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[“Diagnostics is Nothing Unless it Seeks Therapy...” An Interview with Internist János Hankiss by Elemér Nemesánszky]

GYIMESI Ágnes Andrea

SEPTEMBER 19, 2007

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2007;17(08-09)



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[Different antihypertensive agents, while having the same blood pressure lowering effect, will have significantly and clinically important different impact on the serum levels of glucose, lipids, insulin, potassium, creatinine, as well as on albumin excretion, heart rate, body weight, central pressure, various hypertensive target organ damages, and, in particular, 24-hour blood pressure dinamics. There is agreement in that the main benefits of first-line antihypertensive agents are related to the lowering of blood pressure itself. Some other drugs, however, have shown preventive and protective cardiovascular properties in certain patient groups, independent of their blood pressure lowering effect as measured traditionally.]

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[Detemir is the newest base insulin analogue. In phase III trials and the PREDICTIVE study, the use of insulin detemir in various treatment regimens (basal-bolus or in combination with an oral antidiabetic) did not lead to weight gain in either types of diabetes, in contrast to what is usually observed with insulin therapy. Similar results were obtained when neutral protamine Hagedorn insulin or glargine were replaced by detemir, or insulin-naive patients received detemir as a new therapeutic regime. The mechanism of the beneficial effect on body weight is not clear yet. It may be related to the reduction in the number of hypoglycaemic episodes. It may also be associated with a stronger action of detemir on hepatocytes compared to peripheral tissues due to its acylation, which results in an effective suppression of hepatic glucose output without promoting lipogenesis in the adipocytes. Detemir reaches the insulin receptors of the hypothalamus faster than regular insulin, therefore, satiety develops in a shorter time. These hypotheses still require further studies.]

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[The term inflammatory bowel disease includes two similar, but distinct intestinal diseases so far of unknown ethiology - ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. They used to be considered diseases of young adults, but in recent decades they have become more common among children, with characteristics different from those in adults. In the past they were considered severe, incurable diseases, but today, owing to modern nutrition, medical and surgical treatment, both diseases have became well manageable, even though complete recovery can not yet be expected.]

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