Rosaria Licitra

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Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is the most common degenerative motor neuron disease in adults, and dysphagia is one of its most frequent and disabling symptoms. Oropharyngoesophageal scintigraphy (OPES) permits a functional and semiquantitative study of the various stages of swallowing. We studied 28 ALS patients (12 females and 16 males; mean age =(More)
BACKGROUND The prognostic impact of masked hypertension is not yet completely clear. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prognostic relevance of masked hypertension in subjects with prehypertension. METHODS The occurrence of fatal and nonfatal cardiovascular events was evaluated in 591 subjects with prehypertension defined as clinic blood pressure(More)
BACKGROUND The close relationship between protein-energy malnutrition and quality of life, morbidity and mortality, makes mandatory a careful evaluation of the nutritional status and muscle mass in chronic renal failure (CRF) patients. METHODS Nutritional and skeletal muscle data were obtained from 28 nondiabetic patients with severe CRF (glomerular(More)
The aim of our study was the evaluation of the effects of cigarette smoking on ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) in normotensive subjects participating to a cardiovascular prevention program. All subjects were followed up for an average time of 97+/-42 months to assess the event of hypertension development. Prevalence of hypertension development was higher in(More)
OBJECTIVE ALS is the most common motor neurone disorder in human adults. Scanty data on endocrine abnormalities have been reported. The aim of the present study was to investigate the GH-IGF-I axis in ALS patients. PATIENTS Twenty-two ALS patients (12 men, 10 women), mean age 61 years, and 25 normal age- and sex-matched subjects. No patient was under(More)
OBJECTIVES To verify the effects of a muscular injection of fluoxetine both on needle electromyogram (EMG) "myotonic runs" and on the surface EMG pattern in patients affected by myotonic dystrophy type 1. METHODS Needle EMG recording: We performed needle EMG recordings on the tibialis anterior or opponent thumb muscle in 3 patients. The resting electrical(More)
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the most common motor neurone disorder in human adults, is characterized by selective and progressive degeneration of upper and lower motor neurones in the central nervous system. The main currently available drug for ALS treatment is riluzole, a compound that acts through inhibition of glutamate release, postsynaptic(More)
In 24 non insulin-dependent diabetic patients [NIDDM-12 with (ND+) and 12 without (ND-) asymptomatic polyneuropathy] in stable metabolic control, and in 12 age-matched controls (C), we studied the functional properties of tibialis anterior muscle (TA) through an electrically elicited contraction. We recorded the surface EMG signal and analysed the median(More)
The aim of this retrospective study was to assess the adherence to European recommendations when ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) is used in clinical practice taking account of ordering physician’s qualification in two different periods of time, before and after publication of guidelines. There was no statistically significant difference between(More)
BACKGROUND Control of hypertension is unsatisfactory among older women. Data about Mediterranean countries are not currently reported. AIM The aim of the present study was to describe the features of blood pressure (BP) control and the clustering of other cardiovascular (CV) risk factors in Mediterranean post-menopausal hypertensive women. PATIENTS AND(More)