Screening of Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Activity of Micromeria fruticosa serpyllifolia Volatile Oils: A Comparative Study of Plants Collected from Different Regions of West Bank, Palestine.
Conclusions: The study showed that Micromeria fruticosa serpyllifolia volatile oil samples from different regions in Palestine possess different potential antioxidant and antimicrobial activities that were in line with traditional uses of the plant extracts. PMID: 32733942 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Biomed Res)
Source: Biomed Res - August 2, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Salameh N, Shraim N, Jaradat N, El Masri M, Adwan L, K'aibni S, Alkowni R, Radwan A, AbuAlhasan M Tags: Biomed Res Int Source Type: research

The Acceptance and Awareness of Healthcare Providers towards Doctor of Pharmacy (Phram D) in the Palestinian Health Care System
Publication date: Available online 1 August 2020Source: Saudi Pharmaceutical JournalAuthor(s): Hani Naseef, Afnan Amria, Alaa' Asrawi, Ni'Meh Al-Shami, Mutaz Dreidi (Source: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal)
Source: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal - August 2, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

Sources of functioning, symptoms of trauma, and psychological distress: A cross-sectional study with Palestinian health workers operating in West Bank and Gaza strip.
Authors: Veronese G, Pepe A, Alzaanin W, Shoman H Abstract Health-care workers operating in conflict zones are at severe risk of psychological consequences, given their extended exposure to traumatic events under conditions of stress and violence. This quantitative, cross-sectional study was designed to explore the relationships between personal resources (sources of functioning)-operationalized as sense of coherence, posttraumatic growth, and perceived well-being-psychological distress, and trauma symptoms in a specific population of health workers exposed to war and violence. Palestinian health professionals (N =...
Source: The American Journal of Orthopsychiatry - July 30, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Am J Orthopsychiatry Source Type: research

Happiness, Sadness, and Hope for the Future in Narratives of Palestinian Refugee Children
AbstractHope, as the measurable factor of how a young person perceives the future and their ability to be successful within their cultural context over time, is associated with a variety of positive outcomes including increased perceptions of happiness, positive academic achievement, and even lower risk of death. However, for children embedded in long-lasting geo-political conflicts that affect negatively individuals, families, and communities, and over which they have no ability to affect resolution or progress, hope is an illusive concept. The purpose of the current study was to test self-reported measures of happiness, ...
Source: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction - July 30, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: research

Development of Key Performance Indicators for Capturing Impact of Pharmaceutical Care in Palestinian Integrative Healthcare Facilities: A Delphi Consensus Study.
Authors: Shawahna R Abstract Background: The current study was performed to develop a consensus-based core inventory of key performance indicators (KPIs) to be used in capturing the impact of pharmaceutical care in healthcare facilities that employ integrative medicine paradigm in Palestine. Methods: A panel of healthcare professionals and risk/quality assurance managers was composed employing a judgmental sampling technique. The study tool was a questionnaire. Views and opinions of the panelists on the roles of pharmacists in caring for patients admitted to or visiting healthcare facilities that employ integra...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - July 29, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research

Assessment of the knowledge, attitudes, and practices (KAP) among UNRWA* health staff in Jordan concerning mental health programme pre-implementation: a cross-sectional study
Mental health is a major public health priority, especially among refugees. The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) started to integrate mental health and psychosocial support... (Source: International Journal of Mental Health Systems)
Source: International Journal of Mental Health Systems - July 29, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Yassir Turki, Suha Saleh, Shatha Albaik, Yasmeen Barham, Dorien van de Vrie, Yousef Shahin, Majed Hababeh, Merve Armagan and Akihiro Seita Tags: Research Source Type: research

Case Report: Autochthonous Case of Human Visceral Leishmaniasis in the West Bank, Palestine.
In conclusion, early detection of VL infection followed by appropriate treatment protocols is essential to saving the patient. PMID: 32720633 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene)
Source: The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene - July 27, 2020 Category: Tropical Medicine Authors: Al-Jawabreh A, Ereqat S, Dumaidi K, Nasereddin A, Sawalha S, Al-Jawabreh H, Al-Jawabreh A Tags: Am J Trop Med Hyg Source Type: research

Complementary and alternative medicine use in coronary heart disease patients: a cross-sectional study from Palestine
This study examined the use of CAM among patients with CHD, the reasons and fac... (Source: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Source: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine - July 20, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Abdelraouf O. Salah, Ahmad D. Salameh, Mohanad A. Bitar, Sa ’ed H. Zyoud, Abdulsalam S. Alkaiyat and Samah W. Al-Jabi Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Child abuse in the West Bank of the occupied Palestinian territory (WB/oPt): social and political determinants
This study aims to assess prevalence of child abuse in the West Bank (WB) ... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - July 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nouh Harsha, Margaret A. Lynch and Rita Giacaman Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Poly-Tobacco Use among Young Adult Waterpipe Smokers: Insights from University Students in Three Eastern Mediterranean Countries.
Conclusion: This study demonstrates poly-tobacco use as a rising phenomenon among waterpipe smokers and highlights the necessity for initiating advanced interventions to help waterpipe poly-tobacco users quit this dangerous type of addiction. Various country-specific programs are needed considering the various products used by the users. PMID: 32666880 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Substance Use and Misuse)
Source: Substance Use and Misuse - July 17, 2020 Category: Addiction Tags: Subst Use Misuse Source Type: research

Genes, Vol. 11, Pages 817: SOMmelier —Intuitive Visualization of the Topology of Grapevine Genome Landscapes Using Artificial Neural Networks
Conclusion: In analogy to the tasks of the wine waiter in gastronomy, the sommelier, our ‘SOMmelier’-approach supports understanding the diversity of grapevine genomes in the context of their geographic and historical background, using SOM portrayal. It offers an option to supplement vine cultivar passports by genome fingerprint portraits. (Source: Genes)
Source: Genes - July 17, 2020 Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Authors: Maria Nikoghosyan Maria Schmidt Kristina Margaryan Henry Loeffler-Wirth Arsen Arakelyan Hans Binder Tags: Article Source Type: research

Exploring factors contributing to mistreatment of women during childbirth in West Bank, Palestine
Respectful care during childbirth is a universal right for each woman in every health system, and mistreatment of women during childbirth is a major breach of this right. (Source: Women and Birth)
Source: Women and Birth - July 16, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Ibtesam Medhat Mohamad Dwekat, Tengku Alina Tengku Ismail, Mohd Ismail Ibrahim, Farid Ghrayeb Source Type: research

Exploring factors contributing to mistreatment of women during childbirth in West Bank, Palestine.
CONCLUSION: As the first known study of its kind in West Bank, the identified contributing factors especially the limitations of resources and staff are essential to provide good quality and respectful care at childbirth facilities. PMID: 32684342 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Women Birth)
Source: Women Birth - July 16, 2020 Category: Midwifery Authors: Dwekat IMM, Tengku Ismail TA, Ibrahim MI, Ghrayeb F Tags: Women Birth Source Type: research

Identification of the awareness level by the public of Arab countries toward COVID-19: cross-sectional study following an outbreak
ConclusionsThe COVID-19 pandemic is causing global panic; thus, awareness and practices of preventive measures of COVID-19 should be increased through public educational campaigns, which should be planned in accordance with communities ’ and countries’ attitudes toward COVID-19. Collaborative efforts between ministries of heath and residents of every country should be implemented. (Source: Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice)
Source: Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice - July 15, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: research

Peritoneal Dialysis in Extremely Obese Patient From Palestine, A Case Report.
CONCLUSION: Obesity should not impede the beneficial effects of PD. The obstacles of obesity, which we faced; could be overcome with the collaboration between a highly qualified multidisciplinary team. PMID: 32655028 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Iranian Journal of Kidney Diseases)
Source: Iranian Journal of Kidney Diseases - July 14, 2020 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Iran J Kidney Dis Source Type: research

A novel homozygous GFI1B variant in 2 sisters with thrombocytopenia and severe bleeding tendency.
We report a novel homozygous GFI1B (Thr174Ile) variant located in the first Zinc finger domain of GFI1B in two sisters of Palestinian ancestry born to consanguineous parents. They experienced severe bleeding tendency at moderately reduced platelet counts. Flow cytometry and immunofluorescent microscopy confirmed the diagnostic features of GFI1B associated IT: a reduced content of alpha granules and aberrant expression of the stem cell marker CD34 on platelets. Transcription factor GFI1B is differentially expressed during hemato- and lymphopoiesis. In addition, to platelet function investigations, we present results of lymp...
Source: Platelets - July 8, 2020 Category: Hematology Tags: Platelets Source Type: research

A Systematic Review of the Current Hepatitis B Viral Infection and Hepatocellular Carcinoma Situation in Mediterranean Countries.
Abstract Viral hepatitis B is a global public health problem affecting nearly two billion subjects; 3.3% of whom are from the WHO (World Health Organization) Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO). It induces both acute and chronic hepatic disorders with subsequent liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in a considerable percentage of patients based on the age of exposure. In this review, hepatitis B virus (HBV) and HCC prevalence, distribution and prevalence of different genotypes, and male/female infection frequencies in relation to the vaccination status in the Mediterranean countries were reported. St...
Source: Biomed Res - July 8, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Madihi S, Syed H, Lazar F, Zyad A, Benani A Tags: Biomed Res Int Source Type: research

Evaluation of psychological reactions among teenage married girls in Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan
ConclusionA high proportion of females living in Palestinian refugee camps married in their teenage years experienced moderate to severe mental health symptoms, particularly anxiety and depression. These results inform the need for psychological support to girls who are affected by teenage marriage. (Source: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology)
Source: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology - July 8, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research

Diabetic retinopathy screening barriers among Palestinian primary health care patients: a qualitative study
ConclusionsBarriers to completing retinopathy screening are multidimensional with financial, personal, educational, health system, and cultural factors. These should be taken into consideration by policy makers in order to increase the uptake and quality of service. (Source: Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders)
Source: Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders - June 29, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: research

Association between factor V Leiden mutation and recurrent pregnancy loss in the middle east countries: a Newcastle –Ottawa meta-analysis
ConclusionThe results of our study support an association between FVL mutation status and RPL in women of the Middle East countries. It is recommended that specific policies include comprehensive testing for FVL mutation as a standard of care in women of the Middle East region with unexplained RPL. (Source: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics)
Source: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics - June 28, 2020 Category: OBGYN Source Type: research

Psychosocial Interventions for Third-Generation Palestinian Refugee Children: Current Challenges and Hope for the Future
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to explore mental health workers ’ perceptions and concerns about the psychosocial interventions provided to third-generation Palestinian refugee children. Our sample comprised 30 mental health practitioners aged 26–35 years, who were purposively selected at five Palestinian refugee camps in the West Bank of Palestine. Themati c content analysis was applied to transcripts of interviews with the practitioners, with a view to identifying key themes. It emerged that psychosocial service providers typically deliver consultation, group, and individual counselling, debriefin...
Source: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction - June 25, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: research

Therapeutic monitoring of antiepileptic drugs: Recommendations to improve care of patients with epilepsy in the Palestinian practice
Publication date: October 2020Source: Epilepsy & Behavior, Volume 111Author(s): Ramzi Shawahna, Basel Abdelfattah, Mohammad Shafei, Saad Ruzzeh (Source: Epilepsy and Behavior)
Source: Epilepsy and Behavior - June 21, 2020 Category: Neurology Source Type: research

Therapeutic monitoring of antiepileptic drugs: Recommendations to improve care of patients with epilepsy in the Palestinian practice.
CONCLUSION: Consensus-based recommendations that might be used in guiding TDM of AEDs in Palestine were developed. Future studies are still needed to investigate if these consensus-based recommendations can improve healthcare of PWE in Palestine. PMID: 32575011 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Epilepsy and Behaviour)
Source: Epilepsy and Behaviour - June 20, 2020 Category: Neurology Authors: Shawahna R, Abdelfattah B, Shafei M, Ruzzeh S Tags: Epilepsy Behav Source Type: research

Health system ’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in conflict settings: Policy reflections from Palestine
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Source: Global Public Health - June 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mohammed AlKhaldi Rasha Kaloti Duha Shella Aisha Al Basuoni Hamza Meghari Source Type: research

Schizophrenia in the context of mental health services in Palestine: a literature review
Mental health conditions remain a significant cause of disability in the Arab World. Palestinians are predominantly at a higher risk for mental health problems due to their chronic exposure to political violen... (Source: International Journal of Mental Health Systems)
Source: International Journal of Mental Health Systems - June 15, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Mohammad Marie, Zareefa Shaabna and Manahel Saleh Tags: Research Source Type: research

Predialysis nephrology care amongst Palestinian hemodialysis patients and its impact on initial vascular access type.
In conclusion, a relatively large percentage of Palestinian HD patients who were maintained on HD did not have any predialysis nephrology care. In addition, patients who received predialysis nephrology care were significantly more likely to start their HD through AVF whereas all those without predialysis nephrology care started through CVC. More in-depth national studies focusing on improving nephrology referral in ESRD patients are needed to increase AVF utilization. PMID: 32506996 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Renal Failure)
Source: Renal Failure - June 10, 2020 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Ren Fail Source Type: research

New insights on the clinical variability of FKBP10 mutations.
Abstract To date 45 autosomal recessive disease-causing variants are reported in the FKBP10 gene. Those variant were found to be associated with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI) for which the hallmark phenotype is bone fractuers or Bruck Syndrome (BS) where bone fractures are accompanied with contractures. In addition, a specific homozygous FKBP10 mutation (p.Tyr293del) has been described in Yup'ik Inuit population to cause Kuskokwim syndrome (KS) in which contractures without fractures are observed. Here we present an extended Palestinian family with 10 affected individuals harboring a novel homozygous splice site mu...
Source: European Journal of Medical Genetics - June 9, 2020 Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Authors: Essawi OH, Tapaneeyaphan P, Symoens S, Gistelinck C C, Malfait F, Eyre DR, Essawi T, Callewaert B, Coucke PJ Tags: Eur J Med Genet Source Type: research

Perspectives of Frontline Professionals on Palestinian Children Living with Sibling and Parental Drug Use in the UNRWA Camps, Jordan
AbstractThe occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) consist of the non-contiguous West Bank including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. It is densely populated within these confines and has a unique socio-economic context characterized by political and economic tensions. Around 2.2 million Palestinians are displaced and living in the ten UNRWA refugee camps in Jordan. Palestinian communities are exposed to a double burden of disease caused by the severe economic, social and health consequences of Israeli occupation and resultant displacement. Exposure to political violence, economic hardship, fragmentation of Palestinian f...
Source: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction - June 8, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: research

Separation and identification of phenolics and flavonoids from wild Pistacia palaestina extract and its antioxidant activity
An in-vitro evaluation of the antioxidant activities of wild Palestinian Pistacia palaestina extracts was done. In parallel, the total phenolic content (TPC) and the total flavonoids content (TFC) were measured. The antioxidant activities were determined spectrophotometrically by DPPH, FRAP, CUPRAC and the ABTS methods. The phenolic and flavonoid contents were separated and identified using ... (Source: Journal of Medicinal Plants Research)
Source: Journal of Medicinal Plants Research - June 5, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Source Type: research

Prevalence and predictors of overweight and obesity among women in the Gaza strip-Palestine: a cross-sectional study
The prevalence of overweight and obesity among women of childbearing age is considered a public health concern. Few studies have been conducted in the Gaza Strip to determine the magnitude of overweight and ob... (Source: BMC Public Health)
Source: BMC Public Health - June 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rima Rafiq El Kishawi, Kah Leng Soo, Yehia Awad Abed and Wan Abdul Manan Wan Muda Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Young people, emotional suspicion and the emergence of paediatric selfhood in Palestine
AbstractThis paper explores young people's relationships to emotions and mental health care in Ramallah, Palestine. Palestinian young people —via public anger, sadness, or even joy—are often marked as emotionally other in familial, institutional and other public spaces as part of NGO‐driven constructions of emerging paediatric selfhood. In response, they reproduce and/or reframe notions of emotional suspicion that underwrite these marginalizing processes. Thinking along such axes as possibility and impossibility; mobility and immobility; and the local and international, they simultaneously integrate and resis...
Source: Children and Society - May 31, 2020 Category: Child Development Authors: Rachael Stryker Tags: SPECIAL ISSUE Source Type: research

Prevalence of Hypothyroidism among Dialysis Patients in Palestine: A Cross-Sectional Study.
This study aims to assess the prevalence of thyroid disease (hypo- and hyperthyroidism) among dialysis patients and their associated factors. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in the dialysis unit of An-Najah National University Hospital. 209 dialysis patients (60% were male, 57.6 ± 14.5 years, mean age) meeting our inclusion criteria were tested for thyrotropin (TSH) and free thyroxine (FT4) in addition to routine laboratory tests. Findings. The prevalence of hypothyroidism was assessed as 16.3% (95% CI = 11.29% to 21.3%), overt hypothyroidism was 9.1%, and subclinica...
Source: International Journal of Nephrology - May 28, 2020 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Int J Nephrol Source Type: research

Quality Indicators of Pharmaceutical Care in Palestinian Integrative Healthcare Facilities: Findings of a Qualitative Study among Stakeholders.
Conclusions: Quality indicators are invaluable for informing decisions relevant to justifying allocation of scarce resources, securing funds, and demonstrating value in activities and services within integrative healthcare facilities. Further studies are still needed to develop a set of measurable indicators to measure the impact of pharmaceutical care in integrative healthcare facilities. PMID: 32454859 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - May 27, 2020 Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research

Epidemiology of peripheral artery disease in Palestine.
Conclusions: Our study highlights the high prevalence of PAD in the Gazan community, mostly related to the high prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors and other cardiovascular conditions. PMID: 32452724 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: VASA. Zeitschrift fur Gefasskrankheiten. Journal for Vascular Diseases)
Source: VASA. Zeitschrift fur Gefasskrankheiten. Journal for Vascular Diseases - May 26, 2020 Category: Surgery Authors: Jamee A, Aboyans V, Magne J, Elhendy M, Marie Preux P, Lacroix P Tags: Vasa Source Type: research

Collective Trauma, Quality of Life and Resilience in Narratives of Third Generation Palestinian Refugee Children
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to test collective trauma, quality of life and resilience in narratives of Palestinian refugee children. The sample consisted of (30) children aged (14 –16) years selected exclusively from five (5) Palestinian refugee camps (Balata, Askar, Ein Beit al-ma’, Nur Shams, and Jenin) established after the 1948 Nakba in the West Bank region of Palestine. Results demonstrated that children in today’s Palestinian camps suffer from collective trauma, t hey considered the 1948 Nakba as a ‘losing’ experience as it has affected all generations of Palestinian refugees. ...
Source: Child Indicators Research - May 22, 2020 Category: Child Development Source Type: research

Nurses' Attitude, Behavior, and Knowledge Regarding Protective Lung Strategies of Mechanically Ventilated Patients
This article reports findings from what is thought to be the first study in Palestine that explores critical care nurses' knowledge about PLSs. The purpose of this study was to assess the critical care nurses' attitude, behavior, and knowledge regarding PLSs of mechanically ventilated patients. This descriptive, cross-sectional study was conducted at both public and private hospitals in Palestine. The sample included nurses who worked in intensive care units and cardiac care units and utilized a previously developed and validated questionnaire. The result of the study concludes that the majority of the Palestinian critical...
Source: Critical Care Nursing Quarterly - May 21, 2020 Category: Nursing Tags: Original Articles Source Type: research

Prevalence and factors associated with depressive and anxiety symptoms among Palestinian medical students
This study was conducted to determine pre... (Source: BMC Psychiatry)
Source: BMC Psychiatry - May 19, 2020 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Ramzi Shawahna, Suhaib Hattab, Rami Al-Shafei and Mahmoud Tab ’ouni Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Agreement of Palestinian nursing students with recommendations to eliminate epilepsy stigma and change perception of the general public about epilepsy: A cross-sectional study
Publication date: August 2020Source: Epilepsy & Behavior, Volume 109Author(s): Ramzi Shawahna (Source: Epilepsy and Behavior)
Source: Epilepsy and Behavior - May 18, 2020 Category: Neurology Source Type: research

Molecular Understanding of Severe Cases of β-Thalassemia in the Nablus Region, West Bank, Palestine
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Source: Hemoglobin - May 18, 2020 Category: Hematology Authors: Leen Samha Mahmoud M. Sirdah N. Scott Reading Bashar Karmi Archana M. Agarwal Source Type: research

Agreement of Palestinian nursing students with recommendations to eliminate epilepsy stigma and change perception of the general public about epilepsy: A cross-sectional study.
This study was conducted to assess the degree of agreement of Palestinian nursing students with recommendations and key messages to eliminate/reduce epilepsy stigma and change perception of the general public about epilepsy and people with epilepsy (PWE). METHODS: A cross-sectional observational study was conducted among undergraduate nursing students. The study tool was a questionnaire with 24 items which collected the sociodemographic and academic characteristics of the participants (6 items) and agreements with 18 recommendations and key messages to eliminate/reduce epilepsy stigma. RESULTS: A total of 342 nur...
Source: Epilepsy and Behaviour - May 18, 2020 Category: Neurology Authors: Shawahna R Tags: Epilepsy Behav Source Type: research

Comprehensive Risk Assessment of Health-Related Hazardous Events in the Drinking Water Supply System from Source to Tap in Gaza Strip, Palestine.
Conclusion: The prioritization of hazardous events that are proportional to the degree of their attributed risk could help guide in making the right risk-reduction decisions. Urgent interventions are required to improve the quality of water and to mitigate the possible health effects. PMID: 32405304 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Environmental and Public Health)
Source: Journal of Environmental and Public Health - May 15, 2020 Category: Environmental Health Tags: J Environ Public Health Source Type: research

Endoneural abscess of common popliteal nerve as first clinical manifestation of leprosy: the first reported case in history in a low-incidence country.
A migrant from Palestine came to our attention for weakness of dorsiflexion of the left foot and hypoesthesia of the homolateral common peroneal nerve territory. Skin biopsies from skin lesions in the hypoesthetic area were not diagnostic. Radiological investigation showed focal nerve enlargement with a possible focal lesion. At this time, and given the uncertainty of the diagnosis, we had to choose between medical therapy with steroid and a surgical exploration of the nerve. We decided for the latter option. Intraoperatively, we found a focal round enlargement of the nerve. Epineurotomy was performed at that level, reveal...
Source: Journal of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene - May 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Alberto Balestrino, Niccol ò Riccardi, Pietro Fiaschi, Carlo Martinoli, Sergio Gennaro Source Type: research

The Relationships among the Organizational Factors of a Tertiary Healthcare Center for Type 2 Diabetic Patients in Palestine.
CONCLUSION: This study reflected the need for reviewing prescription mode, and educational programs that emphasize the diabetes self-care management and the health care providers' role that would be of great benefit in health outcomes further. PMID: 32400340 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Endocrine, Metabolic and Immune Disorders Drug Targets)
Source: Endocrine, Metabolic and Immune Disorders Drug Targets - May 12, 2020 Category: Endocrinology Authors: Mosleh R, Hawash M, Jarrar Y Tags: Endocr Metab Immune Disord Drug Targets Source Type: research

The Role of Social Support and Subjective Well-Being as Predictors of Internet Addiction among Israeli-Palestinian College Students in Israel
This study focuses on two main issues: the correlation between social support and internet addiction, and the correlation between subjective well-being and internet addiction, among Israeli-Palestinian college students. The sample consisted of 500 Israeli-Palestinian college students in Israel, 70% of whom were females. Participants ’ ages ranged from 19 to 30 (M = 25.8, SD =4.48). They were chosen in a convenience sampling from six colleges in Israel. The research findings indicated significant correlations between both SWB and social support and internet addiction among Israeli-Palestinian students in...
Source: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction - May 11, 2020 Category: Addiction Source Type: research

Treating patients in a safe environment: a cross-sectional study of patient safety attitudes among doctors in the Gaza Strip, Palestine
This study assessed the attitudes of doctors in the Gaza Strip towards pat... (Source: BMC Health Services Research)
Source: BMC Health Services Research - May 7, 2020 Category: General Medicine Authors: Maha Alfaqawi, Bettina B öttcher, Yousef Abuowda, Enas Alaloul, Ibrahem Elnajjar, Somaya Elhout, Mysoon Abu-El-Noor and Nasser Abu-El-Noor Tags: Research article Source Type: research

The difficulties experienced during the preparation and administration of oral drugs by parents at home: a cross-sectional study from Palestine
Failure to properly administer drugs to children at home may cause adverse events, which makes it a challenging job for parents or caregivers. The main goal of this study was to investigate the problems and di... (Source: BMC Pediatrics)
Source: BMC Pediatrics - May 7, 2020 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Ra ’fat Ali, Abdullah Shadeed, Hasan Fitian and Sa’ed H. Zyoud Tags: Research article Source Type: research

Additional challenges faced by cancer patients in Gaza due to COVID-19.
Authors: AlWaheidi S, Sullivan R, Davies EA Abstract Cancer patients in conflict settings experience significant barriers in accessing chemotherapy and radiotherapy as well as palliative care and psychosocial support. Now they face an additional possible risk of infection by SARS-CoV-2 novel coronavirus and the indirect impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on movement restrictions and their access to care. In this commentary, we highlight that despite the low COVID-19 burden in conflict settings like Gaza, COVID-19 could lead to further inequity in cancer care and poorer outcomes for Palestinians with cancer. This is du...
Source: Ecancermedicalscience - May 1, 2020 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Ecancermedicalscience Source Type: research

Perceived barriers and attitudes toward arteriovenous fistula creation and use in hemodialysis patients in Palestine.
In conclusion, the majority would recommend an AVF as the mode of vascular access for HD. The most common barrier to having an AVF was patient's refusal to undergo AVF creation because of their concern about the surgical procedure. A systematic evaluation of the process that precedes the creation of AVF may allow for better utilization. PMID: 32338112 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Renal Failure)
Source: Renal Failure - April 28, 2020 Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Ren Fail Source Type: research

Important knowledge items with regard to the benefits of exercise for patients with epilepsy: Findings of a qualitative study from Palestine
Publication date: July 2020Source: Epilepsy & Behavior, Volume 108Author(s): Ramzi Shawahna, Imad Abdelhaq (Source: Epilepsy and Behavior)
Source: Epilepsy and Behavior - April 24, 2020 Category: Neurology Source Type: research

Important knowledge items with regard to the benefits of exercise for patients with epilepsy: Findings of a qualitative study from Palestine.
CONCLUSION: This consensus-based core list might guide educators, trainers, or authorities while designing educational or training courses to increase knowledge of physicians in primary healthcare and CAM specialists with regard to the benefits of exercise for PWE. Further investigations are needed to determine if such consensus-based core list might improve care and wellbeing of PWE. PMID: 32335502 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Epilepsy and Behaviour)
Source: Epilepsy and Behaviour - April 23, 2020 Category: Neurology Authors: Shawahna R, Abdelhaq I Tags: Epilepsy Behav Source Type: research