Inbar Zucker

Ministry of Health (Israel), Yerushalayim, Jerusalem District, Israel

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Publications (2)4.83 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are suspected of increasing the risk of bone loss and osteoporotic fractures. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between adherence to SSRI treatment and the risk of bone loss-related events. The data used in this retrospective cohort study are part of the ongoing medical documentation routinely collected in a large health maintenance organization in Israel. Specifically, we used the information collected between January 2004 and April 2010. The study cohort included 10 621 women who were new users of SSRIs. Bone loss-related events were defined as fractures or initiation of bisphosphonate treatment. Adherence level was assessed by calculating the proportion of days covered (PDC) with an SSRI from the date of first dispensed SSRI (index date) to the end of follow-up and was categorized as low (PDC ≤20%), intermediate (PDC 21-79%) and high (PDC ≥80%). To validate the study model, we conducted a similar analysis on patients using antiepileptic drugs, which are known to be positively associated with an increased risk of osteoporotic fractures. Higher adherence to SSRI treatment was significantly associated with an increased risk of bone loss-related events in a dose-response manner. The adjusted hazard ratio for bone loss-related events adjusted for age, physician visits and body mass index in patients who were covered with an SSRI for 21-79% of the time and 80% or more of the time was 1.15 (95% CI 0.97, 1.37) and 1.40 (95% CI 1.14, 1.73) compared with patients who were covered for less than 21% of the follow-up period. Exposure to SSRI treatment is associated with an increased risk of bone loss-related events. Further studies are required to determine the causality of the association and its relevance to the clinical use of SSRIs.
    CNS Drugs 05/2012; 26(6):537-47. · 4.83 Impact Factor
  • Gabriel Chodick, Inbar Zucker
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    ABSTRACT: At present, more than 10% of adult American women are diagnosed with diabetes mellitus (DM). As the prevalence of the disease increases, there is greater interest in the relationship between DM and other major health issues, such as cancer - one of the leading causes of death in the western world. This paper reviews the literature on the relationship between Type 2 DM and different types of cancer among women. We discuss the possible biological mechanisms that may link diabetes and cancer, important confounders, shared risk factors and a short review of the epidemiologic literature on the association between Type 2 DM and cancer of specific organs (pancreas, liver, colorectal, bladder, endometrial, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and breast). We also examine the association between gestational diabetes, a closely related risk factor for DM in women, and subsequent risk of cancer. Cancer survival of diabetic women is also briefly discussed. The paper concludes with an agenda for future research targeting the relationship between diabetes and cancer.
    Women s Health 03/2011; 7(2):227-37.

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6 Citations
4.83 Total Impact Points

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  • 2012
    • Ministry of Health (Israel)
      • Medical Department
      Yerushalayim, Jerusalem District, Israel