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Croatian Medical Journal

Dina Šimunić, Antun Kerner, Srećko Gajović
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August 31, 2018: Croatian Medical Journal
Marina Šagud, Božena Petrović, Maja Vilibić, Alma Mihaljević-Peleš, Bjanka Vuksan-Ćusa, Iva Radoš, Alen Greš, Vladimir Trkulja
AIM: To examine relationships among combat exposure, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, depression, suicidality, nicotine dependence, and religiosity in Croatian veterans. METHODS: This cross-sectional study used Combat Exposure Scale (CES) to quantify the stressor severity, PTSD Checklist 5 (PCL) to quantify PTSD severity, Duke University Religion Index to quantify religiosity, Montgomery Asberg (MADRS) and Hamilton Depression (HAM-D) rating scales to measure depression/suicidality, and Fagerstrom Test for Nicotine Dependence to assess nicotine dependence...
August 31, 2018: Croatian Medical Journal
Zrnka Kovačić Petrović, Tina Peraica, Dragica Kozarić-Kovačić
AIM: To determine the differences between aggressive and non-aggressive alcoholics in sociodemographic and clinical characteristics and ego strength. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included 111 aggressive and 123 non-aggressive male alcoholics aged between 25 and 60 years who were admitted to the Department for Alcoholism, University Psychiatric Hospital Vrapče, Zagreb, Croatia, from January to December 2016. All participants met the diagnostic criteria for alcohol dependence according to the Croatian Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI), 4th revised edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and the International Classification of Diseases...
August 31, 2018: Croatian Medical Journal
Kristina Galić, Danijel Pravdić, Zrinko Prskalo, Suzana Kukulj, Boris Starčević, Mladenka Vukojević
AIM: To assess the prognostic value of lactate level for mortality in patients with pulmonary embolism (PE) and Pulmonary Embolism Severity Index (PESI) I-III and its independence of gas-analysis parameters and acid-base status. METHODS: This prospective observational study was conducted at the University Clinical Hospital Mostar from 2013 to 2017. On the first day after PE diagnosis, 1.5 mL of arterial blood was collected from 103 patients with PE. Partial pressure of oxygen in arterial blood, partial pressure of carbon dioxide in arterial blood, blood pH value, concentration of bicarbonates in arterial blood (HCO3-), base deficit, and oxygen saturation were analyzed...
August 31, 2018: Croatian Medical Journal
Zahra Rahmati, Ali Akbar Amirzargar, Samaneh Saadati, Farzaneh Rahmani, Mohammad Jafar Mahmoudi, Zahra Rahnemoon, Vajiheh Eskandari, Fatemeh Gorzin, Mona Hedayat, Nima Rezaei
AIM: To assess the association between the levels of interleukin 17 (IL-17) and T-helper 17 count and symptom severity and etiology of chronic heart failure. METHODS: This single-center prospective case-control study, conducted from December 1, 2015 to January 1, 2017 in Tehran Heart Center, evaluated gene expression of IL-17, relative count of (CD4+IL17+) Th17 cells and CD4+ helper T-cells in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of 42 patients with CHF and 42 matched controls...
August 31, 2018: Croatian Medical Journal
Srećko Gajović
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June 30, 2018: Croatian Medical Journal
Una Glamočlija, Biljana Tubić, Martin Kondža, Aleksandar Zolak, Nataša Grubiša
AIM: To compare individual case safety reports (ICSR) rates and characteristics between Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H). METHODS: This retrospective pharmacoepidemiological study used the data from ICSR received by the Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices in B&H in 2011-2016. The number, characteristics, and sources of reports, suspected drugs, and patient characteristics were analyzed. The results were compared with the publicly available data from Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro...
June 30, 2018: Croatian Medical Journal
Joshua Rehberg, Ana Stipčić, Tanja Ćorić, Ivana Kolčić, Ozren Polašek
AIM: To investigate the mortality patterns on the Southern Adriatic islands of Croatia and compare them with those in two, mainly coastal, mainland counties. METHODS: In this registry-based study we used the official mortality register data to analyze the mortality patterns on seven Croatian islands (Brač, Hvar, Korčula, Lastovo, Mljet, Šolta, and Vis) and Pelješac peninsula in the 1998-2013 period and calculated the average lifespan, life expectancy, and standardized mortality ratios (SMR)...
June 30, 2018: Croatian Medical Journal
Marin Pavlov, Vjeran Nikolić-Heitzler, Zdravko Babić, Milan Milošević, Krešimir Kordić, Ivana Ćelap, Vesna Degoricija
AIM: To determine the relationship between plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) activity rise during the first 24 hours of ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) treatment and death after 5 years. METHODS: From May 1, 2009 to March 23, 2010, 87 STEMI patients treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) at the Sestre Milosrdnice University Hospital Center were consecutively enrolled in prospective single-center cohort study. PAI-1 activity was determined on admission and 24 hours later...
June 30, 2018: Croatian Medical Journal
Pave Markoš, Iva Brčić, Luka Brčić, Jasminka Jakić-Razumović, Roland Pulanić
AIM: To analyze the loss of mismatch repair (MMR) system protein expression in metaplasia-dysplasia-adenocarcinoma sequence of Barrett esophagus (BE). METHODS: This study retrospectively analyzed the data from 70 patients with pathohistological diagnosis of BE or esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) treated at the Clinical Department of Pathology and Cytology, University Hospital Center Zagreb, from January 2009 to January 2011. Patients were divided into three groups: BE without dysplasia (22 patients), BE with dysplasia (37 patients), and EAC (11 patients)...
June 30, 2018: Croatian Medical Journal
Ivana Mikolašević, Tomislav Bokun, Tajana Filipec Kanižaj
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June 30, 2018: Croatian Medical Journal
Siv-Britt Björktomta, Heidi Aarum Hansen
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April 30, 2018: Croatian Medical Journal
Nika Marđetko, Mitja Kos
AIM: To assess the impact of the generic reference pricing (GRP) system on the prices and cost of medicines in Slovenia approximately 8 years after its introduction in 2003 and before the implementation of the therapeutic reference pricing system. METHODS: A retrospective study of all medicines (N=789) included in the GRP system on January 31, 2012 was performed. Medicine prices and cost were analyzed between January 31, 2012 and December 31, 2013 after every update (N=11) of the maximum reimbursable price (MRP) and were compared to the price and cost on January 31, 2012 (index date)...
April 30, 2018: Croatian Medical Journal
Petja Fister, Domen Robek, Darja Paro-Panjan, Uroš Mazić, Helena Lenasi
AIM: To compare regional tissue oxygenation (rSO2) in the brain, intestine, and kidney between newborns with and without congenital heart defects (CHD). METHODS: This observational case-control study was conducted at the Neonatal Department of Children's Hospital Ljubljana between December 2012 and April 2014. It included 35 newborns with CHD and 30 healthy age- and sex-matched controls. CHD were assessed echocardiographically and divided into acyanotic and cyanotic group...
April 30, 2018: Croatian Medical Journal
Tomislav Benjak, Vesna Štefančić, Željka Draušnik, Ivan Cerovečki, Dijana Roginić, Mario Habek, Sandra Mihel, Ranko Stevanović
AIM: To update the estimate of multiple sclerosis (MS) prevalence in Croatia using multiple epidemiological tools. METHODS: This level IV, epidemiological study gathered data from three national patient registries and one database of a non-governmental MS patients' organization. Data were extracted on all individuals who had undergone hospital MS treatment, consulted their primary health care providers about MS-related symptoms, been listed as having MS-related disability, or been members of the mentioned non-governmental organization in 2015...
April 30, 2018: Croatian Medical Journal
Luka Bielen, Robert Likić, Viktorija Erdeljić, Ivana Mareković, Nataša Firis, Marijana Grgić-Medić, Ana Godan, Ivan Tomić, Blaženka Hunjak, Alemka Markotić, Danijela Bejuk, Vladimira Tičić, Silvana Balzar, Branka Bedenić
AIM: To determine in vitro susceptibility of multiresistant bacterial isolates to fosfomycin. METHODS: In this prospective in vitro study (local non-random sample, level of evidence 3), 288 consecutively collected multiresistant bacterial isolates from seven medical centers in Croatia were tested from February 2014 until October 2016 for susceptibility to fosfomycin and other antibiotics according to Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute methodology. Susceptibility to fosfomycin was determined by agar dilution method, while disc diffusion was performed for in vitro testing of other antibiotics...
April 30, 2018: Croatian Medical Journal
Katharina Mörs, Shinwan Kany, Jason-Alexander Hörauf, Nils Wagner, Claudia Neunaber, Mario Perl, Ingo Marzi, Borna Relja
AIM: To evaluate protective immunosuppressive dose and time-dependent effects of ethanol in an in vitro model of acute inflammation in human Chang liver cells. METHOD: The study was performed in 2016 and 2017 in the research laboratory of the Department of Trauma, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery, the University Hospital of the Goethe-University Frankfurt. Chang liver cells were stimulated with either interleukin (IL)-1β or IL-6 and subsequently treated with low-dose ethanol (85 mmol/L) or high-dose ethanol (170 mmol/L) for one hour (acute exposure) or 72 hours (subacute exposure)...
April 30, 2018: Croatian Medical Journal
Slobodan Vukičević, Zvonko Kusić, Lovorka Grgurević
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April 30, 2018: Croatian Medical Journal
Kishan Kariippanon, Kate Senior
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February 28, 2018: Croatian Medical Journal
Jan K Nowak, Karol Lubarski, Lukasz M Kowalik, Jaroslaw Walkowiak
AIM: To investigate the contribution of selected types of articles to h-indices of medical researchers. METHODS: We used the Web of Science to export the publication records of various members from 26 scientific medical societies (13 European, 13 North American) associated with 13 medical specialties. Those included were presidents (n=26), heads of randomly chosen committees (n=52), and randomly selected members of those committees (n=52). Publications contributing to h-index were categorized as research articles, reviews, guidelines, meta-analyses, or other published work...
February 28, 2018: Croatian Medical Journal
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