The battle against Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Public health perspective.
Authors: Al-Otaibi ST Abstract Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) which was initially reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan has now spread unprecedented all over the world, including the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The World Health Organization declared this outbreak as a public health emergency of international concern during late January 2020 while the announcement of this viral infectious condition was made as COVID-19 disease during February 2020. As of late May 2020, the global death rate due to COVID-19 was 357,714 and 441 in KSA alone. This review provides an overview of COVID-19 and the public health me...
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - December 10, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

A preliminary study of cytokine gene polymorphism effects on Saudi patients with colorectal cancer.
Conclusion: Our findings indicate a significant impact of IL-10 (rs1800896 A/G), IL-22 (rs1179251 C/G), IL-27 (rs17855750 T/G) and TGF-ß1 (rs1800469 C/T) polymorphisms on risk of CRC; while the IL-8 (rs4073 T/A) and IL-22 (rs2227485 C/T) and polymorphisms were not associated with CRC risk. PMID: 33294886 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - December 10, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Natural immunity to influenza A and B among Saudi blood donors in Al Madinah Al Munawarah, Saudi Arabia.
CONCLUSION:  Approximately one-third of Saudi Arabian adults presented significant levels of influenza A and B antibodies in our study. Demographic factors, including age and BMI, might contribute to influenza A antibody levels. PMID: 33294887 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - December 10, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Assessing the cognitive status of older adults attending primary healthcare centers in Saudi Arabia using the Mini-Mental State Examination.
CONCLUSION:  Cognitive impairment affected around 21% of the participants. The reduced cognitive function was associated with increased age, female gender, low education level, unmarried, low income, dependency on others, functional impairment, and malnutrition. Such information could motivate health-policy makers to introduce appropriate measures to improve older adults' existing healthcare services in primary care, including cognitive function assessment. PMID: 33294888 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - December 10, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

The effect of smoking on cognition as measured by Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CATNAB) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor plasma levels.
CONCLUSION:  Plasma BDNF level is positively related to the number of cigarettes smoked per day. Young smokers have significantly impaired sustained attention and less ability to manage conflicting information as compared to age-matched non-smokers. PMID: 33294889 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - December 10, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

The relation between regular outpatient follow-up and frequency of emergency department visits in sickle cell pediatric patients.
CONCLUSION: This study found that regular OPD visits could improve SCD management, as a directly proportional relationship between the frequency of ED visits and missed OPD appointments along with high ED reliance. PMID: 33294890 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - December 10, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Thyroid neoplasm in Makkah region, Saudi Arabia. A retrospective epidemiological study.
Conclusion: Thyroid tumors have a leading incidence in head and neck tumors in Makkah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, mandating further studies to determine the causes and distribution in other regions of the country. PMID: 33294891 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - December 10, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Clinical characteristics and in-hospital outcome of medical staff infected with COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia. A retrospective single-center study.
Conclusion: The incidence of COVID-19 infection among medical staff is quite high, but the occurrence of extreme illness and death is significantly low compared with the general community. Training should be implemented for all hospital staff on infection prevention techniques. Reliable and quick access for testing medical personnel is essential to maintain health, safety, and availability of health care workers during this pandemic. PMID: 33294892 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - December 10, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Stress and psychological resilience among general surgery residents during COVID-19 pandemic.
CONCLUSION: Coronavirus-19 pandemic has a serious effect on all healthcare workers and surgical residents have experienced a considerable amount of stress. Accordingly, this psychological burden should be appropriately addressed in organizations planning strategies. We suggest formulating guidelines to help surgical trainees to continue their learning process with least psychological burden. PMID: 33294893 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - December 10, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

The impact of an Education-Based Intervention Program (EBIP) on dyspnea and chronic self-care management among chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients. A randomized controlled study.
Conclusion: Providing patients with illness-related education through EBIP provided a partial improvement in dyspnea and a significant improvement in chronic care management among COPD patients. PMID: 33294894 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - December 10, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

The prevalence of internet gaming disorder among medical students at King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. A cross-sectional study.
Conclusion: There is a high prevalence of internet gaming disorder among KSU medical students, with higher frequency among males. However, there was no significant association between this disorder and age, sleep, academic achievement, or accommodation. Further studies are needed to explore risk factors. PMID: 33294895 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - December 10, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

A loxoscelism case received therapeutic apheresis and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
Authors: Cetinkaya A, Aydin K, Sirakaya HA, Yilmaz R Abstract Loxosceles reclusa (L.reclusa) is known to bite humans, and its venom includes several enzymes that cause clinical symptoms. Loxoscelism, a condition due to being bitten by Loxosceles spiders, commonly known as recluses, can involve a range of clinical conditions, from local cutaneous lesions to severe systemic involvement. The diagnosis of loxoscelism is usually made by anamnesis and clinical findings. Magnetic resonance imaging is recommended for patients at high risk of necrotizing fasciitis. Treatment modalities are still controversial and there is n...
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - December 10, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Evaluation of irisin, retinol-binding protein 4, and leptin serum levels as biomarkers of macrovascular complications involvement in Saudi type 2 diabetes mellitus. A case-control study.
Conclusion: Type 2 DM patients had raised RBP4 and leptin, but lower irisin levels versus controls. Irisin was lower, but RBP4 was higher in T2DM patients with macrovascular complications versus without, suggesting T2DM patients in pro-inflammatory conditions. These results suggested that irisin is protective, while RBP4 is a risk factor for T2DM macrovascular complications. PMID: 33294897 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - December 10, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Prevalence and determinants of burnout syndrome and depression among medical students at Qassim University, Saudi Arabia.
Conclusion: Our results highlight the high rate of depression and burnout, as well as the need for psychological intervention programs at medical schools to prevent the deterioration of student's mental health that has been associated with advancement in medical school. PMID: 33294898 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - December 10, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Comment on: The current practice of using angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin II receptor blockers in diabetic hypertensive and non-hypertensive patients. Is there a room for vitamin D?
Authors: Jawad AS Abstract [No Available Abstract]. PMID: 33294899 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - December 10, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Comorbidities and severity of coronavirus disease 2019 patients.
CONCLUSIONS: Comorbidities among COVID-19 patients may contribute to increasing their susceptibility to severe illness. The identification of these potential risk factors could help reduce mortality by identifying patients with poor prognosis at an early stage. PMID: 33130835 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - November 3, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

The emergence of new trends in clinical laboratory diagnosis.
Authors: Alaidarous MA Abstract Diagnostic processes typically rely on traditional and laborious methods, that are prone to human error, resulting in frequent misdiagnosis of diseases. Computational approaches are being increasingly used for more precise diagnosis of the clinical pathology, diagnosis of genetic and microbial diseases, and analysis of clinical chemistry data. These approaches are progressively used for improving the reliability of testing, resulting in reduced diagnostic errors. Artificial intelligence (AI)-based computational approaches mostly rely on training sets obtained from patient data stored...
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - November 3, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus development in intensive care patients. A case-control study.
Conclusion: Sepsis and comorbid conditions were significant risk factors for MRSA development among hospital patients. PMID: 33130837 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - November 3, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Long-stay patients in pediatric intensive care units. Five-years, 2-points, cross-sectional study.
CONCLUSION: A long-stay is associated with significant critical care bed occupancy, complications, and utilization of resources that could be otherwise utilized as surge capacity for critical care services. Decreasing occupancy in this multicenter study deserves further engagement of the healthcare leaders and families to maximize the utilization of resources. PMID: 33130838 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - November 3, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Effects of the Coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic on routine pediatric immunization coverage rates at the main University Hospital in Saudi Arabia.
CONCLUSIONS: The huge impact of the coronavirus disease-2019 pandemic on childhood vaccinations will require urgent vaccination recovery plans with innovative approaches and future action plans to maintain vaccination coverage during any subsequent pandemics. PMID: 33130839 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - November 3, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Acute cardiac injury is associated with adverse outcomes, including mortality in COVID-19 patients. A single-center experience.
CONCLUSION: Acute cardiac injury is common among Coronavirus disease-19 patients. These patients present with higher comorbidities, have high inflammatory markers and have greater risk for in-hospital multi-organ damage, need for mechanical ventilation, and death. Prompt full assessment and intervention are recommended. PMID: 33130840 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - November 3, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Remotely monitored inactivity due to COVID-19 lockdowns. Potential hazard for heart failure patients.
Conclusion: Data obtained by remotely monitored CIED in heart failure patients suggests a significant decline in physical activity during the country lockdown due to the pandemic. Awareness of the future potential hazards in this group of patients is warranted. PMID: 33130841 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - November 3, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Clinical characteristics and in-hospital mortality of COVID-19 adult patients in Saudi Arabia.
CONCLUSION: Coronavirus disease 2019 places a huge burden on healthcare facilities, particularly in patients with comorbidity. Coronavirus disease 2019 patients who are obese and smokers with history of diabetes mellitus have a high risk of death. PMID: 33130842 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - November 3, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Western-designed total knee implants mismatch Saudi patient knees. Anatomical bony measurements documented by computed tomography.
CONCLUSION: The Saudi population has morphological features of knee bone anatomy that do not match with the widely available prostheses designed for Caucasian knees. As several studies of different ethnicities have documented considerable prosthesis mismatch; our study further indicates the need for new implant designs that take these variations into account. PMID: 33130843 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - November 3, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Association between preeclampsia and prostasin polymorphism in Pakistani females.
CONCLUSION: The significantly higher C allele frequency in the prostasin gene at the rs12597511 locus in the preeclamptic group indicates that the distribution of the C allele of the prostasin gene is a potential risk factor contributing to the development of preeclampsia. PMID: 33130844 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - November 3, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

A retrospective study of the incidence and predisposing factors of third- and fourth-degree perineal tears.
CONCLUSION: The low incidence of obstetric anal sphincter injuries in this study is likely the result of proactive manual protection of the perineum, valid indications for episiotomy, and attendance of senior staff members at all difficult deliveries. PMID: 33130845 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - November 3, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Assessment of the quality of anticoagulation management with warfarin in a tertiary care center.
CONCLUSION: Reflecting the real-life experience of anticoagulation control, our patients spend less than half the TTR within the INR. The low target TTR mandates the need to improve service quality and control factors affecting the TTR, including hemoglobin levels and regular visits for patients with VTE. PMID: 33130846 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - November 3, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

The efficacy and safety of percutaneous balloon angioplasty for aortic coarctation in children. Acute and mid-term results in a single center experience.
Conclusions: Balloon angioplasty is considered a safe procedure for the management of CoA, but its efficacy remains questionable especially for young infants with Na-CoA type. However, it is a reliable option for managing Re-CoA children, with a lower rate of future re-intervention. PMID: 33130847 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - November 3, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Patterns of cervical spine injuries in adults at a major trauma center in Saudi Arabia.
CONCLUSION: It reflects the impact of this injury on younger male patient population. PMID: 33130848 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - November 3, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Role of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in the upgrading of personal hygiene. A cross-sectional study in Saudi Arabia.
CONCLUSION: The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a noticeable improvement in the personal hygiene habits in Saudi Arabia mainly those related to COVID-19 prevention. PMID: 33130849 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - November 3, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Comment on: Patient physician communication.
Authors: Jawad ASM Abstract [No Abstract Available]. PMID: 33130850 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - November 3, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Efficacy of gluten- and casein-free diets on autism spectrum disorders in children.
Authors: Alamri ES Abstract Food containing gluten and casein could play a role in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) symptoms. The present review aimed to update the evidence about the role of the gluten- and casein-free diet (GCFD) on the management of ASD. Web of Science, Science Direct, Google Scholar, and PubMed databases were used to search for randomized controlled trials (RCT) conducted between January 2000 and February 2020. In total, 9 RCT were included (521 participants) with age range between 2 to 18 years. Four of these studies did not show a significant improvement regarding the symptoms of ASD. The rest...
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - October 8, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Clinical significance of Saussurea Costus in thyroid treatment.
Authors: Mujammami M Abstract Saussurea costus (S. costus) belongs to family of Asteraceae and is one of the therapeutic plants extensively used as a traditional medicine in Saudi Arabia. Constituents of this plant have the potential to be developed as bioactive molecules. Among Arabs, the prevalence of thyroid disorders ranges from 6.18 % to 47.34% and hypothyroidism has been reported to be the most prevalent. Although there is no natural treatment that can directly replace thyroid hormones, their role as an alternate treatment or as an add-on to available thyroid treatment has been explored. Flavanoids and antiox...
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - October 8, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Risk factors for transposition of the great arteries in Saudi population.
Conclusion: Our study revealed significant risk factors for the development of transposition of great arteries including first degree consanguineous marriages, gestational diabetes, family history of congenital cardiac anomalies, and increasing maternal age and parity. These factors increased the risk by at least 2 folds. PMID: 33026045 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - October 8, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Prevalence of cerebral venous thrombosis with the use of oral contraceptive pills during the Holy month of Ramadan.
Conclusion: All women who are using OCP should undergo formal written risk assessments for factors of CVT. Our study suggests that the negative effects of OCPs use might outweigh its benefits; thus, it should be prescribed with caution, more so in fasting patients. PMID: 33026046 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - October 8, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Ramadan fasting among advanced chronic kidney disease patients. Nephrologists' perspectives in Saudi Arabia.
CONCLUSION: This research addresses nephrologists' perspectives about Ramadan fasting for patients with advanced CKD. It highlights factors they consider when advising CKD patients about fasting, which were used to suggest applications in practice. Further studies are needed to comprehend nephrologists' and CKD patients' perspectives on fasting. PMID: 33026047 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - October 8, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Phosphate binders usage, patients knowledge, and adherence. A cross-sectional study in 4 centers at Qassim, Saudi Arabia.
CONCLUSION: Phosphate binders usage is frequent among hemodialysis patients in Qassim centers. Circulating phosphate level was affected by the extent of patients' knowledge of dietary control and adherence to the usage of phosphate binders. Thus, we recommend enhancing patient education in reference to high- and low- phosphate-rich diet to take wise dietary decisions, lower pill burden, and improve adherence toward the control of hyperphosphatemia. PMID: 33026048 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - October 8, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

The current practice of using angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and angiotensin II receptor blockers in diabetic hypertensive and non-hypertensive patients. Is there a room for vitamin D?
CONCLUSION: There is a universal agreement among physicians regarding the use of ACEi and ARBs for the treatment of DN with limited awareness of the bene ts of using vitamin D. Hence, the development of specific guidelines for its use are recommended. PMID: 33026049 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - October 8, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Risk factors for hospital admission among COVID-19 patients with diabetes. A study from Saudi Arabia.
CONCLUSION: Among COVID-19 patients with diabetes, higher age, high HbA1c level, and presence of other comorbidities were found to be significant risk factors for the hospital admission. PMID: 33026050 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - October 8, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Role of fine-needle aspiration cytology in evaluating thyroid nodules. A retrospective study from a tertiary care center of Western region, Saudi Arabia.
Conclusion: Our study showed that FNAC has high sensitivity and speci city in the initial evaluation of patients with thyroid nodules. When guided by ultrasonography, the accuracy can be markedly improved. Molecular markers once widely available can improve the diagnostic power of FNAC to be no less than the histopathologic evaluation of thyroid tissue. PMID: 33026051 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - October 8, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Outcomes of multidisciplinary team interventions in the management of sickle cell disease patients with opioid use disorders. A retrospective cohort study.
CONCLUSION: Establishing an MDT and a series of interventions for SCD patients with OUD, including educational activities for caregivers and patients; establishing a palliative/pain clinic and a SCD addiction clinic; and implementing an adequate opioid prescription tracking system resulted in a significant reduction in both the cost and number of ER visits and hospital LOS and dramatically decreased opioid consumption. PMID: 33026052 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - October 8, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Screening for body dysmorphic disorder among patients pursuing cosmetic surgeries in Saudi Arabia.
CONCLUSION: Body dysmorphic disorder was unrecognized among patients pursuing cosmetic surgeries. One-fifth of patients requesting cosmetic procedures are potential cases of BDD requiring psychiatric evaluation and treatment. We recommend implementing screening protocols to identify cases before surgical plans. PMID: 33026053 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - October 8, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Taxation and tobacco plain packaging effect on Saudi smokers quitting intentions in Riyadh city, Saudi Arabia.
CONCLUSION: Although the current price of cigarette packs reported to be very high by the participants, imposing a new higher tax may motivate smokers who had plans to quit in the near future. Plain packaging seems to be an effective new strategy in addition to tobacco taxation in Saudi Arabia, yet, more time and further research are required to assess the effectiveness of the strategy. PMID: 33026054 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - October 8, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Nasopharyngeal carcinoma metastasis to the breast.
Authors: Albasri AM Abstract Breast metastases from extra-mammary neoplasms are rare, accounting for less than 2% of breast cancer cases. A 43-year-old female patient presented with a mass in her left breast and swelling in her left axillary region. A histopathological examination of the mass showed enlarged polygonal tumor cells with scant to moderate, eosinophilic to amphophilic cytoplasm and enlarged, hyperchromatic and pleomorphic nuclei with irregular nuclear membranes. An immunohistochemistry (IHC) examination was positive for pan cytokeratin and negative for CK7, CK20, S-100, LCA, HMB45, CD 20, desmin, myoge...
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - October 8, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Reliability of the Arabic Glasgow children's benefit inventory.
CONCLUSION: The GCBI questionnaire (Arabic version) is reliable tool to evaluate retrospectively the quality of life after an intervention in pediatric age for Arabic speaking population. PMID: 33026056 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - October 8, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Validation and inter-rater reliability testing of the Arabic version of speech intelligibility rating among children with cochlear implant.
CONCLUSION: The Arabic SIR demonstrated excellent reliability with strong consistency. It showed its clinical ability in distinguishing healthy subjects from patients along with follow up of speech development skills over time. The Arabic SIR can be used by parents to evaluate post-CI progress of their children. PMID: 33026057 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - October 8, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Is adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder a form of complex regional pain syndrome type I?
Authors: El Hasbani G, Uthman I, Jawad AS Abstract [No Abstract Available]. PMID: 33026058 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - October 8, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Comment on: Adrenal hypoplasia congenita in identical twins.
Authors: Al Amer AM, Al Rubaya KM Abstract [No Abstract Available]. PMID: 33026059 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - October 8, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Comment on: Evaluation of early biomarkers of renal dysfunction in diabetic patients.
Authors: Alsaeed AH Abstract [No Abstract Available]. PMID: 33026060 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - October 8, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research

Outcomes of COVID-19 in the Eastern Mediterranean Region in the first 4 months of the pandemic.
CONCLUSION: Wide variability was found between EMR countries in recovery and mortality, implying the possible impact of resource availability, and genetic and environmental factors on the morality and recovery of the COVID-19. PMID: 32893272 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Saudi Medical Journal)
Source: Saudi Medical Journal - September 8, 2020 Category: Middle East Health Tags: Saudi Med J Source Type: research