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[Dignified death - misunderstood]


MAY 20, 2003

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[Conservative treatment of female urinary incontinence]


[Conservative treatment - lifestyle interventions, physical therapies, bladder retraining and devices - should be included in the counselling of incontinent women regarding treatment options. Obesity is an independent risk factor for the prevalence of urinary incontinence and weight loss would appear to be an acceptable treatment option for morbidly obese women. Chronic straining may also be risk factor for the development of urinary incontinence. Further research is needed to evaluate the effect of heavy exertion/exercise, smoking, caffeine and fluid intake on incontinence and whether their cessation can alleviate or prevent this condition. Specific pelvic floor muscle training targeted at women with genuine stress incontinence may optimise effectiveness and for those women with mixed and urge incontinence, it may be appropriate to offer pelvic floor muscle training in combination with bladder retraining. There is insufficient evidence to determine whether electrostimulation is better than no treatment for women with stress, mixed, or urge incontinence while bladder retraining is an effective treatment in these cases. The anti-incontinence extraurethral or intraurethral occlusive, and intravaginal supportive devices may be employed for initial and/or long term management and be used prior to or simultaneously with other forms of conservative therapy and if after other forms have failed in order to postpone or avoid surgery or following unsuccessful surgical intervention.]

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[Human adult lactose intolerance: diagnosis and therapy]

BERÓ Tamás

[Human adult-onset lactase decline, characterised by a decrease in intestinal lactase enzyme activity is a biologic feature characteristic of the maturing intestine in the majority of the world's population. It demonstrates an autosomal recessive pattern of inheritance and it is regulated primarily by the rate of lactase gene transcription. Ingestion of high quantities of lactose-containing foods by patients with adultonset lactase decline results in intestinal symptoms, including bloating, distension, cramps, flatulence and diarrhoea. Due to the differences in the rates of gastric emptying and intestinal transit as well as the abundance of lactosemetabolising bacteria in the colon, the symptoms of lactose intolerance are often quite variable from persons to person. Lactose intolerance usually leads to self-imposed dietary restriction of dairy products, the main source of calcium intake, therefore it appears to be a risk factor for development of osteoporosis. Consumption of milk with solid foods can reduce symptoms in many individuals. Yoghurt containing active cultures are useful substitute for whole milk. Prehydrolized milk and lactase enzyme containing tablets are also available in the treatment.]

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[Principles of antibiotic use in clinical practice]


[There has been a very significant reduction in morbidity and mortality associated with the use of antibiotics since they were first introduced, but, there has also been a concomitant rise in resistance among pathogens over the past 50 years. Moreover, antibiotics are sometimes associated with adverse events and their use can account for a significant proportion of the cost of treatment of some conditions. To ensure the optimal use of antibiotics doctors should use the most appropriate antibiotics to stop the spread of infection. In choosing the appropriate antimicrobial agent for the therapy of a certain infection several key factors must be considered: the most likely identity of the infecting organism, the potential antimicrobial susceptibility of the infecting organism and the host factors that influence the response to therapy. This publication is designed to introduce the concept of appropriate antibiotic therapy and how it can minimise the emergence of antimicrobial resistance while ensuring optimal patient management.]

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[52nd Congress of American College of Cardiology]

KISS Róbert Gábor

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[Vinpocetin in neurological diseases]

SZAPÁRY László, KÉSMÁRKY Gábor, TÓTH Kálmán, MISNYOVSZKY Melinda, TÓTH Tímea, BALOGH Ágnes, NAGY Krisztián, NÉMETH György, FEHÉR Gergely

[Introduction - Stroke is the third leading cause of death worldwide (following cardiovascular and cancer mortality) and associated with serious disability for the vast majority of patients. There is no salvage therapy for irreversibly damaged brain areas, improving the circulation of the surrounding hypoperfused territories may be associated with benefitial clinical states. Cerebral hypoperfusion may play a role in the pathogenesis of other kind of neurological diseases, improvement of global circulation may have a preventive effect on these conditions. Aims - The aim of our study was to review the experimental and clinical articles focusing on the role of vinpocetin in different neurological conditions. Results - Vinpocetin appears to have several different mechanisms of action that allow for its antiinflammatory, antioxidant, vasodilating, antiepileptic and neuroprotective activities in experimental conditions. On the other hand, several meta-analysis of the existing studies in acute stroke examining short and long term fatality rates with vinpocetin was unable to assess efficacy. In chronic cerebrovascular patients, vinpocetin improves impaired hemorheological variables, has significant vasodilating properties, improves endothelial dysfunction, neuroimaging studies showed selective increase in cerebral blood flow and cerebral metabolic rate, all of which are potentially beneficial in cerebrovascular disease and may improve cognitive functions. Summary - Based on the above mentioned results vinpocetin plays an important role both in basic research and in clinical management of different neurological diseases.]

LAM Extra for General Practicioners


BÁNFAI Bálint, RADNAI Balázs, MARTON József, PÉK Emese, DEUTSCH Krisztina, BETLEHEM József

[INTRODUCTION - Based on statistics, accidents from various mechanisms are among the most common causes of death all over the world. Children are mostly affected in this situations. Our aim was to examine the first aid and accident prevention knowledge and attitude of the parents. PATIENTS AND METHODS - In this study parents of 3-7 years old children were involved in six kindergarten located in Hungary. A self-fill-in questionnaire was used to collect data. In the investigation 307 parents (N=307) were included. Out of them 234 respondents filled out the questionnaire correctly. The statistical analysis was made with SPSS 20.0 statistical software. For analyses deescriptive statistics, Chisquare- test and ANOVA were used. RESULTS - Three-quarters of the children have suffered at least one accident earlier (74.3%). Most of the accidents occured at home (88.5%). 174 parents attended first aid course earlier (74.4%), the previous knowledge is based mainly on the driving license (81.6%). Based on the answers it is important to teach children first aid (70.5%) and prevention (89.7%) knowledge in the kindergarten. There were only 10 parents, who answered all the situation questions correctly (4.3%). Between the subjective judgment of the financial status and the correct answers we found a significant correlation (p=0.03). The previously accomplished first aid training (p<0.05) and the educational attainment (p=0,029) had a positive impact on the results. CONCLUSION - The level of first aid knowledge of parents is lower than expected. Participate in first aid courses the level of knowledge could increase. It would be important, because some of the accidents can be prevented by acquiring proper knowledge.]

Clinical Neuroscience


BALI Balázs, NAGY Zoltán, KOVÁCS J. Krisztina

[Introduction - (-)Deprenyl is an irreversible inhibitor of type B monoamine oxidase (MAO-B), which is now used for treatment of Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s diseases. Evidence suggests that the neuroprotective effect of deprenyl may not be related exclusively to the inhibition of the enzyme MAO-B. Methods - To test the impact of deprenyl on ischemiainduced changes in vitro, we followed the time course of propidium iodide (PI) uptake as an indicator of neuronal cell death as well as the expression of apoptotic factors in organotypic hippocampal slice cultures exposed to oxygen- glucose deprivation (OGD) for 45 min. Results - The first signs of neuronal death were detected 2 hours after OGD and were extended to all subfields of the hippocampus by 24 hours post-injury. Presence of deprenyl (10-9 M) significantly delayed the cell death induced by the insult. Exposure of control cultures to deprenyl significantly increased the abundance of Bcl-2 and Bcl-xl mRNAs as revealed by RT-PCR. OGD resulted in an elevation of anti-apoptotic factors, while the expression of pro-apoptotic bax remained unchanged. Conclusion - These data suggest that deprenyl is neuroprotective in an in vitro model of ischemia. Although deprenyl upregulates the expression of Bcl-2 under basal conditions, its effect on anti-apoptotic factors is not significantly manifested during OGD.]

Hungarian Immunology

[Therapeutic treatment of rheumatoid arthritis by gene therapy-induced apoptosis]

JAMES M. Woods, VOLIN V. Michael

[Gene therapy was initially conceptualized as a treatment for individuals with genetic disorders, where defective genes would be replaced with functional ones. This concept was eventually broadened to include the use of gene therapy as a delivery mechanism for gene products effective in the treatment of diseases. The latter use of gene therapy, essentially as a drug delivery mechanism, was recognized to be particularly useful in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis because it may have many advantages over traditional therapies. Two groups of target genes that are potentially useful for gene transfer include soluble inflammatory mediators that in theory could suppress the inflammatory process, and apoptotic mediators that may induce cell death, thereby suppressing the accumulation of inflammatory cells in the joint. To date the former group of target genes has received most of the attention, but it is the latter group of apoptosis-inducing targets that will be discussed in this review. We will focus our discussion on target genes that have shown success at inducing apoptosis in animal models of arthritis and will also include discussion of the apoptotic pathways that are altered in the attempts to reduce inflamed synovial tissue.]

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[INTRODUCTION - The aim of this study was to explore the common knowledge and the opinion of the Hungarian population on organ transplants as part of a larger international study about the reception of new achievements in biotechnology and medical science. METHODS - The basis of the study was a representative national survey conducted in 2003 on a sample of 1000 people. We analysed the significant differences in the attitudes towards organ donation using the background variables of gender, age, education, family situation, place of residence, self-rated health and religious beliefs. To explain the differences in the willingness to donate we applied the method of binomial regression. Logistic regression was used to analyse the strength and direction of the linear relationship between dependent and predictor variables. The probability of willingness in a given group was represented by odds ratios. RESULTS - The respondents’ knowledge level differed by gender, age and education. The greater part of the population was not knowledgeable about the legal regulations concerning the transplantation of cadaver organs but after they were properly informed they agreed with the regulations. The odds of the motivation to donate organs after death differed significantly by age, education, family situation and self-rated health. The motivation to be living donors was influenced by age, place of residence and the level of altruism. CONCLUSION - The concerns expressed on the decrease of donation willingness due to the increase of the knowledge level of the population seem to be unfounded.]