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OBJECTIVE To investigate whether early therapy with a novel robotic device can reduce motor impairment and enhance functional recovery of poststroke patients with hemiparetic and hemiplegic upper limb. DESIGN A single-blind randomized controlled trial, with an 8-month follow-up. SETTING Neurologic department and rehabilitation hospital. PARTICIPANTS(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the 2- (T1) and 6-month (T2) followup effects on pain, spine mobility, physical function, and disability outcome of a rehabilitation intervention in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) stabilized with tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor therapy. METHODS Sixty-two outpatients (49 men, 13 women, mean age 47.5 ± 10.6 yrs) were(More)
Extracellular adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) previously has been shown to increase the fertilization percentage in human in vitro fertilization (IVF) performed for male factor infertility. The objective of this study is to determine the effects of extracellular adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATPe) on human sperm function by examining its effects on end points(More)
The aims of this study were to assess the efficacy and safety of botulinum toxin (BoTox) injection in the cricopharyngeus muscle (CP) and CP myotomy in patients with oropharyngeal dysphagia (OPD) and to identify factors predicting the outcome of these treatments. The study involved patients with persistent OPD despite 2-6 months of rehabilitation, who all(More)
Insertional tendinopathy of the adductors and rectus abdominis is common in male athletes, especially in soccer players. It may be worsened by physical activity and it usually limits sport performance. The management goal in the acute phase consists of analgesic and anti-inflammatory drugs and physical rehabilitation. In the early stages of rehabilitation,(More)
BACKGROUND Rotator cuff tendinopathy is the most common cause of painful shoulder. The treatment is mainly conservative and several therapeutic approaches have been proposed, including NSAIDs, physiotherapy, injections and physical therapies. The aim of the current study is to compare the clinical effectiveness of low molecular weight hyaluronic acid(More)
We report the initial results from a phase I clinical trial for ALS. We transplanted GMP-grade, fetal human neural stem cells from natural in utero death (hNSCs) into the anterior horns of the spinal cord to test for the safety of both cells and neurosurgical procedures in these patients. The trial was approved by the Istituto Superiore di Sanità and the(More)
The aim of this study was to analyse the organization of the deep fascia of the pectoral region and of the thigh. Six unembalmed cadavers (four men, two women, age range 48-93 years old) were studied by dissection and by histological (HE, van Gieson and azan-Mallory) and immunohistochemical (anti S-100) stains; morphometric studies were also performed in(More)
The successful motor rehabilitation of stroke patients requires early intensive and task-specific therapy. A recent Cochrane Review, although based on a limited number of randomized controlled trials (RCTs), showed that early robotic training of the upper limb (i.e., during acute or subacute phase) can enhance motor learning and improve functional abilities(More)
This paper presents the development of and clinical tests on NeReBot (NEuroREhabilitation roBOT): a three degrees-of-freedom (DoF), wire-driven robot for poststroke upper-limb rehabilitation. Basically, the robot consists of a set of three wires independently driven by three electric motors. The wires are connected to the patient's upper limb by means of a(More)