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Mitra Corral, Nicole Ferko, Andrew Hogan, Sarah S Hollmann, Gaurav Gangoli, Nadine Jamous, Jonathan Batiller, Richard Kocharian
BACKGROUND: Despite hemostat use, uncontrolled surgical bleeding is prevalent. Drawbacks of current hemostats include limitations with efficacy on first attempt and suboptimal ease-of-use. Evarrest(®) is a novel fibrin sealant patch that has demonstrated high hemostatic efficacy compared with standard of care across bleeding severities. The objective of this study was to conduct a hospital cost analysis of the fibrin sealant patch versus standard of care in soft tissue and hepatic surgical bleeding...
2016: ClinicoEconomics and Outcomes Research: CEOR
Chao Liu, Basel Abu-Jamous, Elvira Brattico, Asoke K Nandi
In the past decades, neuroimaging of humans has gained a position of status within neuroscience, and data-driven approaches and functional connectivity analyses of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data are increasingly favored to depict the complex architecture of human brains. However, the reliability of these findings is jeopardized by too many analysis methods and sometimes too few samples used, which leads to discord among researchers. We propose a tunable consensus clustering paradigm that aims at overcoming the clustering methods selection problem as well as reliability issues in neuroimaging by means of first applying several analysis methods (three in this study) on multiple datasets and then integrating the clustering results...
May 26, 2016: International Journal of Neural Systems
Marek Czosnyka, Georgios V Varsos, Zofia H Czosnyka, Piotr Smielewski, Samira Saadoun, Ali Jamous, B Anthony Bell, Argyro Zoumprouli, Melissa C Werndle, Marios C Papadopoulos
Following a traumatic brain injury (TBI), intracranial pressure (ICP) increases, often resulting in secondary brain insults. After a spinal cord injury, here the cord may be swollen, leading to a local increase in intraspinal pressure (ISP). We hypothesised that waveform analysis methodology similar to that used for ICP after TBI may be applicable for the monitoring of patients with spinal cord injury.An initial cohort of 10 patients with spinal cord injury, as presented by the first author at a meeting in Cambridge in May 2012, were included in this observational study...
2016: Acta Neurochirurgica. Supplement
Melissa C Werndle, Samira Saadoun, Isaac Phang, Marek Czosnyka, Georgios Varsos, Zofia Czosnyka, Peter Smielewski, Ali Jamous, B Anthony Bell, Argyro Zoumprouli, Marios C Papadopoulos
Intracranial pressure (ICP) is routinely measured in patients with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). We describe a novel technique that allowed us to monitor intraspinal pressure (ISP) at the injury site in 14 patients who had severe acute traumatic spinal cord injury (TSCI), analogous to monitoring ICP after brain injury. A Codman probe was inserted subdurally to measure the pressure of the injured spinal cord compressed against the surrounding dura. Our key finding is that it is feasible and safe to monitor ISP for up to a week in patients after TSCI, starting within 72 h of the injury...
2016: Acta Neurochirurgica. Supplement
Mohammed S Ali-Shtayeh, Rana M Jamous, Nihaya M Y Salameh, Rania M Jamous, Amneh M A Hamadeh
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The use of CAM including herbal medicine as the most preferred CAM modality, among cancer patients who are taking prescription medications has shown to be highly prevalent worldwide as well as in several Middle Eastern countries, with a high percentage of the patients do not disclose their CAM use to treating physician. AIM OF THE STUDY: The current study aimed to evaluate the patterns of CAM use among two cohorts of cancer patients in Palestine over a three-year period, and to identify socio-demographic factors that are associated with CAM use...
July 1, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Mohammed S Ali-Shtayeh, Rana M Jamous, Rania M Jamous
BACKGROUND: In Palestine, medicinal plants have continued to play a vital role in fulfilling animal healthcare needs of rural communities. However, these valuable resources are being depleted mainly due to over-harvesting, inappropriate agricultural practices (e.g., over use of herbicides), agricultural expansion, and over-grazing. Therefore, immediate action is required to conserve these resources and document the associated knowledge. The purpose of this study was, thus, to document and analyze information associated with medicinal plants that are used in managing animal health problems in the West Bank, Palestine...
April 22, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
M Corral, N Ferko, S Hollmann, A Hogan, N Jamous, J Batiller, J Shen
BACKGROUND: In addition to rapid and sustained efficacy, ease of use is also an important characteristic of topical hemostats. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate clinician-reported ease of use for the Evarrest fibrin sealant patch across various surgical bleeding situations. METHODS: An ease of use questionnaire (EUQ) was validated and administered in four randomized studies comparing the fibrin sealant patch to standard of care (SoC) in soft tissue and hepatic surgical bleeding...
2016: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Samford Wong, Ali Jamous, Jean O'Driscoll, Ravi Sekhar, Mofid Saif, Steve O'Driscoll, Sarah Lewis, Eamonn McKeown, Shashi P Hirani
BACKGROUND: Probiotics may prevent antibiotic-associated and Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhoea (AAD/CDAD). Many spinal cord injury centre (SCIC) practitioners consider probiotics generically and may not realise that efficacy can be strain-, dose- and disease-specific. In order to confirm these effects and fully evaluate the extent of probiotic effectiveness in these patients, a systematic review and meta-analysis is indicated. METHODS: The following databases will be searched for relevant studies: Cochrane Library; Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) Database; CINAHL; PsycINFO; Embase; Medline; AMED; International Clinical Trials Registry Platform Search Portal and ISRCTN Registry and will hand search a list of conference proceedings...
2015: Systematic Reviews
N Jamous, G Socievole, N Ferko, A Hogan, M Corral
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2015: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
N Jamous, O Martini, N Ferko, A Hogan, M Corral
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2015: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
S Lim, N Ferko, B Tibensky, W I Danker, N Jamous, J Batiller, R Kocharian
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2015: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
N Jamous, S Carter, N Ferko, A Hogan, M Corral
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2015: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
Rola Al Habashneh, Basheer Khassawneh, Yousef S Khader, Yousef Abu-Jamous, Michael J Kowolik
PURPOSE: To determine the association between periodontitis and a high risk for obstructive sleep apnea (HR-OSA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A sample of 296 males with a mean (±SD) age 40 (8.5) years was selected. Subjects who scored positive in two or more categories of the Berlin questionnaire were considered as having HR-OSA. RESULTS: Based on the self-reported symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea, 15% of patients were considered as HROSA. Patients with HR-OSA showed higher probing pocket depth (PPD) and clinical attachment level (CAL) compared with those with low risk for obstructive sleep apnea (LR-OSA)-2...
2016: Oral Health & Preventive Dentistry
Mark List, Fady Jamous, Amit Gupta, Mark Huntington
INTRODUCTION: Small cell lung cancer (SCLC), having properties of neuroendocrine cells, accounts for a small (15 percent) but significant percent of all newly diagnosed lung cancers and is distinguished from non-small cell lung cancer by its rapid doubling time, high growth fraction and the early development of widespread metastases. Therefore, investigation into early diagnosis and treatment is crucial. One sequela of SCLC is a paraneoplastic neurological syndrome usually mediated by a high titer of anti-Hu antibodies, a disease which can present in several variations of paraneoplastic encephalomyelitis...
June 2015: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
Anas Najjar, Yazan Amro, Islam Kitaneh, Salam Abu-Sharar, Maryam Sawalha, Abrar Jamous, Muhannad Qiq, Enas Makharzeh, Bayan Subb Laban, Wafa Amro, Ahmad Amro
BACKGROUND: Adequate patient knowledge about medications is essential for appropriate drug taking behavior and patient adherence. This study aims to assess and quantify the level of knowledge and adherence to medications among Palestinian geriatrics living with chronic diseases and to investigate possible associated socio-demographic characteristics. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We conducted a cross-sectional study during June 2013 and January 2014 among Palestinian geriatrics ≥ 60 years old living with chronic disease in the West Bank and East Jerusalem...
2015: PloS One
Basel Abu-Jamous, Rui Fa, David J Roberts, Asoke K Nandi
BACKGROUND: Collective analysis of the increasingly emerging gene expression datasets are required. The recently proposed binarisation of consensus partition matrices (Bi-CoPaM) method can combine clustering results from multiple datasets to identify the subsets of genes which are consistently co-expressed in all of the provided datasets in a tuneable manner. However, results validation and parameter setting are issues that complicate the design of such methods. Moreover, although it is a common practice to test methods by application to synthetic datasets, the mathematical models used to synthesise such datasets are usually based on approximations which may not always be sufficiently representative of real datasets...
2015: BMC Bioinformatics
Mohammed S Ali-Shtayeh, Rana M Jamous, Rania M Jamous
PURPOSE: This study aims to evaluate the prevalence and the factors related to the use of herbs by women during pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum and for infant healthcare. The study also aims to identify the herbs therapeutic uses and preparation. To date, no previous studies have investigated this prevalence in Palestine. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey of women of different child-bearing age group inhabiting different locations in Palestine was carried out by means of a semi-structured questionnaire...
May 2015: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
M S Ali-Shtayeh, S Yaish, R M Jamous, H Arda, E I Husein
OBJECTIVE: To determine the epidemiology of dermatophytosis in Palestinian patients, detect changes in the etiological agents during the last three decades, and to correlate between concomitant tinea pedis infections, and other cutaneous lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 220 suspected dermatophytosis patients were involved in this study. In an additional 38 cases, where consultation was prompted by tinea pedis, the presence of other lesions of concomitant dermatophytosis was studied, to further investigate the diagnosis...
June 2015: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
Barbara Zangerl, Andrew Hayen, Paul Mitchell, Khalid F Jamous, Fiona Stapleton, Michael Kalloniatis
PURPOSE: Previous studies confirmed that optometrists have access to and confidence in applying clinical tests recommended for glaucoma assessment. Less is known about factors best predicting compliance with national clinical guidelines and thus by inference, the provision of suitable care by primary care ophthalmic practitioners. We utilised the unique two-tiered profession (therapeutic and non-therapeutic scope of practice) in Australia and New Zealand to assess the prospective adherence to glaucoma guidelines dependent on the clinician's background...
March 2015: Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics: the Journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists)
Megan Albertson, Fady Jamous, Dayna Groskreutz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2015: BMJ Case Reports
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