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Models of doctor-patient relations vary between "paternalistic" and "informative." The paternalistic model emphasizes doctors' authority; alternative models allow patients to exercise their rights to autonomy. Published surveys indicate that most patients want to be informed about their diseases, that a proportion of patients want to participate in planning(More)
Standards of penile and clitoral sizes are useful for diagnosis of genital abnormalities. In order to verify whether ethnicity has an effect on the size of external genitalia in newborns, 570 full term infants, Jews (221) and Bedouins (349), at the neonatal department of the Soroka Medical Center were examined. Clitoral length, the distance between the(More)
BACKGROUND Voluntary dehydration is a condition where humans do not drink appropriately in the presence of an adequate fluid supply. This may adversely affect their physical and intellectual performance. The present study aimed to describe the prevalence of voluntary dehydration among elementary school children of different ethnicities and countries of(More)
In an attempt to explore the possible variation over time of acute appendicitis (AA) 406 medical files comprising all children aged 0-14 years operated on during an 11-year period (1973-1983) at the Soroka Medical Center were reviewed. Only patients that were histopathologically confirmed were included in the study. Soroka Medical Center is the only general(More)
Fine particles are thought to pose a risk to health, especially for vulnerable groups such as children with asthma. These children are also known to be affected by meteorological and seasonal changes. We assessed the association between air pollution and lung function via peak expiratory flow (PEF), controlling for seasonal changes, meteorological(More)
During a clinical trial of recombinant growth hormone in a population of short stature but otherwise healthy children the following ethical problems were confronted: What are the prospective benefits compared with the foreseeable risks associated with this therapy? Can the doctor really inform the parent and/or the child about the outcomes of the treatment?(More)
A consensus panel approach was used in Israel to develop a list of clinical indications for which there was agreement that cholecystectomy should be performed. Nine physicians from different disciplines were asked to score a list of 266 clinical indications for cholecystectomy. Each indication was scored on a scale of 1 (inappropriate, i.e. health risks(More)
Twenty hypertensive subjects participated in three clinical trials of 13 days each, to examine the effects of Alsepa fish oil [20:5, n-3 eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) 180 mg, and 22:6 n-3 docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) 120 mg] on n-3 for n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) exchange on serum phospholipids, blood pressure (BP), triglycerides (TG) and primary(More)
BACKGROUND Obesity, which is a common problem, may be associated with many pathological conditions. In this study we compare the prevalence of obesity among Jewish and Bedouin 11th and 12th grade students. METHODS Five secondary schools were chosen in the Beer Sheva region. The health charts of school infirmaries of all 512 students attending high classes(More)
While enhanced growth velocity is a well-established benefit following the initiation of growth hormone treatment (GHT), the potential benefit of GHT on quality of life (QOL) of short-stature children has not yet been documented. We compare QOL of two groups of short-stature children who attended the Endocrine Unit (EU) and were 2 SD or more below the(More)