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[How much does a deposit cost in a human umbilical cord blood bank?]

MASSZI Tamás

MAY 20, 2002

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[Prevalence of subtreshold forms of psychiatric disorders in persons making suicide attempts in Hungary]

BALÁZS Judit, BITTER István, YVES Lecrubier, CSISZÉR Nóra, OSTORHARICS György

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[The importance of the control of osmoregulation in modern medical practice]

BODA Domokos

[The control of the osmoregulation has become of particular interest by progress in the following fields: 1. New research data showed that one of the main function of the cell is the maintenance of constant volume against extracellular and intracellular osmolar perturbations. It is regulated by loss or gain of electrolytes and non-ionic osmolytes mediated by membrane transport processes. 2. The activity of the vasopressin hormone is regulated by the newly discovered aquaporin water channel proteins. 3. Development of modern laboratory osmometers which enable precise determination of osmotic pressures of the fluids in the organism in clinical practice. New data on volume control of the cells and on aquaporin channels in various clinical conditions may provide safer treatment of fluid and electrolyte disturbances, the diagnostics and therapy of congenital and acquired nephrogenic diabetes insipidus and of the serum inappropiate ADH syndrome, as well as other pathologic conditions with water balance disturbances.]

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[ICD based data collection of sick-pay data in county Vas]

BONCZ Imre, FLAMIS László, GYŐRVÁRI Sándor

[INTRODUCTION - The analysis and evaluation of sick-pay data presents great challenge for a health insurance fund. It is very important to collect sick-pay data related to the medical diagnosis of the patients. DATA AND METHODS - The aim of the study is the analysis of sick-pay data in County Vas, Hungary. The new approach focuses on the ICD (International Classification of Diseases) based sick-pay reports which contains the cause of sicknesses according to ICD terms. The data was derived from 1998. RESULTS - During the period involved there were no significant change in the number of ICD codes used by the doctors. The cases shorter than 30 days account for 84,43 % of total cases, while they account for the 41,05 % of total disability to workdays. The most common ICD group measured by the number of cases is group Nr. X. (Diseases of the respiratory system), while most common as measured by the days spent on sick-pay is group Nr. XIII. (Diseases of the musculoskeletal system and connective tissue). Significant differences were found between men and women. Analysing the diagnosis within the main groups - ranked by the number of cases - the diseases of respiratory system and of the musculo-skeletal system are found in leading positions. Based on the number of sick-pay days the diseases of musculo-skeletal system are on the first place. CONCLUSIONS - Results of this analysis can provide valuable information for both the National Health Insurance Fund and the physicians and have contributed to the implementation of the national „Disability to work Monitoring System”.]

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[Screening for lung cancer with CT?]

HARKÁNYI Zoltán

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[Changing tendencies in retinal surgery]

MILIBÁK Tibor

[Retinal detachment, a disease caused by pathologic alteration of the vitreoretinal relationship, may decrease vision to blindness without treatment. Although some of the patients with retinal detachment become blind for the time being, last two decades produced significant improvement both in diagnosis and treatment. As a result of new surgical techniques we can perform successful surgery even in cases that were earlier inoperable. Recent methods are significantly less traumatic to the eye than they were 20 years ago. Dramatically reduced bedrest before and after surgery, regional or even topical anaesthesia instead of general anaesthesia, short term hospitalisation or one day surgery, short term restriction of physical activity after surgery are the most important consequences of the new wave of retinal detachment repair. According to recent recommendations of the prophylactic treatment of peripheral retinal lesions we treat only horse tears with sudden retinal complaints.]

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