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BACKGROUND Studies have shown an association between Helicobacter pylori (HP) infection and atherosclerosis. Although epidemiological studies have suggested an association between HP infection and atherosclerosis, the issue is still controversial. It is not clear whether HP eradication will reverse endothelial damage and prevent cardiovascular events. (More)
Treatment with pegylated interferon (Peg-IFN) and ribavirin, now the standard of care, has been shown to achieve sustained viral response (SVR) in up to 60% of patients with hepatitis C (HCV). Studies of response to this combination in HCV-infected haemophilia patients are scarce. The aim of the study was to report the results and safety of(More)
The aim of this study was to examine Helicobacter pylori-resistance rate to different antibiotics: tetracycline, amoxicillin, clarithromycin and metronidazole, and to compare eradication rates in adults and children in Israel. The study was based on the hypothesis of high-resistance rates to clarithromycin and metronidazole especially in adults and overall(More)
BACKGROUND Influenza is a common disease, especially in the winter season. Influenza virus causes symptoms of acute viral illness, development of complications and worsening of chronic diseases. Vaccination may prevent influenza illness. OBJECTIVES 1. To determine the rate of vaccination against influenza. Furthermore, in the immunized patients--the study(More)
Helicobacter pylori infection represents a key factor in the etiology of various gastrointestinal diseases. There are several acceptable methods to identify this microorganism. Some are invasive and some are noninvasive. This study demonstrates the use of BACTEC™ FX system for the growth and diagnosis of H. pylori isolated from gastric biopsy specimens, cut(More)
BACKGROUND Helicobacter pylori is one of the most prevalent pathogenic bacteria in the world, and humans are its principal reservoir. There are several available methods to diagnose H. pylori infection. Disagreement exists as to the best and most efficient method for diagnosis. METHODS In this paper, we report the results of a comparison between three(More)
AIM To prospectively examine the association between presence of Streptococcus bovis (S. bovis) in colonic suction fluid and the endoscopic findings on colonoscopy. METHODS From May 2012 to March 2013, 203 consecutive patients who underwent colonoscopy for any reason were enrolled in the study. Exclusion criteria included: antibiotic use in the previous(More)
The aim of this study was to assess the resistance level of Helicobacter pylori to levofloxacin and rifampicin from samples collected from pediatric and adult Israeli patients from 2012 to 2013. A total of 117 isolate samples of H. pylori were collected between 2012 and 2013. Isolates were cultured from stomach antrum biopsies and identified by the(More)
Helicobacter pylori infection represents a key factor in the aetiology of various gastrointestinal diseases. H. pylori infection diagnosis is generally achieved using both invasive (e.g. biopsy of the gastric epithelium) and non-invasive methods. Therefore, cultivation on a growth medium becomes complex. Trypsin is a proteinase enzyme that plays a role in(More)
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