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[The impact of oral ketoconazole therapy on the outcome of pregnancy - A population-based case-control study]

KAZY Zoltán, PUHÓ Erzsébet, CZEIZEL Endre

MAY 21, 2006

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[MEDICINAL HERBS IN THE TREATMENT OF LIVER DISEASES]

SCHULLER János

[Today, alternative medicine is increasingly popular among patients. Patients with liver diseases surprisingly often use complementary treatment, mainly medicinal herbs, with or without the knowledge of their physician. This is one of the reasons why doctors may not ignore alternative medicine. Another reason is that twenty to thirty percent of medicaments now used in conventional therapy were originally produced from herbs. This means that some of the herbal medicines now applied in alternative therapy may become a conventional drug in the future. This paper reviews publications of evidencebased medicine on herbal medicines most often used in the treatment of liver diseases, including silymarin, glycyrrhizin, phyllantus amarus, CH- 100, LIV.52, sho-saiko-to, bin-gan, compund 861 and oxymatrine. It is important for physicians to be also knowledgeable about potentially hepatotoxic medicinal herbs.]

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[BETA-CELL DYSFUNCTION AND PROTECTION IN TYPE 2 DIABETES]

VÁNDORFI Győző, URICH Elemér

[Type 2 diabetes is caused by increased insulin resistance coupled with the disturbance of the secretion function of beta-cells. While the importance of insulin resistance has been emphasized in the last two decades, the pathogenetic role of beta-cell dysfunction has received less attention. Regarding this latter, several underlying mechanisms have been implicated, including increased secretory demand due to insulin resistance, glucose toxicity, lipotoxicity, islet cell amyloid deposition, and insulin resistance of the beta-cells themselves. In the milestone UKPDS (United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study) trial the metabolic status of the patients gradually deteriorated after 1 to 2 year of temporary improvement despite of an intensive sulfonylurea, insulin or metformin treatment. Progression of the disease could be slowed down but not stopped, which was attributed to progressive beta-cell failure. In this regard the insulinsensitizer thiazolidinediones, having recently joined the therapeutic palette, are promising because they protect and spare beta-cells through several ways. However, as the disease carrier progresses, it can reach a point when without using insulin the treatment cannot be successful anymore. Early use of thiazolidinediones may result in a marked delay of this point. This concept is supported by studies completed so far, and further clinical trials are ongoing so as to strengthen the evidence.]

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[ANTICOAGULATION IN OBSTETRICS]

DOMJÁN Gyula, GADÓ Klára

[The risk of thrombosis is increased about 5 to10 times during pregnancy and in the puerperium. Beside the classic risk factors, this is also due to special obstetrical causes. Delivery, especially Cesarean section further increases susceptibility to thrombosis. Prophylactic or therapeutic anticoagulant treatment can significantly reduce maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. Just like in the non-pregnant state, subcutaneous low molecular weight heparin or intravenous or subcutaneous unfractionated heparin is recommended in pregnancy if anticoagulation is indicated. Warfarin is contraindicated in the first trimester because of its teratogenicity and also in the third trimester because of its long-lasting effect. Heparin does not cross the placenta, but its long-term administration may cause several side effects. Dosage, starting time and duration of the treatment depend on the measure of the risk of thrombosis. In certain cases (such as antiphospholipid syndrome) anticoagulant therapy is supplemented by low-dose acetylsalicylic acid. The date of delivery can be electively planned to minimalize bleeding and thrombotic complications. Vaginal delivery is preferred because of its lower risk of bleeding compared to Cesarean section. Intensity of anticoagulant therapy in the peripartum period should depend on the risk of thrombosis. The third phase of delivery should be actively driven by giving oxytocin to avoid bleeding complications. Since anticoagulant therapy is often continued during breast-feeding, it is important to know that neither warfarin, nor heparin is secreted in milk. When planning the treatment, each case requires individual consideration based on the type and number of risk factors, gestation time and, importantly, compliance of the patient.]

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[Background – Dizziness is one of the most frequent complaints when a patient is searching for medical care and resolution. This can be a problematic presentation in the emergency department, both from a diagnostic and a management standpoint. Purpose – The aim of our study is to clarify what happens to patients after leaving the emergency department. Methods – 879 patients were examined at the Semmel­weis University Emergency Department with vertigo and dizziness. We sent a questionnaire to these patients and we had 308 completed papers back (110 male, 198 female patients, mean age 61.8 ± 12.31 SD), which we further analyzed. Results – Based on the emergency department diagnosis we had the following results: central vestibular lesion (n = 71), dizziness or giddiness (n = 64) and BPPV (n = 51) were among the most frequent diagnosis. Clarification of the final post-examination diagnosis took several days (28.8%), and weeks (24.2%). It was also noticed that 24.02% of this population never received a proper diagnosis. Among the population only 80 patients (25.8%) got proper diagnosis of their complaints, which was supported by qualitative statistical analysis (Cohen Kappa test) result (κ = 0.560). Discussion – The correlation between our emergency department diagnosis and final diagnosis given to patients is low, a phenomenon that is also observable in other countries. Therefore, patient follow-up is an important issue, including the importance of neurotology and possibly neurological examination. Conclusion – Emergency diagnosis of vertigo is a great challenge, but despite of difficulties the targeted and quick case history and exact examination can evaluate the central or peripheral cause of the balance disorder. Therefore, to prevent declination of the quality of life the importance of further investigation is high.]