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Croatian Medical Journal

Heidi Aarum Hansen, Siv Britt Bjorktomta, Anna Lydia Svalastog
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February 28, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Jaime A Teixeira da Silva
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February 28, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Rositsa Dimova, Rumyana Stoyanova, Donka Keskinova
AIM: To validate the Bulgarian EUROPEP-questionnaire and its implementation to measure patient evaluation of general practice care in Bulgarian population. METHODS: A multicenter cross-sectional study was conducted at twenty five primary care practices from South-Central Region of Bulgaria. A total of 1000 adult patients aged over 18 years and visiting the practice for more than a year were approached consecutively to take part in the study. The internal consistency and test-retest reliability of the EUROPEP questionnaire were evaluated...
February 28, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Adam D Tarnoki, Acar Turker, David L Tarnoki, Mehmet S Iyisoy, Blanka K Szilagyi, Hoang Duong, Laszlo Miskolczi
AIM: To assess impacts of different weather conditions on hospitalizations of patients with ischemic strokes and subarachnoid hemorrhages (SAH) in South Florida. METHODS: Diagnostic data of patients with spontaneous SAH and strokes were recorded between June 2010 and July 2013. Daily synchronous forecast charts were collected from the National Weather Service and the whole data were matched prospectively. The incidence rate ratio (IRR) was calculated. RESULTS: Increased incidence rate of ischemic stroke was consistent with the daily lowest and highest air pressure (IRR 1...
February 28, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Aleksej Medić, Tomislav Jukić, Anita Matas, Katarina Vukojević, Ada Sapunar, Ljubo Znaor
AIM: To determine if preoperative treatment with a topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) lowers the concentration of intraocular interleukin (IL)-12 and the incidence of postoperative macular edema in patients with non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy undergoing cataract surgery. METHODS: A total of 55 patients were randomized to diclofenac (n=27) or placebo (n=28). Patients receiving diclofenac started preoperative treatment with 0.1% topical diclofenac four times a day 7 days before cataract surgery and the therapy was discontinued 30 days after surgery...
February 28, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Vlatko Pejša, Željko Prka, Marko Lucijanić, Zdravko Mitrović, Mario Piršić, Ozren Jakšić, Radmila Ajduković, Rajko Kušec
AIM: To assess the benefit of rituximab with dose-adjusted etoposide, prednisone, vincristine, cyclophosphamide, and doxorubicin (R-DA-EPOCH) regimen as a first-line treatment for patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) presenting with unfavorable or aggressive features, and autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) as a part of the first-line treatment for selected DLBCL patients with additional aggressive features. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 75 newly diagnosed DLBCL patients with Ki-67+≥80% or International Prognostic Index ≥2 who were treated with R-DA-EPOCH between 2005 and 2015...
February 28, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Jonas Forsman, Terhi Keltanen, Benny Liberg, Antti Sajantila, Thomas Masterman, Katarina Lindroos
AIM: To determine whether antemortem blood levels of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) and glucose predict completed suicide and, by extension, whether markers of glucose metabolism might be associated with a prosuicidal trait or state. METHOD: From consecutively performed autopsies, samples of blood and vitreous humor from 17 suicide victims and 27 non-suicide controls were compared with regard to levels of glucose, lactate, and HbA1c. RESULTS: Mean HbA1c was higher, and mean estimated blood glucose lower, among suicide victims, although tests revealed no significant differences (P=0...
February 28, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Selena Cisana, Nicoletta Cerri, Alessandro Bosetti, Andrea Verzeletti, Venusia Cortellini
AIM: To report on the successful analysis of amplicons obtained with PowerPlex® Fusion 6C System, a highly robust 27-plex genotyping kit developed for human identification laboratories, on the Applied Biosystems® 3500 Genetic Analyzer. METHOD: We performed characterization and evaluation studies following the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM) validation guidelines, examining several critical areas of kit performance. We report the results of sensitivity, robustness, heterozygous peak height ratio, precision, concordance, caseworks, and mixture interpretations...
February 28, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Cristian Palmiere, Camilla Tettamanti, Maria Pia Scarpelli
AIM: To review the available literature pertaining to fatalities following vaccine administration and, in particular, cases of vaccine-related fatal anaphylaxis. METHOD: The MEDLINE database was systematically searched up to March 2016 to identify all relevant articles pertaining to fatal cases of anaphylaxis following vaccine administration. RESULTS: Six papers pertaining to fatal anaphylaxis following vaccination were found relevant. Mast cell tryptase and total IgE concentration was assessed exclusively in one case...
February 28, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Hui Dong, Jing Wang, Tao Zhang, Jian-Ye Ge, Ying-Qiang Dong, Qi-Fan Sun, Chao Liu, Cai-Xia Li
AIM: To select appropriate preprocessing methods for different substrates by comparing the effects of four different preprocessing methods on touch DNA samples and to determine the effect of various storage times on the results of touch DNA sample analysis. METHOD: Hand touch DNA samples were used to investigate the detection and inspection results of DNA on different substrates. Four preprocessing methods, including the direct cutting method, stubbing procedure, double swab technique, and vacuum cleaner method, were used in this study...
February 28, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Hrvoje Barić, Ksenija Baždarić, Anton Glasnović, Srećko Gajović
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February 28, 2017: Croatian Medical Journal
Oystein Ringstad
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December 31, 2016: Croatian Medical Journal
Ayo Oyedokun, Davies Adeloye, Olanrewaju Balogun
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December 31, 2016: Croatian Medical Journal
Olusesan A Makinde
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December 31, 2016: Croatian Medical Journal
Anita Lukić, Ileana Lulić, Dinka Lulić, Zoran Ognjanović, Davorin Cerovečki, Siniša Telebar, Ivica Mašić
AIM: To analyze the initial rhythm, bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) rate, and survival after out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) in Varaľdin County (Croatia), and to investigate whether physician's inexperience in emergency medical services (EMS) has an impact on resuscitation management. METHODS: We reviewed clinical records and Revised Utstein cardiac arrest forms of all out-of-hospital resuscitations performed by EMS Varaľdin (EMSVz), Croatia, from 2007-2013...
December 31, 2016: Croatian Medical Journal
Diana Mance, Davor Mance, Dinko Vitezić
AIM: To develop a new method of health-economic analysis based on a marginal approach. METHODS: We tested the research hypothesis that a detailed comparative a priori incremental cost-effectiveness analysis provides the necessary input for budget impact analysis about the proper order of introduction of new therapies, and thus maximizes the cost-effectiveness bounded by the total budget constraint. For the analysis we chose a combination therapy for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 (GT1) infection, which was approved by the European Medicine Agency in 2015...
December 31, 2016: Croatian Medical Journal
Ivana Marinović, Srećko Marušić, Iva Mucalo, Jasna Mesarić, Vesna Bačić Vrca
AIM: To evaluate the clinical pharmacist-led medication reconciliation process in clinical practice by quantifying and analyzing unintentional medication discrepancies at hospital admission. METHODS: An observational prospective study was conducted at the Clinical Department of Internal Medicine, University Hospital Dubrava, during a 1-year period (October 2014 - September 2015) as a part of the implementation of Safe Clinical Practice, Medication Reconciliation of the European Network for Patient Safety and Quality of Care Joint Action (PASQ JA) project...
December 31, 2016: Croatian Medical Journal
Andrijana Müller, Jasenka Wagner, Alenka Hodžić, Aleš Maver, Ivana Škrlec, Marija Heffer, Lada Zibar, Borut Peterlin
AIM: To determine whether maternal leptin (LEP) and leptin receptor (LEPR) gene polymorphisms are associated with idiopathic recurrent spontaneous abortion (IRSA). METHODS: This case-control association study conducted from 2010 to 2012 at the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, University Hospital Center Osijek and Clinical Institute of Medical Genetics Ljubljana included 178 women with a history of three or more IRSAs before the 22nd week of gestation and 145 women with at least two live births and no history of pathologic pregnancies during reproductive period...
December 31, 2016: Croatian Medical Journal
Magdalena Krbot Skorić, Ivan Adamec, Luka Crnošija, Tereza Gabelić, Barbara Barun, Ivana Zadro, Silva Butković Soldo, Mario Habek
AIM: To test the hypothesis that tSSEP findings reflect clinical and MRI MS lesions, the aim of this study was to investigate tSSEP changes in patients with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS) in relation to clinical and brainstem MRI findings. The second aim was to investigate whether the interpretation of the tSSEP results in the form of the tSSEP score enables better evaluation of the afferent trigeminal pathway involvement than analyzing each tSSEP parameter separately. METHODS: 115 consecutive CIS patients were enrolled from August 1, 2014 until March 1, 2016...
December 31, 2016: Croatian Medical Journal
Iwona Kurkowska-Jastrzebska, Michał A Karlinski, Beata Błazejewska-Hyzorek, Iwona Sarzynska-Dlugosz, Krzysztof J Filipiak, Anna Czlonkowska
AIM: To test if circulating levels of markers of inflammation, endothelial function, and chronic infections, as well as association between these markers and carotid intima media thickness (CIMT), depend on the stage of atherosclerosis expressed as a history of a major vascular event. METHODS: The associations were analyzed separately in 75 healthy controls, 79 patients 3-6 months after the first-ever non-cardioembolic ischemic stroke (IS), and 37 patients 3-6 months after the first-ever myocardial infarction (MI)...
December 31, 2016: Croatian Medical Journal
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