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L Westover, G Faulkner, W Hodgetts, D Raboud
This study presents the Advanced System for Implant Stability Testing (ASIST) which provides a non-invasive, quantitative measure of the stability of percutaneous implants used for craniofacial rehabilitation such as bone anchored hearing aids or dental implants. The ASIST uses an impact technique coupled with an analytical model which allows the measure to be independent of the system components. This paper presents a laboratory evaluation of the ASIST for the Oticon Medical Ponto and the Cochlear Baha Connect bone anchored hearing aid (BAHA) systems...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
Panagiotis A Dimitriadis, Matthew R Farr, Ahmed Allam, Jaydip Ray
BACKGROUND: Bone conduction devices are widely used and indicated in cases of conductive, mixed or single sided deafness where conventional hearing aids are not indicated or tolerated. Percutaneous bone-conduction devices gave satisfactory hearing outcomes but were frequently complicated by soft tissue reactions. Transcutaneous bone conduction devices were developed in order to address some of the issues related to the skin-penetrating abutment. The aim of this article is to present a systematic review of the indications, surgical technique and audiological, clinical and functional outcomes of the BAHA Attract device reported so far...
2016: BMC Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders
Friedrich Ihler, Jenny Blum, Max-Ulrich Berger, Bernhard G Weiss, Christian Welz, Martin Canis
Semi-implantable transcutaneous bone conduction devices are treatment options for conductive and mixed hearing loss (CHL/MHL). For counseling of patients, realistic simulation of the functional result is desirable. This study compared speech recognition in noise with a semi-implantable transcutaneous bone conduction device to external stimulation with a bone conduction device fixed by a headband. Eight German-language adult patients were enrolled after a semi-implantable transcutaneous bone conduction device (Bonebridge, Med-El) was implanted and fitted...
October 3, 2016: Trends in Hearing
Farah H Amro, Hind N Moussa, Olaide A Ashimi, Baha M Sibai
Hypertensive disorders have become increasingly prevalent and complicate an increasing number of pregnancies. Therefore it is essential that the medications used to treat these disorders be well understood. Furthermore the management is complicated by special consideration needed for the physiologic changes of pregnancy as well as the consideration for possible adverse fetal effects. Areas covered: We performed a review of the scientific literature of medications used to treat hypertensive disorders in pregnancy...
October 11, 2016: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
Murat Ucar, Hasan Basri Cakmak, Baha Sen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: International Journal of Ophthalmology
Youssef A Attia, Abd El-Hamid E Abd El-Hamid, Ahmed A Abedalla, Marfat A Berika, Mohammed A Al-Harthi, Osman Kucuk, Kazim Sahin, Baha M Abou-Shehema
Heat stress had a negative effect on laying hens' performance, thus this research was to study the influences of betaine (Bet, 1000 mg/kg betaine), vitamin C (VC, 200 mg/kg ascorbic acid), and vitamin E (VE, 150 mg/kg α-Tocopherol acetate) and their possible combinations on egg production, digestibility of nutrients, plasma hormones and reproductive organs of dual-purpose hens exposed to chronic heat stress. Two hundred and eighty eight hens and thirty-six cocks from 32 to 48 weeks of age were divided into nine treatment groups of four replicates, each containing eight hens and one cock...
2016: SpringerPlus
Brunel Monic Angounda, Gildas Hoffman Ngouloubi, Amélia Bokilo Dzia, Luc Magloire Anicet Boumba, Warda Baha, Donatien Moukassa, Gabriel Ahombo, Moulay Mustapha Ennaji, Jean-Rosaire Ibara
BACKGROUND: Chronic Hepatitis B infection is a major health problem in Republic of Congo therefore molecular analysis of HBV strains is important to detect the patients at high risk of disease progression. METHODS: Serum samples were obtained from 111 chronic HBV patients in Pointe Noire. HBsAg, HBeAg and HBeAb were detected. A fragment of the preS1 region of HBV was amplified and sequenced to determine genotypes, subgenotypes and to identify mutations. RESULTS: Of the 111 samples analyzed, 35 patients were asymptomatic carriers (ASC), 24 with a chronic active hepatitis (CAH), 33 with liver cirrhosis (LC) and 19 have a hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)...
2016: Infectious Agents and Cancer
Ziad A Haidar, Patricia C Vowels, Hind N Moussa, Baha M Sibai
BACKGROUND: Although rare, trauma in pregnancy can cause uterine rupture. In a periviable pregnancy, uterine rupture can lead to premature delivery and significant morbidity. CASE: A 29-year-old woman with four prior CSs presented with uterine rupture and a protruding morbidly adherent placenta at 23+4 weeks of gestation. Since the pregnancy was highly desired, the defect was repaired and the decision made to continue with the pregnancy. The patient presented at 29+3 weeks of gestation with preterm labour and subsequently delivered a healthy male infant of 1130 grams...
August 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
Sherine M Abdalla, Gorav Kalra, Baha Moshiree
Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) suffer frequently from functional bowel diseases (FBD) and motility disorders. Management of FBD and motility disorders in IBD combined with continued treatment of a patient's IBD symptoms will likely lead to better clinical outcomes and improve the patient's quality of life. The goals of this review were to summarize the most recent literature on motility disturbances in patients with IBD and to give a brief overview of the ranges of motility disturbances, from reflux disease to anorectal disorders, and discuss their diagnosis and specific management...
October 2016: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Clinics of North America
Cristina Rigato, Sabine Reinfeldt, Bo Håkansson, Karl-Johan Fredén Jansson, Myrthe K S Hol, Måns Eeg-Olofsson
HYPOTHESIS: The transcutaneous bone conduction implant (BCI) is compared with bone-anchored hearing aids (BAHAs) under the hypothesis that the BCI can give similar rehabilitation from an audiological as well as patient-related point of view. BACKGROUND: Patients suffering from conductive and mixed hearing losses can often benefit more from rehabilitation using bone conduction devices (BCDs) rather than conventional air conduction devices. The most widely used BCD is the percutaneous BAHA, with a permanent skin-penetrating abutment...
October 2016: Otology & Neurotology
J F Liu, J S Dai, N Y Wang
The aim of this review was to examine the current literature regarding application of cochlear implantation on patients with unilateral sensorineural hearing loss (USNHL) for improvement on sound localization. The literature were searched in the PubMed database with 'cochlear implantation AND single-sided deafness' or 'cochlear implantation AND unilateral deafness' as keywords. The publication date of the articles was up to 2015-2-12. A total of 12 articles were included. The results show that the ability of sound localization for most of the USNHL subjects (90%) with cochlear implantation was significantly improved than that without CI, which suggests that CI is a superior auditory rehabilitation treatment than BAHA and CROS hearing aids for patients with USNHL, because of the re-establishment of the benefits of binaural hearing...
August 7, 2016: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Baha M Sibai, Dwight J Rouse
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Hind N Moussa, Mateo G Leon, Ana Marti, Alissar Chediak, Claudia Pedroza, Sean C Blackwell, Baha M Sibai
Objective The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) task force on hypertension in pregnancy introduced a new definition of superimposed preeclampsia (SIP) adding severe features (SF) as new criteria to define severe disease. They also recommended that those with SIP be delivered ≥ 37 weeks, whereas those with SF be delivered ≤ 34 weeks. Our aim was to investigate the validity of this new definition by comparing adverse pregnancy outcomes in SIP with (SIP-SF) and without SF (SIP)...
September 8, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Marieme Seif-Ennasr, Rashyd Zaaboul, Abdelaziz Hirich, Giulio Nils Caroletti, Lhoussaine Bouchaou, Zine El Abidine El Morjani, El Hassane Beraaouz, Rachael A McDonnell, Redouane Choukr-Allah
This study evaluates the effect on the availability of water resources for agriculture of expected future changes in precipitation and temperature distributions in north-western Africa. It also puts forward some locally derived adaptation strategies to climate change that can have a positive impact on water resources in the Chtouka Aït Baha region. Historical baselines of precipitation and temperature were derived using satellite data respectively from CHIRPS and CRU, while future projections of temperature and precipitation were extracted from the Coordinated Regional Climate Downscaling Experiment database (CORDEX)...
September 3, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
John R Barton, Baha M Sibai
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 29, 2016: American Journal of Perinatology
Monica Longo, Jerrie S Refuerzo, Lovepreet Mann, Mateo Leon, Hind N Moussa, Baha M Sibai, Sean C Blackwell
BACKGROUND: We previously reported that offspring heterozygous mice partially lacking endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) gene, and born to hypertensive eNOS(-/-) Knockout mother, are hypertensive. We hypothesized that those offspring when placed on high-fat diet (HFD) will undergo altered metabolic programming increasing their risk for developing metabolic syndrome. METHODS: eNOS(-/-)KO and wild-type mice (eNOS(+/+)WT) were cross-bred to produce heterozygous offspring: maternal heterozygous (Mat, eNOS(-/+)), born from hypertensive eNOS(-/-)KO mothers; and paternal heterozygous (Pat, eNOS(-/+)), born from normotensive WT mothers...
August 26, 2016: American Journal of Hypertension
Baha Makhoul
In the current research we investigate the role of early phonological awareness skills on reading development in diglossic Arabic. Two-hundred and six Arabic speaking first graders, composed of 25 at-linguistic risk pupils (LR group) and 181 normally developing readers, representing the found heterogeneity in the classroom participated in this study. For this purpose, phonological training program was developed where we followed the pupils' development in both phonological awareness skills and reading development in second grade...
August 17, 2016: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
Jan Bouček, Jan Vokřál, Libor Černý, Martin Chovanec, Michal Zábrodský, Eduard Zvěřina, Jan Betka, Jiří Skřivan
Skull base tumors and, in particular, vestibular schwannoma (VS) are among the etiological reasons for single-sided deafness (SSD). Patients with SSD have problems in understanding speech in a noisy environment and cannot localize the direction of sounds. For the majority, this is the handicap for which they try to find a solution. Apart from CROS hearing aids, Baha is one of the most frequently used systems for SSD compensation. 38 patients with single-sided deafness after retrosigmoid removal of a vestibular schwannoma underwent testing with a Baha softband from September 2010 to August 2014...
August 16, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Hetal Marfatia, Ratna Priya, Nilam U Sathe, Shampa Mishra
Baha has proven performance and advantages for patients with aural atresia or chronic ear drainage. Being a per cutaneous osseo integrated implant the skin around the fixture is in contact with a foreign body that leads to chronic inflammatory reaction and complications such as skin irritation and overgrowth occur frequently. Challenges that are faced during Baha surgery include those during candidate selection, work up, anesthesia related as well as intra-operative and post operative complications. Ours was a retrospective and observational study where case records of 10 patients who underwent Baha surgery in the Department of E...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Oscar A Viteri, Sean C Blackwell, Suneet P Chauhan, Jerrie S Refuerzo, Claudia Pedroza, Ximena C Salazar, Baha M Sibai
OBJECTIVE: To estimate whether antenatal corticosteroids before 34 weeks of gestation are associated with reduced incidence of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) and composite neonatal morbidity in preterm twins. METHODS: This was a secondary analysis of a multicenter randomized trial for the prevention of preterm birth in multiple gestations. All liveborn, nonanomalous twins delivered between 24 0/7 and 36 6/7 weeks of gestation were included. Neonatal outcomes were compared between women who received antenatal corticosteroids and those who did not...
September 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
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