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Clinical Oncology

APRIL 10, 2019

[The role of stromal components in the behavior of malignant tumors]


[Stroma was considered for a long time as an innocent bystander without infl uence on the behavior of the cancer tissue. However, this opinion considerably changed in the last twenty years. Increasing evidences have been gathered proving that all components of the stroma is active participant in the development and progression of cancer. Although stroma can exert protective role against the early development of tumors, this changes soon as cancer cells are forcing the stromal components to support their growth. This can be accomplished by the induction of stromal stiffness, production of fuels, citokines, growth factors, new blood vessels for the progression of cancer cells. This recognition lead to the introduction of a new approach, targeting stroma in anticancer therapy. Among those attempt excellent results have been achieved by the immune and antiangiogenesis therapy, but countless other attempts are going on.]

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

FEBRUARY 28, 2019

The issue of social inclusion of the Roma minority in the Czech Republic from the viewpoint of the Model of the culturallyminded and adapted care


Objective: The aim of the research was to map out the area of social inclusion of the Roma minority according to the Model of culturally-minded and adapted care. Above all to find out the subjective opinion of the Roma on their lives in the Czech Republic, the distribution of family roles or the respect of Roma traditions and customs. Methods: Data collection was carried out using a quantitative survey, in the form of a non-standardised questionnaire. The research group consisted of 600 members of the Roma minority across the Czech Republic. Results: The results show that the Roma minority feels some intolerance, in some cases even discrimination from the majority of society. Although in a Roma family the traditional division of the roles of the mother - maternal role, the father - the family breadwinner persists, these roles change slightly depending on the style of family upbringing and cohabitation with the older generations. The life of a Roma according to Roma traditions and customs subsides slightly into the background. Younger and single Roma no longer follow traditions like their parents. Therefore, there is an obvious large influence from the majority of society towards the Roma minority. Conclusion: The Roma minority is a group of people with many specifics. To coexist with a majority society, therefore, there is a need for understanding and tolerance on both sides. For a better understanding of this minority, the conceptual model of the following authors J. N. Giger and R.E. Davidhizar can help us, as it complexly approaches the specific needs of an individual with a different culture or religion.

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

APRIL 30, 2017

[An examination of knowledge about cervical cancer Roma women in Hungary]


[The aim of our study was to assess the main reasons for romany women to stay away from cervical cancer screening and knowledge about cervical cancer. Methods: We carried out a quantitative, cross-sectional study with non-probability convenience sampling in 2016. Our sample consists of romany women living in the agglomeration of Nagyatád, Hungary (N=126). In the questionnaire we measured reasons for non-attendance and knowledge. During statistical analysis we calculated descriptive statistics, χc2-test and t-test (p<0,05). Results: Mean age of responders is 37,45±12,05 years. 26,2% of women have not attended any kind of gynecological screening in their life. Mean age of women when they attended for screening for the first time was 24,05±8,96 years (n=91). Main score of the knowledge test is 31,4±3,93 points. According to knowledge level there is no connection between attendants and non-attendants(p>0,05). Conclusions: The lack of knowledge determines the participating willingness, to increase has been possible by organized knowledge transmitter performances.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

JULY 20, 2015

[Incisional hernia and diabetes. Could we improve the results?]


[GOALS - Diabetes mellitus is considered as a risk factor concerning surgical interventions as well. Connection between incisional abdominal hernias and diabetes mellitus were investigated in this prospective four years study. The primary aim was to evaluate the proportion of recurrencies, the secondary aim was determining the ratio of surgical complications in the investigated two groups (Group I: non diabetic, group II: diabetic patients). PATIENTS AND METHOD - The results of the incisional and abdominal hernia operations performed between 01. 01. 2011. and 31. 12. 2014. were investigated. Data for study was gained from the consecutively and obligatorily registered database of the authors’ institution. The type of reconstruction, elective or acute character of surgery, primary or recidive operation, the patients’ body mass index (BMI), as well as among complications the seroma and fistula formations, the reoperations and postoperative infections were registered. Patients with type I and type II diabetes mellitus were not differentiated. The HgbA1c was investigated separately in elective and acute operations. RESULTS - There were 56 (8.94%) diabetic patients (39 male, 17 women, avr. age 54.3 years) out of all 626 patients operated on incisional and/or abdominals wall hernias. Total recurrency rate was 19.6% during the average 32 months (6-66 months) follow-up period. The recurrency rate in diabetic patients was 50.0% (48.7% in women, 52.9% in men). Non-diabetic patients’ recurrency ratio were only 8.3% (11.2% and 5.4% in men and women, respectively). Median BMI is significantly higher in patients with diabetes than in those of non diabetics (35.4kg/m2 vs 27.75kg/2). Ratio of the elective and acute operations were 69.6% and 28.6%, respectively. The most frequently used operations technique was the direct transversal abdominal wall suture (14.3%) and the direct suture plus synthetic mesh implantation (64.3%). Eleven (19.7%) diabetic patients with incisional hernia were reconstructed with a so-called autologous tension free dermal flap. In 2 (18.2%) out of 11 patients were registered recurrency. Seroma and haematoma formation was occured in four patient (36.4%) and in one (9.1%), respectively after dermal flap reconstructions. Mean recurrency time after surgery in non-diabetic and in diabetic patients was 12.3 months and 9.2 months, respectively. The average HgbA1c level was significantly higher (8.1% in electively operated patients than in those acutly operated ones (9.8%). There were two lethal (0.36%) postoperative complications in this study. CONCLUSION - Considering the recurrency ratio of the incisional hernias and the postoperative complications, diabetes mellitus is a significant risk factor compared the data to non-diabetic patients. Seroma and haematoma formations, postoperative complications ratio are significantly higher in patients with diabetes than in those of non-diabetic. Appearance of recurrencies require significantly shorter time in patients with diabetes mellitus The rate of recidive and postoperative complication after the autolog, dermal, traction free abdominal wall reconstructions made by authors was lower, than in abdominal hernias reconstructed in other ways (direct suture, direct suture plus xenograft).]

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

OCTOBER 30, 2013

[The state of health of Roma in Nagykálló ]

ARATÓ Miklósné

[Aim of the study: To assess the unique lifestyle characteristics and state of health of the Roma minority living in a closed community. The author assumed that the Roma have a different attitude towards their own health and to the healthcare supply system. Sample and method: At the Sántha Kálmán Mental Health Centre and Specialist Hospital, in May 2012 a unique blood donation day was organised for the Roma population. As a part of the program, besides the medical tests, a questionnaire-based survey was conducted. (N=100) The author processed the data using Microsoft Excel, and presented the results with descriptive statistical methods. Results: Of the more than 100 who volunteered, 38 were able to give blood. Among the respondents the majority of women were aged 41-50 years (39%), and most of the men were in the 31-40 age bracket. More than half of the respondents (57%) consume alcohol regularly or occasionally, while 47% of them smoke. Some 39% of those surveyed consider their own state of health to be bad. Some 56% of the respondents are satisfied with the provision of healthcare, despite the fact that almost half of them have experienced some kind of discrimination during their care. Conclusions: The bad state of health of the Roma is related to the lower quality of life, the low level of education, alcohol consumption and smoking. The Roma are aware of the screening tests and consider them important; indeed, some of them also regularly give blood, but the communication targeting them is not effective. The Roma population experience discrimination more frequently then the other members of society. It is imperative that training in tolerance towards the Roma be incorporated into healthcare education. It is also necessary to improve the supportive relationship with healthcare. One means of achieving this could be the inclusion of Roma in healthcare efforts.]

Lege Artis Medicinae

APRIL 20, 2012

[Roma cancer patients’ illness cognition and their attitudes toward medical treatment]


[INTRODUCTION - In this qualitative pilot study, our goal was to investigate the illness representation of gipsy cancer patients and to examine their attitudes toward medical treatment. SAMPLE AND METHODS - Deep interviews were made with 20 persons (60% female; Mage=39.2±15.1 years). The included participants approximately represented the group composition of the Hungarian Roma population. RESULTS - For most of our respondents, cancer is a frightening disease meaning some kind of punishment and the end of life. The potential causes of the disease usually remain completely incomprehensible. The participants proved to be very under-informed in relation to their treatment - even when compared to the low level of information among Hungarian cancer patients in general. In the face of the supporting presence of family members, our respondents often stated that there was nobody to share their deeper emotional problems with. About half of the patients reported on impolite and inefficient treatment attributed to prejudice against their Gipsy identity. However, deeper analyses revealed, that in most of these cases, mistreatment was a consequence of the general shortcomings of the health care system (e.g. lack of time) - being labelled as discrimination by our respondents. Almost every participant sees his/her only role in recovery merely in the participation in medical treatment - not attributing enough significance to life style changes and even less to alternative / complementary medicine. CONCLUSION - Special training to improve communication skills with gipsy patients is needed - especially for general practitioners. We also suggest preparing handouts to Roma cancer patients that provide easy-to-understand information on the medical treatments and health behaviours that serve the coping with cancer and their prevention.]

Clinical Neuroscience

MAY 20, 2007


SISKA Éva, NEUWIRTH Magdolna, REBECCA Gooding, MOLNÁR Mária Judit

[The congenital cataracts facial dysmorphism neuropathy (CCFDN) syndrome (OMIM 604168) is a recently described autosomal recessive developmental disorder. It is almost completely restricted to an endogamous group of the European Vlax Roma population, called the Rudari. The CCFDN syndrome is a complex phenotype involving multiple systems, characterized by facial dysmorphism, congenital cataracts, microcorneae, delayed early motor and intellectual development, hypogonadotrop hypogonadism, hypomyelination of the peripheral nervous system, and serious complications related to general anaesthesia. This disorder is caused by a homozygous mutation of the carboxy-terminal domain phosphatase 1 (CTDP1) gene, localized to the 18q23 region. Authors present one genetically identified case in a large Roma family. The case documents that the CCFDN mutation is present also in the Hungarian Roma population. Underlie of antropomorphological data the authors presume that the CCFDN mutation reached Hungary as a result of emigration of Vlax Gypsies in the 18th century. The paper calls attention to the fact that molecular genetic diagnostics can replace invasive methods and makes possible the identification of heterozygotes without clinical symptoms. The introduction of the genetic screening enables us to perform genetic counselling and prevention in this high-risk population.]

Clinical Neuroscience

DECEMBER 20, 2008

[Screening of hereditary neuromuscular disorders in the roma population living in Hungary]


[Recent medical genetic research has identified a number of novel, or previously known, but rare conditions, caused by private founder mutations. The Finnish and Ashkenazi Jew populations provide the best examples for identifying genes in unique genetic disorders. In these populations, research efforts and high-level medical services resulted in intense improvements of medical care and in organization of population- based screening programs. Hereditary disorders of the Roma populations are known for a long time. The genetic background of these diseases has been established by extensive molecular genetic studies. The Romas represent 6% of the Hungarian population and live under extremely bad health conditions. Therefore, our aim was to map the incidence of the hereditary neuromuscular disorders among the Hungarian Roma population. Moreover, we intended to provide proper information, genetic counseling and possible prevention strategies for the families at risk, which should represent a primer task in public health. Because of our experience in neuromuscular disorders, we choose six, frequent, autosomal recessive disorders for these clinical and genetic studies: hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy type Lom (HMSNL), hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy type Russe (HMSNR), congenital cataracts facial dysmorphism syndrome (CCFDN), Limb- Girdle muscular dystrophy 2C (LGMD2C), congenital myasthenic syndrome (CMS) and spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Following identification of the founder mutations, the possibility of prenatal diagnosis and carrier screening for family members will contribute to the decrease of the recurrence risk for these severe, mostly untreatable disorders.]

Clinical Neuroscience

JANUARY 20, 2009

[Genetically determined neuromuscular disorders of some roma families living in Hungary (in English language)]


[The authors discuss the clinical and molecular genetic aspects of genetically determined neuromuscular disorders of some Roma families living in Hungary. Among the autosomal recessively inherited spinal muscular atrophic (SMA) group, 8 Caucasian children had the typical 7-8 exonal deletions of the SMA gene, but only 2 patients belonged to the Roma population. There was no difference in the molecular genetic findings among the Caucasian and the Roma SMA patients. All of them had 7- 8 exonal deletions of the SMA gene. We wanted to call attention to the founder mutation of the Roma population in 7 patients suffering from congenital myasthenia (CMS) from 3 Roma families. The 1267G deletion for CMS was detected by molecular genetic method. Clinical onset was pubertal and relatively slow progression of specific and phenotypic features for this founder mutation of acetyl-cholin receptor epsylon gene. In 2 patients (sister and brother) the sarcoglycanopathy 2C type C283Q mutation was proven in one Roma family suffering from limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD). Two out of the three facioscapular-humeral dystrophy (FSHD) Roma families carried 21.8 kb and 18.5 kb alleles in FSHD A1 gene (D4S139). In one family together with prenatal diagnosis founder mutation in FSHD A1 gene was detected, according to the autosomal dominant (AD) inheritence. In (F2) prenatal diagnosis was carried out, 18.5 kb/18.5 kb homozygosity was proven in the fetus, so the pregnancy was interrupted. In the CMS, LGMD and FSHD Roma patients ancient typical Roma founder mutations were found.]

AUGUST 15, 2011

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