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There have been few population-based studies of acute transverse myelitis (ATM). Therefore, incidence and population selectivity of this disorder in different regions is not well known. Data on all Jewish patients with ATM throughout Israel were collected for the period 1955 through 1975. Based on 62 patients who satisfied rigid diagnostic criteria, the(More)
Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE), a disease related to measles (rubeola) infection, was more common in Arabs and Sephardi Jews than in Ashkenazi Jews in Israel. There were no familial aggregates and it is unlikely that genetic differences account for this selectivity. Among several non-genetic factors which might explain the selectivity, family(More)
The immune status of four men with bowenoid papulosis was evaluated. Each case had been refractory to multiple methods of treatment. Three of the men had other infections and demonstrated a depletion of T4-helper cells. Two of these patients were anergic on skin testing, and the third showed weak reactivity. The fourth patient, who had no evidence of(More)
A country-wide study of the frequency of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) was undertaken in Israel for the period 1960-1970. Israel was chosen for this study because of its excellent medical facilities and detailed demographic information. Moreover, the population includes representative groups from all parts of the world for comparison of frequency. A(More)
OBJECTIVE To summarize services provided by the Alzheimer Society and discuss other supports and resources available for the management of people with dementia. SOURCES OF INFORMATION Ovid MEDLINE was searched using the terms dementia, Alzheimer disease, community health services utilization, and caregiver stress. MAIN MESSAGE Early diagnosis of(More)
During the period 1968-73, 46 patients with subacute sclerosing panencephalitis (SSPE), a fatal childhood disease related to rubeola, were encountered in Israel. The incidence per million population was 3.4 for Sephardic Jews, 3.2 for Arabs and only 0.5 for Ashkenazic Jews. An environmental factor which sharply demarcated Arabs and Sephardic Jews from(More)
Available estimates of the frequency with which a patient with optic neuritis develops multiple sclerosis range from as low as 13% to as high as 87%. In an effort to obtain a better estimate, a nation-wide study of optic neuritis was carried out in Israel. Patients who fulfilled strict diagnostic criteria of optic neuritis were identified and examined(More)