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Manar Hamed Arafa, Hebatallah Husseini Atteia
Our objective was to figure out whether CYP2D6 gene polymorphisms may account for long term tramadol-induced oxidative stress and hepatotoxicity in 60 patients receiving chronic tramadol treatment in Neurology and Rheumatology Outpatients Clinic, Zagazig University Hospitals, Egypt. As expected, CYP2D6*1 allele (wild type) frequency was significantly greater than CYP2D6*DUP, CYP2D6*4 and CYP2D6*10 alleles in both chronically tramadol-treated and control groups. CYP2D6*DUP allele carriers followed by those carrying CYP2D6*1, displayed higher levels of urinary tramadol major active metabolite O-desmethyltramadol (M1) and serum lipid peroxidation along with lower levels of total antioxidants than those carrying other impaired function alleles (CYP2D6*4&*10) in tramadol-treated patients, suggesting oxidative stress...
March 16, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Licia Colli, Marco Milanesi, Elia Vajana, Daniela Iamartino, Lorenzo Bomba, Francesco Puglisi, Marcello Del Corvo, Ezequiel L Nicolazzi, Sahar S E Ahmed, Jesus R V Herrera, Libertado Cruz, Shujun Zhang, Aixin Liang, Guohua Hua, Liguo Yang, Xingjie Hao, Fuyuan Zuo, Song-Jia Lai, Shuilian Wang, Ruyu Liu, Yundeng Gong, Mahdi Mokhber, Yongjiang Mao, Feng Guan, Augustin Vlaic, Bogdan Vlaic, Luigi Ramunno, Gianfranco Cosenza, Ali Ahmad, Ihsan Soysal, Emel Ö Ünal, Mariena Ketudat-Cairns, José F Garcia, Yuri T Utsunomiya, Pietro S Baruselli, Maria E J Amaral, Rangsun Parnpai, Marcela G Drummond, Peter Galbusera, James Burton, Eileen Hoal, Yulnawati Yusnizar, Cece Sumantri, Bianca Moioli, Alessio Valentini, Alessandra Stella, John L Williams, Paolo Ajmone-Marsan
The domestic water buffalo is native to the Asian continent but through historical migrations and recent importations, nowadays has a worldwide distribution. The two types of water buffalo, i.e., river and swamp, display distinct morphological and behavioral traits, different karyotypes and also have different purposes and geographical distributions. River buffaloes from Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, Mozambique, Brazil and Colombia, and swamp buffaloes from China, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and Brazil were genotyped with a species-specific medium-density 90K SNP panel...
2018: Frontiers in Genetics
Dalia A Ahmed, Dalia F Slima
Many agricultural soils in Egypt irrigated with untreated wastewater. Herein, we investigated the effect of untreated industrial wastewater irrigation on the soil and fodder plant Corchorus olittorius (Jew mallow). It also aimed to assess its effect on the growth measurements as well as analyses of soils, irrigation waters, and plants for heavy metal and nutrient concentrations. Significant differences between irrigation waters and soil irrigated with fresh and wastewater were recognized. Wastewater irrigation leads to remarkable reduction in the growth parameters and reduced its vegetative biomass...
March 17, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Devender Bhalla, Elham Lotfalinezhad, Fatemah Amini, Mohsen Salmannejad, Vahid Reza Borhani Nezhad, Seyedeh Fatemeh Rezai Kooshalshah, Ahmed Delbari, Reza Fadayevatan, I Irmansyah, Abdalla Abdelrahman, Nanda Kumar Bhatta, Kurosh Gharagozli
BACKGROUND: The risk of dementia is reported as "epidemic" and "looming" over the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. For this, we performed a multi-language review and feasible analysis on the incidence of dementia to offer apt conclusions. METHODS: Totally, 3 databases (Magiran, Scientific Information Database, and PubMed) and 1 non-database source (Google) were searched in French, English, and Persian by using specific keywords and their combinations...
March 14, 2018: Neuroepidemiology
Manon Auffret, Sophie Drapier, Marc Vérin
Apomorphine is now recognized as the oldest antiparkinsonian drug on the market. Though still underused, it is increasingly prescribed in Europe for patients with advanced Parkinson's disease (PD) with motor fluctuations. However, its history is far from being limited to movement disorders. This paper traces the history of apomorphine, from its earliest empirical use, to its synthesis, pharmacological development, and numerous indications in human and veterinary medicine, in light of its most recent uses and newest challenges...
March 15, 2018: Drugs in R&D
Abeer A Alm-Eldeen, Thoria Donia, Salma Alzahaby
Heavy metals are the most dangerous hazards affecting aquatic biota in Egypt specially the Nile Tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus, which is an important species in commercial fisheries. Some areas were not fully studied to screen the hazards that may affect this economic fish. Therefore, the present study aimed to evaluate the potential hazards of heavy metals on O. niloticus in Al-Gharbiya Governorate in the Middle delta of Egypt. Water and fish samples were collected from Al-Qased canal, Kafr El-Zayaat Nile, El-Maash canal in Al-Gharbiya Governorate plus a reference site which is a fish farm at the Faculty of Agriculture, Damietta University, Damitta Governorate, Egypt...
March 12, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Iman I Salama, Samia M Sami, Zeinab N Said, Somaia I Salama, Thanaa M Rabah, Ghada A Abdel-Latif, Dalia M Elmosalami, Rehan M Saleh, Aida M Abdel Mohsin, Ammal M Metwally, Amal I Hassanin, Hanaa M Emam, Samia A Hemida, Safaa M Elserougy, Fatma A Shaaban, Walaa A Fouad, Amira Mohsen, Manal H El-Sayed
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate early and long term anamnestic response to a booster dose of HBV vaccine among non-seroprotected children. SUBJECTS AND METHOD: A national community based project was carried out on 3600 children aged 9 months to 16 years, fully vaccinated during infancy. They were recruited from 6 governorates representing Egypt. It revealed that 1535 children (42.8%) had non sero-protective anti-HBs (<10 IU/L) and were HBsAg or anti-HBc negative. A challenging dose of 10 μg of mono-valent Euvax HBV vaccine was given to 1121/1535 children...
March 9, 2018: Vaccine
Ibrahim H Saleh, Aly A Abdel-Halim
Beryllium-7 is a radionuclide produced in the upper atmosphere by cosmic-ray spallation with ions of carbon, oxygen and nitrogen. It is one of radionuclides that can be used to trace the fine particulate matter of 2.5-µm diameter (PM2.5 ) and smaller. In this work,7 Be was determined in leaves of 10 plant species collected from streets, parks and open land and in 5 consecutive rains over Alexandria, Egypt.7 Be levels were also measured in soil covered by each type of plant as well as in the nearest uncovered soil to be reference values to determine its intercepted amount and consequently PM2...
March 12, 2018: Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies
Mona S Ghaly, Dahlia I Badra, Omar Dessouki, Nermine N Elmaraghy, Ranya Hassan
Vitamin D deficiency has been described in SLE and OA. Low vitamin D level is prevalent in Egyptian SLE patients while controversial studies are present regarding its level in OA patients in Egypt. We investigated whether vitamin D receptor (VDR) genes Bsm1 and Fok1 polymorphisms could be used as genetic markers for the susceptibility to SLE and /or OA in a sample of Egyptian population. The study was carried out on 100 SLE patients, 100 osteoarthritic patients and 100 normal controls using polymerase chain reaction restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP)...
June 2017: Egyptian Journal of Immunology
Abeer Sheneef, Asmaa M Gouda, Asmaa N Mohammad, Laila M Yousef, Amal K Noureldin
Chronic HCV with its longstanding complications of cirrhosis and HCC is a highly prevalent and challenging problem in Egypt. Recently, microRNAs are ranked as potential biomarkers for early diagnosis of HCV related complications. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the role of miRNA-122 and miRNA-155 for prediction of progression of HCV infection and for diagnosis of HCC. A total of 92 chronic HCV patients [chronic HCV (group 1, n =32); chronic HCV with cirrhosis (group 2, n=31); chronic HCV with HCC (group 3, n=29)] were enrolled into the study...
June 2017: Egyptian Journal of Immunology
Shoaib Hassan, Anjana Haridas, Venki Sundaram
BACKGROUND: Strabismus, or squint, can be defined as a deviation from perfect ocular alignment and can be classified in many ways according to its aetiology and presentation. Treatment can be broadly divided into medical and surgical options, with a variety of surgical techniques being available, including the use of adjustable or non-adjustable sutures for the extraocular muscles. There exists an uncertainty as to which of these techniques produces a better surgical outcome, and an opinion that the adjustable suture technique may be of greater benefit in certain situations...
March 12, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Edward H Reynolds
The word hysteria originated in the Corpus Hippocraticum (c420 BCE) as a natural explanation for a variety of diseases in women linked in the Greco-Roman mind to an animate or inanimate womb, but which in the last five centuries has evolved to describe an elusive disorder of brain ± mind in men and women, currently referred to by neurologists as "functional neurological disorder". The Babylonians, Assyrians and Egyptians had no knowledge of brain or psychological function. Babylonian and Assyrian descriptions of disease and behaviour include only rare examples suggestive of modern hysteria...
February 17, 2018: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Manuel Schweizer, Yang Liu, Urban Olsson, Hadoram Shirihai, Qin Huang, Paul J Leader, José Luis Copete, Guy M Kirwan, Guoling Chen, Lars Svensson
Species not only responded idiosyncratically to past climate changes, there were also regionally contrasting effects on spatio-temporal diversification patterns. Studies of closely related species appear to be a particularly promising comparative approach to disentangle such regionally differential impacts. In this study, we undertook a comprehensive geographic sampling to investigate the evolutionary history of the Holarctic Sand Martin Riparia riparia and the chiefly Central and East Asian Pale Martin R. diluta...
March 6, 2018: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
Shin-Hee Kim
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 viruses are currently endemic in poultry in Egypt. Eradication of the viruses has been unsuccessful due to improper application of vaccine-based control strategies among other preventive measures. The viruses have evolved rapidly with increased bird-to-human transmission efficacy, thus affecting both animal and public health. Subsequent spread of potentially zoonotic low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) H9N2 in poultry has also hindered efficient control of avian influenza...
March 9, 2018: Viruses
Mohammad Kamal Shaker, Iman F Montasser, Mohamed Sakr, Mohamed Elgharib, Hany M Dabbous, Hend Ebada, Ahmed El Dorry, Mohamed Bahaa, Mahmoud El Meteini
Background and aim: The number of loco-regional therapies (LRTs) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) has increased dramatically during the past decade, bridging or downstaging patients on the waiting list for liver transplantation. This study aimed to analyze the outcomes of LRTs prior to living donor liver transplantation in patients with HCC. Methods: Sixty-two HCC patients received living donor liver transplantation at Ain Shams Center for Organ Transplantation over a 2-year period...
2018: Journal of Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Bing Zhu
Moxibustion, one of the traditional Chinese medicine therapy, plays an important role in the treatment of a variety of clinical conditions, particularly the chronic and deficiency problems. In the present paper, the author reviewed the history of development of moxibustion therapy, and the related materials and heating temperature in ancient China, and also reviewed the history of heating therapy (similar to moxibustion) appearing in ancient Egypt, Greek, Libya, India, Europe, etc. The author thinks that the efficacy of moxibustion intervention mainly depends on the heating temperature and the heated area of the skin (not the heating materials) according to his own research group's experimental outcomes...
February 25, 2018: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
Raef F A Hafez, Magad S Morgan, Osama M Fahmy, Hamdy T Hassan
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to report and confirm long-term effectiveness and safety of stereotactic Gamma Knife Surgery as a primary sole treatment in the management of 40 glomus jagulare tumors patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Retrospective analysis of clinical and radiological outcomes of 40 GJTs consecutive patients treated with GKS as primary sole treatment at International Medical Center (IMC), Cairo-Egypt from the beginning of 2005 till the end of 2014,with mean follow-up period of 84 months (range 36-156 months), mean tumor volume was 6...
February 26, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Przemyslaw Kosinski, Urszula Sarzynska-Nowacka, Magdalena Fiolna, Miroslaw Wielgos
It is now well established that acetylsalicylic acid - one of the most widely prescribed drugs today - has brought a new era in maternal-fetal medicine. The History of medicine mentions several antecedents. Extracts made from willow contained in clay tablets are reported in both ancient Sumer and Egypt. In 400 BC, Hippocrates referred to the use of salicylic tea to reduce fevers. In the 1950s, acetylsalicylic acid entered the Guinness Book of Records as the highest selling painkiller. There is little doubt that acetylsalicylic acid - one of the first drugs to enter common usage - remains one of the most researched drugs in the world...
2018: Ginekologia Polska
Rewaida Abdel-Gaber, Fathy Abdel-Ghaffar, Heinz Mehlhorn, Saleh Al Quraishy, Kareem Morsy, Sherein Maher
During the present investigation, a total of 220 fish specimens belonging to three different species, namely, little tunny Euthynnus alletteratus, African snook Lates niloticus, and striped red mullet Mullus surmuletus, were collected from January-November 2016 from the coasts off Abu Qir landing site, Alexandria City, south-eastern Mediterranean Sea, Egypt. The collected fish samples were dissected and examined for the presence of helminth parasites. Twenty-three out of 220 (10.45%) fish specimens were found to be naturally infected with four species of trematode parasites belonging to three different families of the order Plagiorchiida...
March 6, 2018: Parasitology Research
Elsayed A Khallaf, Mohammad M N Authman, Alaa A Alne-Na-Ei
Heavy metal residues in sediment and Oreochromis niloticus fish muscles, collected from a Nile River Canal (Bahr Shebeen Canal), Egypt, were investigated from September 2014 to December 2015. The spatial and seasonal distributions of Cd, Cu, Fe, Pb, and Zn are described and discussed. Relative abundance of these metals in sediment was found as follows: Fe > Zn > Cu > Pb > Cd. Indices of pollution were used to detect the degree of sediment contamination and indicated elevated concentrations likely to adversely affect benthic and benthic-associated organisms...
March 5, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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