Publications by authors named "Alba Cervone"

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A New Rating Scale (SAVE-9) to Demonstrate the Stress and Anxiety in the Healthcare Workers During the COVID-19 Viral Epidemic.

Psychiatr Danub 2020 Sep;32(Suppl 1):5-9

Psychiatric Studies Center (Cen.Stu.Psi.), Piazza Portici, 11 - 25050 Provaglio d'Iseo (BS), Italy,

The COVID-19 epidemic has been a major global public health problem during past months in Italy and in several other Countries and on the date of publication of this article, is still a serious public health problem. The health staff, engaged in the care of the sick and in the prevention of the spread of the infection have been subjected to a further increase in psychological difficulties and work-related stress, related to the workload for the continuous influx of sick and intense and close working shifts for the viral emergency. The SAVE-9 (Stress and Anxiety to Viral Epidemics - 9 items) scale has been developed as a tool for assessing work anxiety and stress in response to the viral epidemic of health professionals working to prevent the spread of the virus and to treat infected people.
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September 2020

A New Rating Scale (SAVE-9) to Demonstrate the Stress and Anxiety in the Healthcare Workers During the COVID-19 Viral Epidemic.

Psychiatr Danub 2020 Sep;32(Suppl 1):5-9

Psychiatric Studies Center (Cen.Stu.Psi.), Piazza Portici, 11 - 25050 Provaglio d'Iseo (BS), Italy,

The COVID-19 epidemic has been a major global public health problem during past months in Italy and in several other Countries and on the date of publication of this article, is still a serious public health problem. The health staff, engaged in the care of the sick and in the prevention of the spread of the infection have been subjected to a further increase in psychological difficulties and work-related stress, related to the workload for the continuous influx of sick and intense and close working shifts for the viral emergency. The SAVE-9 (Stress and Anxiety to Viral Epidemics - 9 items) scale has been developed as a tool for assessing work anxiety and stress in response to the viral epidemic of health professionals working to prevent the spread of the virus and to treat infected people.
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September 2020

A New Rating Scale (SAVE-9) to Demonstrate the Stress and Anxiety in the Healthcare Workers During the COVID-19 Viral Epidemic.

Psychiatr Danub 2020 Sep;32(Suppl 1):5-9

Psychiatric Studies Center (Cen.Stu.Psi.), Piazza Portici, 11 - 25050 Provaglio d'Iseo (BS), Italy,

The COVID-19 epidemic has been a major global public health problem during past months in Italy and in several other Countries and on the date of publication of this article, is still a serious public health problem. The health staff, engaged in the care of the sick and in the prevention of the spread of the infection have been subjected to a further increase in psychological difficulties and work-related stress, related to the workload for the continuous influx of sick and intense and close working shifts for the viral emergency. The SAVE-9 (Stress and Anxiety to Viral Epidemics - 9 items) scale has been developed as a tool for assessing work anxiety and stress in response to the viral epidemic of health professionals working to prevent the spread of the virus and to treat infected people.
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September 2020

Efficacy of LAI in first episode psychosis: an observational study--clinical reports.

Psychiatr Danub 2015 Sep;27 Suppl 1:S348-52

Community Mental Health Service, Department of Mental Health, AUSL Foggia, Foggia, Italy,

The use of antipsychotics, especially second generation antipsychotics, represents the milestone treatment of "first episode of psychosis" (FEP). Although prodromal symptoms of psychosis have long been recognized, the clinical management of psychotic disorders conventionally begins at the first episode of frank psychosis, as it is well acknowledged that "duration of untreated psychosis" (DUP) is one of the main factor that negatively affects prognosis: a longer DUP is highly correlated to reduced response to treatment, poor clinical and social outcomes, and an overall worst prognosis. Long-acting injectable (LAI) formulations of antipsychotics have traditionally been used for those patients with psychosis with the most severe symptoms, poorest compliance, most hospitalizations and poorest outcomes; moreover it seems that psychiatrists tend to prescribe LAI at the latter stages of the disease. We retrospectively collected clinical and sociodemographic data regarding patients consecutively presenting with symptoms of FEP attending the Community Mental Health Service (CMHS) in Foggia from 1st June 2014 to 31st May 2015. We selected patients who attended the CMHS in Foggia with symptoms of FEP. Different scales were administered to assess symptoms severity, quality of life, side effects, adherence, and overall functionality. In our sample LAI treatment was found to be effective in treating symptoms associated to FEP, improved quality of life and it was associated with a clinically irrelevant incidence of extrapyramidal side effect. Considering that achieving a full symptoms remission in people affected by FEP is associated to better outcomes, and that DUP is associated to poor prognosis, LAIs could play an important role in improving overall recovery.
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September 2015

Neurobiology of love.

Psychiatr Danub 2014 Nov;26 Suppl 1:266-8

Neuropsychiatric Center Villa dei Pini Avellino, Via Nazionale 88, 83013 Mercogliano (AV), Italy,

Romantic love is a "universal... or near universal" human phenomenon. Recently, love, romantic love, also became a theme of interest for scientists. The current research is seeking an explanation to clarify the brain mechanisms that are responsible for love behavior and feelings. Until recently, the study of love has been mainly the field of psychology. The biology of love originates in the primitive parts of brain that eolved long before the cerebral cortex. Discoveries in neuroscience have led to the identification of specific areas, facilities, brain circuits that are involved in the genesis of love. However, love remained a research field mainly for psychologists, despite the massive increase in neuroscientific research. In the last few decades, there has been a significant increase in the number of studies on the neuronal corelates of love, through the use of neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, PET) and in the studies that have investigated the action of the neurotransmitter and neuroendocrine systems.
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November 2014

Metabolic alterations associated with first and second generation antipsychotics: an twenty-years open study.

Psychiatr Danub 2014 Nov;26 Suppl 1:184-7

Neuropsychiatric Center Villa dei Pini Avellino, Via Nazionale, 88, 83013 - Mercogliano (AV), Italy,

Introduction: The initial enthusiasm for atypical antipsychotics, with a lower incidence of extra pyramidal symptoms, was tempered by the association with metabolic disorders. The presence of metabolic alterations significantly influences morbidity and patients' quality life. We performed this open-study to determine the relationship between antipsychotic efficacy and side effects, especially the impact of various antipsychotics on metabolic parameters after 20-year treatment with atypical (SGA) and typical antipsychotics (FGA).

Method: 62 psychiatric schizophrenic inpatients treated with typical (haloperidol) and atypical (clozapine, risperidone, olanzapine, quetiapine, aripiprazole) antipsychotics were studied over 20 years. Some biological parameters such as blood arterial pressure, lipidic and glucidic profile, liver enzymes, complete blood count, electrocardiogram and body weight (and body mass index) were collected.

Results: The results have demonstrated a not homogeneous statistically significant variation of the lipidic and glicidic profile but we have also found a reduction of the recorded values at endpoint vs baseline in aripiprazole and haloperidol groups vs clozapine, olanzapine, and quetiapine groups.

Conclusions: We want to point out that to endpoint of the period of observation (20 years) the patients with typical antipsychotics haloperidol reported satisfactory and a better glycemic and lipidic profiles than previous pharmacological treatments with antipsychotics of second generation. Optimal monitoring should include assessments of fasting glucose, lipids, cholesterol, and blood pressure.
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