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[Cardiovascular aspects of impaired glucose tolerance: A review through the STOP-NIDDM Trial]

BOSNYÁK Zsolt1, KERÉNYI ZSUZSA1

JANUARY 21, 2004

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2004;14(01)

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  1. Diabétesz Gondozási Nemzeti Központ, Szent Imre Kórház, IV. Belgyógyászati Osztály

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[LOCAL INEQUALITIES IN THE UTILIZATION OF SPECIAL HOME NURSING IN THE SOUTH-TRANSDANUBIAN REGION]

BONCZ Imre, SÁNDOR János, OLÁH András, BETLEHEM József, SEBESTYÉN Andor, KISBENEDEKNÉ Gulyás Kinga, DÓZSA Csaba

[INTRODUCTION - The aim of this study is to analyse the local inequalities in the access and utilization of special home nursing within Hungary focusing on the South-Transdanubian Region. DATA AND METHODS - In the first part of the study we compared the indicators of the access and utilizations of special home nursing at national and county level. In the second part of the analyses we made a detailed analyses of utilization data of home nursing in the three counties (Baranya, Somogy, Tolna) of the South- Transdanubian Region of Hungary. Data is derived from the financial database of the National Health Insurance Fund of Hungary for the period 1998-2002. RESULTS - The access of population to the special home nursing increased from 83,8% (1998) to 95,1% (2002). The utilization rate increased from 74,8% (1998) to 84,1% (2002). Within the South-Transdanubian Region we found significant local inequalities in the utilization of services (number of cases, number of visits), which were represented by the tools of geographical information system. CONCLUSIONS - There have been significant differences in the access and utilization of home nursing with remarkable within country inequalities.]

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FALUS ANDRÁS, BERKE Tamás, ORTUTAY Csaba Péter, SUHAI György

[Bioinformatics is one of the most important element of genomic research revolutionising biomedical science. This review describes the phenomena of genomic variance and comparative genomics. Briefly, the review summarises the identification procedure of new genes and gene expression patterns highly important in diagnostics. Bioinformatic procedures make possible the rapid detection of pathogens and have principal role in molecular drug design technologies.]

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[The metabolic syndrome has gone by several names over the past two decades. The diagnostic criteria were proposed by the ATP III of NCEP in 2001 and were accepted by European Society of Cardiology and European Society of Hypertension in 2003. The criteria (abnormal waist rate, HDLcholesterol, triglyceride, blood pressure and fasting glucose) are listed and the presence of any three of these factors is considered sufficient for diagnosis. The prevalence of syndrome affects about a quarter of the Hungarian population with hypertension. The metabolic syndrome is associated with premature cardiovascular morbidity and mortality including an excess of sudden deaths. According to the recent literature data the main component of the syndrome, the obesity, especially with abdominal fat distribution is associated with hypertension, hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance with related abnormalities of carbohydrate and lipid metabolism. The low HDL cholesterol, high triglyceride level and the small, dense LDL cholesterol particles are the parts of lipid component of syndrome. A variety of environmental (obesity, smoking, physical inactivity) and genetic factors (genetic mutations of lipoprotein lipase, hepatic lipase, CETP and PPA receptors) and the impaired FFA metabolism have all been related to lipid abnormalities. Sympathetic hyperfunction participates in the pathogenesis and complications of metabolic syndrome. Possible factors augmenting sympathetic activation include alterations of insulin, leptin, FFA, cytokines, sleep apnoe. Other important factors as the endocrin concept, the hypothalamus-hypophysis- adrenal axis, endothelial dysfunction are discussed. The impaired muscle insulin stimulated glycogen synthesis (FFA induced GLUT-4 inhibition) is the major cellular factor of insulin resistance. There is a continuous process from the insulin resistance state (with hyperinsulinemia) into the 2T diabetes mellitus (with hypoinsulinemia).]

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