Thiago A. F. Ferro

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OBJECTIVE The present study examined the test-retest reliability of team consensus best-estimate diagnoses of axis I and II disorders. METHOD As part of a series of family studies of outpatients with depressive and personality disorders, best-estimate diagnoses of relatives were derived in team diagnostic conferences held regularly over 4 years. Diagnoses(More)
Dysthymic disorder (DD) is defined and distinguished from major depressive disorder (MDD) largely on the basis of its course. Surprisingly, however, there have been few prospective, longitudinal studies of the naturalistic course of DD. This article reports the major findings from a prospective, longitudinal 30-month follow-up study of 86 outpatients with(More)
OBJECTIVE Numerous studies have shown that the highest risk for first onset of depression occurs in women of childbearing years and that there is a strong association between lifetime rates of depressive disorders in mothers and their offspring. This association is found regardless of whether the mother or child is the targeted patient. However, little is(More)
OBJECTIVE A number of studies have documented significant comorbidity between dysthymia and axis II personality disorders, particularly those grouped in cluster B. However, the nature of this comorbidity is poorly understood. The purpose of this investigation was to use the family study method to test five competing models of the comorbidity between(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examined the 30-month stability of axis II conditions. METHOD One hundred eight depressed outpatients received comprehensive, semistructured personality disorder assessments at baseline and at follow-up. RESULTS The diagnostic stability of personality disorders ranged from low to moderate at the categorical level and was generally(More)
OBJECTIVE The present study examined the distinctions between major depression without dysthymia, dysthymia without major depression, and double depression in child psychiatry inpatients. METHOD Sixty-two child inpatients, with current diagnoses of major depression and/or dysthymia, and their mothers were interviewed with the Kiddie Schedule for Affective(More)
Lactobacilli are involved in the microbial homeostasis in the female genital tract. Due to the high prevalence of many bacterial diseases of the female genital tract and the resistance of microorganisms to various antimicrobial agents, alternative means to control these infections are necessary. Thus, this study aimed to evaluate the probiotic properties of(More)
Bacterial resistance to the available marketed drugs has prompted the search of novel therapies; especially in regards of anti-virulence strategies that aim to make bacteria less pathogenic and/or decrease their probability to become resistant to therapy. Cinnamaldehyde is widely known for its antibacterial properties through mechanisms that include the(More)
Potential subject participation biases in a family study of outpatients with mood disorders and personality disorders (PDs) were explored at three levels: (1) differences between probands who granted permission to contact all relatives, those who gave permission to contact only a subset of relatives, and those who denied permission to contact any relatives;(More)
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