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[Analgesic nephropathy in Hungary: the HANS study]

PINTÉR István, MÁTYUS János, CZÉGÁNY Zoltán, HARSÁNYI Judit, HOMOKI Marietta, KASSAI Miklós, KISS Éva, LADÁNYI Erzsébet, LŐCSEY Lajos, MAJOR Lajos, MISZ Mihály, NAGY Lajos, POLNER Kálmán, RÉDL Jen

NOVEMBER 21, 2004

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[The 46th Congress of the Hungarian Society of Gastroenterology]


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[INTRODUCTION - Rare asymptomatic pleuropulmonary neoplasms can represent serious differencial diagnostic difficulties both for clinicans and pathologists. Immunohistochemical tests are essential tools for the diagnosis of soliter fibrotic tumor of the pleura. These tests are also of diagnostic and prognostic importance. CASE REPORT - The report summarizes the case of an asymptomatic 63 years old man. The patient was admitted to hospital with a parahilar infiltrate of the right lung. Based on this chest X-ray abnormality pulmonary malignancy was suspected. The patient was referred to surgical intervention and the diagnosis of was based on post-surgical histology. These fibrotic tumors have typical immunohistochemical features. Although the histomorphology of the tumor suggested the presence of a benign tumor the p53 positivity and focal CD34 positivity indicated the possibility of malignant transformation as well. The patient is alive 17 months after surgery and there is no relapse of the disease. CONCLUSION - Although histologically benign, soliter fibrotic tumors of the pleura may occasionally transform into malignant variants. Therefore complete surgical resection and longterm clinical and close radiological follow-up is recommended for these patients. Clinician can plan well ahead the frequency and time of the follow-up with the help of the prognostic factors of hystology.]

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[INTRODUCTION - Health care professionals undertaking treatment/nursing of the seriously ill are equally overburdened emotionally, intellectually and physically. This condition might have several, sometimes irreversible negative consequences: avowed difficulties within the communication with patients, families and colleagues, various harms of accumulating, unprocessed stress, severe physical and psychological symptoms of mental burn-out which is very frequent and failures and difficulties of the private life. In our survey we aimed to gain a realistic image of the physical and psychological condition and quality of life of professionals working in Hungarian clinical care in order to provide with indelayable help. METHODS - The basis of the survey was a version of the Hungarostudy 2002 questionnaire, modified for health care professionals. In our sample there were 200 health care professionals dealing with seriously ill and in the control groups 1356 non health care professionals, and 227 health care professionals, choosen from the Hungarostudy survey. In all three groups the proportion of gender, age and education were the same. The results were analysed by the SPSS 10.0 statistical program and the relationship analysis was completed by ANOVA test. RESULTS - The analysis of the answers of those attending in our questionnaire survey - compared to those working in other health care field and to the control group of non health care workers - proves that the ratio of exhaustion and stress-dependent physical and psychological symptoms are prominently, in many cases significantly higher among health care workers dealing with the seriously ill, addiction is more frequent and social net is more unfavourable. These data are even worse for nurses than for doctors and other graduates. CONCLUSION - In treating difficult cases we can start to help with special education that should be general both in gradual and postgradual training.]

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[Nowadays Type 2 diabetes is considered as a cardiovascular disease,. The cause of death among 80% of people with Type 2 diabetes is of cardiovascular origin, with the most common cause of death of myocardial infarction. Optimal solution would be the prevention of the disease and there are also some possibilities for intervention. The present paper summarises the role of antidiabetic agents and ACE inhibitors in the prevention of Type 2 diabetes mellitus. The incidence rate of Type 2 diabetes decreased by 36% using acarbose in the STOP NIDDM Trial and by 31% using metformin in the Diabetes Prevention Program. The rate of risk reduction regarding the incidence of Type 2 diabetes during the ALLHAT Study compared the subjects treated with thiazid diuretics among those treated with amlodipine was 25% by the end of the second year and 16% by the end of the fourth year, while the corresponding data for patients treated with lisinopril were 40% and 30%, respectively. The action of lisinopril on the better bioavailability of Insulin like growth factor I. (IGF-I) probably contributes to the beneficial effect of lisinopril on insulin sensitivity.]

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