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The Importance of Aortic Arch Plaque Characteristics in Patients with Ischemic Stroke

2014-01

Mihaela Marian, Ana C‚mpeanu, C. Popa

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death inUnites States and the leading cause of adult morbidity and disability in Europe (1). Ischemic stroke represents approximately 88% of all strokes; however, in NINDS (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke) database almost 40% of ischemic strokes are listed as cryptogenic strokes (2). In the context of secondary prevention, establishing an etiological diagnosis is essential when it comes to prescribing the optimal treatment for every patient. Routine evaluation of a stroke patient includes evaluation of cervico-cerebral vessels and also cardiological evaluation in order to rule out an atrial arrhythmia with embolic potential in cerebral circulation (3,4).

Between the heart and the carotid and vertebral arteries lies the aorta, an area difficult to explore. Latest data from the literature suggest an association between aortic arch atheromas and ischemic stroke, thus aortic atheromatosis may be the missing link, responsible for most of the cerebral infarctions of undetermined cause (5,6).

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Arterial Hypertension Epidemiology: Romania among the Balkan Countries - Data from SEPHAR Surveys

2014-01

Maria Dorobanțu, S. Onciul, Roxana Darabont, Oana Tautu, S. Ghiorghe, Maria Vasilescu, I. Manitiu, C. Pop, D. Lighezan, E. Apetrei

Cardiovascular disease prevention showed its utility and efficiency in developed countries, where it lowered the cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Instead, in Balkan countries, the mortality due to this pathology displayed an ascendant, worrying curve [1], diagnosis and control of arterial hypertension (HT) representing efficient methods for lowering cardiovascular mortality. Though recent studies didnít show any significant differences between hypertension prevalence in developed versus developing countries [2], stroke mortality (the best surrogate marker of hypertension effects) was much higher in developing countries. Since modifying genetics was a target impossible to reach for the moment, the only solution was represented by the evaluation and correct treatment (pharmacological and non pharmacological) of arterial hypertension.

As international scientific organisations recom-mend, cardiovascular disease prevention must be implemented in an individualized way in each geo-graphical region, being inappropriate and impossible to apply the same prevention methods globally [3,9]. In this context, the Balkan Peninsula aggregates a number of countries with common geographical and social characteristics, many of them sharing economical transition.

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Toward an European Legislation in Administrating Forensic Probation

2014-01

V. Beliș

In 1994 I began working together with Prof. Scripcaru on elaborating new regulations regarding the expertise activity in Romania and we succeeded within the year to accomplish what we called "Law for the management of forensic institutes". After presenting it in front of the Romanian Parliament, this became an effectual law that has been adjusted since by the Law 459/2001, G.O. no. 57/2001 and the Law no. 271/2004.

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"Medicina Moderna" - New Series

2014-01

I. Popescu

The Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences has been honored to join the College of Physicians of Bucharest in the new series of "Medicina Modernă". Definitely, at this moment Romania needs good medical journals, where our medical scientists could publish. The demand is big, particularly since academic promotions are so much related to the articles published in indexed journals. The offer, unfortunately, is still rather small.

As we all know, it is not easy to get a journal indexed (especially in the ISI web of knowledge) and to keep it at such a high level. That impliesa lot of effort and a very good team. Without a good and efficient team such an endeavor cannot succeed.

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"Medicina Moderna" - A New Step in Sharing Medical Experience

2014-01

I. Lascăr

Starting with the first issue, published in 1994, the aim of "Medicina Modernă" Journal has been to promote the significant achievements of the Romanian medical activity, to communicate and share medical knowledge and to be a valuable database of Romanian research.

Because the Journal is under the patronage of Bucharest College of Physicians and Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences, doctors and researchers from all Romania and also from abroad can submit their work and most significant results, assuring them of the high standards of morality and ethics of our Journal.

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