Simona Bertoli

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BACKGROUND & AIMS This 6-month prospective, single-arm observational study was designed to assess the effects of the KD on the nutritional status, resting energy expenditure (REE), and substrate oxidation in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. METHODS Eighteen patients with medically refractory epilepsy underwent assessment of body composition, REE,(More)
PURPOSE This collaborative study by three Italian groups of child neuropsychiatrists was carried on to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the classic 4:1 ketogenic diet as add-on treatment in refractory partial or generalized epilepsy in children, adolescents and young adults. METHODS We performed a prospective add-on study in 56 refractory epilepsy(More)
OBJECTIVES To validate a food frequency questionnaire to determine calcium and macronutrient intake in healthy children and adolescents. MATERIALS AND METHODS The questionnaire consisted of 16 main food groups containing the main foods composing the diet of Italian children, a total of 136 items and 23 questions about food habits, supplements and(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and osteoporosis are the most frequent pathologies among people with a severe reduction of physical activity. The impairment in nutritional status, consequent to quantitative and qualitative inadequacy of diet, could be one of the first steps in the development of co-morbidities in disabled(More)
Total and segmental body composition (fat mass, FM; fat-free mass, FFM; bone mineral density, BMD) were evaluated in 13 sedentary spinal cord injury (SCI) subjects and in 13 able-bodied healthy males (control, C) using dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and skinfold methods. In the SCI group, total FM was significantly higher (31.1±8.2 vs. 20.8±6.9%) and total(More)
AIM We investigated the relationship between taste sensitivity, nutritional status and metabolic syndrome and possible implications on weight loss dietary program. METHODS Sensitivity for bitter, sweet, salty and sour tastes was assessed by the three-Alternative-Forced-Choice method in 41 overweight (OW), 52 obese (OB) patients and 56 normal-weight(More)
1.Pediatric Clinic 2, Department of Clinical Sciences and Community Health, Fondazione IRCCS Ospedale C a Granda-Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, University of Milan, Milan, Italy 2.Pediatric Emergency Unit, Fondazione IRCCS C a Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy 3.Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Department of Anesthesia, Intensive Care and(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate to what extent serum leptin concentrations in obese humans are influenced by a history of weight cycling. DESIGN Cross-sectional study on serum leptin concentrations and body composition in a cohort of obese subjects in whom a retrospective recall of weight and diet history was made. SUBJECTS One hundred and twenty-eight obese(More)
BACKGROUND & AIM The key factors influencing the development of Binge Eating Disorder (BED) are not well known. Adherence to the Mediterranean diet (MD) has been suspected to reduce the risk of several mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety. There are no existing studies that have examined the relationships between BED and MD. METHODS(More)
Moringa oleifera is a plant that grows in tropical and subtropical areas of the world. Its leaves are rich of nutrients and bioactive compounds. However, several differences are reported in the literature. In this article we performed a nutritional characterization and a phenolic profiling of M. oleifera leaves grown in Chad, Sahrawi refugee camps, and(More)