LAM Extra for General Practicioners


SZILI Balázs, TAKÁCS István

APRIL 20, 2014

LAM Extra for General Practicioners - 2014;6(02)

[The physiological role of vitamin K in blood clotting and bone metabolism is well known. A number of articles have been published recently about the effects of vitamin K2 on bone. Non-professional media promotes vitamin K2 as a potent tool for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Nevertheless vitamin K2 is not included in either Hungarian, or European, or Ameri - can guidelines as an anti-osteoporotic me - dication. Our aim was to review the literature and provide a systematic review on the role of vitamin K2 in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. We have searched articles on http://pubmed. org available on 14. February 2014. Our search terms were: („ vitamin K2” OR „ menaquinon” OR „ MK-7” OR „ menantrenon”) AND „ osteoporosis”. We have only reviewed original articles that discussed the relationship of vitamin K2 and osteoporosis, and had at least the abstract available in English. Of the 155 articles found, 135 had a relevant topic, 126 had at least the abstract in English. Of these, 73 were original articles, including 44 human studies (8 doubleblind, controlled, 26 open-label, controlled, 5 observational and 5 cross-sectional studies) and 29 animal or in vitro models. In the non-Asian population there is no evidence for fracture-preventing or BMD-increasing effect of vitamin K2 treatment. The currently recommended anti-osteoporotic medications are significantly more efficient compared with the BMD increase observed in some Asian studies.]



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VAJDA Réka, KARAMÁNNÉ Pakai Annamária, ÉLIÁS Zsuzsanna, SÉLLEYNÉ Gyuró Mónika, TAMÁS Péter, VÁRNAGY Ákos, KÍVÉS Zsuzsanna

[OBJECTIVE - The study aims to explore knowledge on cervical cancer and cervical screening among women with 9-14 yearold daughters, and learning the attitudes towards screening, the motivation of attendance at or absence from screening. DATA AND METHODS - A quantitative, cross-sectional study was conducted using our own questionnaire in the town Nagyatád in 2012. Study participants included women who had 9-14 year-old daughters and a registered home address in Nagyatád. We received valid responses from 186 people (response rate: 75.3%). RESULTS - The interviewed women’s knowledge on cervical cancer differed significantly depending on their age, education, marital status, and economic activity. Only 45 women with higher education (p=0.043) were considered to be well informed on the subject. However, their willingness to participate in cancer screening was more favorable than their knowledge, 96.2% of the women claimed to attend an annual cancer screening. The average age of respondents was 20.92 years at first visit. CONCLUSIONS - Although the participation rate was much higher compared with that in previously published studies, it is of great importance to increase the mothers’ knowledge on cervical cancer and the factors that promote its development, so that they can pass their knowledge to their children and strengthen their protection against one of the most common sexually transmitted viral infection and the development of cervical cancer.]

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[Nonadherence to pharmacological treat-ment in osteoporosis is a well-recognised problem not only in Hungary but all over the world. As in other chronic diseases, adherence to osteoporosis treatment is poor, which results in serious problems affecting patients as well as health care resources. Low adherence rates consistent-ly result in increased rates of fractures. Some approaches aimed to improve com-plience and persistence, such as extension of dosing intervals, might improve patients’ adherence to therapy. International clinical studies have demonstrated that the number of fractures cannot be reduced without suf-ficient adherence. Improving patient edu-cation, enhancing interactions between health care providers and patients, taking into account patients’ preferences and involving them in treatment decisions may all improve adherence.]