Vincenzo Coviello

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OBJECTIVES Little is known about the aetiology of idiopathic adult onset dystonia. The Italian Movement Disorders Study Group promoted a case-control study on some hypothetical risk factors including past medical events, life events, life habits, occupational hazards, and family history of dystonia, parkinsonism, and tremor. METHODS Cases affected by(More)
In a case-control study, the authors found that arterial hypertension occurred more frequently among 115 patients with primary hemifacial spasm than among 115 neurologic controls matched for age (+/-5 years), sex, and referral center. The association was not confounded by education level, smoking history, diabetes, or other diseases (adjusted OR 2.64; 95%(More)
OBJECTIVES Little is known about factors influencing the spread of blepharospasm to other body parts. An investigation was carried out to deterrmine whether demographic features (sex, age at blepharospasm onset), putative risk, or protective factors for blepharospasm (family history of dystonia or tremor, previous head or face trauma with loss of(More)
The authors ascertained the prevalence of primary blepharospasm (BSP) in a community located in Puglia, a region in Southern Italy, by focusing on neurologists and ophthalmologists. The crude prevalence rates were 133 per million (95% CI, 61--153) for both focal and segmental BSP, 74 per million (95% CI, 24--173) for focal BSP, and 59 per million (95% CI,(More)
The study describes the mortality of 417 workers employed in a asbestos-cement plant, located in Bari, Puglia, Southern Italy. Follow up started on February 1st 1972. The vital status and cause of death were ascertained at 1995. The mortality experience of the Apulian population was used as comparison. Using 90% confidence limits (CLs), a significant(More)
OBJECTIVES to investigate, for the first time, the incidence rates of malignant childhood cancers (children aged 0-14 years) in Apulia Region (Southern Italy) in the period 2003-2008. DESIGN to compute incidence rates of childhood cancers from Apulia Region Cancer Registry database compared with the corresponding results published in 2012 by the Italian(More)
Bisphosphonates are drugs used to treat various metabolic and malignant bone diseases. In the past 10 years intravenous bisphosphonates have been associated with increased risk of osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ). The aim of the present study is to evaluate platelet-rich plasma (PRP) wound healing benefits in multiple myeloma (MM) patients who developed ONJ(More)
OBJECTIVES Population-based survival statistics are fundamental to assess the efficacy of services offered to improve cancer patients' prognosis. This study aims to update cancer survival estimates for the Italian population, as well as provide new measures, such as the crude probability of death, which takes into account the possibility of dying from(More)
AIMS AND BACKGROUND A regional population-based cancer registry that provides incidence and survival data has become active only recently. Since it is important to know the time trends of basic epidemiological indicators to understand the cancer burden in the region, this paper will provide incidence, prevalence and mortality estimates in the region for(More)