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[A randomized study of aripiprazole once-monthly and paliperidone palmitate in the treatment of schizophrenia]

BÁNKI M. Csaba1

MARCH 20, 2016

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2016;26(03)

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[SGLT-2-inihibitors are considered as a new class among oral antidiabetic drugs. The first derivatives of this class became available in the last couple of years in Hungary. According to the requirements from regulatory bodies, randomized, controlled clinical trials have been initiated in order to evaluate the cardiovascular safety of nearly all new antidiabetic drugs in patients with type 2 diabetes. Among SGLT-2-inhibitors, only one trial with empagliflozine has been completed so far. Based on the endpoints of the EMPA-REG OUTCOME trial a significant decrease in different cardiovascular events and total mortality was observed in type 2 diabetic patients with elevated cardiovascular risk. The exact pathomechanism of this beneficial effect has not been clearly understood. Currently, the position statements and scientific guidelines clearly describe the place of SGLT-2-inhibitor drugs in the treatment algorithm; the beneficial effect of empagliflozine on cardiovascular events should seriously be considered when making therapeutic decision. Together with the results of ongoing studies with SGLT-2-inhibitors (dapagliflozine: DECLARE, canagliflozine: CANVAS), these data will provide a more robust evidence about the cardiovascular safety of this new class of oral antidiabetic drugs. ]

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[INTRODUCTION - Advantages and disadvantages of electronic cigarette (e-cigarettes) use with increasing popularity among young adults generated continuous debates both nationally and internationally. The aim of our study was to assess the prevalence of e-cigarette use in this population, and to explore sociodemographic, smoking-related and general health behavior predictors of its ever use. METHODS - Our cross-sectional study with anonymous, self-administered questionnaire was conducted among college/ university students (n=889) during a summer festival. Additionally to descriptive analyses, multivariate logistic regression model was applied (p<0.05) to identify factors predicting the initiation of e-cigarette use. RESULTS - One-third of our population has ever tried e-cigarettes, mostly daily smokers, but almost 15% of never smokers also tried it. In total, current use of e-cigarettes was only 1.2%. Odds ratios (ORs) of trying e-cigarettes were higher among daily smokers (OR=3.28) ever smokers (OR=2.10), males (OR=1.88) and those who did not care consciously for their health (OR= 1.65). CONCLUSIONS - Our sample in a recreational environment showed higher rates of ever use of e-cigarette however, current use proved to be lower if compared with previous international studies. Our results may provide basic information in this topic to further national and international surveys.]

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MEZŐ Izabella

[A relative cardiovascular risk reduction of 25-35% has been reported in patients with high cardiovascular risk that have started statins directly after the cardiovascular events. A lot of patients fail to consistently take these medications as directed. In order to obtain further success, it is very important to improve the actual routine, especially because in the field of lipid-lowering we have new data and guidelines that strongly support our efforts in the right direc­tion. We report the results of our ten patients treated with rosuvastatin after myocardial infarction from our ALADDIN Study. In the period of six month of treatment with 40 mg rosuvastatin LDL-cholesterol decreased 55% (from 3.55±1.1 to 1.58±0.6 mmol/l, p<0.01), non-HDL-cholesterol decreased 52% (from 4.15±1.23 to 2.0±0.8 mmol/l, p<0.01), triglycerides -26% (from 1.63± 0.41 to 1.2±0.4 mmol/l) and hsCRP level decreased 61% (from 5.47±3.8 to 2.1±1.0 mg/l, p<0.01). The two years persistence in these patients were 100%. Our experience confirms that the daily use of a highly-efficient statin (rosuvastatin) has a beneficial effect on lipid parameters and also facilitates the attainment of target lipid levels and significant cardiovascular risk reduction. ]

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