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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647126/mers-cov-infection-mind-the-public-knowledge-gap
#1
Amen Bawazir, Eman Al-Mazroo, Hoda Jradi, Anwar Ahmed, Motasim Badri
In August 2015, the Corona outbreak caused by Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was the 9th episode since June 2012 in Saudi Arabia. Little is known about the public awareness toward the nature or prevention of the disease. The aim of this work was to assess the knowledge of the adult population in Riyadh toward the MERS-CoV. In this cross-sectional survey, a self-administrated questionnaire was distributed to randomly selected participants visiting malls in Riyadh. The questionnaire contained measurable epidemiological and clinical MERS-CoV knowledge level variables and relevant source of information...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638570/barriers-in-accessing-care-services-for-physically-disabled-in-a-hospital-setting-in-riyadh-saudi-arabia-cross-sectional-study
#2
Fatimah MohammedAli Alkawai, Abdullah Saad Alowayyed
Objective: The aim of this study was to identify the significant difficulties in access to health care services experienced by patients with physical disabilities. Method: A cross-sectional study at King Abdul Aziz Medical City, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on 235 persons with physical disability, from 1 January to 30 June 2014. Results: A total of 88% of the people with disability reported having the need for someone to accompany them. Over 52% were unsatisfied with parking, 49.8% with the waiting area, 51.3% with wheel-chair services, and nearly 45% were unsatisfied with toilet facilities for the physically disabled...
March 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635552/temporal-variation-of-fine-and-coarse-particulate-matter-sources-in-jeddah-saudi-arabia
#3
Chris C Lim, George D Thurston, Magdy Shamy, Mansour Alghamdi, Mamdouh Khoder, Abdullah M Mohorjy, Abdulrahman K Alkhalaf, Jason Brocato, Lung Chi Chen, Max Costa
This study provides the first comprehensive analysis of the seasonal variations and weekday/weekend differences in fine (PM2.5) and coarse (PM2.5-10) particulate matter mass concentrations, elemental constituents, and potential source origins in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Air quality samples were collected over one year, from June 2011 to May 2012 at a frequency of three times per week, and analyzed. The average mass concentrations of PM2.5 (21.9 μg/m(3)) and PM10 (107.8 μg/m(3)) during the sampling period exceeded the recommended annual average levels by the World Health Organization (WHO) for PM2...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635358/disability-and-the-impact-of-need-for-periodontal-care-on-quality-of-life-a-cross-sectional-study
#4
Maha El Tantawi, Adel AlAgl
Objective The need for periodontal care may negatively impact daily life. We compared the need for periodontal care and its impact on daily life between disabled and healthy adults in the Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia. Methods In this cross-sectional study of 819 adults, a questionnaire was used to assess personal background factors; the impact of periodontitis on pain, avoiding foods, embarrassment, sleeplessness, work absence, and discontinuing daily activities; and risk factors (smoking, diabetes, toothbrushing, insurance, professional tooth cleaning, and dental visits)...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634586/the-referral-system-between-primary-and-secondary-health-care-in-saudi-arabia-for-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-a-systematic-review
#5
REVIEW
Mohammed Senitan, Ali Hassan Alhaiti, James Gillespie, Badar Faiz Alotaibi, George Binh Lenon
BACKGROUND: In Saudi Arabia, the mortality of diabetes is currently reported at 6%. A well-administered referral system is crucial in aiding the management of this disease. METHOD: A single reviewer employed a systematic approach to searching the literature databases with regard to the question: what are the attributes of referral systems in Saudi Arabia for patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D)? The results were analysed in order to provide recommendations to improve the Saudi health system...
2017: Journal of Diabetes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632794/migrants-healthy-worker-effect-and-mortality-trends-in-the-gulf-cooperation-council-countries
#6
Karima Chaabna, Sohaila Cheema, Ravinder Mamtani
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries namely, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Saudi Arabia, have experienced unique demographic changes. The major population growth contributor in these countries is young migrants, which has led to a shift in the population age pyramid. Migrants constitute the vast proportion of GCC countries' population reaching >80% in Qatar and UAE. Using Global Burden of Disease Study 2015 (GBD 2015) and United Nations data, for the GCC countries, we assessed the association between age-standardized mortality and population size trends with linear and polynomial regressions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625842/dynamics-of-scientific-publications-on-the-mers-cov-outbreaks-in-saudi-arabia
#7
REVIEW
Ali Rabaan, Shamsah H Al-Ahmed, Ali M Bazzi, Jaffar A Al-Tawfiq
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is an emerging disease with a relatively high case fatality rate. Most cases have been reported from Saudi Arabia, and the disease epidemic potential is considered to be limited. However, human-human transmission has occurred, usually in the context of healthcare facility-associated outbreaks. The scientific and medical community depends on timely publication of epidemiological information on emerging diseases during outbreaks to appropriately target public health responses...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616501/searching-for-animal-models-and-potential-target-species-for-emerging-pathogens-experience-gained-from-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-mers-coronavirus
#8
REVIEW
Júlia Vergara-Alert, Enric Vidal, Albert Bensaid, Joaquim Segalés
Emerging and re-emerging pathogens represent a substantial threat to public health, as demonstrated with numerous outbreaks over the past years, including the 2013-2016 outbreak of Ebola virus in western Africa. Coronaviruses are also a threat for humans, as evidenced in 2002/2003 with infection by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV), which caused more than 8000 human infections with 10% fatality rate in 37 countries. Ten years later, a novel human coronavirus (Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, MERS-CoV), associated with severe pneumonia, arose in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia...
June 2017: One Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611339/policy-of-screening-for-colorectal-cancer-in-saudi-arabia-a-prospective-analysis
#9
Abdulrahman A Aljumah, Abdulrahman M Aljebreen
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common cancers worldwide. Several policies of CRC screening are available in different countries. The idea of screening is to identify patients at risk by detection of precancerous and small cancers early enough before they become advanced. In Saudi Arabia (SA), there is no countrywide policy for CRC screening despite the increasing incidence of the disease. Screening for CRC is a multidisciplinary approach that requires education programs, substantial financial support, several logistic measures, and predetermined resources before implementing such a program...
May 2017: Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Saudi Gastroenterology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610400/shammah-smokeless-tobacco-and-public-health
#10
Abdulsallam Bakdash
Shammah is a preparation of smokeless tobacco (ST) that is frequently used in the Arabian Peninsula, especially in Saudi Arabia. A mixture of powdered tobacco, lime, ash, black pepper, oils and flavorings, shammah in is placed in the buccal cavity or lower labial vestibule of the mouth. The user (or dipper) spits out insoluble debris. ST is linked to a number of harmful effects such as dental disease, oral cancer, oesophagus cancer, and pancreas cancer. It also causes adverse reproductive effects including stillbirth, premature birth and low birth weight...
May 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606138/exploring-shared-risks-through-public-private-partnerships-in-public-health-programs-a-mixed-method
#11
Wadi B Alonazi
BACKGROUND: The natural assimilation of the process through which health partners sustain long-term relationships is a key issue in maintaining social well-being, reducing health risk factors, and sustaining public health programs. One global initiative in building effective healthcare systems is public-private partnerships (PPPs). This study elucidates the proposed key performance indicators initiated by the Ministry of Health of Saudi Arabia based on the projections of the government, known as Vision 2030, from the perspective of health risk factors...
June 12, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588290/comparative-epidemiology-of-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-coronavirus-mers-cov-in-saudi-arabia-and-south-korea
#12
Xin Chen, Abrar Ahmad Chughtai, Amalie Dyda, Chandini Raina MacIntyre
MERS-CoV infection emerged in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) in 2012 and has spread to 26 countries. However, 80% of all cases have occurred in KSA. The largest outbreak outside KSA occurred in South Korea (SK) in 2015. In this report, we describe an epidemiological comparison of the two outbreaks. Data from 1299 cases in KSA (2012-2015) and 186 cases in SK (2015) were collected from publicly available resources, including FluTrackers, the World Health Organization (WHO) outbreak news and the Saudi MOH (MOH)...
June 7, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584780/comparison-of-the-effectiveness-of-a-mobile-phone-based-education-program-in-educating-mothers-as-oral-health-providers-in-two-regions-of-saudi-arabia
#13
Saleh Ali AlKlayb, Mansour K Assery, AlJohara AlQahtani, Madawy AlAnazi, Sharat Chandra Pani
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The penetration of mobile phone devices is widespread across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Recently, there has been evidence of the success of phone-based applications in the provision of preventive oral health care to children and their parents. The aim of this study was to compare the effectiveness of a mobile phone-based application in educating mothers of children aged below 6 years of age in preventive dental care. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A mobile phone-based application (iTeethey™) was developed for iPhone and Android and made freely available on Google Play and App Store...
May 2017: Journal of International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579866/prevalence-and-predictors-of-hypovitaminosis-d-among-female-university-students-in-tabuk-saudi-arabia
#14
Riyadh A Alzaheb, Osama Al-Amer
BACKGROUND: A high hypovitaminosis D prevalence has repeatedly been reported in Middle Eastern countries. Previous data regarding the vitamin D status of young women in Saudi Arabia and the related hypovitaminosis D risk factors are scarce, so this research assessed hypovitaminosis D prevalence and its risk factors among apparently healthy female university students in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. METHODS: This cross-sectional research used a convenience sample of healthy female students (n = 180) aged between 19 and 25 years in May 2016...
2017: Clinical Medicine Insights. Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578445/knowledge-of-health-insurance-benefits-among-male-expatriates-in-saudi-arabia
#15
Abdulwahab Alkhamis
To measure expatriates' knowledge of health insurance benefits with respect to outpatient, inpatient, prescription drug, and dental services, and to link this knowledge to sociodemographic and employment characteristic.  Methods: Cross-sectional, face-to-face interviews were conducted from March 2015 to February 2016 with a stratified random sample of 3,398 male insured expatriate workers in the private sector of Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Descriptive analysis, one-way ANOVA, and linear regression were used to interpret data...
June 2017: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578442/depression-and-anxiety-among-hypertensive-and-diabetic-primary-health-care-patients-could-patients-perception-of-their-diseases-control-be-used-as-a-screening-tool
#16
Abdullah D AlKhathami, Mohamed A Alamin, Areej M Alqahtani, Wafaa Y Alsaeed, Mohammed A AlKhathami, Abdulazeez H Al-Dhafeeri
To measure the frequency and identify risk factors of depression and anxiety among diabetic and hypertensive primary health care (PHC) patients. Also to assess whether patients' perception of their chronic diseases control and sleep disturbance could serve as screening tools for depression and anxiety. Methods: This cross-sectional study of 368 PHC patients was conducted in AlKhobar city, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia between April and May 2015. Patient Health Questionnaire-9 and Generalized Anxiety Disorder-7 were used as diagnostic tools for depression and anxiety...
June 2017: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578361/current-umbilical-cord-clamping-practices-and-attitudes-of-obstetricians-and-midwives-toward-delayed-cord-clamping-in-saudi-arabia
#17
Nadia O Ibrahim, Hatouf H Sukkarieh, Rami T Bustami, Elaf A Alshammari, Lama Y Alasmari, Hanan M Al-Kadri
BACKGROUND: In Saudi Arabia, as in many countries, there is usually no clear definition of the timing of umbilical cord clamping (UCC) in the policies and procedures used by hospitals. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends delayed cord clamping (DCC) ( > 1 minute after birth) as it can significantly improve hemodynamics and long-term neurodevelopment. OBJECTIVE: To investigate current practices of healthcare professionals on the timing of UCC in Saudi Arabia...
May 2017: Annals of Saudi Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575826/polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-pahs-in-the-settled-dust-of-automobile-workshops-health-and-carcinogenic-risk-evaluation
#18
Nadeem Ali, Iqbal Mohammad Ibrahim Ismail, Mamdouh Khoder, Magdy Shamy, Mansour Alghamdi, Abdulrahman Al Khalaf, Max Costa
There are studies available on the occurrence of PAHs in indoor settled dust from residential and different occupational settings in literature but limited data is available on their occurrence and potential health risk assessment in automobile workshops. In recent decades Saudi Arabia has experienced tremendous growth in the petroleum industry and as a result, the automobile industry is booming. People working in automobile workshops are at a greater risk of exposure to chemicals releasing from the petroleum products...
May 30, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573352/risk-based-framework-for-optimizing-residual-chlorine-in-large-water-distribution-systems
#19
Muhammad Nadeem Sharif, Ashraf Farahat, Husnain Haider, Muhammad A Al-Zahrani, Manuel J Rodriguez, Rehan Sadiq
Managing residual chlorine in large water distribution systems (WDS) to minimize human health risk is a daunting task. In this research, a novel risk-based framework is developed and implemented in a distribution network spanning over 64 km(2) for supplying water to the city of Al-Khobar (Saudi Arabia) through 473-km-long water mains. The framework integrates the planning of linear assets (i.e., pipes) and placement of booster stations to optimize residual chlorine in the WDS. Failure mode and effect analysis are integrated with the fuzzy set theory to perform risk analysis...
July 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572733/the-jordan-food-and-drug-administration-comparison-of-its-registration-process-with-australia-canada-saudi-arabia-and-singapore
#20
Wesal Salem Al Haqaish, Hayel Obeidat, Prisha Patel, Stuart Walker
OBJECTIVE: This study outlines the current regulatory review process and good review practices (GRevPs) at the Jordan Food and Drug Administration (JFDA) and compares them with those of regulatory agencies in Australia, Canada, Saudi Arabia and Singapore to gauge how well the JFDA is performing. We identify opportunities for further development of the JFDA as a key global reference agency. METHODS: Personnel within the JFDA completed a questionnaire comprising four sections: organisation, key milestones, review timelines, and GRevPs...
2017: Pharmaceutical Medicine
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