produces a self-perceived evaluation of psychological well-being expressed by a summary score. The PGWBI has been validated and used in many countries on large samples of the general population and on specific patient groups. Recently a study was(More)
Age-related changes in nutritional status can play an important role in brain functioning. Specific nutrient deficiencies in the elderly may exacerbate pathological processes in the brain. Consequently, the potential of nutritional intervention to prevent or delay cognitive impairment and the development of dementia is an important topic. A randomized,(More)
BACKGROUND Spasm through the internal anal sphincter is one of the supposed causes for pain after hemorrhoidectomy, a common and distressing experience. We hypothesized that the addition of topical nifedipine to lidocaine would improve pain control by causing a relaxation of the smooth muscle of the internal anal sphincter. METHODS We conducted a(More)
OBJECTIVES Few randomized studies have been carried out on adult patients affected by acute diarrhea especially in primary care, which is the natural context for this kind of disorder. Lactobacillus paracasei B 21060 is a novel strain of lactobacillus, which has been shown to be effective in relieving symptoms associated with diarrhea of irritable bowel(More)
OBJECTIVES Efficacy of symbiotics in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) remains unknown. METHODS Patients were randomized to a prebiotic (n=135), or a symbiotic formulation containing Lactobacillus paracasei B21060 (Flortec, n=132). Primary efficacy was the responder rate for pain and global relief of symptoms in the overall population and in(More)
The Authors evaluate the variation of Sex Hormone Binding Globulin during the menstrual cycle in 17 normal menstruating healthy women. The resulting data seem to show not significant modification in the protein serum level, in agreement with most of the reports in literature. A possible explanation might be the insufficient length of estrogen stimulation in(More)
OBJECTIVES This study aimed to assess whether topical anorectal application of an ointment containing nifedipine (0.3% w/w) and lidocaine (lignocaine) [1.5% w/w] to patients undergoing Milligan-Morgan haemorrhoidectomy achieves pharmacologically relevant serum concentrations of the active ingredients and has any haemodynamic effects or adverse effects. (More)
AIM To determine the applicability and psychometric properties of the Italian version of the Disability Assessment of Dementia scale (DAD-I) in a community-residing population with early-stage Alzheimer's disease (AD). METHODS The DAD-I was administered to the primary caregivers of 159 patients (mean age +/- SD 77.1 +/- 5.2) with mild AD (mean Mini Mental(More)
The early differentiation of Alzheimer's disease (AD) from frontotemporal dementia (FTD) may be difficult. The Tower of London (ToL), thought to assess executive functions such as planning and visuo-spatial working memory, could help in this purpose. Twentytwo Dementia Centers consecutively recruited patients with early FTD or AD. ToL performances of these(More)
BACKGROUND Executive dysfunction in Alzheimer's disease (AD) has been recently recognized as an early and prominent clinical sign. The Tower of London (ToL), a task specifically devised to test executive functions of visuospatial planning and problem solving, has frequently been used in neuropsychological experiments, but rarely in the clinical ground. (More)