Avital Hershkovitz

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BACKGROUND The study aim was to determine the kinetics of serum pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines and C-reactive protein (CRP) in hip-fracture patients over a month postfracture, and their relationship to postoperative (postop) complications and cognitive level. METHODS Forty-one elderly hip-fracture patients were prospectively followed. Serum was(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify factors associated with postacute rehabilitation outcome of disabled elderly patients with proximal hip fracture. SETTING Geriatric rehabilitation center. PARTICIPANTS One hundred thirty-three older patients. INTERVENTIONS Not applicable. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES FIM instrument, motor FIM score, absolute functional gain on the FIM(More)
OBJECTIVE To document a subjective response to iron therapy in female adolescents. DESIGN Double-blind, placebo-controlled prospective study. SETTING High school classes in an urban community in Israel. PARTICIPANTS Twenty-nine girls, aged 16 and 17 years, who ingested syrup containing iron (daily for 2 months) and 30 girls who received a placebo. (More)
Hip fracture in the elderly may lead to increased morbidity and mortality. We assessed factors affecting mortality of frail elderly hip-fractured patients during the first 2 years after discharge from a post-acute rehabilitation program. Included were 376 patients admitted from 1/2006 to 9/2007. Kaplan-Meier curves were used for survival analysis. During(More)
Outcome of surgical treatment is superior to that of conservative treatment for hip fractures. Nevertheless, for a number of patients, the operation is either delayed or unfit due to their unstable medical conditions. We retrospectively reviewed patients admitted to a geriatric ward after hip fracture, and investigated complications, functional outcome and(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Malnutrition is common in hip fracture elderly patients. The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between the Mini Nutrition Assessment Short Form (MNA-SF) and cognitive, functional status, comorbidity and outcome of operated patients. METHODS Clinical data, MNA, functioning, cognition were prospectively determined.(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE Occult hip fractures (OHF) occur in a minute population of patients. Diagnosis is made via magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or alternatively via bone scan. Very little is known about the clinical characteristics of OHF patients. Our aim was to characterize the clinical and long-term survival of OHF in elderly patients and to(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS One of the most important objectives of a rehabilitation program is to improve patients' mobility. Mobility measures are necessary in evaluating treatment effectiveness. The aims of the present study were to assess the usefulness of the "Timed Get Up and Go" (TUG) test as a mobility measure for patients attending a day hospital, and as(More)
OBJECTIVE (1) To assess whether a rehabilitation day hospital programme is associated with a reduced handicap level of stroke patients. (2) To estimate the relationship between the London Handicap Scale (LHS) and other outcome measures. (3) To examine the effect of demographic parameters (age, gender, family status, education) on LHS scores. DESIGN A(More)
The spread of thalassemia among prehistoric populations of the Mediterranean Basin has been linked to the increased risk to early agriculturalists posed by the Plasmodium falciparum parasite. The diagnosis of the disease in human skeletal remains, however, has usually been based on a single pathological criterion, porotic hyperostosis. This paper reports on(More)