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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226324/a-survey-of-self-reported-food-allergy-and-food-related-anaphylaxis-among-young-adult-students-at-kuwait-university-kuwait
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Fatima Ali
OBJECTIVES: To conduct a survey on self-reported food allergy to milk, egg, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, wheat and sesame as well as reported food-related anaphylaxis and epinephrine prescription practices among Kuwaiti students attending Kuwait University. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: One thousand (1,000) questionnaires that included data on age, gender, presence of food allergies and associated details were distributed. All participants reporting an allergy were categorized as having a perceived food allergy...
February 22, 2017: Medical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223866/cross-national-analysis-of-estimated-narcotic-utilization-for-twelve-arabic-speaking-countries-in-the-middle-east
#2
Kyle John Wilby, Kerry Wilbur
BACKGROUND: Access to narcotics has been described as suboptimal in the Middle East. The objectives of this study were to characterize estimated narcotic use in twelve Arabic-speaking nations and compare across world regions. METHODS: This was a population-based cross-sectional analysis of estimated average consumption of narcotic drugs in defined daily doses per million inhabitants, as provided by the International Narcotics Control Board Technical Reports (2008-2012)...
January 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206870/culiseta-annulata-a-new-mosquito-for-kuwait
#3
Will K Reeves, Benjamin Connors, Myrna M Miller, David Berry, Stephanie White, Rebecca R Morey, Carolyn Brooks
We report new records for Culiseta annulata from Kuwait. Prior to our records, Culiseta longiareolata was the only Culiseta sp. known from Kuwait. Culiseta annulata is a vector of Tahyna virus (Bunyaviridae) to humans throughout Asia. We tested a limited number of mosquitoes for Tahyna virus and other viruses. Tahyna virus was not detected, but we did discover a mosquito Densovirus in a pool of Cs. annulata using next generation sequencing.
December 2016: Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196635/childhood-meningitis-in-kuwait-in-the-era-of-post-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccination-a-multicenter-study
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Hussain Sadeq, Entesar H Husain, Amna Alkoot, Suha Atyani, Abdullah Al-Fraij, Abdulrahman Al-Daithan, Talal AlSaleem, Anfal Taher, May Alenezi
This is a retrospective study to evaluate epidemiology and etiologies of childhood meningitis in Kuwait after the routine introduction of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine. The data was collected from 196 patients in the period of 2010-2014. Aseptic meningitis accounted for 51% of the cases, bacterial meningitis accounted for 29% cases and partially treated meningitis were 20%. Organisms causing bacterial meningitis were: Streptococcus pneumoniae 40.4%, Neisseria meningitidis 17.6%, Haemophilus spp. 12.2%, other gram positive or negative 19...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185821/public-response-to-mers-cov-in-the-middle-east-iphone-survey-in-six-countries
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Amani S Alqahtani, Harunor Rashid, Mada H Basyouni, Tariq M Alhawassi, Nasser F BinDhim
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries bear the heaviest brunt of MERS-CoV. This study aims to compare public awareness and practice around MERS-CoV across GCC countries. A cross-sectional survey was conducted using the Gulf Indicators (GI) smartphone app among people in the six GCC countries, namely Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman. A total of 1812 participants recruited. All were aware of MERS-CoV, yet the perception and practice around MERS-CoV varied widely between countries...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162965/socioeconomic-indicators-are-strong-predictors-of-hepatitis-a-seroprevalence-rates-in-the-middle-east-and-north-africa
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Mehmet Koroglu, Kathryn H Jacobsen, Tayfur Demiray, Ahmet Ozbek, Unal Erkorkmaz, Mustafa Altindis
The goal of this analysis was to examine the association between age-specific hepatitis A virus (HAV) seroprevalence rates and various socioeconomic indicators within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. We conducted a systematic review of all recently published studies on HAV conducted in the MENA region and identified the highest quality studies for inclusion in our analysis. We calculated the age at midpoint of population immunity (AMPI) for each study and estimated seroprevalence rates at the ages of 5, 10, and 15 years...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162347/-140-prevalence-of-chronic-pain-and-comorbid-medical-conditions-associated-with-diabetes-in-kuwait-a-random-sample-telephone-survey
#7
N Zghoul, E Ross, A Ahmad, R Edwards, R Jamison
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2016: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159006/the-potential-influence-of-human-parainfluenza-viruses-detected-during-hospitalization-among-critically-ill-patients-in-kuwait-2013-2015
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Sahar Essa, Haya Al-Tawalah, Sarah AlShamali, Widad Al-Nakib
BACKGROUND: The four types of human parainfluenza viruses (PIV) are important causes of community-acquired pneumonia, particularly in children; however, limited information exists about the incidence of PIV in critically ill patients. The aim of this study is to describe the spectrum, incidence and clinical features of PIV-associated infections diagnosed during the hospital stay of patients admitted to pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and intensive care unit (ICU) of 5 medical centers across Kuwait...
February 3, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156193/characterization-of-ndm-7-carbapenemase-producing-escherichia-coli-isolates-in-the-arabian-peninsula
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Tibor Pál, Akela Ghazawi, Dania Darwish, Laura Villa, Alessandra Carattoli, Rayhan Hashmey, Zulfa Aldeesi, Wafaa Jamal, Vincent Rotimi, Amina Al-Jardani, Seif S Al-Abri, Ágnes Sonnevend
AIM: The purpose of this study was to characterize the New Delhi metallo-beta lactamase (NDM)-7-producing Enterobacteriaceae isolated in the Arabian Peninsula. METHODS: Enterobacteriaceae identified to carry blaNDM-7 in a collection of 157 NDM-producing isolates from Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) were investigated for their antibiotic and disinfectant susceptibility, and resistance gene content. The virulence profile, phylogenetic and sequence types of the isolates were also determined...
February 3, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141505/sphingobacterium-cellulitidis-sp-nov-isolated-from-clinical-and-environmental-sources
#10
Geert Huys, Prashant Purohit, Chuan Hao Tan, Cindy Snauwaert, Paul De Vos, Huda Al Saffar, Ina'am Al Obaid, M John Albert, Hans-Jurgen Busse, Torsten Seemann
We have determined the taxonomic position of two isolates of the genus Sphingobacterium. The first isolate, R-53603T, was obtained from purulent discharge from the toe of a cellulitis patient in Kuwait. Comparative 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis revealed 99.87% identity of R-53603T with environmental isolate P031 (= R-53745) originating from activated sludge in Singapore. Both isolates were phylogenetically positioned on the same sub-branch. Highest 16S rRNA gene sequence similarity was found with Sphingobacterium mizutaii LMG 8340T (98...
January 28, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123615/cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-knowledge-and-attitude-among-general-dentists-in-kuwait
#11
Sarah A Alkandari, Lolwa Alyahya, Mohammed Abdulwahab
BACKGROUND: Dentists as health care providers should maintain a competence in resuscitation. This cannot be overemphasized by the fact that the population in our country is living longer with an increasing proportion of medically compromised persons in the general population. This preliminary study aimed to assess the knowledge and attitude of general dentists towards cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out among 250 licensed general dental practitioners working in ministry of health...
2017: World Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120205/the-use-of-spatial-empirical-models-to-estimate-soil-erosion-in-arid-ecosystems
#12
Meshal Abdullah, Rusty Feagin, Layla Musawi
The central objective of this project was to utilize geographical information systems and remote sensing to compare soil erosion models, including Modified Pacific South-west Inter Agency Committee (MPSIAC), Erosion Potential Method (EPM), and Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE), and to determine their applicability for arid regions such as Kuwait. The northern portion of Umm Nigga, containing both coastal and desert ecosystems, falls within the boundaries of the de-militarized zone (DMZ) adjacent to Iraq and has been fenced off to restrict public access since 1994...
February 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114146/pharmacists-attitudes-and-role-in-diabetes-management-in-kuwait
#13
Asmaa Al Haqan, Dalal Al-Taweel, Abdelmoneim Ismail Awad Hussein, Deborah Jane Wake
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 18, 2017: Medical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110197/outdoor-dose-rate-mapping-in-kuwait
#14
Darwish Al-Azmi
As part of ongoing efforts to develop the data base required for the gamma dose rate baseline in Kuwait, a survey of ambient outdoor gamma-ray dose rates was carried out in 112 locations within the country. Measurements were performed, during the period from August 2013 to March 2016, in various undisturbed open areas in the desert using a NaI dosimeter/spectrometer. The dose rates were recorded along with the corresponding gamma-ray spectra for in-situ relative contribution of the primordial radionuclides and (137)Cs in the outdoor environment...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106113/genetic-risk-variants-for-metabolic-traits-in-arab-populations
#15
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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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 to describe the main causative organisms and their antibiotic resistance. METHODS: This observational prospective cohort study was conducted over a 2-year period in five NICUs in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the 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
#20
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
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