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BACKGROUND AND AIM Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a widespread functional bowel disorder and its prevalence in Western societies ranges from 3-20%. The present study aimed to determine the prevalence of IBS in eastern Turkey, particularly in urban parts of Elazig where 250 000 people live. METHODS Of the 18 primary care centers, four were randomly(More)
The measurement of exhaled carbon monoxide (CO) level may provide an immediate, non-invasive method of assessing smoking status. The aims of this study were to use a portable CO monitor to compare the exhaled CO levels in established smokers and non-smokers. The exhaled CO levels were measured in 322 subjects (243 healthy smokers, 55 healthy non-smokers, 24(More)
This study was carried out to determine the prevalence and risk factors for domestic violence victimization of women during pregnancy by intimate partner throughout marriage in a Turkish community. Pregnant women living in the servicing area of selected health centers in Elazig were considered for the study and data were obtained through a questionnaire. A(More)
BACKGROUND Violence of any type is a serious issue in the lives of many children from all racial, cultural and economic backgrounds, and is a topic of enormous societal concern in any society. The purpose of this study was to examine the rate of exposure to violence as victims, and attitudes towards physical violence among school-aged children in eastern(More)
This study investigated the effects of zinc and copper on the behavior of schizophrenic patients by comparing blood zinc and copper levels in criminal and noncriminal schizophrenic patients. Of the total 88 subjects, 44 were patients with schizophrenia and no criminal record who were being treated at the Elazig Mental Hospital and 44 were schizophrenic(More)
This study investigated the prevalence and factors affecting the use of cigarettes, alcohol and addictive substances among university students in Eastern Turkey. This cross-sectional study was conducted on 2258 students at Firat University in the city of Elazig, eastern Turkey. The subjects were students, randomly selected from each department of the(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Although rectal bleeding is a common gastrointestinal symptom, there are very few community-based studies, and all of these studies were conducted in the West. So far the epidemiologic characteristics of rectal bleeding have not been defined in an Asian country. We aimed to characterize self-reported rectal bleeding and its association(More)
BACKGROUND Nocturnal enuresis is an important problem among young children living in Turkey. The purpose of this study was to determine the possible differences in the prevalence of enuresis between children in boarding school and daytime school and the association of enuresis with sociodemographic factors. METHODS This was a cross-sectional survey. A(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate the prevalence of urinary incontinence (UI) and determine risk factors for its development in women living in eastern Turkey. METHODS A cross-sectional study was conducted on 2275 women aged between 17 and 80 years. A questionnaire examining demographic characteristics, parity and pelvic organ prolapse was given. Presence and types(More)
Before a performed education of tuberculosis for physicians who give first step treatment in our city center, a questionnaire was applied to the participants to evaluate the knowledge, attitude, behavior and approach to the treatment. The 66 practicing physician having an employment period of 64.88 +/- 39.42 months were coming from tuberculosis eradication(More)