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See detailArrhythmias in primary care: Common treatment failures that could be adjusted
Lygidakis, Charilaos UL; Argyriadou, S.; Lygera, A. et al

in European Journal of General Practice (2009, July), 15(1), 42-43

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See detailDiagnosi precoce delle demenze in medicina generale
Marzo, Carla; Lygidakis, Charilaos UL

in M.D. Medicinae Doctor (2009)

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See detailScreening for cognitive impairments in primary health care using the 6 item cognitive impairment test: a collaborative study between Italy and Greece
Lygidakis, Charilaos UL; Marzo, Carla; Argyriadou, Stella et al

in Swiss Medical Weekly : Official Journal of the Swiss Society of Infectious Diseases, the Swiss Society of Internal Medicine, the Swiss Society of Pneumology (2009), 139(33-34), 35--35

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See detailComorbid depression in elderly with type 2 diabetes
Lygidakis, Charilaos UL; Altini, Chiara; Rigon, Sara et al

in Swiss Medical Weekly : Official Journal of the Swiss Society of Infectious Diseases, the Swiss Society of Internal Medicine, the Swiss Society of Pneumology (2009), 139(33-34), 57

Aim: To evaluate the potential correlation between depression and type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2) in patients aged 65 years and over accessing primary health care (PHC) units. Methods: During the last ... [more ▼]

Aim: To evaluate the potential correlation between depression and type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2) in patients aged 65 years and over accessing primary health care (PHC) units. Methods: During the last semester of 2008, 109 elderly patients with DM2 (mean age 74.86, sd = 5.72) were examined by GP trainees in PHC practices. Demographics, BMI, waist circumference, fasting blood glucose (FBG), HbA1c and medicine treatment were queried. Dietary and drug therapy compliance and weekly physical activity in recreational time were investigated; expended energy was measured using Metabolic Equivalents (METs). Depression was assessed with the 15-item Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS-15) and mental health was evaluated with the General Health Questionnaire – 12 (GHQ-12). For comparison purposes, a short interview comprising the GDS-15 and GHQ-12 was performed in 52 non diabetic, randomly selected patients. The two groups were properly adjusted for sex and age. Results: Moderate (GDS-15 scores 6–8) and severe depression (GDS-15 >9) were found in 33.9% and 17.4% of the diabetics respectively. Female patients seemed to have better FBG values (r = 0.33, p = 0.006) and more controlled HbA1c (<7%, r = 0.37, p = 0.003). However, only males with regular HbA1c showed significantly lower BMI (Mdn = 27.72, U = 128.00, p <0.001) and waist circumference (Mean = 91.84 cm, t = 3.32, p = 0.002). Diabetics without depression signs were triply likely to do moderate weekly exercise compared with depressed ones (OR = 3.01, 95%CI = 1.36–6.57). Lower GDS-15 and GHQ-12 scores were correlated with more scarce therapy compliance (r = 0.46, p <0.001; r = 0.43, p <0.001 respectively). Diabetics seemed to be 2.83 times more likely to suffer from moderate depression compared with the control patients (95%CI = 1.19–6.68). Conclusions: The findings of our study suggest that moderate depression is a common underlying comorbidity in DM2, affecting aspects of its management such as the physical activity and compliance of medical therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailEstimating partner abuse in primary care
Lygidakis, Charilaos UL; Argyriadou, Stella; Lygera, Anastasia et al

in European Journal of General Practice (2007), 13(4), 263

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See detailKnowledge and behaviour of tourists towards the sun, as studied in a region of northern Greece
Argyriadou, Stella; Makridis, Dimitrios; Lygidakis, Charilaos UL et al

in Rural and Remote Health (2005)

Introduction: Melanoma is considered one of the most malignant cancers. Its appearance is related to various factors such as ultraviolet radiation, recurrent sunburn, and phototype. During the summer ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Melanoma is considered one of the most malignant cancers. Its appearance is related to various factors such as ultraviolet radiation, recurrent sunburn, and phototype. During the summer holidays approximately 14 million tourists from northern European countries visit Greece; this does not include the local tourists. Aims: To discover the extent of European visitors’ awareness of the risk of sunburn. To explore the level of knowledge gained by local and foreign tourists from preventive campaigns related to the harmful effects of sun exposure. Participants: The sample consisted of 802 travelers from northern European countries, and 726 Greeks who departed from the airport ‘Megas Alexandros’ during August and September 2002. Methods: A structured questionnaire was used to gain data about demographics, family history of skin cancer, and identification of phototype. Also requested was information about the hours of sun exposure, and the use of sunscreen (the pattern of application and its sun protective factor [SPF]). Comparisons of mean values between groups were made by Student’s t-test, and the association between categorical variables was tested by Pearson’s c2. Regression analysis was performed to examine the influence of different factors on the likelihood of being sunburned. Results: The majority of foreigners belonged to phototype II or III, while the Greek tourists belonged to phototype III. Foreigners had a higher tendency to burn and a lower tendency to tan. Of the total sample, women presented a higher prevalence of sunburn (p <0.05), and they used sunscreen more frequently (p <0.001) than men did (p <0.001), in both groups. The mean SPF used was 17.3 (SD = 8.98) for the foreigners and 16.0 (SD = 2.0) for the Greeks. The media was the main source of information for both groups. Multiple regression analysis showed that skin type was significantly associated with a high probability of sunburn (p <0.001). Moreover, freckles (p <0.05) were a predictive factor for future sunburn. Conclusions: Our study showed that skin type is the most important predictor of future sunburn. The role of the primary care physician is to promote and encourage healthy habits, including attitude towards sun exposure. Increased susceptibility to sun-induced damage of persons with phototypes I and II mandates their identification as a target group in all media campaigns. [less ▲]

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