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Fawaz Abo-Alhassan, Fatemah Faras, Yousef M Malek, Munish Joneja, Piyaray M Dhar
BACKGROUND: Appendicular schistosomiasis is an unusual etiology of acute appendicitis, which has been reported in countries endemic in schistosomiasis, such as sub-saharan Africa and South America. Nowadays, due to globalization, this disease has been diagnosed in non-endemic countries. Kuwait is a country possessing a larger percentage of foreigners than national citizens. Therefore, several cases of schistosomal appendicitis were found. METHOD: The clinicopathological records of all patients that underwent appendectomy during January 2007 and December 2011 were recorded from the archives of Al-Adan Hospital in Kuwait...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
Anselm K Gitt, Dominik Lautsch, Jean Ferrieres, John Kastelein, Heinz Drexel, Martin Horack, Philippe Brudi, Brecht Vanneste, Peter Bramlage, Francois Chazelle, Vasilisa Sazonov, Baishali Ambegaonkar
Data presented here refer to 57,885 patients on lipid-lowering statin therapy from the Dyslipidaemia International Study (DYSIS) registry. Subjects were divided into 3 discrete subsets: those at very high-risk, high-risk, and non-high-risk for cardiovascular events, with assigned low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) targets of 70 mg/dl, 100 mg/dl and 115 mg/dl, respectively. Overall, the highest proportion of patients meeting their LDL-C target was seen in the UAE and Kuwait (49.5%), while the lowest was seen in Germany (14...
December 2016: Data in Brief
Suad Alfadhli, Sabriyah Al-Mazeedi, Michael E Bodner, Elizabeth Dean
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October 18, 2016: Medical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre
Abdulrahman O Musaiger, Mariam Al-Mannai, Ahmad R Al-Haifi, Fatima Nabag, Jalila Elati, Nada Abahussain, Reema Tayyem, Marwan Jalambo, Mofida Benhamad, Berivan Al-Mufty
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to highlight the prevalence of overweight and obesity among adolescents in eight Arab countries. METHODS: A school-based cross-sectional study was conducted in eight Arab countries: Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan and Tunisia. The total sample included was 6,447 adolescents aged 15-18 years (3,111 males, 3,336 females). The International Obesity Task Force (IOTF) and World Health Organization (WHO) reference standards were used to determine obesity levels...
September 20, 2016: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
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)
Ali Jassem Buabbas, Hamza Mohammad Hassan Al-Shawaf, Abdullah Abdulaziz Almajran
BACKGROUND: In medical education, information and communication technology (ICT) knowledge and skills have become a necessity and an integral part of preparing tomorrow's doctors to be sufficiently competent to use informatics resources effectively and efficiently for the best practice of medicine. OBJECTIVE: This research aimed to study the literacy of the preprofessional students in ICT before and after taking the basic informatics course at the Health Sciences Center at Kuwait University, to understand their potential and their attitudes toward using ICT, including e-learning...
June 20, 2016: JMIR Med Educ
Ashraf Ramadan
IMPLICATIONS Assessment of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) concentrations around a power plant in Kuwait during the peak season showed halogenated compounds to be the dominant group. The calculated indoor concentrations were lower than that reported in a residential area about 12 km away.
October 4, 2016: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
Suleman Khan Afridi, Farhat Rehana Malik, Muhammad Hammad Khan, Syed Hasnain Ahmad
OBJECTIVE: To determine blood lead level in young children visiting tertiary care hospitals. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted from February to April 2015 at Khyber Teaching Hospital, Kuwait Teaching Hospital and Siffat Ghayoor Memorial Children's Hospital, Peshawar, Pakistan, and comprised children aged1-10 years. Purposive sampling technique (non-probability) was used. SPSS 17 was used for data analysis. Charts were made in Microsoft Excel 2007...
October 2016: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Sultan Ayoub Meo, Abdul Latif Mahesar, Saeed Ahmed Sheikh, Kamran Sattar, Ishfaq A Bukhari
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the research progress of Gulf Cooperation Council countries in science and social sciences. METHODS: This study was conducted in the Department of Physiology, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from June 2014 to February 2015.All research documents related to the 1996-2013 period having an affiliation with Gulf Cooperation Council countries, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and Oman, were tracked...
October 2016: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Nadeem Ali, Iqbal Mohammad Ibrahim Ismail, Mamdouh Khoder, Magdy Shamy, Mansour Alghamdi, Max Costa, Lulwa Naseer Ali, Wei Wang, Syed Ali Musstjab Akber Shah Eqani
This study reports levels and profiles of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in dust samples collected from three different microenvironments (cars, air conditioner (AC) filters and household floor dust) of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Kuwait. To the best of our knowledge, this is first study reporting PAHs in indoor microenvironments of KSA, which makes these findings important. Benzo(b)fluoranthene (BbF), benzo(a)pyrene (BaP), phenanthrene (Phe), and pyrene (Pyr) were found to be the major chemicals in dust samples from all selected microenvironments...
September 24, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Y Subhash, Min-Jeong Park, Sang-Seob Lee
A novel Gram-stain-negative, small curve-rod shaped, motile strain, designated L6T, was isolated from hydrocarbon contaminated soils collected from Kuwait. Strain L6T was able to grow at 10-40ºC (optimum, 27-32 ºC), pH 6.1-8.8 (optimum, 6.5-7.5) and 0-4.5% (w/v) NaCl (optimum, 0-0.5). C18:16c/C18:17c, C16:0, C16:16c/C16:17c, C12:0, C12:03-OH aldehyde were predominant fatty acids with minor amounts of C14:0 and C17:0 cyclo. Phosphatidylglycerol (PG) and phosphatidylethanolamine (PE) were major polar lipids...
September 21, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
Ravi T Mathai, Dalia M Fahmy, Hanaa L Sadek, Waleed M Renno
BACKGROUND: Congenital anomalies of the coronary arteries(CAs) are rare and are often diagnosed incidentally during a conventional coronaryangiography. Recently, the incidence of these congenital defects is on the rise particularly after the introduction of the electrocardiography (ECG) gated coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA). This innovative radiological screening modality has led to the most precise mapping of the course of the CAs on Computed Tomographic Scan. The aim of the study is to determine the prevalence and describe theCAscongenital anomalies and their variations in Kuwaiti population at a single institution experience...
October 6, 2016: Folia Morphologica (Warsz)
Jamshaid Iqbal, Jumanah Al-Rashed, Elijah O Kehinde
BACKGROUND: Despite a worldwide common and progressive nature of benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) in older men, no association has been observed between a causative pathogen and other etiology so far. METHODS: In this study, we investigated a causative association of Trichomonas vaginalis, a flagellate protozoan parasite, in 171 BPH cases presenting without symptoms of prostatitis at a surgical outpatient clinic in Kuwait. We detected T. vaginalis DNA by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and T...
2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Hanan El-Sayed Badr
AIM: This study aimed to determine the prevalence of suicidal behaviors (ideation, planning, and attempts) among adolescents aged 13-16, and to identify psychosocial correlates of suicidal behaviors. METHOD: The 2010 Kuwait Global School-Based Student Health Survey (GSHS) cross-sectional study employed a two-stage cluster sample design targeting a representative sample of 2,672 students. A weighting factor was applied to make inferences to all students of the same age...
September 23, 2016: Crisis
Mustapha F A Jallow, Dawood G Awadh, Mohammed S Albaho, Vimala Y Devi, Binson M Thomas
The widespread overuse of pesticides in agriculture has generated increasing concerns about the negative effects of pesticides on human health and the environment. Understanding farmers' perceptions of risk of pesticides and the determinants of pesticide overuse is important to modifying their behavior towards reducing pesticide use. A survey of 250 randomly selected smallholder vegetable farmers in Kuwait was conducted to quantify the extent of pesticide use, their pesticide risk perceptions and factors influencing their pesticide use behaviors...
September 16, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Bobby K Joseph, Mohammad A Ali, Devipriya B Sundaram
In Kuwait, the age-standardized incidence rate (per 100,000) for oral cancer is 1.5 and the mortality rate is 0.4. Early detection of oral cancer combined with appropriate treatment greatly improves the chances of cure and the quality of life. However, little is known about patient awareness of this disease and the ability to identify early signs, particularly among high-risk groups. Hence, the aim of this study is to assess dental patients' awareness and knowledge of mouth cancer and beliefs and perceptions about risk factors...
September 8, 2016: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
Samar S Boswihi, Edet E Udo, Noura Al-Sweih
BACKGROUND: As the epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is constantly changing globally, determining the prevailing MRSA clones in a local healthcare facility is important for better management of infections. This study investigated clonal composition and distribution of MRSA isolates in Kuwait's hospitals using a combination of molecular typing methods. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In total, 400 non-repeat MRSA isolates were obtained between 1992 and 2010 in 13 public hospitals and were characterized using antibiogram, SCCmec typing, spa typing, and multilocus-sequence typing...
2016: PloS One
Kip R Thompson, Eric C Mossel, Belle Federman, David M Claborn
During its deployment to Kuwait from 2011-2012, the 983rd Medical Detachment (Preventive Medicine) was augmented with a 4-person laboratory section which provided polymerase chain reaction capabilities not normally associated with an Army Level III preventive medicine detachment. Although common in many civilian laboratories, this was the first time this equipment was used by a deployed Level III Army preventive medicine detachment to identify an outbreak in this theater. It allowed rapid identification and description of a gastrointestinal disease outbreak caused by norovirus in Kuwait...
October 2016: U.S. Army Medical Department Journal
Anwar Al-Awadhi, Adekunle Adekile, Rajaa Marouf
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a severe form of hemolytic anemia characterized by chronic hemolysis and is associated with increased thrombotic risk. Elevated von Willebrand factor (vWF) levels in SCD have been attributed to increased secretion and impaired processing by its cleaving protease ADAMTS-13. In this study we measured vWF and ADAMTS-13 antigen and activity levels in our SCD patients. Hematological and biochemical parameters for 59 SCD patients (20 children and 39 adults) were analyzed and compared to 59 age- and sex-matched controls...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
Abiola Senok, Ali Somily, Adeola Raji, Darius Gawlik, Fatimah Al-Shahrani, Shehla Baqi, Samar Boswihi, Leila Skakni, Edet E Udo, Stefan Weber, Ralf Ehricht, Stefan Monecke
OBJECTIVES: CC22-MRSA-IV, UK-EMRSA-15/Barnim EMRSA, is a common and pandemic strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) that has been found mainly in Western Europe, but also in other parts of the world including some Gulf countries. One suspected case of an infection with this strain in a patient who was admitted to the surgical unit in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) was investigated in order to check whether this strain has reached KSA. METHODS: Besides the index isolate, 46 additional isolates of CC22-MRSA-IV from patients from KSA, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, and Germany (patients with a history of travel in the Middle East), were characterized by microarray hybridization...
August 28, 2016: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
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