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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646923/predictive-value-of-body-mass-index-to-metabolic-syndrome-risk-factors-in-syrian-adolescents
#1
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
#2
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
#3
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
#4
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
#5
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
#6
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
#7
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619133/equine-herpesvirus-type-1-induces-both-neurological-and-respiratory-disease-in-syrian-hamsters
#8
Leonardo Pereira Mesquita, Andressa Ferrari Arévalo, Dennis A Zanatto, Samantha Ive Miyashiro, Elenice Maria Sequetin Cunha, Maria do Carmo Custódio de Souza, Eliana Monteforte Cassaro Villalobos, Cláudia Madalena Cabrera Mori, Paulo César Maiorka, Enio Mori
The equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) is an important cause of myeloencephalopathy and respiratory disease in horses. Animal models for EHV-1 infection have been specially developed using mice and Syrian hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus). However, few studies have attempted to evaluate the pathogenesis of EHV-1 infection in the central nervous system (CNS) and respiratory system of hamsters. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the pathogenesis of four Brazilian EHV-1 strains within the CNS and lungs of Syrian hamsters...
May 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617937/resilience-in-context-a-brief-and-culturally-grounded-measure-for-syrian-refugee-and-jordanian-host-community-adolescents
#9
Catherine Panter-Brick, Kristin Hadfield, Rana Dajani, Mark Eggerman, Alastair Ager, Michael Ungar
Validated measures are needed for assessing resilience in conflict settings. An Arabic version of the Child and Youth Resilience Measure (CYRM) was developed and tested in Jordan. Following qualitative work, surveys were implemented with male/female, refugee/nonrefugee samples (N = 603, 11-18 years). Confirmatory factor analyses tested three-factor structures for 28- and 12-item CYRMs and measurement equivalence across groups. CYRM-12 showed measurement reliability and face, content, construct (comparative fit index = ...
June 15, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614908/adenoviral-production-of-interleukin-2-at-the-tumor-site-removes-the-need-for-systemic-postconditioning-in-adoptive-cell-therapy
#10
Joao Manuel Santos, Riikka Havunen, Mikko Siurala, Víctor Cervera-Carrascon, Siri Tähtinen, Suvi Sorsa, Marjukka Anttila, Pauliina Karell, Anna Kanerva, Akseli Hemminki
Systemic high-dose interleukin-2 (IL-2) postconditioning has long been utilized in boosting the efficacy of T cells in adoptive cell therapy (ACT) of solid tumors. The resulting severe off-target toxicity of these regimens renders local production at the tumor an attractive concept with possible safety gains. We evaluated the efficacy and safety of intratumorally administered IL-2-coding adenoviruses in combination with tumor-infiltrating lymphocyte therapy in syngeneic Syrian hamsters bearing HapT1 pancreatic tumors and with T cell receptor transgenic ACT in B16...
June 14, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608847/hadv-c6-is-a-more-relevant-challenge-virus-than-hadv-c5-for-testing-antiviral-drugs-with-the-immunosuppressed-syrian-hamster-model
#11
Karoly Toth, Jacqueline F Spencer, Baoling Ying, Ann E Tollefson, William S M Wold
Adenovirus infections of immunocompromised patients can cause a severe multi-organ disease that often results in the patients' death. Presently, there are no drugs specifically approved to treat adenovirus infections, and clinicians resort to the off-label use of antivirals that are approved to treat other DNA virus infections, most frequently cidofovir (CDV). CDV, however, has considerable nephrotoxicity, thus it is recommended only for the most severe cases of adenovirus infections. To facilitate the development of effective, non-toxic antivirals against adenovirus, we have developed a permissive animal model based on the Syrian hamster that can be used to test the efficacy of antiviral compounds...
June 13, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606780/sexual-dimorphic-expression-of-trkb-trkb-t1-and-bdnf-in-the-medial-preoptic-area-of-the-syrian-hamster
#12
Joe C Brague, Jennifer M Swann
Neurotrophins regulate many aspects of neuronal function and activity. Specifically, the binding of Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) to Tyrosine receptor kinase-B (TrkB) or its truncated version, TrkB-T1, can cause growth and differentiation or dominant inhibition of receptor signaling, respectively. There is evidence that these neurotropic effects on nervous tissue, in both the central and peripheral nervous system, behave differently between the sexes. This study used western blots to examine the expression of these neurotrophins in the medial preoptic area (MPOA), a sexually dimorphic region of the hamster brain that controls male sex behavior...
June 9, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606772/dominance-status-alters-restraint-induced-neural-activity-in-brain-regions-controlling-stress-vulnerability
#13
Matthew A Cooper, Sahba Seddighi, Abigail K Barnes, J Alex Grizzell, Brooke N Dulka, Catherine T Clinard
Understanding the cellular mechanisms that control resistance and vulnerability to stress is an important step toward identifying novel targets for the prevention and treatment of stress-related mental illness. In Syrian hamsters, dominant and subordinate animals exhibit different behavioral and physiological responses to social defeat stress, with dominants showing stress resistance and subordinates showing stress vulnerability. We previously found that dominant and subordinate hamsters show different levels of defeat-induced neural activity in brain regions that modulate coping with stress, although the extent to which status-dependent differences in stress vulnerability generalize to non-social stressors is unknown...
June 9, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606011/delayed-endovascular-stenting-of-right-subclavian-artery-pseudoaneurysm-caused-by-gunshot-accident-in-a-syrian-refugee-a-case-report
#14
Khaled Alawneh, Liqaa Raffee, Shadi Hamouri
Sharp penetrating injuries causing right subclavian artery pseudoaneurysm are considered rare. Surgical repair is reportedly associated with a high mortality rate and is considered technically challenging. (1) In this case report, we report the successful endovascular repair of a delayed pseudoaneurysm of the right subclavian artery caused by a gunshot injury in a 22-year-old Syrian refugee that was associated with significant right brachial panplexopathy. The patient was successfully managed with angioplastic ballooning of the stenotic region of the artery and a covered self-expanding stent...
January 1, 2017: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602562/the-humanitarian-system-is-not-just-broke-but-broken-recommendations-for-future-humanitarian-action
#15
REVIEW
Paul B Spiegel
An unprecedented number of humanitarian emergencies of large magnitude and duration is causing the largest number of people in a generation to be forcibly displaced. Yet the existing humanitarian system was created for a different time and is no longer fit for purpose. On the basis of lessons learned from recent crises, particularly the Syrian conflict and the Ebola epidemic, I recommend four sets of actions that would make the humanitarian system relevant for future public health responses: (1) operationalise the concept of centrality of protection; (2) integrate affected persons into national health systems by addressing the humanitarian-development nexus; (3) remake, do not simply revise, leadership and coordination; and (4) make interventions efficient, effective, and sustainable...
June 7, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590864/hosting-syrian-refugees-resources-exist-in-our-communities
#16
Houda Bouhmam, David Boothe, Daniel R George
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588972/ethics-in-times-of-conflict-some-reflections-on-syria-in-the-backdrop-of-iraq
#17
Kasturi Sen, Hamid Hussain, Waleed Al-Faisal
Ethical challenges facing research and reporting from conflict-affected zones are well known; among them is the difficulty of finding reliable information; the tendency to take sides and define actors as either good or evil; the precarious security situation of residents and the ever-changing scenarios on the ground. We observed, however, that these challenges go unacknowledged in research and reporting on health state and on the health system from the conflict in Iraq and Syria, with the lines between science and journalistic reporting routinely blurred in the literature...
November 2016: BMJ Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588951/cholera-in-the-time-of-war-implications-of-weak-surveillance-in-syria-for-the-who-s-preparedness-a-comparison-of-two-monitoring-systems
#18
Annie Sparrow, Khaled Almilaji, Bachir Tajaldin, Nicholas Teodoro, Paul Langton
BACKGROUND: Public health breakdown from the Syrian government's targeting of healthcare systems in politically unsympathetic areas has yielded a resurgence of infectious diseases. Suspected cholera recently reappeared but conflict-related constraints impede laboratory confirmation. Given the government's previous under-reporting of infectious outbreaks and the reliance of the WHO on government reporting, we sought to assess the reliability of current surveillance systems. METHODS: We compared weekly surveillance reports of waterborne diseases from the Syrian government's (WHO-associated) Early Warning and Response System (EWARS), based in Damascus, and the independent, non-governmental Early Warning and Response Network (EWARN) headquartered in Gaziantep, Turkey...
November 2016: BMJ Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573632/monitoring-innate-immune-gene-responses-in-the-hamster-model-of-ebola-virus-disease-by-rt-pcr
#19
Marko Zivcec
Ebola virus (EBOV) disease is a severe, acute human syndrome associated with high case fatality rates. Immune responses to EBOV are thought to be at least partially responsible for disease pathogenesis and must therefore be investigated to get a better understanding of underlying mechanisms of pathogenesis. Syrian hamsters are susceptible to EBOV infection and develop a disease more consistent with human EBOV disease than other rodent disease models. Quantitative RT-PCR (qRT-PCR) is ideal for monitoring immune responses during EBOV infection in low- to medium-throughput applications...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573225/emodin-downregulates-cell-proliferation-markers-during-dmba-induced-oral-carcinogenesis-in-golden-syrian-hamsters
#20
Asokan Manimaran, Rajamanickam Buddhan, Shanmugam Manoharan
BACKGROUND: Cell-cycle disruption is the major characteristic features of neoplastic transformation and the status of cell-cycle regulators can thus be utilized to assess the prognostic significance in patients with cancer. The PCNA, cyclin D1, CDK4, CDK6 and survivin expression in the buccal mucosa was utilized to evaluate the Emodin efficacy on abnormal cell proliferation during 7,12-dimethylbenz(a)anthracene (DMBA) induced oral carcinogenesis in golden Syrian hamsters. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Topical application of DMBA, three times a week for 14 weeks, on the hamsters' buccal pouches developed well differentiated squamous cell carcinoma...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
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