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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528426/building-a-bio-based-industry-in-the-middle-east-through-harnessing-the-potential-of-the-red-sea-biodiversity
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Jens Nielsen, John Archer, Magbubah Essack, Vladimir B Bajic, Takashi Gojobori, Ivan Mijakovic
The incentive for developing microbial cell factories for production of fuels and chemicals comes from the ability of microbes to deliver these valuable compounds at a reduced cost and with a smaller environmental impact compared to the analogous chemical synthesis. Another crucial advantage of microbes is their great biological diversity, which offers a much larger "catalog" of molecules than the one obtainable by chemical synthesis. Adaptation to different environments is one of the important drives behind microbial diversity...
May 20, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527511/accumulation-of-biomass-and-four-triterpenoids-in-two-stage-cultured-poria-cocos-mycelia-and-diuretic-activity-in-rats
#2
Gao-Sheng Hu, Chong-Gui Huang, Yang Zhang, Wei Xiao, Jing-Ming Jia
Poria cocos (Schw.) Wolf, an important medicinal and food fungus, is well known in East Asia. Due to growing market demand, long cultivation period, and consumption of pine trunk during cultivation, developing alternative methods for producing P. cocos and/or its active components is of interest. In the present study, the effects of different culture methods on biomass and accumulation of four triterpenoids were investigated. The ethanol extract of fermented mycelium (EFM) was orally administered to rats. Urine output and concentrations of electrolytes (Na(+), K(+), and Cl(-)) were measured...
April 2017: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523921/combination-of-h120-and-1-96-avian-infectious-bronchitis-virus-vaccine-strains-protect-chickens-against-challenge-with-is-1494-06-variant-2-like-infectious-bronchitis-virus
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M Habibi, V Karimi, A G Langeroudi, S A Ghafouri, M Hashemzadeh, R K Farahani, H Maghsoudloo, H Abdollahi, P Seifouri
Avian infectious bronchitis (IB) is a worldwide chicken disease, caused by avian infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) which infects all commercial poultry lines. The present study was done to evaluate protection caused by two different serotype vaccines (Massachusetts and 793/B) in order to evaluate protection against challenge with IS/1494/06-like virus (variant 2-like virus), which is prevalent in the Middle East. SPF chickens were divided into four groups (n = 20). First and second group as negative control group and non-vaccinated-challenged group received no vaccine...
2017: Acta Virologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523482/an-rct-investigating-patient-driven-versus-physician-driven-titration-of-biasp-30-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-uncontrolled-using-nph-insulin
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Abdelmjid Chraibi, Shoorook Al-Herz, Bich Dao Nguyen, Djoko W Soeatmadji, Anil Shinde, Balasubramanian Lakshmivenkataraman, Samir H Assaad-Khalil
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to confirm the efficacy of patient-driven titration of BIAsp 30 in terms of glycemic control, by comparing it to physician-driven titration of BIAsp 30, in patients with type 2 diabetes in North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. METHODS: A 20-week, open-label, randomized, two-armed, parallel-group, multicenter study in Egypt, Indonesia, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam. Patients (n = 155) with type 2 diabetes inadequately controlled using neutral protamine Hagedorn (NPH) insulin were randomized to either patient-driven or physician-driven BIAsp 30 titration...
May 18, 2017: Diabetes Therapy: Research, Treatment and Education of Diabetes and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523131/uniportal-video-assisted-thoracic-surgery-the-middle-east-experience
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Firas Abu Akar, Diego Gonzalez-Rivas, Mahmoud Ismail, Maher Deeb, Yefim Reichenshtein, Irith Hadas-Halpern, Rachel Tauber, Daniel Fink
BACKGROUND: The application of uniportal video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS) for both minor and major thoracic procedures is gaining widespread use across the globe. Believing its advantages, both in superb surgical results and less morbidity, our center has the privilege to be one of the first centers in the Middle East to introduce this surgical technique into our standard practice. This study presents our initial experience using this technique in 192 procedures and demonstrates the results of postoperative pain level in a sample of 90 patients...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520719/sex-differences-in-management-and-outcomes-of-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-in-the-middle-east-gulf-survey-of-atrial-fibrillation-events-gulf-safe
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Abdulla Shehab, Mohammad Zubaid, Akshaya Srikanth Bhagavathula, Wafa A Rashed, Alawi A Alsheikh-Ali, Wal AlMahmeed, Kadhim Sulaiman, Ibrahim Al-Zakwani, Ahmed AlQudaimi, Nidal Asaad, Haitham Amin
Differences in the management of atrial fibrillation (AF) between men and women were investigated by using Gulf SAFE data in the Middle East. The study included 2,043 patients presenting with AF to emergency room (ER) were prospectively enrolled and followed for one-year. Women were older, have higher body mass index (BMI), comorbidities, and health complications than men. With regard to management of AF, cardioversion was recommended more often for men (16.7% vs. 9.3%), and underwent electrical cardioversion (2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516865/hospital-outbreaks-of-middle-east-respiratory-syndrome-daejeon-south-korea-2015
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Jung Wan Park, Keon Joo Lee, Kang Hyoung Lee, Sang Hyup Lee, Jung Rae Cho, Jin Won Mo, Soo Young Choi, Geun Yong Kwon, Ji-Yeon Shin, Jee Young Hong, Jin Kim, Mi-Yeon Yeon, Jong Seok Oh, Hae-Sung Nam
From May through July 2015, a total of 26 cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome were reported from 2 hospitals in Daejeon, South Korea, including 1 index case and 25 new cases. We examined the epidemiologic features of these cases and found an estimated median incubation period of 6.1 days (8.8 days in hospital A and 4.6 days in hospital B). The overall attack rate was 3.7% (4.7% in hospital A and 3.0% in hospital B), and the attack rates among inpatients and caregivers in the same ward were 12.3% and 22...
June 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515478/molecular-phylogenetics-and-biogeography-of-the-mint-tribe-elsholtzieae-nepetoideae-lamiaceae-with-an-emphasis-on-its-diversification-in-east-asia
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Pan Li, Zhe-Chen Qi, Lu-Xian Liu, Tetsuo Ohi-Toma, Joongku Lee, Tsung-Hsin Hsieh, Cheng-Xin Fu, Kenneth M Cameron, Ying-Xiong Qiu
Elsholtzia and its allied genera such as Collinsonia and Perilla (tribe Elsholtzieae, Lamiaceae) are an ecologically and economically important plant group consisting of ~71 species, with most species distributed in East and Southeast Asia, and several species in North America. Their phylogeny and historical biogeography resulting in a distant intercontinental disjunction are poorly understood. Here we use two nuclear (ETS, ITS) and five chloroplast (rbcL, matK, trnL-F, ycf1, ycf1-rps15) fragments to reconstruct the phylogeny, biogeographic history, and patterns of diversification of Elsholtzieae...
May 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514981/essential-lessons-in-a-potential-sarin-attack-disaster-plan-for-a-resource-constrained-environment
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Matthew John Watermeyer, Nicole Dippenaar, Nelly Clotildea Tchouambou Simo, Sean Buchanan, Abdullah Ebrahim Laher
Sarin is a potent nerve agent chemical weapon that was originally designed for military purposes as a fast-acting anti-personnel weapon that would kill or disable large numbers of enemy troops. Its potent toxicity, ease of deployment, and rapid degradation allow for rapid deployment by an attacking force, who can safely enter the area of deployment a short while after its release. Sarin has been produced and stockpiled by a number of countries, and large quantities of it still exist despite collective agreements to cease manufacture and destroy stockpiles...
May 18, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514326/cancellation-of-elective-cases-in-a-recently-opened-tertiary-quaternary-level-hospital-in-the-middle-east
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Amanda J Morris, James McAvoy, Dana Dweik, Massimo Ferrigno, Alex Macario, Markus Haisjackl
Case cancellations have a negative financial impact due to revenue loss and the potential costs of underutilized time. The goals of this study at a recently opened hospital in the Middle East were to measure the cancellation rates for elective surgical or endoscopic cases and to identify the reasons for cancellation. During the 1-month study period, 170 (22.4%) of the 760 scheduled cases were cancelled. Cultural norms and patient no-shows on the day of surgery accounted for the majority of case cancellations...
May 12, 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513071/juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-in-multiplex-families-longitudinal-follow-up
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Munira Al Marri, Alya Qari, Sulaiman M Al-Mayouf
OBJECTIVE: To describe the physical, social, educational and employment status and clinical outcomes of patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) from multiplex families. METHODS: All familial JIA patients were treated and had regular follow-up between 1990 and 2015 at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH-RC), Riyadh, were included. Demographic data, disease duration, active arthritis and articular and extra-articular damage at last follow-up visit were reviewed...
May 16, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512715/management-of-rainwater-harvesting-and-its-impact-on-the-health-of-people-in-the-middle-east-case-study-from-yatta-town-palestine
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Ilke Celik, Lina M A Tamimi, Issam A Al-Khatib, Defne S Apul
Water-related diseases are a primary problem in Palestine where many residents revert to harvested rainwater as their primary water source due to water shortages within the area. From an environmental engineering perspective, it is already well known that certain situations (e.g., cross contamination) reduce drinking water quality and ultimately cause diseases in a population. In this study, we investigated the social practices and situations that may lead to lower disease occurrence. Towards this goal, we surveyed 382 residents in Yatta to collect data on the water-related diseases that they experienced and the specific situations that might affect the disease occurrences such as the residents' practices (i) for maintaining a high quality of cistern water, (ii) for maintaining the environment around the cistern, and (iii) for managing the wastewater...
June 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506268/ethnic-differences-in-folic-acid-supplement-use-in-a-population-based-cohort-of-pregnant-women-in-norway
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Tarja I Kinnunen, Line Sletner, Christine Sommer, Martine C Post, Anne Karen Jenum
BACKGROUND: Peri-conceptional use of folic acid supplements is recommended to prevent neural tube defects. Correct supplement use seems to be less common among ethnic minorities. We examined ethnic differences in folic acid supplement use before and during pregnancy and possible effect modification by education or planning of pregnancy. METHODS: The participants were 811 healthy pregnant women from a population-based cohort study in Oslo, Norway in 2008-2010. Ethnicity was categorized to five groups (European, Middle Eastern, South Asian, East Asian, African)...
May 15, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505238/analysis-of-species-subgroups-and-endosymbionts-of-bemisia-tabaci-hemiptera-aleyrodidae-from-southwestern-cotton-fields-in-turkey
#14
Kamil Karut, M Mete Karaca, Ismail Döker, Cengiz Kazak
Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) (Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) is one of the most important insect pests worldwide including Turkey. Although there are substantial data regarding species composition of Turkish B. tabaci populations, the situation is still not clear and further investigations are needed. Therefore, in this study, species and subgroups of B. tabaci collected from cotton fields in southwestern part of Turkey (Antalya, Aydın, Denizli, and Muğla) were determined using microsatellite analysis, AluI-based mtCOI polymerase chain reaction-random length polymorphism, and sequencing...
May 12, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504635/-favism-after-ingestion-of-fava-beans-in-a-three-year-old-child-with-glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase-deficiency
#15
Margrethe Bordado Sköld, Rikke Pilsgaard Svendsen, Ellen Bøtker Pedersen
A three-year-old Syrian boy was hospitalized with symptoms of acute haemolytic anaemia after ingestion of fava beans. He was stabilized by blood transfusion, and genetic examination revealed glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency. Oxidative stress, e.g. ingestion of fava beans, can induce acute haemolytic anaemia in affected individuals. Approximately 400 million people worldwide suffer from G6PD deficiency. The prevalence is high in African, Mediterranean and Middle East countries. Due to increased immigration, we might expect the condition to occur more often in Danish healthcare...
May 15, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504627/-high-isolation-preparedness-for-very-contagious-and-potential-severely-ill-patients
#16
Gitte Kronborg, Sanne Jespersen, Helle Ingmer, Merete Storgaard
Ten and seven years ago respectively, the two high-isolation units in Denmark became prepared to receive highly contagious and potential severely ill patients. The units are located in the departments of infectious diseases in Hvidovre Hospital and Aarhus University Hospital. Both departments had little experience until the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, 2013-2015. Altogether, 15 possible Ebola patients were examined in the two departments, but the diagnosis was ruled out for all of them. Besides, a few possible candidates for Middle East respiratory syndrome patients were examined...
May 15, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503641/the-role-of-a-nurse-specialist-in-palliative-care-an-israeli-experience
#17
Suzanne Csorba
Given the severe shortage of physicians in Israel, the Ministry of Health issued a decree that offered advanced authority and responsibilities to experienced nurses; thus, the status of the nurse specialist (NS) was created. The role of NS in Israel is truly varied, incorporating many different facets that range from stabilizing to changing the existing palliative care (PC) orders, including those involving dosages and methods of care provision, issuing of repeat prescriptions, suspending drug treatment, and prescribing new drugs for a patient according to a protocol issued by a physician...
April 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500437/an-evaluation-of-the-translation-of-continuing-education-into-diabetes-public-health-care-by-pharmacists
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Kerry Wilbur, Sara Shabana, Fatima Maraghi, Alaa ElMubark, Nadir Kheir
Background Pharmacists are assuming greater public health roles and partaking in continuing education to advance knowledge and skills necessary for the provision of this patient care. Objective We sought to determine what conditions in a Middle East context influence how community pharmacists actually incorporate new information into practice. Setting Community pharmacies in Qatar. Methods A continuing professional development (CPD) program regarding the management of fasting diabetes patients during Ramadan was developed and delivered...
May 12, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500431/molecular-aspects-of-mers-cov
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REVIEW
Ali A Rabaan, Ali M Bazzi, Shamsah H Al-Ahmed, Jaffar A Al-Tawfiq
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a betacoronavirus which can cause acute respiratory distress in humans and is associated with a relatively high mortality rate. Since it was first identified in a patient who died in a Jeddah hospital in 2012, the World Health Organization has been notified of 1735 laboratory-confirmed cases from 27 countries, including 628 deaths. Most cases have occurred in Saudi Arabia. MERS-CoVancestors may be found in OldWorld bats of the Vespertilionidae family...
May 13, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499162/factors-associated-with-medication-adherence-among-patients-with-diabetes-in-the-middle-east-and-north-africa-region-a-systematic-mixed-studies-review
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REVIEW
Myriam Jaam, Mohamed Izham Mohamed Ibrahim, Nadir Kheir, Ahmed Awaisu
Multiple systematic reviews were conducted investigating factors associated with medication adherence worldwide. However, investigations from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region were largely underrepresented in those reviews. Therefore, the objective of this systematic review is to identify the factors influencing medication adherence among patients with diabetes in the MENA region. A systematic literature search was conducted through Cochrane Library, EBSCO, EMBASE, Google Scholar, ISI Web of Science, PubMed, ScienceDirect, SCOPUS, and ProQuest...
April 26, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
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