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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725259/cardiovascular-disease-risk-and-prevention-amongst-syrian-refugees-mixed-methods-study-of-m%C3%A3-decins-sans-fronti%C3%A3-res-programme-in-jordan
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Dylan R J Collins, Kiran Jobanputra, Thomas Frost, Shoaib Muhammed, Alison Ward, Abed Alrazzaq Shafei, Taissir Fardous, Sadeq Gabashneh, Carl Heneghan
BACKGROUND: The growing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) presented new challenges for medical humanitarian aid and little was known about primary health care approaches for these diseases in humanitarian response. We aimed to evaluate Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF's) use of total CVD risk based prevention strategies amongst Syrian refugees in northern Jordan to identify opportunities to improve total CVD risk based guidance for humanitarian settings. METHODS: We evaluated CVD risk assessment and management in two outpatient NCD clinics in the Irbid governorate of Jordan using a mixed methods design with qualitative and quantitative strands of equal priority, integrated during data collection and interpretation...
2017: Conflict and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720037/emergency-department-visits-of-syrian-refugees-and-the-cost-of-their-healthcare
#2
Umut Gulacti, Ugur Lok, Haci Polat
The aim of this study was to evaluate the demographic and clinical characteristics of Emergency Department (ED) visits made by Syrian refugees and to assess the cost of their healthcare. This retrospective study was conducted in adult Syrians who visited the ED of Adiyaman University Training and Research Hospital, Adiyaman Province, Turkey, between 01 January and 31 December 2015. We evaluated 10,529 Syrian refugees who visited the ED, of whom 9,842 were included in the study. The number of ED visits significantly increased in 2015 compared with 2010; the increase in the proportion of total ED visits was 8% (n = 11,275, dif: 8%, CI 95%: 7...
July 18, 2017: Pathogens and Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715114/a-rare-case-of-obstructive-duodenal-phytobezoar-caused-by-two-lipomas
#3
Eunae Cho, Chung Hwan Jun, Eun Kyu Park, Chang Hwan Park, Hyun Soo Kim, Sung Kyu Choi, Jong Sun Rew
The word 'bezoar' comes from either the Persian word 'padzahr' or the Arabic word 'badzehr' both of which denote 'antidote.' This word meant a hard stone found in the stomach of the Syrian goat and believed to prevent poisoning(1) .
July 17, 2017: Journal of Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711792/regulation-of-proline-biosynthesis-and-resistance-to-drought-stress-in-two-barley-hordeum-vulgare-l-genotypes-of-different-origin
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Hanna Bandurska, Justyna Niedziela, Małgorzata Pietrowska-Borek, Katarzyna Nuc, Tamara Chadzinikolau, Dominika Radzikowska
Drought is considered the main abiotic stress factor that inhibits growth of crop plants (including barley), limiting yield in many regions worldwide. Predicted climate changes show that in future the frequency and intensity of drought events will rise, so crops that are resistant to this stress are in demand. One of the adaptive metabolic responses to drought is the accumulation of proline. The aim of this study was to examine the effect of 10-day drought on tissue dehydration and proline biosynthesis in leaves as well as in roots of barley genotypes of different origin: the Syrian breeding line Cam/B1/CI and the German cultivar Maresi...
July 8, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707099/maternal-health-care-utilization-among-syrian-refugees-in-lebanon-and-jordan
#5
Hannah Tappis, Emily Lyles, Ann Burton, Shannon Doocy
Purpose The influx of Syrian refugees into Jordan and Lebanon over the last 5 years presents an immense burden to national health systems. This study was undertaken to assess utilization of maternal health services among Syrian refugees in both countries. Description A cross-sectional survey of Syrian refugees living in urban and rural (non-camp) settings was conducted using a two-stage cluster survey design with probability proportional to size sampling in 2014-2015. Eighty-six percent of surveyed households in Lebanon and 88% of surveyed households in Jordan included women with a live birth in the last year...
July 13, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704385/immunoprotective-properties-of-recombinant-liga-and-ligb-in-a-hamster-model-of-acute-leptospirosis
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Karen V Evangelista, Kristel Lourdault, James Matsunaga, David A Haake
Leptospirosis is the most widespread zoonosis and is considered a major public health problem worldwide. Currently, there is no widely available vaccine against leptospirosis for use in humans. A purified, recombinant subunit vaccine that includes the last six immunoglobulin-like (Ig-like) domains of the leptospiral protein LigA (LigA7'-13) protects against lethal infection but not renal colonization after challenge by Leptospira interrogans. In this study, we examined whether the addition of the first seven Ig-like domains of LigB (LigB0-7) to LigA7'-13, can enhance immune protection and confer sterilizing immunity in the Golden Syrian hamster model of acute leptospirosis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702132/measuring-levels-of-osteopontin-as-potential-biomarker-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-syrian-patients
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Sara Al-Zoubi, Ahmad Wassouf, Almoutassem Billah Zetoune
AIM: This study aims to evaluate plasma osteopontin (OPN) levels as a potential biomarker for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). BACKGROUND: Osteopontin (OPN) is a secreted glycoprotein that is associated with tumorigenesis and metastasis. METHODS: We measured plasma levels of OPN in 26 HCC patients, 27 patients with chronic liver diseases (CLD), and 15 healthy control individuals using a standardized ELISA kit. RESULTS: The mean plasma OPN level was significantly higher in the HCC group than the CLD group or the normal control group (p-value =0...
2017: Gastroenterology and Hepatology From Bed to Bench
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700976/the-protective-effect-of-coptisine-on-experimental-atherosclerosis-apoe-mice-is-mediated-by-mapk-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-dependent-pathway
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Min Feng, Shu-Zhen Kong, Zhen-Xu Wang, Kai He, Zong-Yao Zou, Yin-Ran Hu, Hang Ma, Xue-Gang Li, Xiao-Li Ye
Coptisine is one of main bioactive compounds extracted from the traditional Chinese herbal medicine Rhizoma Coptidis. It is reported that coptisine can attenuate obesity-related inflammation and oxidant damage in Syrian golden hamsters. Therefore,coptisine may exhibit beneficial effects for the treatment of atherosclerosis (AS) due to its hypolipidemic and anti-inflammation activities. The present study investigated the anti-atherosclerotic and anti-inflammatory properties of coptisine using apoE(-/-) mice as AS model...
July 9, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697422/the-relationship-between-trauma-centrality-self-efficacy-posttraumatic-stress-and-psychiatric-co-morbidity-among-syrian-refugees-is-gender-a-moderator
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Man Cheung Chung, Nowf AlQarni, Shamsa Al Muhairi, Britt Mitchell
This study examined the inter-relationship between trauma centrality, self-efficacy, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and psychiatric co-morbidity among a group of Syrian refugees living in Turkey, and whether gender would moderate the mediational effect of self-efficacy on the impact of trauma centrality on distress. Seven hundred and ninety-two Syrian refugees completed the Harvard Trauma Questionnaire, General Health Questionnaire-28, Centrality of Event Scale and Generalized Self-Efficacy Scale. The results showed that 52% met the cutoff for PTSD...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694829/physical-trauma-among-refugees-comparison-between-refugees-and-local-population-who-were-admitted-to-emergency-department-experience-of-a-state-hospital-in-syrian-border-district
#10
Yigit Duzkoylu, Salim Ilksen Basceken, Emrullah Cem Kesilmez
BACKGROUND: Hundreds of thousands of people have fled to Turkey since the civil war started in Syria in 2011. Refugees and local residents have been facing various challenges such as sociocultural and economic ones and access to health services. Trauma exposure is one of the most important and underestimated health problems of refugees settling in camps. AIMS: We aimed to evaluate refugee admissions to emergency department because of trauma in means of demographics of patients and mechanism of trauma and compare the results with the local population...
2017: Journal of Environmental and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674232/a-cross-sectional-study-of-prnp-gene-in-two-native-sicilian-goat-populations-in-italy-a-relation-between-prion-gene-polymorphisms-and-scrapie-incidence
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Sergio Migliore, Stefano Agnello, Salvatore D'Avola, Wilfred Goldmann, Vincenzo Di Marco Lo Presti, Maria Vitale
Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are a group of neurodegenerative diseases affecting humans and animals, and scrapie in small ruminants is considered the archetype of TSEs. Derivata di Siria is a native dairy goat of Sicily (south Italy), which is related to Syrian goat breeds. Scrapie disease is considered endemic in Sicily since 1997, following the administration of an infected vaccine.Derivata di Siria goatswere involved in six of 66 scrapie-infected flocks in Sicily. Prion protein gene (PRNP) analysis revealed that none of the scrapie cases carried the p...
June 2017: Journal of Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662754/animal-models-of-ebolavirus-infection
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Marisa C St Claire, Dan R Ragland, Laura Bollinger, Peter B Jahrling
Ebola virus is a highly pathogenic member of the family Filoviridae that causes a severe hemorrhagic disease in humans and NHP. The 2013-2016 West African outbreak has increased interest in the development and refinement of animal models of Ebola virus disease. These models are used to test countermeasures and vaccines, gain scientific insights into the mechanisms of disease progression and transmission, and study key correlates of immunology. Ebola virus is classified as a BSL4 pathogen and Category A agent, for which the United States government requires preparedness in case of bioterrorism...
June 1, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655746/rethinking-the-right-to-work-for-refugee-syrian-healthcare-professionals-a-call-for-innovation-in-global-governance
#13
Vural Özdemir, Ilona Kickbusch, Yavuz Coşkun
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 27, 2017: BMJ: British Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646923/predictive-value-of-body-mass-index-to-metabolic-syndrome-risk-factors-in-syrian-adolescents
#14
Mahfouz Al-Bachir, Mohamad Adel Bakir
BACKGROUND: Obesity has become a serious epidemic health problem in both developing and developed countries. There is much evidence that obesity among adolescents contributed significantly to the development of type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease in adulthood. Very limited information exists on the prevalence of overweight, obesity, and associated metabolic risk factors among Syrian adolescents. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between obesity determined by body mass index and the major metabolic risk factors among Syrian adolescents...
June 25, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644412/a-systematic-review-of-fatalities-related-to-acute-ingestion-of-salt-a-need-for-warning-labels
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REVIEW
Norm R C Campbell, Emma J Train
There are sporadic cases of fatalities from acutely eating salt. Yet, on social media, there are "challenges to" and examples of children and some adults acutely eating salt, and recently a charity advocated eating small amounts of salt to empathize with Syrian refugees. We performed a systematic review of fatalities from ingesting salt to assess if relatively moderate doses of salt could be fatal. In 27 reports, there were 35 fatalities documented (19 in adults and 16 in children). The lethal dose was estimated to be less than 10 g of sodium (<5 teaspoons of salt) in two children, and less than 25 g sodium in four adults (<4 tablespoons of salt)...
June 23, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638624/kikuchi-fujimoto-disease-a-case-report-of-a-multi-drug-resistant-grueling-disease
#16
Alexey Youssef, Rahaf Ali, Kinan Ali, Zuheir AlShehabi
Histiocytic necrotizing lymphadenitis or Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease (KFD) is characterized by its rare occurrence. Mostly prevalent among Asian women, KFD manifests with lymphadenopathy-affecting mostly cervical and rarely generalized or retroperitoneal regions-in addition to fever. It is a self-limited disease that resolves within 1-4 months, responding remarkably to glucocorticosteroids or hydroxychloroquine. However, some rare cases prove to be unresponsive to the previously mentioned therapies. Here is a description of a case of KFD affecting a 67-year-old Syrian woman with a history of hypothyroidism due to iodine-deficiency...
June 2017: Oxford Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638132/troubled-journeys-some-motivations-of-young-muslim-men-to-join-the-islamic-state
#17
Kalina Yordanova
Large numbers of young people have joined jihadists groups in the Syrian/Iraqi conflict. Why would these young people decide to become jihadist fighters? What are the representations of the West they hold and how do these representations shape their decision? Drawing on the psychotherapeutic work with Syrian and Iraqi asylum seekers, this paper seeks to explain the most intimate reasons of young Muslim would-be fighters to join the Islamic State militias.
September 2016: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632513/prevalence-and-predictors-of-posttraumatic-stress-and-depression-symptoms-among-syrian-refugees-in-a-refugee-camp
#18
Ceren Acarturk, Mustafa Cetinkaya, Ibrahim Senay, Birgul Gulen, Tamer Aker, Devon Hinton
Turkey is hosting the majority of Syrian refugees. The current study investigates the prevalence of probable posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression among adult Syrians residing in a camp (N = 781) and potential predictors. The Impact of Event Scale-Revised was used to measure PTSD and the Beck Depression Inventory depression. Probable PTSD prevalence was 83.4%, with predictors being female sex (odds ratio [OR], 4.1), previous mental health problems (OR, 4.5), life threat (OR, 3.0), and injury of a loved one (OR, 1...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628796/evaluation-of-cd-cr-cu-ni-and-pb-in-selected-cosmetic-products-from-jordanian-sudanese-and-syrian-markets
#19
A M Massadeh, M Y El-Khateeb, S M Ibrahim
OBJECTIVES: There is no sufficient data that evaluate heavy metal content in cosmetic products in Jordan as well as Sudan and Syria. This study aims to assess metal levels which include Cadmium (Cd), Chromium (Cr), Copper (Cu), Nickel (Ni), and Lead (Pb) in cosmetic products. These elements have draft limits because they are identified as potential impurities and are known to be toxic. This study aims to provide information to the population that may be beneficial to public health. STUDY DESIGN: Samples were collected from different brands obtained from markets in Jordan, Sudan, and Syria...
June 16, 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624479/food-restriction-induced-changes-in-motivation-differ-with-stages-of-the-estrous-cycle-and-are-closely-linked-to-rfamide-related-peptide-3-but-not-kisspeptin-in-syrian-hamsters
#20
REVIEW
Noah A Benton, Kim A Russo, Jeremy M Brozek, Ryan Andrews, Veronica Kim, Lance J Kriegsfeld, Jill E Schneider
We tested the hypothesis that the effects of food restriction on behavioral motivation are mediated by one or both of the RFamides, RFamide-related Peptide-3 (RFRP-3) and kisspeptin (Kp) in female Syrian hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus). Female hamsters fed ad libitum and given a choice between food and adult male hamsters are highly motivated to visit males instead of food on all four days of the estrous cycle, but after 8days of mild food restriction (75% of ad libitum intake) they shift their preference toward food every day of the estrous cycle until the day of estrus, when they shift their preference back toward the males...
June 14, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
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