Antonello Veltri

Antonello Veltri
Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Pisana

Doctor of Medicine

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With the development of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, many authors started evaluating the immunization efficacy of the available vaccines mainly through sero-positivity tests or by a quantitative assessment of the IgG against the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 virus in vaccinated subjects. In this work, we compared the titers resulting from vaccination and tri...
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The adult autism subthreshold spectrum model appears to be a useful tool for detecting possible vulnerability factors in order to develop mental disorders in the contest of work-related stress. The aim of the present study is to analyze the relationship between autism, mood, and post-traumatic spectrum in a cohort of subjects complaining of work-re...
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Introduction: Suicide represents an important public health concern since it leads to more annual deaths globally than violence, war and natural disasters combined. It is evident that during this pandemic year the phenomenon acquires even greater importance especially in the categories at risk, such as health care workers (HCWs). The aim of this re...
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Résumé Nous avons comparé les résultats cliniques de l'infection à la Covid-19 parmi les personnels de la santé masculins et féminins, suivis pendant les trois premiers mois après l'épidémie de COVID-19 en Italie. La population étudiée était composée de 64 des 3585 travailleurs de la santé qui ont développé une infection au COVID-19. Les sujets qui...
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This case study draws attention to the psychosocial difficulties that emerged in the context of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak in relation to the remote management of subjects with psychiatric vulnerabilities following exposure to prolonged quarantine. The case involves a 56-year-old hospital nurse, followed by the Occupational He...
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Work-related stress is an emerging risk for psychiatric occupational disorders including Adjustment Disorders (AD). The aim of this study was to investigate in workers exposed to occupational stress suffering from AD about putative indices of stress and mental health resilience such as serum cortisol (seC) levels, Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and a...
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Objective Occupational stress represents a significant precipitating factor in different diseases but its role in Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) needs to be clarified. The present cross-sectional study aimed at investigating the prevalence of IBS diagnosis in a sample of health workers and exploring the potential relationships between IBS, work-rel...
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The COVID-19 outbreak has been associated with significant occupational stressors and challenges for healthcare workers (HCWs) including the risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2. Many reports from all over the world have already found that HCWs have significant levels of self-reported anxiety, depression and even symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorde...
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Introduction Decreased plasma BDNF (pBDNF) levels have been proposed as a biomarker in illness phases of mood disorders. Serum cortisol (seC) levels are an index of energy mobilization and stress. The aim of this cross‐sectional study was to evaluate pBDNF and seC levels in workers exposed to occupational stress and suffering from Adjustment Disord...
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Evil, Terrorism and Psychiatry - edited by Donatella Marazziti February 2019
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Evil, Terrorism and Psychiatry - edited by Donatella Marazziti February 2019
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Key Clinical Message This article is a case‐report series showing the effectiveness of a three‐month exposure to a synthetic analogue of Human Appeasing Pheromone as add‐on strategy to psychopharmacological treatment on behavioral and residual symptoms of three patients suffering from severe psychiatric disorders with complex clinical pictures.
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Terrorist behavior represents a subtype of human aggression probably determined by a combination of biological, psychological, and social factors, as well as by peculiar environmental influences and group dynamics. As regards terrorists’ psychological characteristics, the available studies (mostly carried out with no sound scientific design) have f...
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After reviewing the available literature about the main hypotheses on suicide terrorism and the psychological characteristics of terrorists that have been proposed throughout the years, the present authors have put forward some personal considerations on what the distinctive traits of today’s suicide bombers might be. In spite of the heterogeneity...
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Background: Putative occupational stress-related psychiatric disorders are Adjustment Disorders (AD) and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Mood Disorders (MD) are not excluded but are unlikely to be identified as occupational diseases. The differential diagnosis between AD and MD is not easy and is based on strict categorical criteria. Objec...
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Cognitive impairment in psychiatric disorders plays an important role in patient’s social adjustement and global prognosis. Specific cognitive deficits during different phases of mood disorders have been demonstrated by recent meta-analyses. Several imaging data also confirmed progressive brain damages in mood disorders compatible with cognitive sy...
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The authors comment on the recently proposed food addiction spectrum that represents a theoretical model to understand the continuum between several conditions ranging from normality to pathological states, including eating disorders and obesity, as well as why some individuals show a peculiar attachment to food that can become an addiction. Furthe...
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Background: Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a neurotrophin involved in neurogenesis and neuroplasticity. Decreased blood levels of BDNF have been found during acute manic and depressive states. BDNF has been proposed as a biomarker in illness phases of mood disorders. No information is available regarding BDNF levels during the mixed s...
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Objective: Depression may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD). Recent studies have shown modifications in blood beta-Amyloid (Aβ) levels in depressed patients. This literature review examines the potential relationship between Aβ-mediated neurotoxicity and pathophysiology of mood disorders. Method: A review of the literature wa...
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Depression may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD). Recent studies have shown modifications in blood beta-amyloid (Aβ) levels in depressed patients. This literature review examines the potential relationship between Aβ-mediated neurotoxicity and pathophysiology of mood disorders. We conducted a review of the literature focusing...
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Aims: Alterations of plasma amyloid-β (Aβ) peptides have been related to a high risk for cognitive impairment and dementia. The present study aimed to measure plasma Aβ peptides (Aβ40, Aβ42) and the Aβ40/Aβ42 ratio in a sample of drug-resistant bipolar depressed patients, as well as to explore the possible correlation between biological parameters...
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Depression is a common comorbid condition in fibromyalgia (FM) and a major contributor to poor quality of life and disability. However, depression can be difficult to assess in patients with FM due to overlapping symptoms between the two conditions. This review aims to present the most used rating scales for depression in FM patients by discussing...
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Patients with mood disorders present a great risk for dementia and generally for cognitive decline. Low levels of β-amyloid peptide 1-42 (Aβ42) and high Aβ40/Aβ42 ratio have been associated with this risk and have been reported also in geriatric patients suffering from depression. The aim of the present study was to compare the plasma levels of Aβ4...
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Although several findings have highlighted the prevalence of Axis I psychiatric disorders in fibromyalgia (FM) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), very little information is available on the prevalence of subthreshold mood symptoms in these conditions. Therefore, we aimed at comparing the prevalence of subthreshold mood symptoms in rheumatic patients su...
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Introduction There is increasing evidence that Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) may be involved in the pathophysiology of depression and the actions of antidepressants. Aims The aim of the present study was to analyze the relationship between the BDNF plasma levels and clinical variables in unipolar versus bipolar depressed patients. Meth...
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We aimed to investigate the relationship between the presence and severity of depression and the degree of motor and functional disability in Parkinson's disease (PD). One hundred twenty-two outpatients with PD were enrolled in a neurology department: 65 satisfied the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, Fourth Edition criteria for...
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There is increasing evidence that the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is involved in the pathophysiology of mood disorders and that its peripheral levels represent a reliable mirror of its concentration in the brain. The aim of the present study was to measure BDNF plasma levels in patients affected by major depression and to explore the p...
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Objective: There is increasing evidence that Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor may be involved in the pathophysiology of depression and the actions of antidepressants. At the same time, the differential diagnosis between unipolar and bipolar depression is often a challenge with important treatment implications. The aim of the present study was to a...
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There is an increasing evidence that the Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) could be involved in the mode of action of antidepressants and, perhaps, of ECT. This study aimed to investigate whether the clinical course of medication-resistant depressed patients following a course of ECT might be associated with changes of plasma BDNF concentrat...
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Objective: Pheromones are compounds secreted through sweat or urines by one individual and perceived by another member of the same species, in which they trigger a behavioral response or physiological change. In humans, several studies have indicated that pheromones may influence reproductive endocrinology and have a positive effect on mood. Menstr...

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