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Among all scientific traditions alive, medical publishing has a good chance to be the oldest. The first fully peer reviewed academic journal, “Medical Essays and Observations” was launched in 1731 by the Royal Society in Edinburgh. Since then, hundreds of medical journals have been published worldwide. Medical publication in Hungary started in 1857 when the famous physician, Markusovszky founded “Orvosi Hetilap”, which has been published since then every week (with short breaks during the world wars). It is now a most prestigious piece in AKJournals’ portfolio, listed in Journal Citation Reports, with a remarkable impact factor.

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The primary function of medical articles is the validation of cutting-edge theoretical and clinical research, by providing reference and relevant forums. New drugs and medical practices can only enter the mainstream practise if their randomised trials had passed under the critical lens of prestigious peer reviewed journals. Technical reports help practitioners to improve their arsenal. Case reports confirm theories and provide tools for investigating or disclosing possible malpractice. Review articles serve educational purposes. Some more popular articles may play a role in educating the interested audience.

Types of medical articles

The papers published in medical journals can be classified in the following main categories

  • Research articles report about novel research results, of both theoretical and (direct or indirect) practical relevance.
  • Review articles survey specific topics by summarising and analysing all information available in the medical literature. Reviews are kind of combining results from different studies on the same topic. They can be useful for specialists in the field, may help them to prevent, diagnose, or treat a particular disease.
  • Case reports and case series reports about a concrete story of a concrete patient. They can be interesting because of their uniqueness, not matching any known diagnosis or describing unexpected symptoms. The report should describe each of the diagnosis, treatment, the patient’s response to it and the follow-up history. Case series are related reports about similarly treated patients.
  • Editorials are typically not peer reviewed shorter communications from senior members of the Editorial Board or from invited renown scholars. They discuss questions of relevance for the scientific community at the moment (say, about public health, or more generally, the health system).
  • Letters to the editor are articles of the interactive type, a form for readers to contact the medical journal. They can express comments, questions, or criticisms regarding some articles published in that journal. They provide a sophisticated forum for medical communities.

Medical Journals at AKJournals

AKJournals has 9 medical journals. Three of them are in Hungarian. The other six journals are in English and accept submissions from all over the world. Some of them are widely available Open Access journals. The covered topics include immunology, medical imaging, physiology, and veterinary and health care science. In these journals, you can find more than 11.000 medical articles altogether. A filter tool helps to single out the relevant titles. In addition to that, we highly recommend using the search box to find the most important topics only

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The treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) with antiretroviral (ARV) medications has revolutionised the care for these patients. The dramatic increase in life expectancy has brought new challenges in treating diseases of aging in this cohort. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is now a leading cause of morbidity and mortality with risk matched HIV-positive patients having double the risk of MI compared to HIV-negative patients. This enhanced risk is secondary to the interplay the virus (and accessory proteins), ARV medications and traditional risk factors. The culmination of these factors can lead to a hybrid metabolic syndrome characterised by heightened ectopic fat . Cardiovascular computed tomography (CT) is ideal for quantifying epicardial adipose tissue volumes, hepatosteatosis and cardiovascular disease burden. The CVD risk attributed to disease burden and plaque morphology is well established in general populations but is less clear in HIV populations. The purpose of this review article is to appraise the latest data on CVD development in HIV-positive patients and how the use of cardiovascular CT may be used to enhance risk prediction in this population. This may have important implications on individualised treatment decisions and risk reduction strategies which will improve the care of these patients.

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Imaging
Authors: Bettina Katalin Budai, Veronica Frank, Sonaz Shariati, Bence Fejér, Ambrus Tóth, Vince Orbán, Viktor Bérczi, and Pál Novák Kaposi

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Artificial Intelligence and the use of radiomics analysis have been of great interest in the last decade in the field of imaging. CT texture analysis (CTTA) is a new and emerging field in radiomics, which seems promising in the assessment and diagnosis of both focal and diffuse liver lesions. The utilization of CTTA has only been receiving great attention recently, especially for response evaluation and prognostication of different oncological diagnoses. Radiomics, combined with machine learning techniques, offers a promising opportunity to accurately detect or differentiate between focal liver lesions based on their unique texture parameters. In this review article, we discuss the unique ability of radiomics in the diagnostics and prognostication of both focal and diffuse liver lesions. We also provide a brief review of radiogenomics and summarize its potential role of in the non-invasive diagnosis of malignant liver tumors.

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Imaging
Authors: Veronica Frank, Sonaz Shariati, Bettina Katalin Budai, Bence Fejér, Ambrus Tóth, Vince Orbán, Viktor Bérczi, and Pál Novák Kaposi

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It has been proven in a few early studies that radiomic analysis offers a promising opportunity to detect or differentiate between organ lesions based on their unique texture parameters. Recently, the utilization of CT texture analysis (CTTA) has been receiving significant attention, especially for response evaluation and prognostication of different oncological diagnoses. In this review article, we discuss the unique ability of radiomics and its subfield CTTA to diagnose lesions in the pancreas and kidney. We review studies in which CTTA was used for the classification of histology grades in pancreas and kidney tumors. We also review the role of radiogenomics in the prediction of the molecular and genetic subtypes of pancreatic tumors. Furthermore, we provide a short report on recent advancements of radiomic analysis in predicting prognosis and survival of patients with pancreatic and renal cancers.

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The objective of this study was to investigate the plasma concentrations of insulin-like growth factor-2 (IGF-2) as well as its expression in the uterus and ovary of healthy dogs and those with cystic endometrial hyperplasia (CEH)–pyometra complex. Group 1 (n = 10) included bitches with open cervix pyometra, while Group 2 (n = 7) consisted of clinically healthy bitches in dioestrus. The number of IGF-2 immunopositive interstitial cells was significantly higher in Group 1, whereas in Group 2 there were only two cases in which a few cells were IGF-2 immunopositive. IGF-2 immunopositivity was observed in the endometrial glandular epithelium in both groups. Additionally, interstitial fibroblasts and macrophages in the endometrium were also positive in Group 1. The concentration of plasma IGF-2 was higher in Group 1 than in Group 2 (P < 0.05). The concentration was positively correlated with IGF-2 expression in the endometrial glands (r = 0.926; P < 0.001) in Group 1. However, a negative correlation was present between plasma IGF-2 concentration and IGF-2 expression in the interstitial endocrine cells of the ovary in Group 1 (r = −0.652; P < 0.05). The results suggest that IGF-2 plays an important role during the inflammatory process occurring in bitches with CEH–pyometra complex as well as in the endometrium of healthy bitches in dioestrus.

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Acta Veterinaria Hungarica
Authors: Violetta M. Yurakhno, Vladimir N. Voronin, Sergey G. Sokolov, Julia M. Malysh, Alexandr P. Kalmykov, and Yuri S. Tokarev

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Loma acerinae is a xenoma-forming fish microsporidium described from common ruffe Gymnocephalus cernua (Perciformes: Percidae) and also found in Ponto-Caspian gobies (Gobiiformes: Gobiidae). This casts doubt on the strict host specificity of this parasite. The largest subunit RNA polymerase II (rpb1) was used as a genetic marker of the parasite isolated from six host species of Perciformes (G. cernua from the Baltic Sea), Atheriniformes (Atherina boyeri from the Azov Sea) and Gobiiformes (Neogobius spp. and Zosterisessor ophiocephalus from the Black Sea and Ponticola kessleri from the Caspian Sea basin). Two major rpb1 haplogroups were found with 98.5% identity between the groups. Notably, Haplogroup I was associated with Neogobius spp. samples (n = 6) only, whereas Haplogroup II included the samples from other host species (n = 7). These findings confirm the broad distribution and host range of L. acerinae, but also indicate that certain patterns of host-driven intraspecific polymorphism may exist. Furthermore, the study revealed low similarity between the ribosomal RNA gene sequences of L. acerinae and the type species, Loma morhua (as well as other species of the genus). This suggests loose genetic association within the genus, and may raise the need for the taxonomic revision of L. acerinae.

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Interferon-induced transmembrane protein 3 (IFITM3) plays a pivotal role in antiviral capacity in several species. However, to date, investigations of the IFITM3 protein in cattle have been rare. According to recent studies, interspecific differences in the IFITM3 protein result in several unique features of the IFITM3 protein relative to primates and birds. Thus, in the present study, we investigated the bovine IFITM3 protein based on nucleotide and amino acid sequences to find its distinct features. We found that the bovine IFITM3 gene showed a significantly different length and homology relative to other species, including primates, rodents and birds. Phylogenetic analyses indicated that the bovine IFITM3 gene and IFITM3 protein showed closer evolutionary distance with primates than with rodents. However, cattle showed an independent clade among primates, rodents and birds. Multiple sequence alignment of the IFITM3 protein indicated that the bovine IFITM3 protein contains 36 bovine-specific amino acids. Notably, the bovine IFITM3 protein was predicted to prefer inside-to-outside topology of intramembrane domain 1 (IMD1) and inside-to-outside topology of transmembrane domain 2 by TMpred and three membrane embedding domains according to the SOSUI system.

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Összefoglaló. Az akut promyelocytás leukémia (APL) ritka, de jól gyógyítható leukémiatípus. Az APL-es betegek gondozását centralizáltan, az APL kezelésében jártas kórházakban kell végezni, ahol elérhető hematológiai intenzív ellátás. Az APL terápiája az elmúlt két évtizedben rohamosan fejlődött az igen aktív hatású gyógyszerek, a tretinoin és az arzén-trioxid bevezetésével. Immáron a hagyományos citotoxikus kemoterápia alkalmazása nélkül kezelhető a betegség. A legújabb klinikai irányelvek többféle kezelési stratégiát tartalmaznak, ezek egy része továbbra is alkalmazza a citotoxikus kemoterápiát. Ily módon számos kezelési lehetőség áll a gyakorló hematológus rendelkezésére, amikor egy új APL-es beteg ellátását tervezi. Az elmúlt három évtized multicentrikus vizsgálatai igazolták az ATRA + kemoterápia, majd később a kemoterápiával vagy anélkül adott ATRA + ATO alkalmazásának hatásosságát. Az APL optimális kezeléséhez azonban a diagnózis korai felállítása, az agresszív szupportív beavatkozások bevezetése, a kezeléssel összefüggő szövődmények megfelelő rendezése és a mérhető reziduális betegség (az MRD) monitorozása is hozzátartozik. A szerzők az akut promyelocytás leukémia legújabb kezelési irányelveit foglalják össze.

Summary. Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) is an uncommon but highly curable leukemia. Treatment of APL patients should be centralised in hospitals with proven experience in APL treatment and haematological intensive care. The treatment of acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) has evolved rapidly in the past two decades after the introduction of highly active drugs, including tretinoin (all-trans-retinoic acid) and arsenic trioxide. It is now possible to treat this disease without the use of traditional cytotoxic chemotherapy. Today’s clinical guidelines include multiple regimens, some of which continue to use cytotoxic chemotherapy. This leaves the practicing oncologist with multiple treatment options when faced with a new case of APL. Multicenter studies over the past three decades have demonstrated the efficacy of ATRA plus chemotherapy and, subsequently, of ATRA plus ATO, with or without chemotherapy. However, the optimal management of APL also requires early diagnosis, institution of aggressive supportive measures, appropriate management of treatment-related complications and monitoring of measurable residual disease (MRD). The authors summarizes the updated guidelines in the management of acute promyelocytic leukemia.

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