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Arham Zavery, Faisal Qureshi, Arbaz Riaz, Fatima Pervez, Nousheen Iqbal, Javaid A Khan
The aim of the study was to determine the prevalence of shisha smoking; its associated factors and awareness among medical students of Karachi, Pakistan following the imposition of nationwide shisha ban. A cross sectional study was conducted among medical students of two medical universities, namely Sindh Medical College and Aga Khan University Karachi, Pakistan from October till December 2014. A total of 422 participants were included. Data was collected via a self-administered questionnaire. The mean age was 21 ± 1...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Community Health
Sitah F Alanazi, Khalid S Alzimami, Magdy M Ghannam, Ibrahim J Aljammaz, Faisal Alrumayan, Salem A Sassi
PURPOSE: Interest in PET imaging using zirconium-89 (Zr) (t1/2=78.41 h)-labeled tracers for the tracking and quantification of monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) is growing, mainly because of its well-matched physical half-life with the biological half-life of intact mAbs. This study aims to evaluate the imaging characteristics of Zr-PET in comparison with those obtained using fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (F-FDG) PET (gold standard tracer in PET imaging) using a Time-Of-Flight (TOF) PET/computed tomography (CT) scanner...
October 4, 2016: Nuclear Medicine Communications
Mazen Hassanain, Faisal Al-Alem, Eve Simoneau, Thamer A Traiki, Faisal Alsaif, Abdulsalam Alsharabi, Heba Al-Faris, Khalid Al-Saleh
BACKGROUND/AIM: To elucidate colorectal cancer (CRC) disease patterns, demographics, characteristics, stage at presentation, metastases, and survival rates of patients, particularly those with liver metastases, at our center as the first report from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective, single-center database study based on the histological diagnosis of CRC in patients seen at the King Khalid University Hospital between 2007 and 2011...
September 2016: Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Saudi Gastroenterology Association
Sihuang Xie, Faisal I Hai, Xinmin Zhan, Wenshan Guo, Hao H Ngo, William E Price, Long D Nghiem
Anaerobic co-digestion (AcoD) is a pragmatic approach to simultaneously manage organic wastes and produce renewable energy. This review demonstrates the need for improving AcoD modelling capacities to simulate the complex physicochemical and biochemical processes. Compared to mono-digestion, AcoD is more susceptible to process instability, as it operates at a higher organic loading and significant variation in substrate composition. Data corroborated here reveal that it is essential to model the transient variation in pH and inhibitory intermediates (e...
October 6, 2016: Bioresource Technology
Youssef Al Said, Khalil Kurdi, Saleh S Baeesa, Ahmed Najjar, Mohammed Almekhlafi, Ahmed Hassan
OBJECTIVE: To present our local experience with intracranial angioplasty and stenting used for the treatment of symptomatic intracranial stenosis to assess its safety, efficacy, and outcome. METHODS: This is a retrospective review of all the patients with symptomatic intracranial atherosclerotic disease who underwent endovascular treatment in King Faisal Specialist Hospital and research center, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from January 2003 to December 2014. Clinical, procedural, and outcome variables were gathered...
October 2016: Neurosciences: the Official Journal of the Pan Arab Union of Neurological Sciences
Paul Kostenuik, Faisal M Mirza
Delayed healing and nonunion of fractures represent enormous burdens to patients and healthcare systems. There are currently no approved pharmacological agents for the treatment of established nonunions, or for the acceleration of fracture healing, and no pharmacological agents are approved for promoting the healing of closed fractures. Yet several pharmacologic agents have the potential to enhance some aspects of fracture healing. In preclinical studies, various agents working across a broad spectrum of molecular pathways can produce larger, denser and stronger fracture calluses...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
Ahmed A Al-Qahtani, Mashael R Al-Anazi, Fahad A Al-Zoghaibi, Ayman A Abdo, Faisal M Sanai, Waleed K Al-Hamoudi, Khalid A Alswat, Hamad I Al-Ashgar, Mohammed Q Khan, Ali Albenmousa, Hanif Khalak, Mohammed N Al-Ahdal
:  Background. The protein encoded by PARK2 gene is a component of the ubiquitin-proteasome system that mediates targeting of proteins for the degradation pathway. Genetic variations at PARK2 gene were linked to various diseases including leprosy, typhoid and cancer. The present study investigated the association of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the PARK2 gene with the development of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and its progression to severe liver diseases. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 800 subjects, including 400 normal healthy subjects and 400 HCV-infected patients, were analyzed in this study...
November 2016: Annals of Hepatology
Faisal Inayat, Hafeez Ul Hasan Virk
Exertional heatstroke (EHS) is a life-threatening disease characterized clinically by central nervous system dysfunction and severe hyperthermia. It frequently occurs among athletes, soldiers, and laborers. While cardiopulmonary symptoms are common in patients undergoing EHS, irreversible acute liver failure is a rarely described phenomenon. When managing cases of EHS complicated by acute liver failure, it is crucial to act promptly with aggressive total body cooling in order to prevent progression of the clinical syndrome...
September 6, 2016: Curēus
Faisal Inayat, Abu Hurairah
The objective of this investigation was to study the gastrointestinal and hepatic involvement in hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES). Gastrointestinal or hepatic involvement is estimated to affect up to one-third of patients with HES, although most of the clinical evidence has been derived from case reports. In literature, HES presenting with hepatitis and jaundice with subsequent development of colitis is a rare clinicopathologic entity. Given the clinical implications, physicians should include HES among differentials in these types of presentations...
August 31, 2016: Curēus
Faisal Inayat, Zia Ur Rahman, Abu Hurairah
Our objective was to study nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) as a relevant risk factor associated with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients with and without cirrhosis. HCC is a common cancer worldwide that predominantly involves patients with hepatic cirrhosis. HCC has recently been linked to NAFLD, the hepatic manifestation of obesity and related metabolic disorders. This association is alarming due to the high prevalence of NAFLD globally, which may contribute to the rising incidence of HCC. A 31-year-old female with a history of dyslipidemia, hypertension, and diabetes mellitus presented with abdominal pain that persisted for six months...
August 29, 2016: Curēus
Michael Bennardo, Faisal J Alibhai, Elena V Tsimakouridze, Nirmala Chinnappareddy, Peter Podobed, Cristine J Reitz, W Glen Pyle, Jeremy A Simpson, Tami A Martino
Diurnal or circadian rhythms are fundamentally important for healthy cardiovascular physiology, and play a role in timing of onset and tolerance to myocardial infarction (MI) in patients. Whether time of day of MI triggers different molecular and cellular responses that can influence myocardial remodelling is not known. This study was designed to test whether time of day of MI triggers different gene expression, humoral, and innate inflammatory responses that contribute to cardiac repair after MI. Mice were infarcted by left anterior descending coronary artery ligation (MI model) within a 2 hour time window either shortly after lights on or lights off, and the early remodelling responses at 8 hours post infarction were examined...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Mohamed Abu-Farha, Irina Al-Khairi, Preethi Cherian, Betty Chandy, Devarajan Sriraman, Asma Alhubail, Faisal Al-Refaei, Abdulmohsen AlTerki, Jehad Abubaker
BACKGROUND: Hypertriglyceridemia is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes (T2D). Angiopoietin like proteins particularly 3, 4 and recently 8 are well established regulators of plasma triglyceride level through regulating the activity of lipoprotein lipase. Plasma level and association between ANGPTL3, 4 and 8 is not well established in human subjects. This study was designed to establish the level of these proteins in plasma and adipose tissues and investigate the association between ANGPTL8 with ANGPTL3 and 4 in T2D and non-diabetics subjects...
October 13, 2016: Lipids in Health and Disease
Nawal Al Shehhi, Faisal Aziz, Farida Al Hosani, Bashir Aden, Iain Blair
BACKGROUND: Worldwide, human brucellosis remains an important and widespread infection. In the past, there were limited data on the occurrence of human brucellosis in the United Arab Emirates and the reported incidence appeared to be low compared with similar areas. In 2009, a new web-based infectious disease surveillance system was introduced in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. This paper reports data from this new system on human brucellosis for the 6 years 2010 to 2015. METHODS: A dataset was extracted for each case of human brucellosis reported to the notification system for the 6 year period January 2010 to December 2015...
October 12, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Hanan H Balkhy, Aiman El-Saed, Faisal M Sanai, Mohammad Alqahtani, Mashael Alonaizi, Nermeen Niazy, Abdulrahman Aljumah
BACKGROUND: Non-adherence with recommended follow-up visits is a major barrier for completing treatment of viral hepatitis and is consequently associated with unfavorable outcomes of health services. OBJECTIVES: To estimate the magnitude and identify perceived reasons and patient characteristics associated with loss to follow-up in a tertiary care setting. METHODS: A two-step cross-sectional study design was used, including a chart review (2011) followed by phone survey (2012)...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Infection and Public Health
Asra Hashmi, Rohan Policherla, Hector Campbell, Faraz A Khan, Adam Schumaier, Faisal Al-Mufarrej
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the comprehensiveness of plastic surgery program websites. DESIGN: American Medical Association interactive database was accessed for the list of integrated plastic surgery programs, in June 2015. Since then, 67 plastic surgery program websites were accessed and searched for the presence or absence of 31 criteria, which were further grouped into 5 categories: First, program contact information; second, training and research; third, program setup; fourth, benefits and facilities; and fifth, information for applicants...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Surgical Education
Asim Rizvi, Bríain Ó Hartaigh, Paul Knaapen, Jonathon Leipsic, Leslee J Shaw, Daniele Andreini, Gianluca Pontone, Subha Raman, Muhammad Akram Khan, Michael Ridner, Faisal Nabi, Alessia Gimelli, James Jang, Jason Cole, Ryo Nakazato, Christopher Zarins, Donghee Han, Ji Hyun Lee, Jackie Szymonifika, Millie J Gomez, Quynh A Truong, Hyuk-Jae Chang, Fay Y Lin, James K Min
BACKGROUND: Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) allows for non-invasive assessment of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) beyond measures of stenosis severity alone. This assessment includes atherosclerotic plaque characteristics (APCs) and calculation of fractional flow reserve (FFR) from CCTA (FFRCT). Similarly, stress imaging by myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) provides vital information. To date, the diagnostic performance of integrated CCTA assessment versus integrated MPS assessment for diagnosis of vessel-specific ischemia remains underexplored...
October 6, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Salman A Khan, Abdullah M Asiri, Faisal M S Aqlan
(2E)-3-[4-(dimethylamino)phenyl]-1-(2-hydroxyphenyl)prop-2-en-1-one (DPHP) was synthesized by the reaction 4(dimethylamino) benzaldehyde with 1-(2-hydroxyphenyl) ethanone under microwave irradiation. Structure of DPHP was conformed by (1)H and (13)C NMR, FT-IR, EI-MS spectral studies and elemental analysis. The electronic absorption and fluorescence spectra of DPHP have been studied in solvents of different polarities, and the data were used to study the solvatochromic properties such as extinction coefficient, stokes shift, oscillator strength, transition dipole moment, fluorescence quantum yield and photochemical quantum yield...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Fluorescence
Poornima Patel, Faisal Idrees, Vilas Newaskar, Deepak Agrawal
BACKGROUND: Internal derangement of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is one of the most common forms of temporomandibular disorders. The minimally invasive treatments such as arthrocentesis as well as arthroscopic lysis and lavage are often used as a first-line surgical treatment or in conjunction with nonsurgical modalities with low morbidity and high efficacy. Sodium hyaluronate (SH) has been proposed as an alternative therapeutic agent with similar therapeutic effects. OBJECTIVE: A prospective study was carried out for evaluation of efficacy of TMJ arthrocentesis with and without injection of SH in management of internal derangements...
October 6, 2016: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Faisal G Bakaeen, Eric E Roselli, Douglas R Johnston, Edward G Soltesz, Michael Z Tong, Lars G Svensson
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September 28, 2016: Journal of Surgical Research
Osama Ibrahim Almosallam, Ali Aseeri, Saud Al Shanafey
BACKGROUND: Colostomy is a common part of the management of high anorectal malformation (ARM) in the pediatric population. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether the type of colostomy (loop vs divided) has an impact on outcome in patients with ARM. DESIGN: A retrospective study. SETTING: King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, a tertiary care center. PATIENTS AND METHODS: All patients who were managed with colostomy for ARM and had definitive repair during the period of January 2000 to December 2014...
September 2016: Annals of Saudi Medicine
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