Lege Artis Medicinae

[Ossuaries in Rome ]

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JUNE 20, 2016

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2016;26(05-06)

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[Changes of diabetes deaths in Hungary from 2000 to 2009]

VOKÓ Zoltán, ZSÓLYOM Adriána, JERMENDY György

[INTRODUCTION - Official mortality statistics underestimate the etiological role of diabetes in mortality. METHODS - With the use of attributable risk ratio we estimated the proportion of total mortality and mortality under age 65 years due to diabetes in Hungary in 2000-2009. We corrected the analysis for the co-occurrence of diabetes and hypertension. The prevalence figures of diabetes were taken from the National Health Interview Surveys 2000, 2003 and 2009; the relative mortality figures in patients with diabetes from the Canadian Chronic Disease Sur­veillance System of the Public Health Agency Canada; and the Hungarian age-, and sex-specific mortality figures from the Demographic Yearbooks of the Central Statistical Office. RESULTS - The total mortality decreased by 15%, mortality under age 65 years by 16% in the studied period in Hungary. Mean­while diabetes attributable mortality corrected for hypertension decreased by only 6%, premature mortality increased by 4%. As a consequence, the proportion of diabetes attributable mortality within total mortality increased from 4.6% to 5%, premature mortality from 4.3% to 5.5% by 2009, as the prevalence of diabetes increased from 6.9% in 2000 to 8.2% in 2009. Diabetes attributable mortality is approximately 2.5 times higher than the figures in the official mortality statistics. CONCLUSION - Diabetes and its main risk factors, overweight and obesity due to unhealthy diet and physical inactivity are one of the most important public health challenges nowadays. The burden of diabetes and its complications is already enormous. Mortality attributable to diabetes is much higher than it is reflected in the official mortality statistics. ]

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[End-of-Life Decision Situations – Physician-Assisted Suicide: United States of America ]

KŐMÜVES Sándor

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[Neurological symptoms in a patient with treated multiple myeloma]

ZOMBORI Tamás, PIUKOVICS Klára

[INTRODUCTION - Meningeal infiltration by multiple myeloma is rare. Its incidence among cases of multiple myeloma is 1%. CASE REPORT - Multiple myeloma was diagnosed in a 53-year-old woman in December 2014. After chemotherapy, the disease was treated with autologous bone marrow transplantation in June 2015. Remission was observed through two months, but in August the patient was hospitalized due to severe headache with neck stiffness. Meningitis or viral encephalitis were suspected following her investigation. She was taken to the Intensive Care Unit because of a progression to status epilepticus. The EEG-examination revealed generalized slow wave activity and a right temporal epileptiform focus manifesting rarely. Clinical brain death developed on the 17th day in hospital. DISCUSSION - Although meningeal infiltration is infrequent in multiple myeloma, the present case report draws attention to this possibility. ]

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[Poet and Physician on the Border Between Existence and Non-Existence ]

CZIGLÉNYI Boglárka

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[Music therapy in hospice care]

KOLLÁR János

[The study gives a short review of some music therapy methods can be applied on the field of hospice care. Its aim is drawing the attention to the topic and enhancement of the method in the hospice movement in Hungary. The results of research works support the idea of applying both active and receptive music therapy for ensuring advantageous results in high quality care provided for dying patients. Properly chosen musical interventions applied by qualified music therapists within a therapeutic relationship are able to improve amongst others the quality of life of dying people by ensuring their inner peace, reducing the feeling of pain and anxiety and supporting their psychical-spiritual development. Besides the dying patients, hospice workers and the relatives of the patients can also experience the benefits of music therapy. ]

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