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[A 6-month, placebo-controlled study comparing lung function and health status changes in COPD patients treated with tiotropium or salmeterol]

SZILASI Mária

FEBRUARY 20, 2003

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[Human genome project]

SASVÁRI-SZÉKELY Mária

[The main goal of the Human Genom Project is to reveal the complete structure of the human DNA, involving the sequence determination of the three billion basepairs. The program was launched in 1990, executed in laboratories of the public sector in several countries. Results of this project are made public on the Internet. In 1998 a private sector company, Celera, was founded with the same goal. In 2001 both projects announced the accomplishment of the first draft of the Human Genome. A whole issue of Nature and Science magazine was devoted to present the first results of their findings. According to the results less than one percent of the genetic information is transcribed to proteins. The estimated number of genes was also lower than expected (30-40 thousand, which number recently increased to 40-60 thousand). Based on these findings, human complexity should be ascribed to the variability of the information units (domains) rather than to the number of genes. Once the complete sequence of the humane genome is accomplished, the ’pre-genomic era’ will be over and the ’post-genomic era’ will begin, dealing with understanding the genetic information, annotating the genes and mapping the genetic variability of people.]

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[Evaluation of bone mineral density in renal form of primary hyperparathyroidism]

CSUPOR EMŐKE, SZŰCS János, MÉSZÁROS SZILVIA, LAKATOS Péter, TÓTH EDIT, HORVÁTH CSABA

[INTRODUCTION - The most frequent manifestations of primary hyperparathyroidism are renal stones or calcipenic osteopathy. The aim of authors was to examine how bones are affected (change of bone mineral density and frequency of fractures) in the renal form of primary hyperparathyroidism. METHODS - Mean age of the patients was 57 years (26 -81 years), (4 men, 33 women). Bone mineral density was measured in the lower third of the radius, femoral neck and lumbar 2-4 vertebrae by densitometers. Moreover, occurrence of fractures and biochemical parameters characteristic for hyperparathyroidism (serum parathyroid hormone levels, calcium, phosphorus, alkaline phosphatase, urinary calcium/ creatinine) were examined. RESULTS - Bone mineral density was normal in 6 cases, osteopenic in 10 patients and 21 patients had osteoporosis. Altogether five patients had fractures. Bone mineral density and biochemical parameters were not different in patients with or without fractures. CONCLUSIONS - Bone mineral density decreases in renal form of primary hyperparathyroidism even if there is no bone disease in the clinical picture. Therefore, bone mineral density measurement is advisable for every patient with hyperparathyroidism.]

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[Secondary prevention following ischemic stroke - A documentational process audit]

TÖRÖK Miklós, MIHÁLKA László, RÁCZ Sándor, FEKETE István, CSIBA László, BERECZKI Dániel

[INTRODUCTION - A previous stroke or a transient ischemic attack is an important risk factor for stroke, therefore measures for secondary prevention have great importance. Based on the results of multicenter randomized controlled trials guidelines for medical and surgical methods for secondary stroke prevention have been established in the last years. In our study - that can be considered a documentational process audit - we analyzed whether there was a change in the past 5 years in the documented recommendations for secondary stroke prevention in the discharge reports of patients with ischemic stroke. PATIENTS AND METHODS - The periods of examination were the first 3 months of 1995 and 2000. We reviewed the discharge reports of all patients discharged from the stroke unit with the diagnosis of ischemic stroke. We tabulated the history, the results of examinations, the condition of the patients at discharge, the stroke subtype, the indications and contraindications for antiplatelet and anticoagulant treatment and of carotid endarterectomy, and the recommended measure for secondary stroke prevention as documented in the discharge report. Data of 205 patients were analyzed. RESULTS - For the majority of patients medical treatment was recommended for secondary prevention. Only 5 patients were candidates for carotid endarterectomy. CONCLUSIONS - The documented practice of secondary stroke prevention significantly improved between 1995 and 2000: the recommendation of internationally accepted guidelines based on the results of randomized controlled trials are reflected better in the discharge reports of patients treated in 2000 (p = 0,0013).]

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[Diuretic treatment]

RADÓ János

[Diuretics are used almost in all fields of medical practice for treating patients in various conditions associated with or without oedema. They exert their effects through profound alterations in the fluid volumes, ion content of the body and in the osmoregulation. They act mainly on the kidneys but the functions of several other organs are also influenced including the heart and vessels, the lungs, liver and the brain. Summarising our knowledge on the diuretics is justified by the broadened use of these drugs and the differences regarding their site of action, potency, way of administration, dosing and side effects. The special indications for diuretic therapy and combined usage of different diuretics are also reviewed.]

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Although vertigo is one of the most common complaints, intracranial malignant tumors rarely cause sudden asymmetry between the tone of the vestibular peripheries masquerading as a peripheral-like disorder. Here we report a case of simultaneous temporal bone infiltrating macro-metastasis and disseminated multi-organ micro-metastases presenting as acute unilateral vestibular syndrome, due to the reawakening of a primary gastric signet ring cell carcinoma. Purpose – Our objective was to identify those pathophysiological steps that may explain the complex process of tumor reawakening, dissemination. The possible causes of vestibular asymmetry were also traced. A 56-year-old male patient’s interdisciplinary medical data had been retrospectively analyzed. Original clinical and pathological results have been collected and thoroughly reevaluated, then new histological staining and immunohistochemistry methods have been added to the diagnostic pool. During the autopsy the cerebrum and cerebellum was edematous. The apex of the left petrous bone was infiltrated and destructed by a tumor mass of 2x2 cm in size. Histological reexamination of the original gastric resection specimen slides revealed focal submucosal tumorous infiltration with a vascular invasion. By immunohistochemistry mainly single infiltrating tumor cells were observed with Cytokeratin 7 and Vimentin positivity and partial loss of E-cadherin staining. The subsequent histological examination of necropsy tissue specimens confirmed the disseminated, multi-organ microscopic tumorous invasion. Discussion – It has been recently reported that the expression of Vimentin and the loss of E-cadherin is significantly associated with advanced stage, lymph node metastasis, vascular and neural invasion and undifferentiated type with p<0.05 significance. As our patient was middle aged and had no immune-deficiency, the promoting factor of the reawakening of the primary GC malignant disease after a 9-year-long period of dormancy remained undiscovered. The organ-specific tropism explained by the “seed and soil” theory was unexpected, due to rare occurrence of gastric cancer to metastasize in the meninges given that only a minority of these cells would be capable of crossing the blood brain barrier. Patients with past malignancies and new onset of neurological symptoms should alert the physician to central nervous system involvement, and the appropriate, targeted diagnostic and therapeutic work-up should be established immediately. Targeted staining with specific antibodies is recommended. Recent studies on cell lines indicate that metformin strongly inhibits epithelial-mesenchymal transition of gastric cancer cells. Therefore, further studies need to be performed on cases positive for epithelial-mesenchymal transition.

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[This consensus document is intended to provide guidance for the effective and efficient treatment of asymptomatic individuals with high uric acid levels and gout patients.]