Roberto Grimaldi

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The pharmacodynamic and kinetic profiles of two oral biperiden formulations (tablet with instant-release and sugar-coated tablet with slow-release) were studied in a total of 12 healthy subjects after the administration of a 4 mg dose and compared in part to placebo. Biperiden as slow-release formulation showed much slower absorption than the(More)
Cabergoline is a potent D2 receptor agonist with a half-life of 65 hours that may provide continuous dopaminergic stimulation administered once daily. In this study, we randomized de novo Parkinson's disease (PD) patients to treatment with increasing doses of cabergoline (0.25 to 4 mg/d) or levodopa (100 to 600 mg/d) up to the optimal or maximum tolerated(More)
BACKGROUND Epidemiological studies conducted in Sicily and Sardinia, the two major Mediterranean islands, showed elevated incidence and prevalence of multiple sclerosis (MS)and a recent increase in disease frequency. OBJECTIVE To confirm the central highlands of Sicily as areas of increasing MS prevalence and elevated incidence, we performed a follow-up(More)
Various tests of psychomotor performance were carried out in a group of 16 healthy male volunteers given a standardized preparation of Korean ginseng (G 115; 100 mg twice a day for 12 weeks) and in a similar group given identical placebo capsules under double-blind conditions. A favourable effect of G 115 relative to baseline performance was observed in(More)
Parkinson's disease (PD) is associated with an array of signs and symptoms and motor fluctuations. In addition, treatments such as levodopa and dopamine agonists are associated with side-effects that impact the same health domains as disease symptomatology. To comprehensively and sensitively assess drug therapies in respect of disease symptoms and(More)
Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) is believed to be effective in treating refractory angina. The need for SCS-related chest paresthesia, however, has hitherto made impossible placebo-controlled trials. Subliminal (non paresthesic) SCS, however, might be also effective on anginal pain. In this trial we compared subliminal SCS with paresthesic SCS and with sham(More)
AIMS An antiarrhythmic effect of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) has been recognized in an animal model. The actual mechanism is still mainly unknown. An adrenergic output reduction has been advocated as the main mechanism, although a modulation effect on the arrhythmic substrate has not yet been investigated. We studied T-wave alternans (TWA) modifications(More)
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