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Lege Artis Medicinae

JANUARY 20, 2019

[Animal-assisted therapies for the treatment of elderly dementia ]

SOMOGYI Szilvia

[The therapeutic value of the relationship between humans and animals should be considered in the cases of patients suffering from dementia with the onset in old age. This paper provides an overview of the animal assisted interventions in dementia. Reviews emphasize the positive effects of pet-keeping on mental and physical quality of life. However, it can also have adverse effects unless the pet is selected with caution. Regular animal assisted therapies within institutional framework provide a valuable potential programme for the patients in care. Articles published so far depict the physiological, social and psychological output variables of animal assisted therapies. The enhancement of social behavior is considered to be a specific factor of animal assisted therapies. Among the physiological symptoms the enhanced physical activity, the decrease of stress response and sympathic activation have been highlighted. Among the psychological functions reduction of state anxiety, mood lift and the reduction of negative emotions such as isolation and abandonment should be underlined. Acknowledging the available results, it seems that cognitive efficacy is less impacted directly by animal assisted therapies. However, promising results have been acquired in the alleviation of the behavioural and psychological symptoms related to dementia ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

JANUARY 20, 2019

[Our stubborn misbeliefs on ageing ]

RAJNA Péter

[Stressing the continuous increase of elderly population, the author demonstrates the negative impact of technical development on everyday routines of old population. It can explain that members of younger generations often create false ideations on mental and cognitive abilities of older ones, and consequently some stubborn misbeliefs are existing here. He deals with the following four of them in details: (1) Young age means worth, while old age is equal to deficit, (2) Every old person becomes demented, (3) Elderly people loose their interest and social sensitivity, (4) Old people means ballast for younger ones. The author emphasizes, that even the elderly persons are able to fall into these traps of misbeliefs. In addition to complex refutations, he states that the “spacecraft-model” described by L. Hayflick offers efficient solutions to preserve an adequate quality of life both for old people and their society. ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

JANUARY 20, 2019

[Eight questions and answers about anxiety in the elderly in family practice ]

CSATLÓS Dalma, VAJDA Dóra, MOHOS András, GONDA Xénia

[Anxiety is one of the most common psychological disorders in the elderly. Physical illnesses contribute to its development, but the opposite is also true: anxiety adversely affects the prognosis of many somatic illnesses, thus significantly enhancing morbidity and mortality. Therefore, the recognition and adequate treatment of anxiety disorders in the elderly are especially important in family practice, too. With the increase of life expectancy, the problems and illnesses of the elderly receive more and more attention in medical practice and anxiety cannot be ignored either, because the early detection of its symptoms improves the quality of life and reduces the chance of bad prognosis. ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

JANUARY 20, 2019

[Early detection of patients with dementia in Primary Care ]

OSTORHARICS-HORVÁTH György, TORZSA Péter

[Mental decline is becoming more and more frequent in the elderly these days. The symptoms of dementia may be best detected early in family practice. Physicians may detect the symptoms of mental decline of different levels. General practitioners play an important role in the early detection of patients with dementia. General practitioners keep contact and communicate with the caretaker of the patient regularly. If necessary General Practitioners visit the dementia patients in their own home environment, they can assess their patients’ circumstances and needs and if needed, they can prescribe home care. ]

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

AUGUST 30, 2018

[Study based on special care needs of elderly people in Nursing Home run by Church ]

BADÓ Erika, BALOGH Zoltán

[Aims: The changes from the introduction of the care needs of elderly people in Nursing Home run by Church, set year 2011 against year 2016. Methods: The sample was taken from the residents of Filadelfia Integrated Social Institution in 2011 (N=118), in 2016 (N=122) and from the nurses who worked there in 2011 and also in 2016 (N==18). The survey was conducted through a self-constructed online questionnaire. The Nursing Documentation was reviewed during the document analysis. Data were analyzed with SPSS using Chi square and Fisher’s tests. Results: It can be concluded that the numbers of care needed people increased, like living with dementia (p=0,001), using catheter (p=0,001), handicapped (p=0,001), using long term painkillers (p=0,005). Fluctuation and the decrease of the numbers of professional stuff are typical. Conclusions: For the care needs of elderly people, higher level care is needed with professional stuff qualifications. ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

AUGUST 30, 2018

[How to diagnose idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Part 2]

HORVÁTH Ildikó, KERPEL-FRONIUS Anna, HARKÓ Tünde

[Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a severe irreversible lung disease with a progressive course. The disease onset is hard to discover due to the unspecific signs and symp­toms. It occurs mainly in elderly people. In the past decades its prevalence has increased continuously. Physical examination, restrictive pattern on lung function test with decreased diffusion capacity are characteristic features of the disease. Chest X-ray showing fibrotic pattern also points toward the diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Differential diagnosis is based on high resolution komputertomográfy. Diag­nosis of IPF is based on the appearance of usual interstitial pneumonia pattern together with the lack of external risk factors and autoimmune or other diseases also known to cause this pattern seen on chest imaging. If no firm diagnosis can be built lung biopsy is required. Multidis­ciplinary teams from clinician, radiologist and pathologist are set in predefined centres that could provide care with novel antifibrotic drugs. These can slow disease progression and are in the frontline in the treatment of the disease. Further research is required to understand the pathomechanism and foster the discovery of further treatment options. ]

Clinical Neuroscience

JULY 30, 2018

[Strategies of using the new antiepileptic drugs for epilepsy in adults]

NIKL János

[The new antiepileptic drugs have not changed the basic pharmacological treatment principles of epilepsy, but they have given greater choice in focal and in generalized epilepsies as well. The new drugs are not necessarily more effective than traditional drugs, but they have favourable pharmacokinetic characteristics, fewer interactions and better adverse effect profile in the acute and chronic phase of the treatment. They generally show a lower teratogenicity risk than the standard antiepileptics, although carbamazepine, one of the standard drugs can be used and zonisamide, a new one must be avoid in pregnancy. Due to characteristics mentioned above they are not only effective as add-on therapy, but in monotherapy as well. On the basis of the international and national recommendation lamotrigine and levetiracetam belong to the first line antiepileptics. The favourable tolerability of the new antiepileptics may improve the patient’s compliance and adherence to the given treatment. The low teratogenicity makes them especially suitable for the treatment of women of childbearing age. The new antiepileptic drugs can succesfully used for the treatment of special patients’ groups as for the post stroke, poszttraumatic epilepsies, for the epilepsies accompanied with brain tumours as well as for epilepsies in the elderly. The new drugs are advantageous for the treatment of such patients who have psychiatric symptoms or signs of cognitive decline and high risk of these symptoms respectively.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

JUNE 20, 2018

[Konzerválószer-mentes krónikus kezelés glaucomában: a cseppkezelés okozta szemfelszín-betegség elkerülése]

HOLLÓ Gábor

[Ocular surface disease is a frequently seen condition in the elderly in the general po-pulation. In glaucoma patients the glaucoma-therapy related ocular surface disease is a particularly serious and common condition with complex pathogenenesis. Pre-servatives, most commonly benzalkonium chloride, employed in intraocular pressure lowering eye drops frequently cause or worsen ocular surface disease in glaucoma. The symptoms frequently undermine both the adherence to the prescribed intraocular pressure lowering drops and the vision related quality of life. Therefore the success of long-term glaucoma care in glaucoma-therapy related ocular surface disease is reduced. The current article summarizes the main pathogenetic aspects of glaucoma-therapy related ocular surface disease, and presents how to eliminate the main causative factor and normalize the ocular surface by using completely preservative free topical medication in glaucoma. ]

Lege Artis Medicinae

MAY 02, 2018

[Everyday practice of atrial fibrillation treatment]

KISS István, BENCZÚR Béla

[The clinical importance of atrial fibrillation - the most frequent arrhythmia - is derived from the fact that it means a 5-fold risk of stroke/systemic embolism which contributes to the increased cardiovascular morbidity/mortality. Long-term oral anticoagulant therapy is a cornerstone of stroke prevention in patients with atrial fibrillation. Until recently Vitamin-K antagonists were the only available therapeutic option but its everyday use has several limitations, eg. bleeding risk, narrow therapeutic range, drug and food interactions and the need of monthly INR-control. The advent of NOAC-s may prevent a lot of difficulties regarding VKA-treatment and lead to as efficacious as and safer therapy than VKAs. These benefits can help better adherence of patients to the anticoagulant therapy which is one of the most important element of more effective stroke prevention. NOACs can be used more safely both in real life and in special patient populations (eg. elderly, type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney injury) than VKAs so they can contribute to effective cardiovascular risk reduction.]

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

DECEMBER 30, 2017

[Awareness of Risk Factors of Falling among the Elderly]

BOROS Edit, BABARCI Ágnes, ERDŐSI Erika, BALOGH Zoltán

[The aim of the study: determining the risk groups of falling among the elderly and measuring the awareness of the elderly of the risk factors of falling. Methods: During the quantitative, cross-section examination, the population consisted of elderly people living in the region of Dél-Alföld (N=379). We used our own questionnaire beside using the STEADI questionnaire determining risk group of falling for data colletion purposes. During the statistical analysis, we used simple descriptive statistics but also used Khi2 and Mann-Whitney tests. Results: The average age of the examined population was 71,96+ 6,8 years old and 45 % of the interviewed person have reported experiencing falling. The risk factors of higher age (p=0.001), dizziness (p=0.021) and polypharmacy (p=0.001) was demonstrable among those who have fallen at least one time. 83% of the population was from a risk group exposed to falling. Respondents were able to better identify the effect of extrinsic factors on the risk of falling than the intrinsic risk factors. Also, those who have fallen before found that there is no significant preventive effect of the orderliness of their home (p=0.009) and the usage of walking assisting equipment (p=0.010). Conclusions: Falling of elderly people is an actual problem, therefore it is recommended to raise the awareness of the elderly of the risk factors of falling.]