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Nadja Borisow, Ingo Kleiter, Anna Gahlen, Katrin Fischer, Klaus-Dieter Wernecke, Florence Pache, Klemens Ruprecht, Joachim Havla, Markus Krumbholz, Tania Kümpfel, Orhan Aktas, Marius Ringelstein, Christian Geis, Christoph Kleinschnitz, Achim Berthele, Bernhard Hemmer, Klemens Angstwurm, Robert Weissert, Jan-Patrick Stellmann, Simon Schuster, Martin Stangel, Florian Lauda, Hayrettin Tumani, Christoph Mayer, Lena Zeltner, Ulf Ziemann, Ralf A Linker, Matthias Schwab, Martin Marziniak, Florian Then Bergh, Ulrich Hofstadt-van Oy, Oliver Neuhaus, Alexander Winkelmann, Wael Marouf, Lioba Rückriem, Jürgen Faiss, Brigitte Wildemann, Friedemann Paul, Sven Jarius, Corinna Trebst, Kerstin Hellwig
BACKGROUND: Gender and age at onset are important epidemiological factors influencing prevalence, clinical presentation, and treatment response in autoimmune diseases. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the impact of female sex and fertile age on aquaporin-4-antibody (AQP4-ab) status, attack localization, and response to attack treatment in patients with neuromyelitis optica (NMO) and its spectrum disorders (neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder (NMOSD)). METHODS: Female-to-male ratios, diagnosis at last visit (NMO vs NMOSD), attack localization, attack treatment, and outcome were compared according to sex and age at disease or attack onset...
October 6, 2016: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
Wael Ahmed, Robert A Fowler, Victoria A McCredie
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Wael M Hamza, Hanan H Ali, Samia M Gabal, Sawsan A Fadda
The chronic dysfunction stands as the most common cause of renal allograft loss. During the nineties of the past century, this condition was referred to as chronic allograft nephropathy (CAN). Since 2005, CAN has been assigned by the eighth Banff schema to four main categories via histopathological and immunohistochemical findings including chronic antibodymediated rejection (CAMR), chronic T-cell-mediated rejection (CTMR), chronic cyclosporine toxicity (CNITOX), and "interstitial fibrosis (IF)/tubular atrophy; not otherwise specified (NOS)" to eliminate the term CAN...
September 2016: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
Wael Skeff, Anna Orlikowska, Detlef E Schulz-Bull
Two LC-MS/MS methods including different sample preparation and quantitative processes showed a good agreement for analysis of the herbicides MCPA, mecoprop, isoproturon, bentazon and chloridazon, and the metabolite chloridazon-methyl-desphenyl (CMD) in estuarine waters. Due to different sensitivity of the methods only one could be used to analyze marine samples. The transport of these compounds to the Baltic Sea via ten German estuaries and their distribution between coastal water and sediments was studied...
October 14, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
Waël C Hanna
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Patrick M Honore, Rita Jacobs, Inne Hendrickx, Elisabeth De Waele, Herbert D Spapen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
Brett W Sperry, Wael A Jaber, L Leonardo Rodriguez, Gosta Pettersson, David Majdalany
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 14, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Matthew Raymond Summers, Gosta Pettersson, Joseph F Maalouf, Wael A Jaber
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 14, 2016: European Heart Journal
Nasreen Al Sayed, Khalid Al Waili, Fatheya Alawadi, Saeed Al-Ghamdi, Wael Al Mahmeed, Fahad Al-Nouri, Mona Al Rukhaimi, Khalid Al-Rasadi, Zuhier Awan, Mohamed Farghaly, Mohamed Hassanein, Hani Sabbour, Mohammad Zubaid, Philip Barter
BACKGROUND: Plasma lipid disorders are key risk factors for the development of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and are prevalent in the Middle East, with rates increasing in recent decades. Despite this, no region-specific guidelines for managing plasma lipids exist and there is a lack of use of guidelines developed in other regions. METHODS: A multidisciplinary panel of regional experts was convened to develop consensus clinical recommendations for the management of plasma lipids in the Middle East...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Mohamad J Halawi, Wael K Barsoum
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: American Journal of Orthopedics
Yi-Lung Chen, Chia-Hsiang Wang, Fu-Chun Yang, Wael Ismail, Po-Hsiang Wang, Chao-Jen Shih, Yu-Ching Wu, Yin-Ru Chiang
Numerous studies have reported the masculinization of freshwater wildlife exposed to androgens in polluted rivers. Microbial degradation is a crucial mechanism for eliminating steroid hormones from contaminated ecosystems. The aerobic degradation of testosterone was observed in various bacterial isolates. However, the ecophysiological relevance of androgen-degrading microorganisms in the environment is unclear. Here, we investigated the biochemical mechanisms and corresponding microorganisms of androgen degradation in aerobic sewage...
October 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
Qiwen Shen, Christophe Magnani, Olivier Sterkers, Georges Lamas, Pierre-Paul Vidal, Julien Sadoun, Ian S Curthoys, Catherine de Waele
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether saccadic velocity in the suppression head impulse paradigm (SHIMP) test is a reliable indicator of vestibular loss at the acute and at the chronic stage in patients suffering from different vestibular pathologies. METHODS: Thirty-five normal subjects and 57 patients suffering from different vestibular pathologies associated with unilateral vestibular loss (UVL) or bilateral vestibular loss (BVL) were tested in the SHIMPs paradigm...
2016: Frontiers in Neurology
Wael El-Matary, Brenden Dufault, Stan P Moroz, Jeannine Schellenberg, Charles N Bernstein
BACKGROUND & AIMS: We aimed to assess levels of education attained, employment, and marital status of adults diagnosed with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) during childhood or adolescence, compared with healthy individuals in Canada. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional study of adults diagnosed with IBD in childhood or adolescence, at Children's Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba from January 1978 through December 2007. Participants (n=112) answered a semi-structured questionnaire on educational achievements, employment, and marital status...
October 4, 2016: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Easter Joury, May Khairallah, Wael Sabbah, Kanaan Elias, Raman Bedi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 7, 2016: BMC Oral Health
Nagat S El-Shmaa, Doaa El Amrousy, Wael El Feky
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to assess the effectiveness of pre-emptive dexmedetomidine versus amiodarone in preventing junctional ectopic tachycardia (JET) in pediatric cardiac surgery. DESIGN: This is a prospective, controlled study. SETTING: This study was carried out at a single university hospital. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Ninety patients of both sexes, American Society of Anesthesiologists Physical Status II and III, age range from 2 to 18 years, and scheduled for elective cardiac surgery for congenital and acquired heart diseases were selected as the study participants...
October 2016: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
Hadi A R Khafaji, Kadhim Sulaiman, Rajvir Singh, Khalid F Alhabib, Nidal Asaad, Alawi Alsheikh-Ali, Mohammed Al-Jarallah, Bassam Bulbanat, Wael Almahmeed, Mustafa Ridha, Nooshin Bazargani, Haitham Amin, Ahmed Al-Motarreb, Husam Al Faleh, Abdelfatah Elasfar, Prashanth Panduranga, Jassim Al Suwaidi
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to report the prevalence, clinical characteristics, contributing factors, management and outcome of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) among patients hospitalized with heart failure (HF). METHODS: Data were derived from Gulf Care (Gulf acute heart failure registry), a prospective multicenter study of 5005 consecutive patients hospitalized with acute heart failure during February to November 2012 in seven Middle Eastern countries...
December 2015: Acute Cardiac Care
Ashley Rosko, Hai-Lin Wang, Marcos de Lima, Brenda Sandmaier, H Jean Khoury, Andrew Artz, Johnathan Brammer, Christopher Bredeson, Sherif Farag, Mohamed Kharfan-Dabaja, Hillard M Lazarus, David I Marks, Rodrigo Martino Bufarull, Joseph McGuirk, Mohamed Mohty, Taiga Nishihori, Ian Nivison-Smith, Armin Rashidi, Olle Ringden, Matthew Seftel, Daniel Weisdorf, Veronika Bachanova, Wael Saber
: Older adults with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) have poor survival. We examined the effectiveness of reduced intensity conditioning (RIC) hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) in adults with B-ALL age 55 years and older and explored prognostic factors associated with long-term outcomes. METHODS: Using CIBMTR registry data, we evaluated 273 patients (median age 61, range 55-72) with B-ALL with disease status in CR1 (71%), >CR2 (17%) and Primary Induction Failure (PIF)/Relapse (11%), who underwent RIC HCT between 2001-2012 using mostly unrelated donor (59%) or HLA-matched sibling (32%)...
October 6, 2016: American Journal of Hematology
Wael A Alqarawi, F Daniel Ramirez, Pablo B Nery, Calum J Redpath, Mouhannad M Sadek, Martin S Green, David H Birnie, Girish M Nair
Premature ventricular contraction (PVC)-induced cardiomyopathy is increasingly being recognized as a reversible cause of left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction (LVSD). The diagnosis of PVC-induced cardiomyopathy is considered in subjects with high PVC burdens (> 10,000 per 24 hours) after excluding other known causes of LVSD. PVC suppression is the mainstay of the management of PVC-induced cardiomyopathy, in addition to proven evidence-based medical therapy recommended for subjects with LVSD. Management strategies for PVC-induced cardiomyopathy include medical therapy and/or catheter ablation, with an increasing role for catheter ablation as a first-line therapy in view of the potential for permanent suppression of PVCs...
July 1, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
Ibrahim Al-Zakwani, Abdullah Shehab, Ali T Al-Hinai, Wael Al Mahmeed, Mohamed Arafah, Omer Al Tamimi, Mahmoud Al Awadhi, Faisal Al Anazi, Haitham Amin, Khalid Al Nemer, Shorook Al Herz, Othman Metwally, Akram Alkhadra, Mohammed Fakhry, Hossam Elghetany, Abdel Razak Medani, Afzal Hussein Yusufali, Obaid Al Jassim, Omar Al Hallaq, Fahad Omar, Ahmed S Baslaib, Khalid Al Waili, Khamis Al Hashmi, Vasilios Athyros, Khalid Al Rasadi
BACKGROUND: Few studies assessed gender disparity in lipid goal attainment in the Arabian Gulf. Hence, we estimated gender gaps in lipid target achievements among patients at high and very high atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk in the Centralized Pan-Middle East Survey on the undertreatment of hypercholesterolemia (CEPHEUS). METHODS: The study (conducted between November 22, 2009 and July 7, 2010) included 4,384 patients (≥18 years) on lipid lowering drugs at high and very ASCVD risk status from outpatient clinics of 177 specialists and primary care physicians in 6 Arabian Gulf countries...
October 2, 2016: Current Vascular Pharmacology
Chantal Herberholz, Wael Ahmed Fakihammed
BACKGROUND: Low enrolment and high drop-out rates are common problems in voluntary health insurance schemes. Yet, most studies in this research area focus on community-based health insurance and enrolment, rather than drop-out. OBJECTIVE: This study examines what causes informal sector families not to renew their voluntary National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) health insurance membership in Eastern Sudan. METHODS: Primary data from about 600 informal sector households that dropped out or remained insured, collected through a household survey conducted in March 2014, were used...
October 1, 2016: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
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