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Peter Balicza, Andras Terebessy, Zoltan Grosz, Noemi Agnes Varga, Aniko Gal, Balint Andras Fekete, Maria Judit Molnar
Objective: Next-generation sequencing is increasingly utilized worldwide as a research and diagnostic tool and is anticipated to be implemented into everyday clinical practice. Since Central-Eastern European attitude toward genetic testing, especially broad genetic testing, is not well known, we performed a survey on this issue among Hungarian participants. Methods: A self-administered questionnaire was distributed among patients and patient relatives at our neurogenetic outpatient clinic...
March 2018: EPMA Journal
Vladislava T Djurasinović, Biljana S Mihaljević, Sandra B Šipetić Grujičić, Svetlana D Ignjatović, Goran Trajković, Milena R Todorović-Balint, Darko A Antić, Jelena S Bila, Boško M Andjelić, Jelena J Jeličić, Vojin M Vuković, Aleksandra M Nikolic, Stanislaw Klek
INTRODUCTION: Vitamin D has a role in cellular differentiation, proliferation, apoptosis, and angiogenesis and therefore is studied as a prognostic factor in cancer. The aim of our study was to assess the prevalence and significance of 25(OH)D deficiency in patients with lymphoid malignancies. METHODOLOGY: Between January 2014 and June 2016 at the Clinic for Hematology, Clinical Center of Serbia, Belgrade, the pretreatment serum level of 25(OH)D was determined in 133 (62 women/71 men, median age 58 (18-84) years) previously untreated patients with lymphoid malignancy using a chemiluminescent immunoassay...
March 6, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Zoltán Kónya, Bálint Bécsi, Andrea Kiss, István Tamás, Beáta Lontay, László Szilágyi, Katalin E Kövér, Ferenc Erdődi
Aralkyl and aryl selenoglycosides as well as glycosyl selenocarboxylate derivatives were assayed on the activity of protein phosphatase-1 (PP1) and -2A (PP2A) catalytic subunits (PP1c and PP2Ac) in search of compounds for PP1c and PP2Ac effectors. The majority of tested selenoglycosides activated both PP1c and PP2Ac by ∼2-4-fold in a phosphatase assay with phosphorylated myosin light chain substrate when the hydroxyl groups of the glycosyl moiety were acetylated, but they were without any effects in the non-acetylated forms...
February 22, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
L Y Yao, M L Xiang, Z H Ye, Y Qian, Q Lu, L J Yan, L Y Jiang, H B Zhong
Objective: To explore the effectiveness of Balint group on compassion fatigue among oncology nurses. Methods: From January to December 2016, 35 oncology nurses from one general hospital were enrolled. 18 cases were allocated in the observation group and 17 cases in the control group by computer randomization. Nurses in the observation group were received a total of 8 times Balint Group activities, with 2 times a month and 1.5 hours each time, which is aiming to discuss difficult cases encountered in the clinic to help nurses have a deeper experience and a better understanding of the emotions and behaviors, fantasies and needs between nurse-patient interaction...
December 20, 2017: Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases
Mirjana Stojanovic-Tasic, Milan Latas, Nenad Milosevic, Jelena Aritonovic Pribakovic, Dragana Ljusic, Rosa Sapic, Mara Vucurevic, Goran Trajkovic, Anita Grgurevic
The aim of our study was to examine whether the participation in Balint group is associated with the reducing burnout syndrome among primary health care doctors. This investigation was conducted on a population of 210 doctors employed in primary health centers in Belgrade. Out of 210 doctors, 70 have completed Balint training for a period of at least 1 year, whereas 140 doctors have never attended this training (the Non-Balint group). The level of burnout among physicians was assessed with the Serbian translation of the original 22-item version of the Maslach Burnout Inventory - Human Services Survey which defines burnout in relation to emotional exhaustion, depersonalization and personal accomplishment...
December 2018: Libyan Journal of Medicine
H-M Meinck, B Balint
The identification of new variants of the stiff man syndrome (SMS) and of new, probably pathogenic neuronal autoantibodies has led to the concept of stiff man (or person) spectrum disorders (SPSD). This is an expanding group of rare chronic autoimmune inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) that have in common the main symptoms of fluctuating rigidity and spasms with pronounced stimulus sensitivity. These core symptoms are mandatory and can be accompanied by a wide variety of other neurological signs...
February 2018: Der Nervenarzt
Jeffrey L Sternlieb
Balint groups are a structured group process designed for physicians and other helping professionals to provide feedback to each other concerning troublesome patient encounters. The process of Balint groups has survived and even thrived for more than a half century since their inception, suggesting their inherent value. However, measuring the impact in order to communicate the nature of that value has been elusive. A recent literature review highlighted the equivocal nature of research results and suggested that well-designed qualitative research may be more effective in selecting target measures which could result in better evidence for this group process...
January 2018: International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
C Paul Scott, Laurel Milberg, Richard Addison
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2018: International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
Marco Cocorocchio, Amy J Baldwin, Balint Stewart, Lou Kim, Adrian J Harwood, Christopher R L Thompson, Paul L R Andrews, Robin S B Williams
Natural compounds often have complex molecular structures and unknown molecular targets. These characteristics make them difficult to analyse using a classical pharmacological approach. Curcumin, the main curcuminoid of turmeric, is a complex molecule possessing wide-ranging biological activities, cellular mechanisms and roles in potential therapeutic treatment including Alzheimer's disease and cancer. Here, we investigate the physiological effects and molecular targets of curcumin in Dictyostelium discoideum We show curcumin causes acute effects on cell behaviour, reduces cell growth, and slows multicellular development...
December 28, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
Béla Mátravölgyi, Tamás Hergert, Erika Bálint, Péter Bagi, Ferenc Faigl
An efficient synthesis has been developed for the preparation of 9H-pyrrolo[1,2-a]indol-9-ones (fluorazones) from readily available anthranilic acid derivatives via a one-pot amide- and pyrrole-formation step, followed by an intramolecular cyclodehydration. The cyclodehydration process is mediated by the activation of aromatic tertiary amides by triflic anhydride (Tf2O). Comparison of various benzo-substituents is shown in order to demonstrate the high functional group tolerance of this transformation. In addition, study of the reaction mechanism is also presented to unfold the exact role of the applied base additive...
January 22, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Jacquie Baker, Juan M Racosta, Brittany Balint, Kurt Kimpinski
PURPOSE: The clinical significance of heart rate variability in the context of autonomic dysfunction continues to be a matter of debate. A consensus is lacking on the best heart rate variability measures for clinical purposes. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate the utility of heart rate variability parameters in healthy versus autonomic dysfunction. METHODS: Healthy young (n = 134), healthy older (n = 32), and patients with mild (postural tachycardia syndrome; n = 25) and severe (neurogenic orthostatic hypotension; n = 34) autonomic dysfunction were included...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
Bálint Károly Lakatos, Márton Tokodi, Alexandra Assabiny, Zoltán Tősér, Annamária Kosztin, Alexandra Doronina, Kristóf Rácz, Kinga Bianka Koritsánszky, Viktor Berzsenyi, Endre Németh, Balázs Sax, Attila Kovács, Béla Merkely
Assessment of right ventricular (RV) function using conventional echocardiography might be inadequate as the radial motion of the RV free wall is often neglected. Our aim was to quantify the longitudinal and the radial components of RV function using three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography in heart transplant (HTX) recipients. 51 HTX patients in stable cardiovascular condition without history of relevant rejection episode or chronic allograft vasculopathy and 30 healthy volunteers were enrolled. RV end-diastolic (EDV) volume and total ejection fraction (TEF) were measured by 3D echocardiography...
January 8, 2018: Clinical Transplantation
Roland Hágendorn, Nelli Farkas, Áron Vincze, Zoltán Gyöngyi, Dezső Csupor, Judit Bajor, Bálint Erőss, Péter Csécsei, Andrea Vasas, Zsolt Szakács, László Szapáry, Péter Hegyi, Alexandra Mikó
AIM: To understand the influence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) on mortality, need for transfusion and rebleeding in gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding patients. METHODS: A systematic search was conducted in three databases for studies on GI bleeding patients with CKD or end-stage renal disease (ESRD) with data on outcomes of mortality, transfusion requirement, rebleeding rate and length of hospitalization (LOH). Calculations were performed with Comprehensive Meta-Analysis software using the random effects model...
December 21, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Marty Player, John R Freedy, Vanessa Diaz, Clive Brock, Alexander Chessman, Carolyn Thiedke, Alan Johnson
This paper presents a study based on the participation of PGY2 and PGY3 family medicine residents in Balint seminars that occurred twice monthly for 24 months. Balint groups were cofacilitated by leader pairs experienced with the Balint method. Prior to residency graduation, 18 of 19 eligible resident physicians (94.5%) completed 30- to 60-min semistructured interviews conducted by a research assistant. Resident physicians were told that these individual interviews concerned "…how we teach communication in residency...
January 2018: International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
Timothy McMichael
This inquiry began with two questions: How can the established predominately Pakeha/Caucasian (White European) Balint community in New Zealand more successfully engage both indigenous populations of both Maori and Pacifica origin into Balint work? And what is the existing Balint community doing to address the lack of Asian members of the Balint community in New Zealand, at a time when Asian health professionals are being recruited into the health sector at an increasingly high rate in comparison to White European entrants to the profession? These questions, and their preliminary answers presented here, invite the reader to reflect on both the challenges and opportunities in reaching out to groups different from our own...
January 2018: International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
John Muench
Michael Balint's pioneering work in primary care was not simply the application of psychodynamic theory to the complex problems and relationships encountered by clinicians. Rather, Balint's work was part of a wider conversation in Western epistemology that had already begun to break down the enlightenment rationalist agenda. Since the time of Descartes, we sought to find certain truth through decontextualizing and abstracting problems, and through separation of the observer from the thing observed, with a focus on finding universal timeless laws that could be generalized...
January 2018: International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
Laurel Milberg, Albert Lichtenstein
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
Albert Lichtenstein, Jumana Antoun, Chris Rule, Katherine Knowlton, Jeffrey Sternlieb
Introduction Balint group discussions provide learning opportunities for many of the competencies and milestones put forward by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The current literature is mixed concerning the effect of Balint groups on communication skills and professionalism. Aim To map the content of the Balint discussion to the competencies and milestones put forward by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. METHODOLOGY: A group who were both experts in Balint and members of the clinical competency committee of residency programs rated narratives that summarized Balint group discussions...
January 2018: International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
John Salinsky
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2018: International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine
Viktor Papp, Bálint Dima, Solomon P Wasser
The scientific name Ganoderma lucidum has long been used in the global medicinal mushroom market, and many publications have proven its pharmacological properties and chemical components. Although several Ganoderma species have been described worldwide as having morphology considerably similar to that of G. lucidum s. str., this binomial is still the most frequently used in pharmacological studies. However, the use of particularly divergent nomenclature has caused major difficulties in the evaluation of the results of pharmacological studies...
2017: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
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