European Medical Journal, 2019 mar. 14.

Authors: Roberto Walter Dal Negro, Massimiliano Povero, Alessandro Zanasi, Paola Turco.

Persistent cough is one of the most common conditions affecting quality of life. The aim of this study was to assess people’s beliefs regarding the impact of, and changes in the prevalence of, persistent cough in the Italian general population over a 10-year time period.

Methods: Two telephone surveys were conducted in 2006 and 2015, and the answers were compared. In 2015, the same questionnaire was also randomly distributed in paper form to another cohort. Sample sizes were precalculated for their representativeness and comparability (Chi-square test).

Multidiscip Respir Med. 2018 Mar 1

Authors: Dal Negro RW, Zanasi A, Turco P, Povero M.



Influenza and influenza-like syndromes (I-LSs) are infectious diseases occurring on a seasonal basis which can lead to upper (URTI) and lower respiratory tract illness (LRTI) of different severity. The approach to these disorders is unfortunately not uniform. Aim of the study was to investigate real-life people beliefs, the attitude to their prevention and treatment, and their impact in general population.

Pulm Pharmacol Ther. 2019 Mar 11.

Authors: Birring S., De Blasio F., Dicpinigaitis P., Fontana G., Lanata L., Page C., Saibene F., Zanasi A.

Cough is a protective reflex that serves to clear the airways of excessive secretions and foreign matter and which sometimes becomes excessive, and troublesome to patients. Cough is one of the most common reasons why individuals seek medical attention. A range of drugs have been developed in the past with antitussive activity and different mechanisms of action, but there are still very few safe and effective treatments available. The poor tolerability of most available antitussives is closely related to their action on the central nervous system (CNS). An international group of experts specialized in cough met to discuss the need to identify an effective antitussive treatment with a good tolerability profile. The aim of this expert review is to increase the knowledge about the cough mechanism and the activity of levodropropizine, a peripherally acting antitussive drug.


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Atti Congresso AIST 2018

XII AIST 2018 Conference: “The thousand faces of cough: clinical and therapeutic updates”

Autori: Alessandro Zanasi 1* , Antonio M. Morselli-Labate 2 , Massimiliano Mazzolini 1 , Marianna Mastroroberto 1 , Roberto W. Dal Negro 3 , Ivan Poliacek 4 , Alyn H. Morice 5 , Sara Maio 6 , Giovanni Viegi 6,7 , Jamie Koufman 8 , Francesco Torresan 9 , Alexandros Ioannou 9 , Daniele Mandolesi 9 , Elisa Liverani 9 , Amedeo Montale 9 , Franco Bazzoli 9 , Fabio Baldi 10,11 , Maurizio Zompatori 12 , Giovanni A. Fontana 13 , Ahmad Kantar 14 , Peter Dicpinigaitis 15 , Clive Page 16 , Surinder S. Birring 17 and Francesco Tursi 18

This paper summarizes the presentations submitted for publication of the 12 th AIST National Congress (Associazione Italiana Studio Tosse/Italian Association for Cough Study) entitled “The thousand facets of cough. A clinical and therapeutic update”, which occurred last February 2 nd -3 rd , 2018 in Bologna (Italy).

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