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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889075/abundance-and-composition-of-juvenile-corals-reveals-divergent-trajectories-for-coral-assemblages-across-the-united-arab-emirates
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Morgan S Pratchett, Andrew H Baird, Andrew G Bauman, John A Burt
Marked shifts in the composition of coral assemblages are occurring at many locations, but it is unknown whether these are permanent shifts reinforced by patterns of population replenishment. This study examined the composition of juvenile coral assemblages across the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Densities of juvenile corals varied significantly among locations, but were highest where coral cover was highest. Juvenile coral assemblages within the Persian Gulf were dominated by Porites, while no Acropora were recorded...
November 23, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881492/determination-of-common-adulterants-in-herbal-medicine-and-food-samples-using-core-shell-column-coupled-to-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Haider A J Al Lawati, Idris Al Busaidi, Afsal M Kadavilpparampu, FakhrEldin O Suliman
High-performance liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry was used to develop and validate a rapid method to qualitatively and quantitatively analyse 18 common adulterants in herbal medicine and food samples. Initially, the mobile phase composition was optimized in three different columns: core-shell, monolithic and standard 3.5-µm-particle-size columns. The results show that the core-shell column provides the best separation. Moreover, the tandem mass spectrometry was optimized. The linear range for all adulterants was 0...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Chromatographic Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866479/consumption-of-fruits-and-vegetables-among-adolescents-a-multi-national-comparison-of-eleven-countries-in-the-eastern-mediterranean-region
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M F Al Ani, Lyutha K Al Subhi, S Bose
A regional cross-country profile of fruit and vegetable (F&V) consumption is lacking in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR). This study examines the prevalence of and differences in consumption of F&V ≥5 times/d among adolescents in eleven EMR countries, and describes differences in the proportions of taking F&V ≥5 times/d by sex, age and BMI. The study included 26 328 school adolescents (13-15 years) with complete data on consumption of F&V, age, sex, weight and height taken from the Global School-based Student Health Survey conducted in the EMR between 2005 and 2009...
November 21, 2016: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847169/understanding-how-physical-biological-coupling-influences-harmful-algal-blooms-low-oxygen-and-fish-kills-in-the-sea-of-oman-and-the-western-arabian-sea
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REVIEW
Paul J Harrison, Sergey Piontkovski, Khalid Al-Hashmi
In the last decade, green Noctiluca scintillans with its symbiont and other dinoflagellates such as Cochlodinium polykrikoides, Prorocentrum micans and Scrippsiella trochoidea have become the dominant HABs, partially replacing the previously dominant diatoms and red Noctiluca scintillans, especially during the northeast monsoon. Fish kills in the Sea of Oman are linked to a slow seasonal decline in oxygen concentration from January to November, probably due to the decomposition of a series of algal blooms and the deep, low oxygen waters periodically impinging the Omani shelf...
November 12, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843385/a-new-species-of-melithaea-anthozoa-octocorallia-melithaeidae-from-the-oman-sea-off-oman
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Kaveh Samimi-Namin, Leen P van Ofwegen, Catherine S McFadden
A new species, Melithaea davidisp. n., is described from the eastern coast of Oman, Oman Sea, in the northwestern Indian Ocean, where it differs from its congeners in lacking capstans and having predominantly spindles in the coenenchyme. A molecular phylogenetic analysis of mtMutS and 28S rDNA genes suggests that it is genetically distinct from similar species in the Red Sea. Furthermore, a species previously reported as Acabaria sp. from the Arabian Sea is now identified as Melithaea mabahissi (Hickson, 1940)...
2016: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843384/two-new-cestode-species-of-tetragonocephalum-shipley-hornell-1905-lecanicephalidea-tetragonocephalidae-from-himantura-randalli-last-manjaji-matsumoto-moore-myliobatiformes-dasyatidae-from-the-gulf-of-oman
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Atabak Roohi Aminjan, Masoumeh Malek
The original description of the genus Tetragonocephalum was published more than one hundred years ago but its taxonomic status was clarified only recently. To date, approximately 30 nominal species of this genus have been described, mostly from the northern Indian Ocean, but nearly half of them are invalid and only 14 species are recognized as valid. In the present study two new species of Tetragonocephalum are described from the spiral intestine of Himantura randalli from off Jod, on the northern coast of the Gulf of Oman...
2016: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843383/sea-snakes-elapidae-hydrophiinae-in-their-westernmost-extent-an-updated-and-illustrated-checklist-and-key-to-the-species-in-the-persian-gulf-and-gulf-of-oman
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Mohsen Rezaie-Atagholipour, Parviz Ghezellou, Majid Askari Hesni, Seyyed Mohammad Hashem Dakhteh, Hooman Ahmadian, Nicolas Vidal
The Persian Gulf is known as the westernmost distribution limit for sea snakes, except for Hydrophis platurus (Linnaeus, 1766) that reaches southeastern Africa. Previous identification guides for sea snakes of the Persian Gulf and its adjacent waters in the Gulf of Oman were based on old data and confined mostly to written descriptions. Therefore, a series of field surveys were carried out in 2013 and 2014 through Iranian coastal waters of both gulfs to provide a comprehensive sampling of sea snakes in the area...
2016: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821614/international-standards-for-symphysis-fundal-height-based-on-serial-measurements-from-the-fetal-growth-longitudinal-study-of-the-intergrowth-21st-project-prospective-cohort-study-in-eight-countries
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Aris T Papageorghiou, Eric O Ohuma, Michael G Gravett, Jane Hirst, Mariangela F da Silveira, Ann Lambert, Maria Carvalho, Yasmin A Jaffer, Douglas G Altman, Julia A Noble, Enrico Bertino, Manorama Purwar, Ruyan Pang, Leila Cheikh Ismail, Cesar Victora, Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Stephen H Kennedy, José Villar
OBJECTIVE:  To create international symphysis-fundal height standards derived from pregnancies of healthy women with good maternal and perinatal outcomes. DESIGN:  Prospective longitudinal observational study. SETTING:  Eight geographically diverse urban regions in Brazil, China, India, Italy, Kenya, Oman, United Kingdom, and United States. PARTICIPANTS:  Healthy, well nourished pregnant women enrolled into the Fetal Growth Longitudinal Study component of the INTERGROWTH-21(st) Project at 9-14 weeks' gestation, and followed up until birth...
November 7, 2016: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27811670/a-review-of-the-callogobius-teleostei-gobiidae-from-the-red-sea-with-the-description-of-a-new-species
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Naomi R Delventhal, Randall D Mooi, Sergey V Bogorodsky, Ahmad O Mal
Five species of Callogobius Bleeker have been previously reported from the Red Sea: C. amikami Goren, Miroz & Baranes, C. clarki (Goren), C. dori Goren, C. flavobrunneus (Smith), and C. maculipinnis (Fowler). Records of C. bifasciatus (Smith) in the Red Sea are referable to C. clarki. Callogobius amikami has been previously known only from a single specimen, the holotype from the Red Sea, and two photographs, a live juvenile from Oman and a live specimen at an aquarium at Coral World, Eilat. We obtained a possible additional juvenile from the Red Sea, although we are unable to definitively determine its identity...
October 31, 2016: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769228/quantifying-the-effect-of-complications-on-patient-flow-costs-and-surgical-throughputs
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Ahmed Almashrafi, Laura Vanderbloemen
BACKGROUND: Postoperative adverse events are known to increase length of stay and cost. However, research on how adverse events affect patient flow and operational performance has been relatively limited to date. Moreover, there is paucity of studies on the use of simulation in understanding the effect of complications on care processes and resources. In hospitals with scarcity of resources, postoperative complications can exert a substantial influence on hospital throughputs. METHODS: This paper describes an evaluation method for assessing the effect of complications on patient flow within a cardiac surgical department...
October 21, 2016: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27758984/clinical-features-of-sarcoidosis-in-oman-a-report-from-the-middle-east-region
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B Jayakrishnan, Nasser Al-Busaidi, Ahsan Al-Lawati, Jojy George, Omar A Al-Rawas, Yaqoub Al-Mahrouqi, Nabil Al-Lawati
BACKGROUND: Though clinical features of sarcoidosis follow a similar pattern, some heterogeneity is seen in different ethnic and racial groups. OBJECTIVES: To describe for the first time the clinical characteristics of sarcoidosis patients in the Sultanate of Oman. METHODS: The data on all cases of sarcoidosis followed up in the two tertiary hospitals in Oman were retrieved retrospectively. RESULTS: Of the 92 patients, for representing the ethnic data only Omani patients (n=83) were included...
October 7, 2016: Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis, and Diffuse Lung Diseases: Official Journal of WASOG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27757373/population-genetic-analysis-reveals-a-low-level-of-genetic-diversity-of-candidatus-phytoplasma-aurantifolia-causing-witches-broom-disease-in-lime
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Shaikha Y Al-Abadi, Abdullah M Al-Sadi, Matthew Dickinson, Mohammed S Al-Hammadi, Rashid Al-Shariqi, Rashid A Al-Yahyai, Elham A Kazerooni, Assunta Bertaccini
Witches' broom disease of lime (WBDL) is a serious phytoplasma disease of acid lime in Oman, the UAE and Iran. Despite efforts to study it, no systemic study attempted to characterize the relationship among the associated phytoplasma, 'Candidatus Phytoplasma aurantifolia', from the three countries. This study utilized sequences of the 16S rRNA, imp and secA genes to characterize 57 strains collected from Oman (38), the UAE (9) and Iran (10). Phylogenetic analysis based on the 16S rRNA gene showed that the 57 strains shared 98...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27737597/coronary-artery-disease-prevalence-and-outcome-in-patients-hospitalized-with-acute-heart-failure-an-observational-report-from-seven-middle-eastern-countries
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Amar Salam, Kadhim Sulaiman, Ibrahim Al-Zakwani, Alawi Alsheikh-Ali, Mohammed Aljaraallah, Husam Al Faleh, Abdelfatah Elasfar, Prasanth Panduranga, Rajvir Singh, Charbel Abi Khalil, Jassim Al Suwaidi
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to report prevalence, clinical characteristics, precipitating factors, management and outcome of patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) among patients hospitalized with heart failure (HF) in seven Middle Eastern countries and compare them to non-CAD patients. METHODS: Data were derived from Gulf CARE (Gulf aCute heArt failuRe rEgistry), a prospective multicenter study of 5005 consecutive patients hospitalized with acute HF during February-November 2012 in 7 Middle Eastern countries...
October 13, 2016: Hospital Practice (Minneapolis)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27736909/complete-sequence-and-analysis-of-coconut-palm-cocos-nucifera-mitochondrial-genome
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Hasan Awad Aljohi, Wanfei Liu, Qiang Lin, Yuhui Zhao, Jingyao Zeng, Ali Alamer, Ibrahim O Alanazi, Abdullah O Alawad, Abdullah M Al-Sadi, Songnian Hu, Jun Yu
Coconut (Cocos nucifera L.), a member of the palm family (Arecaceae), is one of the most economically important crops in tropics, serving as an important source of food, drink, fuel, medicine, and construction material. Here we report an assembly of the coconut (C. nucifera, Oman local Tall cultivar) mitochondrial (mt) genome based on next-generation sequencing data. This genome, 678,653bp in length and 45.5% in GC content, encodes 72 proteins, 9 pseudogenes, 23 tRNAs, and 3 ribosomal RNAs. Within the assembly, we find that the chloroplast (cp) derived regions account for 5...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27734841/a-novel-founder-myo15a-frameshift-duplication-is-the-major-cause-of-genetic-hearing-loss-in-oman
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Flavia Palombo, Nadia Al-Wardy, Guido Alberto Gnecchi Ruscone, Manuela Oppo, Mohammed Nasser Al Kindi, Andrea Angius, Khalsa Al Lamki, Giorgia Girotto, Tania Giangregorio, Matteo Benelli, Alberto Magi, Marco Seri, Paolo Gasparini, Francesco Cucca, Marco Sazzini, Mazin Al Khabori, Tommaso Pippucci, Giovanni Romeo
The increased risk for autosomal recessive disorders is one of the most well-known medical implications of consanguinity. In the Sultanate of Oman, a country characterized by one of the highest rates of consanguineous marriages worldwide, prevalence of genetic hearing loss (GHL) is estimated to be 6/10 000. Families of GHL patients have higher consanguinity rates than the general Omani population, indicating a major role for recessive forms. Mutations in GJB2, the most commonly mutated GHL gene, have been sporadically described...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27717294/wastewater-and-sludge-management-and-research-in-oman-an-overview
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Suad Jaffer Al-Lawati, Mushtaque Ahmed, Malik Al-Wardy, Ahmed Al-Busaidi, B S Choudri
It is well recognized that management of wastewater and sludge is a critical environmental issue in many countries. Wastewater treatment and the sludge production take place under different technical, economic and social contexts, thus requiring different approaches and involving different solutions. In most of cases, a regular and environmentally safe wastewater treatment and associated sludge management requires the development of realistic and enforceable regulations as well as treatment systems appropriate to local circumstances...
October 7, 2016: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27716189/awareness-and-implementation-of-nine-world-health-organization-s-patient-safety-solutions-among-three-groups-of-healthcare-workers-in-oman
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Ahmed Al-Mandhari, Ibrahim Al-Zakwani, Samir Al-Adawi, Samra Al-Barwani, Lakshmanan Jeyaseelan
BACKGROUND: The pressing need to reduce burgeoning poor safety measures affecting millions worldwide has alerted World Health Assembly to set-up mechanisms to increase patient safety. In response to such needs, World Health Organization (WHO) formulated nine life-saving patient safety solutions that would be essential to lower reduce healthcare-related harm. There is a paucity of research examining awareness of such nine patient safety solutions. This study has been designed and conducted to compare self-estimated awareness and practice of the World Health Organization's nine "Life-saving Patient Safety Solutions" aide memoirs among different groups of healthcare workers in Oman...
September 30, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27699572/primary-immunodeficiency-diseases-in-oman-10-year-experience-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital
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Salem Al-Tamemi, Shafiq Ur Rehman Naseem, Nabila Al-Siyabi, Ibtisam El-Nour, Abdulhakim Al-Rawas, David Dennison
PURPOSE: Primary immunodeficiency (PID) diseases are rare, complex medical disorders that often are overlooked in clinical settings. There are emerging reports of PID from Middle Eastern populations. This study describes the features of PID patients in a tertiary care setting in Oman and compares them with regional and worldwide reports. METHOD: Sultan Qaboos University Hospital (SQUH) is an academic tertiary care-level hospital for specialized healthcare, including PID patients...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27692786/rates-of-catheter-associated-urinary-tract-infection-in-tertiary-care-hospitals-in-3-arabian-gulf-countries-a-6-year-surveillance-study
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Wafa Al Nasser, Aiman El-Saed, Amina Al-Jardani, Abdulhakeem Althaqafi, Huda Alansari, Jameela Alsalman, Zaina Al Maskari, Ayman El Gammal, Seif S Al-Abri, Hanan H Balkhy
BACKGROUND: The true burden of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) remains largely unknown because of a lack of national and regional surveillance reports in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The purpose of this study was to estimate location-specific CAUTI rates in the GCC region and to compare them with published reports from the U.S. National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) and the International Nosocomial Infection Control Consortium (INICC). METHODS: CAUTI rates and urinary catheter utilization between 2008 and 2013 were calculated using NHSN methodology pooled from 6 hospitals in 3 GCC countries: Saudi Arabia, Oman, and Bahrain...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27690191/personality-of-young-drivers-in-oman-relationship-to-risky-driving-behaviors-and-crash-involvement-among-sultan-qaboos-university-students
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Mohammed Al Azri, Hamed Al Reesi, Samir Al-Adawi, Abdullah Al Maniri, James Freeman
OBJECTIVE: Drivers' behaviors such as violations and errors have been demonstrated to predict crash involvement among young Omani drivers. However, there is a dearth of studies linking risky driving behaviors to the personality of young drivers. The aim of the present study was to assess such traits within a sample of young Omani drivers (as measured through the behavioral inhibition system, BIS, and the behavioral activation system, BAS) and determine links with aberrant driving behaviors and self-reported crash involvement...
September 30, 2016: Traffic Injury Prevention
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