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Michael Rozier
Despite strong religious influence in the development of medicine and medical ethics, religion has been relatively absent in the rise of preventive medicine and population health. Episodic, clinical medicine has a powerful hold on the religious imagination in health care. Nevertheless, Hebrew Scripture, elements of rabbinical teaching, and modern concepts of social justice all can be used to inspire action in health care that goes beyond clinical medicine. The Christian tradition can call upon the corporal works of mercy, virtue ethics, and Catholic social teaching, as well as the modern history Catholic sisters in the U...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103932/biomarkers-of-extracellular-matrix-turnover-are-associated-with-emphysema-and-eosinophilic-bronchitis-in-copd
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Asger Reinstrup Bihlet, Morten Asser Karsdal, Jannie Marie Bülow Sand, Diana Julie Leeming, Mustimbo Roberts, Wendy White, Russell Bowler
BACKGROUND: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by airflow obstruction and loss of lung tissue mainly consisting of extracellular matrix (ECM). Three of the main ECM components are type I collagen, the main constituent in the interstitial matrix, type VI collagen, and elastin, the signature protein of the lungs. During pathological remodeling driven by inflammatory cells and proteases, fragments of these proteins are released into the bloodstream, where they may serve as biomarkers for disease phenotypes...
January 19, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102466/the-care-of-the-ultra-orthodox-jewish-patient
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Ezra Gabbay, Matthew W McCarthy, Joseph J Fins
The Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community embraces a system of values and a rigorous behavioral code that are deeply rooted in religious tradition and history. Here we describe some of the unique challenges that stem from the encounter between modern medical practice and the Ultra-Orthodox world. Through examples of clinical and ethical scenarios ranging from prenatal care to end-of-life decisions, we illustrate problems related to observance of age-old practices in a modern hospital setting, balancing acceptance of Divine will with standard risk assessment, reconciliation of patient autonomy with deference to rabbinic authority and fear of stigma associated with mental illness in a traditional society...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100067/race-based-experiences-of-ethnic-minority-health-professionals-arab-physicians-and-nurses-in-israeli-public-healthcare-organizations
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Yael Keshet, Ariela Popper-Giveon
: Increasing workforce diversity was found to contribute to the narrowing of disparities in health. However, racism toward ethnic minority health professionals has not been adequately researched. In Israel, public healthcare organizations that serve a mixed Jewish-Arab population employ Arab minority healthcare professionals. Instances of prejudice and manifestations of racism toward them, which frequently surface in public discussion and the media, have unfortunately gained little scholarly attention...
January 19, 2017: Ethnicity & Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098945/frequency-of-cnksr2-mutation-in-the-x-linked-epilepsy-aphasia-spectrum
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John A Damiano, Rosemary Burgess, Sara Kivity, Tally Lerman-Sagie, Zaid Afawi, Ingrid E Scheffer, Samuel F Berkovic, Michael S Hildebrand
Synaptic proteins are critical to neuronal function in the brain, and their deficiency can lead to seizures and cognitive impairments. CNKSR2 (connector enhancer of KSR2) is a synaptic protein involved in Ras signaling-mediated neuronal proliferation, migration and differentiation. Mutations in the X-linked gene CNKSR2 have been described in patients with seizures and neurodevelopmental deficits, especially those affecting language. In this study, we sequenced 112 patients with phenotypes within the epilepsy-aphasia spectrum (EAS) to determine the frequency of CNKSR2 mutation within this complex set of disorders...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095560/q-switched-nd-yag-laser-removal-of-facial-amateur-tattoos-in-patients-with-fitzpatrick-type-vi-case-series
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Josef Haik, Rachel Kornhaber, Moti Harats, Hadar Israeli, Arie Orenstein
INTRODUCTION: Q-switched neodymium:YAG (Nd:YAG) lasers are reported to be gold standard for laser tattoo removal. In particular, the Q-switched Nd:YAG laser at 1064 nm is widely recognized for the removal of blue/black amateur tattoos. However, treatment modalities in Fitzpatrick Type VI skin carry a greater risk of complications including alterations in pigmentation compared to fairer skin (Fitzpatrick Type I-IV skin). Therefore, the aim of this case series was to describe with the use of the Q-Switched Nd:YAG laser, the removal of carbon-based amateur tattoos on patients with Fitzpatrick Type VI skin as an effective and safe method...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093690/knowledge-attitudes-and-perceptions-about-routine-childhood-vaccinations-among-jewish-ultra-orthodox-mothers-residing-in-communities-with-low-vaccination-coverage-in-the-jerusalem-district
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Chen Stein Zamir, Avi Israeli
Background and aims Childhood vaccinations are an important component of primary prevention. Maternal and Child Health (MCH) clinics in Israel provide routine vaccinations without charge. Several vaccine-preventable-diseases outbreaks (measles, mumps) emerged in Jerusalem in the past decade. We aimed to study attitudes and knowledge on vaccinations among mothers, in communities with low immunization coverage. Methods A qualitative study including focus groups and semi-structured interviews. Results Low immunization coverage was defined below the district's mean (age 2 years, 2013) for measles-mumps-rubella-varicella 1st dose (MMR1\MMRV1) and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis 4th dose (DTaP4), 96 and 89%, respectively...
January 16, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087146/pcv13-vaccinated-children-still-carrying-pcv13-additional-serotypes-show-similar-carriage-density-to-a-control-group-of-pcv7-vaccinated-children
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Ron Dagan, Christine Juergens, James Trammel, Scott Patterson, David Greenberg, Noga Givon-Lavi, Nurith Porat, William C Gruber, Daniel A Scott
BACKGROUND: In addition to reducing vaccine-type nasopharyngeal carriage rates, pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs) may decrease carriage density in vaccinated individuals still carrying vaccine serotypes. However, reduction of carriage density has not been systematically studied. This study compared the effect of PCV13 versus PCV7 on carriage density of the serotypes in PCV13 that are not included in PCV7. METHODS: This randomized, double-blind study was conducted in southern Israel and included Jewish and Bedouin subjects...
January 10, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067713/widespread-down-regulation-of-cardiac-mitochondrial-and-sarcomeric-genes-in-patients-with-sepsis
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Scot J Matkovich, Belal Al Khiami, Igor R Efimov, Sarah Evans, Justin Vader, Ashwin Jain, Bernard H Brownstein, Richard S Hotchkiss, Douglas L Mann
OBJECTIVES: The mechanism(s) for septic cardiomyopathy in humans is not known. To address this, we measured messenger RNA alterations in hearts from patients who died from systemic sepsis, in comparison to changed messenger RNA expression in nonfailing and failing human hearts. DESIGN: Identification of genes with altered abundance in septic cardiomyopathy, ischemic heart disease, or dilated cardiomyopathy, in comparison to nonfailing hearts. SETTING: ICUs at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St...
January 6, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039189/factor-xi-deficiency-is-associated-with-decreased-risk-for-cardiovascular-and-venous-thromboembolism-events
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Meir Preis, Julianna Hirsch, Antonio Kotler, Ahmad Zoabi, Nili Stein, Gad Rennert, Walid Saliba
Factor XI deficiency is one of the rare inherited coagulation factor deficiencies. However, it incidence is high among Ashkenazi Jewish. Because factor XI displays both procoagulant and antifibrinolytic activities, it has been postulated that an underlying cardiovascular benefit may exist with factor XI deficiency. This historical cohort study was performed using the electronic database of Clalit Health Services, the largest health care provider in Israel. All adults tested for Factor XI activity between 2002 and 2014 were included in the study...
December 30, 2016: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035592/research-participants-preferences-for-hypothetical-secondary-results-from-genomic-research
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Julia Wynn, Josue Martinez, Jimmy Duong, Codruta Chiuzan, Jo C Phelan, Abby Fyer, Robert L Klitzman, Paul S Appelbaum, Wendy K Chung
Secondary or incidental results can be identified in genomic research that increasingly uses whole exome/genome sequencing. Understanding research participants' preferences for secondary results and what influences these decisions is important for patient education, counseling, and consent, and for the development of policies regarding return of secondary results. Two hundred nineteen research participants enrolled in genomic studies were surveyed regarding hypothetical preferences for specific types of secondary results, and these preferences were correlated with demographic information and psychosocial data...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029200/the-influence-of-helicobacter-pylori-on-the-ethnic-distribution-of-esophageal-eosinophilia
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Amnon Sonnenberg, Evan S Dellon, Kevin O Turner, Robert M Genta
BACKGROUND: Environmental factors associated with ethnicity may contribute to the occurrence of eosinophilic esophagitis. Our study aimed to investigate the influence of Helicobacter pylori on the ethnic variation of esophageal eosinophilia in a large national sample of patients undergoing esophago-gastro-duodenoscopy. METHODS: The Miraca Life Sciences Database is an electronic repository of histopathologic patient records. A case-control study evaluated the influence of ethnicity on the occurrence of esophageal eosinophilia and how age, gender, and histologic diagnosis of H...
December 28, 2016: Helicobacter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027113/methotrimeprazine-associated-stevens-johnson-syndrome-in-2-ashkenazi-jewish-patients
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Dina Moubayed, Anthony J Gifuni, Leon Tourian
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024842/congenital-myasthenic-syndrome-in-israel-genetic-and-clinical-characterization
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Sharon Aharoni, Menachem Sadeh, Yehuda Shapira, Simon Edvardson, Muhannad Daana, Talia Dor-Wollman, Aviva Mimouni-Bloch, Ayelet Halevy, Rony Cohen, Liora Sagie, Zohar Argov, Malcolm Rabie, Ronen Spiegel, Ilana Chervinsky, Naama Orenstein, Andrew G Engel, Yoram Nevo
The objective of the study was to evaluate the epidemiology of patients with congenital myasthenic syndrome (CMS) in Israel. Targeted mutation analysis was performed based on the clinical symptoms and electrophysiological findings for known CMS. Additional specific tests were performed in patients of Iranian and/or Iraqi Jewish origin. All medical records were reviewed and clinical data, genetic mutations and outcomes were recorded. Forty-five patients with genetic mutations in known CMS genes from 35 families were identified...
November 24, 2016: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018258/through-the-looking-glass-the-role-of-ethnicity-and-affiliation-in-responses-to-terrorism-in-the-media
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Anat Shoshani, Michelle Slone
This study examined whether attitudinal and emotional responses to broadcasts of images of terrorist events differ according to ethnic group (Jewish and Arab Israelis) and outgroup affiliation during an intense wave of terrorism that occurred in Israel during 2015. Participants were 118 Jewish and 110 Arab-Israelis adults randomly allocated to a terrorism or criminal violence television broadcast. State anxiety, state anger, stereotypes, and negative attitudes toward an adversary were examined prior and subsequent to the media exposure...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012950/a-dose-effect-of-mutations-in-the-gba-gene-on-parkinson-s-disease-phenotype
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Avner Thaler, Tanya Gurevich, Anat Bar Shira, Mali Gana Weisz, Elissa Ash, Tamara Shiner, Avi Orr-Urtreger, Nir Giladi, Anat Mirelman
OBJECTIVE: Mutations in the GBA gene are associated with Parkinson's disease (PD). A definite description of the clinical characteristics of PD patients who are compound heterozygotes or homozygotes for mutations in the GBA gene (GD-PD) requires further elucidation. METHODS: We assessed motor, cognitive, olfactory and autonomic functions as well as demographic data and medical history in a cohort of Ashkenazi Jewish PD patients who were screened for seven common mutations in the GBA gene...
December 16, 2016: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008580/-salomon-neumann-1819-1908-and-the-right-to-health
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J G Gostomzyk, G von Mittelstaedt
The "Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)" of the United Nations (UN) of 1948 sets out a right to health as a common ideal and aspiration. In his writings on the reform of the Prussian Medical Charter "Public Health and property" 100 years before the UDHR was set out, the Jewish physician Salomon Neumann had defined health as a right for every citizen, a right that should to be protected by a public system of health care. His reasoning went beyond contemporaneous critical social discussion. Right of humans to health has been acknowledged nationally and internationally; in the Federal Republic of Germany, the question as to whether there is a basic right to health is still open...
December 2016: Das Gesundheitswesen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002332/the-association-of-the-mthfr-c677t-polymorphism-with-inflammatory-bowel-diseases-in-the-israeli-jewish-population-an-example-of-genetic-heterogeneity
#18
Amir Karban, Tzah Feldman, Matti Waterman, Ronit Leiba, Edna Efrati
MTHFR C677T is a common gene polymorphism that has been shown to be associated with hyperhomocysteinemia. Studies on the role of MTHFR in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) have yielded conflicting results, perhaps due in part to genetic heterogeneity. The prevalence of the MTHFR C677T variant allele varies according to Jewish subpopulations: Ashkenazi vs non-Ashkenazi. The aim of this study was to examine the association between MTHFR C677T genotype and IBD in the different Jewish populations.DNA samples were assessed for the presence of the MTHFR C677T variant allele in 445 Jewish Israeli IBD patients: 338 with Crohn's disease [CD] (214 Ashkenazi and 124 non-Ashkenazi Jews) and 107 with ulcerative colitis [UC] (73 Ashkenazi and 34 non-Ashkenazi Jews), and in 347 healthy controls: 173 Ashkenazi and 174 Non-Ashkenazi Jews...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000699/absence-of-hikeshi-a-nuclear-transporter-for-heat-shock-protein-hsp70-causes-infantile-hypomyelinating-leukoencephalopathy
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Catalina Vasilescu, Pirjo Isohanni, Maarit Palomäki, Helena Pihko, Anu Suomalainen, Christopher J Carroll
Genetic leukoencephalopathies are a heterogeneous group of central nervous system disorders with white matter involvement. In a Finnish patient, we identified a novel homozygous disease-causing variant in HIKESHI, c.11G>C, p.(Cys4Ser), leading to hypomyelinating leukoencephalopathy with periventricular cysts and vermian atrophy. A founder Ashkenazi-Jewish disease-causing variant recently linked Hikeshi and its heat-shock protective function to leukoencephalopathy. In our patient, clinical features of lower limb spasticity, optic atrophy, nystagmus, and severe developmental delay were similar to reported patients...
December 21, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000495/postal-censorship-of-bosnian-public-health-institutions-during-the-second-world-war-the-independent-state-of-croatia-versus-dr-stanko-sielski
#20
John A Papalas, Husref Tahirović
: This study aims to present evidence of censorship during World War II by the Independent State of Croatia of one of its public health officials, Dr. Stanko Sielski who was a physician trained in epidemiology and public health. During World War II, he directed the Institute for Combating Endemic Syphilis in the Bosnian town Banja Luka. The staff under his direction consisted solely of Jewish physicians. We analyzed two groups of envelopes either sent by or to Dr. Stanko Sielski during the War and found evidence of censorship only in communications with a Jewish physician dated towards the end of the War...
November 2016: Acta Medica Academica
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