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The Dead Sea (barometric pressure: 800 mm Hg) is an important balneotherapeutic centre for chronic dermatologic and arthritic diseases. In the past, hypertensive patients have complained sporadically of weakness and dizziness during a stay in the Dead Sea. It was therefore recommended that hypertensives do not stay at these health centres. The aim of our(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine whether chronic lower body pain in a subpopulation of patients with familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is due directly to the musculoskeletal manifestations of FMF or whether they are connected to mechanical problems in the low back and leg/foot or to other factors operative in fibromyalgia (FM). METHODS In 93 consecutive patients(More)
Serum and synovial fluid (SF) levels of serum amyloid A (SAA) and C-reactive protein (CRP) were measured in 46 cases of various inflammatory arthritis (Group 1), and in 40 cases of noninflammatory arthritis: 18 cases of osteoarthritis (Group 2) and 22 cases of traumatic arthritis (Group 3). Serum and SF SAA levels were markedly elevated in Group 1: 126.4(More)
This study attempts to understand the various factors involved in the pathophysiology of hypertension in black Beduins. Parameters known to differentiate US black from white hypertensives were examined. Sixty Beduin families (thirty families each of black and white, total of 205 subjects) were evaluated for environmental risk factors: a traditional nomad(More)
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