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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551943/targeting-histamine-receptors-in-irritable-bowel-syndrome-a-critical-appraisal
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REVIEW
Adam Fabisiak, Jakub Włodarczyk, Natalia Fabisiak, Martin Storr, Jakub Fichna
Irritable bowel syndrome is a group of functional gastrointestinal disorders with not yet fully clarified etiology. Recent evidence suggesting that mast cells may play a central role in the pathogenesis of irritable bowel syndrome paves the way for agents targeting histamine receptors as a potential therapeutic option in clinical treatment. In this review, the role of histamine and histamine receptors is debated. Moreover, the clinical evidence of anti-histamine therapeutics in irritable bowel syndrome is discussed...
May 27, 2017: Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551942/-prostate-cancer-early-detection-using-psa-current-trends-and-recent-updates
#2
REVIEW
Arnon Lavi, Michael Cohen
Prostate cancer (Pca) is the most common malignancy in men and the second cause of death from cancer. The prostate specific antigen (PSA) assay has been used for Pca screening since the beginning of the 1990's and has brought a 40% reduction in mortality. Since Pca is a diverse disease, early detection can lead to overdetection and overtreatment. Pca treatment has significant adverse effects, namely incontinence and erectile dysfunction. How is it then that a simple and inexpensive test that probably caused the most significant reduction in mortality from cancer ever, is regarded to be "not recommended" by some health organizations? Why did the use of PSA testing fall drastically in the US in the last couple of years, while, at the same time, the tendency for diagnosis of higher risk diseases is noticed through large controlled studies, showing the efficacy of PSA testing in mortality reduction? Will PSA serve as a milestone for early detection and mass population screening in general? This review will deal with aspects of PSA screening and will bring the latest updates and dilemmas concerning this evolving topic...
March 2017: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551938/-horizontal-canal-benign-paroxysmal-positional-vertigo-hc-bppv-clinical-diagnostic-procedures
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REVIEW
Oz Zur, Ophir Ilan, Hadas Ben-Rubi Shimron, Eli Carmeli
Horizontal canal benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (HCBPPV) is one form of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. HC-BPPV is characterized by intermittent recurrent episodes of vertigo following a change in head position relative to gravity. HC-BPPV prevalence ranges from 5%-33% of all dizziness cases seen in otolaryngology, neurology and family physician clinics. Various factors, such as ear and head injury, can cause HC-BPPV. Cardiovascular disease and iatrogenic reasons are also implicated. Despite the prevalence of the disease, there are various forms of diagnostic procedures, some of which are unfamiliar to the therapist and some are controversial...
March 2017: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551933/-recommendations-for-the-diagnosis-and-management-of-pediatric-acute-gastroenteritis-in-israel-update-2017
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Firas Rinawi, Shai Ashkenazi, Michael Wilschanski, Eli Somekh, Raanan Shamir
AIMS: The aim of these guidelines is to update and extend evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis and management of children with acute gastroenteritis (AGE) in Israel, based on new data and the recently published European update. METHODS: The recommendations, which are based on a systematic review of the literature, were graded by the level of evidence. The guidelines were endorsed by the Israeli societies for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Infectious Diseases and the Israeli Association of Pediatrics...
March 2017: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551929/-early-in-hospital-mortality-in-internal-medicine-wards-within-24-hours-a-potential-quality-indicator-or-a-variable-affected-by-multiple-factors
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Yaron Niv, Evgeny Berkov, Pazit Kanter, Evgeny Abrahmson, Uri Gabbay
AIMS: To evaluate in-hospital mortality rate within 24 hours in internal medicine wards and to evaluate if it may be used as quality indicator. BACKGROUND: In-hospital mortality rate is an outcome measure which apparently reflects quality of care. There are debates on whether it may be considered a quality indicator since it is difficult to compare different case-mixes between hospitals. Research on mortality within 24 hours had not been published. METHODS: An historical prospective study was conducted including the entire internal wards admissions to the Rabin Medical Center between 1/7/14 and 30/6/15...
April 2017: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551927/-percutaneous-correction-of-forefoot-deformities-in-diabetic-patients-in-order-to-prevent-pressure-sores-technique-and-results-in-20-consecutive-patients
#6
Mustafa Yassin, Avraham Garti, Eyal Heller, Moshe Weissbrot, Dror Robinson
INTRODUCTION: Diabetes mellitus is a 21st century pandemic. Due to life-span prolongation combined with the increased rate of diabetes, a growing population of patients is afflicted with neuropathic foot deformities. Traditional operative repair of these deformities is associated with a high complication rate and relatively common infection incidence. In recent years, in order to prevent these complications, percutaneous deformity correction methods were developed. OBJECTIVES: Description of experience accumulated in treating 20 consecutive patients with diabetic neuropathic foot deformities treated in a percutaneous fashion...
April 2017: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551925/-clinical-characteristics-of-male-patients-with-osteoporosis-referred-to-the-endocrine-clinic-of-a-tertiary-hospital
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Gloria Tsvetov, Ilana Shraga-Slutzky, Dania Hirsch, Hiba Masri, Tzippy Shohat, Alexander Gorshtein, Ilan Shimon
INTRODUCTION: Osteoporosis in men is underdiagnosed and undertreated. The prevalence of male osteoporosis increases with age and it becomes a significant public health burden. Currently, there are a few clinical studies on male osteoporosis with limited knowledge of effective therapeutic options. AIMS: Our study aimed to characterize men with osteoporosis in a referral metabolic clinic in Rabin Medical Center at the Beilinson Campus. METHODS: In this study we retrospectively analyzed the medical records of 270 consecutive male patients with osteoporosis diagnosed and treated in our clinic during 2013...
April 2017: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551924/-adherence-to-oral-anti-cancer-drugs-in-hemato-oncology
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Sarit Ashkenazi, Juliet Dreyer, Pia Raanani, Avi Leader
Non-adherence to medical treatment is prevalent in the context of potentially life-saving treatment for diseases such as cancer. Estimates of non-adherence to oral anti-cancer therapy range between 27% and 63% in studies of cancer patients. This represents a growing challenge, due to the paradigm shift in anti-cancer treatment from parenteral chemotherapy to oral anti-cancer drugs. The importance of adherence to medical treatment is highlighted by the World Health Organization which considers non-adherence to be a major public health concern...
April 2017: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551923/-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-in-israel-6-5-years-of-experience-at-the-largest-ecmo-treatment-center-in-israel
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Philip Biderman, Uri Carmi, Michael Fainblut, Oren Bachar, Benny Medallion, Dan Aravot
AIMS: The primary purpose of the study is to evaluate the characteristics of the population treated with ECMO at Beilinson Hospital, the treatment results and a comparison of results with ECMO centers in the world. The treatment outcomes relative to the experience of the team during the years 2008-2014 were also examined. The secondary purpose of this article is to increase the awareness of the medical staff to ECMO as a treatment option for patients with appropriate indications, where indications have increased in recent years...
April 2017: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551920/-women-s-cardiac-health-from-theory-to-activism
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REVIEW
Avital Porter
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the western world, in both genders. Although awareness of the importance of prevention, diagnosis and optimal treatment of CVD has risen in general, most women are not fully aware of their CVD risk. Moreover, women are not alert to the burden of risk in their reproductive years (e.g. complicated pregnancy and/or peri-menopausal period) and their impact on future CVD. Unique Female issues such as: fertile age, menopause, oral contraceptives, hormonal and metabolic disorders during pregnancy, labor, as well as psychological matters, and healthy life-style are major contributors to primary and secondary prevention of CVD...
April 2017: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551919/-utilization-of-whole-exome-sequencing-in-diagnostics-of-genetic-disease-rabin-medical-center-s-experience
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Lior Cohen, Naama Orenstein, Monica Weisz-Hubshman, Lily Bazak, Bella Davidov, Eyal Reinstein, Shay Tzur, Doron Behar, Pola Smirin-Yosef, Mali Salmon-Divon, Amit Gross, Mordechai Shohat, Lina Basel-Vanagaite
INTRODUCTION: Whole exome sequencing is a diagnostic approach for the identification of molecular etiology in patients with suspected monogenic diseases. In this article we report on our experience with whole-exome sequencing (WES) of DNA samples taken from patients referred for genetic evaluation due to suspected undiagnosed genetic conditions. METHODS: Exome enrichment was achieved by Nextera Rapid Capture Expanded Exome Kit. Whole-exome sequencing was performed on Illumina HiSeq 2500...
April 2017: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551918/-rabin-medical-center-a-tertiary-center-of-excellence-in-service-teaching-and-research
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Yaron Niv, Eyran Halpern
Rabin Medical Center (RMC) belongs to Clalit Health Services and is a tertiary, academic medical center with all the facilities of modern and advanced medicine. Annually in the RMC, 650,000 patients are treated in the outpatient clinics, and 100,000 patients are hospitalized in the hospital departments. All these patients are treated by 4500 devoted staff members, including 1000 physicians and 2000 nurses. RMC is one of the largest, centrally located medical centers for medical and nursing students' education in Israel, taking place in clinical departments, as well as in basic sciences courses...
April 2017: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551917/-holocaust-doctors-survivors-in-israel-1945-1952-from-early-positions-to-professional-integration
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Rachel Herzog
INTRODUCTION: The encounter between Holocaust doctor survivors and the Israeli society was part of the whole encounter between Holocaust survivors and the Israeli society. The present thesis aimed at evaluating the integration process of Holocaust doctor survivors in the Israeli health care system from 1945 until the end of 1952. Between these years about 1350 doctors arrived in Israel, the vast majority of them Holocaust survivors. CONCLUSIONS: Their rapid entrance to work provided the healthcare system with professional manpower, contributing their share during a tough period of the nation's history...
April 2017: Harefuah
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/28551914/-notes-assisted-endolumenal-rectal-resection-and-specimen-extraction-without-rectal-stump-opening-our-experience-with-this-novel-technique-in-a-porcine-model
#15
Anton Kvasha, Eyal Rosenthal, Muhammad Khalifa, Igor Waksman
INTRODUCTION: Laparoscopic surgery has long been used for colon and rectal resection, and the laparoscopic-assisted approach has prevailed in surgical practice. While this technique includes the fashioning of an intra-corporeal anastomosis, it still requires an abdominal incision for specimen extraction. Elimination of the abdominal incision and its potential complications has been the motivation for the development of natural orifice specimen extraction (NOSE) techniques. Many of these techniques make use of an open rectal stump, which poses as a potential for intra-abdominal contamination...
May 2017: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551913/-dynamic-changes-of-d-dimer-following-stroke
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Lihi Shapir, Bella Gross
AIMS: To find the correlation between plasma D-dimer levels after stroke with different etiologies, severity of the stroke and to uncover whether plasma D-dimer levels may be used as a prognostic factor of stroke complication. BACKGROUND: D-dimer is a product of fibrin degradation and it is elevated in systemic vascular events. The association between plasma D-dimer levels and stroke remain uncertain. METHODS: A total of 96 acute stroke patients were enrolled in this study...
May 2017: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551912/-bacteria-without-borders-a-high-carriage-rate-of-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria-among-syrian-children-hospitalized-in-galilee-medical-center
#17
Diana Faour Kassem, Naama Shahar, Smadar Ocampo, Tarif Bader, Zeev Zonis, Daniel Glikman
INTRODUCTION: As the civil war in Syria enters its fifth year, the Israeli government continues to provide humanitarian aid to Syrian civilians in Israeli hospitals. Many wounded Syrian children are treated at the Galilee Medical Center (GMC). Due to the patients' incomplete medical history and increasing infection rates in Syria, contact isolation and screening cultures for multi-drug resistant bacteria (MDR's) are conducted upon admission for all Syrian children. AIMS: To describe the rate of MDR carriage in Syrian children and compare it to hospitalized Israeli children...
May 2017: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551911/-extrinsic-and-intrinsic-factors-for-falls-that-caused-hip-fracture
#18
Atzmon Tsur, Nael Shakeer, Zvi Segal, Dorit Itah, Dana Eluz
INTRODUCTION: Among the reasons described as possibly causing falls in older and elderly people are extrinsic factors such as bumping into objects, slipping on a wet floor, etc., and intrinsic factors - those that occur suddenly without warning. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the connection between the reasons for falls, extrinsic or intrinsic and different medical and nonmedical factors. METHODS: The survey included 82 people, 53 women and 29 men, who fell and broke their hip, underwent surgery, and were treated at the Rehabilitation Department...
May 2017: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551908/-involvement-of-epigenetic-regulation-in-cerebral-cell-death-following-traumatic-brain-injury-in-a-rat-model
#19
Mona Shehadeh, Moti Ben-Shabat, Jana Livshits, Eilam Palzur
INTRODUCTION: Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a major cause of mortality and disability among young adults. TBI are characterized by primary injury, the result of a mechanical impact to the cranium and a secondary injury, a series of molecular mechanism processes developing thereafter. Cerebral cells modify their gene and protein expression as a result of the injury. Epigenetic modifications have a key role as regulators of gene transcription and may simultaneously be involved in the regulation of the molecular pathways following TBI...
May 2017: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551906/-fertility-preservation-in-young-cancer-patients-can-we-optimize-the-path
#20
REVIEW
Irit Ben-Aharon, Shifra Ash, Avi Ben-Haroush, Gali Perl, Galia Oron, Haim Pinkas, Naphtali Freud, Dragan Kravarusic, Ronit Abir, Onit Sapir, Arnon Wiznitzer, Baruch Brenner, Isaac Yaniv, Salomon Stemmer, Benjamin Fisch
INTRODUCTION: Advances in cancer therapy have improved the long-term survival of cancer patients. Concerns about fertility represent a major issue for young cancer patients. The emergent discipline of oncofertility, an intersection between oncology and fertility, is a new concept that describes an integrated network of clinical resources that focus on fertility preservation from both clinical and research perspectives. Patients and methods: In this article we describe our designated multidisciplinary program for fertility preservation in pediatric and young adult populations...
May 2017: Harefuah
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