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Ali Sahraian, Zahra Ehsaei, Arash Mowla
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Our Objective is to study the effects of aripiprazole as an adjuvant treatment for obsessive and compulsive (OC) symptoms in patients with bipolar disorder (BD) type I, manic phase. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this 8-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial, 56 patients with BD who had OC symptoms were randomly allocated to receive aripiprazole or placebo plus their routine medication regimen (lithium + clonazepam)...
March 12, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
Nisar Ahmed, Adeel Riaz, Zahra Zubair, Muhammad Saqib, Sehrish Ijaz, Muhammad Shah Nawaz-Ul-Rehman, Ahmed Al-Qahtani, Muhammad Mubin
BACKGROUND: The infection in dogs due to canine parvovirus (CPV), is a highly contagious one with high mortality rate. The present study was undertaken for a detailed genetic analysis of partial VP2 gene i.e., 630 bp isolated from rectal swab samples of infected domestic and stray dogs from all areas of district Faisalabad. Monitoring of viruses is important, as continuous prevalence of viral infection might be associated with emergence of new virulent strains. METHODS: In the present study, 40 rectal swab samples were collected from diarrheic dogs from different areas of district Faisalabad, Pakistan, in 2014-15 and screened for the presence of CPV by immunochromatography...
March 15, 2018: Virology Journal
Robert Munashe Maweni, Nicholas Sunderland, Zahra Rahim, Emmanuella Odih, Jins Kallampallil, Thomas Saunders, Srikanth Akunuri
BACKGROUND: Hypertensive urgency is defined as a severely elevated systolic blood pressure (SBP) of ≥ 180 mmHg and/or diastolic blood pressure (DBP) of ≥ 120 mmHg, in the absence of end organ damage. It is known that there are racial differences in prevalence and severity of hypertension but there is a dearth of studies looking at hypertensive urgency in Black populations living in Europe. AIMS: We sought to define the clinical characteristics of Black patients presenting with hypertensive urgency, in order to better define the risks and complications this growing population of patients faces...
March 14, 2018: Irish Journal of Medical Science
Leticia Moreira, Basil Bakir, Priya Chatterji, Zahra Dantes, Maximilian Reichert, Anil K Rustgi
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma is one of the most aggressive forms of cancer, and the third leading cause of cancer-related mortality in the United States. Although important advances have been made in the last decade, the mortality rate of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma has not changed appreciably. This review summarizes a rapidly emerging model of pancreatic cancer research, focusing on 3-dimensional organoids as a powerful tool for several applications, but above all, representing a step toward personalized medicine...
March 2018: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Rafat Murad, Zahra Shezad, Saara Ahmed, Mussarat Ashraf, Murad Qadir, Rehana Rehman
OBJECTIVE: To compare biochemical parameters serum tumour necrosis factor alpha, calcium, magnesium, bone-specific alkaline phosphatase and vitamin D in postmenopausal women. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was carried out from June 2015 to July 2016 at Jinnah Medical and Dental College, Karachi, and comprised postmenopausal women. Bone mineral density done by dual energy X-ray absorptiometryscan categorised subjects by World Health Organisation classification into normal (T score > -1) osteopenic (T score between -1 and -2...
March 2018: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Nathalie Casanova-Morales, Zahra Alavi, Christian A M Wilson, Giovanni Zocchi
We propose an operational classification of substances into chaotropic (disorder inducing) and kosmotropic (order inducing), based on their effect on the mechanical stiffness of the hydration layer of proteins, measured by nano-rheology. We examine four different agents, and conclude that chaotropic substances induce overall softening of the protein - hydration layer system, while kosmotropic substances induce stiffening. Specifically, with Glucose and Trifluoroethanol, two known kosmotropic agents, we observe stiffening of the hydration layer...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Maryam Ramezany, Iraj Sharifi, Zahra Babaei, Pooya Ghasemi Nejad Almani, Amireh Heshmatkhah, Alireza Keyhani, Mohammad Reza Aflatoonian, Mohammad Ali Mohammadi, Fatemeh Sharifi, Mehdi Bamorovat
This study aimed to explore geographic distribution and molecular characterization of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) species by amplifying two popular markers in kinetoplast DNA and internal transcribed spacer 1 loci by nested-PCR, and characterized by sequencing and phylogenetic analyses. Findings demonstrated that two species co-existed in the province: L. tropica (88.5%) and L. major (11.5%). All gender and age groups were equally infected, although males, 21-30 years old, exhibited a significantly higher infection...
March 14, 2018: Pathogens and Global Health
Arezou Sayad, Rezvan Noroozi, Zahra Khodamoradi, Mir Davood Omrani, Mohammad Taheri, Soudeh Ghafouri-Fard
Genetic association studies have linked suicide behavior with genes encoding transporters of monoamine. Variants in the vesicular monoamine transporter 1 (VMAT1) have been previously shown to be associated with several psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. However, their association with suicide behavior has not been explored. In the present study, we genotyped three single-nucleotide polymorphisms (rs2270637, rs1390938, and rs2279709) within this gene in 100 individuals who attempted suicide, 236 suicide victims, and 300 control subjects without any history of psychiatric disorders or suicide ideation...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
Mohammadbagher Tavakoli, Reihane Faraji, Zahra Alirezaei, Zohre Nateghian
Computed tomography coronary angiography (CTCA) has generated a great interest over the past two decades, due to its high diagnostic accuracy and efficacy in the assessment of patients having coronary artery disease. This method is associated with high radiation dose and this has raised serious concerns in the literature. Effective dose (E) is a single parameter meant to reflect the relative risk from exposure to ionizing radiation. Therefore, it is necessary to calculate this parameter to indicate ionizing radiation relative risk...
January 2018: Journal of Medical Signals and Sensors
Mohsen Jari, Alireza Merrikhi, Roya Kelishadi, Zahra Ghaffarzadeh
Background: Proteinuria is a well-known indicator of renal dysfunction. In this study, we evaluated the frequency of proteinuria in a sample of healthy Iranian elementary school students using both dipsticks and urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio (UACR) methods. Materials and Methods: This cross-sectional study was performed on 478 school students aged 7-9 years who were selected by multistage random cluster sampling from Isfahan city, Iran. A clean midstream first-morning urine sample was obtained from each subject...
2018: Advanced Biomedical Research
Zahra Laleh Eslamian, Elahe Zarean, Maryam Moshfeghi, Zahra Heidari
Background: Early prediction of adverse neonatal outcome would be possible by Doppler impedance indices of middle cerebral artery (MCA), umbilical artery (UmA), and descending aortal artery (AO) that result in decrease neonatal morbidity and mortality rate. The aim of the present study was a determination of optimal value for the ratio of MCA to descending aorta blood flow (MCA/AO) impedance indices and its comparison with the ratio of MCA to UmA (MCA/UmA) impedance indices and their relationship with neonatal outcome...
2018: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
Sara Abolahrari-Shirazi, Javad Kojuri, Zahra Bagheri, Zahra Rojhani-Shirazi
Background: This study aimed to compare the effects of combined endurance-resistance training (CT) versus endurance training (ET) on some cardiovascular markers in patients with heart failure after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Materials and Methods: The study applied a randomized, controlled design in which 75 patients with heart failure who had undergone PCI were randomly assigned to one of three groups: ET, CT, and control. The ET group performed ET for 45 min, three times a week for 7 weeks...
2018: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
Leen Naji, Harkanwal Randhawa, Zahra Sohani, Brittany Dennis, Deanna Lautenbach, Owen Kavanagh, Monica Bawor, Laura Banfield, Jason Profetto
PURPOSE: Although the digital rectal examination (DRE) is commonly performed to screen for prostate cancer, there is limited data to support its use in primary care. This review and meta-analysis aims to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of DRE in screening for prostate cancer in primary care settings. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, Embase, DARE (Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects), Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) from their inception to June 2016...
March 2018: Annals of Family Medicine
Giulia Barcia, Myriam Rachid, Maryse Magen, Zahra Assouline, Michel Koenig, Benoit Funalot, Christine Barnerias, Agnès Rötig, Arnold Munnich, Jean-Paul Bonnefont, Julie Steffann
Freidreich ataxia (FRDA) is the most common hereditary ataxia, nearly 98% of patients harbouring homozygous GAA expansions in intron 1 of the FXN gene (NM_000144.4). The remaining patients are compound heterozygous for an expansion and a point mutation or an exonic deletion. Molecular screening for FXN expansion is therefore focused on (GAA)n expansion analysis, commonly performed by triplet repeat primed PCR (PT-PCR). We report on an initial pitfall in the molecular characterization of a 15 year-old girl with Freidreich ataxia (FRDA) who carried a rare deletion in intron 1 of the FXN gene...
March 9, 2018: European Journal of Medical Genetics
Mazaher Gholipourmalekabadi, Alexander M Seifalian, Aleksandra M Urbanska, Mir Davood Omrani, John G Hardy, Zahra Madjd, Seyed Mahmoud Hashemi, Hossein Ghanbarian, Peiman Brouki Milan, Masoud Mozafari, Rui L Reis, Subhas C Kundu, Ali Samadikuchaksaraei
Severe burn injuries can lead to delay in healing and devastating scar formation. Attempts are made to develop a suitable skin substitute for scarless healing of such skin wounds. Currently, there is no effective strategy yet for a complete scarless healing after the thermal injuries. In our recent work we fabricate and evaluated a 3D protein-based artificial skin made from decellularized human amniotic membrane (AM) and electrospun nanofibrous silk fibroin (ESF) in vitro. We also characterize both biophysical and cell culture investigation to establish in vitro performance of the developed bilayer scaffolds...
March 12, 2018: Biomacromolecules
Anthony A Peguero, Egbert Zavala, Zahra Shekarkhar, Moneque Walker-Pickett
The children of immigrants face a number of educational hurdles, such as disparate rates of victimization and increased risk of dropping out of high school. Few studies have explored how school victimization can explain the relationship between immigrant generation status and the likelihood of dropping out. The current study explores if, and how, the associations between school victimization, feeling unsafe at school, and dropping out vary across immigration generations andgender. Data are drawn from the Educational Longitudinal Study of 2002...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
Zahra Ghorbani, Mina Pakkhesal, Shahnam Arshi, Mohammad J Eghbal, Marzieh Deghatipour, Marc Tennant, H Malekafzali Ardakani
The primary healthcare (PHC) services in the Islamic Republic of Iran have succeeded in addressing high levels of communicable diseases; however, they seem less able to deal with maternal and paediatric oral diseases. The aim of this study was to examine problems in integrating oral health services into PHC. This was a qualitative research study comprising focus group discussions and interviews. Five focus-group discussions were held with midwives, family healthcare practitioners, rural PHC workers, duty-service dentists, and public health dentists...
March 5, 2018: Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, la Revue de Santé de la Méditerranée Orientale
Zahra Lotfi, Foroozan Atashzadeh-Shoorideh, Jamileh Mohtashami, Maliheh Nasiri
AIM: To determine the relationship between ethical leadership, organisational commitment of nurses and their perception of patient safety culture. BACKGROUND: Patient safety, organisational commitment and ethical leadership styles are very important for improving the quality of nursing care. METHODS: In this descriptive-correlational study, 340 nurses were selected using random sampling from the hospitals in Tehran in 2016. Data were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics in SPSS v...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Nursing Management
Zahra Khayyer, Leonard Ngaosuvan, Sverker Sikström, Amir Hossein Ghaderi
Frontal cortex activity in the left hemisphere during depression is reduced. Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a non-invasive neuromodulation technique that can increase frontal cortex activity. Therapy based on tDCS and positive psychology (PP) therapy was applied improving patients' quality of life. The present study compared three conditions participants with clinical depression; (a) tDCS therapy, (b) positive psychotherapy, and (c) combined treatment. Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS), Adult State Hope Scale and Optimism/Pessimism Scale (OPS) was used at baseline, 2 weeks, 4-weeks and 3-months follow-up...
2018: Journal of Integrative Neuroscience
Zahra Akbari, Mohammad Taheri, Abdorreza Jafari, Arezou Sayad
INTRODUCTION: Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a heterogeneous disease with an unknown etiology. Both genetic and environmental factors lead to MS disease. Recent studies have revealed the inhibitory role of T regulatory cells in the MS disease. Forkhead box P3 (FOXP3) gene is a transcript of the CD4+CD25+FOXP3 and T regulatory cells that is recently introduced as a factor in determining the lineage of immune cells. Based on these assumptions we investigate the expression of this gene in the peripheral blood of fifty MS patients in comparison to fifty controls...
February 27, 2018: Human Antibodies
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