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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213577/economic-evaluation-of-universal-prenatal-hiv-screening-compared-with-current-at-risk-policy-in-a-very-low-prevalence-country
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Michal Chowers, Oren Shavit
OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to economically evaluate universal HIV prenatal screening in Israel, a very low prevalence country (0.1%), compared with the current policy of testing only women belonging to high-risk (HR) groups. DESIGN: A cost-effectiveness analytical model was constructed. Life expectancies, direct medical costs and utility weights of an HIV-positive newborn and a healthy newborn were derived from the literature. Screening was assessed using fourth-generation combo tests...
March 2017: Sexually Transmitted Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213569/trends-in-coronary-revascularization-and-ischemic-heart-disease-related-mortality-in-israel
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Orit Blumenfeld, Wasef Na'amnih, Ayelet Shapira-Daniels, Chaim Lotan, Tamy Shohat, Oz M Shapira
BACKGROUND: We investigated national trends in volume and outcomes of percutaneous coronary angioplasty (PCI), coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), and ischemic heart disease-related mortality in Israel. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using International Classification of Diseases 9th and 10th revision codes, we linked 5 Israeli national databases, including the Israel Center for Disease Control National PCI and CABG Registries, the Ministry of Health Hospitalization Report, the Center of Bureau of Statistics, and the Ministry of Interior Mortality Report, to assess the annual PCI and CABG volume, procedural mortality, comorbidities, and ischemic heart disease-related mortality between 2002 and 2014...
February 17, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213047/the-effect-of-combined-aspirin-and-clopidogrel-treatment-on-cancer-incidence
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Avi Leader, Ravit Zelikson-Saporta, David Pereg, Galia Spectre, Uri Rozovski, Pia Raanani, Doron Hermoni, Michael Lishner
BACKGROUND: Multiple studies have shown an association between aspirin treatment and a reduction in newly diagnosed cancer. Conversely, there are conflicting clinical and laboratory data regarding the effect of combined clopidogrel and aspirin therapy on cancer incidence, including analyses suggesting an increased cancer risk. No large scale cohort study has been performed to address this issue in a heterogeneous real-world scenario. We investigated the effect of clopidogrel and aspirin on cancer incidence compared to aspirin alone and no antiplatelet therapy...
February 14, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207666/are-they-complying-physicians-knowledge-attitudes-and-readiness-to-change-regarding-low-back-pain-treatment-guideline-adherence
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Sheera Epstein-Sher, Dena H Jaffe, Amnon Lahad
STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey of 145 primary care practitioners (PCPs). OBJECTIVE: To examine low back pain (LBP) guideline knowledge, readiness to implement (RTI) these guidelines, and LBP attitudes and beliefs among Israeli PCPs and determine whether physician age, guideline familiarity, and medical specialty affect these variables. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: LBP is a common condition managed primarily by PCPs. Little is known, however, about physician's LBP knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs and how these factors (knowledge, A&B) influence their practice behavior...
February 15, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206786/posttraumatic-stress-symptoms-and-marital-adjustment-among-israeli-combat-veterans-the-role-of-loneliness-and-attachment
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Liat Itzhaky, Jacob Y Stein, Yafit Levin, Zahava Solomon
OBJECTIVE: War trauma may foster ramifications for marital relationships. Veterans may feel that no one can understand them and thus impact their relationships. The current study aims to shed light on the role that posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS), loneliness, and attachment orientations may play in marital adjustment among combat veterans. METHOD: Participants were 504 veterans who served in the Lebanon War in 1982. RESULTS: Analysis revealed that higher PTSS levels were related to lower marital adjustment and that the indirect path of this relation through loneliness was significant...
February 16, 2017: Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202144/ethnic-and-gender-earning-gaps-in-a-liberalized-economy-the-case-of-israel
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Benjamin Bental, Vered Kraus, Yuval Yonay
During the 1990s and the 2000s Israel, a country ethnically divided into a dominant Jewish majority and a disadvantaged mostly Muslim Palestinian minority, underwent a transition from a heavily regulated to a neo-liberal economy. This paper makes use of the Israeli case to shed light on the effect of liberalization on earning gaps in the public and private sectors across dominant and disadvantaged population groups. The data, drawn from the 1995 and 2008 censuses-years that encompass the transition period, enable a dynamic investigation of the liberalization process by comparing labor market outcomes for Israeli Jews and Muslims of both genders working in the public or private sector...
March 2017: Social Science Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196110/ethnic-variation-in-medical-and-lifestyle-risk-factors-for-b-cell-non-hodgkin-lymphoma-a-case-control-study-among-israelis-and-palestinians
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Geffen Kleinstern, Rania Abu Seir, Riki Perlman, Areej Khatib, Ziad Abdeen, Husein Elyan, Ronit Nirel, Gail Amir, Asad Ramlawi, Fouad Sabatin, Paolo Boffetta, Eldad J Dann, Meirav Kedmi, Martin Ellis, Arnon Nagler, Dina Ben Yehuda, Ora Paltiel
BACKGROUND: Risk factors for B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (B-NHL) have not been assessed among Palestinian Arabs (PA) and Israeli Jews (IJ). METHODS: In a case-control study we investigated self-reported medical and lifestyle exposures, reporting odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals [CIs], by ethnicity, for overall B-NHL and subtypes. RESULTS: We recruited 823 cases and 808 healthy controls. Among 307 PA/516 IJ B-NHL cases (mean age at diagnosis = 51 [±17] versus 60 [±15] years, respectively) subtype distributions differed, with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) being prominent among PA (71%) compared to IJ (41%); follicular lymphoma (FL), was observed in 14% versus 28%, and marginal zone lymphoma, in 2% versus 14%, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193167/helicobacter-pylori-prevalence-and-clinical-significance-in-patients-with-quiescent-crohn-s-disease
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Adi Lahat, Uri Kopylov, Sandra Neuman, Nina Levhar, Doron Yablecovitch, Benjamin Avidan, Batia Weiss, Shomron Ben-Horin, Rami Eliakim
BACKGROUND: Helicobacter pylori (HP) infection is present in about 50% of the global population, and is associated with chronic gastritis, peptic disease and gastric malignancies. HP prevalence in Crohn's disease (CD) patients was shown to be low compared to the general population, and its influence on disease activity is yet to be determined. Our aims were to determine the prevalence of HP in a selected group of CD patients with quiescent disease, and to assess the influence of its eradication on disease activity and endoscopic and laboratory activity measures...
February 13, 2017: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191917/newborn-birth-weight-of-pregnant-women-on-methadone-or-buprenorphine-maintenance-treatment-a-national-contingency-management-approach-trial
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Einat Peles, Anat Sason, Shaul Schreiber, Miriam Adelson
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) is the gold standard for pregnant women with opioid use disorders. Still, low birth-weights were reported, in particular of mothers who became pregnant before admission to MMT. We studied whether an escalating incentive contingency-management approach may contribute to better newborn birth-weights. METHODS: A nationwide controlled randomized trial among all Israeli methadone/buprenorphine maintenance treatment (MBMT), newly or already in treatment pregnant women was performed...
February 13, 2017: American Journal on Addictions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191378/mediterranean-spotted-fever-a-rare-non-endemic-disease-in-the-usa
#10
Joshua Brad Oaks, Glenmore Lasam, Gina LaCapra
We report a case of a 43-year-old Israeli male who presented with an intermittent fever associated with a gradual appearance of diffusely scattered erythematous non-pruritic maculopapular lesions, generalized body malaise, muscle aches, and distal extremity weakness. He works in the Israeli military and has been exposed to dogs that are used to search for people in tunnels and claimed that he had removed ticks from the dogs. In the hospital, he presented with fever, a diffuse maculopapular rash, and an isolated round black eschar...
January 12, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190995/childhood-conditions-and-current-physical-performance-among-non-institutionalized-individuals-aged-50-in-israel
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Galit Weinstein
Adverse socioeconomic conditions in childhood have been previously linked with high risk of various health conditions. However, the association with future physical function has been less studied. Hand grip strength and chair-rising time are objective measures of physical capability indicating current and future health outcomes. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that perceived socio-economic status in childhood is related to current measures of physical function, among Israeli participants of the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe project...
December 2016: European Journal of Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190933/threatened-or-threatening-how-ideology-shapes-asylum-seekers-immigration-policy-attitudes-in-israel-and-australia
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Daphna Canetti, Keren L G Snider, Anne Pedersen, Brian J Hall
Can different political ideologies explain policy preferences regarding asylum seekers? We focus on attitudes regarding governmental policy towards out-group members and suggest that perceptions of threat help to shape these policy attitudes. Study 1 compared public opinion regarding asylum policy in Israel (N = 137) and Australia (N = 138), two countries with restrictive asylum policies and who host a large number of asylum seekers; Study 2, a longitudinal study, was conducted during two different time periods in Israel-before and during the Gaza conflict...
December 2016: Journal of Refugee Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186207/complexity-of-the-ruminococcus-flavefaciens-fd-1-cellulosome-reflects-an-expansion-of-family-related-protein-protein-interactions
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Vered Israeli-Ruimy, Pedro Bule, Sadanari Jindou, Bareket Dassa, Sarah Moraïs, Ilya Borovok, Yoav Barak, Michal Slutzki, Yuval Hamberg, Vânia Cardoso, Victor D Alves, Shabir Najmudin, Bryan A White, Harry J Flint, Harry J Gilbert, Raphael Lamed, Carlos M G A Fontes, Edward A Bayer
Protein-protein interactions play a vital role in cellular processes as exemplified by assembly of the intricate multi-enzyme cellulosome complex. Cellulosomes are assembled by selective high-affinity binding of enzyme-borne dockerin modules to repeated cohesin modules of structural proteins termed scaffoldins. Recent sequencing of the fiber-degrading Ruminococcus flavefaciens FD-1 genome revealed a particularly elaborate cellulosome system. In total, 223 dockerin-bearing ORFs potentially involved in cellulosome assembly and a variety of multi-modular scaffoldins were identified, and the dockerins were classified into six major groups...
February 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185830/children-with-type-1-gaucher-disease-changing-profiles-in-the-21st-century
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Deborah Elstein, Gheona Altarescu, Aya Abrahamov, Ari Zimran
Gaucher disease (GD) has phenotypic variability. Increased GD awareness especially among at-risk Ashkenazi Jews (AJ) and availability of non-invasive diagnosis induced trend to prenatal screening. We retrospectively assessed pediatric (<16years) Israeli AJ GD patients to ascertain demographics and phenotype at presentation and over-time because many were identified by large-scale screening. 55/67 patients born since 01/01/2000 are AJ with non-neuronopathic GD: 28 (50.9%) are N370S/N370S; 24 (43.6%) are N370S/other; 3 (3...
December 19, 2016: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183765/draft-genome-sequence-of-a-new-bacterium-named-rappaport-israeli-gen-nov-sp-nov-isolated-from-a-blood-culture
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Hiba Waldman Ben-Asher, Rebecca Yerushalmi, Chaim Wachtel, Efrat Barbiro-Michaely, David Sompolinsky, Doron Gerber
Here, we report the draft genome sequence of a Gram-negative microbe found in a blood culture (B08008) from a patient. The organism was proposed to be from a new unknown genus and species. This publication will increase worldwide microbial knowledge and may improve microbial identification and antibiotic treatment for patients.
February 9, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183528/transethnic-genome-wide-scan-identifies-novel-alzheimer-s-disease-loci
#16
Gyungah R Jun, Jaeyoon Chung, Jesse Mez, Robert Barber, Gary W Beecham, David A Bennett, Joseph D Buxbaum, Goldie S Byrd, Minerva M Carrasquillo, Paul K Crane, Carlos Cruchaga, Philip De Jager, Nilufer Ertekin-Taner, Denis Evans, M Danielle Fallin, Tatiana M Foroud, Robert P Friedland, Alison M Goate, Neill R Graff-Radford, Hugh Hendrie, Kathleen S Hall, Kara L Hamilton-Nelson, Rivka Inzelberg, M Ilyas Kamboh, John S K Kauwe, Walter A Kukull, Brian W Kunkle, Ryozo Kuwano, Eric B Larson, Mark W Logue, Jennifer J Manly, Eden R Martin, Thomas J Montine, Shubhabrata Mukherjee, Adam Naj, Eric M Reiman, Christiane Reitz, Richard Sherva, Peter H St George-Hyslop, Timothy Thornton, Steven G Younkin, Badri N Vardarajan, Li-San Wang, Jens R Wendlund, Ashley R Winslow, Jonathan Haines, Richard Mayeux, Margaret A Pericak-Vance, Gerard Schellenberg, Kathryn L Lunetta, Lindsay A Farrer
BACKGROUND: Genetic loci for Alzheimer's disease (AD) have been identified in whites of European ancestry, but the genetic architecture of AD among other populations is less understood. METHODS: We conducted a transethnic genome-wide association study (GWAS) for late-onset AD in Stage 1 sample including whites of European Ancestry, African-Americans, Japanese, and Israeli-Arabs assembled by the Alzheimer's Disease Genetics Consortium. Suggestive results from Stage 1 from novel loci were followed up using summarized results in the International Genomics Alzheimer's Project GWAS dataset...
February 6, 2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181645/age-limitation-for-organ-transplantation-the-israeli-example
#17
Eyal Katvan, Israel Doron, Tamar Ashkenazi, Hagai Boas, Michal Carmiel-Haggai, Michal Dranitzki Elhalel, Boaz Shnoor, Jacob Lavee
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 8, 2017: Age and Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178439/juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-in-the-era-of-international-cooperation
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Yosef Uziel
Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is the most common chronic disease of childhood. Improved understanding of its pathogenesis has led to international cooperation in clinical studies. Multicenter, international collaborations and research facilitate rapid enrollment of enough patients to enable a variety of studies, including those of epidemiology, diagnostic and classification criteria, genetic disease predisposition, pathogenesis, outcomes, and treatment protocols. In the last 20 years, the vision of the Pediatric Rheumatology International Trial Organization (PRINTO) has become a reality of worldwide collaboration in pediatric rheumatology research, including North American and European research groups...
January 30, 2017: Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178003/efficacy-and-safety-of-vedolizumab-for-induction-of-remission-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-the-israeli-real-world-experience
#19
Uri Kopylov, Yulia Ron, Irit Avni-Biron, Benjamin Koslowsky, Matti Waterman, Saleh Daher, Bella Ungar, Henit Yanai, Nitsan Maharshak, Ofer Ben-Bassat, Lev Lichtenstein, Ariella Bar-Gil Shitrit, Eran Israeli, Doron Schwartz, Eran Zittan, Rami Eliakim, Yehuda Chowers, Shomron Ben-Horin, Iris Dotan
BACKGROUND: Vedolizumab (VDZ) is an anti-integrin monoclonal antibody effective in ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn's disease (CD). The aim of this study was to examine the "real world" efficacy and safety of VDZ in a large national patient cohort. METHODS: Patients with inflammatory bowel disease treated with VDZ were prospectively followed for 14 weeks. Patients who completed the induction protocol (week 0/2/6/14) or discontinued the treatment before week 14 for adverse events (AEs) or primary nonresponse were included...
February 7, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28175095/p451-compound-ibd-patient-profiles-are-related-to-specific-information-needs-an-israeli-national-survey
#20
S Daher, A Benson, J Walker, O Hammerman, T Khoury, T Naftali, R Eliakim, O Ben-Bassat, C Bernstein, E Israeli
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 1, 2017: Journal of Crohn's & Colitis
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