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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645955/is-there-an-ethnic-variation-in-the-epidemiology-of-gonorrhoea-a-retrospective-population-based-study-from-northern-israel-over-15%C3%A2-years-between-2001-and-2015
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Khalaf Kridin, Rami Grifat, Mogher Khamaisi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the trends in the incidence of gonorrhoea through an extended period of time and to compare the epidemiology of gonorrhoea infection between 2 distinct ethnic groups (Jews and Arabs). DESIGN: A retrospective population-based cohort study was conducted on all consecutive patients diagnosed with gonorrhoea through the years 2001-2015. SETTING: National Department of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health, Haifa District, Israel...
June 22, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639421/penetrance-estimate-of-lrrk2-p-g2019s-mutation-in-individuals-of-non-ashkenazi-jewish-ancestry
#2
Annie J Lee, Yuanjia Wang, Roy N Alcalay, Helen Mejia-Santana, Rachel Saunders-Pullman, Susan Bressman, Jean-Christophe Corvol, Alexis Brice, Suzanne Lesage, Graziella Mangone, Eduardo Tolosa, Claustre Pont-Sunyer, Dolores Vilas, Birgitt Schüle, Farah Kausar, Tatiana Foroud, Daniela Berg, Kathrin Brockmann, Stefano Goldwurm, Chiara Siri, Rosanna Asselta, Javier Ruiz-Martinez, Elisabet Mondragón, Connie Marras, Taneera Ghate, Nir Giladi, Anat Mirelman, Karen Marder
BACKGROUND: Penetrance estimates of the leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) p.G2019S mutation for PD vary widely (24%-100%). The p.G2019S penetrance in individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry has been estimated as 25%, adjusted for multiple covariates. It is unknown whether penetrance varies among different ethnic groups. The objective of this study was to estimate the penetrance of p.G2019S in individuals of non-Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry and compare penetrance between Ashkenazi Jews and non-Ashkenazi Jews to age 80...
June 22, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626286/synergistic-effect-of-fluoride-and-laser-irradiation-for-the-inhibition-of-the-demineralization-of-dental-enamel
#3
Raymond Lee, Kenneth H Chan, Jamison Jew, Jacob C Simon, Daniel Fried
Both laser irradiation and fluoride treatment alone are known to provide increased resistance to acid dissolution. CO2 lasers tuned to a wavelength of 9.3 μm can be used to efficiently convert the carbonated hydroxyapatite of enamel to a much more acid resistant purer phase hydroxyapatite (HAP). Further studies have shown that fluoride application to HAP yields fluoroapatite (FAP) which is even more resistant against acid dissolution. Previous studies show that CO2 lasers and fluoride treatments interact synergistically to provide significantly higher protection than either method alone, but the mechanism of interaction has not been elucidated...
January 28, 2017: Proceedings of SPIE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622360/the-seroprevalence-of-west-nile-virus-in-israel-a-nationwide-cross-sectional-study
#4
Ravit Bassal, Tamy Shohat, Zalman Kaufman, Batya Mannasse, Eilat Shinar, Doron Amichay, Mira Barak, Anat Ben-Dor, Adina Bar Haim, Daniel Cohen, Ella Mendelson, Yaniv Lustig
West Nile Virus (WNV) is endemic in Israel, affecting yearly 40-160 individuals. Israel is located on a central migratory path between Africa and Eurasia and most West Nile Fever (WNF) cases reported in recent years were among residents of the coastal plain. The aim of the study was to evaluate the seroprevalence of WNV among the Israeli population and to assess correlates for WNV infection. A cross-sectional nationwide serologic survey was conducted using 3,145 serum samples collected by the national Israeli serum bank during 2011-2014, representing all age and population groups in Israel...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617158/transcendental-spirituality-and-acquaintance-with-the-activities-of-the-domestic-national-transplant-center-as-factors-shaping-attitudes-toward-organ-donation
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Semyon Melnikov, Tamar Ashkenazi, Muhammad Amara, Anat Peles Bortz
CONTEXT: Organ donation has been shown to be perceived as inappropriate by religiously observant individuals. The impact of spirituality level on attitudes toward organ donation has not been broadly explored. OBJECTIVE: To explore the contribution of ethnicity, spirituality, level of religious observance, and acquaintance with the activities of the Israel National Transplant Center (INTC) to forming attitudes toward organ donation among Jews and Muslim Arabs in Israel...
June 2017: Progress in Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615222/exploring-the-global-landscape-of-genetic-variation-in-coagulation-factor-xi-deficiency
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Rosanna Asselta, Elvezia Maria Paraboschi, Valeria Rimoldi, Marzia Menegatti, Flora Peyvandi, Ophira Salomon, Stefano Duga
Factor XI (FXI) deficiency is an autosomal bleeding disorder, usually post trauma or surgery, characterized by reduced levels of coagulation FXI in plasma. The disease is highly prevalent in Ashkenazi Jews (heterozygote frequency ~9%), whereas it is considered a rare condition in most populations (prevalence of the severe deficiency: 1:10(6) in Caucasians). So far, >190 causative mutations have been identified throughout the F11 gene. To have a global landscape of genetic variation of F11, we explored publicly-available exome-based data obtained from >60,000 individuals belonging to different ethnicities (Exome Aggregation Consortium resource)...
June 14, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590779/oculopharyngeal-muscular-dystrophy-and-inherited-retinal-dystrophy-in-bukhara-jews-due-to-linked-mutations-in-the-pabpn1-and-nrl-genes
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Itzhak Braverman, Sergiu C Blumen, Hadas Newman, Leah Rizel, Morad Khayat, Rana Hanna, Jean Lacau St Guily, Beatrice Tiosano, Tamar Ben-Yosef
AIM: We have previously described two unrelated Bukhara Jews (BJs) with a combination of oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy (OPMD) and inherited retinal dystrophy (IRD), because of mutations in two linked genes: PABPN1 and NRL. Here we investigated the prevalence of the NRL mutation among BJs with OPMD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: PABPN1 and NRL mutation testing were performed by polymerase chain reaction amplification and direct sequencing on two cohorts of Bukhara Jewish patients: OPMD patients (with or without IRD) and IRD patients (without OPMD)...
June 7, 2017: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579060/human-dihydrolipoamide-dehydrogenase-e3-deficiency-novel-insights-into-the-structural-basis-and-molecular-pathomechanism
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REVIEW
Attila Ambrus, Vera Adam-Vizi
This review summarizes our present view on the molecular pathogenesis of human (h) E3-deficiency caused by a variety of genetic alterations with a special emphasis on the moonlighting biochemical phenomena related to the affected (dihydro)lipoamide dehydrogenase (LADH, E3, gene: dld), in particular the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). E3-deficiency is a rare autosomal recessive genetic disorder frequently presenting with a neonatal onset and premature death; the highest carrier rate of a single pathogenic dld mutation (1:94-1:110) was found among Ashkenazi Jews...
June 2, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577075/the-holocaust-of-the-disabled
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Massimo Fioranelli, Maria Grazia Roccia, Miriam Rovesti, Francesca Satolli, Paola Petrelli, Torello Lotti
The Holocaust is commonly known as the genocide perpetrated by the Nazi regime which killed six million European Jews. Not many people know, however, that another holocaust took place at the same time: the holocaust of the disabled. As Hitler pursued a strategic vision of a dominant, pure Aryan race, any inferior and weak human being was exterminated. A brief consideration is called for in order to not forget the horrifying events that took place at the beginning of the last century and in order to re-shape our concept of normality...
June 2, 2017: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570739/exploring-the-spatio-temporal-neural-basis-of-face-learning
#10
Ying Yang, Yang Xu, Carol A Jew, John A Pyles, Robert E Kass, Michael J Tarr
Humans are experts at face individuation. Although previous work has identified a network of face-sensitive regions and some of the temporal signatures of face processing, as yet, we do not have a clear understanding of how such face-sensitive regions support learning at different time points. To study the joint spatio-temporal neural basis of face learning, we trained subjects to categorize two groups of novel faces and recorded their neural responses using magnetoencephalography (MEG) throughout learning...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569516/-the-fate-of-jewish-pharmacists-from-the-czech-lands-during-the-holocaust
#11
Tomáš Arndt, František Dohnal
The authors describe the lives of several Jewish pharmacists and their families who lived and worked in the Czech Lands during the years 1918-1945. Their stories represented a typical mosaic, which corresponds to the fate of the Jewish community in the Czech Lands during World War II - all lost their property and the majority of them were murdered or lost their immediate families. Only a few of them succeeded to survive thanks to early emigration. Some of them lived until the liberation of the concentration camp Theresienstadt, too...
2017: Ceská a Slovenská Farmacie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551915/-characteristics-of-large-pericardial-effusion-in-a-well-defined-geographical-region
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Moanis Serhan, Ruhi Abdallah, Shaul Atar
BACKGROUND: Pericardial effusion can occur as a result of primary pericardial disease or secondary to systemic disease. Analysis of the features of pericardial effusion in correlation with clinical and demographic findings can help clinicians to determine the correct diagnosis and to choose the appropriate treatment and reduce patient mortality and morbidity. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of the characteristics of pericardial effusion and the prevalence of the different etiologies and their correlation with demographics, clinical characteristics and medical history in 86 patients admitted to Galilee Medical Center from 2001 to 2010 who underwent pericardiocentesis or pericardial window...
May 2017: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547648/clinical-and-phenotypic-differences-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-among-arab-and-jewish-children-in-israel
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Firas Rinawi, Amit Assa, Husam Bashir, Sarit Peleg, Raanan Shamir
BACKGROUND: Data on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) phenotypes among the Arab population in Israel or in the neighboring Arab countries is scarce. AIM: We aimed to assess differences in disease phenotype among Arab and Jewish children living in Israel. METHODS: We performed a retrospective chart review of pediatric IBD cases, which were diagnosed at the Schneider Children's Medical Center and Ha'Emek Medical Center in Israel between 2000 and 2014...
May 25, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541281/revisiting-the-prevalence-of-nonclassic-congenital-adrenal-hyperplasia-in-us-ashkenazi-jews-and-caucasians
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Fady Hannah-Shmouni, Rachel Morissette, Ninet Sinaii, Meredith Elman, Toni R Prezant, Wuyan Chen, Ann Pulver, Deborah P Merke
PurposeNonclassic 21-hydroxylase deficiency, a mild form of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), is estimated to be the most common autosomal recessive condition, with an especially high prevalence in Ashkenazi Jews (3.7% affected, 30.9% carriers), based on a 1985 HLA-B linkage study of affected families. Affected individuals, especially women, may suffer from hyperandrogenism and infertility. State-of-the-art genetic studies have not been done to confirm these remarkable rates.MethodsCYP21A2 genotyping was performed in 200 unrelated healthy Ashkenazi Jewish subjects and 200 random US Caucasians who did not self-identify as a specific ethnicity using multiplex minisequencing, real-time polymerase chain reaction and junction site analysis...
May 25, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536732/pemphigus-vulgaris-and-pemphigus-foliaceus-differences-in-epidemiology-and-mortality
#15
Khalaf Kridin, Shira Zelber-Sagi, Reuven Bergman
Little is known about differences in epidemiological features and prognosis between pemphigus vulgaris (PV) and pemphigus foliaceus (PF). The objective of this study was to compare PV and PF patients regarding ethnic variations and mortality rates. Mortality of PV and PF patients was compared with age- and gender-matched control subjects in the general population. The study cohort comprised 207 patients with PV and 30 with PF diagnosed during the period 2000 to 2015. The incidence rate of PV among Jews was 3...
May 24, 2017: Acta Dermato-venereologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509084/whole-exome-sequencing-identifies-a-novel-homozygous-frameshift-mutation-in-the-mtmr2-gene-as-a-causative-mutation-in-a-patient-with-charcot-marie-tooth-disease-type-4b1
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Tameemi Abdalla-Moady, Amir Peleg, Orit Sadeh, Khader Badarneh, Fuad Fares
Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease refers to a heterogeneous group of axonal and demyelinating polyneuropathies, characterized by chronic motor and sensory dysfunction. CMT is the most common genetic cause of neuropathy. The present study aimed to identify the gene mutation responsible for CMT in Ashkenazi Jew (AJ) patient. Genomic DNA was extracted from whole blood leukocytes of affected family and normal subject. Whole-exome sequencing was performed using the Illumina HiSeq2500. The DNA region containing the identified mutation was amplified by PCR and sequenced using dye-terminator chemistry and the forward primer...
May 16, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502252/differential-analysis-of-mutations-in-the-jewish-population-and-their-implications-for-diseases
#17
Yaron Einhorn, Daphna Weissglas-Volkov, Shai Carmi, Harry Ostrer, Eitan Friedman, Noam Shomron
Sequencing large cohorts of ethnically homogeneous individuals yields genetic insights with implications for the entire population rather than a single individual. In order to evaluate the genetic basis of certain diseases encountered at high frequency in the Ashkenazi Jewish population (AJP), as well as to improve variant annotation among the AJP, we examined the entire exome, focusing on specific genes with known clinical implications in 128 Ashkenazi Jews and compared these data to other non-Jewish populations (European, African, South Asian and East Asian)...
May 15, 2017: Genetics Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498301/seroprevalence-of-hepatitis-a-12-years-following-the-implementation-of-toddlers-vaccination-a-population-based-study-in-israel
#18
Ravit Bassal, Merav Weil, Daniel Cohen, Danit Sofer, Ella Mendelson, Tamy Shohat
BACKGROUND: In 1999, Israel became the first country to introduce an inactivated hepatitis A vaccine into its national childhood vaccination program. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the seroprevalence of hepatitis A virus (HAV) antibodies in the Israeli population before and after the introduction of the program. METHODS: A cross-sectional serosurvey using the National Serum Bank was conducted on 1,883 and 2,027 serum samples collected before and after introduction of the vaccine, respectively...
May 11, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497706/striking-ethnic-variations-in-the-epidemiology-of-chlamydia-trachomatis-in-haifa-district-israel-throughout-the-years-2001-2015
#19
Khalaf Kridin, Mogher Khamaisi, Shmuel Rishpon, Rami Grifat
Our objectives were to examine trends in the incidence of chlamydia over an extended period and compare the epidemiology of the infection between two distinct ethnic groups in Israel: Jews and Arabs. We examined the incidence rate of Chlamydia trachomatis infection among residents of Haifa District, northern Israel from 2001 to 2015, by reviewing archives of the Department of Epidemiology, Ministry of Health. Notified cases were stratified by age group, gender, and ethnic group. The overall incidence rate of Chlamydia was 10...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495112/inequalities-in-non-communicable-diseases-between-the-major-population-groups-in-israel-achievements-and-challenges
#20
REVIEW
Khitam Muhsen, Manfred S Green, Varda Soskolne, Yehuda Neumark
Israel is a high-income country with an advanced health system and universal health-care insurance. Overall, the health status has improved steadily over recent decades. We examined differences in morbidity, mortality, and risk factors for selected non-communicable diseases (NCDs) between subpopulation groups. Between 1975 and 2014, life expectancy in Israel steadily increased and is currently above the average life expectancy for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries. Nevertheless, life expectancy has remained lower among Israeli Arabs than Israeli Jews, and this gap has recently widened...
May 5, 2017: Lancet
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