Retrospective study of the associations between hepatitis C virus infection and metabolic factors
Shira Yair-Sabag, Elchanan Nussinson, Fahmi Shibli, Azmi Shahbari, Gastroenterology Institute, Emek Medical Center, Afula 18742, Israel
Shira Yair-Sabag, Shira Zelber-Sagi, School of Public Health, University of Haifa, Haifa 3498838, Israel
Ofir Ben-Assuli, Ono Academic College, Kiryat Ono 5545173, Israel
Author contributions: Yair-Sabag S performed the research and drafted and wrote the paper; Yair-Sabag S, Nussinson E and Zelber-Sagi S contributed equally to this manuscript; Nussinson E wrote the paper and supervised the study; Ben-Assuli O provided analytical oversight; Shibli F and Shahbari A provided administrative support; Zelber-Sagi S designed and supervised the study.
Institutional review board statement: This study was reviewed and approved by the Haifa University and Emek Medical Center Institutional Review Boards.
Informed consent statement: All study participants provided verbal informed consent prior to study enrollment.
Conflict-of-interest statement: There are no conflicts of interest to declare.
Data sharing statement: No additional data are available.
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Correspondence to: Elchanan Nussinson, MD, Gastroenterology Institute, Emek Medical Center, Duchifat 7 St, Afula 18742, Israel. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Received: May 8, 2016
Peer-review started: May 9, 2016
First decision: June 13, 2016
Revised: July 28, 2016
Accepted: September 13, 2016
Article in press: September 18, 2016
Published online: October 28, 2016