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Avicenna Journal of Medicine

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119087/a-new-primary-health-care-system-in-the-syrian-opposition-territories-good-effort-but-far-from-being-perfect
#1
Tarek Alsaied, Abdullah Mawas, Fatima Al Sayah, Abdulrazzak Kental, Maher Saqqur
Objectives: The primary health-care system in Syria has suffered a great deal of damage over the past 6 years. A large number of physicians and health-care providers have left the country. The objectives of this study are to describe our experience in establishing a primary health-care system in the opposition territories (OTs) in Syria and report the most common treated diseases. Methods: The administrative databases of ten primary care centers in the OT from January 2014 to December 2015 were reviewed...
October 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119086/can-acute-phase-response-biomarkers-differentiate-infection-from-inflammation-postpediatric-cardiac-surgery
#2
Bana Agha Nasser, Abdu Rahman Mesned, Mohamad Tageldein, Mohamed S Kabbani, Nada Siddig Sayed
Background: Infection is a common serious complication postpediatric cardiac surgery. Diagnosis of infection after cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) is difficult in the presence of surgical stress, hemodynamic instability, and inflammatory reaction. Aim: The purpose of this study is to investigate the value of available inflammatory biomarkers and its validity to differentiate infection from inflammation postpediatric cardiac surgery and to find the trend and the change in the level of these biomarkers shortly after cardiac surgery...
October 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119085/pediatric-care-during-a-short-term-medical-mission-to-a-syrian-refugee-camp-in-northern-jordan
#3
Kenneth L Abbott, Catherine A Woods, Dahlia A Halim, Henna A Qureshi
Introduction: The Syrian refugee crisis, now in its 6(th) year, has displaced millions. Refugees depend on support from host nation governments and humanitarian organizations like the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS). We describe the delivery of pediatric care during a SAMS short-term medical mission to a refugee camp in Northern Jordan. Methods: The medical mission team encompassed dozens of specialties. Teams visited many sites, including the Zaatari refugee camp near the Syrian border...
October 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119084/gluten-free-diet-among-school-age-children-in-olmsted-county-minnesota
#4
Eyad Almallouhi, Imad Absah
Objective: To assess the prevalence of gluten-free diet (GFD) among school-age children in Olmsted County, Minnesota, and compare it with the prevalence of celiac disease (CD) in the same age group. Methods: We performed a population-based study in Olmsted County using a survey to collect information from the six school districts in the county for the academic year 2014-2015. The survey contained questions to (1) assess the prevalence of GFD among school-age children in the public schools of Olmsted County; (2) assess the prevalence of CD among school-age children in Olmsted County; and (3) determine the indications for GFD in these children...
October 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119083/awareness-of-health-effects-of-exposure-to-secondhand-smoke-from-cigarettes-a-cross-sectional-study-of-never-smoked-adult-primary-care-patients-in-eastern-nigeria
#5
Gabriel Uche Pascal Iloh, Peace Ifeoma Collins
Background: Cigarette smoking whether actively or passively is a growing public health problem. Despite the wealth of information on the hazards of active cigarette smoking, awareness of the health effects of passive smoking on human population is often neglected in Nigeria. Aim: The study was aimed at describing the awareness of health effects of exposure to secondhand smoke from cigarettes among never-smoked adult primary care patients in Eastern Nigeria. Materials and Methods: A hospital-based study carried out on a cross-section of 500 adult patients in a primary care clinic in Nigeria...
October 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119082/cardiac-manifestations-of-familial-mediterranean-fever
#6
REVIEW
Ahmad Alsarah, Osama Alsara, Heather S Laird-Fick
Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is autoinflammatory disorder characterized by sporadic attacks of fever, peritonitis, pleuritis, and arthritis. It is mainly seen in patients from Mediterranean origins, but it is now reported more frequently in Europe and North America due to immigration. To analyze the data on the cardiovascular manifestations in FMF patients, we searched PubMed using the terms "Familial Mediterranean Fever" or "FMF" in combination with other key words including "cardiovascular diseases" "pericardial diseases" "atherosclerosis" "coronary artery diseases" "cardiomyopathy" "pulmonary hypertension" or "valvular diseases...
October 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119081/adnexal-masses-in-pregnancy-an-updated-review
#7
REVIEW
Abdullah M Hakoun, Iyad AbouAl-Shaar, Khaled J Zaza, Hussam Abou-Al-Shaar, Mohammad Nour A Salloum
Adnexal masses in pregnancy are not commonly encountered. The majority of these masses are discovered incidentally during routine follow-up. However, some of these masses become symptomatic due to their size, location, and impingement of adjacent structures. Several diagnostic modalities can be utilized for the detection of adnexal masses with different sensitivity and specificity rates. The differential diagnosis of adnexal masses discovered during pregnancy is broad and includes both benign and malignant lesions...
October 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119080/metastatic-breast-cancer-endocrine-therapy-landscape-reshaped
#8
REVIEW
Mohamad Adham Salkeni, Samantha June Hall
Endocrine therapy (ET) of hormone receptor (HR)-positive and human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-(HER2)-negative metastatic breast cancer (MBC) historically focused on estrogen deprivation and antagonism. The identification of several intracellular pathways promoting resistance to antiestrogen therapy led to the introduction of novel endocrine drug combinations that reformed treatment schema and expanded therapeutic options. There is no doubt that efforts to overcome or delay resistance to ET are fruiting, particularly with the introduction of cyclin-dependent kinase 4/6 inhibitors such as palbociclib and ribociclib, and mechanistic target of rapamycin inhibitors such as everolimus...
October 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119079/minimizing-nocebo-effect-pragmatic-approach
#9
REVIEW
Majed Chamsi-Pasha, Mohammed Ali Albar, Hassan Chamsi-Pasha
The nocebo effect, the inverse of the placebo effect, is a well-established phenomenon, yet under-appreciated. It refers to nonpharmacological, harmful, or undesirable effects occurring after active or inactive therapy. The frequency of adverse events can dramatically increase by informing patients about the possible side effects of the treatment, and by negative expectations on the part of the patient. Patients who were told that they might experience sexual side effects after treatment with β-blocker drugs reported these symptoms between three and four times more often than patients in a control group who were not informed about these symptoms...
October 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791249/retraction-topical-vasodilator-response-in-skeletonized-internal-mammary-artery-is-there-really-a-difference
#10
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[This retracts the article on p. 23 in vol. 7, PMID: 28182034.].
July 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791248/an-unusual-presentation-of-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
#11
Dinesh Atwal, Mihir Raval, Belal Firwana, Jeanette Ramos, Appalanaidu Sasapu
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL) is a B-cell lymphocytic neoplasm with indolent clinical course. If identified early, observation is opted. Many variables lead to the initiation of treatment. Authors describe a 62-year-old male presenting with shortness of breath and found to have white cell count of 1360 × 10(9)/L and subsequently was diagnosed with CLL/SLL. The patient received leukapheresis along with tumor lysis treatment and systemic chemotherapy with fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and rituximab regimen...
July 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791247/the-endovascular-management-of-a-3-5-cm-gastroduodenal-artery-aneurysm-presenting-with-gastritis-and-recurrent-pancreatitis
#12
Baraa Zuhaili, Robert G Molnar, Nitin G Malhotra
Visceral artery aneurysms (VAAs) are a rare entity. Within this subset of aneurysms, gastroduodenal artery (GDA) aneurysms represent an even more rare occurrence. We present a case report of treating GDA aneurysm on semi-elective basis followed by literature review of the clinical presentation and mainstream treatment modalities. GO is a 65-year-old male, with 6-month history of recurrent epigastric pain. He was found to have acute pancreatitis and an adjacent 3.5-cm GDA aneurysm. After conservative treatment of pancreatitis, the aneurysm was treated with coil embolization of the sac and GDA...
July 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791246/etiologies-and-posttreatment-conditions-of-thyrotoxic-patients-in-sylhet-division-bangladesh-a-clinical-series
#13
Md Kayes Mahmud, Shahnaz Jalil, Ahm Mahmudur Rahman, Md Mamun-Ur Rashid, Shiny Sultana, Adnan Taher, Lutful Haque, Jannatul Fardous, Kamrun Nahar
OBJECTIVE: The endeavor of the study was to analyze the posttreatment (postradioactive iodine therapy [RAI]) conditions of thyrotoxic patients in a tertiary level hospital. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study of 186 patients was conducted from 2012 to 2014 in Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS), Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Campus. Patients' information regarding the etiologies and their disease status after getting RAI therapy was recorded...
July 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791245/diagnostic-yield-and-safety-of-closed-needle-pleural-biopsy-in-exudative-pleural-effusion
#14
Govind Singh Rajawat, Supreet Batra, Rajendra Prasad Takhar, Lalit Rathi, Chand Bhandari, Manohar Lal Gupta
BACKGROUND: Closed pleural biopsy was previously considered a procedure of choice in cases of undiagnosed pleural effusion with good efficacy. Currently, the closed pleural biopsy has been replaced by thoracoscopic biopsy but not easily available in resource-limited setups. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to analyze the diagnostic yield and safety of closed needle pleural biopsy in exudative pleural effusion and assessment of patients' characteristics with the yield of pleural biopsy...
July 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791244/to-compare-the-efficacy-of-tamsulosin-and-alfuzosin-as-medical-expulsive-therapy-for-ureteric-stones
#15
Rikki Singal, Gaurav Bhatia, Amit Mittal, Samita Singal, Muzzafar Zaman
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This study aims to evaluate the efficacy of tamsulosin and alfuzosin for the distal ureteral stone. This study assessed the spontaneous passage and expulsion of the stone. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was conducted in the Department of Surgery at Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Mullana, Ambala, from May 2013 to May 2014. A total number of 136 patients diagnosed as distal ureteric stone (US) of size <10 mm were included in this study...
July 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791243/an-overview-of-the-health-status-of-syrian-refugee-children-in-a-tertiary-hospital-in-turkey
#16
Ibrahim Hakan Bucak, Habip Almis, Samet Benli, Mehmet Turgut
OBJECTIVE: Migration is a problem affecting all family members, but particularly children. Child refugees are the highest risk group for the health systems of receiving countries. We investigated the health of 104 Syrian child refugees presenting to a tertiary hospital in Turkey. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: A retrospective study was conducted in the pediatric clinic. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The medical files of Syrian refugee children (0-18 years) presenting to Adiyaman University Hospital, Pediatric Clinic between 01 and 30 November 2015, were investigated...
July 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791242/an-online-academic-writing-and-publishing-skills-course-help-syrians-find-their-voice
#17
Ammar Sabouni, Abdelkader Chaar, Yamama Bdaiwi, Abdulrahman Masrani, Heba Abolaban, Fares Alahdab, Belal Firwana, Ahmad Al-Moujahed
PURPOSE: A group of Arab-American physicians and researchers in the United States organized a blended online course in academic writing and publishing in medicine targeting medical students and physicians in war-torn Syria. This was an effort to address one of the reasons behind the poor quantity and quality of scientific research papers in Syria and the Arab region. In this paper, we report on the design, conduct, and outcome of this course and attempt to evaluate its effectiveness. METHODS: The educational intervention was a 2-month blended online course...
July 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791241/ebola-virus-disease-essential-clinical-knowledge
#18
REVIEW
Mahmoud Tawfik Khalafallah, Omar Ali Aboshady, Shaban Ahmed Moawed, Menna Said Ramadan
Since its initial outbreak in 1976, Ebola virus disease (EVD) has affected thousands of people, causing severe illness with high mortality rates. In the absence of a vaccine or effective specific treatment, as well as the lack of early diagnostic and detective methods, the EVD outbreak has generated a significant worldwide health concern. Insufficient health-care system resources, deficient infection control measures, and the shortage of appropriate personal protective equipment acted as amplifiers of the outbreak extension, especially in poorly resourced and unprepared communities...
July 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791240/critical-arrhythmia-in-postoperative-cardiac-children-recognition-and-management
#19
REVIEW
Mohamed Salim Kabbani, Hayan Al Taweel, Nasib Kabbani, Saleh Al Ghamdi
Arrhythmias after pediatric cardiac surgery are common and can be life-threatening. They occur intraoperatively or may appear shortly after surgery during postoperative care. They require early management and specific intervention. In this review, we describe important critical arrhythmias that are encountered during postoperative management of children undergoing cardiac surgery. We review the diagnosis, management, and explain the role of epicardial electrocardiogram in diagnosing certain types of postoperative rhythm abnormalities seen during early period after pediatric cardiac surgery...
July 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791239/muslim-patients-in-ramadan-a-review-for-primary-care-physicians
#20
REVIEW
Heba Abolaban, Ahmad Al-Moujahed
Fasting Ramadan, in which Muslims abstain from specific habits and behaviors from dawn to sunset, is one of the five Pillars of Islam. While there are several exemptions from fasting, many Muslim patients with acute or chronic medical conditions still choose to fast, which may adversely affect their health if not addressed properly. Some patients may not be well educated about the effects of some medical treatments and procedures on the validity of their fast, which can unnecessarily lead to suboptimal management of their conditions or treatment nonadherence...
July 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medicine
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