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Table 1 Comparison of socio-demographic variables, health-related habits, and chronic diseases between the study groups.

From: Quality of life at the dead sea region: the lower the better? an observational study

Variable DS (n = 303) RN (n = 251) p-value
Age (mean ± SD) 44.7 ± 14.7 53.1 ± 17.5 < 0.001
Gender (% female) 55.6 61.8 0.138
Family status (%)    
Single 19.5 11.6 0.002
Married 65.2 73.3  
Divorced 12.5 8  
Widowed 2.7 6.8  
Health-related habits (%)    
Works outdoors 35.9 20.3 < 0.001
Smokes 23.3 23.1 0.949
Consumes alcohol 2.7 1.2 0.198
Chronic co-morbidity (%)    
Heart disease 5.2 6.8 0.409
Asthma 5.2 4.8 0.839
Other chronic lung disease 4.2 3.6 0.688
Malignancy 7.9 9.2 0.581
Stroke 0.6 2 0.129
Diabetes mellitus 6.4 6.4 0.996
Hypertension 17.6 17.5 0.989
Psychiatric disease 4.2 3.6 0.688
Inflammatory bowel disease 0.6 0.4 0.729
Skin disease    
Inflammatory 5.5 4.8 0.005
Skin nevi 15.5 6.8  
Rheumatic disorders    
Inflammatory 2.1 4 0.15
Non-inflammatory 30.6 24.7  
Vascular disease 8.2 12.4 0.097
  1. DS = Dead Sea group
  2. RN = Ramat Negev group