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[Health economics in Hungary: great potential, missed opportunities?]

NÉMETH Bertalan

AUGUST 30, 2018

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2018;28(06-07)



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[Feeding and eating in infancy and early childhood part II. - Breastfeeding, complementary feeding and weaning in the Large-sample of the “For Healthy Offspring” project]

NÉMETH Tünde, VÁRADY Erzsébet, DANIS Ildikó, SCHEURING Noémi, SZABÓ László

[INTRODUCTION - Complementary feed-ing is the transitional period from exclusive breastfeeding to family foods, while breastfeeding is continued. It should be started, when breastmilk itself no longer meets the infant’s nutritional requirements, ideally at the age of around 6 months. SUBJECTS AND METHODS - In the Healthy Offspring project self reported questionnaires were received from 1133 parents of 0-3 year old children. Comple­mentary feeding practices and issues of weaning were analyzed. RESULTS - In our sample complementary feeding was started at the age of 5.5±1.8 months. 6% of infants younger than 4 months and about two third of infants at the age between 4 and 6 months were started on complementary feeding. 32% of the 7-12 month old infants were continued on breastfeeding. The proportion of breastfed infants and young children in the 12-24 and 25-36 month age group was 24% and 5.5% respectively. The daily feeding frequency of breastfed infants was 6.7±1.6. The infants and young children, who were breastfed along with complementary feeding were feeding 5.6±1.5 times/day. After completed weaning the range of feeding frequency was limited to 4.9±0.9 occasions/day. 60.4% of mothers regarded their feeding style on demand, while 39.6% on set schedule. 16% of mothers reported that their child had feeding difficulties. CONCLUSIONS - Complementary feeding indicators should be part of infant feeding data collection, such as time of introduction of complementary food, feeding frequency, food consistency, energy density of food and safe preparation. Responsive feeding is part of responsive parenting and should be promoted, along with continuing breastfeeding at least till one year of age, and for as long as mother and infant wish to continue. ]

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[Mobbing and bullying among physicians - when colleagues become enemies]

KAPOCSI Erzsébet

[Workplace mistreatment, mobbing, bully-ing, or psychoterror has become a prioritised field of research in social sciences in the past two-three decades. Mobbing means more than a simple conflict situation between two individuals; it is a complex problem that could and should be investigated in various individual and organisational contexts. In spite of its large-scale theoretical and empirical research, the phenomenon still does not have a uniform definition; it is most commonly de-scribed via its social manifestations. Although the interpersonal constellation of mobbing is diverse, its trigger factors, stages and participants show similar patterns. The description and the evaluation of consequences is also uniform in the literature: workplace mobbing is accompanied by considerable health impairment, and it has severe psychosomatic and mental health effects on both the targeted individuals and the whole community. The latter group has to deal with poor performance, impaired morale and dissatisfaction. All these factors add up and lead to significant financial damage as well. The prevalence of mobbing is especially high in health care. Hierarchy, continuous overload, as well as emotional and physical stress all favour the development of mobbing. In turn, the professional-social culture of medicine that is based on traditions contributes to its acceptance, understatement and denial. The first time medical students have to face psychoterror is typically during their university years. The positive aspects of socialisation and finding their vocation cannot always compensate for the negative experiences. The model role of physicians, their behaviour towards colleagues and students can be protective, but it can also trigger further mobbing. Prevention is essential both at the organisational and individual level, and it requires complex measures whose effect will only be felt in the long term. ]

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[Vision or reality? Can Hungary become hepatitis C virus free by 2030?]


[According to the WHO, there are 71 million people worldwide and 3 million people in the EU who are infected with hepatitis C virus. Most of these infections, however, remain undiagnosed and only 6-7% of them received antiviral therapy. In Hun-gary, there are an estimated 50.000 infections, out of these 20.000 are identified, the remaining 30.000 infections are outside the reach of the health care sector. Early diagnosis and therapy are of utmost importance as late diagnosis leads to se-vere liver insufficiency, hepatocellular carcinoma and multiple other extrahepatic organ impacts. In Hungary, second generation direct acting enzyme inhibitor antiviral medications with a recovery rate of almost 100% are available since 2015. Since 2018, all patients are treated with this type of therapy. Nevertheless, there are several remaining professional, organisational and health policy issues to solve. Firstly, Hungary should join the EU’s HCV elimination programme which aims to eradicate hepatitis C virus from Europe by 2030. Secondly, the frequency and efficiency of national screening should be increased. Furthermore, better information of the general population, inclusion of general practitioners and civil organisations, and introduction of the compulsory screening of high risk groups and health care professionals would be necessary. This review summarises the evolution of hepatitis C virus diagnostics and therapy over the past three decades, current best practice and the still outstanding tasks. ]

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[Pharmacotherapeutic strategies on treatment of patients with high cardiovascular risk based on the 2018 European Hypertension Guidelines]


[The new joint hypertension guidelines of the European Society of Hypertension and European Society of Cardiology will simultaneously be published in August, 2018 in the J. Hypertension and Eur. Heart J. on the diagnostics, evaluation, treatment and follow up of hypertensive patients. This guidelines put emphasis on definition, and therapeutic strategies in patients with high cardiovascular risk. In this paper I summarise the cardiovascular risk factors and put emphasis on possibilities of reduction of cardiovascular risk. ]

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