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Gatea F.,Polytechnic University of Bucharest | Petrareanu C.,Polytechnic University of Bucharest | Lupeanu E.,National Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics Ana Aslan | Radu G.L.,Polytechnic University of Bucharest
UPB Scientific Bulletin, Series B: Chemistry and Materials Science | Year: 2014

The purpose of this study was to determine the concentrations of cysteine, homocysteine and glutathione in human plasma and to correlate these results with the health condition of human volunteers. The study was performed on 27 volunteers being under surveillance at the "Ana Aslan" Institute Bucharest. A RP-HPLC method with fluorescence detection was used for quantifications of interested thiols. The results revealed that large values of cysteine and homocystein in plasma are related with the presence of cardiovascular disease and the age of patients.


Herghelegiu A.M.,National Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics Ana Aslan | Prada G.I.,University of Bucharest | Prada G.I.,Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy | Marin A.M.,Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy | And 2 more authors.
2015 E-Health and Bioengineering Conference, EHB 2015 | Year: 2015

The aim was to assess the frequency, risk factors and consequences of falls in elderly and the rate of reporting their occurrence to health professionals. Materials and methods: This is a cross-sectional study of 182 patients admitted to the National Institute of Geriatrics and Gerontology during December 2014-April 2015. Data was obtained from the medical records and by asking the patients to fill in a questionnaire. Results: 46.15% patients reported no fall during the previous year; 40.11% reported 1 fall; 17.34% were frequent fallers. We found a positive correlation between age and falls frequency (R=0.420. p=0.0001). There were significant associations between prevalent falls and: vestibular syndromes (p=0.001), postural hypotension (p=0.021), stroke (p=0.034) and foot deformities (p=0.048). The most important consequences were: pain (79.59%), limitations of the activities of daily life (46.94%), fear of falling (24.49%). Conclusions: Environmental hazards, vestibular syndromes, postural hypotension, vertigo, dizziness were the leading risk factor for falls in this study. © 2015 IEEE.


Herghelegiu A.M.,National Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics Ana Aslan | Prada G.I.,University of Bucharest | Prada G.I.,Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy | Nacu R.M.,University of Bucharest | Nacu R.M.,Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy
2015 E-Health and Bioengineering Conference, EHB 2015 | Year: 2015

Computer and Internet technology is a potential source of valuable general as well as health information and plays an increasing role in our everyday lives. The main objective or this study was to evaluate the use of computer and the Internet among older people. The study was conducted by the National Institute of Gerontology and Geriatrics "Ana Aslan" over a period of 6 months in 2015. A number of 455 participants 65 years of age and older were asked to complete a 16 items questionnaire inquiring about the use of computer and the Internet. Approximately one in three people were computer and Internet users. Factors the significantly affected computer as well as Internet use were age, level of education, income and social isolation. The majority of non-users indicated that specific training and better financial conditions would stimulate future computer and Internet use. This finding was consistent with reported reasons for not using the Internet, specifically lack of knowledge and considerable degree of difficulty. © 2015 IEEE.

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