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BACKGROUND Acute rheumatic fever is considered a relatively uncommon disease in developed countries. Although cases are encountered in the Nazareth area in Israel, no systematic study of this disease has been done in the last 20 years. OBJECTIVE To study the incidence and characteristics of acute rheumatic fever cases in the Nazareth area during the last(More)
CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVES Vitamin D plays a key role in maintaining bone health, but evidence for its nonskeletal effects is inconsistent. This study aims to examine the association between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] levels and all-cause mortality in a large general population cohort. DESIGN, PARTICIPANTS, AND SETTING Using the computerized database(More)
Urinary tract infections are more common, more severe, and carry worse outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. They are also more often caused by resistant pathogens. Various impairments in the immune system, poor metabolic control, and incomplete bladder emptying due to autonomic neuropathy may all contribute to the enhanced risk of urinary(More)
Selenium deficiency induced heart failure is a well known disease. The first reported cases were back in 1937 during an epidemic in some rural areas of China (Keshan Disease). It is a potentially fatal disease if untreated. Early diagnosis and treatment is essential since supplementation may reverse the outcome. Patients with non ischemic heart failure(More)
OBJECTIVE Low 25(OH)D levels are associated with increased parathyroid hormone levels leading to progressive bone loss. The serum levels of 25(OH)D sufficient to keep the parathyroid hormone level at a range that will prevent bone loss are still unclear. The current study was aimed at evaluating the relationship between 25(OH)D levels and concomitant(More)
BACKGROUND Few studies examined the relationship between obesity and urinary tract infection (UTI), showing inconsistent results. This study aims to examine the association between obesity and UTI, and to assess whether this association is independent of diabetes mellitus and 25(OH)D level. METHODS Using the computerized database of the largest healthcare(More)
Intra-articular corticosteroid injection (IACI) is a very popular procedure. In this review, we wanted to review all that had been published about local effects of IACIs. English literature search was made through PubMed using the terms intra-articular and local effect. Effects on subjective, functional, structural, cellular, humoral, molecular, and imaging(More)
Presented here is a case of necrotizing fasciitis that developed bilaterally on the thighs of a 54-year-old diabetic woman following subcutaneous insulin injection. Severe localized pain was the presenting symptom; later, soft-tissue gas appeared. Incisional biopsy, performed on day 10 following admission, confirmed the diagnosis. Staphylococcus aureus was(More)
SUMMARY This study assesses vitamin D status in Israel. Serum 25(OH)D levels <25 and <50 nmol/L are common in Israel with noted differences between Arabs and Jews, Arab females were particularly at high risk. These findings may require public health intervention at the population level. INTRODUCTION Small studies from Israel have suggested a high(More)
Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is the leading cause of antibiotic associated colitis and nosocomial diarrhea. Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are at increased risk of developing C. difficile infection (CDI), have worse outcomes of CDI-including higher rates of colectomy and death, and experience higher rates of recurrence. However, it(More)