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The development of diagnosis related group system in healthcare

Razvoj sistema skupine primerljivih primerov v zdravstvu

Članek podaja vsebinski in časovni pregled razvoja sistemov plačevanja po skupinah primerljivih primerov. Sistem je bil sprva uveden kot managersko orodje za znižanje stroškov in povečanje učinkovitosti. Sistem plačevanja skupin primerljivih primerov je sledil razvoju medicine in sodeloval v izgradnji sistema kakovosti in varnosti bolnikov. V zadnjih letih so v nekaterih državah že pričeli poplačevati kakovost zdravstvenih izidov. Sodobni trend celostne obravnave bolnikov bo zahteval ponovno prilagoditev sistema plačevanja v zdravstvu.

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In Vitro Biocompatibility of Nanostructured Endodontic Materials Using SCAP Cells


Background/Aim: Lately, fully innovative sol-gel method with high-temperature self-propagating reaction was used for the synthesis of new nanostructured endodontic materials, in combination with different radiopacifiers: bismuth (ALBO-MPCA1) and barium (ALBO-MPCA2). The aim of this study was to investigate the biocompatibility of nanostructured endodontic materials based on highly active calcium silicates and mixed with different radiopacifiers in comparison to MTA+ using human stem cells from the apical papilla- SCAP cells. Material and Methods: Morphology of the samples was studied by SEM. The tested materials were mixed with distilled water in a ratio 2:1 (m/m). Fifteen minutes fter the preparation, samples were used in the experiment. The biocompatibility of fresh materials, after 3h and 7 days, was tested using 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5- diphenyltetrazolium bromide- MTT test. Results: Samples mostly consisted of spherical and rode-like. The relative viability of cells increased following the exposure time. Conclusion: The biocompatibility of synthesized materials is comparable to the control material MTA+, and therefore these materials can be recommended for for further clinical stuadies.

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The Effect of Carvacrol on Inflammatory Pain and Motor Coordination in Rats


Carvacrol is a monoterpenic phenol and an active ingredient of the plant essential oils of the family Lamiaceae. We have investigated the analgesic effect of carvacrol, the possible dependence of the effect in relation to animal sex, and the impact of carvacrol on motor coordination in rats. Hyperalgesia was induced by formalin (1.5%), which was administered SC in the upper lip of rat. Hyperalgesia and effects of carvacrol and indomethacin were measured by using the orofacial formalin test. The influence on motor coordination in animals treated with carvacrol was investigated by using the rota-rod test. Carvacrol administered PO in pre-treatment (45 min. prior to formalin) at a single dose of 50, 75 and 100 mg /kg BW, in the male, 50 and 100 mg /kg BW, in female rats caused a dose-dependent antinociceptive effect. This effect of carvacrol was significantly higher (P<0.01, P<0.001) in male rats. Compared with indomethacin administered during pre-treatment (2 mg/kg, PO), carvacrol (100 mg/kg) exhibits significantly higher (P <0.05 and P <0.001) antinociceptive effect on formalininduced hyperalgesia in male rats. In the rota-rod test carvacrol did not disturb the motor coordination in male rats, nor the dose of carvacrol with clear antinociceptive properties exhibited depressive effect on the CNS of treated rats. Keeping in mind that the monoterpene carvacrol is of plant origin, with potentially less side effects and without residues, it is realistic to expect the possibility of its therapeutic use in the treatment of inflammatory pain in animals.

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