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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106113/genetic-risk-variants-for-metabolic-traits-in-arab-populations
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Prashantha Hebbar, Naser Elkum, Fadi Alkayal, Sumi Elsa John, Thangavel Alphonse Thanaraj, Osama Alsmadi
Despite a high prevalence of metabolic trait related diseases in Arabian Peninsula, there is a lack of convincingly identified genetic determinants for metabolic traits in this population. Arab populations are underrepresented in global genome-wide association studies. We genotyped 1965 unrelated Arab individuals from Kuwait using Cardio-MetaboChip, and tested SNP associations with 13 metabolic traits. Models based on recessive mode of inheritance identified Chr15:40531386-rs12440118/ZNF106/W->R as a risk variant associated with glycated-hemoglobin at close to 'genome-wide significant' p-value and five other risk variants 'nominally' associated (p-value ≤ 5...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104991/prevalence-of-hepatitis-c-virus-infection-among-hemodialysis-patients-in-the-middle-east-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Soheil Ashkani-Esfahani, Seyed Moayed Alavian, Mohammad Salehi-Marzijarani
AIM: To determine hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection prevalence in each country of the Middle-East and the overall prevalence of the region. METHODS: In this systematic review, we gathered all documents related to HCV infection prevalence among hemodialysis patients in 17 middle-east countries from April 2006 to March 2016. We selected only cross-sectional studies that had proper sampling and measurement methods as well as a valid statistical analysis. RESULTS: After screening of 7311 documents, 56 studies were selected reporting the prevalence of HCV infection among hemodialysis patients from 10 countries of the region...
January 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098529/multidrug-resistant-candida-haemulonii-and-c-auris-tel-aviv-israel
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Ronen Ben-Ami, Judith Berman, Ana Novikov, Edna Bash, Yael Shachor-Meyouhas, Shiri Zakin, Yasmin Maor, Jalal Tarabia, Vered Schechner, Amos Adler, Talya Finn
Candida auris and C. haemulonii are closely related, multidrug-resistant emerging fungal pathogens that are not readily distinguishable with phenotypic assays. We studied C. auris and C. haemulonii clinical isolates from 2 hospitals in central Israel. C. auris was isolated in 5 patients with nosocomial bloodstream infection, and C. haemulonii was found as a colonizer of leg wounds at a peripheral vascular disease clinic. Liberal use of topical miconazole and close contact among patients were implicated in C...
February 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089551/seasonal-circulation-assessments-of-the-northern-arabian-persian-gulf
#4
Y Alosairi, T Pokavanich
Due to the continuous human activities linked to economic expansion in the Arabian Gulf area (also known as Persian Gulf), various activities have had an adverse impact on the coastal environment. Furthermore, reduction of precipitation and river flows has resulted in alterations to the hydro-environment regime at various levels. The current study uses a detailed numerical model that was validated with recent field measurements to determine the comprehensive seasonal circulations of the Northern Arabian/Persian Gulf (NAG)...
January 12, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088587/late-onset-neonatal-sepsis-in-arab-states-in-the-gulf-region-two-year-prospective-study
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Majeda S Hammoud, Abdullah Al-Taiar, Sameer Y Al-Abdi, Hussain Bozaid, Anwar Khan, Laila M AlMuhairi, Moghis Ur Rehman
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate the incidence of Late-Onset Sepsis (LOS) in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in Arab states in the gulf region and describe the main causative organisms and their antibiotic resistance. METHODS: Observational prospective cohort study was conducted over two-year period in five NICUs in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. LOS was defined as the growth of a single potentially pathogenic organism from blood or cerebrospinal fluid in infants >3days of age with clinical and laboratory findings consistent with infection...
January 11, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077121/awareness-of-food-allergies-a-survey-of-pediatricians-in-kuwait
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Waleed Al-Herz, Khalid Husain, Ahmed Al-Khabaz, Mohamed A A Moussa, Fawaz Al-Refaee
BACKGROUND: Early diagnosis of food allergies (FA) is important for a favorable prognosis. This study aimed to determine the level of awareness of FA among pediatricians in Kuwait. METHOD: A 43-item self-administered questionnaire was designed and distributed to pediatricians working at 4 government hospitals in Kuwait. RESULTS: A total of 140 pediatricians completed the questionnaire, with a participation rate of 51.1% (81 males and 59 females)...
January 11, 2017: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067890/validity-of-visceral-adiposity-estimates-from-dxa-against-mri-in-kuwaiti-men-and-women
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A Mohammad, E De Lucia Rolfe, A Sleigh, T Kivisild, K Behbehani, N J Wareham, S Brage, T Mohammad
OBJECTIVES: The prevalence of obesity and diabetes in the Middle East is among the highest in the world. Valid measures of abdominal adiposity are essential to understanding the metabolic consequences of obesity. Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) is increasingly being utilised to assess body composition in population studies, and has recently been used to estimate visceral adipose tissue (VAT). The aim of this study was to determine the accuracy of DXA-derived VAT in a Middle Eastern population using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the criterion measure...
January 9, 2017: Nutrition & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060121/the-sickle-%C3%AE-thalassemia-phenotype
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Adekunle D Adekile, Nagihan Akbulut, Asmaa F Azab, Sundus Al-Sharida, Diana Thomas
Sβ-thalassemia (Sβ-thal) is common among Gulf Arab patients with sickle cell disease, but the phenotype of this group had not been well-documented. We have studied a group of Kuwaiti patients and compared the phenotype in the homozygotes (SS) and Sβ-thal patients. Complete blood count, hemoglobin quantitation, serum bilirubin, and lactate dehydrogenase were determined with standard techniques. The patients were screened for α-globin genotype. The Sβ-thal patients were also screened for the HBG2 Xmn-1 polymorphism...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053574/evaluation-of-different-commercial-feeds-on-grow-out-silver-black-porgy-sparidentex-hasta-valenciennes-for-optimum-growth-performance-fillet-quality-and-cost-of-production
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M A Hossain, K M Al-Abdul-Elah, S El-Dakour
The objective of the study was to find a cost-effective feed from three commercial feeds, namely, Arasco (Saudi Arabia), Skretting (Turkey), and Biomar (Greece) for commercially producing silver black porgy (sobaity bream), Sparidentex hasta in Kuwait. For confidentiality, these feeds were randomly given code names, diets 1, 2, and 3, which were known only to the investigating staffs. The trash fish (diet 4) was used as the control. The experiment was conducted for 28 wk with grow-out sobaity bream (210.0 ± 0...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050584/dataset-for-petroleum-based-stock-markets-and-gauss-codes-for-samem
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Ahmed A A Khalifa, Pietro Bertuccelli, Edoardo Otranto
This article includes a unique data set of a balanced daily (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) for oil and natural gas volatility and the oil rich economies' stock markets for Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrain and Oman, using daily data over the period spanning Oct. 18, 2006-July 30, 2015. Additionally, we have included unique GAUSS codes for estimating the spillover asymmetric multiplicative error model (SAMEM) with application to Petroleum-Based Stock Market. The data, the model and the codes have many applications in business and social science...
February 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049354/the-life-course-model-as-a-framework-for-post-conflict-health-analysis-reflections-on-the-gulf-war-critical-period
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Charles W Cange
In the Kuwait context, from January 1991 to December 1991, there were a series of chemical and psychological Gulf War-era exposures that left persistent, long-term damage. Extreme stress from a critical event speeds up the usual disease latency period, and may be part of a synergistic effect that leads to higher disease rates over a shorter period of time. I am interested in the impact of armed conflict on health outcomes over the life course in Kuwait, and particularly the pathways through which armed conflict causes changes in health on a population level...
January 3, 2017: Medicine, Conflict, and Survival
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048147/su-f-e-14-global-radiation-oncology-education-and-training-in-medical-physics-powered-by-information-and-communication-technologies
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W Ngwa, E Sajo, T Ngoma, J Dachi, J Julius Mwaiselage, O Kenton, S Avery
PURPOSE: Recent publications have highlighted the potential of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) to catalyze collaborations in cancer care, research and education in global radiation oncology. This work reports on the use of ICTs for global Medical Physics education and training across three countries: USA, Tanzania and Kuwait METHODS: An online education platform was established by Radiation Oncology Faculty from Harvard Medical School, and the University of Pennsylvania with integrated Medical Physics Course modules accessible to trainees in Tanzania via partnership with the Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, and the Ocean Road Cancer Institute...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046641/su-f-t-269-preliminary-experience-of-kuwait-cancer-control-center-kccc-on-imrt-treatment-planning-and-pre-treatment-verification
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Tkr Sethuraman, M Sherif, N Subramanian, O Zoueil, K Mirza
PURPOSE: The complexity of IMRT delivery requires pre-treatment quality assurance and plan verification. KCCC has implemented IMRT clinically in few sites and will extend to all sites. Recently, our Varian linear accelerator and Eclipse planning system were upgraded from Millennium 80 to 120 Multileaf Collimator (MLC) and from v8.6 to 11.0 respectively. Our preliminary experience on the pre-treatment quality assurance verification is discussed. METHODS: Eight Breast, Three Prostate and One Hypopharynx cancer patients were planned with step and shoot IMRT...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045313/parental-knowledge-and-practices-regarding-their-children-s-oral-health-in-kuwait
#14
L Alyahya
AIM: The purpose of this study is to assess the knowledge and practices of parents toward their children's oral health in Kuwait. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Study Design: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 300 parents who visited five dental specialty centers in Kuwait. Data were collected through a self-administered questionnaire. STATISTICS: The statistical analysis was performed using SPSS software (version 21; Inc., Chicago IL, USA)...
December 2016: European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry: Official Journal of European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043626/comparison-of-two-molecular-methods-and-an-automated-liquid-culture-system-for-the-early-detection-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-from-both-pulmonary-and-extrapulmonary-specimens-in-kuwait
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E M Mokaddas, H Saadaldeen, S Ahmad
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Molecular methods for the detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) are widely used for the early diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB). The objectives of this study were to evaluate the performance of two molecular techniques for the detection of MTB for both pulmonary and extrapulmonary specimens in comparison with conventional culture techniques in Kuwait and to correlate the results with clinical and histopathological diagnosis. METHODS: A total of 9,594 consecutive pulmonary (n=5,597) and extrapulmonary (n=3,997) specimens received by the Kuwait National TB Reference Laboratory from November 2011 to December 2015 were processed for direct smear microscopy for acid-fast bacilli using a Zhiel-Neelsen stain, Xpert MTB/RIF assay, ProbTec polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and growth in fully automated MGIT 960 system tubes...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032219/endoscopic-management-of-post-laparoscopic-sleeve-gastrectomy-stenosis
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Salman Al Sabah, Eliana Al Haddad
INTRODUCTION: Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) is becoming an increasingly popular form of bariatric surgery, accounting for more than 50% of these procedures performed in the USA. Given this popularity, more is being understood about the complications associated with LSG, which, though uncommon, include the formation of strictures and stenosis. The purpose of this study is to establish a safe and effective protocol for the treatment of stenosis post-LSG using endoscopic balloon dilatation...
December 28, 2016: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032055/erratum-assessment-of-oral-health-attitudes-and-behavior-among-students-of-kuwait-university-health-sciences-center
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[This corrects the article on p. 436 in vol. 6, PMID: 27891310.].
November 2016: Journal of International Society of Preventive & Community Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005001/recurrent-urinary-tract-infection-among-renal-transplant-recipients-risk-factors-and-long-term-outcome
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Khaled Abdel Tawab, Osama Gheith, Torki Al Otaibi, Naryanam Nampoory, Hany Mansour, Medhat A Halim, Prasad Nair, Tarek Said, Mohamed Abdelmonem, Ayman El-Sayed, Waleed Awadain
OBJECTIVES: Urinary tract infection is the most common type of bacterial infection in kidney transplant procedures, with adverse effects on graft and patient survival. We aimed to evaluate the risk factors of recurrent urinary tract infection in renal transplant recipients and its impact on patient and graft survival. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a cohort of 1019 patients who were transplanted between 2000 and 2010 at Hamed Al-Essa Organ Transplant Center in Kuwait, 86% developed at least 1 episode of urinary tract infection, with only 6...
December 22, 2016: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27996891/mapping-air-quality-zones-for-coastal-urban-centers
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Brian Freeman, Bahram Gharabaghi, Jesse Thé, Mohammad Munshed, Shah Faisal, Meshal Abdullah, Athari Al Aseed
This study presents a new method that incorporates modern air dispersion models allowing local terrain and land-sea breeze effects to be considered along with political and natural boundaries for more accurate mapping of air quality zones for coastal urban centers. This method uses local coastal wind patterns and key urban air pollution sources in each zone to more accurately calculate air pollutant concentration statistics. The new approach distributes virtual air pollution sources within each small grid cells of an area of interest and analyzes a puff dispersion model for a full year's worth of one-hour prognostic weather data...
December 20, 2016: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27991480/mineral-bone-disorder-and-its-management-among-hemodialysis-patients-in-the-gulf-cooperation-council-initial-findings-from-the-dialysis-outcomes-and-practice-patterns-study-2012-2015
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Issa Al Salmi, Mona AlRukhaimi, Ali AlSahow, Faisal A M Shaheen, Saeed M G Al-Ghamdi, Fadwa AlAli, Sumaya AlGhareeb, Yacoub Al Maimani, Mohammed AlGhonaim, Brian Bieber, Francesca Tentori, Ronald L Pisoni
The prospective cohort Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) initiated data collection in national samples of hemodialysis (HD) units (total of 41 study sites) in all six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates) in late 2012. Here, we report initial results regarding mineral bone disorders (MBDs) and its management in the GCC countries. Forty-one randomly selected HD facilities, treating >23 HD patients each, were sampled and represent care for >95% of GCC HD patients...
November 2016: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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