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The PTSD Inventory, a self-report diagnostic questionnaire based on DSM-III criteria, was revised to meet the more recent DSM-III-R criteria. This study examined the validity of the revised inventory relative to a structured clinical interview (SCID) and the Impact of Events Scale (IES). Results showed a high degree of concordance between the instruments,(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to assess the long-term impact of war captivity and combat stress reaction on rates of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in Israeli veterans of the 1973 Yom Kippur war. METHOD One hundred sixty-four former prisoners of war (POWs), 112 veterans who had had combat stress reaction, and 184 combat veteran comparison(More)
The pathophysiology of the chronic pain following spinal cord injury (SCI) is unclear. In order to study it's underlying mechanism we characterized the neurological profile of SCI subjects with (SCIP) and without (SCINP) chronic pain. Characterization comprised of thermal threshold testing for warmth, cold and heat pain and tactile sensibility testing of(More)
Although war captivity is a potent pathogen for psychiatric illness, little is known about the long-term trajectories of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among ex-prisoners of wars (ex-POWs). This study aimed to assess the long-term trajectories of PTSD and their predictors following war captivity. Three follow-ups (1991, 2003, 2008) were conducted(More)
Seven acute transverse myelitis patients are presented, in whom the course of illness suggests a vascular pathogenesis. In the absence of predisposing risk factors for vascular accidents and such systemic symptoms as occur frequently in vasculitic syndromes, association in hypothesized with isolated angiitis of the central nervous system. Combined treatment(More)
A new hybrid functional electrical stimulation orthosis system for the upper limb has been designed to allow for ease of use in the home as a daily treatment modality, as well as offer the opportunity for function enhancement. In a pilot study, the system was used by ten patients with chronic stable hemiparesis secondary to cerebral vascular accident and(More)
Pathophysiological effects of exposure to Finnish sauna (80 to 90 C, 30 to 40% relative humidity) were investigated in 60 volunteers--33 men and 27 women aged between 18 and 63 years. The volunteers entered the sauna after a rest period of 20 min, and remained there for 20 min or until they suffered discomfort. Weight, height, rectal and skin temperatures,(More)
Sixty subjects, 33 males and 27 females, from 18 to 63 years of age, were exposed to two kinds of saunas: the Finnish sauna (dry sauna) with an air temperature of 80 to 90 C and a relative humidity of 50%, and the wet sauna with an air temperature of 45 to 50 C and a relative humidity of 100%. There was a rest period of one week between the two experiments.(More)
Transverse myelitis (TM) is a rare manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and the antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). No uniform therapeutic protocol exists for its treatment, and the prognosis is usually poor. Here we describe four patients having TM associated with antiphospholipid antibodies. Treatment measures and delay in diagnosis between(More)