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Croatian Medical Journal

Aleksandar Džakula, Rafaela Tripalo, Dorja Vočanec, Dagmar Radin, Karmen Lončarek
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October 31, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Dragana Lakić, Ivana Stević, Marina Odalović, Sandra Vezmar-Kovačević, Ivana Tadić
AIM: To determine the general population willingness to pay for cognitive pharmacist service in community pharmacy, describe the behavior of participants regarding health care issues, and evaluate correlation between participants' sociodemographic characteristics or attitudes and their willingness to pay. METHODS: A questionnaire-based survey was conducted among general population visiting community pharmacies. The participants were asked about receiving cognitive pharmacist services to identify and resolve potential medication therapy problems after the initiation of a new medicine to optimize health outcomes of the patients...
October 31, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Katarina Josipa Siroglavić, Marina Polić Vižintin, Ingrid Tripković, Mario Šekerija, Suzana Kukulj
AIM: To provide an overview of the lung cancer incidence trends in the City of Zagreb (Zagreb), Split-Dalmatia County (SDC), and Croatia in the period from 2001 to 2013. METHOD: Incidence data were obtained from the Croatian National Cancer Registry. For calculating incidence rates per 100 000 population, we used population estimates for the period 2001-2013 from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics. Age-standardized rates of lung cancer incidence were calculated by the direct standardization method using the European Standard Population...
October 31, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Xiao-Jie Ma, Yun-Shan Wang, Wei-Ping Gu, Xia Zhao
AIM: To investigate the role of valproic acid (VPA), a class I selective histone deacetylase inhibitor, on Michigan Cancer Foundation (MCF)-7 breast cancer cells, named and explore its possible molecular mechanism. METHODS: MCF-7 cells were cultured with sodium valproate (0. 5-4.0 mmol/L) for 24 h, 48 h, and 72 h in vitro, respectively. The cell viability, apoptosis, and cell cycle were examined. The activities and protein expressions of caspase-3, caspase-8, and caspase-9 were subsequently assayed...
October 31, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Jelena Drulović, Anđela Gavrilović, Luka Crnošija, Darija Kisić-Tepavčević, Magdalena Krbot Skorić, Jovana Ivanović, Ivan Adamec, Irena Dujmović, Anamari Junaković, Gorica Marić, Vanja Martinović, Tatjana Pekmezović, Mario Habek
AIM: To validate and cross-culturally adapt Croatian and Serbian versions of composite autonomic symptom score-31 (COMPASS-31) for the detection of dysautonomia in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). METHODS: A total of 179 patients, 67 with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) and 112 with MS, completed the COMPASS-31 at two MS centers in Zagreb and Belgrade between April 1 and October 31, 2016. Demographic and clinical data including age, gender, MS phenotypes, and the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) score were collected...
October 31, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Branka Polić, Andreja Bubić, Julije Meštrović, Joško Markić, Tanja Kovačević, Ivanka Antončić Furlan, Ivan Utrobičić, Ivana Kolčić
Aim To determine the effect of late preterm birth and treatment at the intensive care unit (ICU) on school-age children's emotional and behavioral problems and quality of life (QoL). METHODS: Emotional and behavioral problems and QoL were investigated in 6-12-year-olds who were born late preterm at the University Hospital Center Split in the period from January 2002 to March 2008. The study included 126 late preterm children treated in ICU (LP-ICU group), 127 late preterm children not treated in ICU (LP-non-ICU group), and 131 full-term children treated in ICU (FT-ICU group)...
October 31, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Mirjana Kujundžić Tiljak
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October 31, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Kristina Fišter, Borna Pleše, Ivan Pristaš, Tobias Kurth, Mirjana Kujundžić Tiljak
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October 31, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Ana Borovečki, Sanja Babić-Bosanac
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August 31, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Mirna Lechpammer, Verónica Martínez Cerdeńo, Michael Ryan Hunsaker, Mina Hah, Hilary Gonzales, Steve Tisch, Ronald Joffe, Roger Pamphlett, Flora Tassone, Paul J Hagerman, Samuel J Bolitho, Randi J Hagerman
This report describes unique presentations of inclusion body myositis (IBM) in two unrelated patients, one male and one female, with genetically and histologically confirmed fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS). We summarize overlapping symptoms between two disorders, clinical course, and histopathological analyses of the two patients with FXTAS and sporadic IBM, clinically defined per diagnostic criteria of the European Neuromuscular Centre. In case 1, a post-mortem analysis of available brain and muscle tissues is also described...
August 31, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Danijel Nejašmić, Ivana Miošić, Davorka Vrdoljak, Snježana Permozer Hajdarović, Marion Tomičić, Rudika Gmajnić, Ines Diminić Lisica, Jelena Sironić Hreljanović, Vlatka Pleh, Venija Cerovečki, Anita Tomljenović, Sanja Bekić, Minka Jerčić, Karla Tuđa, Livia Puljak
AIM: To determine the use of evidence-based medicine (EBM) information and the level of awareness and knowledge of EBM among patients in Croatia. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 987 patients in 10 family medicine practices in Croatia. Patients from both urban (n=496) and rural (n=482) areas were surveyed. A 27-item questionnaire was used to collect data about sources that patients searched for medical information, patient awareness and use of Cochrane systematic reviews and other EBM resources, and their demographic characteristics...
August 31, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Tamara Sinožić, Ksenija Baždarić, Dina Šverko, Alen Ružić, Milica Katić
AIM: To test the psychometric properties of the Croatian version of the Chronic Venous Insufficiency Quality of Life (CIVIQ) Questionnaire and to assess the quality of life in patients with chronic venous disorders of all stages. METHODS: This cross-sectional study performed between 2014 and 2015 in a private family practice assessed the factorial validity, cross-sectional validity, and reliability of the Croatian CIVIQ 20-item questionnaire completed by 428 adult patients (78% women) with chronic venous disorders classified according to the Clinical-Etiologic-Anatomic-Pathophysiologic (CEAP) C classification as stages C1-C6...
August 31, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Arijana Pačić, Petar Šenjug, Jasna Bacalja, Miroslav Tišljar, Ivica Horvatić, Stela Bulimbašić, Mladen Knotek, Krešimir Galešić, Danica Galešić Ljubanović
AIM: To determine the role of immunoglobulin M (IgM) deposits in clinical manifestations, disease outcome, and treatment response of idiopathic and secondary focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). METHODS: Kidney biopsy specimens of 171 patients diagnosed with FSGS (primary and secondary) and 50 control patients were retrospectively included in the study. For each patient, clinical and outcome data were obtained and compared to morphological parameters, including immunofluorescence analysis of mesangial IgM and complement 3 (C3) deposits analyzed on kidney biopsy samples...
August 31, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Miroslav Župčić, Sandra Graf Župčić, Viktor Duzel, Tatjana Šimurina, Livija Šakić, Jurica Fudurić, Jasminka Peršec, Milan Milošević, Zdenko Stanec, Anđelko Korušić, Stjepan Barišin
AIM: To test for differences in hemodynamic and analgesic properties in patients with breast cancer undergoing quadrantectomy with paravertebral block (PVB) induced with a solution of either one or two local anesthetics. METHOD: A prospective, single-center, randomized, double-blinded, controlled trial was conducted from June 2014 until September 2015. A total of 85 women with breast cancer were assigned to receive PVB with either 0.5% levobupivacaine (n=42) or 0...
August 31, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Vedran Radonić, Damir Kozmar, Darko Počanić, Helena Jerkić, Ivan Bohaček, Tomislav Letilović
AIM: To compare the overall and disease-specific mortality of Croatian male athletes who won one or more Olympic medals representing Yugoslavia from 1948 to 1988 or Croatia from 1992 to 2016, and the general Croatian male population standardized by age and time period. METHODS: All 233 Croatian male Olympic medalists were included in the study. Information on life duration and cause of death for the Olympic medalists who died before January 1, 2017, was acquired from their families and acquaintances...
August 31, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Srećko Gajović
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August 31, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Amela Pilav, Naris Pojskić, Anesa Ahatović, Mirela Džehverović, Jasmina Čakar, Damir Marjanović
AIM: To determine newest the most accurate allele frequencies for 15 short tandem repeat (STR) loci in the Bosnian and Herzegovinian population, calculate statistical parameters, and compare them with the relevant data for seven neighboring populations. METHODS: Genomic DNA was obtained from buccal swabs of 1000 unrelated individuals from all regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Genotyping was performed using PowerPlex® 16 System to obtain allele frequencies for 15 polymorphic STR loci including D3S1358, TH01, D21S11, D18S51, Penta E, D5S818, D13S317, D7S820, D16S539, CSF1PO, Penta D, vWA, D8S1179, TPOX, and FGA...
June 14, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Pero Dimsoski
AIM: To show that application of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) method modified for amplification of a low-copy number DNA samples, ie, the isolation of PCR products (IPCRp), would represent improvement in obtaining genotypes from a fecal DNA compared with previously used genotyping methods. METHODS: The DNA from the horse fecal matter was extracted by modified Qiagen DNA Stool Mini Kit protocol. Following the extraction, the DNA genotypes from fecal samples were obtained by the most powerful PCR amplification method, the IPCRp...
June 14, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Ivona Sansović, Ana-Maria Ivankov, Adriana Bobinec, Mijana Kero, Ingeborg Barišić
AIM: To determine the diagnostic yield and criteria that could help to classify and interpret the copy number variations (CNVs) detected by chromosomal microarray (CMA) technique in patients with congenital and developmental abnormalities including dysmorphia, developmental delay (DD) or intellectual disability (ID), autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and congenital anomalies (CA). METHOD: CMA analysis was performed in 337 patients with DD/ID with or without dysmorphism, ASD, and/or CA...
June 14, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Željana Bašić, Ivana Kružić, Ivan Jerković, Deny Anđelinović, Šimun Anđelinović
AIM: To develop discriminant functions for sex estimation on medieval Croatian population and test their application on contemporary Croatian population. METHODS: From a total of 519 skeletons, we chose 84 adult excellently preserved skeletons free of antemortem or postmortem changes and took all standard measurements. Sex was estimated/determined using standard anthropological procedures and ancient DNA (amelogenin analysis) where pelvis was insufficiently preserved or where sex morphological indicators were not consistent...
June 14, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
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