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Majed Hababeh, Wafaa Zeidan, Mariam Abdel El-Kader, Anwar Al Thaher, Nimer Kassim, Elias Habash, Hasan Arab, Ali Khader, Akihiro Seita
BACKGROUND: UNRWA introduced family planning services in 1994 as an integral part of its expanded maternal and child health-care programme. The main objective of UNRWA's family planning programme is to promote the health of mothers, children, and their families. The aim of this follow-up study was to assess contraceptive practices in the target population 5 years after the 2010 follow-up study and to identify future programme needs. METHODS: This cross-sectional survey was a done by trained nurses from June 1 to Dec 31, 2015...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Mads Gilbert
BACKGROUND: The atrocities in Syria have been covered in the four general medical weekly journals in the USA and the UK. Medical journal articles addressing political determinants of public health have rightly described and criticised the international community's failure to enforce humanitarian law while urging global bodies of power to ensure protection of civilians and civilian infrastructure and medical services. Discussions of the political influences on health of people in the occupied Palestinian territory (West Bank and Gaza Strip) seem to be considered politically out-of-bounds by some medical journals...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Loai Albarqouni, Khamis Elessi, Niveen Abu-Rmeileh
BACKGROUND: Highest priority should be given to research on conditions responsible for the greatest disease burden. This is particularly important in settings where resources are scarce. The aim of this study was to assess the association between research output and disease burden in the occupied Palestinian territory and to identify the conditions that are under-investigated or over-investigated, if any. METHODS: We searched PubMed and Scopus for reports of original research relevant to human health or health care that was authored by researchers affiliated with Palestinian institutions and published between Jan 1, 2000, and Dec 31, 2015...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Giulia Canali, Victoria Tittle, Akihiro Seita
BACKGROUND: The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) estimated that in 2016, 11% of Palestine refugees older than 40 years living in Jordan were diagnosed with diabetes and that the disease is controlled in only 45% of Palestine refugees with diabetes. As medication adherence is one of the most important modifiable self-care behaviours to achieve adequate metabolic control, the aims of this study were to measure medication adherence and to review the factors associated with different levels of medication adherence in patients with diabetes...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Devender Bhalla, Elham Lotfalinezhad, Fatemah Amini, Mohsen Salmannejad, Vahid Reza Borhani Nezhad, Seyedeh Fatemeh Rezai Kooshalshah, Ahmed Delbari, Reza Fadayevatan, I Irmansyah, Abdalla Abdelrahman, Nanda Kumar Bhatta, Kurosh Gharagozli
BACKGROUND: The risk of dementia is reported as "epidemic" and "looming" over the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. For this, we performed a multi-language review and feasible analysis on the incidence of dementia to offer apt conclusions. METHODS: Totally, 3 databases (Magiran, Scientific Information Database, and PubMed) and 1 non-database source (Google) were searched in French, English, and Persian by using specific keywords and their combinations...
March 14, 2018: Neuroepidemiology
Majed I Al-Sari, Mohammed A A Sarhan, Issam A Al-Khatib
Complying with the technical specifications of compost production is of high importance not only for environmental protection but also for increasing the productivity and promotion of compost use by farmers in agriculture. This study focuses on the compost quality of the Palestinian market and farmers' attitudes toward agricultural use of compost. The quality is assessed through selection of 20 compost samples of different suppliers and producers and lab testing for quality parameters, while the farmers' attitudes to compost use for agriculture are evaluated through survey questionnaire of 321 farmers in the Hebron area...
March 15, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Loai Albarqouni, Khamis Elessi, Niveen M E Abu-Rmeileh
BACKGROUND: Research conducted on conditions responsible for the greatest disease burden should be given the highest priority, particularly in resource-limited settings. The present study aimed to assess the research output in relation to disease burden in Palestine and to identify the conditions which are under- or over-investigated, if any. METHODS: We searched PubMed and Scopus for reports of original research relevant to human health or healthcare authored by researchers affiliated with Palestinian institutions and published between January 2000 and December 2015...
March 15, 2018: Health Research Policy and Systems
Emily A McCourt, Gui-Shuang Ying, Anne M Lynch, Alan G Palestine, Brandie D Wagner, Erica Wymore, Lauren A Tomlinson, Gil Binenbaum
Importance: The Colorado Retinopathy of Prematurity (CO-ROP) model uses birth weight, gestational age, and weight gain at the first month of life (WG-28) to predict risk of severe retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). In previous validation studies, the model performed very well, predicting virtually all cases of severe ROP and potentially reducing the number of infants who need ROP examinations, warranting validation in a larger, more diverse population. Objective: To validate the performance of the CO-ROP model in a large multicenter cohort...
March 15, 2018: JAMA Ophthalmology
Sohaib T Khatib, Mohammad K Hemadneh, Samer A Hasan, Emad Khazneh, Sa'ed H Zyoud
BACKGROUND: Both diabetes and hemodialysis can seriously impair patients' health related quality of life (HRQOL). This study seeks to obtain data which will help to address the factors associated with impaired HRQOL in hemodialysis patients with diabetes in Palestine. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed in multiple centers in the period from November 2016 to June 2017. We utilized the Arabic version of EuroQoL 5 Dimensions 5 Levels (EQ-5D-5L) scale and EuroQol-visual analogue scale (EQ-VAS) to measure patients' HRQOL...
February 28, 2018: BMC Nephrology
Nidal Jaradat, Saad Al-Lahham
Background Many recent studies have shown that medicinal plants, which have been used worldwide through the past history in the folkloric medicine, harbor a significant number of novel metabolic compounds with potent pharmacological properties. In several countries, the aerial parts of the Scolymus angiospermus plant have been used as a food supply and as a folkloric medicinal plant. The current study aimed is to investigate the antimicrobial, antilipase, antioxidant activities and phytochemical profile of methanolic, hexane, aqueous and ethyl acetate fractions obtained from the aerial parts of S...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Complementary & Integrative Medicine
Gabriel Gachelin, Paul Garner, Eliana Ferroni, Jan Peter Verhave, Annick Opinel
Public health strategies for malaria in endemic countries aim to prevent transmission of the disease and control the vector. This historical analysis considers the strategies for vector control developed during the first four decades of the twentieth century. In 1925, policies and technological advances were debated internationally for the first time after the outbreak of malaria in Europe which followed World War I. This dialogue had implications for policies in Europe, Russia and the Middle East, and influenced the broader international control agenda...
February 27, 2018: Malaria Journal
Maysun Al Baz, Michael R Law, Rawan Saadeh
The irrational use of antibiotics is increasing in Jordanian refugee camps and consequently so too is bacterial resistance. About one-third of health expenditures at UNRWA health centers in Jordan are attributed to antibiotics. OBJECTIVE: We studied knowledge, attitude and behaviour of Palestine refugees attending UNRWA health centers in Jordan regarding antibiotic use in order to plan public health interventions accordingly. METHODS: A cross-sectional, interviewer-administered survey among 250 adult Palestine refugees at four different health centres was conducted...
February 16, 2018: Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease
Sondus A Hamadneh, Saja A Nueirat, Jamal Qadoomi', Mohammed Shurrab, Wajeh Y Qunibi, Zakaria Hamdan
Vascular access complications are common in patients with end-stage kidney disease who are receiving maintenance hemodialysis (HD) and are responsible for an enormous burden of morbidity and mortality among these patients. Differences in the all-cause mortality rate and hospitalization between dialysis catheter use and arteriovenous (AV) vascular access use have not been documented in our HD population. We performed a 12-month prospective analysis of our HD patients from four dialysis centers. We examined all-cause mortality and hospitalization in patients being dialyzed through HD catheters as compared to patients with AV access...
January 2018: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
Greg D Fliney, Paula E Pecen, Jennifer N Cathcart, Alan G Palestine
PURPOSE: To describe how vitreoretinal specialists have incorporated the Endophthalmitis Vitrectomy Study (EVS) findings into current practice, to highlight divergences from the EVS recommendations, and address the role of microbial culture in guiding additional treatments. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional survey of vitreoretinal specialists regarding indications used for performing a pars plana vitrectomy (PPV), selection of antibiotics for treatment, utilization of cultures, and treatment strategies for treatment-refractory patients with bacterial endophthalmitis...
February 7, 2018: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Ghaith A Ishtaya, Yazan M Anabtawi, Sa'ed H Zyoud, Waleed M Sweileh
BACKGROUND: Osteoporosis is a potential metabolic complication of diabetes mellitus (DM). Therefore, patients with DM should have adequate osteoporosis knowledge and beliefs in order to get engaged in osteoporosis preventive behaviors. The objective of this study was to assess osteoporosis knowledge and beliefs among diabetic patients. METHODS: This was a cross sectional study carried out at Al-Makhfiah governmental primary healthcare unit in Nablus, Palestine from September 2016 to December 2016...
February 7, 2018: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Sawsan Abdulrahim, Mohammed Jawad
INTRODUCTION: The association between education and wealth, as fundamental determinants of health, and smoking is well-established. Yet, social inequalities have received little attention in the expanding field of tobacco research in the Arab region. In this study, we examine inequalities in cigarette smoking by education and wealth in four Arab countries. METHODS: Utilizing the most recently available population-level data sets (Syria 2009 PAPFAM, Jordan 2012 DHS, Palestine 2010 Family Health Survey, and Lebanon 2004 PAPFAM), we tested the association between cigarette smoking and education and wealth-controlling for age, marital status, and region of residence-for each country, and among men and women depending on data availability...
2018: PloS One
Abdel Naser Zaid, Nidal Jaradat, Saja Darwish, Sura Nairat, Rawan Shamlawi, Yasmeen Hamad, Fatema Hussein, Linda Issa
BACKGROUND: Sunlight exposure affects all skin types causing skin tanning, burns or even skin cancer. Sunscreens were invented to prevent these outcomes by scattering or absorbing the UV light. AIMS: This study aimed to verify the effectiveness of Mansur method in SPF measurement and to find out how much reliable the labeled sun protection factor (SPF) value for the products that are imported to Palestine knowing that they are considered as cosmetics and they don't undergo tests by the Ministry Of Health (MOH)...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
Mahima Venkateswaran, Kjersti Mørkrid, Buthaina Ghanem, Eatimad Abbas, Itimad Abuward, Mohammad Baniode, Ole Frithjof Norheim, J Frederik Frøen
BACKGROUND: Health worker compliance with established best-practice clinical and public health guidelines may be enhanced by customized checklists of care and clinical decision support driven by point-of-care data entry into an electronic health registry. The public health system of Palestine is currently implementing a national electronic registry (eRegistry) for maternal and child health. This trial is embedded in the national implementation and aims to assess the effectiveness of the eRegistry's interactive checklists and clinical decision support, compared with the existing paper based records, on improving the quality of care for pregnant women...
January 22, 2018: Trials
Anna M Edmiston, Jeffrey R SooHoo, Leonard K Seibold, Malik Y Kahook, Alan G Palestine, Mina B Pantcheva
PURPOSE: To assess the prevalence of post-operative anterior chamber reaction or persistent anterior uveitis by race and its effect on intraocular pressure and visual acuity after combined phacoemulsification and endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation in primary open angle glaucoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis of all patients with primary open angle glaucoma who underwent combined phacoemulsification cataract extraction with endoscopic cyclophotocoagulation from January 1, 2007 to October 31, 2015...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Glaucoma
Mahmoud Radwan, Aymen Elsous, Hasnaa Al-Sharif, Ayman Abu Mustafa
Aim: In this study, we aimed to assess the level of good glycemic control, to determine association between adherence to antidiabetic medications and glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) and to examine factors influencing good glycemic control. Materials and methods: A cross-sectional design was employed among 369 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) from four Ministry of Health health centers in 2016. A sample of 3 ml blood was taken to measure the HbA1c, and patients were asked to fill out a pretested questionnaire...
January 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Endocrinology and Metabolism
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