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[Xerostomy - about the background of an unpleasant symptome]

GERLINGER Imre

MARCH 22, 2012

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2012;22(03)

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[Bacterial contamination and irritable bowel syndrome]

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[Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common gastrointestinal condition, which affects 10-15% of adults in developed countries. Recent observations have raised the possibility that disturbances in the gut microbiota and/or the accompanying low-grade inflammatory state might contribute to the etiology and symptomatology of irritable bowel syndrome. Some studies indicate that small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), as confirmed by hydrogen breath tests (HBT), is more prevalent in patients with irritable bowel syndrome than in matched controls without IBS. Although the data are conflicting, this observation has led to the hypothesis that bacterial contamination was the primary cause of IBS. As a consequence of this hypothesis, a lot of therapeutic options have found their way into the armamentarium of those who treat patients with IBS. These agents include probiotics, prebiotics, antibiotics and anti-inflammatory agents. This paper describes the various mechanisms by which changes in the gut flora might contribute to IBS and also discusses the efficacy and safety of antibiotic therapies, especially rifaximin, for treating IBS/SIBO symptoms.]

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[Epidemiological surveillance systems used by international organisations in military crisis management operations]

KOPCSÓ István, KISS Antal Zsolt

[Facing new challenges and growing requirements, the renewal and adjustment of doctrines, methods and technology is an indispensable progressive need for modern militaries. In order to achieve the maximal protection of troops and conservation of fighting strength, innovation is continuous and has greatly accelerated in the whole spectrum of Force Health Protection. Owing to the development of technology, portable capabilities that had been available only in the hinterland have become available in the military medical support area. Utilising mobile information technology solutions, the continuous, real-time information flow between the tactical level medical units and the higher level medical analysts and decision makers has become technically feasible, which results in a significant widening of epidemiological surveillance capabilities as well. We discuss the current challenges of expeditionary- type military operations and their general epidemiological aspects and the morbidity reporting and monitoring systems used in international military missions. Furthermore, we overview the milestones of the development of the NATO near-real-time epidemiological surveillance system, the NATO Deployment Health Surveillance Capability, which functions as a branch of the Budapestbased multinational NATO Centre of Excellence for Military Medicine.]

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[Clinical aspects of ischaemic bowel disease]

DEMETER Pál

[Decreased blood flow through the intestines leads to mesenteric ischaemia, which is characterised by cellular damage due to the lack of oxygen and nutrients. Extensive collateralisation between splanchnic vessels serves as a protective mechanism against ischaemia. Intestinal ischaemia can be classified on the basis of its timing, location and the vessels involved. Acute mesenteric ischaemia can result from arterial embolisation, arterial or venous thrombosis, or vasoconstriction secondary to systemic circulation disorder associated with hypovolaemia. Chronic mesenteric ischaemia develops as a consequence of partial or complete occlusion of splanchnic vessels. Colonic ischaemia is mainly caused by a limited circulation disorder of the inferior mesenteric artery. Mortality rates for the various forms of acute mesenteric ischaemia are different. However, early diagnosis before bowel infarction might improve survival. This paper summarises the cilical aspects, diagnosis and therapeutic options of intestinal ischaemia.]

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[The new British recommendations for the treatment of lower back pain on the basis of the new NICE guidelines - comparison with the Hungarian therapeutic practice]

VERECKEI Edit, PALKONYAI Éva, SIMONCSICS Eszter, APÁTHY Ágnes, TEMESVÁRI I. Péter

[The new NICE guidelines on lower back pain emphasise the importance of clinical assessment. Radiological imaging methods are used primarily to exclude severe diseases, such as tumour, infection, trauma or inflammation. It’s crucial to inform patients and encourage them to use self-management and stay active. Pain management is guided by the analgesic ladder. A complex physical and psychological treatment is used, which involves a structured exercise programme, manual therapy and acupuncture, taking into account the preferences of the patient. Depending on the aetiology, surgical intervention should be considered in therapy-resistant cases. Finally, the authors compare the above guidelines with the Hungarian practice in this field.]

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