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  • Author: Magdalena I. Balashkova x
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This study aimed to investigate the opinion of students of medicine, nursing and midwifery on their training in communication skills as an optional course. The participants included in the study were 126 students altogether. Information was gathered using a self-administered questionnaire. The results showed the level of motivation to participate in the training process, the results desired and achieved by the students and their evaluation of the quality of the training. The respondents were convinced that such training would be an asset for their future work as medical professionals and they were satisfied with the quality of training.


Food allergy is an immunoglobulin E-meditated reaction, to which the organism’s immune system reacts to a food allergen, recognizing it as harmful. The study aimed to establish at what age cow’s milk protein allergy is manifested and determine the values of immunoglobulin E (IgE) and hemoglobin(Hb) in children with CMPA in Pleven region, Bulgaria. The study included 94 infants presenting with clinical manifestations of food allergy (age range 0 to 12 months) from Pleven and Pleven region, consulted in 2017 by a pediatrician at the University Hospital Consulting Center in Pleven. Venous blood was collected to determine the IgE and Hb values. Chronic iron-deficiency anemia could be the only clinical manifestation in children with CMPA. Out of all the children with CMPA, 17% had a pronounced anemic syndrome. The rest had normal Hb values. Anemic syndrome could have severe consequences for a growing child. Elevated IgE values were found in 73% of the children tested. CMPA is frequently seen in infants. Early diagnosis of clinical manifestations and diet could prevent severe complications of allergy such as chronic diarrhea, chronic urticaria, and asthma.