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Abeer A Nasir, Razan Salah, Abla Sayyed Ahmad, Samah Abu Hijleh, Sa'eed Abu Kattab, Alia Al Kurd, Rawan Al Sharif, Raed Amro, Ahmad Khatib, Hana' Mousa, Walaa Shamasnah, Khammisa Shqerat, Rita Giacaman
BACKGROUND: Hamm is an Arabic word that is used to express suffering. Idioms of distress are communicated differently in different contexts and cultures. Understanding idioms of distress and symptoms can help in diagnosis and lead to socioculturally sensitive health care. METHODS: In this qualitative study, we did semi-structured interviews with men and women of all age groups. Questions focused on the definition, causes, and consequences of Hamm. Responses were analysed by reading and re-reading interview transcripts until themes and subthemes emerged...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Abdelhafidh Hajjej, Wassim Y Almawi, Antonio Arnaiz-Villena, Lasmar Hattab, Slama Hmida
This is the first genetic anthropology study on Arabs in MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region. The present meta-analysis included 100 populations from 36 Arab and non-Arab communities, comprising 16,006 individuals, and evaluates the genetic profile of Arabs using HLA class I (A, B) and class II (DRB1, DQB1) genes. A total of 56 Arab populations comprising 10,283 individuals were selected from several databases, and were compared with 44 Mediterranean, Asian, and sub-Saharan populations. The most frequent alleles in Arabs are A*01, A*02, B*35, B*51, DRB1*03:01, DRB1*07:01, DQB1*02:01, and DQB1*03:01, while DRB1*03:01-DQB1*02:01 and DRB1*07:01-DQB1*02:02 are the most frequent class II haplotypes...
2018: PloS One
Carla C Schubert, Raija-Leena Punamäki, Jaana Suvisaari, Päivikki Koponen, Anu Castaneda
Multiple psychosocial factors influence help-seeking behavior among immigrants, but studies have focused on separate issues in single cultural groups. This study tested a model of help-seeking behavior among three ethnically different immigrant groups. Participants were 1356 Somali, Russian, and Kurdish immigrants (18-64 years). They reported past traumatic events, social network, acculturation indices, trust in services, and mental health as well as usage of mental and somatic health services. Structural equation modeling (SEM) with multigroup procedure was applied...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research
Michael Hollifield, Teddy D Warner, Barry Krakow, Joseph Westermeyer
Information about the relative impact of stressful events across the lifespan on the mental health of refugees is needed. Cross-sectional data from a community sample of 135 Kurdish and 117 Vietnamese refugees were fit to a path model about the effects of non-war stress, war-related stress, and post-migration stress on mental health. Kurdish and Vietnamese data were generally consistent with the model. However, war-related stress produced no direct but a large indirect effect through post-migration stress on mental health in Kurds...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Clinical Medicine
Ibrahim Abdollahpour, Saharnaz Nedjat, Mohammad Ali Mansournia, Mohammad Ali Sahraian, Nasrin Asgari
BACKGROUND: The epidemiology of multiple sclerosis (MS) includes a consideration of geography and population ethnicity. To determine whether there is any association between ethnicity and risk of MS in a multiethnic, population-based case-control study. METHODS: We conducted a population-based case-control of 547 incident MS cases and 1057 healthy controls between August 2013 and February 2015, Tehran, a multi-ethnic city. The patients were identified and enrolled through the Iranian MS Society...
January 17, 2018: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
Mahshid Dehbozorgi, Behnam Kamalidehghan, Iman Hosseini, Zahra Dehghanfard, Mohammad Hossein Sangtarash, Maryam Firoozi, Fatemeh Ahmadipour, Goh Yong Meng, Massoud Houshmand
Polymorphisms in the cytochrome P (CYP) 450 family may cause adverse drug responses in individuals. Cytochrome P450 2C19 (CYP2C19) is a member of the CYP family, where the presence of the 681 G>A, 636 G>A and 806 C>T polymorphisms result in the CYP2C19*2, CYP2C19*3 and CYP2C19*17 alleles, respectively. In the current study, the frequency of the CYP2C19*2, CYP2C19*3 and CYP2C19*17 alleles in an Iranian population cohort of different ethnicities were examined and then compared with previously published frequencies within other populations...
January 5, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Jonas R Kunst, Beverly Boos, Sasha Y Kimel, Milan Obaidi, Maor Shani, Lotte Thomsen
Humans are a coalitional, parochial species. Yet, extreme actions of solidarity are sometimes taken for distant or unrelated groups. What motivates people to become solidary with groups to which they do not belong originally? Here, we demonstrate that such distant solidarity can occur when the perceived treatment of an out-group clashes with one's political beliefs (e.g., for Leftists, oppressive occupation of the out-group) and that it is driven by fusion (or a feeling of oneness) with distant others with whom one does not share any common social category such as nationality, ethnicity or religion...
2018: PloS One
Ido Mizrahi, Abbas Al-Kurd, Katya Chapchay, Yael Ag-Rejuan, Natalia Simanovsky, Ahmed Eid, Haggi Mazeh
BACKGROUND: During the last decade, guidelines for the treatment of sigmoid diverticulitis have dramatically changed. The aim of this study is to report the long-term outcomes of patients treated for diverticulitis at a nonspecialized single center. MATERIALS AND METHODS: After obtaining institutional review board approval, medical records of all patients admitted to our institution with the diagnosis of sigmoid diverticulitis between 1998 and 2008 were reviewed...
January 2018: Journal of Surgical Research
Gregory D Schroeder, Barrett S Boody, Christopher K Kepler, Mark F Kurd, Stephen Silva, Kristen Nicholson, Jefferson R Wilson, Barret I Woods, Kris E Radcliff, D Greg Anderson, Alan S Hilibrand, Alexander R Vaccaro, Jeffery A Rihn
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective review of prospectively collected data. OBJECTIVE: Compare HRQOL outcome metrics in patients undergoing primary and revision ACDF. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) is associated with significant improvements in health related quality of life (HRQOL) outcome metrics. However, 2.9% of patients per year will develop symptomatic adjacent segment disease and there is a paucity of literature on HRQOL outcomes following revision ACDF...
December 5, 2017: Spine
Abbas Al-Kurd, Ronit Grinbaum, Ala'a Abubeih, Baha Siam, Muhammad Ghanem, Haggi Mazeh, Ido Mizrahi, Nahum Beglaibter
INTRODUCTION: Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) has a considerable failure rate. Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) is one of the rescue options. This study aims to compare the complication rates and outcomes between LAGB converted to LRYGB and primary LRYGB. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed in all patients converted from LAGB to LRYGB between January 2007 and March 2017. This group was compared to a matched cohort of primary LRYGB patients operated during the same period...
December 4, 2017: Obesity Surgery
Neda Al-Kaisy, Balkees Taha Garib
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: Dentists providing anterior restorations are guided by the principles of anatomic tooth dimension. Dental biometrics should consider ethnicity to produce a more comprehensive evaluation. PURPOSE: The purpose of this clinical study was to analyze the anatomic crowns of maxillary central incisors (CI), lateral incisors (LI), and canines (C) with respect to the golden proportion (GP) and width/height (W/H) ratio in Kurdish and Arab populations...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
Serkan Dogan, Cemal Gurkan, Mustafa Dogan, Hasan Emin Balkaya, Ramazan Tunc, Damla Kanliada Demirdov, Nihad Ahmed Ameen, Damir Marjanovic
Widely considered as one of the cradles of human civilization, Mesopotamia is largely situated in the Republic of Iraq, which is also the birthplace of the Sumerian, Akkadian, Assyrian and Babylonian civilizations. These lands were subsequently ruled by the Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Mongolians, Ottomans and finally British prior to the independence. As a direct consequence of this rich history, the contemporary Iraqi population comprises a true mosaic of different ethnicities, which includes Arabs, Kurds, Turkmens, Assyrians, and Yazidis among others...
2017: PloS One
Kristen J Nicholson, Paul W Millhouse, Emily Pflug, Barrett Woods, Gregory D Schroeder, D Greg Anderson, Alan S Hilibrand, Christopher K Kepler, Mark F Kurd, Jeffrey A Rihn, Alexander Vaccaro, Kris E Radcliff
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective review of radiographic data and functional outcomes. OBJECTIVE: Evaluate whether myelopathy symptom severity upon presentation corresponds to sagittal plane alignment or non-myelopathy symptoms, such as pain, in patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Cervical sagittal balance is an important parameter in the outcome of surgical reconstruction. However, the effect of sagittal alignment on symptom severity in patients who have not undergone spine surgery is not well defined...
October 31, 2017: Spine
Hamadi A Murphy, Eugene Warnick, Richard McGintee, Kristen Nicholson, Douglas A Hollern, Christie Stawicki, Daniel Tarazona, Gregory D Schroeder, Barrett I Woods, Mark F Kurd, Jeffrey A Rihn, Greg D Anderson, Christopher K Kepler, Alan S Hilibrand, Alexander R Vaccaro, Kris E Radcliff
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective Review OBJECTIVE.: The purpose of this study is to determine the differential improvement of the various individual items of the ODI and to determine their relationship to other measures of HRQOL. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The oswestry disability index (ODI) is an easily scored, common, ten-item questionnaire about symptoms relevant to lumbar spine pathology. It is not clear if all of the items can be reliably applied to spine surgery...
October 12, 2017: Spine
Ricardo Rodrigues-Pinto, Mark F Kurd, Gregory D Schroeder, Christopher K Kepler, James C Krieg, Jörg H Holstein, Carlo Bellabarba, Reza Firoozabadi, F Cumhur Oner, Frank Kandziora, Marcel F Dvorak, Conor P Kleweno, Luiz R Vialle, S Rajasekaran, Klause J Schnake, Alexander R Vaccaro
STUDY DESIGN: Literature review. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this review is to describe the injuries associated with sacral fractures and to analyze their impact on patient outcome. METHODS: A comprehensive narrative review of the literature was performed to identify the injuries associated with sacral fractures. RESULTS: Sacral fractures are uncommon injuries that result from high-energy trauma, and that, due to their rarity, are frequently underdiagnosed and mistreated...
October 2017: Global Spine Journal
Arezoo Yari, Saharnaz Nedjat, Mohsen Asadi-Lari, Reza Majdzadeh
BACKGROUND: Evidence shows ethnic-inequality is a very effective variable in the Community and individual health associated outcomes. This study focused on gaining a deeper understanding of people's perception on inequality of health in Iranian-Kurds and its determinants. METHODS: The study was conducted in the three cities of Marivan, Sanandaj (capital of Kurdistan province in Iran) and Tehran (capital of the country). The study was conducted through 34 in-depth interviews and ten focus group discussions with health services users, academic graduates and health delivery service personnel...
September 12, 2017: BMC International Health and Human Rights
Hamadi Murphy, Gregory D Schroeder, Weilong J Shi, Christopher K Kepler, Mark F Kurd, Andrew N Fleischman, Frank Kandziora, Jens R Chapman, Lorin M Benneker, Alexander R Vaccaro
BACKGROUND: Traumatic spondylolisthesis of the axis, is a common cervical spine fracture; however, to date there is limited data available to guide the treatment of these injuries. The purpose of this review is to provide an evidence-based analysis of the literature and clinical outcomes associated with the surgical and nonsurgical management of hangman's fractures. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted using PubMed (MEDLINE) and Scopus (EMBASE, MEDLINE, COMPENDEX) for all articles describing the treatment of hangman's fractures in 2 or more patients...
September 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
Fariborz Bahrehmand, Asad Vaisi-Raygani, Amir Kiani, Homayoun Bashiri, Mahdi Zobeiri, Maryam Tanhapour, Tayebeh Pourmotabbed
BACKGROUND: Thiopurine methyl transferase (TPMT), a drug-metabolizing enzyme, catalyzes methylation and consequently, the metabolism of thiopurine compounds used for treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Individuals who are homozygous recessive or have extremely low TPMT activity need to avoid thiopurines because of concern for significant leukopenia. The aim of this research was to determine TPMT phenotypes and genotypes in IBD patients to predict the risk of thiopurine toxicity before treatment...
May 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
Baha Siam, Abbas Al-Kurd, Natalia Simanovsky, Haitham Awesat, Yahav Cohn, Brigitte Helou, Ahmed Eid, Haggi Mazeh
Importance: In some centers, the presence of a senior general surgeon (SGS) is obligatory in every procedure, including appendectomy, while in others it is not. There is a relative paucity in the literature of reports comparing the outcomes of appendectomies performed by unsupervised general surgery residents (GSRs) with those performed in the presence of an SGS. Objective: To compare the outcomes of appendectomies performed by SGSs with those performed by GSRs...
July 1, 2017: JAMA Surgery
Kris Radcliff, Kevin L Ong, Scott Lovald, Edmund Lau, Mark Kurd
STUDY DESIGN: Cervical decompression (CD) and cervical fusion (CF) patients in 5% Medicare Part B claims data. OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the complication rate and associated risk factors after cervical spine surgery using a national sample of elderly patients. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The number of cervical spine procedures in the United States has risen along with associated hospital costs. Postoperative complications lead to longer hospitalizations and greater costs...
March 15, 2017: Spine
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