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Journal of Medicine and Life

P Leahu, A Matei, S Groppa
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive brain stimulation method used worldwide to make causality-based inferences about brain-behavior interactions, assess cortical reactivity, and map functionally relevant brain regions inducing a controlled current pulse in a specific cortical area. Clinical applications of TMS have shown promising results in the treatment of a vast number of psychiatric and neurological conditions such as headache disorders - migraine being one of the most encountered...
April 2018: Journal of Medicine and Life
Ș Spiridon, C M Gheorghe, I R Gheorghe, V L Purcărea
The competitive environment forces health care organizations to measure the quality and satisfaction as perceived by their health care consumers in order to determine both their financial and non-financial performance. The aim of this study was to examine the role of the consumers' emotional satisfaction in health care services. More exactly, the study investigated the role of emotional satisfaction in two directions: as a consequence of perceived functional quality and as a precursor of the consumers' behavioral intentions, such as loyalty and WOM, integrated into a conceptual model...
April 2018: Journal of Medicine and Life
P Purkan, I Ihsanawati, D Natalia, Y M Syah, D S Retnoningrum, I Siswanto
Isoniazid (INH) is a drug for the treatment of tuberculosis in patients infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The katG enzyme, or catalase-peroxidase, activates the pro-drug INH that is coded by the katG gene in M. tuberculosis. Mutations of the katG gene in M. tuberculosis are a major INH resistance mechanism. The M. tuberculosis clinical isolate R2 showed INH resistance at a high level of 10 µg/mL. However, the molecular basis for the resistance is unclear. The identification of a mutation in the katG gene of the clinical isolate R2 showed four mutations, i...
April 2018: Journal of Medicine and Life
I Dumbraveanu, E Ceban, P Banov
A transversal study based on 1,186 respondents' group questioning was realized in order to study lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) and erectile dysfunction (ED) prevalence in men from the Republic of Moldova. The basic tools used included IPSS (International Prostate Symptom Score) and IIEF-5 (International Index of Erectile Function) questionnaires as well as general questions to assess the presence of risk factors. ED total prevalence in the studied population was 47.1%, inclusively mild form - 22%, slightly moderate - 12...
April 2018: Journal of Medicine and Life
A Perenyi, F Toth, A A Nagy, J Skrivan, J Boucek, D C Gheorghe, A Neagos, J G Kiss, J Jori, L Rovo
RATIONALE: Cochlear implantation is the most effective method of rehabilitation for patients with severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss. Binaural hearing forms the basis of the development of hearing-associated cortical networks in infants and toddlers, but simultaneous bilateral implantation is often postponed due to the demands of classical surgical methods, which are associated with large incisions and a deep bony well. OBJECTIVE: The authors report on the use of a modern, thin implant type and the possibilities it provided to simplify the surgical technique...
April 2018: Journal of Medicine and Life
M Radu, C Bordea, A Noditi, A Blidaru
Objectives: The aim of this study is to identify the appropriate preoperative evaluation methods for the quality of the skin flaps and subcutaneous breast layer using different imaging techniques in correlation with the intraoperative findings and also their importance for the outcome in immediate implant-based breast reconstruction. Materials and Methods: Clinical evaluation, mammography, breast ultrasound and breast MRI were used for the assessment of the mastectomy skin flaps which enhanced the selection of the adequate surgical technique for breast reconstruction...
April 2018: Journal of Medicine and Life
E Huybregts, W Betz, D Devroey
Introduction. Conventional treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) is often disappointing. As a result, some of these patients seek salvation in traditional and complementary medicine (T&CM). The aim of this study is to describe how many patients with MS use T&CM and what their motives and expectations are in doing so. Methods. Ninety-nine patients with diagnosed MS, attending the service of ambulatory revalidation of the National Clinic for Multiple Sclerosis in Melsbroek (Belgium) were included in February 2004 in this retrospective study...
April 2018: Journal of Medicine and Life
F Antonescu, M Adam, C Popa, S Tuţă
Rationale. In recent years, significant advances have been made on the subject of MRI examination techniques, which have opened new avenues of research regarding the spinal involvement in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Objective. Our objective was to compile and analyze the available literature data, concerning the MRI of the cervical spine in ALS, detailing the metrics and their significance in diagnosis and follow-up. Methods and results. We have conducted an extensive search on the subject using literature data published over the last fifteen years, correlating it with our own experience...
April 2018: Journal of Medicine and Life
C M Chichirez, V L Purcărea
Taking into account that the medical practice and health systems have evolved considerably nowadays, medical establishments require the implementation of marketing guidelines to help maximize performance, with beneficial effects from the social, economic, and medical point of view, to differentiate from competitors. Communication is a fundamental clinical skill that, if performed competently and efficiently, facilitates the establishment of a relationship of trust between the medical staff and the patient-customer, a truly therapeutic alliance...
April 2018: Journal of Medicine and Life
R L Ploesteanu, A C Nechita, D Turcu, B N Manolescu, S C Stamate, M Berteanu
Research conducted in the last two decades suggests that neuromuscular electrical stimulation of the lower limb muscles (NMES) may be a "bridge" to conventional exercise or an alternative for patients with advanced chronic heart failure (CHF), non-compliant or non-responsive to physical training. Through stimulating the work of the skeletal muscles, NMES increases the functional capacity, muscle mass and endurance in patients with CHF. A beneficial effect of NMES on functional capacity, vascular endothelial function, quality of life and aerobic enzymes activity has been shown...
April 2018: Journal of Medicine and Life
E Andrès, R Gass, A Charloux, C Brandt, A Hentzler
OBJECTIVE: This paper describes the state of the art, scientific publications, and ongoing research related to the methods of analysis of respiratory sounds. METHODS AND MATERIAL: Narrative review of the current medical and technological literature using Pubmed and personal experience. RESULTS: We outline the various techniques that are currently being used to collect auscultation sounds and provide a physical description of known pathological sounds for which automatic detection tools have been developed...
April 2018: Journal of Medicine and Life
Victor Lorin Purcarea
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April 2018: Journal of Medicine and Life
G H Marin, A Rebollo, H Bruzzoni-Giovanelli, G Schinella, I Piazzon, A Duarte, J Errecalde
[This corrects the article on p. 172 in vol. 10, PMID: 29075346.].
January 2018: Journal of Medicine and Life
Seema Mahesh, Mallappa Mahesh, George Vithoulkas
Background: Dengue fever is one of the most rampant epidemics in India of late and any therapy that may help limit the sickness and hospital admissions is worth considering. In India complementary and alternative medicine physicians are medically trained and hence have a role to play in delivery of public health. Case Series: We present a retrospective case series of 10 Indian patients who were diagnosed with dengue fever and treated exclusively with homeopathic remedies at Bangalore, India. This case series demonstrates with evidence of laboratory reports that even when the platelets dropped considerably there was good result without resorting to any other means...
January 2018: Journal of Medicine and Life
Vlad Mihai Voiculescu, Iulia Solomon, Alexandra Popa, Carmen Cristina Draghici, Maria Dobre, Calin Giurcaneanu, Laura Maria Lucia Papagheorghe, Mihai Lupu
Rationale. Psoriasis is a prevalent chronic inflammatory disease with worldwide distribution affecting approximately 2% of the Caucasian population. There have been many population- and family-based studies that agree on the strong genetic component of this disease. Several studies have investigated the relationship between cytokine gene polymorphisms, psoriasis, and the occurrence of comorbidities but their data are conflicting. Objective. This study examines cytokine gene single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the context of psoriasis and metabolic syndrome, with a focus on the occurrence of comorbidities in psoriasis patients...
January 2018: Journal of Medicine and Life
Fatemeh Vizeshfar, Marzieh Momennasab, Shahrzad Yektatalab, Mohamad Taghi Iman
Introduction: Health volunteers are employed to execute governmental health promotion programs in most countries around the world. The present study aimed to assess the challenges of health volunteers program to provide a better understanding of the present situation. Methods: This study was conducted using a qualitative approach. 14 participants were selected purposively selected from two comprehensive health care centers in the southwest of Iran. The data were collected through 14 semi-structured interviews, 2 observations, and 3 diaries and analyzed using content analysis...
January 2018: Journal of Medicine and Life
E C Radu, A I Saizu, R R Grigorescu, A E Croitoru, C Gheorghe
Rationale. Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) are rare neoplasms that develop from the endocrine tissues of the pancreas. They have a better overall prognosis than pancreatic adenocarcinoma. However, all commonly used classification systems reflect a separation between more indolent, well-differentiated tumors and far more aggressive poorly differentiated types that behave clinically more like small-cell carcinoma of the lung. Objective. To present the case of a 62-year-old man with an aggressive pancreatic NET, with liver, splenic and bone metastases who underwent multidisciplinary treatment including several lines of chemotherapy, somatostatin analogs and radiotherapy...
January 2018: Journal of Medicine and Life
Vagharedin Akhavan Zanjani, Kasra Tabari, Seyedeh Mahsa Sheikh-Al-Eslamian, Ahmad Najafi Abrandabadi
Introduction: The development of new pulp capping agents has paved the way towards the preservation of pulp vitality, which is an important goal in restorative dentistry. This study sought to assess the calcium ion release, pH and setting of mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) Angelus, an experimental formulation of nano-hybrid MTA containing nano-SiO2, nano-Al2O3 and nano-TiO2 and MTA Angelus plus nano-oxides. Methods: In this experimental study, five specimens from each material were placed in polypropylene tubes and immersed in a flask containing deionized distilled water...
January 2018: Journal of Medicine and Life
Andreea Marita, Claudia Ordeanu, Alin Rancea, Todor Nicolae, Viorica-Magdalena Nagy
Objective: to analyze the efficiency of (NACT) followed by concurrent radiochemotherapy (RCT) in patients with locally advanced cervical cancer, 5-year overall, specific and disease-free survival and the prognostic factors correlated with the response and survival. Materials and methods: 207 patients with cervical carcinoma stages IIB-IIIB, who received 2-4 cycles of neoadjuvant chemotherapy followed by concurrent chemoradiation were retrospectively analyzed for an objective response (OR), overall survival (OS), and disease-specific survival (DSS) rate...
January 2018: Journal of Medicine and Life
Hossein Taheri Chadorneshin, Ali Golestani, Fatemeh Jamali, Sakineh Mokhtari Motameni Shirvan, Hadi Sarir, Seyed Hosein Abtahi Eivary
Introduction: Intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) acts as the main factor in the occurrence of atherosclerosis and inflammatory diseases. This study aimed to investigate the response of ICAM-1to exhaustive submaximal exercise and its correlation with maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max), body mass index (BMI), waist-hip ratio (WHR), body fat percentage (BF %) and calories burned during exercise (CB) in healthy men. Materials and methods: Thirteen healthy men (mean ± standard deviation: age 23 ± 3 years, weight 78 ± 4 kg, height 180 ± 4 cm) cooperated in this quasi-experimental study and performed a single bout of exhaustive submaximal exercise on a cycle ergometer...
January 2018: Journal of Medicine and Life
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