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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821029/effect-of-gum-arabic-modified-alginate-on-physicochemical-properties-release-kinetics-and-storage-stability-of-liquid-core-hydrogel-beads
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Fu-Hsuan Tsai, Yutaka Kitamura, Mito Kokawa
Different weight ratios of alginate/gum arabic (GA) solutions were prepared to serve as the wall material of liquid-core hydrogel beads (LHB) that were formulated to protect the total phenolic compounds (TP) of radish by-product juice from degradation during storage and release in simulated gastrointestinal fluid. The diameter of LHB ranged from 4.63 to 5.66mm with a sphericity lower than 0.05. LHB formulated with 25% GA (AGB0.25) exhibited the highest hardness (26.63N), and those formulated with 50% GA (AGB0...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820002/applicability-of-the-arabic-version-of-vocal-tract-discomfort-scale-vtds-with-student-singers-as-professional-voice-users
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Wesam B Darawsheh, Yaser S Natour, Eve G Sada
AIM: This pilot study aimed to evaluate the internal consistency, convergent construct validity and criterion validity of Arabic version of the Vocal Tract Discomfort Scale (VTDS), and to investigate the correlation between the scores of the VTDS, the VHI and the acoustic measures of fundamental frequency (F0), shimmer, jitter and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR). METHODOLOGY: A cross-sectional study where 97 participants participated (47 males and 50 females) (mean age 20...
August 18, 2017: Logopedics, Phoniatrics, Vocology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819535/clinical-features-and-antinuclear-antibodies-profile-among-adults-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-and-lupus-nephritis-a-cross-sectional-study
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Nashwa Ahmed, Mazin Shigidi, Al Nour Al Agib, Hassan Abdelrahman, Elshafie Taha
INTRODUCTION: Limited data is available regarding the clinical manifestations and pattern of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) in Sudan. This study aimed to determine the clinical manifestations and Antinuclear Antibodies (ANA) profile among Sudanese adults with SLE and lupus nephritis (LN). METHODS: A descriptive study was conducted in Omdurman Military Hospital, Sudan. It included all adults with SLE and on regular follow-up during the study period (December 2012 to May 2013)...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819130/a-multielectrode-array-microchannel-platform-reveals-both-transient-and-slow-changes-in-axonal-conduction-velocity
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Rouhollah Habibey, Shahrzad Latifi, Hossein Mousavi, Mattia Pesce, Elmira Arab-Tehrany, Axel Blau
Due to their small dimensions, electrophysiology on thin and intricate axonal branches in support of understanding their role in normal and diseased brain function poses experimental challenges. To reduce experimental complexity, we coupled microelectrode arrays (MEAs) to bi-level microchannel devices for the long-term in vitro tracking of axonal morphology and activity with high spatiotemporal resolution. Our model allowed the long-term multisite recording from pure axonal branches in a microscopy-compatible environment...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816915/physician-awareness-of-developmental-screening-and-referral-in-the-state-of-kuwait
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Hollie Hix-Small, Khaled Alkherainej
OBJECTIVE: In the State of Kuwait, family physicians and pediatricians are responsible for identifying and referring children at risk of disability. The aims of this study were to better understand physician (1) use of developmental screening instruments, (2) referral practices for children at risk of developmental disability, (3) interpretation of screening results, and (4) anticipatory guidance topics prioritized over child screening. METHODS: A nonprobability volunteer, self-selection sample of family physicians, general practitioners, and pediatricians (n = 398) completed a 60-item paper questionnaire...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816075/psychological-impact-of-female-genital-mutilation-among-adolescent-egyptian-girls-a-cross-sectional-study
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Magdy R Ahmed, Mohamed M Shaaban, Heba K Meky, Mohamed E Amin Arafa, Tamer Y Mohamed, Waleed F Gharib, Abeer B Ahmed
OBJECTIVES: Worldwide, at least 200 million women and girls have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). The medical and sexual consequences have been documented, but the psychological impact has not been studied to the same extent. The aim of this study was to explore the relationship between FGM and psychiatric problems among adolescent girls. METHODS: A total of 204 girls, aged 14-19 years, were included in a cross-sectional study conducted at Suez Canal University Hospitals...
August 17, 2017: European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812805/changes-in-socio-economic-inequality-in-neonatal-mortality-in-iran-between-1995-2000-and-2005-2010-an-oaxaca-decomposition-analysis
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Mostafa Amini Rarani, Arash Rashidian, Ardeshir Khosravi, Mohammad Arab, Ezatollah Abbasian, Esmaeil Khedmati Morasae
BACKGROUND: Exploring changes in health inequality and its determinants over time is of policy interest. Accordingly, this study aimed to decompose inequality in neonatal mortality into its contributing factors and then explore changes from 1995-2000 to 2005-2010 in Iran. METHODS: Required data were drawn from two Iran's demographic and health survey (DHS) conducted in 2000 and 2010. Normalized concentration index (CI) was used to measure the magnitude of inequality in neonatal mortality...
September 24, 2016: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812022/histopathologic-differences-between-jewish-and-arab-population-in-israel-at-first-time-presentation-with-bladder-cancer
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Ofir Avitan, Zaher Bahouth, Sarel Halachmi, Sagi Shprits, Ismail Masarwa, Edmond Sabo, Boaz Moskovitz, Ofer Nativ
BACKGROUND: Pathology of urothelial carcinoma may vary in different populations at diagnosis. Our aim was to evaluate the histopathologic differences between Jewish and Arab patients in Israel at first diagnosis of urothelial cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively collected data of all patients with confirmed urothelial cancer, treated at our department between January 2010 and January 2015. We examined the distribution of the histopathologic data among the studied populations...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805126/using-culture-and-psychology-to-counter-the-taliban-s-violent-narratives
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Neil Krishan Aggarwal
Scholars, politicians, and policy-makers have increasingly pointed to the role of narratives in recruiting militants and justifying violence, highlighting the need for counter-narratives that promote peace. However, few have offered concrete guidelines on how to construct counter-narratives. This exploratory study uses prototype theory from social psychology to analyse Taliban narratives written in Arabic on the historical figure Maḥmūd of Ghaznī (971-1030), who is portrayed as a figure worthy of emulation...
August 2017: International Review of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804652/use-of-over-the-counter-medication-among-pregnant-women-in-sharjah-united-arab-emirates
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Abduelmula R Abduelkarem, Hafsa Mustafa
BACKGROUND: Over-the-counter medications are widely available in pharmacies Their safety profile, however, does not extend to pregnant women. Accordingly, there should be educational programs developed for pregnant women to protect them from the harms of the side effects. AIM: This study was planned and designed with the aim of exploring the awareness and assessing the usage of OTC medications among pregnant women in Sharjah, UAE. METHOD: A cross-sectional survey using a self-administered questionnaire...
2017: Journal of Pregnancy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804581/influence-of-eysenckian-personality-traits-in-choice-of-specialization-by-young-omani-doctors
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Mohammed Al-Alawi, Hamed Al-Sinawi, Salim Al-Husseini, Samir Al-Adawi, Sathiya Murthi Panchatcharam, Sahar Khan, Lakshmanan Jeyaseelan
OBJECTIVES: The role of personality in occupational specialty choices has been explored in many parts of the world. To our knowledge, there is a dearth of such studies in the Arab/Islamic population and Oman is no exception. This study aimed to explore the relationship between personality traits and specialty choice among residents of Oman Medical Specialty Board (OMSB). METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out among Omani resident physicians working under OMSB...
July 2017: Oman Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802231/phytochemical-properties-and-pharmacological-effects-of-quercus-ilex-l-aqueous-extract-on-gastrointestinal-physiological-parameters-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Kaïs Rtibi, Imen Hammami, Slimen Selmi, Dhekra Grami, Hichem Sebai, Mohamed Amri, Lamjed Marzouki
INTRODUCTION: Several research studies have reported on the pharmacological relevance of the medicinal plants used for treating various gastrointestinal disorders and controlling the dietary glucose uptake in the intestinal tract. METHODS: Male rats were used to investigate the pharmacological effects of green oak acorn aqueous extract (GOAE) on gastrointestinal physiological parameters in vivo and in vitro. In this respect, the gastro-intestinal motility and hypersecretion essays were evaluated using a simple test meal (10% charcoal in 5% gum arabic) and castor oil induced diarrhea...
August 9, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800559/assessment-of-health-literacy-among-outpatient-clinics-attendees-at-ain-shams-university-hospitals-egypt-a-cross-sectional-study
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R Almaleh, Y Helmy, E Farhat, H Hasan, A Abdelhafez
OBJECTIVES: The aim of conducting this study is to measure health literacy (HL) and to investigate the factors associated with inadequate HL in a sample of outpatient clinics attendees (i.e. patients and companions) at Ain Shams University (ASU) Hospitals. STUDY DESIGN: It is a cross-sectional study. METHODS: The study was conducted on 805 attendees of the outpatient clinics at El-Demerdash University Hospital of ASU Hospitals. The Arabic versions of the Swedish Functional Health Literacy Scale and the European Health Literacy Survey Questionnaire-short version-were used to assess HL...
August 8, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800268/asthma-management-experiences-of-australians-who-are-native-arabic-speakers
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Reem Alzayer, Betty Chaar, Iman Basheti, Bandana Saini
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the asthma management experiences of people with asthma within the Arabic-speaking community in Australia. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews guided by a schedule of questions were conducted with 25 Arabic-speaking women with asthma/carer of a child with asthma, recruited from medical practices and community centers in Melbourne, Australia. RESULTS: Twenty-five Arabic-speaking participants with asthma or caring for those with asthma were interviewed...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798036/why-don-t-serum-vitamin-d-concentrations-associate-with-bmd-by-dxa-a-case-of-being-bound-to-the-wrong-assay-implications-for-vitamin-d-screening
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Richard J Allison, Abdulaziz Farooq, Anissa Cherif, Bruce Hamilton, Graeme L Close, Mathew G Wilson
BACKGROUND: The association between bone mineral density (BMD) and serum25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) concentration is weak, particularly in certain races (eg, BlackAfrican vs Caucasian) and in athletic populations. We aimed to examine if bioavailable vitamin D rather than serum 25(OH)D was related to markers of bone health within a racially diverse athletic population. METHODS: In 604 male athletes (Arab (n=327), Asian (n=48), Black(n=108), Caucasian (n=53)and Hispanic (n=68)), we measured total 25(OH)D, vitamin D-binding protein and BMD by DXA...
August 10, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797626/marine-litter-from-beach-based-sources-case-study-of-an-eastern-mediterranean-coastal-town
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Michelle E Portman, Ruth E Brennan
Marine litter has been a serious and growing problem for some decades now. Yet, there is still much speculation among researchers, policy makers and planners about how to tackle marine litter from land-based sources. This paper provides insights into approaches for managing marine litter by reporting and analyzing survey results of litter dispersal and makeup from three areas along an Arab-Israeli coastal town in view of other recent studies conducted around the Mediterranean Sea. Based on our results and analysis, we posit that bathing beach activities should be a high priority for waste managers as a point of intervention and beach-goers must be encouraged to take a more active role in keeping beaches clean...
August 7, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797306/seroprevalence-of-influenza-a-and-b-viruses-among-unvaccinated-children-in-the-united-arab-emirates-a-cross-sectional-study
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Ahmed R Alsuwaidi, Lolowa A Al-Mekaini, Salwa M Kamal, Hassib Narchi, Abdul-Kader Souid
BACKGROUND: Young children are at increased risk of severe influenza disease and, thus, are good candidates for receiving annual vaccination. Nevertheless, the influenza vaccine is infrequently given to children in our region. The primary objectives of this study are to monitor the serologic immunities against influenza A and B viruses, and provide pediatric data that support the need for influenza vaccination in the community. METHODS: Influenza A and B virus-specific IgG antibodies were measured in 294 children (median age 4...
August 10, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796598/prevalence-correlates-and-time-trends-of-multiple-chronic-conditions-among-israeli-adults-estimates-from-the-israeli-national-health-interview-survey-2014-2015
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Samah Hayek, Anneke Ifrah, Teena Enav, Tamy Shohat
INTRODUCTION: Chronic diseases constitute a major public health challenge. The prevalence of multiple chronic conditions (MCC) has increased. The objective of our study was to describe the prevalence, correlates, and time trends of MCC in the Israeli population and among the nation's 2 main population groups (Jewish and Arab). METHODS: To describe the prevalence of correlates of MCC, we used data from the 2014-2015 Israeli National Health Interview Survey-III (INHIS-III)...
August 10, 2017: Preventing Chronic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795898/from-feeling-broken-to-looking-beyond-broken-palestinian-mothers-experiences-of-having-a-child-with-spina-bifida
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Maha Sudki Hmeidan Nahal, Helena Wigert, Asma Imam, Åsa B Axelsson
Spina bifida (SB) is the second most common birth defect worldwide. Mothers of children with SB face extraordinary challenges due to the complicated conditions and disability of their children. Little is known about the impact of these challenges on the mothers' well-being, particularly in Middle Eastern culture, where chronic illness and disability are perceived as a stigma, and care of disabled children has traditionally been the responsibility of the mother. The aim of this study was to illuminate mothers' lived experience of having a child with SB in Palestine...
May 2017: Journal of Family Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795654/association-between-circulating-leptin-levels-and-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-an-updated-meta-analysis
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Y H Lee, G G Song
Objective We aimed to evaluate the relationship between circulating leptin levels and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Methods MEDLINE, EMBASE, and Cochrane library databases were searched. Meta-analyses were performed comparing serum/plasma leptin levels in patients with SLE and healthy controls, and on patients with SLE in subgroups based on ethnicity, sample size, data type, and matched variables (age, sex, and/or body mass index (BMI)). Results Eighteen studies including 1333 patients with SLE and 1048 controls were ultimately selected, which showed that leptin levels were significantly higher in the SLE group than in the control group (SMD = 0...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
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