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S Medić, V Petrović, V Milosević, Z Lozanov-Crvenković, S Brkić, N Andrews, F de Ory, C Anastassopoulou
The present cross-sectional serosurvey constitutes the first effort to describe the varicella zoster virus (VZV) seroepidemiology in Serbia. An age-stratified serum bank of 3570 residual samples collected between 2015 and 2016 in each of the seven districts of the Vojvodina Province was tested for IgG anti-VZV antibodies with an enzyme immunoassay. Results were standardised into common units according to the European Sero-Epidemiology Network (ESEN2) methodology. Univariable and multivariable analyses were used to examine the relationships between standardised anti-VZV positivity or logarithmically transformed antibody titres and demographic features of study subjects...
June 18, 2018: Epidemiology and Infection
Vesna Milićević, Jelena Maksimović-Zorić, LJubiša Veljović, Branislav Kureljušić, Božidar Savić, Đorđe Cvetojević, Nemanja Jezdimirović, Vladimir Radosavljević
Bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) is one of the most economically important diseases of cattle. With its very high prevalence, cattle kept on pastures become a source of the virus for the wildlife which, due to their susceptibility, then easily can serve as a source for re-infections of cattle. Therefore, we investigated the BVDV infection in Serbian wild boar and assessed the role of wild boar in BVDV epidemiology including possible spreading to domestic species. This study was based on examination of 50 spleen samples which were collected from wild boars located in Eastern Serbia during the hunting season 2016/2017...
May 24, 2018: Research in Veterinary Science
Milena Ilic, Sandra Grujicic Sipetic, Branko Ristic, Irena Ilic
BACKGROUND: Although epidemiological evidence for the beneficial effect of low alcohol consumption on myocardial infarction is strong, the impact of heavy drinking episodes is less clear. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate a possible association between the risk for acute myocardial infarction occurrence and alcohol consumption. METHODS: Our hospital-based case-control study comprised 374 participants (187 newly diagnosed patients with myocardial infarction and 187 controls, individually matched by gender, age, and place of residence)...
2018: PloS One
Aleksandra Djokovic, Ljudmila Stojanovich, Natasa Stanisavljevic, Slavica Banicevic, Dusica Smiljanic, Branislav Milovanovic
OBJECTIVES: Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) may manifest itself as a primary (PAPS) or secondary disease, most commonly in the context of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) with various neurological and cardiac manifestations in its occurrence. The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between cerebrovascular (stroke and transient ischaemic attack (TIA)) and valvular manifestations in a Serbian cohort of APS patients. METHODS: This is cross sectional study of 508 APS patients: 360 PAPS and 148 APS patients associated with SLE (SAPS)...
May 24, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Tatjana Gazibara, Jelena Cakic, Milica Cakic, Tatjana Pekmezovic, Anita Grgurevic
Internet is important resource of health-related information and health services. Factors associated with higher level of online health (eHealth) literacy among adolescence have been understudied. The aim of this study was to assess psychometric properties of the eHealth Literacy Scale (eHEALS) in Serbian language and to evaluate eHealth literacy among adolescents in Serbia. The study was carried out in four high schools in Belgrade, Serbia in the period December 2016 to January 2017. A total of 702 students comprised the study sample...
May 25, 2018: Health Promotion International
Dragan Adamović, Jovan Dorić, Mirjana Vojinović Miloradov, Savka Adamović, Sabolč Pap, Jelena Radonić, Maja Turk Sekulić
The results of the research in the field of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene isomers (BTEX) concentrations in exhaust gases of spark ignition engines under different operating conditions are presented in this paper. The aim of this paper is to gain a clearer insight into the impact of different engine working parameters on the concentrations of BTEX. The experimental investigation has been performed on the SCHENCK 230 W test stand with the controlled IC engine. The engine operating points have been chosen based on the results of a simulation and they are considered as the typical driving conditions according to the New European Driving Cycle...
May 20, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Jelena V Milojković, Jelena B Popović-Djordjević, Lato L Pezo, Ilija D Brčeski, Aleksandar Ž Kostić, Vladan D Milošević, Mirjana D Stojanović
The preliminary assessment of the properties of alginate immobilized aquatic weed Myriophyllum spicatum beads-MsAlg in a multi-element system of nine Serbian lakes water samples was done. Herein, the results obtained in the biosorption experiment with MsAlg contents of twenty-two elements analysed by inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry, biosorption capacity, element removal efficiency, total hardness (TH) and quality index of water (WQI) are presented. Scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy was used for the characterization of M...
May 11, 2018: Water Research
Gábor Kemenesi, Dóra Buzás, Brigitta Zana, Kornélia Kurucz, Bosiljka Krtinic, Anett Kepner, Fanni Földes, Ferenc Jakab
Since its first appearance in Europe, Usutu virus (USUV) diverged to several different genetic lineages. The virus was reported to date from multiple countries across Europe (Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic and Belgium). Considering the more frequently published impact of the virus on humans it is crucial to investigate locally circulating genetic variants and trace its evolution. We retrospectively analyzed mosquito samples from Serbia Vojvodina region, collected during 2014. In this study we report the results of the screening of 23,753 female mosquitoes (753 pools) for USUV-specific nucleic-acid...
May 17, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
Vesna Kesić, Radmila Sparić, Rafal Watrowski, Jelena Dotlić, Radomir Stefanović, Gorica Marić, Tatjana Pekmezović
OBJECTIVES: The FACIT-CD (Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy - Cervical Dysplasia) questionnaire is a disease-specific instrument for assessing the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in women with cervical dysplasia. Our aim was to perform a cross-cultural adaptation and psychometric evaluation of the FACIT-CD scale in Serbian women with cervical squamous intraepithelial lesions (SIL). STUDY DESIGN: Our study included women of reproductive age diagnosed with SIL in a single university-affiliated hospital...
May 16, 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Nemanja Marinkovic, Petar Milovanovic, Marija Djuric, Nenad Nedeljkovic, Ksenija Zelic
AIMS: To test the applicability of European formula for dental maturity estimation in non-adults on Serbian sample and compare its accuracy with Willems' age estimation method. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Panoramic radiographs of 423 children (192 boys and 231 girls) aged between 5 to 15 were evaluated. Willems' method and European formula were applied to estimate dental age. Intra-class correlation (ICC) coefficients between estimated age and chronological age for each method and sex were reported separately...
April 26, 2018: Forensic Science International
Stana Ubavić, Nataša Bogavac-Stanojević, Aleksandra Jović-Vraneš, Dušanka Krajnović
Parental health literacy plays an important role in children’s health, Experiences from pharmacy practice show that is necessary to check if parents understand instructions about use of medicines for children. This study aimed to assess pharmacotherapy literacy of parents of pre-school children and to examine association of parental pharmacotherapy literacy level with parent’s socio-demographic characteristics. The study was cross-sectional, conducted among parents of pre-school children (1⁻7 years of age), in kindergartens in several municipalities of Belgrade, Serbia, during regular parents meetings, from May to October 2016...
May 14, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Lazar Popovic, Zorica Tomasevic, Ljiljana Stamatovic, Ivan Markovic, Gorana Matovina-Brko, Marko Buta, Andrija Golubovic, Vladimir Selakovic, Jasna Trifunovic, Zafir Mutrezani, Nebojsa Ivanovic, Jasmina Nedovic, Srdjan Ninkovic, Sladjana Filipovic, Ana Cvetanovic, Nebojsa Djordjevic, Aleksandar Karanikolic, Tatjana Ivkovic-Kapic, Ferenc Vicko
Even though surgery is the primary treatment of operable breast cancer, it has been known for decades that the administration of postoperative adjuvant or preoperative neoadjuvant therapy is extremely important. Indications for neodjuvant therapy administration have been expanded over the years, and nowadays this kind of treatment represents an inevitable option in early breast cancer treatment. The NeoPULSE project, which gathered a group of experts in the field of breast cancer from five Serbian university centres, was formed with the aim to define optimal breast cancer diagnosis, indications for neoadjuvant therapy, therapeutic combinations in relation to molecular/biological parameters of breast cancer, as well as the treatment after neoadjuvant therapy...
March 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Stevan Jokic, Ivan Markovic, Zoran Bukumiric, Vladimir Jokic, Marija Rakovic, Jovana Tripkovic, Dejan Stojiljkovic, Igor Spurnic, Marko Jevric, Marija Matic, Danijela Dobrosavljevic
PURPOSE: Presence of metastasis in sentinel lymph node (SLN) is considered to be the most important factor in terms of patient survival. The main aim of this study was to identify predictors of positive SLN in Serbian patients with melanoma. METHODS: This retrospective study was conducted on 147 patients. Univariate chi-square and univariate logistic regression analyses were used to identify the association between prognostic factors and positive SLN. Receiver Operating Characteristics (ROC) was conducted to find the Breslow thickness cutoff point at which to perform SLN biopsy (SLNB)...
March 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Borislava Pujic, Mirjana Kendrisic, Matthew Shotwell, Yaping Shi, Curtis L Baysinger
Enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) protocols have been described for patients undergoing colon surgery. Similar protocols for cesarean delivery (CD) have been developed recently. CD is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures, and adoption of ERAS protocols following CD might benefit patients and the health-care system. We aimed to determine which Serbian hospitals reported ERAS protocols, which elements of ERAS protocols were used in CD patients, and whether ERAS and non-ERAS hospitals differed...
2018: Frontiers in Medicine
Nebojša Lalić, Monika Russel-Szymczyk, Marina Culic, Christian Klyver Tikkanen, Barrie Chubb
INTRODUCTION: This study investigates the cost-effectiveness of insulin degludec versus insulin glargine U100 in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus in Serbia. METHODS: A cost-utility analysis, implementing a simple short-term model, was used to compare treatment costs and outcomes with degludec versus glargine U100 in patients with type 1 (T1DM) and type 2 diabetes (T2DM). Cost-effectiveness was analysed in a 1-year setting, based on data from clinical trials...
June 2018: Diabetes Therapy: Research, Treatment and Education of Diabetes and related Disorders
Milena Ilic, Irena Ilic
Background & objectives: Ischaemic heart disease (IHD) has been one of the leading causes of mortality in the world. In many European countries the mortality rates due to IHD have been rising rapidly. This study was aimed to assess the IHD mortality trend in Serbia. Methods: A population-based cross-sectional study analyzing IHD mortality in Serbia in the period 1991-2013 was carried out based on official data. The age-standardized rates (ASRs, per 100,000) were calculated using the direct method, according to the European standard population...
December 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Research
Ivana Grubisa, Petar Otasevic, Nada Vucinic, Biljana Milicic, Tanja Jozic, Slobodan Krstic, Jelena Milasin
Oxidative stress (OS) plays an important role in atherogenesis and since glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) provide protection against OS, we have tested the hypothesis that deletion polymorphisms in two GSTs (GSTM1 and GSTT1) may affect the risk of developing atherosclerosis. A total of 382 individuals (200 patients with atherosclerosis and 182 healthy controls) were included in this association study. Genomic DNA was isolated from peripheral blood cells or from buccal epithelial cells and genotyping was performed using multiplex-PCR or real-time PCR methods...
January 2018: Genetics and Molecular Biology
Tijana Ledina, Petra Mohar-Lorbeg, Majda Golob, Jasna Djordjevic, Bojana Bogovič-Matijašić, Snezana Bulajic
The aim of this study was to investigate the presence of tetracycline resistance in lactobacilli isolated from traditional Serbian white brined raw milk cheeses (Homolje, Sjenica, Zlatar). Isolation of presumptive lactobacilli was initially performed using MRS-S agar without tetracycline, or supplemented with 16 and 64 µg/mL of tetracycline. Rep-PCR (GTG)5 genotyping showed a high diversity of the isolates obtained, as examination of 233 isolates resulted in 156 different Rep-PCR fingerprints. Ninety out of 156 (57...
April 2018: Journal of Food Science and Technology
Bojana Mandić, Stefan Mandić-Rajčević, Ljiljana Marković-Denić, Petar Bulat
The risk of occupational bloodborne infections (HBV, HCV, and HIV) among healthcare workers remains a serious issue in developing countries. The aim of this study was to estimate occupational exposure to bloodborne infections among general hospital workers in Serbia. This cross-sectional study was conducted in the spring of 2013 and included 5,247 healthcare workers from 17 general hospitals. The questionnaire was anonymous, self-completed, and included sociodemographic information with details of blood and bodily fluid exposure over the career and in the previous year (2012)...
March 1, 2018: Arhiv za Higijenu Rada i Toksikologiju
Katica Tripković, Andjelija Nešković, Janko Janković, Marina Odalović
Background In spite of many benefits for individuals and community, self-medication has a number of potential risks. Objective To identify predictors of self-medication with over-the-counter and prescription (Rx) medicines without doctor's prescription. Setting Serbian population of 15 years of age and over. Method This was crosssectional, epidemiological study. Data have been drawn from Serbian National Health Survey 2013 database. Predictors of self-medication were determined among sociodemographic, health related and health services related factors, using multivariate logistic regression models...
March 30, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
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