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Saima Riaz, Humayun Bashir, Imran Khalid Niazi, Sumera Butt, Faisal Qamar
Mirels' scoring system quantifies the risk of sustaining a pathologic fracture in osseous metastases of weight bearing long bones. Conventional Mirels' scoring is based on radiographs. Our pilot study proposes Tc MDP bone SPECT-CT based modified Mirels' scoring system and its comparison with conventional Mirels' scoring. Cortical lysis was noted in 8(24%) by SPECT-CT versus 2 (6.3%) on X-rays. Additional SPECT-CT parameters were; circumferential involvement [1/4 (31%), 1/2 (3%), 3/4 (37.5%), 4/4 (28%)] and extra-osseous soft tissue [3%]...
March 20, 2018: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Faisal Akhtar, Sabah Rehman
Congenital syphilis is one of the preventable diseases caused by the gram-negative bacteria Treponema pallidum; yet, it imposes a serious global health and economic burden, with more than half of the cases resulting in serious adverse outcomes, including infant mortality. Mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of syphilis is estimated at 3.6 million adjusted life years (DALYs) and around $309 million in medical costs. In 2006, an estimated 9.7 million children of age less than five years died in developing countries; almost four million were neonatal deaths...
January 16, 2018: Curēus
Faisal Akhtar, Sabah Rehman
Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C have been major disease-causing agents among humans since they were discovered in the 1960s. Both cause jaundice-like symptoms initially but their prognosis and treatment are somehow different and depend upon many demographic details, such as the age and susceptibility of the patients and any other comorbid conditions. They clinically present primarily with hepatitis and can have many adverse effects or even be life-threatening at times, if not treated properly. However, their epidemiological background and findings in terms of morbidity, mortality, and case fatality rates are different...
January 16, 2018: Curēus
Faisal E Al Jofi, Tao Ma, Dong Guo, Monica P Schneider, Yan Shu, Hockin H K Xu, Abraham Schneider
BACKGROUND: Compelling evidence indicates that metformin, a low-cost and safe orally administered biguanide prescribed to millions of type 2 diabetics worldwide, induces the osteoblastic differentiation of mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) through the 5' adenosine monophosphate (AMP)-activated protein kinase (AMPK) pathway. As a highly hydrophilic cationic compound, metformin uptake is facilitated by cell membrane organic cation transporters (OCTs) of the solute carrier 22A gene family...
March 16, 2018: Cytotherapy
Fatima Ali, Faisal Alsayegh, Prem Sharma, Mohammad Waheedi, Tania Bayoud, Faisal Alrefai
BACKGROUND: The effects of diabetes mellitus on the differential white blood cell count are not widely studied in the Arab populations. The objective of this cross-sectional, retrospective study is to assess the influence of chronic diabetes mellitus on white blood cell counts, absolute neutrophil (ANC) and lymphocyte counts (ALC) as well as the prevalence of benign ethnic neutropenia among Arabs attending the Dasman Diabetes Institute (DDI) in Kuwait. METHODS AND FINDINGS: 1,580 out of 5,200 patients registered in the DDI database qualified for our study...
2018: PloS One
Mohammad Shoaib Shafi, Tayyaba Faisal, Sajida Naseem, Sajida Javed
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate understanding of biostatistics among postgraduate medical trainees before and after biostatistics workshop. STUDY DESIGN: Quasi experimental study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Regional Centre, Islamabad, College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan, from March to September 2017. METHODOLOGY: Two hundred and seventy postgraduate trainees were enrolled after taking informed consent. Structured questionnaire containing 21 multiple choice questions regarding understanding and application of biostatistics was given to all participants on the first and the last day of workshop and compared pre- and post-workshop by McNemar test of significance...
March 2018: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
Faisal Junejo, Mohammad Irfan Akhtar, Mohammad Hamid, Syed Shabbir Ahmed, Fauzia Minai, Muneer Amanullah
OBJECTIVE: To compare the intravenous boluses and intravenous continuous infusion of tranexamic acid (TXA) to reduce postoperative bleeding in cyanotic congenital heart disease surgeries. STUDY DESIGN: Single-blinded randomised clinical trial. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Anaesthesia Department, The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, from July 2016 to April 2017. METHODOLOGY: Sixty patients of cyanotic congenital heart disease, undergoing either palliative or corrective surgery involving cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), were recruited...
March 2018: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
Khalid A Awartani, Maryam S Al Shabibi
OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence of chromosomal abnormalities in couples with recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL), to determine other factors that may be associated with the chromosomal abnormalities, and to assess the outcomes of couples who had undergone multidisciplinary interventions according to associated etiological factors. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study involved 1074 couples who attended RPL clinic during an 11-year period from January 2006 to December 2016 at a single center, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia...
March 2018: Saudi Medical Journal
Daniel Langer, Casey E Ciavaglia, Azmy Faisal, Katherine A Webb, J Alberto Neder, Rik Gosselink, Sauwaluk Dacha, Marko Topalovic, Anna Ivanova, Denis E O'Donnell
Among patients with COPD, those with the lowest maximal inspiratory pressures experience greater breathing discomfort (dyspnea) during exercise. In such individuals, inspiratory muscle training (IMT) may be associated with improvement of dyspnea but the mechanisms for this are poorly understood. Therefore, we aimed to identify physiological mechanisms of improvement in dyspnea and exercise endurance following inspiratory muscle training (IMT) in patients with COPD and low maximal inspiratory pressure (Pi,max)...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Applied Physiology
T P Loch, M Faisal
Flavobacterial diseases are significant impediments to hatchery-based fishery conservation and aquaculture productivity worldwide. Recent studies revealed a multitude of novel flavobacteria within the reproductive fluids and unfertilized eggs of feral Chinook salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha broodstock, some of which were associated with systemic disease. Herein, embryonated eggs/fry from these broodstock were assayed for flavobacteria while in incubator stacks in three hatcheries over 2 years, as was the water entering hatchery incubators...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Fish Diseases
Abdul Rehman, Muhammad Farooq, Ahmad Nawaz, Abdullah M Al-Sadi, Khalid Al-Hashmi, Faisal Nadeem, Aman Ullah
BACKGROUND: Zinc (Zn) is essential for all life forms and its deficiency represents the major issue of malnutrition in humans. This study was carried out to characterize the 28 wheat genotypes of Pakistani origin for grain zinc biofortification potential, genetic diversity and relatedness. RESULTS: There was low genetic differentiation among the tested genotypes. However, these wheat genotypes differed greatly for yield related traits and grain mineral concentration (Zn, Ca and protein) and Zn bioavailability...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Syed Rizwan A Bokhari, Faisal Akhtar, Qurrat-Ul-Ain Abid, Uzma Jahanzaib, Maria R Bokhari, Sana Hasan, Khurshid Khan
Postural hypotension, as a manifestation of autonomic neuropathy is a very sinister long-term debilitating complication of diabetes, is usually irreversible and tough to manage with medications. The treatment of this condition following the standard treatment protocols can be contraindicated in the patients with underlying heart conditions. We report the case of a patient at our hospital who presented with full-blown symptomatic dysautonomia secondary to long-standing diabetes, with bedside testing positive for autonomic dysfunction...
January 8, 2018: Curēus
Erum Khan, Kelli L Barr, Joveria Qais Farooqi, Dhani Prakoso, Alizae Abbas, Zain Y Khan, Shanze Ashi, Kehkashan Imtiaz, Z Aziz, Faisal Malik, John A Lednicky, Maureen T Long
Like most of the world, Pakistan has seen an increase in mosquito-transmitted diseases in recent years. The magnitude and distribution of these diseases are poorly understood as Pakistan does not have a nation-wide system for reporting disease. A cross-sectional study to determine which flaviviruses were causing of arboviral disease in Pakistan was instituted. West Nile virus (WNV) is a cause of seasonal fever with neurotropic findings in countries that share borders with Pakistan. Here, we describe the active and persistent circulation of WNV in humans in the southern region of Pakistan...
2018: Frontiers in Public Health
Faisal S Ali, Maryam R Hussain, Carolina Gutiérrez, Petya Demireva, Leomar Y Ballester, Jiguang-Jay Zhu, Angel Blanco, Yoshua Esquenazi
Cognitive dysfunction is common among patients with intracranial tumors. Most cognitive deficits are subtle, lack specificity, may mimic depression or other neurological disorders and may be recognized in retrospect by the physician. In certain cases, distinguishing between tumor recurrence and cognitive deficits that arise as a consequence of the treatment becomes challenging. Late treatment effects have also become an area of focus as the overall survival and prognosis of patients with brain tumors increases...
March 2, 2018: Cancer Treatment Reviews
Muhammad A Farooq, Kangni Zhang, Faisal Islam, Jian Wang, Habib U R Athar, Aamir Nawaz, Zafar Ullah Zafar, Jianxiang Xu, Weijun Zhou
Brassica napus plants exposed to 200 μM arsenic (As) exhibited high-level of stress condition, which led to inhibit growth, enhanced lipid peroxidation, and disrupted cellular ultra-structures. Exogenous application of methyl jasmonate (MeJA) alleviated the As-induced oxidative stress and improves the plant growth and photosynthesis. In this study, we investigated changes in the B. napus leaf proteome in order to identify molecular mechanisms involved in MeJA -induced As tolerance. Our study identified 177 proteins were differentially expressed in cultivar ZS 758; while 200 differentially expressed proteins were accumulated in zheda 622, when exposed to As alone and MeJA+As treatments, respectively...
March 12, 2018: Proteomics
Faisal Nadeem, Zeeshan Ahmad, Ruifeng Wang, Jienan Han, Qi Shen, Feiran Chang, Xianmin Diao, Fusuo Zhang, Xuexian Li
Foxtail millet (FM) [ Setaria italica (L.) Beauv.] is a grain and forage crop well adapted to nutrient-poor soils. To date little is known how FM adapts to low nitrogen (LN) at the morphological, physiological, and molecular levels. Using the FM variety Yugu1, we found that LN led to lower chlorophyll contents and N concentrations, and higher root/shoot and C/N ratios and N utilization efficiencies under hydroponic culture. Importantly, enhanced biomass accumulation in the root under LN was in contrast to a smaller root system, as indicated by significant decreases in total root length; crown root number and length; and lateral root number, length, and density...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Mario Gaudino, Francesco Burzotta, Faisal Bakaeen, Olivier Bertrand, Filippo Crea, Antonino Di Franco, Stephen Fremes, Ferdinand Kiemeneij, Yves Louvard, Sunil V Rao, Thomas A Schwann, James Tatoulis, Robert F Tranbaugh, Carlo Trani, Marco Valgimigli, Pascal Vranckx, David P Taggart
This article summarizes the current research on the benefits of using the transradial approach for percutaneous procedures and the radial artery as a conduit for coronary artery bypass surgery. Based on the available evidence, the authors provide recommendations for the use of the radial artery in patients undergoing percutaneous or surgical coronary procedures.
March 13, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Hadeel Alkhaneen, Faisal Alhusain, Khalid Alshahri, Nawfal Al Jerian
BACKGROUND: Choosing a medical specialty is a poorly understood process. Although studies conducted around the world have attempted to identify the factors that affect medical students' choice of specialty, data is scarce on the factors that influence the choice of specialty of Saudi Arabian medical students, in particular those planning a career in emergency medicine (EM). In this study, we investigated whether Saudi medical students choosing EM are influenced by different factors to those choosing other specialties...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Emergency Medicine
Caspar Godthaab Sørensen, William Kristian Karlsson, Faisal Mohammad Amin, Mette Lindelof
Introduction: Encephalopathy and convulsive seizures are rare manifestations of metronidazole toxicity. The incidence is unknown, but the condition has most frequently been reported in patients in their fifth to sixth decades. Usually, this condition is regarded as reversible, but permanent deficits and even death have been reported. Case Report: A 66-year-old female patient undergoing metronidazole treatment for pleural empyema was admitted to our institution after her second episode of seizure...
January 2018: Case Reports in Neurology
Mohammad Saud Khan, Faisal Jamal, Zubair Khan, Abhinav Tiwari, Hermann Simo, Himani Sharma
Duodenal perforation is a rare but life-threatening complication of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). Duodenal perforation can cause air leak into the extraperitoneal space. In rare instances, the air in the extraperitoneal space could dissect along the fascial planes of the abdomen to reach scrotum, leading to pneumoscrotum. We present the case of a 35-year-old male patient who developed scrotal pain and swelling following ERCP. He was found to have extensive pneumoscrotum, pneumoretroperitoneum, pneumomediastinum, and subcutaneous emphysema...
January 2018: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
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