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BACKGROUND Statins have anti-inflammatory properties that are independent of their lipid-lowering abilities. We hypothesized that statin therapy before the onset of an acute bacterial infection may have a protective effect against severe sepsis. The aim of this study was to determine whether patients treated with statins develop severe sepsis less(More)
BACKGROUND "Complementary medicine" incorporates several methods of treatment, all of which aim to promote the health and quality of life of the patient. Public interest and demand for complementary medicine services have increased in recent years in Israel, as they have throughout the western world. OBJECTIVE To characterize patients attending the(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the success and complication rates of prostaglandin E2 tablets (PGE2) and a Foley catheter for the ripening of the uterine cervix in post-Cesarean section parturients. STUDY DESIGN The study population in this retrospective cohort study consisted of parturients in their second pregnancy who had undergone Cesarean section in their(More)
BACKGROUND Head lice move easily from head to head. The lack of safe, effective repellents leads to reinfestation. OBJECTIVES To test the efficacy of a slow-release citronella formulation as a repellent against the head louse. METHODS During 4 months in 2003 a randomized, placebo-controlled double-blind clinical study was conducted in four elementary(More)
Environmental factors such as ambient air pollution have been associated with congenital heart defects. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between gestational exposure to air pollution and the risk of congenital heart defects. We conducted a registry-based cohort study with a total of 135,527 live- and still-births in the Tel-Aviv(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the occurrence of maternal and fetal complications in low-risk pregnancies beyond 39 weeks and to re-evaluate the acceptable cut-off (42 weeks) for induction of labor. STUDY DESIGN A total of 36 160 low-risk pregnancies with reliable dating of gestational age (last menstrual period and early ultrasound examination) were evaluated(More)
BACKGROUND Balneotherapy, traditionally administered during a continuous stay at the Dead Sea area, has been shown to be effective for patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis. OBJECTIVES To evaluate the effectiveness of an intermittent regimen of balneotherapy at the Dead Sea for patients with knee osteoarthritis. METHODS Forty-four patients with(More)
The mechanism underlying hypercoagulability in antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS) is uncertain. Here, we present a flow-cytometric assay (FCA) based on the hypothesis that anti-platelet-anionic-phospholipid autoantibodies (aPL) interfere with the activity of the natural anticoagulant protein annexin A5, thereby accelerating platelet procoagulant(More)
This study aimed to assess the prevalence of fibromyalgia and other pain characteristics among patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. We assessed 137 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and a control group of 139 patients matched for age and sex that do not suffer from diabetes mellitus. We examined 9 of 18 typical tender points and 4 control points(More)
STUDY QUESTION Does maternal exposure during pregnancy to higher ambient temperature increase the risk of congenital heart defects (CHDs)? SUMMARY ANSWER Significant associations were found between maternal exposure during pregnancy to higher ambient temperature and CHDs risk especially during the cold season. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY From rodents to(More)