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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635521/assessment-of-an-innovative-voluntary-substance-abuse-treatment-program-designed-to-replace-compulsory-drug-detention-centers-in-malaysia
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Farrah Khan, Archana Krishnan, Mansur A Ghani, Jeffrey A Wickersham, Jeannia J Fu, Sin How Lim, Sangeeth Kaur Dhaliwal, Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Frederick L Altice
BACKGROUND: As part of an ongoing initiative by the Malaysian government to implement alternative approaches to involuntary detention of people who use drugs, the National Anti-Drug Agency has created new voluntary drug treatment programs known as Cure and Care (C&C) Centers that provide free access to addiction treatment services, including methadone maintenance therapy, integrated with social and health services. OBJECTIVES:   We evaluated early treatment outcomes and client satisfaction among patients accessing C&C treatment and ancillary services at Malaysia's second C&C Center located in Kota Bharu, Kelantan...
February 22, 2017: Substance Use & Misuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634105/genetic-diversity-in-the-c-terminus-of-merozoite-surface-protein-1-among-plasmodium-knowlesi-isolates-from-selangor-and-sabah-borneo-malaysia
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Nan Jiun Yap, Xiang Ting Goh, Anson V Koehler, Timothy William, Tsin Wen Yeo, Indra Vythilingam, Robin B Gasser, Yvonne A L Lim
Plasmodium knowlesi, a malaria parasite of macaques, has emerged as an important parasite of humans. Despite the significance of P. knowlesi malaria in parts of Southeast Asia, very little is known about the genetic variation in this parasite. Our aim here was to explore sequence variation in a molecule called the 42kDa merozoite surface protein-1 (MSP-1), which is found on the surface of blood stages of Plasmodium spp. and plays a key role in erythrocyte invasion. Several studies of P. falciparum have reported that the C-terminus (a 42kDa fragment) of merozoite surface protein-1 (MSP-142; consisting of MSP-119 and MSP-133) is a potential candidate for a malaria vaccine...
June 17, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633115/occurrence-of-commonly-used-pesticides-in-personal-air-samples-and-their-associated-health-risk-among-paddy-farmers
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Hazwanee Hamsan, Yu Bin Ho, Siti Zulfa Zaidon, Zailina Hashim, Nazamid Saari, Ali Karami
Tanjung Karang, Selangor, is widely known for its paddy cultivation activity and hosts the third largest paddy field in Malaysia. Pesticides contamination in agriculture fields has become an unavoidable problem, as pesticides are used to increase paddy productivity and reduce plant disease. Human exposure to agrichemicals is common and could results in both acute and chronic health effects, such as acute and chronic neurotoxicity. This study aims to determine the concentrations of commonly used pesticides (azoxystrobin, buprofezin, chlorantraniliprole, difenoconazole, fipronil, imidacloprid, isoprothiolane, pretilachlor, propiconazole, pymetrozine, tebuconazole, tricyclazole, and trifloxystrobin) in personal air samples and their associated health risks among paddy farmers...
June 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626248/dental-health-status-and-oral-health-behavior-among-university-students-from-five-asean-countries
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Karl Peltzer, Supa Pengpid
The aim of this study was to investigate dental health status and oral health behavior and associated factors among university students in five ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam). Using anonymous questionnaires, data were collected from 3,344 undergraduate university students (mean age 20.5, SD=1.6; 58.3% female) from five ASEAN countries. Results indicate that 27.7% of students reported to have sometimes, most of the time or always having tooth ache in the past 12 months, 39...
February 2017: Nagoya Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625191/attraction-and-consumption-of-methyl-eugenol-by-male-bactrocera-umbrosa-fabricius-diptera-tephritidae-promotes-conspecific-sexual-communication-and-mating-performance
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S L Wee, M Z Abdul Munir, A K W Hee
The Artocarpus fruit fly, Bactrocera umbrosa (Fabricius) (Diptera: Tephritidae), is an oligophagous fruit pest infesting Moraceae fruits, including jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus Lamarck), a fruit commodity of high value in Malaysia. The scarcity of fundamental biological, physiological and ecological information on this pest, particularly in relation to behavioural response to phytochemical lures, which are instrumental to the success of many area-wide fruit fly control and management programmes, underpins the need for studies on this much-underrated pest...
June 19, 2017: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620953/molecular-characterisation-of-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-thalassaemia-among-indigenous-senoi-orang-asli-communities-in-peninsular-malaysia
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Danny Xuan Rong Koh, Raja Zahratul Azma Raja Sabudin, Malisa Mohd Yusoff, Noor Hamidah Hussin, Rahimah Ahmad, Ainoon Othman, Endom Ismail
Thalassaemia is a public health problem in Malaysia, with each ethnic group having their own common mutations. However, there is a lack on data on the prevalence and common mutations among the indigenous people. This cross-sectional study was performed to determine the common mutations of α- and β-thalassaemia among the subethnic groups of Senoi, the largest Orang Asli group in Peninsular Malaysia. Blood samples collected from six Senoi subethnic groups were analysed for full blood count and haemoglobin analysis (HbAn)...
June 16, 2017: Annals of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620856/investigation-on-the-effect-of-sintering-temperature-on-kaolin-hollow-fibre-membrane-for-dye-filtration
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Nur Hamizah Mohtor, Mohd Hafiz Dzarfan Othman, Ahmad Fauzi Ismail, Mukhlis A Rahman, Juhana Jaafar, Nur Awanis Hashim
Despite its extraordinary price, ceramic membrane can still be able to surpass polymeric membrane in the applications that require high temperature and pressure conditions, as well as harsh chemical environment. In order to alleviate the high cost of ceramic material that still becomes one of the major factors that contributes to the high production cost of ceramic membrane, various attempts have been made to use low cost ceramic materials as alternatives to well-known expensive ceramic materials such as alumina, silica, and zirconia in the fabrication of ceramic membrane...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620260/the-positive-expression-of-genotype-vii-newcastle-disease-virus-malaysian-isolate-in-japanese-quails-coturnix-coturnix-japonica
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Lizma Felisha Mazlan, Noor Farhana Bachek, Siti Nor Azizah Mahamud, Lokman Hakim Idris, Tan Sheau Wei, Abdul Rahman Omar, Mohd Hezmee Mohd Noor
AIM: Genotype VII Newcastle disease virus (NDV) is the most predominant NDV strains that circulating in Malaysia; thus, this study was aimed to determine the susceptibility of Japanese quails toward genotype VII NDV. Clinical signs, gross pathological lesions of organs, positive detection of virus in organs and cloacal swabs, as well as the expression of the antibody titer, were used as parameters to assess the susceptibility of Japanese quails following infection of genotype VII NDV...
May 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619812/draft-genome-sequences-of-six-enterococcus-faecalis-strains-isolated-from-malaysian-clinical-and-environmental-origins
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Diane Sunira Daniel, Han Ming Gan, Sui Mae Lee, Gary A Dykes, Sadequr Rahman
Enterococcus faecalis is known to cause a variety of nosocomial infections, including urinary tract infections. Antibiotic resistance and virulence properties in this species are of public concern. The draft genome sequences of six E. faecalis strains isolated from clinical and environmental sources in Malaysia are presented here.
June 15, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619038/the-experiences-of-women-with-maternal-near-miss-and-their-perception-of-quality-of-care-in-kelantan-malaysia-a-qualitative-study
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Mohd Noor Norhayati, Nik Hussain Nik Hazlina, Ab Razak Asrenee, Zaharah Sulaiman
BACKGROUND: Maternal mortality has been the main way of ascertaining the outcome of maternal and obstetric care. However, maternal morbidities occur more frequently than maternal deaths; therefore, maternal near miss was suggested as a more useful indicator for the evaluation and improvement of maternal health services. Our study aimed to explore the experiences of women with maternal near miss and their perception of the quality of care in Kelantan, Malaysia. METHODS: A qualitative phenomenological approach with in-depth interview method was conducted in two tertiary hospitals in Kelantan, Malaysia...
June 15, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619005/effects-of-immunonutrition-on-biomarkers-in-traumatic-brain-injury-patients-in-malaysia-a-prospective-randomized-controlled-trial
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Vineya Rai Hakumat Rai, Lee Fern Phang, Sheau Fung Sia, Amirah Amir, Jeyaganesh S Veerakumaran, Mustafa Kassim Abdulazez Kassim, Rafidah Othman, Pei Chien Tah, Pui San Loh, Mohamad Irfan Othman Jailani, Gracie Ong
BACKGROUND: Head injury is one of the top three diagnosis leading to intensive care unit (ICU) admission in Malaysia. There has been growing interest in using immunonutrition as a mode of modulating the inflammatory response to injury or infection with the aim of improving clinical outcome. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effect of an immunonutrition on biomarkers (IL-6, glutathione, CRP, total protein and albumin) in traumatic brain injury patients. METHODS: Thirty six patients with head injury admitted to neurosurgical ICU in University Malaya Medical Centre were recruited for this study, over a 6-month period from July 2014 to January 2015...
June 15, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618318/effect-of-differential-forest-management-on-land-use-change-luc-in-a-tropical-hill-forest-of-malaysia
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Kazi Mohammad Masum, Asyraf Mansor, Shahrul Anuar Mohd Sah, Hwee San Lim
Forest ownership is considered as a vital aspect for sustainable management of forest and its associated biodiversity. The Global Forest Resources Assessment 2015 reported that privately owned forest area are increasing on a global scale, but deforestation was found very active in privately owned hill forest areas of Malaysia. Penang State was purposively chosen as it has been experiencing rapid and radical changes due to urban expansion over the last three decades. In this study, analyses of land-use changes were done by PCI Geomatica using Landsat images from 1991 to 2015, future trends of land-use change were assessed using EXCEL forecast function, and its impact on the surrounding environment were conducted by reviewing already published articles on changing environment of the study area...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618312/the-effects-of-brief-individual-cognitive-behavioural-therapy-for-depression-and-homesickness-among-international-students-in-malaysia
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Coumaravelou Saravanan, Alizi Alias, Mardiana Mohamad
BACKGROUND: Students who go to other countries for higher education face various psychological problems, particularly homesickness and depression. The objectives of this study were to: (a) identify differences between students who did and did not receive brief individual cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for depression to reduce homesickness; (b) identify whether brief individual CBT for depression reduces the level of homesickness in students between pre-, post- and follow-up assessment; and (c) compare the scores of students experiencing only homesickness and those experiencing both homesickness and depression...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617856/the-associations-between-vdr-bsmi-polymorphisms-and-risk-of-vitamin-d-deficiency-obesity-and-insulin-resistance-in-adolescents-residing-in-a-tropical-country
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Rayinda Rahmadhani, Nur Lisa Zaharan, Zahurin Mohamed, Foong Ming Moy, Muhammad Yazid Jalaludin
BACKGROUND: The vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene is expressed abundantly in different tissues; including adipocytes and pancreatic beta cells. The rs1544410 or BsmI single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the intronic region of the VDR gene has been previously associated with vitamin D levels, obesity and insulin resistance. AIMS: This study was aimed to examine the association between BsmI polymorphism and risk of vitamin D deficiency, obesity and insulin resistance in adolescents living in a tropical country...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617056/an-evaluation-of-quality-of-life-in-women-with-endometriosis-who-underwent-primary-surgery-a-6-month-follow-up-in-sabah-women-children-hospital-sabah-malaysia
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Ahmad M F, Hussin Narwani, Ahmad Shuhaila
Endometriosis is a complex disease primarily affecting women of reproductive age worldwide. The management goals are to improve the quality of life (QoL), alleviate the symptoms and prevent severe disease. This prospective cohort study was to assess the QoL in women with endometriosis that underwent primary surgery. A pre- and post-operative questionnaire via ED-5Q and general VAS score used for the evaluation for endometrial-like pain such as dysmenorrhoea and dyspareunia. A total of 280 patients underwent intervention; 224 laparoscopically and 56 via laparotomy mostly with stage II disease with ovarian endometriomas...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615022/correlation-of-retinal-nerve-fibre-layer-and-macular-thickness-with-serum-uric-acid-among-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Munisamy-Naidu Vinuthinee-Naidu, Embong Zunaina, Anuar Azreen-Redzal, Naing Nyi-Nyi
BACKGROUND: Uric acid is a final breakdown product of purine catabolism in humans. It's a potent antioxidant and can also act as a pro-oxidant that induces oxidative stress on the vascular endothelial cells, thus mediating progression of diabetic related diseases. Various epidemiological and experimental evidence suggest that uric acid has a role in the etiology of type 2 diabetes mellitus. We conducted a cross-sectional study to evaluate the correlation of retinal nerve fibre layer (RNFL) and macular thickness with serum uric acid in type 2 diabetic patients...
June 14, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614368/barriers-and-facilitators-of-adherence-to-antidepressants-among-outpatients-with-major-depressive-disorder-a-qualitative-study
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Siew Ching Ho, Sabrina Anne Jacob, Balamurugan Tangiisuran
BACKGROUND: One of the major challenges in treating major depressive disorder (MDD) is patients' non-adherence to medication. This study aimed to explore the barriers and facilitators of patients' adherence to antidepressants among outpatients with MDD. METHODS: Semi-structured and individual in-depth interviews were conducted among patients with MDD who were taking antidepressants, in the psychiatric clinic of a government-run hospital in Malaysia. Participants were purposively sampled from different genders and ethnicities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613954/comparison-of-sleep-characteristics-pattern-and-problems-in-young-children-within-the-southeast-asian-region
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Kim Dy Daban, Daniel Yt Goh
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Optimal sleeping habits are important for health development of infants. The role of culture on sleep habits cannot be underestimated. We aimed to characterize sleep patterns, sleep practices and sleep problems; and assess the sleep settings and parental perceptions of sleep problems in children from birth to 36 months in countries in the Southeast Asian (SEA) region. PARTICIPANTS: Parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers (birth to 36 months old) from countries in Southeast Asia participated in this study...
June 14, 2017: Behavioral Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612599/tobacco-use-prevention-for-the-young-tupy-s-development-validity-and-reliability-of-an-interactive-multimedia-strategy-from-the-adolescents%C3%A2-perspective-in-malaysia
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Faridah Mohd Zin, Azlin Hilma Hillaluddin, Jamaludin Mustaffa
Objective: This study aims to develop, validate and determine the reliability of an interactive multimedia strategy to prevent tobacco use among the young (TUPY-S) from an adolescents’ perspective. Methods: A descriptive study design was utilized. A modular instruction guideline by Russel (1974) was followed in the entire process, comprising a feasibility study, a review of existing modules, specification of the objectives, identification of the construct criterion items, learner analysis and entry behavior specification, establishment of the sequence instruction and media selection, a tryout with students and a field test...
May 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612311/a-market-modeling-review-study-on-predicting-malaysian-consumer-behavior-towards-widespread-adoption-of-phev-ev
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Nadia Adnan, Shahrina Mohammad Nordin, Imran Rahman, Mohammad Hadi Amini
With the rising concern about climate change, there has been an increased public awareness that has resulted in new government policies to support scientific research for mitigating these problems. Malaysia is among the major energy-intense countries and is under an excessive burden to advance its energy efficiency and to also work towards the reduction of its carbon emission. Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) have the potential to lessen the carbon emission and gasoline consumption in order to alleviate environmental problems...
June 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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