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We investigated the effect of sports activity on physically-disabled individuals using behavioral and electrophysiological techniques. Visual go/no-go discriminative and simple response tasks were used. Participants included 17 disabled athletes, 9 from open-skill (wheelchair basketball) and eight from closed-skill (swimming) sports, and 18 healthy(More)
Blood pressure regulation was explored in infant rats 12-14 days of age during the 30-40% changes in cardiac rate that accompany nutrient (maternal) deprivation and refeeding at this age. Using specially modified tail cuff and intraarterial cannulation techniques, blood pressure was found to be maintained at stable levels (65-75 mm Hg) throughout these(More)
BACKGROUND Survivors of severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) may show transient or persistent extrapyramidal symptoms such as rigidity, akinesia and parkinsonian posture, associated with hypomimia, not estinguishable glabellar tap reflex, seborrhea and hypersalivation. The Blink Reflex (BR), an electrically-induced reflex, is abnormal in Parkinson's disease(More)
The damage of the skeletal muscle prompts a complex and coordinated response that involves the interactions of many different cell populations and promotes inflammation, vascular remodeling and finally muscle regeneration. Muscle disorders exist in which the irreversible loss of tissue integrity and function is linked to defective neo-angiogenesis with(More)
Analysis of upper-body accelerations is a promising and simple technique for quantitatively assessing some general features of gait such as stability, harmony, and symmetry. Despite the growing literature on elderly healthy populations and neurological patients, few studies have used accelerometry to investigate these features in subjects with lower-limb(More)
Schizencephaly is a rare developmental disorder characterized by a full thickness cleft within the cerebral hemispheres. Large portions of the cerebral hemispheres may be missing and are replaced by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The walls of the clefts are lined by polymicrogyric grey matter and are covered by the so-called "pialependymal seam". The cleft may(More)
Mitochondrial fission and fusion are essential processes in the maintenance of the skeletal muscle function. The contribution of these processes to muscle development has not been properly investigated in vivo because of the early lethality of the models generated so far. To define the role of mitochondrial fission in muscle development and repair, we have(More)
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE to investigate the road traffic accident rate in patients who have resumed driving after severe brain injury. RESEARCH DESIGN a retrospective study conducted by means of telephone interviews. METHODS AND PROCEDURES The caregivers of 90 patients suffering from severe brain injury were included. All of the patients had sustained severe(More)
The effects of a non-articulated SACH and a multiaxial foot-ankle mechanism on the performance of low-activity users are of great interest for practitioners in amputee rehabilitation. The aim of this study is to compare these two prosthetic feet and assess possible improvements introduced by the increased degrees of freedom provided by the multiaxial foot.(More)
Lower limb amputation (LLA) is the drastic stage of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) where the hyperhomocysteinemia (H-HCY) seems to be a risk factor. Surprisingly, in literature the levels and the role of homocysteinemia (HCY) in persons with LLA are understudied. This study aims to investigate the level of HCY and its correlation with the functional(More)
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