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Cinta Moraleda, Rachid Benmessaoud, Jessica Esteban, Yuly López, Hassan Alami, Amina Barkat, Tligui Houssain, Meryem Kabiri, Rachid Bezad, Saad Chaacho, Lola Madrid, Jordi Vila, Carmen Muñoz-Almagro, Jordi Bosch, Sara M Soto, Quique Bassat
PURPOSE: Group B streptococcus (GBS) is an important cause of neonatal sepsis worldwide. Data on the prevalence of maternal GBS colonization, risk factors for carriage, antibiotic susceptibility and circulating serotypes are necessary to tailor adequate locally relevant public health policies. METHODOLOGY: A prospective study including pregnant women and their newborns was conducted between March and July 2013 in Morocco. We collected clinical data and vagino-rectal and urine samples from the recruited pregnant women, together with the clinical characteristics of, and body surface samples from, their newborns...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Medical Microbiology
Kelly Aubertin, Vincent Quoc Trinh, Michael Jermyn, Paul Baksic, Andrée-Anne Grosset, Joannie Desroches, Karl St-Arnaud, Mirela Birlea, Maria Claudia Vladoiu, Mathieu Latour, Roula Albadine, Fred Saad, Frédéric Leblond, Dominique Trudel
OBJECTIVE: To test if Raman spectroscopy is an appropriate tool for the diagnosis and possibly the grading of prostate cancer. PATIENTS & METHODS: Between 20 and 50 Raman spectra were acquired on 32 fresh and non-processed post-prostatectomy specimens using a macroscopic hand-held Raman spectroscopy probe. Each measured area was characterized and categorized following histopathological criterions like tissue type (extra-prostatic or prostatic), tissue malignancy (benign or malignant), cancer grade (Grade Groups (GG) 1-5), and tissue glandular level...
March 15, 2018: BJU International
Moayad Saad, Sebastiaan Bijttebier, An Matheeussen, Evy Verbueken, Casper Pype, Christophe Casteleyn, Chris Van Ginneken, Louis Maes, Paul Cos, Steven Van Cruchten
This article represents data regarding a study published in Toxicology in vitro entitled " in vitro CYP-mediated drug metabolism in the zebrafish (embryo) using human reference compounds" (Saad et al., 2017) [1]. Data were acquired with ultra-performance liquid chromatography - accurate mass mass spectrometry (UPLC-amMS). A full spectrum scan was conducted for the testosterone (TST) metabolites from the microsomal stability assay in zebrafish and humans. The microsomal proteins were extracted from adult zebrafish male (MLM) and female (FLM) livers, whole body homogenates of 96 h post fertilization larvae (EM) and a pool of human liver microsomes from 50 donors (HLM)...
February 2018: Data in Brief
Chee Huei Phing, Hazizi Abu Saad, M Y Barakatun Nisak, M T Mohd Nasir
Background/Objective: Our study aimed to assess the effects of physical activity interventions via standing banners (point-of-decision prompt) and aerobics classes to promote physical activity among individuals with metabolic syndrome. Methods: We conducted a cluster randomized controlled intervention trial (16-week intervention and 8-week follow-up). Malaysian government employees in Putrajaya, Malaysia, with metabolic syndrome were randomly assigned by cluster to a point-of-decision prompt group (n = 44), an aerobics group (n = 42) or a control group (n = 103) based on sample size calculation formula...
December 2017: Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness
Karishma Lal, Akash Khetpal, Muhammad Saad Ali Mallick, Ansab Godil, Arsalan Majeed Adam, Zahid Ali Memon
We report an unusual case of an 18-year old woman, who presented to Civil Hospital Karachi in May 2016 with complaints of vomiting, abdominal pain, dysphagia, altered bowel habits, loss of appetite and chronic weight loss. On examination, abdomen was found to be soft and non-tender with discomfort on breathing. CT angiogram revealed reduction of aortomesenteric angle and aortomesenteric distance which were both consistent with superior mesenteric artery syndrome. Reduction in angle was thought to be because of weight loss and adipose tissue depletion so patient was started on enteral and parenteral nutritional supplements...
March 2018: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Syed Saad Hussain, Megan T Harris, Alex J B Kreutzberger, Candice M Inouye, Catherine A Doyle, Anna M Castle, Peter Arvan, J David Castle
In pancreatic β cells, insulin granule membranes are enriched in cholesterol and are both recycled and newly generated. Cholesterol's role in supporting granule membrane formation and function is poorly understood.<u>A</u>TP<u>b</u>inding<u>c</u>assette transporters ABCG1 and ABCA1 regulate intracellular cholesterol and are important for insulin secretion. RNAi-induced depletion in cultured pancreatic β cells shows that ABCG1 is needed to stabilize newly made insulin granules against lysosomal degradation; ABCA1 is also involved but to a lesser extent...
March 14, 2018: Molecular Biology of the Cell
Rogerio Ferreira Liporaci, Marcelo Camargo Saad, Julio César Crescêncio, Fabiana Marques, Debora Bevilaqua-Grossi, Lourenço Gallo-Júnior
BACKGROUND: Maintenance of orthostatism requires the interaction of autonomic and muscle responses for an efficient postural control, to minimize body motion and facilitate venous return in a common type of syncope called neurocardiogenic syncope (NCS). Muscle activity in standing position may be registered by surface electromyography, and body sway confirmed by displacement of the center of pressure (COP) on a force platform. These peripheral variables reflect the role of muscles in the maintenance of orthostatism during the active tilt test, which, compared with muscle activity during the passive test (head-up tilt test), enables the analyses of electromyographic activity of these muscles that may anticipate the clinical effects of CNS during these tests...
January 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
Francieli Fontana Sutile Tardetti Fantinato, Alexander Vargas, Sandra Maria Deotti Carvalho, Carla Magda Allan Santos Domingues, Gisele Barreto, Arieli Schiessl Fialho, Roselita Heinen da Silva, Eduardo Saad, Ivonne Natalia Solarte Agredo
The study aimed to describe cases and verify the frequency of anaphylaxis related to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine produced by manufacturer A and to assess associated risk factors. This was a case-control study (1:4) in Santa Catarina State, Brazil, from July 14, 2014, to January 12, 2015, in children from one year to less than five years of age, vaccinated with MMR and reported with anaphylaxis, while the controls were without anaphylaxis. The measure of association was odds ratio (OR) with 95% confidence interval (95%CI), using the chi-square and Fisher's exact tests...
March 12, 2018: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Emmanuelle Jaillette, Benoit Voisin, Anahita Rouzé, Saad Nseir
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2018: Critical Care Medicine
Saad Chahine, Kulamakan Mahan Kulasegaram, Sarah Wright, Sandra Monteiro, Lawrence E M Grierson, Cassandra Barber, Stefanie S Sebok-Syer, Meghan McConnell, Wendy Yen, Andre De Champlain, Claire Touchie
There exists an assumption that improving medical education will improve patient care. While seemingly logical, this premise has rarely been investigated. In this Invited Commentary, the authors propose the use of big data to test this assumption. The authors present a few example research studies linking education and patient care outcomes and argue that using big data may more easily facilitate the process needed to investigate this assumption. The authors also propose that collaboration is needed to link educational and health care data...
March 13, 2018: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
Shlomo Mendlovic, Amit Saad, Uri Roll, Ariel Ben Yehuda, Rivka Tuval-Mashiah, Dana Atzil-Slonim
OBJECTIVE: The present study aimed to examine the association between patient-therapist micro-level congruence/incongruence ratio and psychotherapeutic outcome. METHOD: Nine good- and nine poor-outcome psychodynamic treatments (segregated by comparing pre- and post-treatment BDI-II) were analyzed (N = 18) moment by moment using the MATRIX (total number of MATRIX codes analyzed = 11,125). MATRIX congruence was defined as similar adjacent MATRIX codes. RESULTS: the congruence/incongruence ratio tended to increase as the treatment progressed only in good-outcome treatments...
March 14, 2018: Psychotherapy Research: Journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research
Carine Ghassan Richa, Khadija Jamal Saad, Georges Habib Halabi, Elie Mekhael Gharios, Fadi Louis Nasr, Marie Tanios Merheb
The objective of this study is to report three cases of paraneoplastic or ectopic Cushing syndrome, which is a rare phenomenon of the adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH)-dependent Cushing syndrome. Three cases are reported in respect of clinical presentation, diagnosis and treatment in addition to relevant literature review. The results showed that ectopic ACTH secretion can be associated with different types of neoplasm most common of which are bronchial carcinoid tumors, which are slow-growing, well-differentiated neoplasms with a favorable prognosis and small-cell lung cancer, which are poorly differentiated tumors with a poor outcome...
2018: Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism Case Reports
L Klotz, A Loblaw, R Siemens, P Ouellette, A Kapoor, M Kebabdjian, L Zhang, F Saad
BACKGROUND: In men initiating intermittent androgen deprivation therapy (IADT), a range of induction durations, between 3 and 12 months, have been employed. OBJECTIVE: To determine if the duration of induction ADT influences the duration of the off treatment interval and the recovery of serum testosterone (T). MANEUVER: This was a prospective, randomized, open label study. Men with biochemical recurrence after local therapy for prostate cancer, with a negative bone scan, were randomized between 4 and 10 months of monthly Degarelix...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Urology
Giuseppe Chiossi, Stefano Palomba, Maged M Costantine, Angela I Falbo, Hassan M Harirah, George R Saade, Giovanni B La Sala
OBJECTIVE: As anemia in pregnancy is associated with adverse perinatal outcomes, we sought to define the mean and the fifth percentile of Hb and Ht using a contemporary multiethnic large cohort of low risk pregnancies, and assess potential racial differences. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study on women who delivered between 1 January 2008 and 31 December 2013 in Reggio Emilia County, Italy. Linear mixed effects models were used to describe changes in mean Hb and Ht, while quantile regression with matrix-design bootstrap defined changes in the fifth percentile of Hb and Ht, controlling for race, maternal age, smoking, and pregnancy number...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Long The Nguyen, Hui Chen, Crystal Mak, Amgad Zaky, Carol Pollock, Sonia Saad
Recent studies indicate that SIRT1, an important metabolic sensor and regulator of lifespan, plays a mechanistic role in maternal obesity-induced programming of metabolic disorders in the offspring. In this study we investigate whether SIRT1 activation in early childhood can mitigate metabolic disorders due to maternal and postnatal high-fat feeding in mice. Male offspring born to chow-fed (MC) or high-fat diet-fed dams (MHF) were weaned onto postnatal chow or high-fat diet and treated with SRT1720 (SRT, 25mg/kg/2days i...
March 13, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
Saad Mohammed AlShareef, Richard Mark Smith, Ahmed Salem BaHammam
Kleine-Levin syndrome (KLS) is the commonest recurrent sleep disorder, with a prevalence of 1-2 per million population. Clear diagnostic criteria are now defined, but effective treatment remains elusive. The significant body of published literature allows consideration of possible aetiological mechanisms, an understanding of which could guide the development of therapeutic strategies. Functional imaging studies have been inconclusive; although diencephalic abnormalities are a common finding, no consistent pattern has emerged, and these studies have not revealed the mechanism(s) underlying the development of the abnormalities detected...
March 12, 2018: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
Marlene Pereira Galdino, Luiz Fernando Longuim Pegoraro, Laura Olalla Saad, David Grodberg, Eloisa Helena Rubello Valler Celeri
This study investigated the psychometric properties of the Autism Mental Status Examination (AMSE) in a Brazilian sample of children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A sample of 260 children and adolescents, comprising 56 (21.5%) females and 204 (78.5%) males, was assessed. The participants were submitted to both the childhood autism rating scale (CARS-BR) and the AMSE. The CARS-BR was used to estimate ASD severity and the cutoff point on the AMSE. Spearman's correlation test was employed to determine the correlation between the AMSE and CARS-BR scales...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Nada El Youssef, Nancy Maalouf, Aline Mourad, Joseph Saade, Mounir Khoury
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 13, 2018: Neurology
Hussein Soudy, Irfan Maghfoor, Tusneem Ahmed M Elhassan, Eman Abdullah, Shahzad M Rauf, Ahmed Al Zahrani, Saad Akhtar
BACKGROUND: Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Bone Marrow Transplant (FACT-BMT) has been translated from English into several languages. Currently, there is no validated translation of FACT-BMT in Arabic. Here, we are reporting the first Arabic translation and validation of the FACT-BMT. METHODS: The study was approved by the Institutional Research Advisory Council. The Arabic translation followed the standard Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy (FACIT...
March 12, 2018: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
Menuka Pallebage-Gamarallage, Sean Foxley, Ricarda A L Menke, Istvan N Huszar, Mark Jenkinson, Benjamin C Tendler, Chaoyue Wang, Saad Jbabdi, Martin R Turner, Karla L Miller, Olaf Ansorge
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a clinically and histopathologically heterogeneous neurodegenerative disorder, in which therapy is hindered by the rapid progression of disease and lack of biomarkers. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has demonstrated its potential for detecting the pathological signature and tracking disease progression in ALS. However, the microstructural and molecular pathological substrate is poorly understood and generally defined histologically...
March 13, 2018: BMC Neuroscience
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