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OBJECTIVES The true incidence of post-splenectomy sepsis remains undetermined. METHODS An English literature review on post-splenectomy sepsis was undertaken by means of databases of MEDLINE for the period 1966-96. The data registered included age at splenectomy, indication for splenectomy, incidence of infection and death, interval between splenectomy(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the likelihood of patients with diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) to be affected by metabolic syndrome (MS) and to evaluate the risk for the development of coronary heart disease (CHD) in these patients. METHODS Ninety-five patients without cardiovascular disease were enrolled, including 47 patients with established DISH(More)
The acceptability of colorectal cancer (CRC) screening tests to the population influences adherence. Population preferences between fecal occult blood test (FOBT) and colonoscopy for CRC screening were examined by previous test experience. The study population was a random sample of 413 members of Israel's largest Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) aged(More)
UNLABELLED Metronomic low-dose chemotherapy regimen was found to have an antiangiogenic effect in tumors. However, its effect on levels of circulating pro-angiogenic and anti-angiogenic factors is not fully explored. MATERIALS AND METHODS The levels of both VEGF and PDGF-BB were measured in three time points, in the serum of 32 rectal carcinoma patients(More)
BACKGROUND Multiple sclerosis (MS) incidence is higher in geographic regions with less sunlight exposure. Both vitamin D and melatonin are essential mediators of the effect of sunlight in health, and as such are candidates to play a key role in MS. We hypothesized that vitamin D and melatonin may have related influences in patients with MS. METHODS In a(More)
BACKGROUND Antithrombotic drugs such as warfarin cause a general increase in bleeding tendency and therefore could influence fecal occult blood test results. METHODS A population-based retrospective cohort study was conducted to investigate the performance of the fecal occult blood test for colorectal cancer screening in patients taking warfarin. The(More)
BACKGROUND There is increasing evidence for the extensive use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by patients with psoriasis. Clinical research in the arena of CAM and psoriasis treatment is evolving and includes some randomized controlled trials. OBJECTIVE To study CAM use among patients with psoriasis attending a dermatology clinic in a(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe and identify factors, in clinical practice, that might be useful increasing the index of suspicion for diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH), at a relatively young age. DESIGN A group of 18 patients with DISH (12.8) who were diagnosed before the age of 50 years (group A) was compare with a group of 20 patients of similar(More)
OBJECTIVE To correlate the symptoms, signs and clinical diagnosis in women with vaginal discharge, based on the combined weight of the character of the vaginal discharge and bedside tests, with the laboratory diagnosis. METHODS Women presenting consecutively to the women's health center with vaginal discharge were interviewed and examined for assessment(More)
Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) has been associated with various metabolic disorders considered to be cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity, diabetes mellitus, hyperinsulinemia, and hyperlipidemia. To evaluate morbidity and mortality of hospitalized patients with DISH admitted to the department of medicine. One hundred patients from a(More)