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Kamelia Afshinnia, Mithun Sikder, Bo Cai, Mohammed Baalousha
Nanomaterial (NM) aggregation is a key process determining their environmental, fate behavior and effects. Nanomaterials are typically engineered to remain kinetically stable; however, in environmental and toxicological media, NMs are prone to aggregation. The aggregation kinetics of NM is typically quantified by measuring their attachment efficiency (α) and critical coagulation concentration (CCC). Several studies measured α and CCC for Ag NMs with a major focus on investigating the effects of ionic strength, ion valency and natural organic matter, with few studies investigating other environmental factors such as light and dissolved oxygen and none investigating the effect of particle size, buffer type and concentration, or surface coverage by capping agent...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
H Moriah Sokolowski, Wim Fias, Ahmad Mousa, Daniel Ansari
In recent years, there has been substantial growth in neuroimaging studies investigating neural correlates of symbolic (e.g. Arabic numerals) and non-symbolic (e.g. dot arrays) number processing. However, it remains contested whether number is represented abstractly, or if number representations in the brain are format-dependent. In order to quantitatively evaluate available evidence, we used activation likelihood estimation (ALE) to conduct quantitative meta-analyses using 57 neuroimaging papers. Consistent with the existence of abstract representation of number in the brain, conjunction analyses revealed overlapping activation for symbolic and nonsymbolic numbers in frontal and parietal lobes...
October 18, 2016: NeuroImage
Ambily Sivadas, Parul Sharma, Vinod Scaria
AIM: Pharmacogenetic landscapes of commonly used antiplatelet drugs, warfarin and clopidogrel have been studied in-depth in many countries. However, there is a paucity of data to understand their patterns in the Arab populations. MATERIALS & METHODS: We analyzed the whole exome sequencing datasets of 100 Qatar individuals available in public domain with this perspective. RESULTS: We characterized the allelic distribution of variants routinely tested for warfarin and clopidogrel...
October 21, 2016: Pharmacogenomics
P K Binsi, Natasha Nayak, P C Sarkar, A Jeyakumari, P Muhamed Ashraf, George Ninan, C N Ravishankar
The synergistic efficacy of gum arabic and sage polyphenols in stabilising capsule wall and protecting fish oil encapsulates from heat induced disruption and oxidative deterioration during spray drying was assessed. The emulsions prepared with sodium caseinate as wall polymer, gum arabic as wall co-polymer and sage extract as wall stabiliser was spray dried using a single fluid nozzle. Fish oil encapsulates stabilised with gum arabic and sage extract (SOE) exhibited significantly higher encapsulation efficiency compared to encapsulates containing gum arabic alone (FOE)...
March 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Miriam Ethel Bentwich, Nomy Dickman, Amitai Oberman
OBJECTIVES: To explore whether gaps exist between caretakers from different ethno-cultural groups (Israeli-born Jews [Sabras], Israeli Arabs [Arabs], and migrants from Russia [Russians]) regarding their perceptions of autonomy and human dignity of patients with dementia. DESIGN: A mixed-methods research scheme was used, comprised of qualitative and quantitative methods, utilizing semi-structured interviews and self-reported questionnaires. Twenty formal caretakers participated in the qualitative portion, and approximately 200 caretakers were included in the quantitative portion...
October 21, 2016: Ethnicity & Health
Omran S Habib, Jasim N Al-Asadi, Osama G Hussein
OBJECTIVES: To study the incidence rate of lung cancer and its time trend in Basrah during 2005-2012. METHODS: This was a cancer registry-based retrospective study including all Basrah inhabitant patients diagnosed with primary lung cancer during the period from January 2005 to December 2012. The crude incidence rate was calculated in addition to the age standardized incidence rate (ASIR)/100,000 using the world standard population. Results: Out of 746 registered cases of lung cancer in Basrah, 75...
November 2016: Saudi Medical Journal
Alan M Batt, Ahmed S Al-Hajeri, Fergal H Cummins
To report the characteristics of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest patients and their outcomes in the emirates of Sharjah, Ras-al-Khaimah, Umm Al-Quwain, Fujairah, and Ajman in the United Arab Emirates (collectively known as the Northern Emirates). Methods: This is a prospective descriptive cohort study of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest incidents transported by the national ambulance crews between February 2014 and March 2015 in the Northern Emirates. Results: A total of 384 patients were enrolled in this study...
November 2016: Saudi Medical Journal
Salma M Wakil, Ramesh Ram, Nzioka P Muiya, Munish Mehta, Editha Andres, Nejat Mazhar, Batoul Baz, Samya Hagos, Maie Alshahid, Brian F Meyer, Grant Morahan, Nduna Dzimiri
The data shows results acquired in a large cohort of 5668 ethnic Arabs involved in a common variants association study for coronary artery disease (CAD) and myocardial infarction (MI) using the Affymetrix Axiom Genotyping platform ("A genome-wide association study reveals susceptibility loci for myocardial infarction/coronary artery disease in Saudi Arabs" Wakil et al. (2015) [1] ). Several loci were described that conferred risk for CAD or MI, some of which were validated in an independent set of samples. Principal Component (PCA) analysis suggested that the Saudi Cohort was close to the CEU and TSI populations, thus pointing to similarity with European populations...
June 2016: Data in Brief
Abdulrahman O Musaiger, Mariam Al-Mannai, Ahmad R Al-Haifi, Fatima Nabag, Jalila Elati, Nada Abahussain, Reema Tayyem, Marwan Jalambo, Mofida Benhamad, Berivan Al-Mufty
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to highlight the prevalence of overweight and obesity among adolescents in eight Arab countries. METHODS: A school-based cross-sectional study was conducted in eight Arab countries: Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Tunisia. The total sample included was 6,447 adolescents aged 15-18 years (3,111 males, 3,336 females). The International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) and World Health Organization (WHO) reference standards were used to determine obesity levels...
September 20, 2016: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Mohammad Adawi, Bishara Bisharat, Abdalla Bowirrat
BACKGROUND: Erdheim-Chester disease (ECD) is an uncommon aggressive, multisystem form of non-Langerhans' cell histocytosis, which was firstly reported by Jakob Erdheim and William chester in 1930. The disease pathological features encompass an aberrant multiplication, overproduction and accumulation of white blood cells called histiocytes within multiple tissues and organs. Herein, we present a case of ECD owing to the rarity of this disease (roughly 550 cases have been described in the literature to date)...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Horrolein Arab, Soleiman Mahjoub, Karimollah Hajian-Tilaki, Mehdi Moghadasi
BACKGROUND: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most prevalent degenerative disorder of the brain among elderly individuals. Many studies indicate that oxidative stress is an important pathogenic factor which involves oxidizing macromolecules such as DNA, lipids, and proteins in AD. Green tea is a rich source of antioxidant compounds that can remove radical oxygen species. The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of green tea consumption on markers of oxidative stress in AD...
2016: Caspian Journal of Internal Medicine
Afzalhussein Yusufali, Rasha Khatib, Shofiqul Islam, Khalid AlHabib, Roya Kelishadi, Sumathy Rangarajan, Salim Yusuf
OBJECTIVE: Data on hypertension prevalence, awareness, treatment and control are sparse in the Middle East especially in the different socio-demographic characteristics (age, sex, community location, education) and comorbid status like diabetes and cardiovascular disease. We report the prevalence, awareness, treatment, and control of hypertension across four Middle Eastern countries (Iran, Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates (UAE)), using a standardized and uniform method...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Attila Krajcsi
Numerical distance and size effects (easier number comparisons with large distance or small size) are mostly supposed to reflect a single effect, the ratio effect, which is a consequence of activation of the analog number system (ANS), working according to Weber's law. In an alternative model, symbolic numbers can be processed by a discrete semantic system (DSS), in which the distance and size effects could originate in two independent factors: the distance effect depending on the semantic distance of the units, and the size effect depending on the frequency of the symbols...
October 17, 2016: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
U Kiltz, D van der Heijde, A Boonen, W Bautista-Molano, R Burgos-Vargas, P Chiowchanwisawakit, T Duruoz, B El-Zorkany, I Essers, I Gaydukova, P Géher, L Gossec, S Grazio, J Gu, M A Khan, T J Kim, W P Maksymowych, H Marzo-Ortega, V Navarro-Compán, I Olivieri, D Patrikos, F M Pimentel-Santos, M Schirmer, F van den Bosch, U Weber, J Zochling, J Braun
INTRODUCTION: The Assessments of SpondyloArthritis international society Health Index (ASAS HI) measures functioning and health in patients with spondyloarthritis (SpA) across 17 aspects of health and 9 environmental factors (EF). The objective was to translate and adapt the original English version of the ASAS HI, including the EF Item Set, cross-culturally into 15 languages. METHODS: Translation and cross-cultural adaptation has been carried out following the forward-backward procedure...
2016: RMD Open
Mirai Mourad Sadek, Asim Ahmed Elnour, Naama M S Al Kalbani, Akshaya Srikanth Bhagavathula, Mohamed A Baraka, Alaa Mohammed Abdul Aziz, Abdulla Shehab
Background: The pharmaceutical care and 'extended' roles are still not practiced optimally by community pharmacists. Several studies have discussed the practice of community pharmacy in the UAE and have shown that most community pharmacists only counsel patients. However, UAE, has taken initiatives to allow and prepare community pharmacists to practice 'extended' roles. Aim of the review: The aim was to review the current roles of community pharmacists in Abu Dhabi Emirate, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Objective: The objective was to encourage community pharmacists toward extending their practice roles...
September 2016: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
Sarit Shimony-Kanat, Julie Benbenishty
OBJECTIVE: To characterize trauma-related falls in infants and toddlers aged 0 to 3 years over a 4-year period and develop a risk stratification model of causes of fall injuries. METHODS: Data on falls of 0 to 3 year olds from 2009 to 2012 were identified from a Jerusalem tertiary hospital trauma registry (N = 422) and the National Trauma Registry of Israel (N = 4,131). RESULTS: Almost half of falls occurred during the first year of life, and 57% of the children were Jewish...
October 4, 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Laura E Edsberg, Joyce M Black, Margaret Goldberg, Laurie McNichol, Lynn Moore, Mary Sieggreen
Our understanding of pressure injury etiology and development has grown in recent years through research, clinical expertise, and global interdisciplinary expert collaboration. Therefore, the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) has revised the definition and stages of pressure injury. The revision was undertaken to incorporate the current understanding of the etiology of pressure injuries, as well as to clarify the anatomical features present or absent in each stage of injury. An NPUAP-appointed Task Force reviewed the literature and created drafts of definitions, which were then reviewed by stakeholders and the public, including clinicians, educators, and researchers around the world...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
Mohamed M Abuzaid, Aishah M Alnuaimi, Asma M Abdi, Elika A Mohajer, Ifrah A Mohamed, Rawan A Bilwani, Shaima B Alhammadi
BACKGROUND: Radiological examinations require prior preparation that patients should be informed about. Radiologists and radiologic technologists have limited time and resources to do so. Therefore, the internet is a valuable and accessible resource for patient education, but the information may not be reliable, especially that in Arabic language. This study aimed to develop online patient education resources about imaging procedures in Arabic. It also evaluated the understandability and actionability of the source materials...
September 2016: Journal of the Egyptian Public Health Association
Heba A Abdel Sadek, Mervat W Abu-Nazel, Zeinab N Shata, Nesrin K Abd El-Fatah
BACKGROUND: Although the relationship between obesity and depression has been researched extensively, the relation of the wide range of body-weight problems, as indicated by the BMI, to emotional health problems has received little attention. OBJECTIVES: To assess the rate of concomitant co-occurrence of emotional health and weight problems in Alexandria University students, and to investigate the relationship between their BMI and emotional status. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out on 842 university students (17-27 years), enrolled in four faculties of Alexandria University, Egypt, during the academic year 2012-2013...
September 2016: Journal of the Egyptian Public Health Association
Amin Daoulah, Mohamed N Alama, Osama E Elkhateeb, Mushabab Al-Murayeh, Salem Al-Kaabi, Salem M Al-Faifi, Hind M Alosaimi, Amir Lotfi, Khalid S Asiri, Ahmed M Elimam, Ayman S Abougalambo, Waheed Murad, Mamdouh M Haddara, Ciaran M Dixon, Alawi A Alsheikh-Ali
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the association of widowhood with the severity and extent of coronary artery disease (CAD), and whether it is modified by sex or socioeconomic status. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 1068 patients undergoing coronary angiography at five centers in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were included in the study. CAD was defined as more than 70% lumen stenosis in a major epicardial vessel or more than 50% in the left main coronary artery...
October 4, 2016: Coronary Artery Disease
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