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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  • Editorials are typically not peer reviewed shorter communications from senior members of the Editorial Board or from invited renown scholars.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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In sepsis cytokine-mediated inflammation, clotting cascade activation and glycocalyx shedding impair both function and structure of the microcirculation, compromising adequate tissue oxygenation/perfusion. Such mismatch results in “dysoxia”, an imbalance in mitochondrial respiration.

Microvessel injuries can be grouped into four types: cytotoxic oedema, micro-vessel heterogeneity, sluggish/absent flow, and focal anaemia. Recognition of such diversity in microcirculatory pathology, alongside with the implementation of novel biomarkers might reveal previously unobserved heterogeneity in adults diagnosed with sepsis. Early identification of distinct subtypes may help not only to better stratify disease severity but may also provide explanation to the often seen insufficient/absent response to resuscitative treatment. Experimental evidence suggests that impaired microcirculatory flow may correlate with organ dysfunction and mortality. Therefore, reliable/reproducible diagnostic tools, that provide real-time information about the dynamic state of the microcirculation, might be practice changers in managing the critically ill.

The sublingual mucosa and the nailfolds provide easy access to microcirculation via hand-held, point-of-care devices. Accessing these windows, clinicians may recognise, understand and potentially correct the underlying tissue oxygenation/perfusion mismatch. This new clinical information might facilitate an individualised approach vs protocolised care aiming to administer the right balance of intravenous fluids/vasopressors, time/dose auxiliary treatment modalities and, most importantly, might also guide determining the optimal duration of resuscitation to avoid/minimise harm and maximise benefits in sepsis management. However, before every-day clinical use of such point-of-care microcameras, validation studies are needed to establish not only feasibility but reliability and reproducibility as well.

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Background

Chronic inflammation (CI) is a common trait of aging associated with adverse outcomes including mortality. We hypothesized that recombinant human Lactoferrin (rhLf) would reduce chronic inflammation of aging.

Methods

Thirty-six community dwelling older adults were randomly assigned to rhLf or placebo treatment in 1:1 ratio for 3 months. IL-6, sTNFR1, Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP), and Complete Blood Count (CBC) were measured at baseline, 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months. Physical and cognitive measures were completed at same timepoints, including 4-m walking speed (m/s), grip strength (kg), 6-min walking distance (m), home activity measured by accelerometer, trail making test – Part A (s) and – Part B (s), and Digit symbol substitution test (number correctly coded). Primary outcomes were differences in IL-6 and sTNFR1 concentrations evaluated by generalized linear model with log-link and gamma family distribution, controlling for baseline cytokine concentrations.

Results

rhLF was well-tolerated. There were a significant number of abdominal complaints and increased drop-out rate in placebo group. Participants in rhLf arm had non-significant lower mean percent increase in IL6 at 3 months (rhLf mean IL-6 6% lower than control, P = 0.843), and sTNFaR1 (rhLf mean 2% lower than control, P = 0.36). No significant changes were observed for the cognitive or physical measures.

Conclusion

Treatment with rhLf did not significantly alter serum IL6 or sTNFR1 concentrations of older adults. This study may have been underpowered to detect difference, but provided evidence that a larger sample-size could more definitively determine the effect of rhLF on age-associated CI.

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Abstract

Background

Chronic inflammation (CI) is a common trait of aging associated with adverse outcomes including mortality. We hypothesized that recombinant human Lactoferrin (rhLf) would reduce chronic inflammation of aging.

Methods

Thirty-six community dwelling older adults were randomly assigned to rhLf or placebo treatment in 1:1 ratio for 3 months. IL-6, sTNFR1, Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP), and Complete Blood Count (CBC) were measured at baseline, 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months. Physical and cognitive measures were completed at same timepoints, including 4-m walking speed (m/s), grip strength (kg), 6-min walking distance (m), home activity measured by accelerometer, trail making test – Part A (s) and – Part B (s), and Digit symbol substitution test (number correctly coded). Primary outcomes were differences in IL-6 and sTNFR1 concentrations evaluated by generalized linear model with log-link and gamma family distribution, controlling for baseline cytokine concentrations.

Results

rhLF was well-tolerated. There were a significant number of abdominal complaints and increased drop-out rate in placebo group. Participants in rhLf arm had non-significant lower mean percent increase in IL6 at 3 months (rhLf mean IL-6 6% lower than control, P = 0.843), and sTNFaR1 (rhLf mean 2% lower than control, P = 0.36). No significant changes were observed for the cognitive or physical measures.

Conclusion

Treatment with rhLf did not significantly alter serum IL6 or sTNFR1 concentrations of older adults. This study may have been underpowered to detect difference, but provided evidence that a larger sample-size could more definitively determine the effect of rhLF on age-associated CI.

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Physiology International
Authors: N. Almási, Z. Murlasits, A. Al-awar, Á. Csonka, S. Dvorácskó, C. Tömböly, S. Török, D. Bester, A. Pósa, C. Varga, and K. Kupai

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Aging is a multifactorial process, which is considered as a decline over time. It is increasingly clear that there is a gender difference in aging and in the prevalence of age-related diseases as well. We aimed to examine the effects of the aging process in the colonic tissue of female Wistar rats aged 10 weeks (young) and 13 months (middle-aged) at an early stage, according to three main symptoms associated with aging: a decrease in the efficacy of the proteasome and muscle function and an increase in oxidative stress. The aging process was found to cause a significant decrease in ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase ligase (UCHL-1) and a significant increase in 3-nitrotyrosine (3-NT), total glutathione (GSH), calcium (Ca2+), calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity in middle-aged animals. In summary, it is suggested that the reduced activity of the proteasomal degradation system may be the result of the diminished expression of the UCHL-1 enzyme and the decreased levels of ubiquitin; furthermore, we found some key targets which may help to better understand the fundamental aging process.

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Physiology International
Authors: N. Almási, Z. Murlasits, A. Al-awar, Á. Csonka, S. Dvorácskó, C. Tömböly, S. Török, D. Bester, A. Pósa, C. Varga, and K. Kupai

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Aging is a multifactorial process, which is considered as a decline over time. It is increasingly clear that there is a gender difference in aging and in the prevalence of age-related diseases as well. We aimed to examine the effects of the aging process in the colonic tissue of female Wistar rats aged 10 weeks (young) and 13 months (middle-aged) at an early stage, according to three main symptoms associated with aging: a decrease in the efficacy of the proteasome and muscle function and an increase in oxidative stress. The aging process was found to cause a significant decrease in ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase ligase (UCHL-1) and a significant increase in 3-nitrotyrosine (3-NT), total glutathione (GSH), calcium (Ca2+), calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) and superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity in middle-aged animals. In summary, it is suggested that the reduced activity of the proteasomal degradation system may be the result of the diminished expression of the UCHL-1 enzyme and the decreased levels of ubiquitin; furthermore, we found some key targets which may help to better understand the fundamental aging process.

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Acta Veterinaria Hungarica
Authors: Borbála A. Lőrincz, Agustina Anson, Stephan Handschuh, Alexander Tichy, Conor Rowan, Balázs B. Lőrincz, and Rita Garamvölgyi

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Hippocampal changes in epilepsy may manifest as hippocampal atrophy/sclerosis. A recent human study suggests that the demonstration of hippocampal volume loss is more reliable using quantitative evaluation methods. The aim of the present study was to obtain volumetric data in both epileptic and healthy dogs, to compare hippocampal volumes in both groups, and to compare subjective and volumetric assessment. Volumetric measurements of the hippocampi, lateral ventricles and hemispheria were performed in 31 epileptic and 15 control dogs. There was a positive association between the body weight and the hemispheric volume, as well as between the hemispheric volume and the ipsilateral hippocampal volume. There was no significant correlation between age and the volume of any measured brain structures. There was no statistically significant difference between the hippocampal volumes of the control group and the epileptic group. A statistically significant difference between the two groups for hippocampus/hemispherium ratio or hippocampal asymmetric ratio was not identified. An extrapolated hippocampal volume based on body weight was not possible in this study population.

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Orvosi Hetilap
Authors: Ágnes Diószegi, Beáta Kovács, Szabolcs Lengyel, Sándor Szántó, Erika Kocsis, Dénes Páll, and Mariann Harangi

Összefoglaló. A cardiovascularis megbetegedések kialakulását és progresszióját jelentősen befolyásolja az életmód, ezen belül a fizikai aktivitás. A rendszeres testmozgás csökkenti a szív- és érrendszeri kórképek kockázatát, többek között a magas vérnyomásra, a zsíranyagcsere-eltérésekre és az elhízásra gyakorolt kedvező hatásán keresztül, továbbá független tényező a cardiovascularis halálozás szempontjából is. Az artériás érfali merevség az elasztikus artériák falát alkotó extracelluláris mátrix degeneratív eltéréseinek következtében alakul ki a különböző kockázati tényezők hatására. Korábban, különböző populációkon már igazolták az érfali merevség prediktív értékét a cardiovascularis események kialakulásának tekintetében. A pulzushullám-terjedési sebesség mérése a leggyakrabban alkalmazott módszer az érfali merevség meghatározására. A pulzushullám-terjedési sebesség mérésének hasznát a cardiovascularis kimenetel és élettartam becslésében számos populációs szintű követéses vizsgálat igazolja. Jelen munkánkban áttekintjük a rendszeres fizikai aktivitás, az érfali merevség, az érelmeszesedés és a cardiovascularis események közötti összefüggéseket. Összefoglaljuk az edzésnek és az érfali merevség paramétereinek kapcsolatát egészséges populáción vizsgáló legfontosabb tanulmányok eredményeit. Megállapítjuk, hogy az érfali merevség figyelemre méltó, érdekes biomarker a cardiovascularis kockázat becslése során a rendszeresen sportoló személyek esetén is. Mindezek alapján, tekintve annak prognosztikai hasznát, felmerül a pulzushullám-terjedési sebesség mérésének beillesztése a klinikai döntéshozatali folyamatba mind amatőr, mind professzionális sportolók esetében. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(16): 615–622.

Summary. The development and progression of cardiovascular disorders is importantly dependent on lifestyle factors, including physical activity. Regular physical activity decreases cardiovascular morbidity by ameliorating risk factors such as hypertension, dyslipidemia and obesity, moreover, also independently affects cardiovascular mortality. Arterial stiffness results from a degenerative process affecting mainly the extracellular matrix of elastic arteries under the effect of risk factors. Previously, the independent predictive value of arterial stiffness for cardiovascular events has been demonstrated in various populations. Pulse wave velocity is the most commonly used method for the assessment of arterial stiffness. The value of measuring pulse wave velocity to predict cardiovascular health outcomes and longevity has been established in several population-based longitudinal studies. In this review, we summarize the main associations between regular physical exercise, arterial stiffness, atherosclerotic burden and incident cardiovascular events. We cite findings from the major studies focusing on the effect of training on arterial stiffness parameters in healthy subjects. We conclude that arterial stiffness is emerging as an interesting biomarker for cardiovascular risk stratification in subjects doing regular physical activity. Therefore, the incorporation of pulse wave velocity measurement into clinical decision-making could be indicated in the case of both amateur and professional athletes, given the prognostic information it provides. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(16): 615–622.

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Acta Veterinaria Hungarica
Authors: Monika Drážovská, Boris Vojtek, Jana Mojžišová, Simona Koleničová, Filip Koľvek, Marián Prokeš, Ľuboš Korytár, Alexander Csanady, Anna Ondrejková, Tatiana Vataščinová, and Mangesh Ramesh Bhide

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Anaplasma phagocytophilum is the causative agent of granulocytic anaplasmosis. It affects humans and several wild and domesticated mammals, including horses. The aim of our study was a preliminary survey of the occurrence of these re-emerging pathogens in horses in Slovakia. The sera from 200 animals of different ages and both sexes were tested for the presence of A. phagocytophilum antibodies by indirect immunofluorescence assay. Subsequently, detection of the 16S rRNA gene fragment of A. phagocytophilum was attempted by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in each blood sample. Our results confirmed the presence of specific antibodies in 85 out of 200 individuals (42.5%), but no significant changes were found between the animals of different ages and sexes. However, the PCR analysis did not detect any positive animals. Our data represent one of the highest values of seropositivity to A. phagocytophilum in horses in Central Europe. These results may contribute to a better understanding of the circulation of A. phagocytophilum in this region, thus indicating a potential risk to other susceptible species.

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Összefoglaló. Bevezetés: A COVID–19-pandémia miatt a gyermekkori appendicitisek kezelésében számos változás történt (laparoszkópia helyett nyílt műtét, antibiotikumkezelés). Világszerte emelkedett a szövődményes appendicitisek aránya. Célkitűzés: Munkánk során a COVID–19-járványnak a gyermekkori akut appendicitisekre kifejtett hatását szerettük volna vizsgálni: lett-e több perforált eset? Módszerek: A 2012 és 2020 között akut vakbélgyulladás miatt operált gyermekeket vizsgáltuk, külön, havi bontásban a 2020-as eseteket. A szövettani diagnózis alapján perforált és nem perforált appendicitis csoportokat alkottunk. A 2020-ban operált betegek COVID–19-statusát is rögzítettük. Statisztikai analízisre a khi2-próbát (’chi2 test for trend’) és a Fisher-féle egzakt tesztet alkalmaztuk. Eredmények: A vizsgált időszakban 1343 appendectomia történt, többségében nem perforált akut appendicitis miatt (1166/1343). 2015-től kezdődően a perforált esetek aránya szignifikáns emelkedést mutat (p = 0,0002). Az igazoltan COVID–19-pozitív betegek között magasabb volt a perforáltak aránya (5/8), mint az igazoltan negatív betegek között (15/92) (p = 0,0075). Megbeszélés: A nemzetközi trendeknek megfelelően 2020-ban osztályunkon is magasabb volt a perforált appendicitisek aránya, mint a korábbi években. Ez az emelkedés 2015-től tart, a pandémiával nem mutat szoros összefüggést. A perforált appendicitisek COVID–19-pozitív betegek között észlelt magas arányának okát nem ismerjük. Következtetés: További vizsgálat indokolt annak feltárására, hogy mi okozza a perforált appendicitisek COVID–19-pozitív betegek között észlelt magas, illetve 2015 óta emelkedő rátáját. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(16): 608–610.

Summary. Introduction: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the management of paediatric appendicitis has changed (open instead of laparoscopic appendectomy, antibiotic treatment). The number of complicated appendicitis cases increased worldwide. Objective: Our aim was to study the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on paediatric acute appendicitis: has there been more perforated cases? Methods: Children operated because of acute appendicitis between 2012 and 2020 were studied. Cases from the year 2020 were analysed monthly. Patients were divided into perforated and non-perforated appendicitis groups according to their histological findings. COVID-19 status of patients in 2020 was studied. Chi2 test for trend and Fisher’s exact test were used for statistical analysis. Results: In the study period, 1343 appendectomies were performed. The majority of our cases were non-perforated (1166/1343). The rate of perforated appendicitis cases has been increasing from 2015 (p = 0.0002). The number of perforated cases was higher in COVID-19 positive patients (5/8) then in negative ones (15/92) (p = 0.0075). Discussion: In line with the international trend, more perforated appendicitis cases were treated in our departement in 2020. However, this increase started in 2015, and there is no correlation with the COVID-19 pandemic. The cause of the increased number of perforated cases in COVID-19 positive appendicitis patients is unknown. Conclusion: The causes of the high proportion of perforated cases in COVID-19 positive patients and the rising rate of perforated appendicitis cases since 2015 need further studies. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(16): 608–610.

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