A Timely Call to Arms: COVID-19, the Circadian Clock, and Critical Care

Haspel J, Kim M, Zee P, Schwarzmeier T, Montagnese S, Panda S, Albani A, Merrow M Journal of Biological Rhythms We currently find ourselves in the midst of a global coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by the highly infectious novel coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Here, we discuss aspects of SARS-CoV-2 […]

Impact of Hepatic Encephalopathy in Cirrhosis on Quality-of-Life Issues

Montagnese S, Bajaj JS Drugs Hepatic encephalopathy (HE) has a major impact on health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in patients, which has clinical and psychosocial consequences. HRQOL in cirrhosis has been measured by generic and liver-specific instruments, with most studies indicating a negative impact of HE. HRQOL abnormalities span daily functioning, sleep–wake cycle changes, and […]

The application of the extended Poincaré plot in the analysis of physiological variabilities

Satti R, Abid N, Bottaro M, De Rui M, Garrido M, Rauofy MR, Montagnese S, Mani AR Frontiers in Physiology The Poincaré plot is a geometrical technique used to visualize and quantify the correlation between two consecutive data points in a time-series. Since the dynamics of fluctuations in physiological rhythms exhibit long-term correlation and memory, […]

Agreement and compliance with process measures proposed by the AASLD Practice Metrics Committee: An Italian perspective

Montagnese S, on behalf of AISF, the Italian Association for the Study of the Liver Digestive and Liver Disease Full text

Clinical value of asterixis in 374 well-characterised patients with cirrhosis and varying degree of hepatic encephalopathy

Formentin C, Zarantonello L, Mangini C, Angeli P, Merkel C, Montagnese S Digestive and Liver Disease Current guidelines for the diagnosis of hepatic encephalopathy (HE) include the clinical sign asterixis, which defines grade II overt HE in the absence of disorientation to time [ 1 ]. Asterixis has also been used as an outcome in clinical trials […]