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Sustainability ; 15(2), 2023.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-2229887


The restrictions and social distancing measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic have created many obstacles in the practice of outdoor physical activity (OPA) throughout the world, particularly for the most vulnerable people, such as those with disabilities. The aim of this study was to explore the impact of pandemic-related limitations on the OPA of an Italian cohort of people with disabilities practicing sports. A retrospective observational study was conducted using an online survey. The questionnaire was distributed to 121 disabled athletes who practiced different outdoor physical activities. A total of 96 completed the survey, which collected demographic data, information about daily outdoor physical activity and sports habits, and about physical and psychological health before and during the pandemic. The frequency of daily OPA per week, along with the hours of physical activity, significantly decreased during the pandemic compared to those of the year before (p < 0.0001). A statistically significant deterioration was also found in the physical and mental well-being of disabled athletes during the pandemic (p < 0.0001) when compared to those from the year before the advent of COVID-19. This research demonstrated the negative impact of COVID-19 restrictions on OPA levels and on the physical and mental well-being of athletes with disabilities. It also highlighted a new challenge regarding the sustainability and integration of the national health system, demonstrating the necessity of improving the consistent accessibility of people with disabilities to OPA, both under normal conditions and emergency situations, in order to guarantee their psychophysical well-being.

Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences ; 10(C):257-260, 2022.
Article in English | EMBASE | ID: covidwho-2066672


BACKGROUND: Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects 2% of population. About 0.5–2% of psoriatic cases develop during pediatric age. In most cases, the condition is responsive to topical treatment. However, a small percentage of children require systemic treatment with conventional systemic drugs or biological agents, such as anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α. Adalimumab (ADA) is an anti-TNF-α recently approved for pediatric psoriasis in the European Union (from 4 years of age, 2015). CASE PRESENTATION: We describe our experience treating a 5-year-old female patient affected by severe plaque psoriasis with ADA biosimilar during SARS-CoV-2 pandemic outbreak also using teledermatology. CONCLUSION: The case reported in this article highlights the safety and the effectiveness of ADA biosimilar MSB11022 (Idacio®) in the treatment of a 5-year-old female affected by plaque psoriasis and paves the way to bigger trials for a more extensive use of TNF-α inhibitor biosimilars for psoriasis in pediatric population.

Ann Ig ; 34(5): 501-514, 2022.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1954747


Background: There are no papers exploring the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the injection-based practice in patients affected by different rheumatic diseases, including osteoarthritis. The aim was to investigate the impact of COVID-19 pandemic on injection-based practice trough the Italian country. Study design: A survey-based retrospective cross-sectional study. Methods: An Italian-language questionnaire was developed by a group of senior researchers and distributed by e-mail to some Rheumatology, Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Units from different geographic areas of Italy. The survey included information about the number of injections performed during COVID-19 pandemic (stratified by injected agents and injected joint), in comparison to the pre-pandemic period, and the possible reasons behind an eventual reduction. Responses were collected and descriptive analysis calculated. Results: Eleven centers of the National Health Service completed the survey. The activities of the injections services significantly decreased across the country with a percentage of reduction of 60% compared to the pre-pandemic period. A significant reduction of both intra-articular and peri-articular injections was registered. Among intra-articular. treatments, the most affected ones were the hyaluronic acid injections, when compared to corticosteroids. A significant decrease of the total amount of peri-articular injections was observed. The strict government restrictions and the fear of patients to become infected represented the most limiting factors. Conclusions: The reported decrease of the injection-based practice in our country during the COVID-19 pandemic highlights the detrimental effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the management of chronic musculoskeletal diseases with possible negative consequences in terms of disability and quality of life.

COVID-19 , Cross-Sectional Studies , Humans , Language , Pandemics , Quality of Life , Retrospective Studies , SARS-CoV-2 , State Medicine , Surveys and Questionnaires