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The objective of this study was to evaluate hearing impairment in patients affected by Parkinson's disease compared with hearing scores observed in normal age- and sex-matched controls. One hundred eighteen consecutive patients with a clinical diagnosis of Parkinson's disease were screened. Severity of motor symptoms and staging were measured with the(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) with tumor-suppressor potential might have therapeutic applications in multiple myeloma (MM) through the modulation of still undiscovered molecular pathways. Here, we investigated the effects of enforced expression of miR-29b on the apoptotic occurrence in MM and highlighted its role in the context of a new transcriptional loop that is(More)
Although in recent years the relationship between cognition and gait in Parkinson's disease (PD) has received increasing attention, the specific connections between gait patterns and cognitive features are not fully understood. The objective of this study was to describe the gait patterns in patients affected by PD with or without mild cognitive impairment(More)
BACKGROUND In spite of the virtually ubiquitous nature of the initial 10-day placebo run-in period (IPR) in drug trials, there is little empirical data establishing its relevance. METHOD Data from 593 subjects were examined retrospectively to determine whether or not the prognosis of subjects minimally improved during the IPR was different to those who(More)
Unmedicated depressed outpatients were tested on dichotic syllable and complex tone tests prior to receiving 16 weekly sessions of cognitive therapy (n = 31) or 6-12 weeks of placebo treatment (n = 45). Cognitive-therapy responders had twice the right-ear (left hemisphere) advantage for syllables when compared with nonresponders but did not differ from(More)
BACKGROUND We attempt to identify the time when patients whose conditions are unimproved while receiving antidepressants are unlikely to respond and should have their treatment changed. METHODS A total of 593 patients were studied. The course of treatment for patients was examined to determine the weeks at which patients who received drug therapy had a(More)
BACKGROUND Depressive disorders are commonly comorbid with alcoholism, particularly in treatment-seeking samples. If antidepressant treatment were safe and improved the treatment outcome in the subset of actively drinking alcoholics with depression, this would be of clinical importance. METHODS We conducted a randomized, 12-week placebo-controlled trial(More)
As a partial test of whether the same or different patients benefit from cognitive therapy and tricyclic antidepressant agents, depressed outpatients first received cognitive therapy, then nonresponders were treated with either imipramine or placebo. If the two treatments were effective for the same subgroup of patients, imipramine should not be more(More)
The theory of mind (ToM) is the ability to attribute mental states to oneself and others and to understand that others have beliefs, desires and intentions different from one's own. The aim of the present study was to explore the neuropsychological correlates of cognitive and affective ToM in patients affected by essential tremor (ET). Thirty consecutive ET(More)
Medication discontinuation due to intolerable side-effects remains a significant clinical problem in the treatment of depression. We were unable to locate studies which found predictors of medication cessation due to side-effects. We posited that an identifiable subgroup of medically healthy, depressed adults who discontinued medication because of adverse(More)