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Tamara Pavić, Agata Juszczak, Edita Pape Medvidović, Carla Burrows, Mario Šekerija, Amanda J Bennett, Jadranka Ćuća Knežević, Anna L Gloyn, Gordan Lauc, Mark I McCarthy, Olga Gornik, Katharine R Owen
Introduction: Maturity onset diabetes of the young due to HNF1A mutations (HNF1A-MODY) is the most frequent form of monogenic diabetes in adults. It is often misdiagnosed as type 1 or type 2 diabetes, but establishing genetic diagnosis is important, as treatment differs from the common types of diabetes. HNF1A-MODY has not been investigated in Croatia before due to limited access to genetic testing. In this study we aimed to describe the characteristics of young adults diagnosed with diabetes before the age of 45 years, who have rare HNF1A allele variants, and estimate the prevalence of HNF1A-MODY in Croatia...
June 15, 2018: Biochemia Medica: časopis Hrvatskoga Društva Medicinskih Biokemičara
Hrvoje Lalić
Abstrat A 50-year-old female patient suffering from a severe form of epidermolysis bullosa acquisita (EBA) took legal action against the Croatian Pension Insurance Institute (CPII) in an attempt to overturn their assessment that she was no longer capable of working as a seamstress but still capable of doing administrative jobs. Her claim was that she was not capable of doing any job at all. She was first diagnosed EBA in 2000, and the disease progressed slowly with intermittent remissions. In 2012, skin erosions appeared on her feet, followed by the loss of all toenails and lesions and infiltrations on the tongue and oral mucosa...
March 1, 2018: Arhiv za Higijenu Rada i Toksikologiju
Ana Polona Mivšek, Petra Petročnik, Metka Skubic, Teja Škodič Zakšek, Anita Jug Došler
The aim was to investigate first-care procedures for the newborn's umbilical cord at maternity hospitals in Slovenia and Croatia. The study was based on an empirical survey research approach and quantitative research paradigms and included all Slovenian (n=14) and all Croatian (n=35) maternity hospitals. Leaders of midwifery team of 14 Slovenian and 35 Croatian labor wards were invited to participate. The study was conducted in 2013, with 67% of Slovenian and 66% of Croatian maternity hospitals having responded...
December 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Srećko Marušić, Aleksandar Knežević, Vesna Bačić Vrca, Ivana Marinović, Julija Bačić, Paulo Roque Obreli Neto, Daniela Amidžić Klarić, Dijaneta Diklić
The aim of this study was to evaluate the implementation of the 9th edition of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP9) guidelines for prevention of venous thromboembolism in nonsurgical patients in clinical practice in one university and one general Croatian hospital. A retrospective study was conducted at Zadar General Hospital from Zadar and Dubrava University Hospital from Zagreb. Medical charts of all patients admitted to Medical Departments in two periods, before and after implementation of the ACCP9 guidelines, were analyzed...
December 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Gordan Mršić, Petar Ozretić, Josip Crnjac, Siniša Merkaš, Viktorija Sukser, Ivana Račić, Sara Rožić, Lucija Barbarić, Maja Popović, Marina Korolija
In order to implement X-chromosome short tandem repeat (X-STR) typing into routine forensic practice, reference database of a given population should be established. Therefore we extended already published data with additional 397 blood samples from unrelated Croatian citizens, and analyzed the total of 995 samples (549 male and 446 female) typed by Investigator® Argus X-12 Kit. To test genetic homogeneity of consecutively processed five historic-cultural regions covering the entire national territory, we calculated pairwise Fst genetic distances between regions based on allele and full haplotype frequencies...
March 9, 2018: Forensic Science International. Genetics
Albina Dumic, Ivan Miskulin, Nika Pavlovic, Daniela Cacic Kenjeric, Zelimir Orkic, Maja Miskulin
Nutrition care should be an integral part of general practitioners' (GPs') daily work with patients. The aim of this study was to assess the attitudes of Croatian GPs toward nutrition and nutrition care, and to evaluate the interconnection between their attitudes and implementation of nutrition care in GPs offices. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 17.0% of randomly selected GPs, from May to July of 2013, via a specially designed anonymous questionnaire. The study showed that 36.0% of the Croatian GPs had satisfactory number of positive attitudes (5 or more) toward nutrition and nutrition care...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Clinical Medicine
Ljiljana Progovac, Natalia Rakhlin, William Angell, Ryan Liddane, Lingfei Tang, Noa Ofen
We address the puzzle of "unity in diversity" in human languages by advocating the (minimal) common denominator for the diverse expressions of transitivity across human languages, consistent with the view that early in language evolution there was a modest beginning for syntax and that this beginning provided the foundation for the further elaboration of syntactic complexity. This study reports the results of a functional MRI experiment investigating differential patterns of brain activation during processing of sentences with minimal versus fuller syntactic structures...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
Ivana Kušan, Neven Matočec, Margita Jadan, Zdenko Tkalčec, Armin Mešić
In a mycological research performed in the Sjeverni Velebit National Park, Croatia, a new species of Coprotus was discovered, described here as C. epithecioides . Along with the microscopic examination, phylogenetic analysis of the type material, based on ITS and LSU sequences, was performed in order to evaluate its relationship with the type species, C. sexdecimsporus . The type species was sequenced in this study for the first time, providing ITS and LSU sequences from two separate collections which displayed differences in macroscopic characters and content of paraphyses...
2018: MycoKeys
Tomohiro Sakaguchi, Tamara Žigman, Danijela Petković Ramadža, Lana Omerza, Silvija Pušeljić, Zrinka Ereš Hrvaćanin, Noriko Miyake, Naomichi Matsumoto, Ivo Barić
Biallelic mutations in the post-GPI attachment to proteins 3 ( PGAP3 ) gene cause hyperphosphatasia with mental retardation syndrome 4 (HPMRS4), which is characterized by elevated serum alkaline phosphatase, severe psychomotor developmental delay, seizures, and facial dysmorphism. To date, 15 PGAP3 mutations have been reported in humans. Here we report a novel homozygous PGAP3 mutation (c.314C>A, p.Pro105Gln) in a Croatian patient and fully describe the clinical features.
2018: Human Genome Variation
Michael A Moncrieff, Pierre Lienard
Our research brings to light features of the social world that impact moral judgments and how they do so. The moral vignette data presented were collected in rural and urban Croatian communities that were involved to varying degrees in the Croatian Homeland War. We argue that rapid shifts in moral accommodations during periods of violent social strife can be explained by considering the role that coordination and social agents' ability to reconfigure their social network (i.e., relational mobility) play in moral reasoning...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
Katja Vince, Tamara Poljičanin, Marko Brkić, Urelija Rodin, Ratko Matijević
AIMS: The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of diabetes among women 5 years after having gestational diabetes during pregnancy. Also, we sought to determine whether women who develop diabetes after GD during pregnancy differ from women who do not develop diabetes after GD during pregnancy. METHODS: This longitudinal study was performed using data from medical birth certificates and CroDiab diabetes registry. Women burdened with gestational diabetes in Croatia in 2011 were followed up until year 2016...
March 5, 2018: Primary Care Diabetes
Sandra Vuk Pisk, Tomislav Vuk, Ena Ivezić, Irena Jukić, Jasna Bingulac-Popović, Igor Filipčić
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of ABO alleles is different in different populations, and many studies have shown a correlation between the occurrences of some diseases and different genotypes of ABO blood groups. The aim of this study was to determine whether there is a significant association between psychiatric syndromes and ABO blood groups. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This case-control study involved 156 psychiatric patients and 303 healthy, unrelated, voluntary blood donors...
February 15, 2018: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
Teo Matković, Nicole Cohen, Aleksandar Štulhofer
PURPOSE: There is growing concern that sexually explicit material (SEM) may influence young people's sexual activity. The present study aimed to assess the longitudinal association between frequency of SEM use and adolescent sexual debut. METHOD: The present study used two independent panel samples of Croatian adolescents (with four and five data collection waves, respectively). We employed discrete-time event history approach and propensity matching score analysis to explore the target association...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
Marlene Werner, Aleksandar Štulhofer, Lourens Waldorp, Tanja Jurin
BACKGROUND: In spite of a growing interest in research on hypersexuality, consensus about its etiology and best treatment strategy has not been achieved. AIM: To further the empirical and clinical understanding of hypersexuality by exploring the structure of its symptoms using a network analytic approach. METHODS: In 2014, an online survey advertised as focusing on Internet pornography, sexual health, and relationships was carried out among Croatian men and women aged 18-60 years (Mage  = 31...
March 2018: Journal of Sexual Medicine
Boštjan Žvanut, Robert Lovrić, Tamara Štemberger Kolnik, Majda Šavle, Patrik Pucer
Nursing clinical learning environments are particularly important for the achievement of good practice in clinical training of student nurses, and thus, for the nursing competence development. Hence, it is important to have an instrument consisting of reliable and valid criteria for assessing the clinical learning environment, applicable in different contexts, and translated in the respondents mother tongue. The goal of the present research was to test the reliability and validity of the Slovenian version of the "Clinical Learning Environment, Supervision and Nurse Teacher evaluation scale", and to compare it with the Croatian version...
February 26, 2018: Nurse Education in Practice
Ivan Padjen, Mislav Cerovec, Marijan Erceg, Miroslav Mayer, Ranko Stevanović, Branimir Anić
AIM: To assess the causes of early death (ED) and late death (LD) in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and determine the features of deceased SLE patients followed-up in a single Croatian tertiary hospital center, because little if any data on causes of death (CODs) in SLE patients are available for Croatia. METHOD: We identified SLE patients regularly followed-up at the Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, University Hospital Center Zagreb, who died from 2002 to 2011...
February 28, 2018: Croatian Medical Journal
Biljana Kurtović, Krešimir Rotim, Inga Mladić Batinica, Milan Milošević, Boris Božić, Sonja Kalauz
Lumbar discectomy is the most common surgical treatment for intervertebral disc extrusion. Postoperative pain is a common clinical problem that greatly affects the length of hospitalization, functional status and patient quality of life. Th e aim of this study was to compare the postoperative analgesic effi cacy of paracetamol administered intermittently and through patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) pump following single level lumbar discectomy. Patients who underwent elective lumbar discectomy of intervertebral disc extrusion at the L4-L5 level diagnosed by magnetic resonance of the lumbosacral spine were included in the study...
June 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Tomislav Badel, Ivona Bago Jurič, Vesna Fugošić, Ivan Zajc, Andreja Carek, Dijana Zadravec
The aim of this study was to evaluate Croatian undergraduate students' knowledge based on what they learned in the recent course, as well as the students' own judgment and opinions about geriatric dentistry education concerning temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) of the elderly. The study was carried out by means of a questionnaire administered in the last study year to students of the School of Dental Medicine, University of Zagreb and students of the Department of Dental Medicine at the School of Medicine, University of Rijeka...
September 2017: Acta Clinica Croatica
Dubravko Tršinski, Meri Tadinac, Žarko Bakran, Ivana Klepo
PURPOSE: To examine the utility of the Community Integration Questionnaire-Revised, translated into Croatian, in a sample of adults with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury. METHOD: The Community Integration Questionnaire-Revised was administered to a sample of 88 adults with traumatic brain injury and to a control sample matched by gender, age and education. Participants with traumatic brain injury were divided into four subgroups according to injury severity...
February 23, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
Marin Golčić, Renata Dobrila-Dintinjana, Goran Golčić, Ira Pavlović-Ružić, Aleksandra Stevanović, Lidija Gović-Golčić
PURPOSE: Quality of life is the cornerstone of palliative care, and assessing it requires validated and standardized questionnaires. However, the majority of questionnaires are not tested in a hospice setting. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the quality of life in a hospice using the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire Core 15 for Palliative Care (PAL) (EORTC QLQ-C15-PAL) questionnaire and validating it in Croatian language...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
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