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Roukaya Al Hammoud, James R Murphy, Norma Pérez
Although transmission of rubella virus within the United States is rare, the risk for imported cases persists. We describe a rubella case in a newborn, conceived in Saudi Arabia, in Texas during 2017, highlighting the importance of active surveillance and early diagnosis of this disease.
April 2018: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Mohammed Sami Alhaddad, Afnan Khalifah AlBarjas, Lolowah Ebraheem Alhammar, Abdullatif Sami Al Rashed, Lorina Ineta Badger-Emeka
Background: Acinetobacter baumannii , is an emerging nosocomial multidrug resistance pathogen with the rapid spread of clones being reported in health-care settings and hospitals worldwide. Carbapenem resistance in this bacterium has been attributed to D OXA β-lactamases with OXA-51-like β-lactamase, being present in all A. baumannii isolate. The present study looks into the antibiotics susceptibility and molecular characterization of clinical A. baumannii isolates from Intensive Care Unit (ICU) samples in Al-Hofuf, South-eastern region of Saudi Arabia...
January 2018: International Journal of Applied and Basic Medical Research
Farhad Rezvan, Mehdi Khabazkhoob, Elham Hooshmand, Abbasali Yekta, Mohammad Saatchi, Hassan Hashemi
The present study was conducted to determine the global prevalence and risk factors for pterygium . 3255 articles were identified, of which 68 articles with a total of 415,911 participants in 24 countries were included in the final analysis. The prevalence of pterygium in the total population was 12% (95% CI 11% - 14%). The lowest and highest prevalence rates were respectively 3% (95% CI 0.0% - 9%) in the 10 to 20 year age group and 19.5% (95% CI 14.3% - 24.8%) in those over 80. The prevalence was 13% (95% CI 11% - 15%) in men and 12% (95% CI 9% - 13%) in women...
March 15, 2018: Survey of Ophthalmology
Anwar E Ahmed, Hamdan Al-Jahdali, Abeer N Alshukairi, Mody Alaqeel, Salma S Siddiq, Hanan A Alsaab, Ezzeldin A Sakr, Hamed A Alyahya, Munzir M Alandonisi, Alaa T Subedar, Nouf M Aloudah, Salim Baharoon, Majid A Alsalamah, Sameera Al Johani, Mohammed G Alghamdi
BACKGROUND: Rapidly and accurately identifying individuals who are at high risk for Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) remains a major challenge for the medical and scientific communities. The aim of this study was to develop and validate a risk prediction model for the screening of suspected cases of MERS-CoV infection in patients who had developed pneumonia. METHODS: A two-center retrospective case-control study was done, including 360 patients with confirmed pneumonia who were evaluated for MERS-CoV infection by Real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) from September 1, 2012 to June 1, 2016 at King Abdulaziz Medical City in Riyadh (KAMC-R) and King Fahd General Hospital in Jeddah (KFGH-JED)...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
Omar B Da'ar, Abdulaziz Alshaya
This study estimated whether continued programming of a highly specialized four-year dentistry residency training in Saudi Arabia was cost-beneficial. We utilized a purposive sampling to administer a survey to trainees in major cities. Additionally, we used publically available market information about general practitioners. We employed Benefit-Cost Analysis accounting approach as a conceptual framework. Using general practitioners as the base category, we grouped overall social analytical perspectives into resident trainees and rest of society...
February 19, 2018: Evaluation and Program Planning
Bechir Raggad
This study investigates the existence of long-run relationship between CO2 emissions, economic growth, energy use, and urbanization in Saudi Arabia over the period 1971-2014. The autoregressive distributed lag (ARDL) approach with structural breaks, where structural breaks are identified with the recently impulse saturation break tests, is applied to conduct the analysis. The bounds test result supports the existence of long-run relationship among the variables. The existence of environmental Kuznets curve (EKC) hypothesis has also been tested...
March 15, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Minjing Zou, Ali S Alzahrani, Ali Al-Odaib, Mohammad A Alqahtani, Omer Babiker, Roua A Al-Rijjal, Huda A BinEssa, Walaa E Kattan, Anwar F Al-Enezi, Ali Al Qarni, Manar S A Al-Faham, Essa Y Baitei, Afaf Alsagheir, Brian F Meyer, Yufei Shi
Context: Congenital hypothyroidism (CH) is the most common neonatal endocrine disorder, affecting one in 3000-4000 newborns. Since the introduction of a newborn screening program in 1988, more than 300 cases have been identified. The underlying genetic defects have not been systematically studied. Objective: To identify mutation spectrum of CH-causing genes. Methods: Fifty-five patients from 47 families were studied by next-generation-exome sequencing...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Mansour Abdullah Alshehri, Hammad Alhasan, Mohamed Alayat, Moayad Al-Subahi, Khalid Yaseen, Ayah Ismail, Abdullah Tobaigy, Obaid Almalki, Abdulfattah Alqahtani, Basmah Fallata
[Purpose] To investigate physicians' attitudes, opinions and experiences towards physiotherapy services as well as to identify the potential factors that may affect the extent of utilization of physiotherapy services (based on physicians' beliefs) in Saudi Arabia (SA). [Subjects and Methods] A cross-sectional study was conducted. [Results] A total of 108 respondents met the inclusion criteria. The respondents' attitude towards physiotherapy was slightly low (53.5%), while their opinions and experiences of physiotherapy indicated some important issues...
February 2018: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Abdulwahab A Alkhamis
BACKGROUND: Insufficient knowledge of health insurance benefits could be associated with lack of access to health care, particularly for minority populations. This study aims to assess the association between expatriates' knowledge of health insurance benefits and lack of access to health care. METHODS: A cross-sectional study design was conducted from March 2015 to February 2016 among 3398 insured male expatriates in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The dependent variable was binary and expresses access or lack of access to health care...
March 15, 2018: BMC Public Health
Amani Abu-Shaheen, Shehu Yousef, Muhammad Riaz, Abdullah Nofal, Sarfaraz Khan, Humariya Heena
Diagnosis of neuropathic pain (NP) can be challenging. The ID Pain (ID-P) questionnaire, a screening tool for NP, has been used widely both in the original version and translated forms. The aim of this study was to develop an Arabic version of ID-P and assess its validity and reliability in detecting neuropathic pain. The original ID-P was translated in Arabic language and administered to the study population. Reliability of the Arabic version was evaluated by percentage observed agreement, and Cohen's kappa; and validity by sensitivity, specificity, correctly classified, and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve...
2018: PloS One
Saeed Bafaraj, Ibrahim Awad, Saddig Jastaniah, Hanan Abbas, Alamin Musa
OBJECTIVES: To identify the occurrence rate of thyroid ultrasound abnormalities in asymptomatic subjects, and describe the features of detected nodules among university students. METHODS: The study is based on an observational research design that was conducted from April 2015 to May 2015. The study included 166 individuals, aged between 19 and 23 years. The subjects had their glands examined by ultrasound (US) scanning, using Philips ultrasound machine (5-12 MHz linear transducer)...
March 2018: Saudi Medical Journal
Roaa S Jamjoom, Yoon S Park
OBJECTIVES: To study burnout among pediatric residents at King  Abdulazaiz University Hospital in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Methods: This is a cross-sectional survey that was administered to all pediatric residents enrolled in the Saudi Paediatric Board program (PGY1-PGY4) in a large tertiary academic hospital in the Western region of Saudi Arabia (King Abdulaziz University Hospital). The survey were sent via E-mail to 50 registered general pediatric residents.  Results: Seventy percent of the pediatric residents completed the survey...
March 2018: Saudi Medical Journal
Nayla J Bushaqer, Nawal M Dayoub, Khalsa K AlHattali, Hisham A Ayyoub, Samaher S AlFaraj, Samar N Hassan
OBJECTIVE: To compare follicular reduction prior to human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) trigger and coasting in terms of ovarian hyper-stimulation syndrome (OHSS) reduction, pregnancy, and cancellation rates in in vitro fertilization/ intracytoplasmic sperm injection (IVF/ICSI) cycles. METHODS:  This study was designed as a prospective study. The setting was the IVF unit at King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A total of 39 patients undergoing IVF/ICSI cycles, who were at risk of OHSS, 20 were put into a coasting group and 19 had follicular reduction instead...
March 2018: Saudi Medical Journal
Ahmed A Aljohaney
OBJECTIVES: To determine the mortality rates and predictors among patients hospitalized with active tuberculosis (TB) at King Abdulaziz University Hospital (KAUH) in Jeddah. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed on 291 active TB patients hospitalized in KAUH, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from December 2011 to December 2016. Medical records were collected and evaluated using a dedicated data extraction sheet. The records included demographics, clinical, radiological, laboratory, and drug resistance data...
March 2018: Saudi Medical Journal
Shatha A Al Shanqeeti, Yasser N Alkhudairy, Alwaleed A Alabdulwahed, Anwar E Ahmed, Maysoon S Al-Adham, Naveed M Mahmood
To estimate the prevalence of subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH) in Saudi Arabia and assess the need for an SCH screening program. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted at King Abdulaziz Medical City and the Khashmulaan Clinic at the National Guard Health Affairs, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in August 2016. All women attending the antenatal clinics were  invited to participate in the study. In addition, data were retrieved from the files of pregnant women who had been screened for hypothyroidism from January 2016 to August 2016...
March 2018: Saudi Medical Journal
Haifa A Al-Turki
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the use of hysteroscopy in the assessment of uterine pathologies in infertile women with repeated implantation failure (RIF) after in vitro fertilization (IVF) and determine whether removal of such pathologies increased pregnancy rates in women with RIF. METHODS: This prospective study was conducted at King Fahd Hospital of the University, Al-Khobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, between January 2010 and December 2015. The inclusion criteria were women who underwent IVF treatment cycles and ended in more than 2 RIF, and women who underwent hysterosalpingography (HSG)...
March 2018: Saudi Medical Journal
Khalid A Awartani, Maryam S Al Shabibi
OBJECTIVES: To determine the prevalence of chromosomal abnormalities in couples with recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL), to determine other factors that may be associated with the chromosomal abnormalities, and to assess the outcomes of couples who had undergone multidisciplinary interventions according to associated etiological factors. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study involved 1074 couples who attended RPL clinic during an 11-year period from January 2006 to December 2016 at a single center, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia...
March 2018: Saudi Medical Journal
Lemu Golassa, Arega Tsegaye, Berhanu Erko, Hassen Mamo
Following publication of the original article [1] the authors reported that the information in Ref. [32] had been misquoted. The Rh factor in one region in Saudi Arabia is 8.8%, not 29% as stated.
March 14, 2018: BMC Research Notes
Rshood Khraif, Asharaf Abdul Salam, Abdullah Al-Mutairi, Ibrahim Elsegaey
Fertility levels and their determinants in Saudi Arabia have not been studied sufficiently for formulating family policy, although some attention has been paid to rapid fertility transitions in the context of socioeconomic and cultural change. This study focused on the fertility of a particular occupational category in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to assess determinants of fertility, measured as the number of children. The sample was drawn from the King Saud University staff - ever-married Saudi Arabian women...
March 15, 2018: Human Fertility: Journal of the British Fertility Society
Taim Muayqil, Bandar N Al-Jafen, Zaid Al-Saaran, Mohammed Al-Shammari, Abdulrahman Alkthiry, Wejdan S Muhammad, Rozan Murshid, Mohammed H Alanazy
BACKGROUND: We aimed to assess the prevalence of headache and migraine, along with comorbidities, in a large -Saudi sample. METHODS: Self-reported information was collected about headache, migraine and migraine comorbidities including depression, restless legs syndrome (RLS), syncope, bruxism, hypertension and ischaemic disease. The OR was estimated using logistic regression for any associations with headache and migraine. We then analyzed to find a trend of increasing migraine symptoms for each significant comorbidity...
March 14, 2018: European Neurology
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