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STUDY DESIGN a genetic association study was performed on 126 patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and 197 healthy controls from independent Hungarian pedigrees. OBJECTIVE to reveal implication of promoter polymorphisms of bone morphogenetic protein 4 (BMP4), interleukin-6 (IL6), leptin, matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP3), melatonin 1B receptor(More)
AIMS High relapse rate and extreme difficulty to maintain abstinence are core characteristics of alcohol dependence (AD). Previous studies have demonstrated a persistent decision-making (DM) deficit in AD. We aimed to reveal specific personality features and stress-coping mechanisms presumed to compensate for ineffective DM skills. METHODS Eighty-eight(More)
In this study, we examine the frequency of a 900 kb inversion at 17q21.3 in the Gypsy and Caucasian populations of Hungary, which may reflect the Asian origin of Gypsy populations. Of the two haplotypes (H1 and H2), H2 is thought to be exclusively of Caucasian origin, and its occurrence in other racial groups is likely to reflect admixture. In our sample,(More)
Pharmacological treatment of major psychiatric conditions (eg, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder) is exceptionally difficult during pregnancy. Despite all efforts, medication-resistant life-threatening mental deterioration can emerge with the urgent need for rapid and effective intervention. In these cases, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may represent the(More)
Delineating the pathogenesis of multifactorial diseases is a major challenge of the postgenomial era. Genetic factors are known to play an important role in the pathogenesis of certain psychiatric disorders as well as in the development of adverse reactions to psychoactive drugs. Containing large numbers of samples and linking them clinical data, biobanks(More)
OBJECTIVE The incidence of dementia is known to vary between nations due to population specific interactions of genetic and epigenetic risk factors. Since this type of data was missing from the Central-Eastern part of Europe, especially from Hungary, an ongoing prospective multicentre study was initiated 3 years ago to determine the impact of some(More)
Temperament and character factors are strongly related to the developmental, clinical, and treatment aspects of alcohol dependence. This study had the aim of revealing the underlying personality structure and individual differences in the symptoms of alcohol dependence measured by multiple severity indicators. Patients with alcohol dependence exhibited(More)
Schizophrenia is a chronic, debilitating psychiatric disorder characterized by heterogeneous clinical symptoms. Although the pathogenesis of this disorder is poorly understood, several lines of evidence support the role of both common and rare genetic variants in the etiology of schizophrenia. Common variants, single nucleotide polymorphisms can be(More)
There are conflicting results regarding the role of tau (MAPT) haplotypes in neurodegenerative disorders. Recent reports suggest that ethnicity factors and gene-gene interactions may influence the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease (AD). The present study investigates possible synergism between MAPT haplotype and ApoE state in Hungarian Caucasian AD(More)
Dysfunctions of the dopaminergic system occur in several neuropsychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder, drug abuse and Parkinson’s disease (Cousins et al. 2009; Halliday and McCann 2010; Lodge and Grace 2011). The susceptibility to these disorders can be mediated by variants of genes involved in dopaminergic transmission,(More)
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