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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780366/biological-control-of-mango-dieback-disease-caused-by-lasiodiplodia-theobromae-using-streptomycete-and-non-streptomycete-actinobacteria-in-the-united-arab-emirates
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Fatima H Kamil, Esam E Saeed, Khaled A El-Tarabily, Synan F AbuQamar
Dieback caused by the fungus Lasiodiplodia theobromae is an important disease on mango plantations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In this study, 53 actinobacterial isolates were obtained from mango rhizosphere soil in the UAE, of which 35 (66%) were classified as streptomycetes (SA) and 18 (34%) as non-streptomycetes (NSA). Among these isolates, 19 (12 SA and 7 NSA) showed antagonistic activities against L. theobromae associated with either the production of diffusible antifungal metabolites, extracellular cell-wall-degrading enzymes (CWDEs), or both...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779704/perceptions-related-to-cardiovascular-disease-and-physical-activity-behavior-in-arab-men-a-qualitative-study
#2
Zyad T Saleh, Rami A Elshatarat, Abdullah S Alhurani, Mahmoud Maharmeh, Ibrahim Salami, Hamza Alduraidi, Jafar Alasad
OBJECTIVES: To describe the daily physical activity of Arab men living in the United States and to understand how perceptions of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk influence their inclusion of physical activity into their daily routine. METHODS: A qualitative descriptive method using a semi-structured face-to-face interview with each participant was conducted. Twenty young college males (age 26 ± 4 years) were recruited from Arab American community centers. RESULTS: The qualitative inductive content analysis revealed three main themes: impact of perceived CVD risk on physical activity behavior and perceived barriers and motivators to be physically active...
May 17, 2018: Heart & Lung: the Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777908/breast-cancer-in-the-gcc-countries-a-focus-on-brca1-2-and-non-brca1-2-genes
#3
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Sumaya Rahman, Hatem Zayed
The GCC is an economic alliance of six Arab countries, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates (UAE). The rate of endogamous marriage among the GCC countries is approaching 100%, with very high consanguineous marriage rates. Although breast cancer is on the rise in the GCC countries, there are dearth of studies reporting on the genetic epidemiology of breast cancer. In this study, we investigated the frequency of BRCA1/2 and non-BRCA1/2 mutations in breast cancer patients in the GCC countries...
May 16, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776343/physical-inactivity-gender-and-culture-in-arab-countries-a-systematic-assessment-of-the-literature
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Eman Sharara, Chaza Akik, Hala Ghattas, Carla Makhlouf Obermeyer
BACKGROUND: Physical inactivity is associated with excess weight and adverse health outcomes. We synthesize the evidence on physical inactivity and its social determinants in Arab countries, with special attention to gender and cultural context. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE, Popline, and SSCI for articles published between 2000 and 2016, assessing the prevalence of physical inactivity and its social determinants. We also included national survey reports on physical activity, and searched for analyses of the social context of physical activity...
May 18, 2018: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774648/the-prevalence-of-nephropathy-of-type-1-diabetes-in-the-arab-world-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#5
REVIEW
Ussama M Abdel-Motal, Akila G, Essam M Abdelalim, Chinnaiyan Ponnuraja C, Khadija Iken, Mohamed Jahromi, George Priya Doss C, Rajaa El Bekay, Hatem Zayed
AIMS: To conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis and to determine the prevalence of diabetic nephropathy (DN) among Arab patients with type 1 diabetes (T1D) METHODS: Four different literature databases were used (PubMed, ScienceDirect, Web of Science, and EMBASE) to capture all relevant data about Arab patients with T1D and nephropathy. Meta-analysis and systematic review were performed using the random effect model, and the heterogeneity of the studies was assessed using the Q-test, I2 index and Tau-squared statistics...
May 17, 2018: Diabetes/metabolism Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774378/interpersonal-and-institutional-ethnic-discrimination-and-mental-health-in-a-random-sample-of-palestinian-minority-men-smokers-in-israel
#6
Nihaya Daoud, Meiyin Gao, Amira Osman, Carles Muntaner
PURPOSE: We sought to extend research into the health effects of discrimination to a non-Western context. We examined the associations between interpersonal and institutional ethnic discrimination, and anxiety and depression among Palestinian-Arab minority men citizens of Israel. METHODS: We used data from a nationwide stratified random sample of 964 Arab men in Israel, current or former smokers (age 18-64), who were interviewed as part of a 2012-2013 study on cessation...
May 17, 2018: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774265/assisted-reproduction-and-middle-east-kinship-a-regional-and-religious-comparison
#7
Marcia C Inhorn, Daphna Birenbaum-Carmeli, Soraya Tremayne, Zeynep B Gürtin
This article compares the use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) and resultant kinship formations in four Middle Eastern settings: the Sunni Muslim Arab world, the Sunni Muslim but officially 'secular' country of Turkey, Shia Muslim Iran and Jewish Israel. This four-way comparison reveals considerable similarities, as well as stark differences, in matters of Middle Eastern kinship and assisted reproduction. The permissions and restrictions on ART, often determined by religious decrees, may lead to counter-intuitive outcomes, many of which defy prevailing stereotypes about which parts of the Middle East are more 'progressive' or 'conservative'...
June 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773365/a-synbiotic-multiparticulate-microcapsule-for-enhancing-inulin-intestinal-release-and-bifidobacterium-gastro-intestinal-survivability
#8
Bahgat Fayed, Amira Abood, Hoda S El-Sayed, Amal M Hashem, Nayra S H Mehanna
A novel synbiotic multiparticulate microparticle was produced in the current study to expand the synbiotic industrial applications. Initially, the inulin was fabricated into PLGA nanoparticles. After the inulin entrapment efficiency was boosted to reach 92.9 ± 8.4% by adjusting the formulation parameters, the developed particles were characterized by different techniques such as particle size analyzer, TEM, and TLC. The obtained data showed that the particle size was 115.8 ± 82.7 nm, the particles had smooth surface and round shape, and the fabrication procedure did not affect the integrity of the inulin...
August 1, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772398/molecular-epidemiology-and-characterization-of-picobirnaviruses-in-small-ruminant-populations-in-india
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Yashpal Singh Malik, Shubhankar Sircar, Kuldeep Dhama, Rashmi Singh, Souvik Ghosh, Krisztián Bányai, Anastasia N Vlasova, Touil Nadia, Raj Kumar Singh
Picobirnavirus (PBV) is recognized as a putative cause of diarrhea and respiratory illnesses. Although PBV has been reported in several mammalian (including humans) and avian host species, data pertaining to its presence in small ruminants are limited. We report, here, PBV infection in small ruminants (ovine and caprine), in India. From January 2015 to December 2017, 400 samples were tested for the presence of PBV, using an RT-PCR assay specific for the genome segment-2. The overall rate of PBV infection was 35...
May 14, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772340/effects-of-temperature-and-solvent-condition-on-phase-separation-induced-molecular-fractionation-of-gum-arabic-hyaluronan-aqueous-mixtures
#10
Bing Hu, Lingyu Han, Zhiming Gao, Ke Zhang, Saphwan Al-Assaf, Katsuyoshi Nishinari, Glyn O Phillips, Jixin Yang, Yapeng Fang
Effects of temperature and solvent condition on phase separation-induced molecular fractionation of gum arabic/hyaluronan (GA/HA) mixed solutions were investigated. Two gum arabic samples (EM10 and STD) with different molecular weights and polydispersity indices were used. Phase diagrams, including cloud and binodal curves, were established by visual observation and GPC-RI methods. The molecular parameters of control and fractionated GA, from upper and bottom phases, were measured by GPC-MALLS. Fractionation of GA increased the content of arabinogalactan-protein complex (AGP) from ca...
May 14, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770962/factors-influencing-arab-nursing-students-attitudes-toward-climate-change-and-environmental-sustainability-and-their-inclusion-in-nursing-curricula
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Jonas Preposi Cruz, Rhea Faye D Felicilda-Reynaldo, Farhan Alshammari, Nahed Alquwez, Jerico G Alicante, Khamees B Obaid, Hanan Ebrahim Abd El Aziz Rady, Mohammad Qtait, John Paul Ben T Silang
OBJECTIVE: To assess the factors influencing the attitudes of Bachelor of Science in Nursing students toward climate change and environmental sustainability and the inclusion of these concepts in the nursing curricula of four Arab countries. METHOD: A convenience sample of 1,059 students from four Arab countries was surveyed using the Environmental Sustainability Attitudes in Nursing Survey-2 (SANS-2) questionnaire in this descriptive-comparative study. RESULTS: The majority of the respondents exhibited positive attitudes toward the five items of SANS-2, with "Environmental sustainability is an important issue for nursing" receiving the lowest mean score and "Issues about climate change should be included in the nursing curriculum" receiving the highest mean score...
May 17, 2018: Public Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765576/a-trend-analysis-of-surgical-operations-under-a-global-payment-system-in-tehran-iran-2005-2015
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Faranak Behzadi Goudari, Arash Rashidian, Mohammad Arab, Mahmood Mahmoudi, Ebrahim Jaafaripooyan
Background: Global payment system is a first example of per-case payment system that contains 60 commonly used surgical operations for which payment is based on the average cost per case in Iran. Objective: The aim of the study was to determine the amount of reduction, increase or no change in the trend of global operations. Methods: In this retrospective longitudinal study, data on the 60 primary global surgery codes was gathered from Tehran Health Insurance Organization within the ten-year period of 2005-2015 separately, for each month...
March 2018: Electronic Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765436/anti-thyroid-antibodies-parietal-cell-antibodies-and-tissue-transglutaminase-antibodies-in-patients-with-autoimmune-thyroid-disease
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Orit Twito, Yonatan Shapiro, Aviva Golan-Cohen, Yoav Dickstein, Rosane Ness-Abramof, Menachem Shapiro
Introduction: The co-existence of tissue-specific autoantibodies in autoimmune thyroid disease (ATD) is well established. The published prevalence of anti-parietal cell antibodies (PC-Ab) is 20-25%, and that of celiac antibodies is 2-5%. The goal of this study was to determine the prevalence of PC-Ab and anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies (tTG-Ab) in patients with ATD and to evaluate the correlation between anti-thyroid antibodies and the other antibodies. Material and methods: The files of 120 Israeli Jews and Arabs with ATD were evaluated for anti-thyroglobulin antibodies (Tg-Ab), anti-thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPO-Ab), PC-Ab and tTG-Ab...
April 2018: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764456/a-scoping-review-of-reporting-ethical-research-practices-in-research-conducted-among-refugees-and-war-affected-populations-in-the-arab-world
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Jihad Makhoul, Rana F Chehab, Zahraa Shaito, Abla M Sibai
BACKGROUND: Ethical research conduct is a cornerstone of research practice particularly when research participants include vulnerable populations. This study mapped the extent of reporting ethical research practices in studies conducted among refugees and war-affected populations in the Arab World, and assessed variations by time, country of study, and study characteristics. METHODS: An electronic search of eight databases resulted in 5668 unique records published between 2000 and 2013...
May 15, 2018: BMC Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764376/methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-in-emergency-department-patients-in-the-united-arab-emirates
#15
Muna Al Jalaf, Hanan Fadali, Rasha Alanee, Firas Najjar, Zulfa Al Deesi, Rania M Seliem, Eric J Nilles
BACKGROUND: Since the 1990s, community-associated methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) has emerged as an important global cause of skin and soft tissue infections. Little is known about the epidemiology of this pathogen in the Middle East. METHODS: We conducted a prospective observational study in a single large teaching hospital in Dubai to identify the incidence of community-acquired methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) among ambulatory patients presenting with purulent skin and soft tissue infections...
May 15, 2018: BMC Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762065/reliability-of-the-arabic-smartphone-addiction-scale-and-smartphone-addiction-scale-short-version-in-two-different-moroccan-samples
#16
Anis Sfendla, Meriame Laita, Basma Nejjar, Zouhayr Souirti, Ahami Ahmed Omar Touhami, Meftaha Senhaji
The extensive accessibility to smartphones in the last decade raises the concerns of addictive behavior patterns toward these technologies worldwide and in developing countries, and Arabic ones in particular. In an area of stigmatized behavior such as Internet and smartphone addiction, the hypothesis extends to whether there is a reliable instrument that can assess smartphone addiction. To our knowledge, no scale in Arabic language is available to assess maladaptive behavior associated with smartphone use. This study aims to assess the factorial validity and internal reliability of the Arabic Smartphone Addiction Scale (SAS) and Smartphone Addiction Scale-Short Version (SAS-SV) in a Moroccan surveyed population...
May 2018: Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761674/screening-arab-israeli-pregnant-women-for-group-b-streptococcus-by-the-amplivue-gbs-assay-are-the-rates-higher-than-the-national-average
#17
Marwan Hakim, Adel Jabour, Miriam Anton, Meggie Hakim, Sahar Kheirallah
BACKGROUND: The recommendation of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding universal screening for Group B Streptococcus (GBS) at 35-37 weeks gestational age in pregnancy is not accepted in Israel. The National Council for Obstetrics, Neonatology and Genetics recommends intrapartum prophylaxis, mainly based on risk factors, to prevent early neonatal GBS infection. This policy is based on past studies demonstrating low colonization rates of the bacteria in Israeli pregnant women and very low neonatal sepsis rates...
May 2018: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759909/the-predictive-value-of-arteriogenic-erectile-dysfunction-for-coronary-artery-disease-in-men
#18
Sherif Salah Azab, Hossam El Din Hosni, Taha A El Far, Nashaat Nabil Ismail, Yasser K El Bakdady, Ahmed F Mohamed
BACKGROUND: Erectile dysfunction (ED) is assumed to be connected with vascular disease caused by endothelial dysfunction, and characterized by the incapability of the smooth muscle cells lining the arterioles to relax, therefore, inhibit vasodilatation. AIM: To assess the predictive value of arteriogenic ED for coronary artery disease in men above the age of 40 years. METHODS: 75 Patients reporting arteriogenic ED and 25 men with normal erectile function were enrolled in the study...
May 11, 2018: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758021/testing-the-psychometric-properties-of-the-environmental-attitudes-inventory-on-undergraduate-students-in-the-arab-context-a-test-retest-approach
#19
Entesar Ali AlMenhali, Khalizani Khalid, Shilpa Iyanna
The Environmental Attitudes Inventory (EAI) was developed to evaluate the multidimensional nature of environmental attitudes; however, it is based on a dataset from outside the Arab context. This study reinvestigated the construct validity of the EAI with a new dataset and confirmed the feasibility of applying it in the Arab context. One hundred and forty-eight subjects in Study 1 and 130 in Study 2 provided valid responses. An exploratory factor analysis (EFA) was used to extract a new factor structure in Study 1, and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was performed in Study 2...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757770/the-unmet-supportive-care-needs-of-arab-australian-and-arab-jordanian-cancer-survivors-an-international-comparative-survey
#20
Ibrahim M Alananzeh, Janelle V Levesque, Cannas Kwok, Yenna Salamonson, Bronwyn Everett
BACKGROUND: Research exploring the unmet supportive care needs of Arab cancer survivors is limited, with most conducted with immigrant groups. No study has compared the unmet supportive care needs of immigrant Arab cancer survivors with Arab cancer survivors living in their native country. OBJECTIVE: To explore the unmet supportive care needs of both Arab Australian and Arab Jordanian cancer survivors. METHODS: Arab people living in Sydney, Australia, and Amman, Jordan, and diagnosed with cancer within the last 5 years were invited to complete a questionnaire that measured unmet supportive care needs, depression, and language acculturation...
May 14, 2018: Cancer Nursing
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