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Preventing or minimizing functional dependency in older adults rests, in part, upon the ability to predict who is at risk. The purpose of this study was to compare the ability of five tests of hand function to discriminate the degree of dependency in older adults. Seven hundred sixty four subjects were assessed for hand function on performance-based(More)
Nerve conduction velocity (NCV) of the median motor, median sensory, and sural nerves was assessed in 16 workers chronically exposed to various inorganic mercury compounds. Exposed workers were compared with an unexposed control group using t test analyses. Slowing of the median motor nerve NCV was found, which was correlated with both increased levels of(More)
Nerve conduction velocities (NCV) of the median motor, median sensory, peroneal motor, and sural nerves were measured on 40 lead-exposed automobile production workers as part of a comprehensive health survey. Blood lead (Pb-B) and blood zinc protoporphyrin (ZPP) were measured. The control group (N = 31) consisted of workers without lead exposure. All(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine factors that predict change in walking velocity in older people using a multivariate model. DESIGN Longitudinal observational study. SUBJECTS A total of 588 persons older than age 60, including subjects residing in a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) (n = 248), and homebound (n = 79) and ambulatory (n = 261) subjects.(More)
The objective of this study was to assess the longitudinal impact of joint impairment on overall disability and crossing domain-specific thresholds for physical activity, mobility, dexterity, instrumental activities of daily living (IADL), and activities of daily living (ADL) that are associated with use of long-term care. This 4-year longitudinal study(More)
BACKGROUND Polio eradication is an extraordinary globally coordinated health program in terms of its magnitude and reach, leading to the elimination of wild poliovirus (WPV) in most parts of the world. In 2013, a silent outbreak of WPV was detected in Israel, a country using an inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) exclusively since 2005. The outbreak was(More)
During the current outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa, preventing exportation of the disease posed many challenges for economically more developed countries. In Israel, although the risk of importing single cases was assumed to be low, the implications of local transmission were great. This article describes the EVD preparedness plan of(More)
OBJECTIVES The Yearbook of Medical Informatics is published annually by the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) and contains a selection of recent excellent papers on medical informatics research (http://www.yearbook.uni-hd.de). The 2002 Yearbook of Medical Informatics took as its theme the topic of Medical Imaging Informatics. In this(More)
The association between lead absorption and objective psychological performance tests in five groups with different levels of lead absorption was studied in the following groups: (1) a control, non-lead-exposed group; (2) cable splicers, (3) cable manufactures, and (4) secondary lead smelter workers. The following performance tests were used: Block Design,(More)