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Heidi Preis, Yael Benyamini
INTRODUCTION: Basic beliefs about birth as a natural and safe or a medical and risky process are central in the decisions on where and how to birth. Despite their importance, they have not been studied separately from other childbirth-related constructs. Our aim was to develop a measure to assess these beliefs. METHOD: Pregnant Israeli women (N = 850, gestational week ≥14) were recruited in women's health centers, in online natural birth forums, and through home midwives...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Zohar Barnett-Itzhaki, Tamar Berman, Itamar Grotto, Eyal Schwartzberg
BACKGROUND: Large amounts of expired and unused medications accumulate in households. This potentially exposes the public to hazards due to uncontrolled use of medications. Most of the expired or unused medications that accumulate in households (household medical waste) is thrown to the garbage or flushed down to the sewage, potentially contaminating waste-water, water resources and even drinking water. There is evidence that pharmaceutical active ingredients reach the environment, including food, however the risk to public health from low level exposure to pharmaceuticals in the environment is currently unknown...
2016: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
Adele Diederich
Most of the parties involved in healthcare decisions - governments, politicians, healthcare professionals, pharmaceutical companies, special interest groups - actively work to make their desires known. In Israel the public is part of the decision committee; in Germany health care decision are made more or less without the public being involved. In a recently published IJHPR article, Giora Kaplan and Orna Baron-Epel raise the question of how well acquainted senior decision makers in the Israeli health system are with the public's priorities regarding the services being considered for inclusion in the public funding list...
2016: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
Jone Trovik, Åse Vikanes
Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) affects 1 % of all pregnant women and in western societies it is the most common cause for hospital admission during first trimester. The economic burden of the disease has barely been studied. To estimate the Israeli national burden of HG, Konikoff and co-workers obtained data retrospectively on hospital costs as well as loss of workdays from 184 women hospitalized due to HG from December 2010 until December 2013. Their findings emphasise the need for better treatment to reduce the burden of this disease both for the individual as well as the society...
2016: Israel Journal of Health Policy Research
Miriam Ethel Bentwich, Nomy Dickman, Amitai Oberman
OBJECTIVES: To explore whether gaps exist between caretakers from different ethno-cultural groups (Israeli-born Jews [Sabras], Israeli Arabs [Arabs], and migrants from Russia [Russians]) regarding their perceptions of autonomy and human dignity of patients with dementia. DESIGN: A mixed-methods research scheme was used, comprised of qualitative and quantitative methods, utilizing semi-structured interviews and self-reported questionnaires. Twenty formal caretakers participated in the qualitative portion, and approximately 200 caretakers were included in the quantitative portion...
October 21, 2016: Ethnicity & Health
Judith Brody, Orit Pinhas-Hamiel, Zohar Landau, Adi Adar, Tzvy Bistritzer, Marianna Rachmiel
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of both vitamin D (VitD) deficiency and type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) has increased worldwide over the last few decades. The objectives of this study were: (1) to evaluate the prevalence of VitD deficiency and insufficiency among Israeli youth with T1DM and (2) to assess the association between VitD status, seasonality and T1D glycemic control characteristics. METHODS: This was a multi-centered, cross-sectional study. VitD levels were routinely tested during the years 2008-2011 in T1DM patients aged up to 21 years...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
Abigail Livny, Anat Biegon, Tammar Kushnir, Sagi Harnof, Chen Hoffmann, Eyal Fruchter, Mark Weiser
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is known to have a substantial, though highly variable, impact on cognitive abilities. Due to the wide range of cognitive abilities among healthy individuals, an objective assessment of TBI-related cognitive loss requires an accurate measurement of premorbid cognitive performance. To address this problem, we recruited 50 adults who sustained a TBI and had performed a cognitive baseline assessment in adolescence as part of the aptitude tests mandated by the Israeli Defense Forces...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Neurotrauma
Roni Elran-Barak, Adi Barak, Jacob Lomranz, Yael Benyamini
OBJECTIVES: To investigate methods that older Holocaust survivors and their age peers use in order to maintain the best possible life and to examine associations between these methods and subjective well-being. METHOD: Participants were 481 older Israelis (mean age 77.4 ± 6.7 years): Holocaust survivors (n = 164), postwar immigrants (n = 183), and prewar immigrants (n = 134). Measures included sociodemographics and indicators of health and well-being. Respondents were asked to answer an open-ended question: "What are the methods you use to maintain the best possible life?"...
October 14, 2016: Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
Gefen Ronen-Eliraz, Amos Russak, Ido Nitzan, Joseph Guttman, Daniel Kurtzman
Managed aquifer recharge (MAR) events are occasionally carried out with surplus desalinated seawater that has been post-treated with CaCO3 in infiltration ponds overlying the northern part of the Israeli Coastal Aquifer. This water's chemical characteristics differ from those of any other water recharged to the aquifer and of the natural groundwater. As the MAR events are short (hours to weeks), the sediment under the infiltration ponds will intermittently host desalinated and natural groundwater. As part of comprehensive research on the influence of those events, column experiments were designed to simulate the alternation of the two water types: post-treated desalinated seawater (PTDES) and natural groundwater (GW)...
October 13, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Motti Ratmansky, Amir Minerbi, Leonid Kalichman, John Kent, Osnat Wende, Aharon S Finestone, Simon Vulfsons
OBJECTIVE: To develop consensus on a position paper on the use of intramuscular stimulation (IMS) for the treatment of myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) by physicians in Israel. METHODS: The Israeli Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine ran a modified Delphi process to gather opinions from a multidisciplinary expert panel. Eight experts in the treatment of MPS were chosen and asked to participate, and six participated. The position paper was iterated three times. RESULTS: After three iterations, general consensus was reached by all six experts...
October 14, 2016: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
Uri Aviram
Purpose is to present the mental health rehabilitation reform enacted in Israel in 2000, and to analyze the challenges it faces in its second decade of implementation. Lessons are drawn with regard to other jurisdictions interested in reforming mental health services. Besides reviewing the reform's accomplishments and its contribution to the changes that have occurred in mental health services, the article also assesses the dangers it has to contend with. Analysis focuses on the system's clients, budget, personnel and services-and on its functional environment...
October 13, 2016: Community Mental Health Journal
Yara M Asi, Lynn Unruh, Xinliang Liu
There is substantial evidence that individuals affected by conflict suffer poor physical and mental outcomes, particularly in indicators of well-being. This study assesses the health-related quality of life (HRQoL), perceived stress and insecurity of Palestinian young adults in the West Bank. We surveyed 398 university students from Nablus (mean age = 20.1) using the SF-36 to measure HRQoL, the PSS-4 to assess stress and a context-specific insecurity instrument. A third of participants reported Israeli citizenship, and the results indicated better outcomes in these individuals in several outcomes, with the noteworthy exception of insecurity...
October 13, 2016: Medicine, Conflict, and Survival
Avishag Laish-Farkash, Sharon Bruoha, Amos Katz, Ilan Goldenberg, Mahmoud Suleiman, Yoav Michowitz, Nir Shlomo, Michal Einhorn-Cohen, Vladimir Khalameizer
AIMS: Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) with a defibrillator (CRT-D) has downsides of high cost and inappropriate shocks compared to CRT without a defibrillator (CRT-P). Recent data suggest that the survival benefit of implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) therapy is attenuated in the older age group. We hypothesized that, among octogenarians eligible for cardiac resynchronization therapy, CRT-P confers similar morbidity and mortality benefits as CRT-D. METHODS AND RESULTS: We compared morbidity and mortality outcomes between consecutive octogenarian patients eligible for CRT therapy who underwent CRT-P implantation at Barzilai MC (n = 142) vs...
October 12, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Gilad Twig, Amir Tirosh, Adi Leiba, Hagai Levine, Dana Ben-Ami Shor, Estela Derazne, Ziona Haklai, Nehama Goldberger, Michal Kasher-Meron, Dror Yifrach, Hertzel C Gerstein, Jeremy D Kark
OBJECTIVE: The sequelae of increasing childhood obesity are of major concern. We assessed the association of BMI in late adolescence with diabetes mortality in midlife. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: The BMI values of 2,294,139 Israeli adolescents (age 17.4 ± 0.3 years), measured between 1967 and 2010, were grouped by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention age/sex percentiles and by ordinary BMI values. The outcome, obtained by linkage with official national records, was death attributed to diabetes mellitus (DM) as the underlying cause...
October 12, 2016: Diabetes Care
Noa Ophir, Amir Bar Shai, Yifat Alkalay, Shani Israeli, Rafi Korenstein, Mordechai R Kramer, Elizabeth Fireman
The manufacture of kitchen and bath countertops in Israel is based mainly on artificial stone that contains 93% silica as natural quartz, and ∼3500 workers are involved in cutting and processing it. Artificial stone produces high concentrations of silica dust. Exposure to crystalline silica may cause silicosis, an irreversible lung disease. Our aim was to screen exposed workers by quantitative biometric monitoring of functional and inflammatory parameters. 68 exposed artificial stone workers were compared to 48 nonexposed individuals (controls)...
January 2016: ERJ Open Research
Gadi Zerach, Yossi Levi-Belz, Menucha Michelson, Zahava Solomon
OBJECTIVES: The associations between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicidal ideation (SI) among ex-prisoners of war (ex-POWs) has recently been exemplified. Several studies have revealed the toll of war captivity in the secondary traumatization (ST) of ex-POWs' wives. This study aimed to assess SI among ex-POWs' wives and the longitudinal associations between their husbands' PTSD and their own ST. METHOD: A sample of 233 Israeli couples (142 ex-POW couples and a comparison group of 91 veteran couples) completed self-report measures of PTSD symptoms, SI, and depression at two time points: T1 (2003) and T2 (2008), 30 and 37 years after the 1973 Yom Kippur War...
2016: Psychiatry
Jacob Brenner, Ditza Rotenberg, Shami Jaakobi, Yehuda Stram, Merisol Guini-Rubinstein, Sofia Menasherov, Michel Bernstein, Yudith Yaakobovitch, Dan David, Samuel Perl
Viruses of the Simbu serogroup cause lesions to foetuses that are seen at birth and that correlate with the stage of pregnancy at which the dam first contracts the virus. The Simbu serogroup comprises arboviruses known to cause outbreaks of abnormal parturitions in domestic ruminants; these abnormalities include abortion, stillbirth, and congenitally deformed neonates. Simbu serogroup members include: Akabane virus (AKAV), Aino virus, Cache Valley virus, and Schmallenberg virus. Lately, dairy herds calf malformations have been observed in Europe, where there have been reports of clinical manifestations such as diarrhoea, fever, and reduced milk yield in adult lactating cows...
September 30, 2016: Veterinaria Italiana
Velizar Bumbarov, Natalia Golender, Diza Rotenberg, Jacob Brenner
Orbiviruses, some of which are virulent in ruminant species, are transmitted by blood- sucking insects. They can cause the smallest blood vessels to leak, leading to oedema, which is presented as Bluetongue (BT) and/or Epizootic haemorrhagic diseases (EHD). Other clinical manifestations include big-muscle necrosis, excessive scialorrea, and coronitis. Pathology and laboratory testing can con rm the involvement of orbivirus. Bluetongue infection in naïve sheep can elicit the 'classical signs' of the disease and, therefore, can warn of Bluetongue virus' (BTV) attacks and of increased vector activity...
September 30, 2016: Veterinaria Italiana
Natalia Golender, Alexander Panshin, Jacob Brenner, Ditza Rotenberg, Chris Oura, Evgeny Khinich, Velizar Bumbarov
Bluetongue (BT), an arthropod-borne viral disease of ruminants, a ects sheep most severely than other domestic animals. Bluetongue virus serotype 24 (BTV-24) is one of 26 known Bluetongue virus (BTV) serotypes. In this article, we present data of phylogenetic analysis of 9 viral genes (Seg1, Seg2, Seg3, Seg4, Seg5, Seg6, Seg8, Seg9, and Seg10) from 8 Israeli BTV-24 isolates and relate the genotype of the BTV-24 isolates to their phenotype with regard to clinical manifestations. The high level of genetic identity (> 99...
September 30, 2016: Veterinaria Italiana
J I Weller, E Ezra
The objective was to test the hypothesis that more frequent but less accurately analyzed milk components may give a more representative measure of a cow's total lactation production. Daily records for milk production and fat and protein concentration collected by the AfiLab recording system (Afimilk, Kibbutz Afikim, Israel) from January 2014 to January 2016 from 47 large kibbutz (communal) herds distributed throughout Israel with a total of 37,486 Israeli Holstein cows were compared with the same statistics derived from monthly test day records derived by Bentley and Foss milk analyzers at the central laboratory of the Israel Cattle Breeders Association...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Dairy Science
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