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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221328/uncontrolled-and-under-diagnosed-asthma-in-a-damascus-shelter-during-the-syrian-crisis
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Yousser Mohammad, Shaaban Rafea, Youssef Latifeh, Ali Khaddam, Bisher Sawaf, Mhd Ismael Zakaria, Mohammad Sadek Al Masalmeh, Yaser Fawaz, Abdoulraouf Allaham, Imad Almani, Hiba El-Tarcheh, Ayham Ghazal, Ali Zaher, Hala Rifai, Hamed Joumah, S Dresden Glockler-Lauf, Teresa To
Background: Studies have shown that poor shelter or dwelling conditions may lead to deteriorations in health. Those with asthma may be more susceptible to compromised living conditions and stress leading to a higher risk of asthma exacerbations. To describe the asthma control and quality of life of individuals with diagnosed asthma living in a shelter in Damascus, Syria and estimate the prevalence of respiratory symptoms in shelter dwellers without diagnosed asthma. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, all individuals 5 years and older living in Al-Herjalleh shelter with diagnosed asthma were recruited to complete a questionnaire, which included items related to their respiratory symptoms, asthma exacerbations, exposure to asthma triggers, medication use, and health-related quality of life before and since entering the shelter...
September 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215453/generalized-periodic-discharges-with-and-without-triphasic-morphology
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Ayham M Alkhachroum, Haifa Al-Abri, Alok Sachdeva, Sarita Maturu, Jennifer Waldron, Han Wang, Macym Rizvi, Guadalupe Fernandez-Baca Vaca, Hans O Lüders
PURPOSE: Generalized periodic discharges (GPDs) with a triphasic morphology have been associated with nonepileptic encephalopathies. We conducted the study to assess the reliability in which electroencephalographers can differentiate triphasic from nontriphasic periodic discharges and to evaluate for the presence of electroencephalogram and clinical characteristics that are associated with a higher risk of seizures. METHODS: We studied prospectively 92 patients between May 2016 and February 2017...
November 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29213030/acute-bilateral-ophthalmoplegia-due-to-vertebrobasilar-dolichoectasia-a-report-of-two-cases
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Haifa Alabri, Whitfield D Lewis, Sunil Manjila, Ayham M Alkhachroum, Michael A De Georgia
BACKGROUND Vertebrobasilar dolichoectasia (VBD) is a complex progressive arterial disease characterized by dilation, elongation, and tortuosity of the vertebral and basilar arteries, and may be congenital or acquired. VBD may lead to progressive compression of the brainstem, cranial nerve abnormalities, and intracranial hemorrhage, but may also be associated with arterial thrombosis, with ischemic stroke as the most common clinical outcome. CASE REPORT Two cases of VBD are presented, both with acute bilateral ophthalmoplegia and cranial nerve palsies, and vertebrobasilar arterial thrombosis that resulted in ischemic stroke...
December 7, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095291/relevance-of-urinary-s100b-protein-levels-as-a-short-term-prognostic-biomarker-in-asphyxiated-infants-treated-with-hypothermia
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Ayham Alshweki, Alejandro Pérez-Muñuzuri, Olalla López-Suárez, Ana Baña, Maria L Couce
The initial diagnosis of neonatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy is based on nervous system clinical manifestations. The use of biomarkers to monitor brain injury and evaluate neuroprotective effects allows early intervention and treatment. This study was designed to determine the short-term prognostic significance of urinary S100B calcium-binding protein (S100B) in asphyxiated newborns treated with hypothermia.An observational prospective study was conducted over a period of 5 years in 31 newborns with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy who received therapeutic hypothermia...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892716/neuroscience-step-down-unit-admission-criteria-for-patients-with-intracerebral-hemorrhage
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Ayham M Alkhachroum, Oladi Bentho, Neel Chari, Ashish Kulhari, Wei Xiong
OBJECTIVES: The goal of our study is to determine optimal criteria which can be used to avoid admission to neuroscience intensive care units for patients with intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH). PATIENTS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective cohort study of 431 patients with primary ICH from January 2013 to the end of December 2015 and reviewed multiple admitting characteristics. Based on these needs, we tested the following step-down unit admission criteria: Supratentorial ICH, ICH volume <20 cc, no Intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH), systolic BP <200mmHg, no respiratory failure, GCS≥12...
November 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802513/nonconvulsive-status-epilepticus-after-electroconvulsive-therapy-a-review-of-literature
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Awais Aftab, Ashley VanDercar, Ayham Alkhachroum, Christine LaGrotta, Keming Gao
BACKGROUND: The clinical presentation and risk factors of nonconvulsive status epilepticus (NCSE) in the context of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) are poorly understood, and guidance regarding diagnosis and management remains scarce. In this article, we identify case reports of ECT-induced NCSE from literature, and discuss the presentation, diagnosis, and management of these cases in the context of what is known about NCSE from the neurology literature. METHODS: A literature search on PubMed for case reports of NCSE after ECT...
July 15, 2017: Psychosomatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792697/the-first-enterobacter-cloacae-co-producing-ndm-and-oxa-48-carbapenemases-and-interhospital-spread-of-oxa-48-and-ndm-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-in-turkey
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Demet Haciseyitoglu, Aysegul Dokutan, Ayham Abulaila, Fatma Erdem, Yasemin Cag, Serdar Ozer, Zerrin Aktas
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate the occurrence of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae. METHODS: A total of 54 carbapenem nonsusceptible Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) isolates were recovered from clinical samples sent to the Dr. Lutfi Kirdar Kartal Training and Research Hospital from the period 2011 through 2014. Forty-four isolates were Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP) and the other 10 were Enterobacter cloacae (CREC).The isolate identifications and antibiotic sensitivity tests were performed using a Vitek2 automatic system...
July 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742374/high-throughput-analysis-identifying-drugs-that-regulate-apolipoprotein-a-i-synthesis
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Michael J Haas, Luisa Onstead-Haas, William Kurban, Harshit Shah, Monica Plazarte, Ayham Chamseddin, Arshag D Mooradian
Apolipoprotein A-I (apo A-I) is the primary antiatherogenic protein in high-density lipoprotein (HDL). Despite the controversy as to the clinical effectiveness of raising HDL, the search is ongoing for safe and effective drugs that increase HDL and apo A-I levels. To identify novel compounds that can increase hepatic apo A-I production, two drug libraries were screened. The NIH clinical collection (NCC) and the NIH clinical collection 2 (NCC2) were purchased from Evotec (San Francisco, CA). The NCC library contains 446 compounds and the NCC2 library contains 281 compounds, all dissolved in dimethylsulfoxide at a concentration of 10 mM...
July 25, 2017: Assay and Drug Development Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671861/the-transcranial-doppler-sonography-for-optimal-monitoring-and-optimization-of-cerebral-perfusion-in-aortic-arch-surgery-a-case-series
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Tamer Ghazy, Ayham Darwisch, Torsten Schmidt, Phong Nguyen, Sohaila Elmihy, Zuzana Fajfrova, Claudia Zickmüller, Klaus Matschke, Utz Kappert
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the feasibility and advantages of transcranial doppler sonography (TCD) for monitoring and optimization of selective cerebral perfusion (SCP) in aortic arch surgery. METHODS: From April 2013 to April 2014, nine patients with extensive aortic pathology underwent surgery under moderate hypothermic cardiac arrest with unilateral antegrade SCP under TCD monitoring in our institution. Adequate sonographic window and visualization of circle of Willis were to be confirmed...
June 16, 2017: Heart Surgery Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661215/anastomotic-leak-after-surgical-repair-of-type-a-aortic-dissection-prevalence-and-consequences-in-midterm-follow-up
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Tamer Ghazy, Adrian Mahlmann, Zuzana Fajfrova, Ayham Darwish, Mohamed Eraqi, Helena Hegelmann, Ralf-Thorsten Hoffmann, Ahmed Ouda, Klaus Matschke, Utz Kappert, Norbert Weiss
BACKGROUND: This study reports the mid-term prevalence and therapeutic consequences of anastomotic leaks after surgery for Stanford type A aortic dissections. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From July 2007 to July 2013, 93 patients survived surgery for acute type A dissections at our center and underwent a standardized follow-up. The pre-, peri-, and postoperative as well as the midterm results were collected prospectively. Follow-up computed tomography (CT) imaging was performed 7 days, 3, and 12 months after surgery, and yearly thereafter, to assess the presence or progression of anastomotic leaks at the aorto-prosthesis anastomotic sites...
August 2017: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649352/tracking-a-single-pigeon-using-a-shadowing-filter-algorithm
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Ayham Zaitouny, Thomas Stemler, Michael Small
Miniature GPS devices now allow for measurement of the movement of animals in real time and provide high- quality and high-resolution data. While these new data sets are a great improvement, one still encounters some measurement errors as well as device failures. Moreover, these devices only measure position and require further reconstruction techniques to extract the full dynamical state space with the velocity and acceleration. Direct differentiation of position is generally not adequate. We report on the successful implementation of a shadowing filter algorithm that (1) minimizes measurement errors and (2) reconstructs at the same time the full phase-space from a position recording of a flying pigeon...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622574/analysis-of-adipose-tissue-immune-gene-expression-after-vaccination-of-rainbow-trout-with-adjuvanted-bacterins-reveals-an-association-with-side-effects
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Kimberly A Veenstra, Tiehui Wang, Ayham Alnabulsi, Alex Douglas, K Spencer Russell, Lincoln Tubbs, Juliette Ben Arous, Christopher J Secombes
Most existing fish vaccines are presented in the form of oil-based emulsions delivered by intraperitoneal injection. Whilst very effective they are frequently associated with inflammatory responses that can result in clinically significant side-effects often involving the adipose tissue that is in direct contact with the vaccine. To explore the potential of immune gene expression changes in the adipose tissue of fish to be markers of vaccination efficacy or development of side-effects we have studied the response to a bacterial (Aeromonas salmonicida) vaccine administered with two different adjuvants...
August 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557975/the-differential-expression-of-omega-3-and-omega-6-fatty-acid-metabolising-enzymes-in-colorectal-cancer-and-its-prognostic-significance
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Abdo Alnabulsi, Rebecca Swan, Beatriz Cash, Ayham Alnabulsi, Graeme I Murray
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer is a common malignancy and one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths. The metabolism of omega fatty acids has been implicated in tumour growth and metastasis. METHODS: This study has characterised the expression of omega fatty acid metabolising enzymes CYP4A11, CYP4F11, CYP4V2 and CYP4Z1 using monoclonal antibodies we have developed. Immunohistochemistry was performed on a tissue microarray containing 650 primary colorectal cancers, 285 lymph node metastasis and 50 normal colonic mucosa...
June 6, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546875/spinal-cord-infarct-caused-from-suspected-fibrocartilaginous-embolism
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Ayham M Alkhachroum, Danielle Weiss, Alan Lerner, Michael A De Georgia
INTRODUCTION: We report a case of spinal cord infarct as a result of suspected fibrocartilaginous embolism (FCE). CASE PRESENTATION: A 23-year-old man presented with sudden onset cervical and upper back pain followed by progressive weakness in his extremities after throwing a baseball. History, neurologic examination and spinal cord imaging were consistent with spinal cord infarct. We believe the cause was from FCE. DISCUSSION: Though rare, physicians should be familiar with this diagnosis and the proposed mechanisms...
2017: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271693/comparison-of-the-novel-oxa-48-and-kpc-k-set-assay-and-blue-carba-test-for-the-detection-of-carbapenemase-producing-enterobacteriaceae-using-pcr-as-a-reference-method
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Fatma Erdem, Ayham Abulaila, Zerrin Aktas, Oral Oncul
BACKGROUND: Rapid, simple, and accurate laboratory detection of carbapenemases is very important for proper antibiotic therapy and infection control. METHODS: In this study, carbapenem-nonsusceptible Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) isolates were used to evaluate the performance of a new lateral flow immunochromatographic (IC) assay, the OXA-48 and KPC K-SeT assay, and modified Blue-Carba test (BCT) for the rapid detection of OXA-48 carbapenemase in comparison with polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification...
March 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266909/exposure-to-1-2-propanediol-impacts-early-development-of-zebrafish-danio-rerio-and-induces-hyperactivity
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Andrey Massarsky, Ayham Abdel, Lilah Glazer, Edward D Levin, Richard T Di Giulio
The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) is increasing as an alternative to tobacco burning cigarettes; however, their safety remains to be fully determined. The long-term effects of e-cigarettes are unknown, including the effects of maternal e-cigarette use on pre- and postnatal development. Additional research on the safety of e-cigarettes is needed. Especially useful would be information from high- and moderate-throughput economic model systems. This study investigates the effects of 1,2-propanediol, which was identified as the main component of e-cigarette liquid, on early development of zebrafish (an in vivo high-throughput model system that was recently proposed for the study of tobacco cigarette and e-cigarette toxicity)...
June 2017: Zebrafish
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193836/post-subdural-hematoma-transient-ischemic-attacks-hypoperfusion-mechanism-supported-by-quantitative-electroencephalography-and-transcranial-doppler-sonography
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Ayham M Alkhachroum, Guadalupe Fernandez-Baca Vaca, Sophia Sundararajan, Michael DeGeorgia
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007577/-supraventricular-tachycardia-in-newborns-and-its-association-with-gastroesophageal-reflux-disease
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Ángeles Fuertes, Ayham Alshweki, Alejandro Pérez-Muñuzuri, María-Luz Couce
INTRODUCTION: Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) is the most common arrhythmia in the neonatal period, but its association with other triggering processes is not well established. The aim of the study was to analyse the possible relationship between neonatal SVT and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition which was recently linked to atrial arrhythmias. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective longitudinal descriptive study was conducted over a period of 5years on newborns who were diagnosed with SVT in a level III neonatal unit, assessing morphological aspects, associated symptoms, and treatments received...
December 19, 2016: Anales de Pediatría: Publicación Oficial de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (A.E.P.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002434/correction-first-demonstration-of-antigen-induced-cytokine-expression-by-cd4-1-lymphocytes-in-a-poikilotherm-studies-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio
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Sohye Yoon, Suman Mitra, Cathy Wyse, Ayham Alnabulsi, Jun Zou, Eveline M Weerdenburg, Astrid M van der Sar, Difei Wang, Christopher J Secombes, Steve Bird
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0126378.].
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756756/homozygous-familial-hypercholesterolaemia-in-two-sisters-misdiagnosed-as-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Mahmoud H Ayesh Haj Yousef, Ayham Shatnawi, Mai Khdeir, Diala Khaldoon Alawneh
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 18, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
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