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Matthias Bluemke, Jonathan Jong, Dennis Grevenstein, Igor Mikloušić, Jamin Halberstadt
Despite claims about the universality of religious belief, whether religiosity scales have the same meaning when administered inter-subjectively-or translated and applied cross-culturally-is currently unknown. Using the recent "Supernatural Belief Scale" (SBS), we present a primer on how to verify the strong assumptions of measurement invariance required in research on religion. A comparison of two independent samples, Croatians and New Zealanders, showed that, despite a sophisticated psychometric model, measurement invariance could be demonstrated for the SBS except for two noninvariant intercepts...
2016: PloS One
Zorana Grubic, Katarina Stingl Jankovic, Marija Maskalan, Ranka Serventi-Seiwerth, Mirta Mikulic, Damir Nemet, Marija Burek Kamenaric, Boris Labar, Renata Zunec
The knowledge of HLA characteristics of a patient's population helps to predict the probability of finding a MUD. The study included transplanted 170 patients for whom a search for a MUD in BMDW was performed and a sample of 4000 volunteer unrelated donors from the Croatian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (CBMDR). Patients and their MUDs were typed for HLA-A, -B, -C, -DRB1, and -DQB1 loci using PCR-SSO and PCR-SSP methods while donors were typed for HLA-A, -B, -C and -DRB1 loci using the PCR-SSO method. A comparison of allele frequencies at tested HLA loci between patients and donors from CBMDR did not reveal significant differences...
October 15, 2016: Human Immunology
U Kiltz, D van der Heijde, A Boonen, W Bautista-Molano, R Burgos-Vargas, P Chiowchanwisawakit, T Duruoz, B El-Zorkany, I Essers, I Gaydukova, P Géher, L Gossec, S Grazio, J Gu, M A Khan, T J Kim, W P Maksymowych, H Marzo-Ortega, V Navarro-Compán, I Olivieri, D Patrikos, F M Pimentel-Santos, M Schirmer, F van den Bosch, U Weber, J Zochling, J Braun
INTRODUCTION: The Assessments of SpondyloArthritis international society Health Index (ASAS HI) measures functioning and health in patients with spondyloarthritis (SpA) across 17 aspects of health and 9 environmental factors (EF). The objective was to translate and adapt the original English version of the ASAS HI, including the EF Item Set, cross-culturally into 15 languages. METHODS: Translation and cross-cultural adaptation has been carried out following the forward-backward procedure...
2016: RMD Open
Sanja Pintarić, Ivan Zeljković, Gordana Pehnec, Višnja Nesek, Mislav Vrsalović, Hrvoje Pintarić
The aim of this study was to investigate whether nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ozone (O3), and certain meteorological conditions had an impact on cardiovascular disease (CVD)-related emergency department (ED) visits in the metropolitan area of Zagreb. This retrospective, ecological study included 20,228 patients with a cardiovascular disease as their primary diagnosis who were examined in the EDs of two Croatian University Hospitals, Sisters of Charity and Holy Spirit, in the study period July 2008-June 2010. The median of daily CVD-related ED visits during the study period was 28 and was the highest during winter...
September 1, 2016: Arhiv za Higijenu Rada i Toksikologiju
Z Grubic, M Maskalan, K Stingl Jankovic, S Zvecic, K Dumic Kubat, N Krnic, R Zunec, J Ille, V Kusec, M Dumic
The CYP21A2 mutations that are in linkage disequilibrium with particular HLA-A, -B, -DRB1 alleles/haplotypes, cause deficiency of the 21-hydroxylase enzyme (21-OHD) and account for the majority of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) cases. The aim of this study was to investigate those associations with the p.V282L mutation linked to the non-classical (NC) form of CAH among Croatians. The study included parents of patients with the NC form of CAH, positive for the p.V282L mutation (N = 55) and cadaveric donor samples (N = 231)...
November 2016: HLA
Simon Rusjan, Andrej Vidmar
During two consecutive years the monitoring of rainfall nitrate (NO3(-)) and ammonium (NH4(+)) concentrations, combined with high-frequency measurements of streamwater NO3(-) concentrations, provided insight into the mechanisms controlling the dissolved inorganic nitrogen (DIN) budgets of the forested Padež stream catchment in SW Slovenia. During both years, the catchment's annual wet atmospheric DIN deposition (12.6 and 13.8kg-N/ha) exceeded the annual DIN export (10.7kg-N/ha and 8.8kg-N/ha). The analysis of the monthly DIN budgets discloses seasonal patterns...
September 28, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Dusko Bjelica, Kemal Idrizovic, Stevo Popovic, Nedim Sisic, Damir Sekulic, Ljerka Ostojic, Miodrag Spasic, Natasa Zenic
Substance use and misuse (SUM) in adolescence is a significant public health problem and the extent to which adolescents exhibit SUM behaviors differs across ethnicity. This study aimed to explore the ethnicity-specific and gender-specific associations among sports factors, familial factors, and personal satisfaction with physical appearance (i.e., covariates) and SUM in a sample of adolescents from Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. In this cross-sectional study the participants were 1742 adolescents (17-18 years of age) from Bosnia and Herzegovina who were in their last year of high school education (high school seniors)...
2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Hrvoje Brkić
Acta stomatologica Croatisa (ASCRO) is scientific-professional magazine whose first issue was published back in 1966. Ever since the magazine publishers were the School of Dental Medicine of the University of Zagreb and the Croatian Dental Association of the Croatian Medical Association. Over the past fifty years two hundred regular editions were pubslihed along with three additions. The magazine has been internationally indexed and it was granted the DOI number. In this way by means of CrossCheck possible plagiarisms are being checked which aims at obtaining originality of the published results...
March 2016: Acta Stomatologica Croatica
Gregory Polyzois, Panagiotis Lagouvardos, Josip Kranjcic, Denis Vojvodic
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to investigate through a questionnaire the knowledge, attitudes and possible differences in the use of flexible RPDPs among dentists in Greece and Croatia. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A questionnaire of 16 questions was originally created in English, translated into Greek and Croatian language following a two way translation and tested for apprehension, precision, clarity and homogeneity by a number of native English speaking Greek and Croatian dentists...
December 2015: Acta Stomatologica Croatica
M Stanic Benic, S Jakovac, T Zekic, V Vlahovic-Palcevski
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 6, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
N Bozina, N Mirosevic Skvrce, L Ganoci, P Mas, I Klarica Domjanovic, I Simic
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 6, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
R Likic, I Simic, V Erdeljic Turk, K Makar-Ausperger, M Radacic-Aumiler, I Cegec, D Juricic Nahal, I Kraljickovic
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 6, 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
Julije Mestrovic, Irena Bralic, Ivana Pavic Simetin, Aida Mujkic, Marija Radonić, Urelija Rodin, Mario Trošelj, Ranko Stevanović, Tomislav Benjak, Ivan Pristaš, Dijana Mayer, Branimir Tomić
The Republic of Croatia is a Parliamentary Republic with a population of 4.2 million people that sits on the Adriatic coast within Central Europe. Gross domestic product is approximately 60% of the European Union average, which in turn, limits health service spending. The health system is funded through universal health insurance administered by the Croatian Health Insurance Fund based on the principles of social solidarity and reciprocity. The children of Croatia are guaranteed access to universal primary, hospital, and specialist care provided by a network of health institutions...
October 2016: Journal of Pediatrics
Maurilio Giuseppe Maria Tavormina, Giuseppe Tavormina, Eugenio Nemoianni, Francesco Franza, Immacolata d'Errico, Maria Grazia Spurio, Romina Tavormina, Nicolas Zdanowicz, Stephanie De Mesmaeker, Judit Harangozó, Anna Nyulászi, Tünde Bulyáki, Ivan Urlic, Andrea Russo, Mark Agius
Prejudice and stigma about mental illness is still present in society. Patients suffer both from the disease, and from the marginalization behavior exhibited by others towards them and their families. Psychiatric professionals may also become ill and suffer for the same reason. The authors of this international multicenter study have set themselves the question of whether there may be prejudice and/or stigma among psychiatric professionals towards their suffering colleagues, among patients towards nursing staff affected by the same disease and between patients themselves...
September 2016: Psychiatria Danubina
Sarah Bjedov, Mirta Ciglar, Hrvoje Maleković
BACKGROUND: It has been shown that patients' attitudes towards long-acting injectable antipsychotics (LAIA) have the influence on the acceptance and use of this type of therapy. The aim of our study was to explore attitudes of patients because, according to our knowledge, there has been no similar research in Croatia thus far. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Two questionnaires were given to the total of 100 patients, the first one to patients treated with LAIA (group 1) and the second one to patients treated with oral antipsychotics (group 2)...
September 2016: Psychiatria Danubina
Mirta Ciglar, Sarah Bjedov, Hrvoje Maleković
BACKGROUND: Despite many advantages of long-acting injectable antipsychotics (LAIA), this type of therapy is still underused in routine practice. Since psychiatrists' attitudes play an important role in prescription rate of LAIA, we found it valuable to examine their attitudes because, according to our knowledge, there hasn't been similar research in Croatia so far. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: In this research, we included the total of 48 psychiatrists. For research purposes, we created a questionnaire modeled on standardized questionnaire...
September 2016: Psychiatria Danubina
Alma Mihaljevic-Peles, Marina Sagud, Ivona Simunovic Filipcic, Vladimir Grosic, Ivana Pedisic, Robin Emsley
BACKGROUND: While numerous studies have confirmed the efficacy of risperidone long-acting injectable (RLAI) on many clinical outcomes in patients with schizophrenia, there is no data regarding its influence on employment status. SUBJECT AND METHODS: This was a 12-month observational study with flexible doses of RLAI on a Croatian population of patients with schizophrenia and other psychoses. Visits were at baseline and after 1, 3, 6 and 12 months of treatment. Treatment response was evaluated using Clinical Global Impression of Illness Severity (CGI-S) and Improvement (CGI-I) scales, while remission was defined by 8 items of Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS)...
September 2016: Psychiatria Danubina
Vlatka Dugački, Krešimir Regan
World War I irrevocably changed the face of the world, including Croatia and its capital Zagreb. While between 1880 and 1910 Zagreb became a modern European city, World War I (1914-1918) was marked by new municipal regulations that overturned the everyday life of the city. Social conditions reached catastrophic proportions, especially in the later years of the war. Soldiers and refugees swarmed the city, and famine and the Spanish flu epidemic hit it hard. In such harsh social and economic circumstances Milan Rojc, head of the Theology and Education Department and three doctors from the Sisters of Mercy Hospital, namely, Theodor Wikerhauser, Miroslav Čačković pl...
November 2015: Acta Medico-historica Adriatica: AMHA
Martin Kuhar, Stella Fatović-Ferenčić
By analysing his unpublished and published works, we have identified anthropological elements in the studies of Croatian physician Fran Gundrum Oriovčanin (1856-1919) that distinguish him as one of the rare researchers in Croatia who attempted to synthesize cultural and biological anthropology. Gundrum collected comparative data on biological characteristics of various ethnic groups, searched for a connection between biological structures and cultural development, and assessed certain social facts and customs from the perspective of medical teleology...
November 2015: Acta Medico-historica Adriatica: AMHA
Agneza Szabo
This article gives a brief review of the scientific, academic, and political activity of Josip Šilović, and most importantly of his humanitarian work. He will be remembered for saving thousands of children who lost their fathers or brothers to World War I and who were left to starve to death. To this end Šilović and his associates established several funds and organisations, most notably Narodna zaštita. He continued with his humanitarian activities until he died in Zagreb in 1939.
November 2015: Acta Medico-historica Adriatica: AMHA
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