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Nikitas Nomikos
Trauma and the need of medical care exist since the beginning of human history. This research is aimed to identify and analyze trauma in antiquity. After a review of bibliography, the first reports of trauma (in Europe) were found in the Greek Epics of Homer. The analysis of these texts showed that injury could be caused to any part of the human body. The main cause of trauma was primarily participation in wars (178 cases), and then participation in sports (6 cases) and other activities (6 cases). This study identified a total of 190 injuries in both Homer epics...
February 20, 2018: Chinese Journal of Traumatology, Zhonghua Chuang Shang za Zhi
Nathalie Rousseau, Albert Mudry
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: In Western medicine, the long history of the ear syringe dates back at least to the end of the 1st millennium BCE; but the corresponding Ancient Greek word surinx designates another tool. Other Greek and Latin words and phrases, in particular auricular clyster, otenchytes, and pyoulcos, were known as names of the ear syringe until modern times. The aim of this article is to study the Greek and Latin words and phrases referred to as names of the ear syringe up until modern times before syringe became the standard word...
April 2018: Otology & Neurotology
Frank Ursin, Florian Steger
INTRODUCTION:  Gallstones are rarely mentioned in the medical texts of antiquity. The physician, Alexander of Tralles mentions-for the first time-stones in the gallbladder as a possible cause for obstructive jaundice. This designation is found in his textbook on medicine under the heading "obstruction of the liver". Based on that observation, we describe the ancient history of hepatic obstruction and investigate the connection with the rare reference of gallstones in the medical texts of antiquity...
March 2018: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
Bing Zhu
Moxibustion, one of the traditional Chinese medicine therapy, plays an important role in the treatment of a variety of clinical conditions, particularly the chronic and deficiency problems. In the present paper, the author reviewed the history of development of moxibustion therapy, and the related materials and heating temperature in ancient China, and also reviewed the history of heating therapy (similar to moxibustion) appearing in ancient Egypt, Greek, Libya, India, Europe, etc. The author thinks that the efficacy of moxibustion intervention mainly depends on the heating temperature and the heated area of the skin (not the heating materials) according to his own research group's experimental outcomes...
February 25, 2018: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
Alexandros Kapsomenakis, Panagiotis G Simos, Georgios Konstantakopoulos, Dimitrios S Kasselimis
Pathological gambling is characterized by a persisting maladaptive and recurrent behavior with severe social and psychological consequences. There is evidence of strong comorbidity with psychiatric manifestations as well as cognitive mainly involving executive functions. This study aimed to investigate impairment in executive functions and working memory, and personality traits in a sample of Greek gamblers. Twenty-four men involved in various gambling activities were recruited from ecological settings as probable pathological gamblers...
February 17, 2018: Journal of Gambling Studies
Michael Gross
European culture traces its history back to the ancient Greek civilisations, while Christianity and Judaism have their roots in the populations on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Genome studies of several Bronze Age individuals from each of these regions have now probed the genetic roots of early civilisations, revealing both migration and continuity in both cases. Michael Gross reports.
September 25, 2017: Current Biology: CB
Paulo Nuno Martins
This article discusses the relationship between health and disease, considering the mind/body dichotomy that has occurred in the history of medicine, both in Western and Eastern cultures. The author begins by referring to the magical concept of disease, passing through the classical Greek period, and the medieval and Renaissance vision, to the evolution of modern concepts proposed by psychoanalysis. The author references some practical examples about the importance of the mind-body relationship, such as the psychological steps experienced by the oncological patient, as well as the psychiatric disorder...
January 2018: Advances in Mind-body Medicine
Haley S Martinez, Alicia K Klanecky, Dennis E McChargue
OBJECTIVE: Scarce research has examined the combined effect of mental health difficulties and demographic risk factors such as freshman status and Greek affiliation in understanding college problem drinking. The current study is interested in looking at the interaction among freshman status, Greek affiliation, and mental health difficulties. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: Undergraduate students (N = 413) from a private and public Midwestern university completed a large online survey battery between January 2009 and April 2013...
February 6, 2018: Journal of American College Health: J of ACH
Xanthippi A Tsekmekidou, Kalliopi D Kotsa, Fotis S Tsetsos, Triantafyllos P Didangelos, Marianthi A Georgitsi, Athanasios K Roumeliotis, Stylianos A Panagoutsos, Elias D Thodis, Marios T Theodoridis, Nikolaos P Papanas, Dimitrios A Papazoglou, Ploumis S Pasadakis, Maltezos S Eustratios, Peristera I Paschou, John G Yovos
BACKGROUND: Inflammation plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of diabetes and its complications. Arachidonic acid lipoxygenases have been intensively studied in their role in inflammation in metabolic pathways. Thus, we aimed to explore variants of lipoxygenase genes (arachidonate lipoxygenase genes) in a diabetes adult population using a case-control study design. METHODS: Study population consisted of 1285 elderly participants, 716 of whom had type 2 diabetes mellitus...
February 1, 2018: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
Hao Liu, Kexin Song, Mingzi Zhang, Xinhang Dong, Shu Liu, Youbin Wang
RATIONALE: In this study, a case of toe keloid after nail extraction is presented, in which the keloids on both toes were resected by surgical excision. Keloids (from the Greek word meaning "crab's claw") are fibrous growths that extend beyond the original area of injury to involve the adjacent normal skin. In general, keloid tendencies appear to be regionally isolated to keloid-prone areas, such as the chest, ears, and deltoid regions, whereas the hands and feet are usually spared, which is why this case is meaningful...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Florentia Fostira, Emmanouil Saloustros, Paraskevi Apostolou, Andromahi Vagena, Despoina Kalfakakou, Davide Mauri, Dimitrios Tryfonopoulos, Vassileios Georgoulias, Drakoulis Yannoukakos, Georgios Fountzilas, Irene Konstantopoulou
PURPOSE: Male breast cancer (MBC) is a rare cancer entity, with mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes accounting for ~ 10% of patients. Multiple-gene sequencing has already entered clinical practice for female breast cancer, whereas the performance of panel testing in MBC has not been studied extensively. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical utility of panel testing for MBC, by the largest gene panel used so far, through investigation of patients deriving from a population with known founder effects...
January 15, 2018: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Stelios F Assimakopoulos, Pantelis Kraniotis, Charalambos Gogos, Markos Marangos
Acute pyelonephritis might be complicated by the formation of renal and perirenal abscesses and very rarely by renal vein thrombosis, which is a life-threatening condition. The main causative agents of acute pyelonephritis are enterobacteriaceae with the incidence of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)-producing strains increasing worldwide. We present the case of a 71-year-old Greek man with history of diabetes mellitus and recent hospitalization, who suffered from severe pyelonephritis with renal abscesses formation and associated bacteraemia caused by ESBL-producing Escherichia coli, complicated by extensive thrombosis of the ipsilateral renal vein and its branches, protruding also in the inferior venal cava...
January 11, 2018: CEN Case Reports
Marco Iosa, Giovanni Morone, Stefano Paolucci
In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in the use of the so-called golden ratio (Phi, ϕ), an irrational number with fractal properties, used in artworks since V century BC. and now for modelling complex biological structures and functions. This number, in fact, recursively pops-up in human history, from Ancient Greeks to Renaissance, and to contemporary scientific studies. Nevertheless, recent scientific results often fall between two extremes: those of a priori sceptic researchers accusing the artificial emergence of ϕ in many studies, and those of researchers that find a mystic meaning in the presence of ϕ in human physiology...
January 6, 2018: Bio Systems
Konstantinos Markatos, Demetrios Korres, Demetrios Chytas, Marianna Karamanou, Ioannis Sourlas, Georgios Androutsos, Andreas Mavrogenis
The purpose of this study was to summarise the life and work of the Cypriot physician Apollonius of Citium (first century BC). His overall work on medicine is presented, and special emphasis is given to his work on the treatment of joint dislocations. The most famous work of Apollonius is Treatise On Joints, which was preserved on the whole in a manuscript of the tenth century AD. In that manuscript, Apollonius is obviously influenced by the Hippocratic Corpus of Medicine. His description, diagnostic methods and reduction techniques are all based on those described by Hippocrates in his work "On Joints"...
January 8, 2018: International Orthopaedics
Katherine D van Schaik
When modern physicians reflect on 'ancient medicine' or 'Greek medicine,' they typically think of Hippocrates and Galen. Few know of the raging, centuries-long intellectual debates among physicians about what exactly mattered in the treatment of illness, or about a group of physicians whose pattern-based, systematized approach to health and disease was a forerunner of how today's emergency medicine physicians evaluate and treat their patients.Methodist physicians (c. 100 BCE to 500 CE, active mostly in Rome but present throughout the Mediterranean world) were named after their "method" of healing...
December 30, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
M V Nabozhenko, N B Nikitsky, B Keskin
The taxonomic history and position of the genera Euboeus and Probaticus within the tribe Helopini are discussed. A new synonymy, based on morphological characters is established: Euboeus Boieldieu, 1865 = Probaticus (s. str.) Seidlitz, 1896, syn. n. As a result, 67 new combinations (from Probaticus to Euboeus) are estabished for all species formerly placed in Probaticus. A review of Euboeus s. str. with four species (Balkanian-Anatolian E. mimonti Boieldieu, 1865 and E. tentyrioides (Küster, 1851), Greek E...
November 30, 2017: Zootaxa
Leonardo Palacios-Sánchez, Juan Sebastián Botero-Meneses, María Camila Vélez-Flórez
Many myths and legends have had a deep influence on modern language, and on modern medical vernacular. The terms "syrinx" and "panic"are two of the most characteristic examples and their use in neurology and other specialties is well known. This article reviews the history of these words in Greek mythology and their use in modern medicine. It is known by very few that clinical symptoms or conditions, such as syringomyelia and panic attacks, have a mythological origin in their definition and naming.
December 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
Marianthi Breza, Georgios Koutsis, Georgia Karadima, Constantin Potagas, Chrisoula Kartanou, Sokratis G Papageorgiou, George P Paraskevas, Elisabeth Kapaki, Leonidas Stefanis, Marios Panas
BACKGROUND: The p. A53T mutation in the alpha-synuclein (SNCA) gene is a rare cause of autosomal dominant Parkinson's disease (PD). Although generally rare, it is particularly common in the Greek population due to a founder effect. A53T-positive PD patients often develop dementia during disease course and may very rarely present with dementia. METHODS: We screened for the p. A53T SNCA mutation a total of 347 cases of Greek origin with parkinsonism and/or dementia, collected over 15 years at the Neurogenetics Unit, Eginition Hospital, University of Athens...
December 9, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
Rui Diogo
I focus on the crucial links between the discovery of nonhuman primates by Westerners, discussions on our place in nature, the chain of being, racism, and the history of primate comparative anatomy and of so-called "anatomical human racial studies." Strikingly, for more than a millennium humans knew more about the internal anatomy of a single monkey species than about that of their own bodies. This is because Galen used monkeys to infer human anatomy, in line with the human-animal continuity implied by the Greek notion of scala naturae...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Morphology
Dimitrios Velissaris, Menelaos Karanikolas, Nikolaos Pantzaris, George Kipourgos, Vasileios Bampalis, Konstantina Karanikola, Eleftheria Fafliora, Christina Apostolopoulou, Charalampos Gogos
Background: Acute abdominal pain (AAP) is a common symptom in the emergency department (ED). Because abdominal pain can be caused by a wide spectrum of underlying pathology, evaluation of abdominal pain in the ED requires a comprehensive approach, based on patient history, physical examination, laboratory tests and imaging studies. The aim of this study was to investigate predictive factors for admission to the hospital in patients who presented to the ED with AAP as the main symptom...
December 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
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