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  1. Economic burden of beta-thalassemia/Hb E and beta-thalassemia major in Thai children

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    Riewpaiboon Arthorn; Nuchprayoon Issarang; Torcharus Kitti; Indaratna Kaemthong; Thavorncharoensap Montarat; Ubol Bang-on

    2010-01-01

    Abstract Background Hemoglobin E beta-thalassemia (?-thalassemia/Hb E) has a variable severity, and the cost of treatment has not been well studied. The aim of this study was to analyze the societal cost of caring for children with ?-thalassemias in Thailand. The study was designed as a prevalence-based cost-of-illness analysis in a societal perspective. Medical records from three public hospitals of children aged 2-18 years with ?-thalassemia/Hb E and homozygous ?-thalassemia were reviewed f...

  2. Skeletal Changes in Patients with BetaThalassemia Major in Ahvaz

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    Mashaalah Khanehmasjedi

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objective: Thalassemia major has severe clinical symptoms with craniofacial defects that produce esthetic problems in patients. Orthodontic treatment and surgical reconstruction in these patients have had good esthetic results and therefore satisfying pschycosocial effects. Researches have shown an increase in the level of life quality corresponding to health improvement in thalassemic patients. More knowledge and information is necessary for better treatment of skeletal problems in thalassemia. Subjects and Methods: This descriptive and analytic study was performed on 48-beta thalassemia major patient and 48 normal samples. They were divided into two groups (24 persons based on their genders. Including criteria for samples were : being more than 15 years old, not being affected by special disorders, not having orthodontic and orthopedic treatment, having Cl I profile, normal facial height, Cl I molar relationship, normal overbite and over jet and the presence of all permanent teeth (except third molar. Cephalometric analysis was used for evaluation of cephalograms. The results were analyzed using descriptive statistical and paired sample T-test (P<0.005. Results: SNA angle did no significant increase, but SNB and ANB angles significantly decreased (P<0.005. The angle between SN-Occlusal plans, Frankfort - y-axis plans and basal plans showed increase, but the angle between Frankfort - facial plans (P<0.005 and the distance between pog-NB plan showed decrease (P<0.005. Conclusion: Beta thalassemia major induces Cl II malocclusion and long face growth pattern due to decrease in mandibular growth and decrease in posterior facial height. ?Please cite this paper as: Khanehmasjedi M, Bassir L Mombeyni M. Skeletal Changes in Patients with Beta - Talassemia Major in Ahvaz. JundishapurSci Med J. 2012;11(3:295-302

  3. Magnetic measurements on human erythrocytes: Normal, beta thalassemia major, and sickle

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    Sakhnini, Lama

    2003-05-01

    In this article magnetic measurements were made on human erythrocytes at different hemoglobin states (normal and reduced hemoglobin). Different blood samples: normal, beta thalassemia major, and sickle were studied. Beta thalassemia major and sickle samples were taken from patients receiving lifelong blood transfusion treatment. All samples examined exhibited diamagnetic behavior. Beta thalassemia major and sickle samples showed higher diamagnetic susceptibilities than that for the normal, which was attributed to the increase of membrane to hemoglobin volume ratio of the abnormal cells. Magnetic measurements showed that the erythrocytes in the reduced state showed less diamagnetic response in comparison with erythrocytes in the normal state. Analysis of the paramagnetic component of magnetization curves gave an effective magnetic moment of ?eff=7.6 ?B per reduced hemoglobin molecule. The same procedure was applied to sickle and beta thalassemia major samples and values for ?eff were found to be comparable to that of the normal erythrocytes.

  4. Examination of echocardiographic parameters for the early diagnosis of cardiac dysfunction in beta thalassemia major patients

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    Yildirim, Aysen Turedi; Oymak, Yesim; Yaman, Yontem; Mese, Timur; Bayraktaroglu, Selen; Aydinok, Yesim; Vergin, Canan

    2014-01-01

    Objective: This study aimed to determine the utility of tissue Doppler, pulse-wave Doppler, and conventional echocardiography for the detection of cardiac dysfunction in the early period in beta thalassemia patients. Methods: Forty beta thalassemia major patients undergoing regular blood transfusion and chelation therapy and 30 healthy controls with similar demographic factors were included in the study. Both the patient and control groups were examined with, tissue Doppler, pulse-wave ...

  5. Evaluation of Mental Health and Related Factors among Patients with Beta-thalassemia Major in South East of Iran

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    Morteza Ashrafi; Mohammad Reza Hormozi; Majid Naderi; Abolfazl Emamdadi

    2012-01-01

    Objective: Beta-thalassemia major (?-TM) is a chronic, genetic and hematological disorder. Children and teenagers with chronic physical illnesses exemplified by thalassemia are vulnerable to emotional and behavioral problems. The aim of this study was to evaluate mental health and its related factors among young patients with beta-thalassemia major. Methods: In this cross-sectional observational descriptive-analytic study, we studied 164 patients suffering from Beta-thalassemia major wit...

  6. Evaluation of pulmonary function in beta-thalassemia major patients

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    Objective: To describe and quantify the functional change of the lung in patients with beta-thalassemia major (TM) and determine the correlation between pulmonary function test (PFT) results with hemoglobin, ferritin and age changes. Methodology: Pulmonary function tests were performed on 60 transfusion-dependent patients with TM, ranging in age from 10 to 45 years. Percent-predicted values for forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1), and forced expiratory flows (FEF) 25-75% were significantly reduced, whereas forced expiratory vital capacity (FVC) and FEV1/FVC were closed to normal limits, indicating a restrictive disease. All factors including; FVC, FEV1, and FEV1/FVC, FEF 25-75% were negatively correlated with age and ferritin levels. In contrast, all factors including; FVC, FEV1, and FEV1/FVC, FEF 25-75% were positively correlated with hemoglobin (Hb). We performed linear regression analysis to study the simultaneous influence of the presence of age, ferritin, and Hb on obstructive PFT indexes. Results: Pulmonary function test results were normal in only 32 (53.3%) of 60 patients and the rest 28 cases (46.7%) showed abnormal pulmonary function. FEV1 and FEF 25% - 75% have significant negative correlation with age (r = - 0.64 p(r) = 0.003 and r = - 0.58 p(r) = 0.02 respectively), also have significant positive correlation with Hb (r = 0.31 p(r) = 0.015 and r = 0.33 p(r) = 0.01 respectively), and only FEF 25% - 75% has significant negative correlation with ferritin (r -0.26 p(r) = 0.04). Conclusion: The present study has shown that restrictive disease and reduced lung diffusing capacity are the predominant abnormalities of pulmonary function patients with TM. The low hemoglobin concentration and a fall in the diffusing capacity of the alveola - capillary membrane, together with the dependence of the reduced pulmonary diffusing capacity on age and serum ferritin levels, as well as of the entity of restrictive disease on age, suggests that pulmonary dysfunctions in patients with TM are due mainly to lung fibrosis and/or interstitial edema related to iron overload. (author)

  7. Quality of life among children with beta-thalassemia major treated in Western Saudi Arabia

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    Mohammed D. Ayoub; Radi, Suhaib A.; Abdulrahman M. Azab; Abdulrahman A. Abulaban; Abdulrahman H. Balkhoyor; Seif-eleslam W. Bedair; Soad K. Ajlaouni; Kari, Jameela A

    2013-01-01

    Objectives: To assess the quality of life among children and adolescents with thalassemia major. Methods: This cross-sectional study used the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL). Children and adolescents with beta-thalassemia major who attended the Day Care Unit at King Abdulaziz University Hospital, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from October 2012 to February 2013 were surveyed. The questions highlighted 4 health status scales, namely physical functioning (PF), emotional functioning (EF), sch...

  8. Side effects of Deferasirox Iron Chelation in Patients with Beta Thalassemia Major or Intermedia

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    Murtadha Al-Khabori; Sunil Bhandari; Mohammed Al-Huneini; Khalil Al-Farsi; Vinodh Panjwani; Shahina Daar

    2013-01-01

    Objectives: Chelating agents remain the mainstay in reducing the iron burden and extending patient survival in homozygous beta-thalassemia but adverse and toxic effects may increase with the institution and long term use of this essential therapy. This study aimed to estimate the incidence of deferasirox (DFX) side effects in patients with thalassemia major or intermedia.Methods: A retrospective study of 72 patients (mean age: 20.3±0.9 yrs; 36 male, 36 female) with thalassemia major or interm...

  9. [Beta thalassemia major and pregnancy during adolescence: report of two cases].

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    Trigo, Lucas Augusto Monteiro Castro; Surita, Fernanda Garanhani; Parpinelli, Mary Angela; Pereira, Belmiro Gonçalves; Fertrin, Kleber Yotsumoto; Costa, Maria Laura

    2015-06-01

    Beta thalassemia major is a rare hereditary blood disease in which impaired synthesis of beta globin chains causes severe anemia. Medical treatment consists of chronic blood transfusions and iron chelation. We describe two cases of adolescents with beta thalassemia major with unplanned pregnancies and late onset of prenatal care. One had worsening of anemia with increased transfusional requirement, fetal growth restriction, and placental senescence. The other was also diagnosed with hypothyroidism and low maternal weight, and was admitted twice during pregnancy due to dengue shock syndrome and influenza H1N1-associated respiratory infection. She also developed fetal growth restriction and underwent vaginal delivery at term complicated by uterine hypotonia. Both patients required blood transfusions after birth and chose medroxyprogesterone as a contraceptive method afterwards. This report highlights the importance of medical advice on contraceptive methods for these women and the role of a specialized prenatal follow-up in association with a hematologist. PMID:26200828

  10. Anxiety, depression and quality of life in patients with beta thalassemia major and their caregivers

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    Yengil, Erhan; Acipayam, Can; Kokacya, Mehmet Hanifi; Kurhan, Faruk; Oktay, Gonul; Ozer, Cahit

    2014-01-01

    Mental health and health related quality of life is commonly affected in patients with chronic problems and their caregivers. In the present study, it was aimed to assess depression and anxiety in patients with beta thalassemia major (BTM) and in their caregivers; and to evaluate effects of these disorders on quality of life. The study was carried out in a district Hereditary Hemoglobinopathy Center and included 88 patients with BTM and 63 of their caregivers. All subjects were assessed using...

  11. Hypoparathyroidism and Intracerebral Calcifications in Patients with Beta-Thalassemia Major

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    A. Nabavizadeh; M. Karimi; A. Rasekhi; Rasekh, M; R. Assadsangabi; Gh. Amirhakimi

    2008-01-01

    Background/Objective: Hypoparathyroidism is one of the most important endocrine complications of thalassemia major. This study was conducted to evaluate the prevalence of intracerebral calcifications in patients with thalassemia with and without hypoparathyroidism."nPatients and Methods: Forty-seven beta-thalassemia patients with hypoparathyroidism underwent a brain CT scan to investigate the presence and extent of intracerebral calcifications. Thirty age and sex-matched beta-thalassemic...

  12. Efficacy of Carvedilol in Patients with Dilated Cardiomyopathy due to Beta-thalassemia major; a Double-blind Randomized Controlled Trial

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    Gholam-Hossein Ajami; Hamid Amoozgar; Mohammad Borzouee; Mehran Karimi; Farah Piravian; Afsaneh Ashrafi; Zahra Kheirandish

    2010-01-01

    Objective: Dilated cardiomyopathy is the end result of chronic iron overload in patients with beta thalassemia major. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Carvedilol in patients with beta thalassemia major and dilated cardiomyopathy.Methods: During a six-month period, fourteen patients with beta-thalassemia major and heart failure without diabetes mellitus referred to pediatric cardiology clinic enrolled in this double blind, randomly assigned study. A...

  13. A cross-sectional study of metabolic and endocrine complications in beta-thalassemia major

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    Iron overload is a major problem in patients with beta-thalassemia major, and it has many structural and metabolic consequences. The aim of this study was evaluation of endocrine disturbances in patients with beta-thalassemia major who were older than 10 years of age. In this cross-sectional study, investigator collected demographic data and medical histories, as well as menstrual history in females, from the medical records of 56 patients with beta-thalassemia major. Patients were examined to determine their pubertal status and the standard deviation score for height for evaluation of short stature. For evaluation of glucose tolerance, a fasting blood glucose and oral glucose tolerance tests were performed. Evidence for diabetes mellitus was based on American Diabetes Association and World Health Organization criteria. Serum levels of calcium, phosphorous, thyroid-stimulating hormone, free thyroxin, luteinizing hormone and follicular-stimulating hormone and estradiol in girls and testosterone in boys were measured. The mean and standard deviation for age in the 56 patients (36 males and 20 females) was 15.62+-4.44 years. Diabetes mellitus was present in 5 patients (8.9%), impaired fasting glucose was found in 16 patients (28.6%) and an impaired glucose tolerance test was found in 4 patients (7.1%). Short stature (standard deviation score <-2) was seen in 25 (70%) boys and 14 (73%) girls. Impaired puberty was found in 40 patients (71%). Hypocalcaemia and primary overt hyperthyroidism were present in 23 (41%) and 9 patients (16%), respectively. Only eight patients (14.3%) had no endocrine abnormalities. Despite therapy with deferoxamine to treat iron overload, the risk of secondary endocrine dysfunction remained high. Hypogonadism was one of the most frequent endocrine complications. Impaired glucose tolerance, short stature, hypocalcemia, subclinical and overt hypothyroidism are also frequent. (author)

  14. Detection of Left Ventricular Regional Function in Asymptomatic Children with beta-Thalassemia Major by Longitudinal Strain and Strain Rate Imaging

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    Bay, Ali; Ba?p?nar, Osman; Leblebisatan, Göksel; Yalç?n, Ali Seçkin; ?RDEM, Ahmet

    2013-01-01

    Objective: Cardiac failure due to iron overload remains the most common cause of death in patients with beta-thalassemia major. This study aimed to evaluate myocardial function in children with beta-thalassemia major using standard echocardiography technique and strain rate imaging.

  15. Frequency of hepatitis B and hepatitis C in multi - transfused beta thalassemia major patients

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    To determine the frequency of hepatitis B and C virus infection among children with beta thalassemia major registered at Military Hospital Rawalpindi. Children attending Thalassemia Centre Military Hospital Rawalpindi for regular blood transfusion were registered. They belonged to different ethnic groups and came from different parts of the country. Their demographic data was recorded, detailed history taken and physical examination was carried out. Their serum samples were tested for hepatitis B surface antigen and anti HCV antibody assay with third generation commercial ELISA method. During the study; 141 patients of beta thalassemia major were screened. Out of them 50 patients (35.5% ,95% confidence interval 27.8-43.5)w ere found hepatitis C virus antibody positive and 1 patient (0.7 %) hepatitis B surface antigen positive. One patient (0.7%) had both hepatitis B and C virus infection. Mean age of hepatitis C infected patients was 10.4+3.85y ears (range 2-16 years). Mean age of uninfected patients was 6.1 + 3.59 years. (p value 0.000) In addition, the results indicate that higher prevalence of anti-HCV was significantly associated with longer duration of transfusion (p value <0.003). In spite of the fact that screened blood is used for transfusions, still a large number of patients have been found infected with hepatitis C. Therefore more accurate techniques are required for screening of blood to prevent transfusion associated transmission. (author)

  16. Zinc and Copper Status in Children with Beta-Thalassemia Major

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    Abolfazl Mahyar

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective:There are some reports in which a condition of zinc deficiency and its associated outcomes with a change in concentration of serum copper among the thalassemic patients has been highlighted. The aim of this prospective study was to determine the serum zinc and copper levels in children with beta-thalassemia major.Methods:In this cross sectional study all children under 12 years affected by beta thalassemia major (40 patients were evaluated for serum zinc and copper levels in Qazvin thalassemia center (Qazvin, Iran in 2007. Serum measurements for zinc and copper were performed by atomic absorption spectrophotometer.Findings:The mean concentrations of serum zinc and copper levels were 67.35?20.38 and 152.42?24.17 ?g/dl respectively. Twenty-six (65% of thalassemic patients had zinc concentration under 70 ?g/dl (hypozincemia. None of the thalassemic children had copper deficiency. No significant correlation between serum zinc level with age, weight, height, body mass index, duration of blood transfusion, desferrioxamine dose and ferritin level was observed in thalassemic patients (P=0.3.Conclusion:This study revealed that hypozincemia is common in thalassemic patients, but in contrast, there is no copper deficiency. Further evaluation in this regard is recommended.

  17. Assessment Hepatomegaly and liver Enzymes in 100 Patients with beta Thalassemia Major in Mashhad, Iran

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    kolagari SH

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available AbstractBackgroundFrequent blood transfusion in patients with beta thalassemia major can lead to iron overloadespecially in liver. Chronic iron overload could cause cirrhosis of the liver. Transfusiontransmittedhepatitis B and C also could develop cirrhosis in individuals.Materials and MethodsThe present cross- sectional descriptive study is to assess hepatomegaly and liver enzymes in 100patients with beta thalassemia major, ages between 2-18 years old. The study was carried outretrospectively. One hundred medical records have chosen from 400 samples of thalassemiamajor patients, who are under a regular care of the department of sarvar clinic.ResultsOut of these patients, 55% were male and 45% female. The mean age of thalassemia patients was10.8 4.4 years. The mean and S. D of hemoglobin, ferritin, deferoxamine dosage was 8.5 ±1.5g/dl , 2183 ± 1528 ng , 30 ± 11.16 mg/kg, respectively. Forty six percent of them hadhepatomegaly. The mean and S. D of AST and ALT were 95± 70 IU/L and 70 ±35U/Lrespectively. Splenectomy was performed on 44% of patient.ConclusionHepatomegaly is one of the most common findings in the thalassemic patient that induced withhemosiderosis and hepatitis.

  18. Hypoparathyroidism and intracerebral calcification in patients with beta-thalassemia major

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    Background: Hypoparathyroidism is one of the most important endocrine complications of thalassemia major. This study was conducted to evaluate the prevalence of intracerebral calcifications in patients with thalassemia with and without hypoparathyroidism. Methods: 47 beta-thalassemia patients with hypoparathyroidism underwent a brain CT scan to investigate the presence and extent of intracerebral calcification. 30 age- and sex-matched beta-thalassemic patients with normal parathyroid function who had undergone brain CT for headache, or some other minor neurologic problems were also enrolled in the study serving as controls. The amount of intracerebral calcification, hematologic parameters, and some clinical findings were compared between both groups. Results: Intracerebral calcification was present in 54.2% of beta-thalassemia patients with hypoparathyroidism. The most frequent sites of calcification were basal ganglia, and frontoparietal areas of the brain. Thalami, internal capsule, cerebellum and posterior fossa were other less frequently calcified regions of the brain. In contrast, there was no evidence of intracerebral calcifications in the 30 thalassemic patients with normal parathyroid function. There was not a statistically significant difference between serum ferritin concentrations in thalassemia patient with hypoparathyroidism and those with normal parathyroid function (2781 vs. 2178, P > 0.05). Conclusion: Intracranial calcification is a common finding in thalassemia patients with hypoparathyroidism, it can be extensive and involves most regions of the brain.

  19. Hypoparathyroidism and intracerebral calcification in patients with beta-thalassemia major

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    Karimi, M. [Iran-Shiraz-Namazee Hospital, Namazee Square, Hematology Research Center, Department of Pediatrics, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: karimim@sums.ac.ir; Rasekhi, A.R. [Iran-Shiraz-Namazee Hospital, Namazee Square, Imaging Research Center, Department of Radiology, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: rasekhia@sums.ac.ir; Rasekh, M. [Iran-Shiraz-Namazee Hospital, Namazee Square, Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: Rasekhm@sums.ac.ir; Nabavizadeh, S.A. [Iran-Shiraz-Namazee Hospital, Namazee Square, Imaging Research Center, Department of Radiology, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: nabavia@gmail.com; Assadsangabi, R. [Iran-Shiraz-Namazee Hospital, Namazee Square, Imaging Research Center, Department of Radiology, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: assadsangabi@yahoo.com; Amirhakimi, G.H. [Iran-Shiraz-Namazee Hospital, Namazee Square, Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: amirhakimig@sums.ac.ir

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    Background: Hypoparathyroidism is one of the most important endocrine complications of thalassemia major. This study was conducted to evaluate the prevalence of intracerebral calcifications in patients with thalassemia with and without hypoparathyroidism. Methods: 47 beta-thalassemia patients with hypoparathyroidism underwent a brain CT scan to investigate the presence and extent of intracerebral calcification. 30 age- and sex-matched beta-thalassemic patients with normal parathyroid function who had undergone brain CT for headache, or some other minor neurologic problems were also enrolled in the study serving as controls. The amount of intracerebral calcification, hematologic parameters, and some clinical findings were compared between both groups. Results: Intracerebral calcification was present in 54.2% of beta-thalassemia patients with hypoparathyroidism. The most frequent sites of calcification were basal ganglia, and frontoparietal areas of the brain. Thalami, internal capsule, cerebellum and posterior fossa were other less frequently calcified regions of the brain. In contrast, there was no evidence of intracerebral calcifications in the 30 thalassemic patients with normal parathyroid function. There was not a statistically significant difference between serum ferritin concentrations in thalassemia patient with hypoparathyroidism and those with normal parathyroid function (2781 vs. 2178, P > 0.05). Conclusion: Intracranial calcification is a common finding in thalassemia patients with hypoparathyroidism, it can be extensive and involves most regions of the brain.

  20. Bone metabolism and mineral density in patients with beta-thalassemia major

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    To evaluate bone metabolism in patients with beta-thalassemia major and to determine the factors associated with the development of osteoporosis. We studied 25 patients with thalassemia major with a mean age of 18.4 years (rang 5-31), age and gender matched 24 healthy controls who were attending the outpatient physical medicine and rehabilitation clinic of Akdeniz University Hospital between January 2004 and March 2004 in Turkey. Bone mineral density (BMD) of lumbar spine (L-1-L4) and proximal femur were determined using dual x-ray absorptiometry (DXA). Venous blood samples were obtained for determination of blood cell count and markers of bone formation and resorption. The BMD values, both at lumbar and femoral neck levels were significantly lower in patients compared to controls. Serum N-telopeptide level was slightly higher, whereas osteocalcin was slightly lower in patients, however, the values were not statistically significant. Plasma levels of insulin like growth factor-1 (IGF-I) and insulin like growth factor for binding protein-3 (IGFBP-3) were significantly lower in patients. Also, serum levels of estradiol and progesterone in females, luteinizing, hormone and follicle-stimulating hormone in both genders were significantly lower in patients. Serum levels of free testosterone and total testosterone were lower in patients, but not statistically significant. Patients also had significantly higher serum phosphorous levels and lower serum calcitonin levels compared to controls. The BMD is decreased in thalassemic patients. Growth retardation, growth hormone/IGF-I/IGFP-3 axis dysfunction, gonadal dysfunction and hypothalomo-pituitary-gonadal axis dysfunction may be responsible for the development of osteoporosis in the patients with beta-thalassemia major. (author)

  1. Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation in Patients with Beta-Thalassemia Major

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    Ghavamzadeh A

    2004-08-01

    Full Text Available From 1996 to 2002, fifty three patients with major beta-thalassemia received allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell trans¬plantation (PBSCT. Median age was 6 years .Twenty two were class I, 17 class II and 14 class III. All of the donors were HLA-identical. Conditioning regimen for class I and II patients consisted of Cyclophosphamide (CY 50 mg/kg/day for 4 days + Busulfan (Bu 3.5 mg/kg for 4 days, while class III patients received 4 mg/kg/day Busulfan for 4 days and 40mg/kg/day Cyclophosphomide for 4 days. G-CSF (Neopogen 5µ/kg IV was given to donors. Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD prophylaxis regimen consisted of Cyclosporin-A (CsA 3 mg/kg/day plus Methotrexate (MTX 10 mg/m2 on day+1 and 6 mg/m2 on days +3 and +6. The median time for neutrophil and platelet engraftment was day +16 and day +23 post transplantation, respectively. Chronic GVHD (cGVHD was observed in 30 patients (56%. Ten patients (18.8% died. Forty patients are well and transfusion independent. Median time of follow-up was 23 months. Recurrences have been seen at 3 pts, one patient 21 months, the other one 6 months and the last one 8 months after transplantation, who received Donor Lymphocyte infusion (DLI. Event free survival was 72% and overall survival was 80%. In conclusion, we suggest that PBSCT can be considered a safe and effective treatment for children with Beta-thalassemia major and cGVHD is tolerable and manageable in these patients.

  2. Prospects and future of conservative management of beta thalassemia major in a developing country

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    Objective: To assess the efficacy, prospects and future of conservative management of beta thalassemia major patients in a developing country. Design: Patients registered at IHBTS were studied over a period of three years. They consented to being managed on moderate transfusion regimen, aiming to maintain a pre-transfusion haemoglobin(Hgb) level of 9.0 plus minus 1.0 g per dL. We studied their transfusion requirements, status for transfusion transmitted infections (TTls), serum ferritin levels and complications developing as a result of iron overload. Subjects: Initially all registered patients were included in this study. Sporadic patients as well as dropouts occurring due to any reason, (patients concurrently seeking treatment at other centres as well, or complying poorly to advised chelation therapy) were excluded from the study. The data presented here conforms to a cohort of 60 regular patients who adhered best to our selection criteria. Main Outcome Measures: 1) The study highlights the deficiencies and problems of conservative management for beta thalassemia major. 2) The major impact of our study is the message that conservative management in a poor country, like ours, is a no-win situation. 3) There is an urgent need to immediately start a prevention programme. Results: In the younger patients, blood consumption even on the moderate transfusion regimen is 120ml/kg/year, however with ascending age the consumption increases to 240ml/kg/year. A substantive number of the patients are either Hep C (35%) or Hep B (1.7%) positive. There are no HIV positive patients. Serum ferritin levels vary widely and could not be controlled due to poor compliance to chelation. 50% of the patients developed one or other complications of iron overload. The cost of treatment depending on the quality of care, is tremendous and beyond the reach of the common man. Conclusions: Conservative management may be the best alternative and at times the only hope for patients in our country. However, in order to decrease the disease load, steps need to be taken to introduce preventive measures. (author)

  3. Evaluation of Mental Health and Related Factors Among Patients with Beta-Thalassemia Major in South East of Iran

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    Morteza Ashrafi

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Beta-thalassemia major (?-TM is a chronic, genetic and hematological disorder. Children and teenagers with chronic physical illnesses exemplified by thalassemia are vulnerable to emotional and behavioral problems. The aim of this study was to evaluate mental health and its related factors among young patients with beta-thalassemia major. Methods: In this cross-sectional observational descriptive-analytic study, we studied 164 patients suffering from Beta-thalassemia major with age range of 15-24 years who referred for treatment to Ali Ebn-e Abitaleb (AS University Hospital in Zahedan, a city in South East of Iran, during 2009- 2010. The demographic data and pattern of mental health were collected by standard general health questionnaire (GHQ-28.Data was analyzed using statistical software SPSS (version 17.0; Student t test and Chi-square (?2 were used. Results: In this study, 96 (58.5% patients were male; the mean age of all patients was 18.78 ±2.28. Based on data analysis, 83 patients (50.8% suspected to have psychiatric disorders (58.8% of girls, 44.8% of boys. In addition, frequency of somatic symptoms, depression disorder, anxiety disorder and social dysfunction in all patients were 7.3%, 11.6%, 8.5% and 4.3% respectively. In illiterate patients, 70.4% suspected to have psychiatric disorder. Except for somatic disorder, other mental disorders were more frequent in girls. No significant association was found between mental state and gender, marital and literacy status and occupation. Conclusion : In this study, due to high prevalence of psychological disorders in young patients with Beta-thalassemia major, especially in girls, we suggest implementing further educational psychological programs to decrease the frequency of disorders. Moreover, conducting more quantitative and comprehensive researches is suggested to evaluate specific effective factors in psycho-social health.

  4. Hypoparathyroidism and Intracerebral Calcifications in Patients with Beta-Thalassemia Major

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    A. Nabavizadeh

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Objective: Hypoparathyroidism is one of the most important endocrine complications of thalassemia major. This study was conducted to evaluate the prevalence of intracerebral calcifications in patients with thalassemia with and without hypoparathyroidism."nPatients and Methods: Forty-seven beta-thalassemia patients with hypoparathyroidism underwent a brain CT scan to investigate the presence and extent of intracerebral calcifications. Thirty age and sex-matched beta-thalassemic patients with normal parathyroid function who had undergone brain CT for headache, or some other minor neurologic problems were also enrolled in the study as control group. The amount of intracerebral calcifications, hematologic parameters, and some clinical findings were com-pared between both groups."nResults: Intracerebral calcification was present in 54.2% of beta -thalassemai patients with hypoparathyroidism. The most frequent sites of calcification were basal ganglia, and frontoparietal areas of the brain. Thalami, internal capsule, cerebellum and posterior fossa were other less frequently calcified regions of the brain. Conversely intracerebral calcification was not seen in the 30 thalassemia patients with normal parathyroid function. There was not a statistically significant difference between serum ferritin concentrations in thalassemia patients with hy-poparathyroidism and those with normal parathyroid function (2781 vs. 2178, P>0.05."nConclusion: Intracranial calcification is a common finding in thalassemia patients with "nhypoparathyroidism. It can be extensive and involves most regions of the brain.

  5. Side effects of Deferasirox Iron Chelation in Patients with Beta Thalassemia Major or Intermedia

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    Murtadha Al-Khabori

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: Chelating agents remain the mainstay in reducing the iron burden and extending patient survival in homozygous beta-thalassemia but adverse and toxic effects may increase with the institution and long term use of this essential therapy. This study aimed to estimate the incidence of deferasirox (DFX side effects in patients with thalassemia major or intermedia.Methods: A retrospective study of 72 patients (mean age: 20.3±0.9 yrs; 36 male, 36 female with thalassemia major or intermedia treated at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital, Oman, was performed to assess the incidence of side effects related to deferasirox over a mean of 16.7 month follow-up period.Results: Six patients experienced rashes and 6 had gastro-intestinal upset. DFX was discontinued in 18 patients for the following reasons: persistent progressive rise(s in serum creatinine (7 patients; 40% mean serum creatinine rise from baseline, feeling unwell (2, severe diarrhea (1, pregnancy (1, death unrelated to chelator (2 and rise in serum transaminases (2. Three patients were reverted to desferoxamine and deferiprone combination therapy as DFX was no longer biochemically effective after 18 months of therapy. There was no correlation between baseline serum ferritin and serum creatinine or a rise in serum creatinine. Cardiac MRI T2* did not change with DFX therapy. However, there was an improvement in liver MRI T2* (p=0.013.Conclusion: Renal side effects related to deferasirox appear to be higher than those reported in published clinical trials. Further larger studies are required to confirm these findings.

  6. Survival Analysis and its Associated Factors of Beta Thalassemia Major in Hamadan Province

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    Reza Zamani

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: There currently is a lack of knowledge about the long-term survival of patients with beta thalassemia (BT, particularly in regions with low incidence of the disease. The aim of the present study was to determine the survival rate of the patients with BT major and the factors associated with the survival time. Methods: This retrospective cohort study was performed in Hamadan province, located in the west of Iran. The study included patients that referred to the provincial hospitals during 16 year period from 1997 to 2013. The follow up of each subject was calculated from the date of birth to the date of death. Demographic and clinical data were extracted from patients’ medical records using a checklist. Statistical analysis included the Kaplan-Meier method to analyze survivals, log-rank to compare curves between groups, and Cox regression for multivariate prognostic analysis. Results: A total of 133 patients with BT major were enrolled, 54.9% of whom were male and 66.2% were urban. The 10-, 20- and 30-year survival rate for all patients were 98.3%, 88.4% and 80.5%, respectively. Based on hazard ratio (HR, we found that accompanied diseases (P=0.01, blood type (P=0.03 and residency status (P=0.01 were significant predictors for the survival time of patients. Conclusion: The survival rate of BT patients has improved. Future researches such as prospective designs are required for the estimation of survival rate and to find other prognostic factors, which have reliable sources of data.

  7. Anxiety, depression and quality of life in patients with beta thalassemia major and their caregivers.

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    Yengil, Erhan; Acipayam, Can; Kokacya, Mehmet Hanifi; Kurhan, Faruk; Oktay, Gonul; Ozer, Cahit

    2014-01-01

    Mental health and health related quality of life is commonly affected in patients with chronic problems and their caregivers. In the present study, it was aimed to assess depression and anxiety in patients with beta thalassemia major (BTM) and in their caregivers; and to evaluate effects of these disorders on quality of life. The study was carried out in a district Hereditary Hemoglobinopathy Center and included 88 patients with BTM and 63 of their caregivers. All subjects were assessed using Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) and Short Form-36 (SF-36) by a trained psychiatry resident via face-to-face interview. The BDI scores were 17 or above in 20.5% of the patients with BTM and 28.6% of their caregivers (P = 0.248). Of the patients with BTM, there were mild anxiety symptoms in 19.3%, while moderate and severe anxiety symptoms in 14.8% and 4.5%, respectively. Anxiety levels were similar between the patients with BTM and their caregivers (P = 0.878). It was found that BDI and BAI scores were negatively correlated to scores of physical health and mental health components of SF-36 in patients with BTM and their caregivers. In linear regression analysis, it was seen that depression affected physical and mental health of the patients with BTM and their caregivers regardless from anxiety. BTM leads an increase in the frequency of depression and anxiety in both patients and their caregivers, and affects negatively physical and mental components of quality of life. PMID:25232402

  8. Genetics Home Reference: Beta thalassemia

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    ... Recent literature OMIM Genetic disorder catalog Conditions > Beta thalassemia On this page: Description Genetic changes Inheritance Diagnosis ... Glossary definitions Reviewed September 2015 What is beta thalassemia? Beta thalassemia is a blood disorder that reduces ...

  9. Prevalence and Intensity of Depression in Mothers of Children with Beta-Thalassemia Major In Talghani Hospital of Gorgan, Iran

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    Nargesbeygom Mirbehbahani

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Thalassemia is a chronic disease that it leads to psychological and social problems for parents. Mothers are at markedly increased risk of suffering from psychological distress and depression because they usually take on a considerable part of extra care that their children need.This study was designed to determine prevalence and intensity of depression in mothers with a thalassemic child. Material and Methods: In this cross – sectional study, 65 mothers of children with thalassemia major (case group and 65 mothers of children without thalassemia major (control group were assessed using the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI. Data were analyzed by using SPSS (v 16.0 for windows. Results: Prevalence of depression was significantly higher in case group than that in control group (84.6%vs. 56.9%, p <0.05. Moderate depression had a highest prevalence in the both groups (33.4% in case group and 30.8% in control group. Prevalence of severe depression in case group was markedly higher than that in control group (29.2% vs. 3.1% p<0.05. There was a significant difference between intensity of depression in mothers of case group that had another child with beta-thalassemia major (p<0.05. Conclusion: Mothers of children with thalassemia major are vulnerable to depression. They need psychosocial support to promote their health.

  10. Beta-thalassemia

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    Origa Raffaella

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Beta-thalassemias are a group of hereditary blood disorders characterized by anomalies in the synthesis of the beta chains of hemoglobin resulting in variable phenotypes ranging from severe anemia to clinically asymptomatic individuals. The total annual incidence of symptomatic individuals is estimated at 1 in 100,000 throughout the world and 1 in 10,000 people in the European Union. Three main forms have been described: thalassemia major, thalassemia intermedia and thalassemia minor. Individuals with thalassemia major usually present within the first two years of life with severe anemia, requiring regular red blood cell (RBC transfusions. Findings in untreated or poorly transfused individuals with thalassemia major, as seen in some developing countries, are growth retardation, pallor, jaundice, poor musculature, hepatosplenomegaly, leg ulcers, development of masses from extramedullary hematopoiesis, and skeletal changes that result from expansion of the bone marrow. Regular transfusion therapy leads to iron overload-related complications including endocrine complication (growth retardation, failure of sexual maturation, diabetes mellitus, and insufficiency of the parathyroid, thyroid, pituitary, and less commonly, adrenal glands, dilated myocardiopathy, liver fibrosis and cirrhosis. Patients with thalassemia intermedia present later in life with moderate anemia and do not require regular transfusions. Main clinical features in these patients are hypertrophy of erythroid marrow with medullary and extramedullary hematopoiesis and its complications (osteoporosis, masses of erythropoietic tissue that primarily affect the spleen, liver, lymph nodes, chest and spine, and bone deformities and typical facial changes, gallstones, painful leg ulcers and increased predisposition to thrombosis. Thalassemia minor is clinically asymptomatic but some subjects may have moderate anemia. Beta-thalassemias are caused by point mutations or, more rarely, deletions in the beta globin gene on chromosome 11, leading to reduced (beta+ or absent (beta0 synthesis of the beta chains of hemoglobin (Hb. Transmission is autosomal recessive; however, dominant mutations have also been reported. Diagnosis of thalassemia is based on hematologic and molecular genetic testing. Differential diagnosis is usually straightforward but may include genetic sideroblastic anemias, congenital dyserythropoietic anemias, and other conditions with high levels of HbF (such as juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia and aplastic anemia. Genetic counseling is recommended and prenatal diagnosis may be offered. Treatment of thalassemia major includes regular RBC transfusions, iron chelation and management of secondary complications of iron overload. In some circumstances, spleen removal may be required. Bone marrow transplantation remains the only definitive cure currently available. Individuals with thalassemia intermedia may require splenectomy, folic acid supplementation, treatment of extramedullary erythropoietic masses and leg ulcers, prevention and therapy of thromboembolic events. Prognosis for individuals with beta-thalassemia has improved substantially in the last 20 years following recent medical advances in transfusion, iron chelation and bone marrow transplantation therapy. However, cardiac disease remains the main cause of death in patients with iron overload.

  11. Beta-thalassemia.

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    Galanello, Renzo; Origa, Raffaella

    2010-01-01

    Beta-thalassemias are a group of hereditary blood disorders characterized by anomalies in the synthesis of the beta chains of hemoglobin resulting in variable phenotypes ranging from severe anemia to clinically asymptomatic individuals. The total annual incidence of symptomatic individuals is estimated at 1 in 100,000 throughout the world and 1 in 10,000 people in the European Union. Three main forms have been described: thalassemia major, thalassemia intermedia and thalassemia minor. Individuals with thalassemia major usually present within the first two years of life with severe anemia, requiring regular red blood cell (RBC) transfusions. Findings in untreated or poorly transfused individuals with thalassemia major, as seen in some developing countries, are growth retardation, pallor, jaundice, poor musculature, hepatosplenomegaly, leg ulcers, development of masses from extramedullary hematopoiesis, and skeletal changes that result from expansion of the bone marrow. Regular transfusion therapy leads to iron overload-related complications including endocrine complication (growth retardation, failure of sexual maturation, diabetes mellitus, and insufficiency of the parathyroid, thyroid, pituitary, and less commonly, adrenal glands), dilated myocardiopathy, liver fibrosis and cirrhosis). Patients with thalassemia intermedia present later in life with moderate anemia and do not require regular transfusions. Main clinical features in these patients are hypertrophy of erythroid marrow with medullary and extramedullary hematopoiesis and its complications (osteoporosis, masses of erythropoietic tissue that primarily affect the spleen, liver, lymph nodes, chest and spine, and bone deformities and typical facial changes), gallstones, painful leg ulcers and increased predisposition to thrombosis. Thalassemia minor is clinically asymptomatic but some subjects may have moderate anemia. Beta-thalassemias are caused by point mutations or, more rarely, deletions in the beta globin gene on chromosome 11, leading to reduced (beta+) or absent (beta0) synthesis of the beta chains of hemoglobin (Hb). Transmission is autosomal recessive; however, dominant mutations have also been reported. Diagnosis of thalassemia is based on hematologic and molecular genetic testing. Differential diagnosis is usually straightforward but may include genetic sideroblastic anemias, congenital dyserythropoietic anemias, and other conditions with high levels of HbF (such as juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia and aplastic anemia). Genetic counseling is recommended and prenatal diagnosis may be offered. Treatment of thalassemia major includes regular RBC transfusions, iron chelation and management of secondary complications of iron overload. In some circumstances, spleen removal may be required. Bone marrow transplantation remains the only definitive cure currently available. Individuals with thalassemia intermedia may require splenectomy, folic acid supplementation, treatment of extramedullary erythropoietic masses and leg ulcers, prevention and therapy of thromboembolic events. Prognosis for individuals with beta-thalassemia has improved substantially in the last 20 years following recent medical advances in transfusion, iron chelation and bone marrow transplantation therapy. However, cardiac disease remains the main cause of death in patients with iron overload. PMID:20492708

  12. Correlation of Echocardiography and MRI T2* in Beta- Thalassemia Major

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    Maryam Barzan; Mehrnoosh Kowsarian; Rozita Jalalian; Shahram akhlaghpoor; Mehdi Taremi

    2009-01-01

    Introduction:Transfusional therapy can lead to iron deposition and damage to the heart, liver and endocrine organs in thalassemia major patients. Cardiomyopathy is one of the major complications of ?-thalassemic patients, resulting from iron overload. It is one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality in these patients. It has been shown that there is no correlation between serum ferritin and liver and heart iron deposition. Endocardial biopsy for iron deposition is the most ac...

  13. Major Beta-thalassemia: Protective or predisposing Factor for Cardiovascular Diseases

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    Mitra Kazemi Jahromi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Cardiac dysfunctions have been well known in patients with Major thalassemia. Some studies have focused on differences in blood pressure and heart rate between these patients and normal population, while this view has not been proven in other studies. Given the importance of hemodynamic factors in the health of these individuals, we intend to test the hypothesis as to whether or not hemodynamic factors of these patients differ from normal subjects.Methods: Patients were selected from among the thalassemic patients referred to a blood clinic of one of the third-level hospitals in Tehran. Finally, 50 patients and 50 normal subjects were studied in two groups. All subjects have been assessed using Holter monitoring. Mean average systolic blood pressure and heart rate of subjects were recorded for a period of 24 hours.In addition, demographic data on the subjects, and some laboratory tests (such as serum lipid profile and glucose levels of the patients were also determined and compared between the two groups.Results: 100 people were evaluated in two groups, including 50 patients with thalassemia major and 50 normal subjects, matched by age and gender. The mean age of the subjects was 16.3 ± 6.7 years; and there is no significant difference in mean age of both groups.23 female patients (46% were in the case group, and 21 female patients (42% were in the healthy group, the ratio for which there is no statistically significant difference between the two groups (P> 0. 05. The average level of serum glucose, lipid profiles, as well as none of the hemodynamic factors had no statistically significant difference in the two groups.Only the mean systolic blood pressure was significantly lower in male patients than among men without the disease. Discussion: Despite the lack of difference in blood pressure between the case group and others, it seems that gender could plays a protective role against cardiovascular diseases in men with thalassemia major.

  14. Antioxidant status in beta thalassemia major: A single-center study

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    Faiza Waseem

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Homozygous ? thalassemia may lead to a marked reduction or absence of normal ? chain production and accumulation of unpaired alpha-globin chains. A crucial component in the oxidant susceptibility of the thalassemic RBC is the release of heme and iron from the excessive, unpaired ?-globin chains. This release can initiate self-amplifying redox reactions, which deplete the cellular reduction potential (e.g., GSH, oxidize additional hemoglobin and accelerate RBC destruction. Furthermore, ?-thalassemia patients are under continuous blood transfusion, which, although life-saving, leads to an iron overload with a resultant increase in non-transferrin-bound iron that may cause greater tissue toxicity than iron in other forms. Iron-induced oxidative stress is known to be one of the most important factors determining cell injury in thalassemic patients. Therefore, we designed this study to obtain a comprehensive picture of the iron overload, antioxidant status and cell damage in ? thalassemia major patients undergoing regular blood transfusion. Materials and Methods: A total of 48 diagnosed patients of ? thalassemia major and 30 age- and sex-matched healthy subjects were included in the study. Estimation of hemoglobin, hematocrit, glutathione peroxidase (GPX, superoxide dismutase (SOD,vitamin E, serum ferritin, total and direct bilirubin, AST and ALT was carried out. Results: The levels of vitamin E, antioxidant enzymes GPX and SOD were significantly lowered in ? thalassemic patients as compared with the control group (P<0.001. Serum total and direct bilirubin, AST and ALT were significantly elevated in thalassemic subjects as compared with the control group, indicating liver cell damage. Conclusion: Thus, our findings indicate that thalassemics are in a state of enhanced oxidative stress and that the administration of selective antioxidants would represent a promising approach toward counteracting oxidative damage and its deleterious effects on the disease status.

  15. The Correlation between Troponin and Ferritin Serum Levels in the Patients with Major Beta-Thalassemia

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    Iraj Shahramian

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Thalassemia is a hereditary hemoglobinopathy whose most common complication is cardiac involvement which ends up in these patients’ death. Since troponin is a sensitive and specific marker for the detection of microinfarct, we studied the relationship between troponin and ferritin serum levels for early diagnosis of cardiac involvement in these patients. Materials and Methods: This case-control study was performed on 80 patients, including 40 patients with major thalassemia and normal echocardiography and 40 healthy volunteers ranging from 6 months to 16 years old. All the children were examined and the eligible children who were not infected with known heart disease, iron deficiency anemia, kidney disease, diabetes, fever, and systemic diseases were enrolled into the study after obtaining written informed consents from their parents. At 8:00 A.M. before breakfast, 5cc blood was drawn from these children. After collecting the samples, ferritin and troponin serum levels were evaluated using ELISA and electro- kymonolonsense methods, respectively. The gathered data were analyzed through the SPSS statistical software (v. 20 and T-test. Besides, P value<0.05 was considered as statistically significant. Results: The study results revealed a significant difference between the two groups regarding the mean of the serum levels of troponin (P=0.045 and ferritin (P=0.001. In this study, no significant correlation was observed between serum troponin and ferritin levels and age and BMI in the two groups. Also, no significant relationship was found between serum troponin level and sex (P=0.264. Conclusions: In microinfarct, troponin increases independent of ferritin; therefore, it can be used for early detection of cardiac involvement in thalassemia patients to determine the sub-clinical effects.

  16. Efficacy of Carvedilol in Patients with Dilated Cardiomyopathy due to Beta-Thalassemia Major; a Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial

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    Afsaneh Ashrafi

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Dilated cardiomyopathy is the end result of chronic iron overload in patients with beta thalassemia major. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Carvedilol in patients with beta thalassemia major and dilated cardiomyopathy.Methods: During a six-month period, fourteen patients with beta-thalassemia major and heart failure without diabetes mellitus referred to pediatric cardiology clinic enrolled in this double blind, randomly assigned study. All patients were on anti failure therapy with Digoxin, Captopril and Furosemide. Carvedilol was started at a dosage of 3.12 mg bid and for patients who had a systolic blood pressure >100 mmHg, heart rate >60/min and no signs of low cardiac output the dosage was increased every two weeks to a maximum of 25 mg bid. Clinical signs and symptoms, systolic and diastolic echocardiographic indexes and Tissue Doppler Imaging (TDI data were collected from each patient.Findings: Eight patients received Carvedilol (Group 1 and six received placebo (Group 2. The mean age of patients in Group1 and 2 were 16±0.7 years and 17±3 years respectively. Only one patent in Group 1 tolerated increasing Carvedilol dosage to more than 6.25 mg bid. Changes in New York Heart Association (NYHA classification, Ejection fraction, End diastolic dimension changes, TDI systolic(S, early (Ea and late (Aa diastolic waves were not statistically significant in these two Groups (P>0.05. Pulse Doppler E/A wave ratio of mitral valve in Group1 and Group 2 changed from 1.1±0.37 m/s to 1.8±0.40 m/s and from 1.34±0.30 m/s to 2.6±0.23m/s respectively (P=0.04.Conclusion: Patients with thalassemia and dilated cardiomyopathy have poor tolerance to increasing Carvedilol dosage and develop decreased systolic blood pressure during advancement of the drug dosage. Carvedilol can be effective in prevention of progression of diastolic dysfunction in these patients.

  17. Efficacy of Carvedilol in Patients with Dilated Cardiomyopathy due to Beta-thalassemia Major a Double-blind Randomized Controlled Trial

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    Gholam-Hossein Ajami

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective:Dilated cardiomyopathy is the end result of chronic iron overload in patients with beta thalassemia major. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of Carvedilol in patients with beta thalassemia major and dilated cardiomyopathy.Methods:During a six-month period, fourteen patients with beta-thalassemia major and heart failure without diabetes mellitus referred to pediatric cardiology clinic enrolled in this double blind, randomly assigned study. All patients were on anti failure therapy with Digoxin, Captopril and Furosemide. Carvedilol was started at a dosage of 3.12 mg bid and for patients who had a systolic blood pressure >100 mmHg, heart rate >60/min and no signs of low cardiac output the dosage was increased every two weeks to a maximum of 25 mg bid. Clinical signs and symptoms, systolic and diastolic echocardiographic indexes and Tissue Doppler Imaging (TDI data were collected from each patient.Findings:Eight patients received Carvedilol (Group 1 and six received placebo (Group 2. The mean age of patients in Group1 and 2 were 16?0.7 years and 17?3 years respectively. Only one patent in Group 1 tolerated increasing Carvedilol dosage to more than 6.25 mg bid. Changes in New York Heart Association (NYHA classification, Ejection fraction, End diastolic dimension changes, TDI systolic(S, early (Ea and late (Aa diastolic waves were not statistically significant in these two Groups (P>0.05. Pulse Doppler E/A wave ratio of mitral valve in Group1 and Group 2 changed from 1.1?0.37 m/s to 1.8?0.40 m/s and from 1.34?0.30 m/s to 2.6?0.23m/s respectively (P=0.04.Conclusion:Patients with thalassemia and dilated cardiomyopathy have poor tolerance to increasing Carvedilol dosage and develop decreased systolic blood pressure during advancement of the drug dosage. Carvedilol can be effective in prevention of progression of diastolic dysfunction in these patients.

  18. [Diagnosis of beta-thalassemia].

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    Asadov, Ch D; Mamedova, T A; Kulieva, E D; Shakhguse?nova, S B

    2004-05-01

    The purpose of the case study was to evaluate the potentialities of using the data found by hematology analyzers in the diagnosis of beta-thalassemia. Eighty (80) persons with homozygous beta-thalassemia, 180 carriers of the beta-thalassemia gene and 50 healthy subjects were examined. Counts of erythrocytes, content of hemoglobin, hematocrit and erythrocytes indices (MCV, MCH, MCHC) were determined in all of them. Besides, also in all cases, the osmotic erythrocyte resistance was investigated; the content of fetal hemoglobin was determined; electrophoresis of hemoglobin in the cellulose-acetate films was made as well as a lack or presence of the interplay between the studied parameters was established through estimating the correlation factor. The results showed significant changes in many parameters both in homo- and hetero-thalassemia versus such parameters in healthy subjects. Blood tests by hematology analyzers in cases of carrier-state of the thalassemia gene were acknowledged to be extra valuable since no clinical signs are available in such disease variation. MCV and MCH are most useful parameters in the diagnosis of heterozygous thalassemia for a reliably direct correlation was found between them. PMID:15230118

  19. Iron studies in infants born to an iron overloaded mother with beta-thalassemia major: possible effects of maternal desferrioxamine therapy.

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    Pearson, Howard A

    2007-03-01

    A 30-year-old woman with transfusion-dependent, homozygous beta-thalassemia major and transfusional hemosiderosis had 2 successful pregnancies after ovulation induction and in vitro fertilization. Treatment with subcutaneous desferrioxamine (DF) was discontinued before the conception but restarted at 6 months of gestation. Elective cesarean section was performed at 35 weeks of pregnancy because of partial placenta previa. The infant was clinically normal. At the time of delivery, the maternal serum ferritin was 2000 ng/mL, serum iron/iron binding capacity (SI/TIBC) were 274/380 microg/dL, and % saturation 72%. Serum ferritin level in the infant was 42 ng/mL, SI/TIBC were 53/222 microg/dL, and % saturation 23%. During a twin pregnancy 2 years later, DF therapy was totally withheld. Elective cesarian section was performed at 36 weeks of gestation. Both twins were clinically normal. At delivery, the maternal serum ferritin was 1700 ng/mL, SI/TIBC 447/450 microg/dL, and % saturation 99%. Serum ferritins of the twins were 227 and 203 ng/mL, SI/TIBC were 30/182 and 27/203 microg/dL, and % saturations 16% and 13%. Despite elevated iron studies in the mother during both pregnancies, the SI/TIBC of the infants were quite low. In the first pregnancy in which DF was administered in last months of gestation, a low level of serum ferritin was present in the newborn that was even lower at 3 months of age. In the second pregnancy, high normal, levels of ferritin were present in both twin newborns. Despite comparable gestational ages, hemoglobin levels were lower in the first pregnancy than the second. These studies indicate that very high maternal levels of SI/TIBS and serum ferritin were not associated with increased fetal SI/TIBC, which were, in fact, quite low. Because of the different fetal ferritin levels in the 2 pregnancies, it is possible that treatment of the mother with DF in the last weeks of pregnancy may have resulted in depletion of fetal iron stores. PMID:17356394

  20. Pentraxin-3 Levels in Beta Thalassemia Major and Minor Patients and Its Relationship With Antioxidant Capacity and Total Oxidant Stress.

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    Isik Balci, Yasemin; Nuray, Esin; Polat, Aziz; Enli, Ya?ar; Ozgurler, Funda; Akin, Mehmet

    2016-01-01

    Thalassemia major (TM) results in hemolytic anemia, an increase in intestinal iron absorption, and occurrence of iron loading due to erythrocyte transfusion; the disease is characterized by oxidative damage in major organs. Oxidative stress leads to vascular endothelial damage and forms the basis for serious cardiovascular diseases. Pentraxin-3 (PTX-3) is one of the markers of vascular endothelial damage that increases in response to the oxidative stress, which can be used as an early diagnostic marker for inflammation. This study's purpose is to define the relation between PTX-3 and the vascular endothelial damage that increases with oxidative stress in thalassemia patients. Our study included 35 TM patients, 30 ?-thalassemia minor patients, and 30 healthy children. As a result of our study, in TM patients, a positive relation was detected between the PTX-3 levels and the total oxidative stress, triglyceride, and very low-density lipoprotein values, whereas a negative relation was detected with the total antioxidant capacity and high-density lipoprotein values. This result shows that as oxidant stress increases, PTX-3 levels also increase; very low-density lipoprotein and triglyceride contribute to the endothelial damage occurring with oxidative stress. As a result, it was concluded that vascular endothelial damage in thalassemia patients can be evaluated through the serum PTX-3 level. PMID:26599985

  1. The pro-BNP Serum Level and Echocardiographic Tissue Doppler Abnormalities in Patients with Beta Thalassemia Major

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    Garadah, Taysir S.; Mahdi, Najat; Kassab, Salah; Shoroqi, Isa Al; Abu-Taleb, Ahmed; Jamsheer, Anwer

    2010-01-01

    Background Doppler echocardiographic studies of the left ventricle (LV) function in patients with ?-Thalassemia Major (?-TM) had shown different patterns of systolic and diastolic dysfunctions associated with abnormal serum brain natriuretic peptide (BNP). Aim This cross-sectional study was designed to study the LV systolic and diastolic functions and correlate that with serum level of N-terminal pro brain natriuretic hormone (NT- pro BNP) in patients with ?-TM using Pulsed Doppler (PD) and Tissue Doppler (TD) echocardiography. Methods The study was conducted on patients with ?-TM (n = 38, age 15.7 ± 8.9 years) and compared with an age-matched controls (n = 38, age 15.9 ± 8.9 years). In all participants, PD and TD echocardiography were performed and blood samples were withdrawn for measuring the serum level of NT-pro BNP, ferritin, and alanine transaminase. Results Patients with ?-TM compared with controls, have thicker LV septal wall index (0.65 ± 0.26 vs. 0.44 ± 0.21 cm, P < 0.001), posterior wall index (0.65 ± 0.23 vs. 0.43 ± 0.21 cm, P < 0.01), and larger LVEDD index (4.35 ± 0.69 vs.3.88 ± 0.153 mm, P < 0.001). In addition, ?-TM patients have higher transmitral E wave velocity (E) (70.818 ± 10.139 vs. 57.532 ± 10.139, p = 0.027) and E/A ratio (1.54 ± 0.17 vs. 1.23 ± 0.19, P < 0.01) and shorter deceleration time (DT) (160.13 ± 13.3 vs. 170.50 ± 19.20 m sec, P < 0.01). Furthermore, the ratio of transmitral E wave velocity to the tissue Doppler E wave at the basal septal mitral annulus (E/Em?) was significantly higher in ?-TM group (19.6 ± 2.81 vs. 13.868 ± 1.41, P < 0.05). The tissue doppler systolic wave (Sm) velocity and the early diastolic wave (Em) were significantly lower in ?-TM group compared to controls (Sm: 4.82 ± 1.2 vs. 6.22 ± 2.1 mm/sec, P < 0.05; Em: 3.51 ± 2.7 vs. 4.12 ± 2.5 mm/sec P < 0.05, respectively). The tricuspid valve velocity was significantly higher in ?-TM patients compared with controls (2.993 ± 0.569 vs. 1.93 ± 0.471 m/sec, respectively, P < 0.01). The mean serum NT pro-BNP in ?-TM was significantly higher compared with controls (37.6 ± 14.73 vs. 5.5 ± 5.4pg/ml, P < 0.05). The left ventricle ejection fraction (EF%) and fractional shortening (FS%) were not significantly different between both groups. Conclusion We conclude that patients with ?-TM had a significantly higher serum level of NT-pro BNP that is positively correlated with the E/Em ratio on tissue Doppler. Furthermore, we confirm our previous findings that patients with ?-TM exhibit LV diastolic pattern on echocardiogram suggestive of restrictive type with well preserved left ventricle systolic function. PMID:21234293

  2. Effects of the anti-receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa B ligand denusomab on beta thalassemia major-induced osteoporosis

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    Mohamed A Yassin

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Osteoporosis represents the second most common cause of endocrinopathy in patients with beta thalassemia major (BTM. Some drugs proved effective to reduce vertebral and non-vertebral fracture risk. Denosumab is a fully human monoclonal antibody to the receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa B ligand (RANKL, a member of the tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily essential for osteoclastogenesis. The efficacy and safety of denosumab in BTM-induced osteoporosis has not been tested. Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of anti-RANKL on the biochemical and radiological parameters of bone mineralization in patients with BTM-induced osteoporosis. Design: The study population was selected using the random sampling method from the patient?s database of our thalassemia clinic. Transfusion-dependent BTM patients above 18 years with no history of treatment with bisphosphonates were randomly selected. Bone mineral density (BMD of the lumbar spine (LS and right femoral neck (FN were measured by dual energy X-ray absorption (DEXA scan using a calibrated method. Independent factors likely to be associated with low bone mass were determined and included in the analysis to ascertain possible associations. Patients and Methods: We studied 30 patients with BTM-induced osteoporosis as per World Health Organization criteria (T Score of less than ? 1.0 being defined as osteopenic and a T Score of less than ? 2.5 being referred as osteoporotic. 19 males and 11 females aged between 18 and 32 years, with full pubertal development (Tanner?s stage 5 at the time of the study. Their mean serum ferritin concentration was 3557 ng ± 1488 ng/ml. Every patient underwent DEXA scan as a baseline and after 12 months of denosumab therapy. Biochemical evaluation including serum concentrations of creatinine, Na, K, calcium, phosphorus, parathormone, bone specific alkaline phosphatase and type 1 collagen carboxy telopetide (ICCT using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (Nordic Bioscience Diagnostics A/S was done at baseline, after a month and then every 3 months for 12 months after starting denosumab. 60 mg of denosumab was administered subcutaneously twice yearly for a year. The mean BMD T Scores at baseline were ?2.7 at the LS and ?2.1 at the FN. Results: Denosumab therapy for a year was associated with a significant increase in BMD of 9.2% (95% confidence interval [CI], 8.2-10.1 at the LS and 6.0% (95% CI, 5.2-6.7 at the FN. Denosumab treatment decreased serum ICCT levels by 56% at 1 month and normalized them in all patients at 1 year. Significant correlations were found between BMD T Score before and 1 year after denosumab in LS (r = 0.752, P < 0.001 and FN (r = 0.758 P < 0.001, respectively. The most common side effects were pain in the back and extremities (12% and nausea (10%. Asymptomatic hypocalcaemia occurred in two patients. Conclusion: Denosumab therapy for a year significantly increased BMD density at LS and FN of patients with BTM and was associated with a rapid and sustained reduction in ICCT levels. Further studies are required to confirm long-term effects of this therapy.

  3. Sustained improvements in myocardial T2* over 2 years in severely iron-overloaded patients with beta thalassemia major treated with deferasirox or deferoxamine.

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    Pennell, Dudley J; Porter, John B; Piga, Antonio; Lai, Yong-Rong; El-Beshlawy, Amal; Elalfy, Mohsen; Yesilipek, Akif; Kilinç, Yurdanur; Habr, Dany; Musallam, Khaled M; Shen, Junwu; Aydinok, Yesim

    2015-02-01

    Long-term controlled studies are needed to inform on the clinical benefit of chelation therapy for myocardial iron removal in transfusion-dependent beta thalassemia patients. In a 1-year nonrandomized extension to the CORDELIA study, data collected from patients with myocardial siderosis provided additional information on deferasirox or deferoxamine (DFO) efficacy and safety. Myocardial (m)T2* increased from baseline 11.6 to 15.9 ms in patients receiving deferasirox for 24 months (n = 74; geometric mean [Gmean ] ratio of month 24/baseline 1.38 [95% confidence interval 1.28, 1.49]) and from 10.8 to 14.2 ms in those receiving DFO (n = 29; Gmean ratio 1.33 [1.13, 1.55]; P = 0.93 between groups). Improved mT2* with deferasirox was evident across all subgroups evaluated irrespective of baseline myocardial (mT2* deferasirox or DFO. Liver iron concentration decreased from high baseline values of 30.6 ± 18.0 to 14.4 ± 16.6 mg Fe/g dw at month 24 in deferasirox patients and from 36.8 ± 15.6 to 11.0 ± 12.1 mg Fe/g dw in DFO patients. The long-term safety profile of deferasirox or DFO was consistent with previous reports; serious drug-related AEs were reported in 6.8% of deferasirox and 6.9% of DFO patients. Continued treatment of severely iron-overloaded beta thalassemia patients with deferasirox or DFO led to sustained improvements in myocardial iron irrespective of high or low baseline myocardial or liver iron burden, in parallel with substantial improvements in liver iron (Clinicaltrials.gov identifier: NCT00600938). PMID:25345697

  4. Plastic bronchitis in beta thalassemia minor

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    Yadav, Makaresh; Tirpude, Sneha; Joshi, Jyotsna M.

    2013-01-01

    Plastic bronchitis is a rare pulmonary disorder associated with various conditions like cystic fibrosis, asthma, pulmonary infection and characterized by formation and expectoration of cast which assumes the shape of the bronchial tree. We report a case of a 33-year-old woman with beta thalassemia minor who developed plastic bronchitis.

  5. Renal tubular dysfunction nephrocalcinosis in a patient with BetaThalassemia Minor

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    Thalassemia is a hereditary anemia resulting from defect in hemoglobinproduction. Beta thalassemia is due to impaired production. Beta thalassemiais due to impaired production of beta globin chains, leading to a relativeexcess of alpha globin chains. The term beta thalassemia minor is used todescribe heterozygotes, who carry one normal beta globin and one betathalassemic allele. The vast majority of these patients are asymptomatic.However, a variety of renal tubular abnormalities including hypercaliuria,hypomagnesemia with renal magnesium wasting, decreased tubular absorption ofphosphorous, hypouricemia with renal uric acid wasting, renal glycosuria andtubular proteinuria have been described even in patients with betathalassemia minor. We here in report a 24-year old patient who was found tohave thalassemia minor and nephrocalcinosis with evidence of renal tubulardysfunction. Investigations revealed normal renal function, hypercalciuria,reduced tubular reabsorption of phosphorous, hypomagnesemia and renalmagnesium wasting. Screening for aminoaciduria was found to be negative. Anacid loading test revealed normal urinary acidification. Ultrasonogram of theabdomen revealed nephrocalcinosis and splenomegaly. Detailed work up foranemia showed normal white cell and platelet count while peripheral smearshowed microcytic hypochromic anemia with few target cells. Hemoglobinelectrophoresis revealed hemoglobin A of 92%, hemoglobin A2 of 6.2% andhemoglobin F of 1.8% consistent with beta thalassemia minor. Her parentalscreening was normal. A diagnosis of beta thalassemia minor with renaltubular dysfunction was made and the patient was started on thiazidediuretics to reduce hypercalciuria and advised regular follow-up. (author)

  6. Intracranial Extramedullary Hematopoiesis in Beta-Thalassemia

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    Karki, Bivek; Xu, Yi Kai; Wu, Yuan Kui [Nan fang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou (China); Tamrakar, Karuna [Zhujiang Hospital, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou (China)

    2012-03-15

    Extramedullary hematopoiesis (EMH) represents tumor-like proliferation of hemopoietic tissue which complicates chronic hemoglobinopathy. Intracranial EMH is an extremely rare occurrence. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) offers a precise diagnosis. It is essential to distinguish EMH from other extradural central nervous system tumors, because treatment and prognosis are totally different. Herein, we report the imaging findings of beta-thalassemia in a 13-year-old boy complaining of weakness of left side of the body and gait disturbance; CT and MRI revealed an extradural mass in the right temporoparietal region.

  7. Renal tubular dysfunction with nephrocalcinosis in a patient with beta thalassemia minor

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    Prabahar Murugesan

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Thalassemia is a hereditary anemia resulting from defect in hemoglobin production. Beta thalassemia is due to impaired production of beta globin chains, leading to a relative excess of alpha globin chains. The term beta thalassemia minor is used to describe heterozygotes, who carry one normal beta globin allele and one beta thalassemic allele. The vast majority of these patients are asymptomatic. However, a variety of renal tubular abnormalities including hypercalciuria, hypo-magnesemia with renal magnesium wasting, decreased tubular absorption of phosphorus, hypo-uricemia with renal uric acid wasting, renal glycosuria and tubular proteinuria have been described even in patients with beta thalassemia minor. We here in report a 24-year old female patient who was found to have thalassemia minor and nephrocalcinosis with evidence of renal tubular dysfunction. Investigations revealed normal renal function, hypercalciuria, reduced tubular reabsorption of phos-phorus, hypomagnesemia and renal magnesium wasting. Screening for aminoaciduria was found to be negative. An acid loading test revealed normal urinary acidification. Ultrasonogram of the abdomen revealed nephrocalcinosis and splenomegaly. Detailed work up for anemia showed normal white cell and platelet count while peripheral smear showed microcytic hypochromic anemia with few target cells. Hemoglobin electrophoresis revealed hemoglobin A of 92%, hemoglobin A2 of 6.2% and hemo-globin F of 1.8% consistent with beta thalassemia minor. Her parental screening was normal. A diag-nosis of beta thalassemia minor with renal tubular dysfunction was made and the patient was started on thiazide diuretics to reduce hypercalciuria and advised regular follow-up.

  8. Oxidative stress and antioxidant status in beta-thalassemia heterozygotes

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    Luciana de Souza, Ondei; Isabeth da Fonseca, Estevao; Marina Ibelli Pereira, Rocha; Sandro, Percario; Doroteia Rossi Silva, Souza; Marcela Augusta de Souza, Pinhel; Claudia Regina, Bonini-Domingos.

    Full Text Available Background: Several studies have evaluated the oxidant and antioxidant status of thalassemia patients but most focused mainly on the severe and intermediate states of the disease. Moreover, the oxidative status has not been evaluated for the different beta-thalassemia mutations. Objective: To [...] evaluate lipid peroxidation and Trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity in relation to serum iron and ferritin in beta thalassemia resulting from two different mutations (CD39 and IVS-I-110) compared to individuals without beta-thalassemia. Methods: One hundred and thirty subjects were studied, including 49 who were heterozygous for beta-thalassemia and 81 controls. Blood samples were subjected to screening tests for hemoglobin. Allele-specific polymerase chain reaction was used to confirm mutations for beta-thalassemia, an analysis of thiobarbituric acid reactive species was used to determine lipid peroxidation, and Trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity evaluations were performed. The heterozygous beta-thalassemia group was also evaluated for serum iron and ferritin status. Results: Thiobarbituric acid reactive species (486.24 ± 119.64 ng/mL) and Trolox equivalent antioxidant capacity values (2.23 ± 0.11 mM/L) were higher in beta-thalassemia heterozygotes compared to controls (260.86 ± 92.40 ng/mL and 2.12 ± 0.10 mM/L, respectively; p-value

  9. Detection of glycemic abnormalities in adolescents with beta thalassemia using continuous glucose monitoring and oral glucose tolerance in adolescents and young adults with ?-thalassemia major: Pilot study

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    Ashraf T Soliman

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Both insulin deficiency and resistance are reported in patients with ?-thalassemia major (BTM. The use of continuous blood glucose monitoring (CGM, among the different methods for early detection of glycemic abnormalities, has not been studied thoroughly in these adolescents. Materials and Methods: To assess the oralglucose tolerance (OGT and 72-h continuous glucose concentration by the continuous glucose monitoring system (CGMS and calculate homeostatic model assessment (HOMA, and the quantitative insulin sensitivity check index (QUICKI was conducted in 16 adolescents with BTM who were receiving regular blood transfusions every 2-4 weeks and iron-chelation therapy since early childhood. Results: Sixteen adolescents with BTM (age: 19.75 ± 3 years were investigated. Using OGTT, (25% had impaired fasting blood (plasma glucose concentration (BG (>5.6 mmol/L. 2-h after the glucose load, one of them had BG = 16.2 mmol/L (diabetic and two had impaired glucose tolerance (IGT (BG > 7.8 and 11.1 mmol/L and 9 with IGT (56%. HOMA and QUICKI revealed levels 0.33 (0.36 ± 0.03, respectively, ruling out significant insulin resistance in these adolescents. There was a significant negative correlation between the ?-cell function (B% on one hand and the fasting and the 2-h BG (r=?0.6, and ? 0.48, P < 0.01, respectively on the other hand. Neither fasting serum insulin nor c-peptide concentrations were correlated with fasting BG or ferritin levels. The average and maximum blood glucose levels during CGM were significantly correlated with the fasting BG (r = 0.68 and 0.39, respectively, with P < 0.01 and with the BG at 2-hour after oral glucose intake (r = 0.87 and 0.86 respectively, with P < 0.001. Ferritin concentrations were correlated with the fasting BG and the 2-h blood glucose levels in the OGTT (r = 0.52, and r = 0.43, respectively, P < 0.01 as well as with the average BG recorded by CGM (r = 0.75, P < 0.01. Conclusion: CGM has proven to be superior to OGTT for the diagnosis of glycemic abnormalities in adolescents with BTM. Defective ?-cell function rather than insulin resistance appeared to be the cause for these abnormalities.

  10. Quality of life among Iranian patients with beta-thalassemia major using the SF-36 questionnaire / Qualidade de vida em pacientes iranianos com beta-talassemia maior usando o questionario SF-36

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    Sezaneh, Haghpanah; Shiva, Nasirabadi; Fariborz, Ghaffarpasand; Rahmatollah, Karami; Mojtaba, Mahmoodi; Shirin, Parand; Mehran, Karimi.

    Full Text Available CONTEXTO E OBJETIVO Pacientes com beta-talassemia maior (?-TM) vivenciam problemas físicos, psicológicos e sociais que levam à diminuição da qualidade de vida (QV). O objetivo foi determinar a QV relacionada à saúde e seus determinantes em pacientes com ?-TM, utilizando questionário SF-36 (Short Fo [...] rm-36). TIPO DE ESTUDO E LOCAL Estudo transversal no Centro de Hematologia e Pesquisa em Universidade de Ciências Médicas de Shiraz, no sul do Irã. MÉTODOS Foram selecionados aleatoriamente 101 pacientes com ?-TM. Após registro demográfico e características da doença, eles foram convidados a preencher o questionário SF-36. A correlação entre fatores clínicos e demográficos com escore de QV foi avaliada. RESULTADOS Havia 44 homens e 57 mulheres, com idade média de 19,52 ± 4,3 (variação 12-38) anos. Em duas escalas, dor (P = 0,041) e aspectos emocionais (P = 0,009), as mulheres apresentaram escores significativamente menores aos dos homens. Menor renda, baixa adesão à terapia quelante de ferro e presença de comorbidades foram correlacionadas com escores SF-36 significativamente menores. Esses fatores foram também considerados determinantes de piores escores de SF-36 em análise multivariada. CONCLUSÕES Mostramos que a presença de complicações da doença, a baixa adesão ao tratamento da terapia quelante de ferro e o baixo status econômico são preditores de pior QV em pacientes com ?-TM. Prevenção e manejo adequado das complicações relacionadas com a doença, aumento do conhecimento dos pacientes sobre a importância do gerenciamento de comorbidades e ter maior adesão ao tratamento quelante de ferro, considerando também o apoio psicossocial e financeiro, poderiam ser úteis para melhor lidar com esse estado de doença crônica. Abstract in english CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE Patients with beta-thalassemia major (?-TM) experience physical, psychological and social problems that lead to decreased quality of life (QoL). The aim here was to measure health-related QoL and its determinants among patients with ?-TM, using the Short Form-36 (SF-36) questi [...] onnaire. DESIGN AND SETTING Cross-sectional study at the Hematology Research Center of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, in southern Iran. METHODS One hundred and one patients with ?-TM were randomly selected. After the participants' demographics and disease characteristics had been recorded, they were asked to fill out the SF-36 questionnaire. The correlations of clinical and demographic factors with the QoL score were evaluated. RESULTS There were 44 men and 57 women of mean age 19.52 ± 4.3 years (range 12-38). On two scales, pain (P = 0.041) and emotional role (P = 0.009), the women showed significantly lower scores than the men. Lower income, poor compliance with iron-chelating therapy and presence of comorbidities were significantly correlated with lower SF-36 scores. These factors were also found to be determinants of worse SF-36 scores in multivariate analysis. CONCLUSIONS We showed that the presence of disease complications, poor compliance with iron-chelating therapy and poor economic status were predictors of worse QoL among patients with ?-TM. Prevention and proper management of disease-related complications, increased knowledge among patients regarding the importance of managing comorbidities and greater compliance with iron-chelating therapy, along with psychosocial and financial support, could help these patients to cope better with this chronic disease state.

  11. Survey of Hfe Gene C282Y Mutation in Turkish Beta-Thalassemia Patients and Healthy Population: A Preliminary Study

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    Ünal, Selma; Balta, Günay; Gümrük, Fatma

    2014-01-01

    Objective: This study was planned in order to determine the effect of C282Y mutation in development of secondary hemochromatosis in beta-thalassemia patients and to determine the prevalence and allele frequency of this mutation in a healthy control group. Materials and Methods: Eighty-seven children and young adults (46 males and 41 females; mean age: 15.6±6.1 years, range: 3-30 years) with beta-thalassemia major (BTM) and 13 beta-thalassemia intermedia (BTI) patients (6 males and 7 females; mean age: 19.6±3.5 years, range: 13-26 years) were included in the study. The control group comprised 100 healthy blood donors. Results: Neither heterozygous nor homozygous HFE gene C282Y mutation was detected in patients with BTM or BTI, or in control group. Conclusion: The C282Y mutation, which is supposed to be responsible for the majority of hereditary hemochromatosis, was not found to have a role in the development of hemochromatosis in beta-thalassemia patients and was not detected in a healthy Turkish population. However, research on larger cohorts of individuals is required in order to determine the exact prevalence of the HFE gene mutation in Turkish populations from diverse ethnic origins and whether it would have an impact on iron loading in thalassemic populations. PMID:25330520

  12. Survey of HFE Gene C282Y Mutation in Turkish Beta-Thalassemia Patients and Healthy Population: A Preliminary Study

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    Selma Ünal

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: This study was planned in order to determine the effect of C282Y mutation in development of secondary hemochromatosis in beta-thalassemia patients and to determine the prevalence and allele frequency of this mutation in a healthy control group. METHODS: Eighty-seven children and young adults (46 males and 41 females; mean age: 15.6±6.1 years, range: 3-30 years with beta-thalassemia major (BTM and 13 beta-thalassemia intermedia (BTI patients (6 males and 7 females; mean age: 19.6±3.5 years, range: 13-26 years were included in the study. The control group comprised 100 healthy blood donors. RESULTS: Neither heterozygous nor homozygous HFE gene C282Y mutation was detected in patients with BTM or BTI, or in control group. CONCLUSION: The C282Y mutation, which is supposed to be responsible for the majority of hereditary hemochromatosis, was not found to have a role in the development of hemochromatosis in beta-thalassemia patients and was not detected in a healthy Turkish population. However, research on larger cohorts of individuals is required in order to determine the exact prevalence of the HFE gene mutation in Turkish populations from diverse ethnic origins and whether it would have an impact on iron loading in thalassemic populations.

  13. Prevalence of hepatosplenomegaly in beta thalassemia minor subjects in Iran

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    Karimi, Mehran [Hemostasis and Thrombosis Unit, Hematology Research Center, school of Medicine, Shiraz University of medical sciences, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: Karimim@sums.ac.ir; Bagheri, Mohammad Hadi [Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Tahmtan, Mehdi [Hemostasis and Thrombosis Unit, Hematology Research Center, school of Medicine, Shiraz University of medical sciences, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shakibafard, Alireza [Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Rashid, Murtaza [Hemostasis and Thrombosis Unit, Hematology Research Center, school of Medicine, Shiraz University of medical sciences, Shiraz (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2009-01-15

    Introduction: Thalassemia is the most common hereditary blood disorder in the world. Iran is located on the thalassemic belt and there is a high prevalence of the hepatosplenomegaly in beta thalassemia minor patients which is reported to be very variable. The goal of this research was to study the frequency of these signs in the cases with beta thalassemia minor patients in Iran. Materials and methods: Two hundred and fifty-nine cases that referred to center for pre-marriage tests were divided into two groups according to their MCV, MCH, and HbA2 (beta thalassemia minor cases and control groups). Liver and spleen sizes were determined by ultrasonographic method and the two groups were compared with each other. Results: Average spleen volumes in case and control groups were 163.48 {+-} 133.97 and 126.29 {+-} 53.98 mm{sup 3}, respectively. Average spleen lengths in case and control groups were 10.71 {+-} 1.52 and 10.60 {+-} 5.4 cm, respectively. Conclusion: In the regions with high frequency of beta thalassemia, in case of finding large spleen size in the ultrasonography, a probable harmless differential diagnosis will be beta thalassemia minor that is not indicative of any serious disease. Volumetric measurement of spleen is more reliable for detection of splenomegaly in these patients.

  14. A study of membrane protein defects and alpha hemoglobin chains of red blood cells in human beta thalassemia

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    The soluble pool of alpha hemoglobin chains present in blood or bone marrow cells was measured with a new affinity method using a specific probe, beta A hemoglobin chain labeled with [3H]N-ethylmaleimide. This pool of soluble alpha chains was 0.067 ± 0.017% of hemoglobin in blood of normal adult, 0.11 ± 0.03% in heterozygous beta thalassemia and ranged from 0.26 to 1.30% in homozygous beta thalassemia intermedia. This elevated pool of soluble alpha chains observed in human beta thalassemia intermedia decreased 33-fold from a value of 10% of total hemoglobin in bone marrow cells to 0.3% in the most dense red blood cells. The amount of insoluble alpha chains was measured by using the polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis in urea and Triton X-100. In beta thalassemia intermedia the amount of insoluble alpha chains was correlated with the decreased spectrin content of red cell membrane and was associated with a decrease in ankyrin and with other abnormalities of the electrophoretic pattern of membrane proteins. The loss and topology of the reactive thiol groups of membrane proteins was determined by using [3H]N-ethylmaleimide added to membrane ghosts prior to urea and Triton X-100 electrophoresis. Spectrin and ankyrin were the major proteins with the most important decrease of thiol groups

  15. The effects of beta-carotene and vitamin E on erythrocytes lipid peroxidation in beta-thalassemia patients

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    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Thalassemia is the most common hereditary disease in the world. Thalassemic erythrocytes are exposed to higher oxidative stress and lipid peroxidation. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of beta-carotene and vitamin E on erythrocytes lipid peroxidation in beta-thalassemia patients.
    METHODS: A prospective double-blind, placebo-controlled study of the effect of beta-carotene and vitamin E on lipid peroxidation in erythrocytes membranes was performed on 120 beta-thalassemia major patients in four groups. The patients were supplemented for 4 weeks as follows: group 1 with beta-carotene (13 mg/day, group 2 with vitamin E (550 mg/day, group 3 with beta-carotene plus vitamin E and group 4 with placebo. We prepared all capsules for 4 roups in the same shape and color. Measurements of serum beta-carotene and vitamin E were performed by high performance
    liquid chromatography. After preparation of ghost cells from blood specimens, malondialdehyde (MDA was determined as index of lipid peroxidation in erythrocytes membranes before and after treatment. RESULTS: The levels of serum beta-carotene and vitamin E were significantly lower and MDA concentrations in erythrocytes membranes were significantly higher in beta-thalassemia patients compared to controls (P<0.001. In groups that treated with vitamin supplements for 4-weeks, lipid peroxidation rates were significantly reduced after treatment (P<0.001, but in placebo group there was not significant difference (P>0.05.
    CONCLUSIONS: Our findings provide evidence that an oral treatment with beta-carotene and vitamin E can significantly reduce lipid peroxidation of erythrocytes membranes and could be useful in management of beta-thalassemia major patients. KEYWORDS: Beta-thalassemia major, beta-carotene, vitamin E, malondialdehyde, lipid peroxidation.

  16. [Beta thalassemia intermedia: clinical characteristics and molecular analysis. Case series].

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    Eandi Eberle, Silvia; Pepe, Carolina; Aguirre, Fernando; Milanesio, Berenice; Fernández, Diego; Mansini, Adrián; Chávez, Alejandro; Sciuccati, Gabriela; Díaz, Lilian; Candás, Andrea; Avalos Gómez, Vanesa; Bonduel, Mariana; Feliú Torres, Aurora

    2015-10-01

    Beta thalassemiaintermediaisaquantitative haemoglobinopathy covering a broad clinical spectrum, that results from the presence of one or two HBB gene mutations associated with secondary and/or tertiary genetic modifiers. We analyze the clinical and laboratory features of 29 patients with beta thalassemia intermedia, assessed over a period of 23 years. PMID:26294166

  17. A Synthetic Model of Human Beta-Thalassemia Erythropoiesis Using CD34+ Cells from Healthy Adult Donors

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    Byrnes, Colleen; de Vasconcellos, Jaira F.; Noh, Seung-Jae; Rabel, Antoinette; Meier, Emily R.; Miller, Jeffery L.

    2013-01-01

    Based upon the lack of clinical samples available for research in many laboratories worldwide, a significant gap exists between basic and clinical studies of beta-thalassemia major. To bridge this gap, we developed an artificially engineered model for human beta thalassemia by knocking down beta-globin gene and protein expression in cultured CD34+ cells obtained from healthy adults. Lentiviral-mediated transduction of beta-globin shRNA (beta-KD) caused imbalanced globin chain production. Beta-globin mRNA was reduced by 90% compared to controls, while alpha-globin mRNA levels were maintained. HPLC analyses revealed a 96% reduction in HbA with only a minor increase in HbF. During the terminal phases of differentiation (culture days 14–21), beta-KD cells demonstrated increased levels of insoluble alpha-globin, as well as activated caspase-3. The majority of the beta-KD cells underwent apoptosis around the polychromatophilic stage of maturation. GDF15, a marker of ineffective erythropoiesis in humans with thalassemia, was significantly increased in the culture supernatants from the beta-KD cells. Knockdown of beta-globin expression in cultured primary human erythroblasts provides a robust ex vivo model for beta-thalassemia. PMID:23861885

  18. A genetic score for the prediction of beta-thalassemia severity.

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    Danjou, Fabrice; Francavilla, Marcella; Anni, Franco; Satta, Stefania; Demartis, Franca-Rosa; Perseu, Lucia; Manca, Matteo; Sollaino, Maria Carla; Manunza, Laura; Mereu, Elisabetta; Marceddu, Giuseppe; Pissard, Serge; Joly, Philippe; Thuret, Isabelle; Origa, Raffaella; Borg, Joseph; Forni, Gian Luca; Piga, Antonio; Lai, Maria Eliana; Badens, Catherine; Moi, Paolo; Galanello, Renzo

    2015-04-01

    Clinical and hematologic characteristics of beta(?)-thalassemia are determined by several factors resulting in a wide spectrum of severity. Phenotype modulators are: HBB mutations, HBA defects and fetal hemoglobin production modulators (HBG2:g.-158C>T polymorphism, HBS1L-MYB intergenic region and the BCL11A). We characterized 54 genetic variants at these five loci robustly associated with the amelioration of beta-thalassemia phenotype, to build a predictive score of severity using a representative cohort of 890 ?-thalassemic patients. Using Cox proportional hazard analysis on a training set, we assessed the effect of these loci on the age at which patient started regular transfusions, built a Thalassemia Severity Score, and validated it on a testing set. Discriminatory power of the model was high (C-index=0.705; R(2)=0.343) and the validation conducted on the testing set confirmed its predictive accuracy with transfusion-free survival probability (P<0.001) and with transfusion dependency status (Area Under the Receiver Operating Characteristic Curve=0.774; P<0.001). Finally, an automatized on-line calculation of the score was made available at http://tss.unica.it. Besides the accurate assessment of genetic predictors effect, the present results could be helpful in the management of patients, both as a predictive score for screening and a standardized scale of severity to overcome the major-intermedia dichotomy and support clinical decisions. PMID:25480500

  19. X-ray scattering signatures of {beta}-thalassemia

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    Desouky, Omar S. [Radiation Physics Department, National Center for Radiation Research and Technology (NCRRT) (Egypt); Elshemey, Wael M. [Biophysics Department, Faculty of Science, Cairo University (Egypt)], E-mail: waelelshemey@yahoo.com; Selim, Nabila S. [Radiation Physics Department, National Center for Radiation Research and Technology (NCRRT) (Egypt)

    2009-08-11

    X-ray scattering from lyophilized proteins or protein-rich samples is characterized by the presence of two characteristic broad peaks at scattering angles equivalent to momentum transfer values of 0.27 and 0.6 nm{sup -1}, respectively. These peaks arise from the interference of coherently scattered photons. Once the conformation of a protein is changed, these two peaks reflect such change with considerable sensitivity. The present work examines the possibility of characterizing the most common cause of hemolytic anaemia in Egypt and many Mediterranean countries; {beta}-thalassemia, from its X-ray scattering profile. This disease emerges from a genetic defect causing reduced rate in the synthesis of one of the globin chains that make up hemoglobin. As a result, structurally abnormal hemoglobin molecules are formed. In order to detect such molecular disorder, hemoglobin samples of {beta}-thalassemia patients are collected, lyophilized and measured using a conventional X-ray diffractometer. Results show significant differences in the X-ray scattering profiles of most of the diseased samples compared to control. The shape of the first scattering peak at 0.27 nm{sup -1}, in addition to the relative intensity of the first to the second scattering peaks, provides the most reliable signs of abnormality in diseased samples. The results are interpreted and confirmed with the aid of Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy of normal and thalassemia samples.

  20. Diffuse Hepatic Calcifications in a Transfusion-Dependent Patient with Beta-Thalassemia: A Case Report

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    Forough Saki

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Hepatic calcification is usually associated with infectious, vascular, or neoplastic processes in the liver. We report the first case of beta-thalassemia major with isolated diffuse hepatic calcification in a 23 year old woman, who had been transfusion-dependent since the age of 6 months. She was referred to our center with a chief complaint of abdominal pain. Computed tomography scan of the abdomen revealed diffuse hepatic calcification in the right, left, and caudate lobes of the liver. Her medical history disclosed hypoparathyroidism as well as chronic hepatitis C virus infection, which was successfully treated but led to early micronodular cirrhosis on liver biopsy. Other studies done to search for the cause of hepatic calcification failed to reveal any abnormalities. We suspect that hypoparathyroidism caused liver calcification, and should be, therefore, considered in the differential diagnosis of hepatic calcification if other causative factors have been ruled out.

  1. THERAPEUTIC VALUE OF COMBINED THERAPY WITH DEFERASIROX AND SILYMARIN ON IRON OVERLOAD IN CHILDREN WITH BETA THALASSEMIA

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    adel abd elhaleim hagag

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available abstractBackground: Beta thalassemia is an inherited hemoglobin disorder resulting in chronic hemolytic anemia requiring life-long blood transfusion that cause iron overload. Silymarin plays a role as oral iron chelator and hepatoprotective agents in thalassemic patients.The aim of this work was to determine silymarin value as an iron chelator in thalassemic patients with iron overload.Patients and Methods: This study was conducted on 40 children with beta thalassemia major under follow-up at Hematology Unit, Pediatric Department, Tanta University Hospital having serum ferritin level more than 1000 ng/ml and was divided in two groups. Group IA: Received oral Deferasirox (Exjade and silymarin for 6 months. Group IB: Received oral Deferasirox (Exjade and placebo for 6 months and 20 healthy children serving as a control group in the period between April 2011 and August 2012 and was performed after approval from research ethical committee center in Tanta University Hospital and obtaining an informed written parental consent from all participants in this research. Results: Serum ferritin levels were markedly decreased in group IA cases compared with group IB (P= 0.001. Conclusion: From this study we concluded that, silymarin in combination with Exjade can be safely used in treatment of iron-loaded thalassemic patients as it showed good iron chelation with no sign of toxicity. Recommendations: Extensive multicenter studies in large number of patients with longer duration of follow up and more advanced methods of assessment of iron status is recommended to clarify the exact role of silymarin in reduction of iron over load in children with beta thalassemia.  

  2. COMBINED USE OF ERYTHROCYTE ZINC PROTOPORPHYRINE AND MCV: DIFFERENTIATION OF BETA THALASSEMIA FROM IRON DEFICIENCY ANEMIA

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    H KHOSHAMOOZ; A HAJ FATHALI A; A.A POURFATH ELAH; F KARIMI TEHRANI

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    Introduction: Due to the prevalence of beta thalassemia and iron deficiency anemia in Irana need for an accurate, quick, inexpensive and simple method for differential diagnosis between these two disorders is felt. In this study the value of zpp measurement as a tool to distinguish iron deficiency from heterozygous beta thalassemia in microcrystal patients was evaluated. Methods: In this study on 140 persons with microcytosis, the hemoglobin electrophoresis, serum iron, TIBC and serum fe...

  3. Genetic counseling for beta-thalassemia trait following health screening in a health maintenance organization: comparison of programmed and conventional counseling.

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    Fisher, L; Rowley, P T; Lipkin, M

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    Providing adequate counseling of patients identified in genetic screening programs is a major responsibility and expense. Adults in a health maintenance organization, unselected for interest, were screened for beta-thalassemia trait as part of preventive health care. Counseling was provided by either a trained physician (conventional counseling) or by a videotape containing the same information followed by an opportunity to question a trained physician (programmed counseling). Immediately bef...

  4. THE DIAGNOSTIC VALUE OF PULSED WAVE TISSUE DOPPLER IMAGING IN ASYMPTOMATIC BETA- THALASSEMIA MAJOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS ; RELATION TO CHEMICAL BIOMARKERS OF LEFT VENTRICULAR FUNCTION AND IRON OVERLOAD .

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    Seham Ragab

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    Full Text Available Background: Cardiac iron toxicity is the leading cause of death among  ?-halassaemia major (TM  patients.  Once  heart failure becomes overt , it will be  difficult to reverse . Objectives: To investigate non overt cardiac dysfunctions  in TM patients using  pulsed wave Tissue Doppler  Imaging (TD I and its relation to the iron overload and brain natruritic peptide (BNP. Methods: Thorough  clinical , conventional echo and  pulsed  wave TDI  parameters were compared between  asymtomatic 25 ?-TM  patients  and 20 age and gender matched individuals. Serum ferritin and plasma BNP  levels were assayed by  ELISA .  Results: TM patients had significant higher mitral inflow early diastolic (E wave and  non significant other conventional echo  parameters. Pulsed wave TDI revealed systolic and diastolic dysfunctions in the form of significant higher  isovolumetric contraction time (ICT , ejection time ( E T and  isovolumetric relaxation time (IRT with significantly lower  mitral annulus  early diastolic velocity E` (12.07 ±2.06 vs 15.04±2.65 ,P= 0.003  in patients compared to  controls. Plasma BNP was higher in patients compared to the controls.  Plasma BNP and serum ferritin had significant correlation with each other and with pulsed wave conventional and TDI indices of systolic and diastolic functions.  Patients with E/E` ? 8 had  significant higher  serum ferritin  and plasma BNP levels compared to those with E/E` ratio < 8 without difference in Hb levels .Conclusion:  Pulsed wave TDI  is an  important diagnostic tool for latent cardiac dysfunction in iron loaded TM patients and is related to iron overload and BNP .    

  5. The Diagnostic Value of Pulsed Wave Tissue Doppler Imaging in Asymptomatic Beta- Thalassemia Major Children and Young Adults; Relation to Chemical Biomarkers of Left Ventricular Function and Iron Overload

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    Ragab, Seham M; Fathy, Waleed M; El-Aziz, Walaa FAbd; Helal, Rasha T

    2015-01-01

    Background Cardiac iron toxicity is the leading cause of death among ?-halassaemia major (TM) patients. Once heart failure becomes overt, it is difficult to reverse. Objectives To investigate non-overt cardiac dysfunctions in TM patients using pulsed wave Tissue Doppler Imaging (TD I) and its relation to iron overload and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP). Methods Thorough clinical, conventional echo and pulsed wave TDI parameters were compared between asymptomatic 25 ?-TM patients and 20 age and gender matched individuals. Serum ferritin and plasma BNP levels were assayed by ELISA. Results TM patients had significant higher mitral inflow early diastolic (E) wave and non significant other conventional echo parameters. In the patient group, pulsed wave TDI revealed systolic dysfunctions, in the form of significant higher isovolumetric contraction time (ICT), and lower ejection time (E T), with diastolic dysfunction in the form of higher isovolumetric relaxation time (IRT), and lower mitral annulus early diastolic velocity E? (12.07 ±2.06 vs 15.04±2.65, P= 0.003) compared to the controls. Plasma BNP was higher in patients compared to the controls. Plasma BNP and serum ferritin had a significant correlation with each other and with pulsed wave conventional and TDI indices of systolic and diastolic functions. Patients with E/E? ? 8 had significant higher serum ferritin and plasma BNP levels compared to those with ratio < 8 without a difference in Hb levels. Conclusion Pulsed wave TDI is an important diagnostic tool for latent cardiac dysfunction in iron-loaded TM patients and is related to iron overload and BNP. PMID:26401240

  6. Marcadores eletrocardiográficos para detecção precoce de doença cardíaca em pacientes com talassemia beta maior Electrocardiographic markers for the early detection of cardiac disease in patients with beta-thalassemia major

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    Kemal Nisli

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar comparativamente a dispersão da onda P (DOP em pacientes com talassemia beta maior (?-TM e indivíduos saudáveis (controles para a detecção precoce do risco de arritmias. MÉTODOS: Oitenta e uma crianças com ?-TM, com idades entre 4 e 19 anos, e 74 crianças saudáveis (grupo controle foram submetidas a exame eletrocardiográfico e ecocardiograma transtorácico de rotina para avaliação cardíaca. A DOP foi calculada como a diferença entre as durações máxima e mínima da onda P. RESULTADOS: Houve uma diferença estatisticamente significativa entre o grupo de estudo e o grupo controle no pico de velocidade do fluxo transmitral no início da diástole (E e na razão E/fluxo transmitral tardio (A. A duração máxima da onda P e a DOP foram significativamente maiores nos pacientes com ?-TM do que nos indivíduos controles. CONCLUSÕES: O aumento da DOP em nossos pacientes com ?-TM pode estar relacionado à depressão na condução intra-atrial, devido à dilatação atrial, e ao aumento da atividade simpática. Estes pacientes devem ser acompanhados atentamente devido à possibilidade de ocorrência de arritmias com risco de vida.OBJECTIVE: To comparatively evaluate P-wave dispersion (PWD in patients with ?-thalassemia major (TM and healthy control subjects for the early prediction of arrhythmia risk. METHODS: Eighty-one children with ?-TM, aged 4-19 years, and 74 healthy children (control group underwent routine electrocardiography and transthoracic echocardiography for cardiac evaluation. PWD was calculated as the difference between the maximum and the minimum P-wave duration. RESULTS: There was a statistically significant difference between study and control groups in peak early (E mitral inflow velocity and E/late (A velocity ratio. Maximum P-wave duration and PWD were found to be significantly higher in ?-TM patients than in control subjects. CONCLUSIONS: Increased PWD in our ?-TM patients might be related to depression of intra-atrial conduction due to atrial dilatation and increased sympathetic activity. These patients should be closely followed up for risk of life-threatening arrhythmias.

  7. Marcadores eletrocardiográficos para detecção precoce de doença cardíaca em pacientes com talassemia beta maior / Electrocardiographic markers for the early detection of cardiac disease in patients with beta-thalassemia major

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    Kemal, Nisli; Yavuz, Taner; Oner, Naci; Salcioglu, Zafer; Karakas, Zeynep; Dindar, Aygun; Umrah, Aydogan; Rukiye, Eker; Turkan, Ertugrul.

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar comparativamente a dispersão da onda P (DOP) em pacientes com talassemia beta maior (?-TM) e indivíduos saudáveis (controles) para a detecção precoce do risco de arritmias. MÉTODOS: Oitenta e uma crianças com ?-TM, com idades entre 4 e 19 anos, e 74 crianças saudáveis (grupo contr [...] ole) foram submetidas a exame eletrocardiográfico e ecocardiograma transtorácico de rotina para avaliação cardíaca. A DOP foi calculada como a diferença entre as durações máxima e mínima da onda P. RESULTADOS: Houve uma diferença estatisticamente significativa entre o grupo de estudo e o grupo controle no pico de velocidade do fluxo transmitral no início da diástole (E) e na razão E/fluxo transmitral tardio (A). A duração máxima da onda P e a DOP foram significativamente maiores nos pacientes com ?-TM do que nos indivíduos controles. CONCLUSÕES: O aumento da DOP em nossos pacientes com ?-TM pode estar relacionado à depressão na condução intra-atrial, devido à dilatação atrial, e ao aumento da atividade simpática. Estes pacientes devem ser acompanhados atentamente devido à possibilidade de ocorrência de arritmias com risco de vida. Abstract in english OBJECTIVE: To comparatively evaluate P-wave dispersion (PWD) in patients with ?-thalassemia major (TM) and healthy control subjects for the early prediction of arrhythmia risk. METHODS: Eighty-one children with ?-TM, aged 4-19 years, and 74 healthy children (control group) underwent routine electroc [...] ardiography and transthoracic echocardiography for cardiac evaluation. PWD was calculated as the difference between the maximum and the minimum P-wave duration. RESULTS: There was a statistically significant difference between study and control groups in peak early (E) mitral inflow velocity and E/late (A) velocity ratio. Maximum P-wave duration and PWD were found to be significantly higher in ?-TM patients than in control subjects. CONCLUSIONS: Increased PWD in our ?-TM patients might be related to depression of intra-atrial conduction due to atrial dilatation and increased sympathetic activity. These patients should be closely followed up for risk of life-threatening arrhythmias.

  8. Neurophysiologic and intellectual evaluation of beta-thalassemia patients.

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    Economou, Marina; Zafeiriou, Dimitrios I; Kontopoulos, Eleftherios; Gompakis, Nikos; Koussi, Aphroditi; Perifanis, Vasilios; Athanassiou-Metaxa, Miranda

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    In order to detect involvement of the central and peripheral nervous system in beta-thalassemic patients, 32 children and young adults (mean age 14.5 +/- 6.4 years) participated in a systematic neurophysiologic and intellectual prospective study. All patients were in a regular transfusion program, receiving subcutaneous desferrioxamine chelation and maintaining a mean serum ferritin level of 2,101.56 +/- 986.32 ng/ml. Study patients underwent neurophysiologic evaluation consisting of brainstem auditory, visual and somatosensory evoked potential examination (BAEP, VEP, SEP) as well as motor and sensory nerve conduction velocity studies (MCV, SCV). Additionally, the verbal, performance and total IQ were assessed in patients under 16 years of age using the Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC-III). The incidence of abnormal BAEP, VEP, SEP and NCVs was 0, 3.12, 3.12 and 18.75%, respectively, findings comparative to or better than previously reported. On the contrary, the prevalence of abnormal total IQ score was considerably high (36.4%), not correlating, however, to any of the parameters assessed (age, sex, ferritin level, BAEP, VEP, SEP, NCV). Factors associated with chronic illness, rather than the disease per se, could play a potential role in the development of cognitive dysfunction in beta-thalassemia patients. PMID:15925466

  9. Valores de ferritina sérica em beta talassemia heterozigota / Serum ferritin levels in beta thalassemia carrier

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    Isabeth F., Estevão; Maria Cristina S., Souza; Antonio J., Manzato; Claudia R., Bonini-Domingos.

    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english A low iron level, the commonest nutritional deficiency in the world, is a public health problem in developing countries. On the other hand, an excessive amount of iron is toxic, causing several organic dysfunctions, such as diabetes, cirrhosis, endocrinopathies and heart disease. Researchers have re [...] ported an association of iron overload with beta-thalassemia. The aim of this paper was to compare the serum ferritin levels of women with the beta-thalassemia trait. The results of serologic tests of 137 women of childbearing age were analyzed; 63 had the beta-thalassemia trait and 74 had Hb AA. In the beta-thalassemia carriers, the median ferritin value was 51.90 ng/mL and in the non-carriers 31.60 ng/mL (p = 0.0052). Levels of less than 20 and above 150 ng/mL were observed in 28% and 3% of the non-carriers and in 16% and 11% of the carriers, respectively. With these results it is possible to conclude that women in the reproductive age with the beta-thalassemia trait present higher ferritin levels in the northeastern region of São Paulo State. Further studies are necessary to clarify possible genetic and/or environment factors which interfere in iron absorption.

  10. Evaluation of the children with beta-thalassemia in terms of their self-concept, behavioral, and parental attitudes.

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    Yalçn, Siddika Songül; Durmu?o?lu-Sendo?du, Mine; Gümrük, Fatma; Unal, Selma; Karg, Eda; Tu?rul, Belma

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    This study was planned to explore the self-concept, behavioral, and parental attitudes of the children with beta-thalassemia major, and the factors that affect them. The study was undertaken between January and June 2004 at the Hacettepe University Ihsan Do?ramaci Children's Hospital, Pediatric Hematology Unit, Ankara and 43 voluntary children with beta-thalassemia major on regular blood transfusion and iron chelation treatment between the ages of 5.0 and 18.0 years were included into the study. Age, sex, birth order, school performance, hemoglobin value, serum ferritin levels, associated illness, splenectomy status, presence of thalassemic sibling or relatives, death of thalassemic relatives, place of residence, maternal and paternal education were recorded. Parental Attitude Research Instrument, Piers-Harris Self-Concept Scale, and Child Behavior Checklist were applied. Higher educated mothers have lower overprotection (P=0.009), parental discordance (P=0.044), and discipline scores (P=0.002) than lower educated mothers. In cases with death of thalassemic relatives, democratic/equality attitude scores were decreased (P=0.034). With stepwise multiple linear regression analysis, splenectomy, good school achievement, absence of death of thalassemic relatives, and serum ferritin levels were found to increase Piers-Harris Self-Concept Scale; however, total behavior problem score was found to decrease with increasing age, splenectomy and decreasing overprotection subscale of Parental Attitude Research Instrument scores. The self-esteem and behavior problems of children with thalassemia depended not only on the variables related exclusively to the child (age, school achievement) and the illness-associated conditions (splenectomy, serum ferritin levels) but also on the parental attitude (overprotection). PMID:17762492

  11. Iron metabolism in heterozygotes for hemoglobin E (HbE), alpha-thalassemia1, or beta-thalassemia and in compound heterozygotes for HbE/ beta-thalassemia

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    Zimmermann, M. B.; Fucharoen, S; Winichagoon, P.; Sirankapracha, P.; Zeder, C.; Gowachirapant, S.; Judprasong, K.; Tanno, T.; Miller, J. L.; Hurrell, R F

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Despite large populations carrying traits for thalassemia in countries implementing universal iron fortification, there are few data on the absorption and utilization of iron in these persons. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to determine whether iron absorption or utilization (or both) in women heterozygous for beta-thalassemia, alpha-thalassemia 1, or hemoglobin E (HbE) differed from that in control subjects and compound HbE/beta-thalassemia heterozygotes. DESIGN: In Thai women (n = 103), re...

  12. Identification of the multiple beta-thalassemia mutations by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis.

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    Cai, S P; Kan, Y W

    1990-01-01

    We used denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis to detect the beta-thalassemia mutations in the Chinese population. By amplifying the beta-globin gene in four separate fragments and electrophoresing the amplified DNA in two gels, we were able to distinguish all the 12 known mutations on the basis of the mobility of the homoduplexes and heteroduplexes. We conclude that denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis offers a nonradioactive means of detecting multiple mutations in genetic disorders.

  13. Infusion of autologous retrodifferentiated stem cells into patients with beta-thalassemia.

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    Abuljadayel, Ilham Saleh; Quereshi, Huma; Ahsan, Tasnim; Rizvi, Shakil; Ahmed, Tamseela; Khan, Sabiha Mirza; Akhtar, Jawaid; Dhoot, Ghazi

    2006-01-01

    Beta-thalassemia is a genetic, red blood cell disorder affecting the beta-globin chain of the adult hemoglobin gene. This results in excess accumulation of unpaired alpha-chain gene products leading to reduced red blood cell life span and the development of severe anemia. Current treatment of this disease involves regular blood transfusion and adjunct chelation therapy to lower blood transfusion-induced iron overload. Fetal hemoglobin switching agents have been proposed to treat genetic blood disorders, such as sickle cell anemia and beta-thalassemia, in an effort to compensate for the dysfunctional form of the beta-globin chain in adult hemoglobin. The rationale behind this approach is to pair the excess normal alpha-globin chain with the alternative fetal gamma-chain to promote red blood cell survival and ameliorate the anemia. Reprogramming of differentiation in intact, mature, adult white blood cells in response to inclusion of monoclonal antibody CR3/43 has been described. This form of retrograde development has been termed "retrodifferentiation", with the ability to re-express a variety of stem cell markers in a heterogeneous population of white blood cells. This form of reprogramming, or reontogeny, to a more pluripotent stem cell state ought to recapitulate early hematopoiesis and facilitate expression of a fetal and/or adult program of hemoglobin synthesis or regeneration on infusion and subsequent redifferentiation. Herein, the outcome of infusion of autologous retrodifferentiated stem cells (RSC) into 21 patients with beta-thalassemia is described. Over 6 months, Infusion of 3-h autologous RSC subjected to hematopoietic-conducive conditions into patients with beta-thalassemia reduced mean blood transfusion requirement, increased mean fetal hemoglobin synthesis, and significantly lowered mean serum ferritin. This was always accompanied by an increase in mean corpuscular volume (MCV), mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH), and mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC) in such patients. No adverse side effects in response to the infusion of autologous RSC were noted. This novel clinical procedure may profoundly modify the devastating course of many genetic disorders in an autologous setting, thus paving the way to harnessing pluripotency from differentiated cells to regenerate transiently an otherwise genetically degenerate tissue such as thalassemic blood. PMID:17041717

  14. Community genetics and health approaches for bringing awareness in tribals for the prevention of beta-thalassemia in India

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    Ranbir S. Balgir

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Beta (? thalassemia syndromes are a group of hereditary disorders characterized by a genetic deficiency in the synthesis of ?-globin chains. In the homozygous state, ?-thalassemia (i.e., thalassemia major causes severe transfusion-dependent anemia. Inherited ?-thalassemia syndromes cause high degree of hemolytic anemia, recurrent fever, clinical jaundice, frequent infections, bossing of cheek bones, growth retardation, splenomegaly, etc. and are responsible for high infant morbidity, mortality and fetal wastage in India. The victims include the infants, growing children, adolescent girls, pregnant women and a large chunk of ignorant people. In view of heavy genetic load, frequent requirement of blood transfusions, high cost of treatment and management, physical trauma, and mental and psychological harassment to the patients and their families, it has been realized that preventive community health and genetics approach is the most suitable for India. After carrier detection, prenatal diagnosis, and genetic couselling are the important options for couples at high risk for ?-thalassemia. A prerequisite for successful prevention and intervention approach in India is the health education, bringing public awareness, sensitization, and community screening for the identification of heterozygotes or carriers in the concerned community. Some suggestions for the prevention of ?-thalassemia in the vulnerable communities of India have been over emphasized for amelioration.????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  15. Approaches to management of beta-thalassemia intermedia

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    Joseph E. Maakaron

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    Full Text Available Thalassemia intermedia is a genetically diverse group of diseases that is the result of an imbalance in the production of the alpha and beta chains with ensuing chronic hemolysis, ineffective erythropoiesis, and iron overload.Resulting complications include bone changes, hypercoagulability, and end-organ damage due to iron overload. This decade has witnessed major breakthroughs in the management of thalassemia. In this article, we examine these novelties in therapy including iron chelation therapy, stem cell transplant, and gene therapy.Iron chelation therapy has been revolutionized with the advent of deferasirox, a once-daily oral iron chelator, that has been shown to be safe and efficacious.Gene therapy was also at the core of this revolution with the discovery of novel gene elements and viral vectors allowing for better control and improved outcomes.

  16. Survey of Hfe Gene C282Y Mutation in Turkish Beta-Thalassemia Patients and Healthy Population: A Preliminary Study

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    Ünal, Selma; Balta, Günay; Gümrük, Fatma

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    Objective: This study was planned in order to determine the effect of C282Y mutation in development of secondary hemochromatosis in beta-thalassemia patients and to determine the prevalence and allele frequency of this mutation in a healthy control group.

  17. AB045. Molecular markers for disease severity in beta thalassemia/Hb E disease

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    Fucharoen, Suthat; Winichagoon, Pranee; Munkongdee, Thongperm; Sripichai, Orapan; Svasti, Saovaros

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    Thalassemia is a hereditary disease affecting hemoglobin synthesis, characterized by microcytic hypochromic anemia. Homozygote or compound heterozygote patients usually manifested as thalassemia major which require regular treatment. There are five functional genes arranged in the order 5' ?-G?-A?-??-?-? 3' that are activated during development. Expression of the individual genes within the ?-globin cluster is controlled by the complex interactions between local regulatory sequence (promoter regions) within each gene and the ?-locus control region (?-LCR), located 6-18 kb upstream of the ?-globin gene. Beta thalassemia (?-thal) is a very heterogeneous disorder due to variations in inactivation mechanism of the ?-genes. Point mutations and small deletions or insertions in the nucleotide sequences are the main molecular defects responsible for most ?-thalassemia. In spite of seemingly identical genotypes, severity of ?-thal patients can vary greatly. This heterogeneity in the clinical severity may occur from the nature of ?-globin gene mutation, ?-thalassemia (?-thal) gene interaction and difference in the amount of Hb F production that is partly associated with a specific ?-globin haplotype. Co-inheritance of ?-thal may ameliorate the severity of ?-thal disease in those cases with mild ?-thal genotypes. However, many patients who are ?°/?+ thal or ?°-thal/Hb E do not have a detectable ?-thal haplotype but still have a mild clinical symptom suggests that there are other additional factors responsible for the mildness of the disease. Inheritance of a ?-thal chromosome with the Xmn I+ haplotype at the position -158 of the G?-globin gene was found to be associated with increased Hb F production and milder anemia in patients with thalassemia intermedia and Xmn I +/+ haplotype is necessary to produce a significant clinical effect. Homozygosity for the Xmn I + haplotype, +/+, was also found in the mild cases of ?-thal/Hb E. However, there is no severity difference among homozygous ?-thal patients with Xmn I +/+, ?/+ or ?/?. The GWAS study of the whole genome with more than 6000,000 SNPs of 1,100 ?-thal/Hb E patients with mild and severe diseases revealed SNPs in three independent genes that show significant association with the disease severity. The strongest SNPs associated with the disease severity located in three regions; the ?-globin gene cluster on chromosome 11, the HBS1L-MYB intergenic region on chromosome 6q23 and the BCL11A gene on chromosome 2p15. Further analysis of Hb F level showed that Hb F level was significantly higher in mild patients than moderate and severe patients (%Hb F; mild =42.6±11.5, moderate =35.7±11.1, severe =32.4±12.1; P<0.001). The association of Hb F level and frequency of Hb F-QTLs was studied in 520 cases. All individual SNPs on Hb F-QTLs are associated with Hb F (P value <10?5). Thirteen tagging SNPs were selected from three Hb F-QTLs. Of the common haplotypes CA haplotypes of BCL11A; CG haplotypes of HMIP; TTCTGTTAA and TTCTGTTAG haplotypes of ?-globin gene cluster showed association with high HbF level. Our data indicated that several genetic loci act in concert to influence Hb F levels and disease severity of ?-thal/HbE patients. Understanding the genetic modifier in ?-thalassemia is important for the management of ?-thalassemia patients from PND to prognosis and decision for difficult treatment such as stem cell transplantation. Moreover, this may lead to future alternative treatment of ?-thalassemia patients as well.

  18. [The clinico-morphological characteristics of synovial membrane involvement in beta-thalassemia].

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    Nasonova, V A; Musaev, S K; Iakovleva, G I; Abasov, E Sh; Rustamov, R Sh

    1991-01-01

    Using data on optic and electron microscopy the authors give characteristics of lesions in the synovial membrane of the knee joints in 6 patients with an intermediary form of beta-thalassemia. Multiple reduplication of the basal membrane was noted in all the vessels, the width of the noncellular component of the vessels increased several times and its stratification was clearly seen. Deposits of iron oxide were revealed in biopsy samples of the synovial membrane of all the patients. Those deposits were in the form of microgranular intracellular inclusions in phagocytosing cells of the superficial stroma of villi but more often they were found in the cytoplasm of the vessel cells and pericytes. PMID:1812559

  19. Endocrine functioning in multitransfused prepubertal patients with homozygous beta-thalassemia.

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    Masala, A; Meloni, T; Gallisai, D; Alagna, S; Rovasio, P P; Rassu, S; Milia, A F

    1984-04-01

    Endocrine function was evaluated in 20 prepubertal patients with homozygous beta-thalassemia treated with frequent transfusions and long term iron chelation therapy. FSH, LH, PRL, and TSH secretion were evaluated by LRH and TRH testing and L-dopa and ACTH were used to assess GH and adrenocortical reserve. No statistically significant differences were found between FSH, LH, PRL, GH, and cortisol secretion in the patients and in normal subjects. There was a relatively high incidence (35%) of primary thyroid impairment since 1 patient had primary hypothyroidism and 6 others had evidence of subclinical hypothyroidism as manifested by increased TSH responses to TRH. However, no statistically significant correlations were found between either serum ferritin levels, total blood transfusions received, and thyroid function. PMID:6321534

  20. Thyroid function in major thalassemia patients: Is it related to height and chelation therapy?

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    Eshragi, Peiman; Tamaddoni, Ahmad; Zarifi, Khadijeh; Mohammadhasani, Amir; Aminzadeh, Majid

    2011-01-01

    Background: One of the most common endocrine problems in major beta-thalassemia is hypothyroidism (HT). The aim of this study was to evaluate thyroid function status in major ?-thalassemia patients older than 10 years old.

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    Gowayed, Salah

    2009-01-01

    Wheat as the major cereal crop in Egypt is the core of the government's food security policy. But there are rapid losses of the genetic resources of the country as a result of ongoing modernization and development. Thus we compiled the largest possible number of Egyptian accessions preserved in the world gene banks. In the present study we collected nearly 1000 Egyptian wheat accessions. A part from the Triticum species of the Egyptian flora four species have been found, which were recorde...

  2. Screening and genetic counseling for beta-thalassemia trait in a population unselected for interest: comparison of three counseling methods.

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    Rowley, P T; Lipkin, M; Fisher, L

    1984-01-01

    We have assessed the effects of screening and genetic counseling for beta-thalassemia trait on knowledge, attitudes, and behavior in a prospective, controlled study of randomly selected adult members of a health maintenance organization. We report here that knowledge of manifestations and of inheritance of thalassemia, previously reported to be high immediately after counseling, were well maintained at 2 and 10 months following counseling. There was no detectable impairment of self-concept. M...

  3. Pregnancy Outcome of Chorionic Villus Sampling on 260 Couples with Beta- Thalassemia Trait in North of Iran

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    Nesa Asnafi; Haleh Akhavan Niaki

    2010-01-01

    "nChorionic villus sampling (CVS) is a new method and its true risk of fetal loss and complications is not still clearly determined. The objective of this study was to review the clinical pregnancy outcome of transabdominal CVS (TA-CVS) performed on women with minor beta thalassemia. TA-CVS performed on 300 women with a singleton pregnancy and we could follow 213 women until delivery. Data regarding induced legal abortion, spontaneous abortion, vaginal leakage, Vaginal bleeding and defor...

  4. Peripheral expression of hepcidin gene in Egyptian ?-thalassemia major.

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    Aboul-Enein, Azza; El-Beshlawy, Amal; Hamdy, Mona; Shaheen, Iman; El-Saadany, Zainab; Samir, Ahmed; El-Samie, Hala Abd

    2015-06-15

    Iron overload is the major cause of morbidity and mortality in transfusion dependent ?-thalassemia major patients. There is a sophisticated balance of body iron metabolism of storage and transport which is regulated by several factors including the peptide hepcidin. Hepcidin is the main iron regulatory molecule; it is secreted mainly by the liver and other tissues including monocytes and lymphocytes. Expression of hepcidin in such cells is unclear and has been studied in few reports with controverted result. Peripheral expression of hepcidin was measured using quantitative real time PCR (qRT-PCR) in 50 ?-thalassemia major patients, in addition to 20 healthy volunteers as a control group. Hepcidin levels in ?-thalassemia major patients showed statistically significant decrease in comparison to the control group, and was correlated to cardiac iron stores (T2*). However, hepcidin level was not different among the patients according to the HCV status or whether splenectomized or not. In conclusion; peripheral expression of hepcidin, in iron overloaded ?-thalassemia major patients, is a reflection of hepatic expression. It can be used as a molecular predictor for the severity of cardiac iron overload and can be used as a future target for therapy in ?-thalassemia major patients. PMID:25816754

  5. Characterization of beta-thalassemia mutations in patients from the state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

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    Zama Messala Luna da, Silveira; Maria das Vitórias, Barbosa; Thales Allyrio Araújo de Medeiros, Fernandes; Elza Miyuki, Kimura; Fernando Ferreira, Costa; Maria de Fátima, Sonati; Ivanise Marina Moretti, Rebecchi; Tereza Maria Dantas de, Medeiros.

    Full Text Available 35 unrelated individuals were studied for characterization as either heterozygous or homozygous for beta-thalassemia. Molecular analysis was done by PCR/RFLP to detect the mutations most commonly associated with beta-thalassemia (?0IVS-I-1, ?+IVS-I-6, and ?039). In the patients who showed none of th [...] ese mutations, the beta-globin genes were sequenced. Of the 31 heterozygous patients, 13 (41.9%) had the ?+IVS-I-6 mutation, 15 (48.4%) the ?0IVS-I-1 mutation, 2 (6.5%) the ?+IVS-I-110 mutation and 1 (3.2%) the ?+IVS-I-5 mutation. IVS-I-6 was detected in the four homozygotes. The mutation in codon 39, often found in previous studies in Brazil, was not detected in the present case. This is the first study aiming at identifying mutations that determine beta-thalassemia in the state of Rio Grande do Norte.

  6. Characterization of beta-thalassemia mutations in patients from the state of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

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    Zama Messala Luna da Silveira

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available 35 unrelated individuals were studied for characterization as either heterozygous or homozygous for beta-thalassemia. Molecular analysis was done by PCR/RFLP to detect the mutations most commonly associated with beta-thalassemia (?0IVS-I-1, ?+IVS-I-6, and ?039. In the patients who showed none of these mutations, the beta-globin genes were sequenced. Of the 31 heterozygous patients, 13 (41.9% had the ?+IVS-I-6 mutation, 15 (48.4% the ?0IVS-I-1 mutation, 2 (6.5% the ?+IVS-I-110 mutation and 1 (3.2% the ?+IVS-I-5 mutation. IVS-I-6 was detected in the four homozygotes. The mutation in codon 39, often found in previous studies in Brazil, was not detected in the present case. This is the first study aiming at identifying mutations that determine beta-thalassemia in the state of Rio Grande do Norte.

  7. A multi-center study in order to further define the molecular basis of beta-thalassemia in Thailand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Syria, and India, and to develop a simple molecular diagnostic strategy by amplification refractory mutation system-polymerase chain reaction.

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    Old, J M; Khan, S N; Verma, I; Fucharoen, S; Kleanthous, M; Ioannou, P; Kotea, N; Fisher, C; Riazuddin, S; Saxena, R; Winichagoon, P; Kyriacou, K; Al-Quobaili, F; Khan, B

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    The spectrum of the beta-thalassemia mutations of Thailand, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Syria has been further characterized by a multi-center study of 1,235 transfusion-dependent patients, and the mutations discovered used to assess the fidelity of a simple diagnostic strategy. A total of 44 beta-thalassemia mutations were identified either by allele-specific oligonucleotide hybridization, amplification with allele-specific primers, or DNA sequencing of amplified product. The results confirm and extend earlier findings for Thailand, Pakistan, India, Mauritius and Syria. This is the first detailed report of the spectrum of mutations for Sri Lanka. Two novel mutations were identified, codon 55 (-A) and IVS-I-129 (A-->C), both found in Sri Lankan patients. Two beta-thalassemia mutations were found to coexist in one beta-globin gene: Sri Lankan patients homozygous for the beta0 codon 16 (-C) frameshift were also homozygous for the beta+ codon 10 (C-->A) mutation. Studies of Sri Lankan, Pakistani, and Indian carriers suggest the codon 10 (C-->A) mutation is just a rare polymorphism on an ancestral allele, on which the beta0 codon 16 (-C) mutation has arisen. Each country was found to have only a few common mutations accounting for 70% or more of the beta-thalassemia alleles. A panel of primers to diagnose the majority of the mutations by the amplification refractory mutation system was developed, enabling a simple molecular diagnostic strategy to be introduced for each country participating in the multi-center study. PMID:11791873

  8. Better differential diagnosis of iron deficiency anemia from beta-thalassemia trait

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    Fakher Rahim

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Iron deficiency anemia (IDA and beta-thalassemia trait (ß-TT are the most common forms of microcytic anemia. This study was conducted to compare the validity of various discrimination indices in differentiating ?-TT from IDA by calculating their sensitivity, specificity and Youden's index.Methods: Totally 323 subjects (173 children and 150 adults with microcytic anemia were involved in this study. We calculated 10 discrimination indices in all patients with IDA and ?-TT. We divided the patients into two different groups as younger or older than 10 years. Results: None of the indices showed sensitivity and specificity of 100% in the patients older than 10 years, and in the patients younger than 10 years, only Shine & Lal index showed sensitivity close to 90% and specificity of 100%. The most accurate discriminative index for patients younger than 10 years was Shine & Lal and for those older than 10 years it was RDW index. According to Youden's index, Shine & Lal and RBC count showed the greatest diagnostic value in patients younger than 10 years and RDW and RBC count indices in those older than 10 years. Conclusion: None of the indices was completely sensitive and specific in differentiation between ?-TT and IDA. Mean and median mean cell Hb density (MCHD were very close to normal values in both IDA and ?-TT patients, but in the case of mean density of Hb/liter (MDHL, we found that the mean and median were significantly higher than normal values in ?-TT and lower than normal values in IDA patients. In our study, Youden's index of RBC and Shine & Lal were the highest and most reliable indices in differentiating ?-TT from IDA in the patients younger than 10 years. For patients older than 10 years, the most reliable discrimination indices were RBC and RDW.

  9. A new valid formula in differentiating iron deficiency Anemia from beta-thalassemia trait

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    Objective: To compare the validity of a new index (Hb X RDW X 100/ (RBC)/sup 2/ X MCHC) with twelve discriminating functions (DFs) to differentiate iron deficiency anemia (IDA) and beta-thalassemia trait (beta-TT). Methodology: A total of 823 patients (317 IDA and 506 beta-TT) aged 15 to 35 year old were enrolled in this study. The diagnostic sensitivity, specificity and other validity parameters were calculated to assess the diagnostic reliability of the novel index [Keikhaei index (KI)] vis-a-vis the other published DFs [Mentzer Index (MI), Green and King Index (G and KI), red cell distribution width index (RDWI), England and Fraser Index (E and FI), Bessman and Feinstein index (B and FI), Telmissani et al index (TI), Srivastava and Bevington index (S and BI), Shine and Lal index (S and LI), Ricerca et al index (RI), Ehsani et al index (EI), Sirdah et al index (SI), and Red Blood Cell Count(RBC)] were calculated in all patients. Results: All thirteen DFs did not have the sensitivity and specificity of 100%. The KI, RDWI, Gand KI and E and FI showed the most sensitivity and specificity for both IDA and TT; moreover, the lowest reliable indices belonged to B and FI, SandLI and RI. Conclusion: According to Youden's index (YI), DFs in the order of highest to lowest were KI > G and KI > RDWI > E and FI > RBC> M I> EI > TI > SI > S and BI > RI> SandLI >B and FI. (author)

  10. Frequency of Beta-globin gene mutations in beta-thalassemia patients from east of Mazandaran

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    Full Text Available (Received 6 Aug, 2008; Accepted 3 Dec, 2008 Abstract Background and purpose: Beta-thalassemia is the most common inherited disorder in the world, especially in Iran. According to Iranian thalassemia society registry, 18616 thalassemia patients now living in Iran, which Mazandaran and Fars provinces have the most patients. Previous reports have shown that the frequency of b-thalassemia carriers is more than 10% in Mazandaran province. Although b-thalassemia is very heterogenous in the molecular level, but in each population, 5 to 10 mutations are more common. In this research common mutation in eastern area of Mazadaran province was investigated. Materials and methods: 5 to 10 ml peripheral blood samples were collected from volunteer patients who were referred to Boali Sina Hospital in Sari. DNA was extracted from blood, then 20 different mutations were screened and detected using two different methods, ARMS-PCR and Reverse-Dot Blot in Thalassemia Research Center in Sari and Amir Kola Thalassemia Center. Results: From 240 chromosomes investigated in 120 b-thalassemia patients in total, 96.25% mutations were identified. 13 different mutations were identified from 231 chromosomes. Among different mutations investigated, IVSII-1G>A was detected as the most common with frequency of 68/3%, which was homozygous in 64 individuals (53/3% and compound heterozygous with other mutations in 34 individuals (28/3% respectively. Mutations C8(-AA, codon22(G>A/ FSC 22/23/24(-7bp, codon 30(G>A, and IVSII-1G>A were identified in 83% of chromosomes which were studied (200 chromosomes from 240. Conclusion: Mutation IVSII-1G>A is the most common mutation in northern provinces (Gilan, mazandaran, Golestan in recent study. Also, comparison of these results with the similar finding from other provinces showed that the distributions of mutations in the northern area are different with northwest, south or southeast of the country.

  11. Metabolic and endocrinologic complications in beta-thalassemia major: a multicenter study in Tehran

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    Hashemi Reza

    2003-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The combination of transfusion and chelation therapy has dramatically extended the life expectancy of thalassemic patients. The main objective of this study is to determine the prevalence of prominent thalassemia complications. Methods Two hundred twenty patients entered the study. Physicians collected demographic and anthropometric data and the history of therapies as well as menstrual histories. Patients have been examined to determine their pubertal status. Serum levels of 25(OH D, calcium, phosphate, iPTH were measured. Thyroid function was assessed by T3, T4 and TSH. Zinc and copper in serum were determined by flame atomic absorption spectrophotometry. Bone mineral density (BMD measurements at lumbar and femoral regions have been done using dual x-ray absorptiometry. The dietary calcium, zinc and copper intakes were estimated by food-frequency questionnaires. Results Short stature was seen in 39.3% of our patients. Hypogonadism was seen in 22.9% of boys and 12.2% of girls. Hypoparathyroidism and primary hypothyroidism was present in 7.6% and 7.7% of the patients. About 13 % of patients had more than one endocrine complication with mean serum ferritin of 1678 ± 955 micrograms/lit. Prevalence of lumbar osteoporosis and osteopenia were 50.7% and 39.4%. Femoral osteoporosis and osteopenia were present in 10.8% and 36.9% of the patients. Lumbar BMD abnormalities were associated with duration of chelation therapy. Low serum zinc and copper was observed in 79.6% and 68% of the study population respectively. Serum zinc showed significant association with lumbar but not femoral BMD. In 37.2% of patients serum levels of 25(OH D below 23 nmol/l were detected. Conclusion High prevalence of complications among our thalassemics signifies the importance of more detailed studies along with therapeutic interventions.

  12. [DNA diagnosis of beta-thalassemia. Study of restriction fragment length polymorphisms in families with affected children].

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    Solov'ev, G Ia; Luk'ianenko, A V; Tagiev, A F; Dadasheva, T S; Rustamov, R Sh

    1990-10-01

    A kit of DNA-probes directed at the cluster of human beta-globulin genes was used to study the incidence rate of 7 polymorphic restriction sites in beta-thalassemia patients and normal donors in the Azerbaijan SSR. Informative polymorphic sites Hind III were detected in GJ and AJ fetal globin genes, Hinc II in psi beta and Hinc III in 3' area of psi beta gene and Ava II in beta-globine gene differing in the incidence rate in the patients and donors. An analysis of haplotypes with respect to informative sites was made in two Azerbaijan families with an affected child. It has been found that the analysis with respect to one informative site is sufficient for prenatal diagnosis of the status of the following children. PMID:1706673

  13. Hemoglobina C em homozigose e interação com talassemia beta / Homozygous hemoglobin C and its interaction with beta thalassemia

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    Ivan L., Angulo; Sandra B. R., Picado.

    Full Text Available A hemoglobina C (Hb C) é originária do oeste da África e é detectada por migração lenta na eletroforese alcalina em acetato de celulose. Consiste na mutação do gene da globina beta no códon 6 (GAG-AAG), resultando na substituição do sexto aminoácido da cadeia beta da hemoglobina humana, o ácido glut [...] âmico, pelo aminoácido lisina. A cromatografia de alto desempenho (HPLC) separa completamente as frações C e A2, permitindo caracterizar a presença da interação com talassemia beta. Esta entidade (Hb CC, em homozigoze) é considerada benigna em relação à doença falciforme, já que a falcização não faz parte de sua fisiopatologia. A raridade do diagnóstico C homozigoto e C talassemia beta nos pacientes portadores de hemoglobinopatias nos alertou para a necessidade de se conhecer melhor e estudar aspectos clínicos e hematológicos dos casos dessa mutação em homozigose e na interação com a talassemia beta no ambulatório de anemias do Centro Regional de Hematologia e Hemoterapia de Ribeirão Preto, SP, Brasil. Abstract in english Hemoglobin C (Hb C) originated in the west of Africa and is detected by alkaline electrophoresis by slow migration in cellulose acetate. It consists of a mutation of the beta globin gene in codon 6 (GAG-AAG), resulting in a substitution of glutamic acid, the sixth amino acid of the beta string of th [...] e human hemoglobin, for lysine. High performance chromatography (HPLC) separates the C and A2 fractions completely, allowing the characterization of the presence of interactions with thalassemia beta. This entity (Hb CC) is considered benign in respect to sickle cell disease, as sickle cells are not part of its physiopathology. The rarity of the diagnosis of homozygous C and beta thalassemia in patients with hemoglobinopathies showed the necessity of studying clinical and hematologic aspects of the cases of this mutation in homozygosis carriers and the interaction with beta thalassemia in the anemias clinic of the Regional Blood Center in Ribeirao Preto, SP, Brazil.

  14. Perfil de beta talassemia heterozigota obtido a partir de análise data mining em banco de dados The profile of beta thalassemia obtained by data mining analysis in a database

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    Ana L. B. Domingos

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Variations in the phenotypic expression of heterozygous beta thalassemia reflect the formation of different populations. To better understand the profile of heterozygous beta-thalassemia of the Brazilian population, we aimed at establishing parameters to direct the diagnosis of carriers and calculate the frequency from information stored in an electronic database. Using a Data Mining tool, we evaluated information on 10,960 blood samples deposited in a relational database. Over the years, improved diagnostic technology has facilitated the elucidation of suspected beta thalassemia heterozygote cases with an average frequency of 3.5% of referred cases. We also found that the Brazilian beta thalassemia trait has classic increases of Hb A2 and Hb F (60%, mainly caused by mutations in beta zero thalassemia, especially in the southeast of the country.

  15. Perfil de beta talassemia heterozigota obtido a partir de análise data mining em banco de dados / The profile of beta thalassemia obtained by data mining analysis in a database

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    Ana L. B., Domingos; Lucas A., Granzotto; Edis, Belini Junior; Thiago Y. K., Oliveira; Ana C. B., Domingos; Claudia R., Bonini-Domingos.

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    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english Variations in the phenotypic expression of heterozygous beta thalassemia reflect the formation of different populations. To better understand the profile of heterozygous beta-thalassemia of the Brazilian population, we aimed at establishing parameters to direct the diagnosis of carriers and calculat [...] e the frequency from information stored in an electronic database. Using a Data Mining tool, we evaluated information on 10,960 blood samples deposited in a relational database. Over the years, improved diagnostic technology has facilitated the elucidation of suspected beta thalassemia heterozygote cases with an average frequency of 3.5% of referred cases. We also found that the Brazilian beta thalassemia trait has classic increases of Hb A2 and Hb F (60%), mainly caused by mutations in beta zero thalassemia, especially in the southeast of the country.

  16. Comparative Effects of Three Iron Chelation Therapies on the Quality of Life of Greek Patients with Homozygous Transfusion-Dependent Beta-Thalassemia

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    Vasilis Goulas; Alexandra Kourakli-Symeonidis; Charalambos Camoutsis

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    This prospective study assessed the quality of life of patients with homozygous transfusion-dependent beta-thalassemia in Greece receiving three different iron chelation treatments. Patients enrolled were receiving one of the following chelation therapies: deferoxamine (n = 21), deferasirox (n = 75), or deferoxamine in combination with deferiprone (n = 39). The three groups were compared in terms of their quality of life, satisfaction and adherence to treatment, control of their health, and s...

  17. Extraosseous radiotracer uptake on bone scan in beta-thalassemia: report of one case; Fixation extraosseuse du radiotraceur lors de la realisation d'une scintigraphie du squelette chez un patient atteint de beta-thalassemie: a propos d'un cas

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    Guezguez, M.; Nouira, M.; Sfar, R.; Chatti, K.; Ben Fradj, M.; Ben Ali, K.; Ajmi, S.; Essabbah, H. [CHU Sahloul, Service de Medecine Nucleaire, Sousse (Tunisia); Zrour, S. [EPS F. Bourguiba, Service de Rhumatologie, Monastir (Tunisia)

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    Red blood cell transfusion, main therapeutic modality of beta-thalassemia, leads to iron overload which may perturb several metabolic ways. The aim of this paper is to illustrate the uptake abnormalities observed on bone scan of thalassaemic patients and to discuss mechanisms of extraosseous accumulation of the radiopharmaceutical in this pathology. We report a 16-year-old child suffering from beta-thalassemia major undergoing transfusion therapy. A bone scan was indicated to look for osseous infection. This study revealed a little skeletal uptake and abnormal liver, splenic and renal accumulation. A repeat bone scan, performed three weeks later showed a better skeletal uptake which enabled the discovery of focal abnormalities and made the diagnostic easier. The effect of iron overload on radiopharmaceuticals uptake in bone scan is known since 1975. Dissociation of {sup 99m}Tc from the carrier ligand due to the presence of iron excess seems the most plausible hypothesis. Free {sup 99m}Tc can be bound to other tissular substrates which can explain extraosseous uptake. The normally available pool for bone is reduced and then the skeletal uptake decreased. This report limits considerably the sensitivity of the bone scan. A well-led iron chelation and eventually the use of diuretic drug may guarantee a better quality of bone scan images. (authors)

  18. AB111. HBB: c. -78A>G/nt-28(A>G) associated with Cd 26(A-G) HbE, beta thalassemia variant causes thalassemia intermedia

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    Ly, Thi Thanh Ha; Ngo, Ngoc Diem; Ngo, Nhung Tuyet; Nguyen, Mai Thi Phuong; Nguyen, Huong Thi Mai; Duong, Truc Ba

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    ?-thalassemia is the most common single gene disorder worldwide and in Vietnam. In the present study we report in members of a family from North Vietnam, the mother compound heterozygous thalassemia intermedia presenting mutation of hemoglobin HBB: c. -78A>G/nt-28(A>G) with Cd 26(A-G) HbE. The father, heterozygous for Cd71/72(+A), ?+ beta thalassemia. To our knowledge, this is the first report of -28(A>G) in trans with beta thalassemia variant Cd 26(A-G) HbE leading to beta thalassemia intermedia. Our data highlight the necessity of deep molecular characterization of subjects presenting normal HbA2 level associated with abnormal red cell indices. It’s necessary for accurate diagnosis and improved genetic counseling.

  19. The molecular spectrum of beta-thalassemia and abnormal hemoglobins in the allochthonous and autochthonous dutch population.

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    Giordano, P C; Harteveld, C L; Heister, A J; Batelaan, D; van Delft, P; Plug, R; Losekoot, M; Bernini, L F

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    The prevalence at birth of hemoglobin defects in the autochthonous North-European population is low. However, the long immigration and colonial history of the Netherlands has resulted in a group of about 1-2 million 'autochthonous' inhabitants, with Asian, South-European or African ancestors, in whom a moderate birth prevalence of globin gene mutations can be expected. Furthermore, at least 10% of the Dutch population consists of recent immigrants from different countries with high birth prevalence of hemoglobinopathies. Because of the endogamous partner choice, which is prevalent in this population, the risk for homozygous progeny remains elevated. At least 100,000 carriers of hemoglobinopathies of recent allochthonous origin are present in the Netherlands, and the number of homozygous children is rising. Prevention by prenatal diagnosis requires a suitable protocol and knowledge about the molecular defects present in the country. Therefore we have analyzed a large number of patients and carriers, both at the hematological and at the DNA level. Our survey revealed 47 different beta-thalassemia determinants, characterized on 223 independent chromosomes from individuals of different ethnic origins. As expected, the most prevalent mutations were largely represented. The cd39 (C-->T) mutation was found in 70% of the immigrants from Morocco, Sardinia and other Central-West-Mediterranean regions while the IVS-I-110 (G-->A) was prevalent in the East-Mediterranean populations. The IVS-I-5 (G-->C) mutation was found in 45% of the patients of Indonesian origin. We also registered 308 independent chromosomes with common structural defects (HbS, HbC, HbE, Hb Lepore, Hb Constant Spring and HbD Punjab) and 33 chromosomes with 19 different, less frequent, rare or very rare mutants. Seven structural mutants were described for the first time and published separately. Furthermore, 139 independent chromosomes with deletional and nondeletional alpha-thalassemia defects were characterized. PMID:15178968

  20. Factor V G1691A (Leiden is a major etiological factor in Egyptian Budd-Chiari syndrome patients

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    Full Text Available Objective: Budd-Chiari syndrome is a multifactorial disease in which several prothrombotic disorders may predispose patients to the development of thrombosis at this uncommon location (hepatic veins. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence and characteristics of inherited thrombophilia in Egyptian Budd-Chiari syndrome patients.Materials and Methods: The study included 47 Budd-Chiari syndrome patients (20 children and 27 adults. Genotyping of Factor V G1691A (Leiden, prothrombin G20210A (PT, and methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase C677T were performed using real-time PCR and fluorescence melting curve detection analysis.Results: Factor V Leiden was observed in 29 patients (61.7%. It is the only factor that caused Budd-Chiari syndrome in 18 of the patients and in 5 of the patients with inferior vena cava involvement. Myeloproliferative disease was noted in 12 (25.5% patients, antiphospholipid syndrome in 5 (10.6%, and Behcet’s disease in 3 (6.4%. Interestingly, 3 of the children with Budd-Chiari syndrome had lipid storage disease.Conclusion: Factor V Leiden was a major etiological factor in Egyptian Budd-Chiari syndrome patients, which may have been related to the high frequency of this mutation in the study region. Factor V Leiden was also a strong thrombophilic factor and the leading cause of inferior vena cava thrombosis in these patients. Lipid storage disease should be included as a risk factor for Budd-Chiari syndrome.

  1. Assessment of the energy requirements and selected options facing major consumers within the Egyptian industrial and agricultural sectors. Final report

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    The objectives of the energy assessment study of Egypt are to develop an understanding of the current status of the principal energy users in Egypt's industrial and agricultural sectors; to estimate the energy demand and efficiency for each selected subsector within these major sectors; to identify opportunities for fuel type changes, technology switches, or production pattern changes which might increase the efficiency with which Egypt's energy is used both now and in the future: and based on options identified, to forecast energy efficiencies for selected Egyptian subsectors for the years 1985 and 2000. Study results are presented for the iron and steel, aluminium, fertilizer, chemical, petrochemical, cement, and textile industries and automotive manufacturers. Study results for drainage, irrigation, and mechanization procedures in the agricultural sector and food processing sector are also presented. (MCW)

  2. beta-thalassaemia major hos børn og unge i Danmark

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    Jung, Anne; Main, Katharina Maria

    2002-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Beta-thalassemia major occurs with increasing frequency among Danish children as a result of immigration. The aim of the study was to estimate the occurrence of beta-thalassemia major in Denmark, analyse the treatment and organ functions, and identify areas for an improved treatment strategy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: During 1998-99 all Danish pediatric departments were contacted for identification of children aged 0-18 years with beta-thalassemia major. Blood transfusions and chelation therapy were registered, and for Eastern Denmark clinical, endocrine, cardiac, and serologic parameters were performed. RESULTS: Twenty-six children had beta-thalassemia major. Out of these, 20 received blood transfusions, and 17 patients were chelated. Eight patients were not chelated owing to previous bone marrow transplantation, treatment with hydroxyurea or ferritin < 2000 micrograms/l and young age. One patient had died. The body height was between 1.5 and -5.4 SDS (median -1.7) and the sitting height was -0.6 to -5.6 SDS (median -2.3). The bone age was delayed 1-5 years (median -2.5) in six out of ten examined patients, and puberty delayed in four out of five. A dilated left ventricle was documented in one out of eight patients examined. All patients were HIV and hepatitis C negative. For 75% of the children, the parents were related. DISCUSSION: Children and adolescents with beta-thalassemia major in Denmark experience major heterogenicity with regard to treatment and late effects. An earlier and more effective iron chelation therapy together with improved patient support may reduce growth disturbances and endocrine and cardiac late effects. Udgivelsesdato: 2002-Dec-2

  3. Hypogonadotropic hypogonadism in severe beta-thalassemia: effect of chelation and pulsatile gonadotropin-releasing hormone therapy.

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    Wang, C; Tso, S C; Todd, D

    1989-03-01

    We studied pituitary-gonadal function in 11 male and 5 female patients, aged 12-30 yr, with severe beta-thalassemia and chronic iron overload. All had normal basal serum cortisol, T4, and PRL concentrations and normal serum cortisol and GH responses to insulin-induced hypoglycemia and TSH responses to TRH. Of the 11 male patients (all over 17 yr of age), only 3 attained full pubertal development and 4 had subnormal serum LH and FSH responses to GnRH. As a group, their mean basal serum testosterone (T) level was low [11.7 +/- 4.9 (+/- SE) nmol/L; normal, 10-40 nmol/L], and 9 of the 11 male patients responded to hCG with a rise in serum T. Two of the 3 female patients over 17 yr of age were prepubertal with undetectable serum estradiol (E2) levels and absent serum LH and FSH responses to GnRH; the other female patient had regular menstrual cycles and normal serum E2 levels and LH and FSH responses to GnRH. Six of the prepubertal patients (4 males and 2 females, aged 17-30 yr) were studied serially for 3 yr after the start of chelation therapy. Despite a fall of median serum ferritin from 11,910 to 1,303 pmol/L, there was no progression of puberty, and their basal and GnRH-stimulated serum LH and FSH and serum T or E2 levels did not change. Three of these patients (1 male and 2 female) then received pulsatile sc GnRH therapy in addition to chelation therapy for 6 months with no improvement. We conclude that chronic iron overload in patients with severe thalassemia leads to variable degrees of hypogonadotropic hypogonadism, which do not respond to chelation therapy given late in the course of the disease. The hypogonadism in most patients was due to pituitary hyporesponsiveness to GnRH. PMID:2493034

  4. Growth pattern in children with beta-thalassemia major and its relation with serum ferritin, IGF1 and IGFBP3

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    Mona Ramadan Nasr

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: Growth impairment in children with Betathalassemiamajor (BTM has several possible etiologiesincluding excess iron overload and endocrinologic abnormalities.We aimed to assess growth in children withBTM and its relation with serum ferritin, thyroid hormones,IGF1 and IGFBP3.Materials and methods: Thirty-three children with BTMand 30 healthy children (control group matched in age,sex and height were subjected to full clinical history andexamination, including anthropometric measurements.Fasting blood samples from both groups were taken forcomplete blood counts, fasting blood sugar, liver functiontests, serum ferritin, thyroid profiles, IGF1 and IGFBP3.Bone ages for both groups were determined radiologically.Results: A total of 57.6% of BTM group had retardedlinear growth and 45.5% of them were with delayed puberty.There was statistical significant decrease in upper/lower segment (U/L ratio in the BTM group comparedto the control group (p=0.035. No apparent hypothyroidismwas found in the thalassemia group, but significantdecreases were found in both IGF1 and IGFBP3 levels ofthe thalassemia group compared with the control group(p=0.022 and p=0.037, respectively. There was a significantcorrelation between T4 and U/L ratio (p<0.05; IGF1was significantly correlated with height, duration of transfusionsand duration of chelation (p<0.05. No significantcorrelation was found between serum ferritin and othervariables of the patients.Conclusions: Growth retardation in children with BTM isevident despite regular transfusions and chelation therapy,especially in children with older age and the cause ismainly in growth hormone-IGF1 and IGFBP3 axis. J ClinExp Invest 2012; 3(2: 157-163

  5. STUDY OF SERUM HAPTOGLOBIN LEVEL AND ITS RELATION TO ERYTHROPOIETIC ACTIVITY IN BETA THALASSEMIA CHILDREN .

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    Seham Ragab

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Background  :Serum haptoglobin (Hp is a reliable marker for hemolysis regardless the inflammatory state.  Objective: We investigated the possible relation between Hp depletion and hemolysis severity, hepatitis C virus (HCV infection and iron load in ?-thalassemia children. Methods: Twenty  two ?-thalassemia major (TM ,20 ?-thalassemia  intermedia (TI children with 20 age and sex matched healthy controls were involved. Pre-transfusion hemoglobin level was considered . Serum ferritin , Hp  and transferrin receptor  levels (sTfR  (by ELISA , alanine aminotransferase (ALT and  aspartate aminotransferase (AST  (by colorimetric method were assayed. Markers of hepatitis C virus  (HCV  were done by PCR. Results:  The mean Hp levels among the studied groups were as follows; 8.02 ± 0.93 (mg/dl , 8.6 ±0.72 (mg/dl  and 122  ± 18.5(mg/dl   for TM ,TI and the controls respectively . Both patient groups had significantly lower Hp level compared to the controls (P<0.0001  with significant lower level in TM compared to TI  children ( P= 0.034  .Significant inverse correlations were  found between serum Hp and sTfR levels in thalassemia children combined and in each group (TM and TI as well as among HCV infected children. STfR   was the only significant independent predictor for  serum Hp level (t= -5.585 , P<0.0001 . Among  HCV infected patients , no significant correlation was found between serum Hp and serum transaminases  .Conclusion:  Serum Hp depletion in thalassemia had significant relation to disease severity and correlated   well with their erythropoietic activity, as assessed by the measurement of  sTfR without significant relation  HCV infection . Large sample  multicenter studies are  recommended.  

  6. The molecular basis of beta-thalassemia intermedia in southern China: genotypic heterogeneity and phenotypic diversity

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    Sun Manna

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The clinical syndrome of thalassemia intermedia (TI results from the ?-globin genotypes in combination with factors to produce fetal haemoglobin (HbF and/or co-inheritance of ?-thalassemia. However, very little is currently known of the molecular basis of Chinese TI patients. Methods We systematically analyzed and characterized ?-globin genotypes, ?-thalassemia determinants, and known primary genetic modifiers linked to the production of HbF and the aggravation of ?/? imbalance in 117 Chinese TI patients. Genotype-phenotype correlations were analyzed based on retrospective clinical observations. Results A total of 117 TI patients were divided into two major groups, namely heterozygous ?-thalassemia (n = 20 in which 14 were characterized as having a mild TI with the Hb levels of 68-95 g/L except for five co-inherited ???anti-3.7 triplication and one carried a dominant mutation; and ?-thalassemia homozygotes or compound heterozygotes for ?-thalassemia and other ?-globin defects in which the ?+-thalassemia mutation was the most common (49/97, hemoglobin E (HbE variants was second (27/97, and deletional hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin (HPFH or ??-thalassemia was third (11/97. Two novel mutations, Term CD+32(A?C and Cap+39(C?T, have been detected. Conclusions Chinese TI patients showed considerable heterogeneity, both phenotypically and genotypically. The clinical outcomes of our TI patients were mostly explained by the genotypes linked to the ?- and ?-globin gene cluster. However, for a group of 14 patients (13 ?0/?N and 1 ?+/?N with known heterozygous mutations of ?-thalassemia and three with homozygous ?-thalassemia (?0/?0, the existence of other causative genetic determinants is remaining to be molecularly defined.

  7. Intergenic variants of HBS1L-MYB are responsible for a major quantitative trait locus on chromosome 6q23 influencing fetal hemoglobin levels in adults

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    Thein, SL; Menzel, S.; Peng, X.; Best, S; Jiang, J.; Close, J; Silver, N; Gerovasilli, A; Ping, C; Yamaguchi, M; Wahlberg, K; Ulug, P; Spector, TD; GARNER, C; Matsuda, F.

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    Individual variation in fetal hemoglobin (HbF, alpha(2)gamma(2)) response underlies the remarkable diversity in phenotypic severity of sickle cell disease and beta thalassemia. HbF levels and HbF-associated quantitative traits (e.g., F cell levels) are highly heritable. We have previously mapped a major quantitative trait locus (QTL) controlling F cell levels in an extended Asian-Indian kindred with beta thalassemia to a 1.5-Mb interval on chromosome 6q23, but the causative gene(s) are not kn...

  8. Evaluating the role of indirect bilirubin, urobilinogen and Shine AND Lal index as an alternative screening tool for beta thalassemia minor

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    Ridham A. Khanderia

    2015-06-01

    Methods: The present study was conducted on 100 (n=100 subjects in blood bank, department of pathology, government medical college Rajkot, Gujarat, India. In first group 50 subjects (Thalassemia minor were selected while in second group 50 (n2=50 normal individuals from hospital staff were selected. Complete-haemogram, serum-direct, indirect and total bilirubin, urine urobilinogen and their sensitivity and specificity were calculated. Results: Of the 50 cases in test group, 41 had higher Indirect Bilirubin level (>0.7 mg/dl, 35 had high urobilinogen level (>1 mg/dl. In control group out of 50 cases, 3 had high indirect bilirubin levels, 4 had high urobilinogen levels. Indirect-bilirubin had sensitivity of 82%, specificity of 94%. Urobilinogen showed sensitivity of 70% and specificity of 92%. Conclusion: Indirect bilirubin and urine-urobilinogen is a valuable, cost-effective screening test for beta-thalassemia-trait with sensitivity and specificity comparable to RBC indices. [Int J Res Med Sci 2015; 3(3.000: 730-737

  9. Nonsense-mediated decay mechanism is a possible modifying factor of clinical outcome in nonsense cd39 beta thalassemia genotype

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    Maria Concetta Renda

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD is a surveillance system to prevent the synthesis of non-functional proteins. In ?-thalassemia, NMD may have a role in clinical outcome. An example of premature translation stop codons appearing for the first time is the ?-globin cd39 mutation; when homozygous, this results in a severe phenotype. The aim of this study was to determine whether the homozygous nonsense cd39 may have a milder phenotype in comparison with IVS1,nt110/cd39 genotype. Genotypes have been identified from a cohort of 568 patients affected by ?-thalassemia. These genotypes were compared with those found in 577 affected fetuses detected among 2292 prenatal diagnoses. The nine most common genotypes, each with an incidence rate of 1.5% or over, and together accounting for 80% of genotype frequencies, underwent statistical analysis. Genotype prevalence was calculated within the overall group. Results are expressed as proportions with 95% confidence intervals; P?0.05 was considered statistically significant. A binomial distribution was assumed for each group; z-tests were used to compare genotype frequencies observed in the patient group with frequencies in the affected fetus group. In the absence of selecting factors, prevalence of these two genotypes was compared between a cohort of 568 ?-thalassemia patients (PTS and 577 affected fetuses (FOET detected during the same period. IVS1,nt110/cd39 was significantly more prevalent in FOET than PTS (P<0.0001, while there was no significant difference in prevalence of cd39/cd39 in FOET compared with PTS (P=0.524. These results suggest a cd39 genotype NMD mechanism may be associated with improved clinical outcomes in thalassemia major. ?????mRNA ???NMD? ?????????????????????????????NMD?????????????????????????PTC??????cd39???????????????????????????IVS1,nt110/cd39???????????cd39???????????????568?????????????????2292??????????577?????????????????9?????????????????????????1.5%????????????80%????????????????????95%????????P?0.05??????????????????????Z??????????????????????????????? ???????????568??????????PTS???????????577?????????FOET????????????IVS1,nt110/cd39?FOET?????????PTS?P<0.0001????cd39/cd39 ?FOET?PTS?P=0.524????????????????????cd39???NMD????????????????????

  10. Percutaneous excretion of iron and ferritin (through Al-hijamah) as a novel treatment for iron overload in beta-thalassemia major, hemochromatosis and sideroblastic anemia.

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    El Sayed, Salah Mohamed; Abou-Taleb, Ashraf; Mahmoud, Hany Salah; Baghdadi, Hussam; Maria, Reham A; Ahmed, Nagwa Sayed; Nabo, Manal Mohamed Helmy

    2014-08-01

    Iron overload is a big challenge when treating thalassemia (TM), hemochromatosis and sideroblastic anemia. It persists even after cure of TM with bone marrow transplantation. Iron overload results from increased iron absorption and repeated blood transfusions causing increased iron in plasma and interstitial fluids. Iron deposition in tissues e.g. heart, liver, endocrine glands and others leads to tissue damage and organ dysfunction. Iron chelation therapy and phlebotomy for iron overload have treatment difficulties, side effects and contraindications. As mean iron level in skin of TM patients increases by more than 200%, percutaneous iron excretion may be beneficial. Wet cupping therapy (WCT) is a simple, safe and economic treatment. WCT is a familiar treatment modality in some European countries and in Chinese hospitals in treating different diseases. WCT was reported to clear both blood plasma and interstitial spaces from causative pathological substances (CPS). Standard WCT method is Al-hijamah (cupping, puncturing and cupping, CPC) method of WCT that was reported to clear blood and interstitial fluids better than the traditional WCT (puncturing and cupping method, PC method of WCT). In other word, traditional WCT may be described as scarification and suction method (double S technique), while Al-hijamah may be described as suction, scarification and suction method (triple S technique). Al-hijamah is a more comprehensive treatment modality that includes all steps and therapeutic benefits of traditional dry cupping therapy and WCT altogether according to the evidence-based Taibah mechanism (Taibah theory). During the first cupping step of Al-hijamah, a fluid mixture is collected inside skin uplifting due to the effect of negative pressure inside sucking cups. This fluid mixture contains collected interstitial fluids with CPS (iron, ferritin and hemolyzed RBCs in thalassemia), filtered fluids (from blood capillaries) with iron and hemolyzed blood cells (hemolyzed RBCs, WBCs and platelets). That fluid mixture does not contain intact blood cells (having diameters in microns) that are too big to pass through pores of skin capillaries (6-12nm in diameter) and cannot be filtered. Puncturing skin upliftings and applying second cupping step excrete collected fluids. Skin scarifications (shartat mihjam in Arabic) should be small, superficial (0.1mm in depth), short (1-2mm in length), multiple, evenly distributed and confined to skin upliftings. Sucking pressure inside cups (-150 to -420mmHg) applied to skin is transmitted to around skin capillaries to be added to capillary hydrostatic pressure (-33mmHg at arterial end of capillaries and -13mmHg at venous end of capillaries) against capillary osmotic pressure (+20mmHg). This creates a pressure gradient and a traction force across skin and capillaries and increases filtration at arterial end of capillaries at net pressure of -163 to -433mmHg and at venous end of capillaries at net pressure of -143 to -413mmHg resulting in clearance of blood from CPS (iron, ferritin and hemolyzed blood cells). Net filtration pressure at renal glomeruli is 10mmHg i.e. Al-hijamah exerts a more pressure-dependent filtration than renal glomeruli. Al-hijamah may benefit patients through inducing negative iron balance. Interestingly, Al-hijamah was reported to decrease serum ferritin significantly (by about 22%) in healthy subjects while excessive traditional WCT was reported to cause iron deficiency anemia. Al-hijamah is a highly recommended treatment in prophetic medicine. In conclusion, Al-hijamah may be a promising adjuvant treatment for iron overload in TM, hemochromatosis and sideroblastic anemia. PMID:24857772

  11. The identification of beta-thalassemia mutants in Brazilians with high Hb F levels / Identificação de mutantes de beta talassemia em grupo de indivíduos com Hb Fetal aumentada da população brasileira

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    Paula J. A., Zamaro; Claudia R., Bonini-Domingos.

    Full Text Available As hemoglobinopatias são um grupo de afecções genéticas que representam problema de saúde pública em muitos países em que sua incidência é alta, com significativa morbidade. Objetivamos identificar defeitos moleculares que pudessem explicar o perfil laboratorial obtido por eletroforese e HPLC com Hb [...] F elevada, em um grupo de indivíduos adultos sem sinais ou sintomas de anemia. Encontramos cinco diferentes mutações que originam beta talassemia por PCR-ASO: três casos com CD 6 (-A), um CD 39, um IVS 1-5, um -87 todas de origem mediterrânea, e um IVS II-654 de origem asiática. As mutações CD 6 (-A), -87 e IVS II-654 foram descritas pela primeira vez na população brasileira. Abstract in english Hemoglobinopathies are a heterogeneous group of genetic disorders which represent a public health problem, with significant morbidity, in countries where the prevalence is high. This study aimed at identifying molecular abnormalities that might explain the laboratorial profile obtained using electro [...] phoresis and high performance liquid chromatography in a group of individuals without signs or clinical symptoms of anemia. Five different mutations for beta-thalassemia were found using PCR-ASO: three cases with CD 6 (-A), one CD 39, one IVI I-6, one -87 (mutations originating in the Mediterranean region) and one IVS II-654 (mutation originating in Asia). This is the first time that the CD 6 (-A), -87 and IVS II-654 mutations have been described in the Brazilian population.

  12. Egyptian Mythological Manuals

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    Jørgensen, Jens Kristoffer Blach

    2014-01-01

    From the hands of Greek mythographers a great number of myths have survived along with philosophical discussions of their meaning and relevance for the Greeks. It is little known that something similar existed in ancient Egypt where temple libraries and archives held scholarly literature used by the native priesthood, much of which has only been published in recent years. As part of this corpus of texts, the ancient Egyptian mythological manuals offer a unique perspective on how the Egyptian pri...

  13. Interação entre Hb C [beta6(A3)Glu>Lys] e IVS II-654 (C>T) beta-talassemia no Brasil / Hb C [beta6(A3)Glu>Lys] and IVS II - 654 (C>T) beta thalassemia interaction in Brazil

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    Claudia R., Bonini-Domingos; Ana C., Bonini-Domingos; Ana R., Chinelato; Paula J. A., Zamaro; Patrícia H. O., Calderan.

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available [...] Abstract in english Thalassemias are a heterogeneous group of inherited disorders characterized by a microcytic hypochromic anemia and an imbalance in the synthesis of the globin-chains. Hb C is the second most frequently variant of hemoglobin found in Brazil. The laboratory diagnosis of hemoglobinopathies, including t [...] halassemias, is growing in importance, particularly because of an increasing requirement for neonatal diagnosis of abnormal hemoglobins. Screening tests were carried out using alkaline and acid electrophoresis, globin-chain analysis by cellulose acetate in alkaline pH, isoelectric focusing and HPLC. The molecular characterization was made by PCR-ASO for Hb C and beta thalassemia mutants. Large-scale screening and discriminative methodologies must provide information about the hemoglobin polymorphisms in Brazilian population. HPLC is a powerful tool in these cases. Molecular characterization is important to genetic counseling and clinical management, in particular for the Brazilian population that have an intense racial admixture, with great variability of hemoglobins. In this paper an association between Hb C and beta thalassemia (IVS-II-654) in a black family from Brazil was described.

  14. Growth Parameters and Vitamin D status in Children with Thalassemia Major in Upper Egypt.

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    Fahim M Fahim

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study is to assess the growth parameters, vitamin D, calcium, and phosphorous status in children with thalassemia major receiving packed red cells transfusion with chelation therapy.In a case control study, 100 patients with beta thalassemia major (aged from 4 to 15 years were compared with 100 sex- and age-matched children serves as a control group. Anthropometric measurement, Serum level of calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D (25 hydroxycholecalciferol were estimated for all patients & controls.49% of our patients had short stature. 47% were underweight. BMI of 43 (43% patients were low. The mean total serum calcium (6.6±1.2 mg/dl and 25-hydroxycholecalciferol (25-OH Vit D (10.4±4.6 mcg/dl levels were significantly lower in our patients than in controls (10.2±1.06 mg/dl and 40.2±12.3 mcg/dl, respectively; each P< 0.001.Children with beta thalassemia major have delayed growth and metabolic abnormalities that signify the importance of therapeutic interventions. The presence of these abnormalities may be due to iron overload and poor nutritional support.

  15. JIT implementation in Egyptian manufacturing firms: some empirical evidence

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    Salaheldin, S.I.

    2005-01-01

    Abstract: Purpose – This study aims to delineate the major human modifications to be undertaken prior to just-in-time (JIT) implementation in Egyptian manufacturing firms; to discern the benefits obtained from JIT implementation; to identify the problems that Egyptian manufacturing companies typically encounter in implementing JIT philosophy; and to explore the relationship between human modification efforts to be undertaken prior to JIT implementation and JIT success. Design/methodology...

  16. Egyptian Clover (Trifolium alexandrinum L.) Breeding in Egypt: A Review

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    Bahy R. Bakheit

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    Berseem or Egyptian clover is a winter annual legume of major importance to Egyptian agriculture as a principle source of forage and for conserving soil fertility under intensive cropping. In this review, the published work by authors on breeding Egyptian clover (Trifolium alexandrinum L.) for productivity in Egypt has been summarized since 1980. The variability of the genotypes, genotypic and phenotypic correlation, Path coefficient, the breeding strategies, pollination and seed setting for ...

  17. Graves' disease mimicking beta-thalassemia trait.

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    Akasheh, M. S.

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    A case of Graves' disease associated with splenomegaly, lymphadenopathy, microcytic hypochromic anaemia, and a raised haemoglobin A2 is presented. The haematological indices returned to normal after conventional treatment with anti-thyroid medication.

  18. Serum ferritin levels, socio-demographic factors and desferrioxamine therapy in multi-transfused thalassemia major patients at a government tertiary care hospital of Karachi, Pakistan

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    Rehman Anis

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Beta thalassemia is the most frequent genetic disorder of haemoglobin synthesis in Pakistan. Recurrent transfusions lead to iron-overload manifested by increased serum Ferritin levels, for which chelation therapy is required. Findings The study was conducted in the Pediatric Emergency unit of Civil Hospital Karachi after ethical approval by the Institutional Review Board of Dow University of Health Sciences. Seventy nine cases of beta thalassemia major were included after a written consent. The care takers were interviewed for the socio-demographic variables and the use of Desferrioxamine therapy, after which a blood sample was drawn to assess the serum Ferritin level. SPSS 15.0 was employed for data entry and analysis. Of the seventy-nine patients included in the study, 46 (58.2% were males while 33 (41.8% were females. The mean age was 10.8 (± 4.5 years with the dominant age group (46.2% being 10 to 14 years. In 62 (78.8% cases, the care taker education was below the tenth grade. The mean serum Ferritin level in our study were 4236.5 ng/ml and showed a directly proportional relationship with age. Desferrioxamine was used by patients in 46 (58.2% cases with monthly house hold income significant factor to the use of therapy. Conclusions The mean serum Ferritin levels are approximately ten times higher than the normal recommended levels for normal individuals, with two-fifths of the patients not receiving iron chelation therapy at all. Use of iron chelation therapy and titrating the dose according to the need can significantly lower the iron load reducing the risk of iron-overload related complications leading to a better quality of life and improving survival in Pakistani beta thalassemia major patients. Conflicts of Interest: None

  19. In Egyptian service

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    ?In 1919 the number of British officials employed by the Egyptian Government reached a peak of over 1,600, a substantial figure in relation to a colonial administration like the Indian Civil Service. However, due to the anomalous nature of Britain's occupation of Egypt, the workings of British administration there were left deliberately ambiguous. Thus although we have an extensive knowledge of imperial policy with regard to Egypt, we have little understanding of how Brit...

  20. Muslim Egyptian and Lebanese Students' Conceptions of Biological Evolution

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    Boujaoude, Saouma; Wiles, Jason R.; Asghar, Anila; Alters, Brian

    2011-09-01

    In this study, we investigated distinctions among the diversity of religious traditions represented by Lebanese and Egyptian Muslim high school students regarding their understanding and acceptance of biological evolution and how they relate the science to their religious beliefs. We explored secondary students' conceptions of evolution among members of three Muslim sects—Sunni, Shiite, and Druze—in two cultural contexts; one in which the overwhelming majority of the population is Muslim (Egypt) and another in which there is a sizable Christian community (Lebanon). Data were collected via surveys that examined students' scientific and religious understandings of evolution among 162 Egyptian students (all Sunni Muslims; 63% females and 37% males) and 629 Lebanese students (38.5% Sunni, 38% Shiite, and 23.5% Druze; 49% females and 51% males). Additional data were collected via semi-structured interviews with 30 Lebanese students to allow triangulation of data for accuracy and authenticity. Results indicate that many Egyptian and Lebanese Muslim students have misconceptions about evolution and the nature of science which often lead to rejection of evolution. Also, Lebanese Sunni and Shiite students and Egyptian Sunni students tend to exhibit high levels of religiosity, and these students report that their religious beliefs influence their positions regarding evolution. Finally, Sunni and Shiite Lebanese students have religious beliefs, conceptions of evolution, and positions regarding evolution similar to those of Sunni Egyptian students. These conceptions and positions, however, are substantially different from those of Druze Lebanese students.

  1. Autopsy of an Egyptian mummy (Nakht--ROM I)

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    Autopsy of a 3200-year-old Egyptian mummy by an international multidisciplinary team yielded much information about diseases of the ancient past. Major contributions were made by the disciplines of anatomy, dentistry, genetics, hematology, histology, microbiology, nuclear medicine, occupational medicine, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, pathology, pediatrics, plastic surgery, radiology and virology. Scientists from Toronto, Detroit, Philadelphia and Cardiff participated in the investigatio...

  2. Effects of Blood Transfusion on Exercise Capacity in Thalassemia Major Patients

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    Benedetto, Daniela; Rao, Carmelo Massimo; Cefalù, Claudia; Aguglia, Demetrio Oreste; Cattadori, Gaia; D’Ascola, Domenico Giuseppe; Benedetto, Frank Antonio; Agostoni, Piergiuseppe; Sciomer, Susanna

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    Anemia has an important role in exercise performance. However, the direct link between rapid changes of hemoglobin and exercise performance is still unknown.To find out more on this topic, we studied 18 beta-thalassemia major patients free of relevant cardiac dysfunction (age 33.5±7.2 years,males = 10). Patients performed a maximal cardiopulmolmonary exercise test (cycloergometer, personalized ramp protocol, breath-by-breath measurements of expired gases) before and the day after blood transfusion (500 cc of red cell concentrates). After blood transfusion, hemoglobin increased from 10.5±0.8 g/dL to 12.1±1.2 (p<0.001), peak VO2 from 1408 to 1546mL/min (p<0.05), and VO2 at anaerobic threshold from 965 to 1024mL/min (p<0.05). No major changes were observed as regards heart and respiratory rates either at peak exercise or at anaerobic threshold. Similarly, no relevant changes were observed in ventilation efficiency, as evaluated by the ventilation vs. carbon dioxide production relationship, or in O2 delivery to the periphery as analyzed by the VO2 vs. workload relationship. The relationship between hemoglobin and VO2 changes showed, for each g/dL of hemoglobin increase, a VO2 increase = 82.5 mL/min and 35 mL/min, at peak exercise and at anaerobic threshold, respectively. In beta-thalassemia major patients, an acute albeit partial anemia correction by blood transfusion determinates a relevant increase of exercise performance, observed both at peak exercise and at anaerobic threshold. PMID:26010540

  3. Evaluation of Glucose Metabolism, Thyroid Function, Growth and Development Pattern and Calcium Status in Patients with Thalassemia Major

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    Full Text Available Thalassemia major is a genetic disorder. Blood transfusion is critical for survival in these patients. Over the course of the past two and three decade`s hypertransfusion therapy in these patients has increased significant improvement in life expectancy and quality of life. Unfortunately, this type of therapy increased the frequency of complication due to iron overloud. In the past endocrine abnormalities were very common in beta-thalassemia patients but it is more common now. The aim of this study was evaluation of prevalence of endocrine disturbances in patients with thalassemia major greater than 10 years old. Fifty six patients with thalassemia major greater than 10 years enrolled. Physicians collected demographic data and history of therapies as well as menstrual history in female. Patients have been examined to determine their pubertal status and SDS of height for evaluation of short stature. For evaluation of glucose tolerance, fasting blood glucose and oral glucose tolerance test were performed. Serum level of calcium, phosphorous, thyroid stimulating hormone, free thyroxin, luteinizing hormone and follicular stimulating hormone, estradiol in girls and testosterone in boys were measured. Fifty six patients with thalassemia major 10-27 years old were evaluated. In this study prevalence of diabetes mellitus, impaired fasting glucose and impaired glucose tolerance test were 8.9, 28.6 and 7.1%, respectively. Short stature (SDS= -2 was seen in 70 of boys and 73% of girls. Hypocalcaemia and primary overt hypothyroidism were present in 41 and 16%, respectively. 14.3% of our patients have not any endocrine abnormalities. Despite recent therapy with Desferal in the management of beta-thalassemia major, the risk of secondary endocrine dysfunction remains high. Hypogonadism is one of the most frequent endocrine complications. Endocrine evaluation in patients with thalassemia major must be carried out regularly especially in those patients over the age of 10 years in tabriz.

  4. Unexpected links between Egyptian and Babylonian mathematics

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    2005-01-01

    Mesopotamian mathematics is known from a great number of cuneiform texts, most of them Old Babylonian, some Late Babylonian or pre-Old-Babylonian, and has been intensively studied during the last couple of decades. In contrast to this Egyptian mathematics is known from only a small number of papyrus texts, and the few books and papers that have been written about Egyptian mathematical papyri have mostly reiterated the same old presentations and interpretations of the texts. In this book, it is shown that the methods developed by the author for the close study of mathematical cuneiform texts can also be successfully applied to all kinds of Egyptian mathematical texts, hieratic, demotic, or Greek-Egyptian. At the same time, comparisons of a large number of individual Egyptian mathematical exercises with Babylonian parallels yield many new insights into the nature of Egyptian mathematics and show that Egyptian and Babylonian mathematics display greater similarities than expected.

  5. Ottoman Perception of Egyptian Students

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    Yilmaz, Ali

    2015-01-01

    This research was carried out before the period described as "Arab Spring" in Egypt which is one of the highly effective countries of Middle East in political, economic and demographic structuring. The aim was to determine the Ottoman Turks image of Egyptian secondary school third grade students. Descriptive scanning model out of…

  6. Study on effectiveness of transfusion program in thalassemia major patients receiving multiple blood transfusions at a transfusion centre in Western India

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    Shah Neeraj

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Background : Children suffering from beta-thalassemia major require repeated blood transfusions which may be associated with dangers like iron overload and contraction of infections such as HIV, HCV, and HBsAg which ultimately curtail their life span. On the other hand, inadequate transfusions lead to severe anemia and general fatigue and debility. Materials and Methods: Data were obtained from 142 beta-thalassemia major patients aged 3 years or more receiving regular blood transfusions at a transfusion centre in Western India from 1 April 2009 to 30 June 2009. The clinical data and laboratory results were subsequently analyzed. Results: Of the 142 patients, 76 (53.5% were undertransfused (mean Hb <10 gm%. 96 (67% of the patients were taking some form of chelation therapy but out of them only 2 (2% were adequately chelated (S. ferritin <1000 ng/ml. 5 (3.5% of the patients were known diabetics on insulin therapy. 103 (72% of the patients were retarded in terms of growth. The prevalence of transfusion-transmitted infections (TTIs such as HCV, HIV, and HBsAg was respectively 45%, 2%, and 2%, with the prevalence of HCV being significantly more than the general population. The HCV prevalence showed positive correlation with the age of the patients and with the total no of blood transfusions received. As many as 15% (6 out of 40 children who were born on or after 2002 were HCV positive despite the blood they received being subjected to screening for HCV. Conclusions: The study suggests the need to step up the transfusions to achieve hemoglobin goal of 10 gm% (as per the moderate transfusion regimen and also to institute urgent and effective chelation measures with the aim of keeping serum ferritin levels below 1000 ng/ml to avoid the systemic effects of iron overload. In addition, strict monitoring of the children for endocrinopathy and other systemic effects of iron overload should be done. Rigid implementation of quality control measures for the ELISA kits used to detect HCV in donor blood needs to be done urgently. Alternately, more sensitive and specific measures (like NAT testing should be employed for detection of HCV. In the absence of a definitive cure accessible and available to all patients, strict implementation of the above suggested measures will go a long way in improving the quality (and quantity of life in patients of beta-thalassemia major.

  7. Risk Factors for Coronary Artery Disease in Egyptian Women

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    Bahnasawy MH*; Habbak LZ*; Al-Ashry MA** and Al-Maie MM

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a major public health problem both in developed and in developing countries. The disease is multifactorial and many predisposing risk factors are responsible for this disease. The present study was performed to determine the prevalence of CAD risk factors among Egyptian women at Damietta governorate. Patients and methods: The study was based on investigation of 113 randomly chosen women who had CAD. Demographic data, risk factors were determin...

  8. Detection of a major gene for heterocellular hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin after accounting for genetic modifiers

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    Thein, S.L.; Weatherall, D.J. (Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford (United Kingdom)); Sampietro, M.; Rohde, K.; Rochette, J.; Lathrop, G.M.; Demenais, F.

    1994-02-01

    [open quotes]Heterocellular hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin[close quotes] (HPFH) is the term used to describe the genetically determined persistence of fetal hemoglobin (Hb F) production into adult life, in the absence of any related hematological disorder. Whereas some forms are caused by mutations in the [beta]-globin gene cluster on chromosome 11, others segregate independently. While the latter are of particular interest with respect to the regulation of globin gene switching, it has not been possible to determine their chromosomal location, mainly because their mode of inheritance is not clear, but also because several other factors are known to modify Hb F production. The authors have examined a large Asian Indian pedigree which includes individuals with heterocellular HPFH associated with [beta]-thalassemia and/or [alpha]-thalassemia. Segregation analysis was conducted on the HPFH trait FC, defined to be the percentage of Hb F-containing cells (F-cells), using the class D regressive model. The results provide evidence for the presence of a major gene, dominant or codominant, which controls the FC values with residual familial correlations. The major gene was detected when the effects of genetic modifiers, notably [beta]-thalassemia and the XmnI-[sup G][gamma] polymorphism, are accounted for in this analysis. Linkage with the [beta]-globin gene cluster is excluded. The transmission of the FC values in this pedigree is informative enough to allow detection of linkage with an appropriate marker(s). The analytical approach outlined in this study, using simple regression to allow for genetic modifiers and thus allowing the mode of inheritance of a trait to be dissected out, may be useful as a model for segregation and linkage analyses of other complex phenotypes. 39 refs., 4 figs., 6 tabs.

  9. Unrelated Umbilical Cord Blood Transplant for Children with ?-Thalassemia Major.

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    Shah, Sandip A; Shah, Kamlesh M; Patel, Kinnari A; Anand, Asha S; Talati, Shailesh S; Panchal, Harsha P; Patel, Apurva A; Parikh, Sonia K; Parekh, Bhavesh B; Shukla, Shilin N; Raut, Shreeniwas S

    2015-03-01

    Beta thalassemia major, one of the most prevalent hemoglobinopathy throughout the word, can be cured by allogenic stem cell transplantation (SCT) (Bone Marrow Transplant 36:971-975, 2005). Many patients, however, lack a suitably matched related sibling donor. Unrelated umbilical cord blood (UCB) can be used as an alternative stem cell source for these patients. This report describes SCT for nine children with beta-thalassemia major using partially HLA-matched unrelated UCB. Conditioning included oral busulfan 16 mg/kg (day -10 to -7), cyclophosphamide (Cy) 200 mg/kg (day -5 to -2), fludarabine 90 mg/kg (day -13 to -11), and antithymocyte globulin (rabbit) 7.5 mg/kg (day -3 to -1). The infused cell dose was 10.71 × 10(7)/kg total nucleated cells (TNC) (range 6.5-17 × 10(7)/kg TNC). The patients ranged in age from 1.5 to 7 years, in weight from 10.5 to 17 kg. A second transplant with two unrelated cord blood units was attempted in two patients who had primary graft failure. The retransplant recipients were preconditioned with i.v Cy 120 mg/kg (day -3 to -2). Five of the nine patients engrafted promptly with 50-100 % donor chimerism (56 %). They engrafted at a median of 17 days (range 12-19). One patient is transfusion free for 36 months; a second patient is transfusion free for 18 months and a third is transfusion free for 9 months. There was no transplant related mortality. Four of the nine children had autologous recovery without engraftment. Primary graft rejection is the major complication. Post transplant complications were mild hepatic veno-occlusive disease, acute GVHD grade II, and CMV interstitial pneumonia. The chronic GVHD was limited and could be controlled by Methylprednisolone combined with Mycophenolate. The lack of a marrow donor registry in India makes UCBT from related and unrelated donors a good alternative. Transplant should be delayed until the child is at least 18 months of age. The dose of UCB stem cells is the most important factor for engraftment. UCB has the advantages of rapid availability and low risk of severe GVHD despite donor-recipient HLA disparity (Transplant Proc 37:2667-2669, 2005). We demonstrate the feasibility of this procedure in the setting of a developing country. PMID:25548438

  10. Extraordinarily Egyptian Jewelry Fit for a Pharaoh.

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    Patterson, Berniece

    1999-01-01

    Presents an art lesson for sixth-grade students in which the students study the Egyptians' jewelry techniques and designs and create their own amulets. Provides background information on the importance of life after death to the Egyptians and how religion influenced the designing of their amulets. Describes the jewelry-making procedure. (CMK)

  11. Conservation of a Rare Painted Ancient Egyptian Textile Object from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo

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    Yasin Zidan; Omar Abdel-Kareem; Nadia Lokma; Hanaa Ahmed

    2008-01-01

    This study describes conservation of a painted ancientEgyptian textile object from the collection of Osiris clothsin the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt. An evaluation ofthe reactivation consolidation technique to reinforcementof ancient Egyptian painted textiles was performed.Various investigation methods were carried out to identifythe fibres, paints, and other materials, which are part ofthe selected object. The condition of the object was alsoinvestigated. Newly prepared painted linen tex...

  12. Egyptian and foreign cigarettes Pt. 1

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    NAA was employed to determine the concentration of 27 elements in an Egyptian cigarette filter before and after smoking. The filter of three foreign cigarette brands were also analyzed and compared to the Egyptian brand. The elements determined are Al, As, Ba, Br, Ce, Cl, Co, Cr, Cs, Eu, Fe, Hf, K, La, Mg, Mn, Na, Ni, Rb, Sb, Sc, Se, Sr, Th, Ti, V and Zn. It was observed that the concentration of the measured elements in the Egyptian brand were within the concentration range of foreign brands, and that the concentration of As, Br, Cl, K, Na and Se in the filters increased after smoking regardless the brands examined. (author)

  13. Some endocrinal aspects of pancreas in beta thalassemia

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    The study was carried out to evaluate endocrinal aspects of the pancreas in thalassemia children, ages 5 - 10 years maintained under either regular or irregular iron chelation therapy. A matched control on healthy children, was included for comparison. As regards laboratory findings, fasting and post prandial blood sugar was significantly elevated in thalassemia children than the control and serum insulin was significantly lower in the irregular iron chelation group than both in the regular one and in the control group. Most cases of diabetic thalassemia children clinically and biochemically were of irregular iron chelation and with older age. They were frequently higher transfused. There is significant rise of serum ferritin in diabetic group than in diabetic thalassemia children. In conclusion, pancreatic dysfunction can be detected in thalassemia children, but regular iron chelation can reduce its occurrence. 10 tabs

  14. Coagulopathy in Beta-Thalassemia: Current Understanding and Future Perspectives

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    Cappellini, M Domenica; Musallam, Khaled M; Marcon, Alessia; Taher, Ali T.

    2009-01-01

    As the life expectancy of ?-thalassemia patients has markedly improved over the last decade, several new complications are being recognized. The presence of a high incidence of thromboembolic events, mainly in thalassemia intermedia patients, has led to the identification of a hypercoagulable state in thalassemia. In this review, the molecular and cellular mechanisms leading to hypercoagulability in thalassemia are highlighted, and the current clinical experience is summarized. Recommendation...

  15. Radiological assessment of the Egyptian Mediterranean coast

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    On the basis of extensive sampling, gamma spectrometry, laboratory analyses, data evaluation and comparison with the reference data, the following assessment has been carried out. The radiological assessment has been done for a wide scale study area (about 1100 km) from El- Salloum in the west of the Mediterranean coast of Egypt to El-Arish in the east. The environmental radiological assessment steps are based on the criteria previously mentioned. The sources of radioactivity possibly reach the Egyptian Mediterranean coast can be summarized as: primordial and radiogenic radionuclides (e.g. 40K, 238U and 232Th series), cosmic rays and cosmogenic radionuclides (e.g. 7Be), fertilizers (e.g. superphosphate), black sand (transported by Nile River), fallout (either from nuclear testing or Chernobyl), seawater currents (transported either natural or man-made), Suez Canal (subject to receive a radioactive releasing and effluents from either nuclear power ships or submarines passes through the canal), biological migration and sedimentary longshore movement (e.g. Anguilla anguilla), atmospheric radioactivity (e.g. 222Rn and its daughters), domestic and medical sewage (minor source, short half-life), depleted uranium dust (possibly), satellite and aircraft accident (accidentally) and rarely loss of industrial radioactive source (incidentally). El-Salloum, Rashid and El-Gamil have been considered as concentrated basins for the majority of the radioisotopes. This suggestion was due to the special topographical features of these three stations, which make the accumulation of the radioactive isotopes possible. Calculations of outdoor absorbed dose rate for human population at all stations under investigation from 238U, 232Th and 40K were carried out. The calculated absorbed dose rate has been distinguished the coast into normal areas and Rashid black sand area as high background area. The range of calculated dose was 8.39-38.5 ?Gy/h. Good agreement was observed with NCRP absorbed dose rates 26 (17-40) nGy/h. Calculations of gamma absorbed dose rate in Rashid black sand area collected in July 1998 recorded as 0.72 ?Gy/h. This value was considered as relatively high dose rate and it is remarkable of the high background radiation area at Rashid. Comparing with the reported gamma radiation dose rates in the others high background radiation areas, it was in agreement with Ramsar in Iran (0.7-50 ?Gy/h) and relatively lower than 1-2 ?Gy/h at Guarapari, Meaipe and Cumuruxatiba in Brazil. Annual intake radiation dose was achieved by estimation of the human intake of radioactivity due to fish consumption considering the Egyptian values. Using the mathematical calculation of annual dose per Bq, the total dose to a person, daily fed with 0.0136 kg fish, in one year was 10.3 ?Sv/y, which is mainly from 40K. Annual intake radiation dose was achieved by estimation of the human intake of radioactivity due to fish consumption considering the Egyptian values. Using the mathematical calculation of annual dose per Bq, the total dose to a person, daily fed with 0.0136 kg fish, in one year was 10.3 ?Sv/y, which is mainly from 40K. The only man-made radionuclide detected in the Egyptian Mediterranean coast is 137Cs with average value 0.37 Bq/kg. This average value shows high agreement with the other referenced values in the world. The main source of 137Cs is atmospheric fallout either from nuclear testing or Chernobyl. The marine transport from western Mediterranean could be considered as another source. Surface seawater salinity showed a positive correlation with the concentrations of 40K in surface seawater (r = 0.64). A mathematical model has been deduced to estimate the range of natural 40K in the surface seawater. Assessment of radioactivity bioaccumulators was made among different biota collected from the Egyptian Mediterranean coast. It revealed that, Patella spp., Anguilla spp. and Mytilus spp. were the best marine organisms for having the capability to accumulate 40K. Also, Patella spp., Ang uilla spp. and the intermediate leave of Posidonia s

  16. Expression of therapeutic misconception amongst Egyptians: a qualitative pilot study

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    Silverman Henry J

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Studies have shown that research participants fail to appreciate the difference between research and medical care, labeling such phenomenon as a "therapeutic misconception" (TM. Since research activity involving human participants is increasing in the Middle East, qualitative research investigating aspects of TM is warranted. Our objective was to assess for the existence of therapeutic misconception amongst Egyptians. Methods Study Tool: We developed a semi-structured interview guide to elicit the knowledge, attitudes, and perspectives of Egyptians regarding medical research. Setting: We recruited individuals from the outpatient settings (public and private at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. Analysis: Interviews were taped, transcribed, and translated. We analyzed the content of the transcribed text to identify the presence of a TM, defined in one of two ways: TM1 = inaccurate beliefs about how individualized care can be compromised by the procedures in the research and TM2 = inaccurate appraisal of benefit obtained from the research study. Results Our findings showed that a majority of participants (11/15 expressed inaccurate beliefs regarding the degree with which individualized care will be maintained in the research setting (TM1 and a smaller number of participants (5/15 manifested an unreasonable belief in the likelihood of benefits to be obtained from a research study (TM2. A total of 12 of the 15 participants were judged to have expressed a TM on either one of these bases. Conclusion The presence of TM is not uncommon amongst Egyptian individuals. We recommend further qualitative studies investigating aspects of TM involving a larger sample size distinguished by different types of illnesses and socio-economic variables, as well as those who have and have not participated in clinical research.

  17. Radiological assessment of the Egyptian Mediterranean Coast

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    On the basis of extensive sampling, gamma spectrometry, laboratory analyses, data evaluation and comparison with the reference data, the following assessment has been carried out. The radiological assessment has been done for a wide scale study area (about 1100 km) from El-Salloum in the west of the Mediterranean coast of Egypt to El-Arish in the east. The environmental radiological assessment steps are based on the criteria previously mentioned. The sources of radioactivity possibly reach the Egyptian Mediterranean coast can be summarized as: primordial and radiogenic radionuclides (e.g. 40K, 23'8U and 232Th series), cosmic rays and cosmogenic radionuclides (e.g. 7Be), fertilizers (e.g. superphosphate), black sand (transported by the Nile River), fallout (either from nuclear testing or Chernobyl), seawater currents (transported either natural or man-made), Suez Canal (subject to receive a radioactive releasing and effluents from either nuclear power ships or submarines passing through the Canal), biological migration and sedimentary longshore movement (e.g. Anguilla anguilla), atmospheric radioactivity (e.g. 222Rn and its daughters), domestic and medical sewage (minor source, short half-life), depleted uranium dust (possibly), satellite and aircraft accident (accidental) and rarely loss of industrial radioactive source (incidentally). El-Salloum, Rashid and El-Gamil have been considered as concentrated basins for the majority of the radioisotopes. This suggestion was due to the special topographical features of these three stations, which make the accumulation of the radioactive isotopes possible. Calculations of outdoor absorbed dose rate for human population at all stations under investigation from 238U, 232Th and 40K were carried out. The calculated absorbed dose rate has been distinguished the coast into normal areas and Rashid black sand area as high background area. The range of calculated dose was 8.39-38.5 nGy/h. Good agreement was observed with NCRP absorbed dose rates 26 (17-40) nGy/h. Calculations of gamma absorbed dose rate in Rashid black sand area collected in July 1998 recorded as 0.72 ?Gy/h. This value was considered as relatively high dose rate and it is remarkable of the high background radiation area at Rashid. Comparing with the reported gamma radiation dose rates in the others high background radiation areas, it was in agreement with Ramsar in Iran (0.7-50 ?Gy/h) and relatively lower than 1-2 ?Gy/h at Guarapari, Meaipe and Cumuruxatiba in Brazil. Annual intake radiation dose was achieved by estimation of the human intake of radioactivity due to fish consumption considering the Egyptian values. Using the mathematical calculation of annual dose per Bq, the total dose to a person, daily fed with 0.0136 kg fish, in one year was 10.3 ?Sv/y, which is mainly from 40K. The only man-made radionuclide detected in the Egyptian Mediterranean coast is 137Cs with an average value 0.37 Bq/kg. This average value shows high agreement with the other referenced values in the world. The main source of 137Cs is atmospheric fallout either from nuclear testing or Chernobyl. The marine transport from western Mediterranean could be considered as another source. Surface seawater salinity showed a positive correlation with the concentrations of 40K in surface seawater (r = 0.64). A mathematical model has been deduced to estimate the range of natural 40K in surface seawater. Assessment of radioactivity bioaccumulators was made among different biota collected from the Egyptian Mediterranean coast. It revealed that, Patella spp., Anguilla spp. and Mytilus spp were the best marine organisms for the capability to accumulate 40K. Also, Patella spp., Anguilla spp. and the intermediate leaves of Posidonia spp. were found as good accumulators of both 214Pb and 214Bi. Anguilla spp. and Mytilus were found to be good accumulators of 228Ac

  18. Egyptian and foreign cigarettes Pt. 2

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    The concentration of 27 elements was measured using neutron activation analysis in a cigarette brand commercially manufactured in Egypt and in three foreign brands available on the Egyptian market. The cigarette components examined were tobacco, wrapping paper and ash. All results are expressed in absolute values per cigarette. The concentration of Al, As, Ba, Br, Cl, Cs, Eu, Fe, Mn, Na, Ni, Rb, Sb, Sc, Sr, Th, Ti and V in the Egyptian cigarette were above the range determined for the foreign brands examined; however, Ce, Co, Cr, Hf, K, La, Mg, Se and Zn were within that range. Except for K, Mn, Ni and Ti, the above conclusions were the same for elements determined in the ash. The wrapping paper used for the Egyptian cigarette contains the lowest quantity of Cl and Mn. (author)

  19. Composition of Egyptian nerolì oil.

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    Bonaccorsi, Ivana; Sciarrone, Danilo; Schipilliti, Luisa; Trozzi, Alessandra; Fakhry, Hussein A; Dugo, Giovanni

    2011-07-01

    The bitter orange flower oil (or neroli) is an essential product, largely used in perfumery. Neroli is obtained by hydrodistillation or steam distillation, from the flowers of bitter orange (Citrus aurantium L.). Since a long time neroli production is limited and its cost on the market is considerably high. The annual production in Tunisia and Morocco is ca. 1500 Kg, representing more than 90% of the worldwide production. A small amount ofneroli is also produced in Egypt, Spain and Comorros (not exceeding 150 kg totally). Due to the high cost, the producers and the users have tried to obtain less expensive products, with odor characters close to that of neroli oil to be used as substitute and sometimes as adulterants of the genuine oil. In this study are investigated five samples of Egyptian neroli oils produced in 2008 and 2009, in the same industrial plant, declared genuine by the producer. For all the samples the composition was determined by GC/FID and by GC/MS-LRI; the samples were also analyzed by esGC to determine the enantiomeric distribution of twelve volatiles and by GC-C-IRMS for the determination of the delta13C(VPDB) values of some mono and sesquiterpene hydrocarbons, alcohols and esters. The analytical procedures allowed to quantitatively determining 86 components. In particular the variation of the composition seems to be dependent on the period of production. In fact, the amount of linalool decreases from March to April while linalyl acetate presents an opposite trend, increasing in the same period. The RSD determined for the delta13C(VPDB) are very small (max. 3.89%), ensuring the authenticity of all samples. The results are also discussed in function of the limits provided by the European Pharmacopoeia (EP) (2004), AFNOR (1995) and ISO (2002) regulations for genuine neroli oils. PMID:21834247

  20. Islam in Egyptian Education: Grades K-12

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    Neill, Charlotte M.

    2006-01-01

    This article explores the important role that the religion of Islam plays in the education of Egyptian children. The scrutiny under which the Islamic world finds itself in the after-math of September 11, 2001 has resulted in calls for educational reform, not only from the outside world, but also from the Muslim world itself. The author has a…

  1. ANTHROPOMETRIC STUDY OF NASAL INDEX OF EGYPTIANS

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    Abdelmonem Awad Hegazy

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: The nasal index determination is one of the most commonly used anthropometric parameters in classifying human races. There are few reports in medical literature concerning nasal index that specifically address particular Egyptian populations. The objective of this study was to determine the normal parameters of external nose (width, height and nasal index in Egyptians. Methods: The study was conducted randomly on healthy Egyptian subjects of both sexes. Nasal height and width were measured using vernier caliper. Then, nasal index was determined for each subject. The obtained data were subjected to statistical analysis. Results: A total of 290 subjects, 144 males and 146 females, aged 1 month– 65 years, were enrolled in the study. The study showed the existence of sexual dimorphism in nasal morphology, appearing after the age 20 years. The mean nasal index in the investigated adults was 68.01; in males and females was 71.46 and 64.56, respectively. Conclusions: The dominant nasal type in Egyptians was in-between mesorrhine "medium" and leptorrhine "narrow" nose. Forensic and anthropological research, as well as cosmetic and reconstructive surgery may benefit from age- and sex- based data of the study.

  2. Environmental isotope studies of the Egyptian Nubian sandstone aquifer of the Eastern Sahara (palaeoclimatic indications)

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    A study has been made of the environmental isotopes (deuterium, oxygen-18 and carbon-14) and the hydrochemistry of the Nubian sandstone aquifer in three Egyptian oases in the Eastern Sahara. The three oases form, with the El-Kufra basin, the major regional sandstone aquifer of the eastern Sahara. Because of the interconnection among the aquifer systems, there is no sharp distinction between the isotopic compositions of shallow and deep groundwater horizons

  3. Placentation in the Egyptian slit-faced bat Nycteris thebaica (Chiroptera: Nycteridae)

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    Enders, A C; Jones, C J P; Taylor, P J; Carter, A M

    2009-01-01

    Bats are a highly successful, widely distributed group, with considerable variation in placental structure. The Egyptian slit-faced bat Nycteris thebaica is a member of one of the few families with previously undescribed placentation. It was found that, although the interhemal type of the Nycteris placenta is endotheliochorial with a single layer of cytotrophoblast, the arborizing pattern of the maternal vessels and especially the extraordinary major placental artery differs from the placenta of...

  4. Studies in lexicography of Ancient Egyptian buildings and their parts

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    1981-01-01

    The aim of this study is to attempt to clarify the meanings of the various terms used by the ancient Egyptians to describe the architectural elements which constituted an Egyptian temple. It consists of discussions of a total of fifty-seven nouns which have, in the past, been translated by general terms such as 'shrine' 'hall' 'column' and 'wall'. Each of the terms is discussed individually, and the entries are arranged-according to the order of the Egyptian alphabet. Ea...

  5. Investigating the use of Egyptian blue in Roman Egyptian portraits and panels from Tebtunis, Egypt

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    Ganio, Monica; Salvant, Johanna; Williams, Jane; Lee, Lynn; Cossairt, Oliver; Walton, Marc

    2015-08-01

    The use of the pigment Egyptian blue is investigated on a corpus of fifteen mummy portraits and Roman-period paintings from Tebtunis, Egypt, housed in the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. Egyptian blue has a strong luminescence response in the near infrared that can be exploited to created wide-field images noninvasively showing the distribution of the pigment on a work of art. A growing body of publications in the last decade highlights the increasing use of this tool and its sensitive detection limits. However, the technique is not wavelength specific. Both excitation and emission occur in a broad range. Although Egyptian blue has a strong emission in the NIR, a myriad of other compounds may emit light in this spectral region when excited in the visible. The limited number of studies including complementary analysis to verify the presence of Egyptian blue does not allow its identification on the basis of NIR luminescence alone. Through the use of in situ X-ray fluorescence and X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy/energy-dispersive spectroscopy of cross sections, this paper confirms the identification of Egyptian blue by NIR luminescence in unexpected areas, i.e., those not blue in appearance.

  6. Conservation of a Rare Painted Ancient Egyptian Textile Object from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo

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    Yasin Zidan

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available This study describes conservation of a painted ancientEgyptian textile object from the collection of Osiris clothsin the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt. An evaluation ofthe reactivation consolidation technique to reinforcementof ancient Egyptian painted textiles was performed.Various investigation methods were carried out to identifythe fibres, paints, and other materials, which are part ofthe selected object. The condition of the object was alsoinvestigated. Newly prepared painted linen textile sampleswere artificially deteriorated to be used for evaluation ofthe suggested reactivation consolidation technique. Theaged textile samples were treated with three selectedadhesives in three different concentrations and the sampleswere evaluated. The results show that the tested consolidationtechnique is suitable to reinforce deterioratedlinen textiles. The evaluated consolidation technique issimple, effective and can be applied using simple tools thatare common to many conservation labs.

  7. Egyptian plant species as new ozone indicators

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    Of more than 30 species of plants from Egypt screened for sensitivity to ozone, four were found to be suitable for use as bioindicators. - The aim of this study was to test and select one or more highly sensitive, specific and environmentally successful Egyptian bioindicator plants for ozone (O3). For that purpose more than 30 Egyptian species and cultivars were subjected to extensive screening studies under controlled environmental and pollutant exposure conditions to mimic the Egyptian environmental conditions and O3 levels in urban and rural sites. Four plant species were found to be more sensitive to O3 than the universally used O3-bioindicator, tobacco Bel W3, under the Egyptian environmental conditions used. These plant species, jute (Corchorus olitorius c.v. local), clover (Trifolium alexandrinum L. c.v. Masry), garden rocket (Eruca sativa c.v. local) and alfalfa (Medicago sativa L. c.v. local), ranked in order of decreasing sensitivity, exhibited typical O3 injury symptoms faster and at lower O3 concentrations than Bel W3. Three variables were tested in search of a reliable tool for the diagnosis and prediction of O3 response prior to the appearance of visible foliar symptoms: pigment degradation, stomatal conductance (gs) and net photosynthetic CO2 assimilation (Pnet). Pigment degradation was found to be unreliable in predicting species sensitivity to O3. Evidence supporting stomatal conductance involvement in O3 tolerance was found only in tolerant species. A good correlation was found between gs, restriction of O3 and CO2 influx into the mesophyll tissues, and Pnet. Changes in Pnet seemed to depend largely on fluctuations in gs

  8. Chronic neutrophilic leukaemia: an Egyptian case

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    Elbahrawy, Ashraf; Hamdy, Mahmoud; Morsy, Mohamed Hanafy; Ragab, Ramadan

    2009-01-01

    Chronic neutrophilic leukaemia (CNL) is a rare myeloproliferative disorder of elderly patients characterised by sustained neutrophilia. The diagnosis of CNL requires the exclusion of BCR/ABL positive chronic myelogenous leukaemia and leukemoid reaction. We present here a case of a 61-year-old Egyptian man with CNL and 21 months of follow-up. The main symptom of our patient was purpura. Splenomegaly, hepatomegaly and lymph node enlargement were not detected at presentation or throughout the pa...

  9. The antinociceptive effect of some Egyptian medicinal plant extracts.

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    Atta, A H; Abo EL-Sooud, K

    2004-12-01

    The antinociceptive effect of methanolic extracts (200 and 400 mg kg(-1)) of eight Egyptian medicinal plants was studied using acetic acid-induced writhing and tail-flick test in mice. Oral administration of 400 mg kg(-1) methanolic extracts of Convolvulus fatmensis, Alhagi maurorum, Plantago major seeds, Conyza dioscaridis significantly (P acris, Plantago major leaves and Mentha microphylla, in the large dose, showed a protection of 50.8-45.8%, which were significantly different as compared to control. The smaller dose of the tested plant extracts did not protect animals from painful acetic acid stimulation with the exception of Alhagi maurorum. In the tail-flick test, methanolic extracts of Mentha microphylla, Conyza dioscaridis, Alhagi maurorum, Plantago major leaves, Diplotaxis acris and Convolvulus fatmensis in a dose of 400 mg kg(-1) produced significant increase in the latency to response of tail to thermal stimulation. Mild or no effect was observed by the small dose with the exception of Diplotaxis acris that had significant antinociceptive effect at the dose of 200 mg kg(-1). The extracts of all tested plants in doses up to 2 g kg(-1) b.wt. did not cause any deaths or major signs of acute toxicity. Phytochemical screening indicated the presence of unsaturated sterols, triterpenes, tannins, flavonoids and carbohydrates and/or glycosides as major constituents. PMID:15507342

  10. Cartoons and the Egyptian Transition: A Qualitative Analysis of Egyptian Newspapers

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    Sara S. Elmaghraby

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Since the Egyptian revolution of 25 January, cartoonists have depicted the transition taking place in this country in several ways. This study aims to analyze the cartoons drawn about this transition period in Egypt in seven different Egyptian newspapers. This is done through a qualitative analysis of 80 cartoons published between 28 June and 4 July 2013, as this period saw the ousting of elected president Mohamed Morsi by the military general Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. The study observes the different depiction of various topics, actors and visual frames used by the seven newspapers during the analyzed period, in accordance with their particular viewpoint of the transition in Egypt.

  11. SOME IMPORTANT FACTORS AFFECTING EVOLUTION OF ACTIVITY BASED COSTING (ABC SYSTEM IN EGYPTIAN MANUFACTURING FIRMS

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    Karim MAMDOUH ABBAS

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    Full Text Available The present investigation aims to determine the factors affecting evolution of Activity Based Costing (ABC system in Egyptian case. The study used the survey method to describe and analyze these factors in some Egyptian firms. The population of the study is Egyptian manufacturing firms. Accordingly, the number of received questionnaires was 392 (23 Egyptian manufacturing firms in the first half of 2013. Finally, the study stated some influencing factors for evolution this system (ABC in Egyptian manufacturing firms.

  12. The Person in an Egyptian judicial Context

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    Dupret, Baudouin

    2003-01-01

    In Egyptian law, the notion of the person is formulated in statute law, used in case-law, and practiced in what is called "law in action". It is closely associated with the concept of legal capacity and incapacity. This article concentrates on legal practices related to the person as they emerge from actual legal interactions in judicial contexts. This will lead to propose a praxiological approach to the norm, the law, and the following of a rule. Such praxiological sociology allows to observ...

  13. Documentation of BRUSII used on Egyptian data

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    Klinge Jacobsen, Henrik

    1995-01-01

    The BRUSII model and its use on Egyptian data are documented in this report. A Master Plan for wind development in Egypt is a part of the project, Demonstration and Development of Technology and Planning in the Wind Energy Sector in Egypt. The Master Plan work is has been carried out in cooperation between New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA) in Cairo and The System Analysis Department of Risø. In the work the BRUSII model has been used to analyze the perspectives for wind development in a ...

  14. SURGICAL PROCEDURES DURING ANCIENT EGYPTIAN MUMMIFICATION

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    Bob, Brier; Ronald S., Wade.

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available Los autores intentaron replicar el sistema de momificación egipcia en un cadáver humano actual y en un trabajo anterior, los autores publicaron sus resultados sobre el uso de natron en la momificación antigua. Este informe presenta los procedimientos quirúrgicos utilizados durante el proceso de momi [...] ficación Abstract in english The authors attempted to replicate Egyptian mummification with a human cadaver. In a previous paper, the authors reported their findings on the use of natron in ancient mummification. This paper discusses the surgical procedures used in evisceration during mummification [...

  15. Computer tomographic investigation of ancient Egyptian mummies

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    Huebner, K.H.; Pahl, W.M.

    1981-08-01

    Radiological and computer tomographic examinations of Egyptian mummies have been carried out at the Institute of Anthropology and Human Genetics from 1975 to 1978. These have demonstrated the value of CT in medical archaeology. It enables one to study the soft tissues, the skin (if bandaged), the muscles and any organs retained in situ for magical or religious reason. Measurements of attenuation values indicate the materials which were used for mummifying the skin and organs. Characteristic examples are described and the early results of these examinations are discussed.

  16. German-Egyptian seminar on environmental research

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    Industrial development and scientific advancement have opened new frontiers of interest and challenges. Anthropogenic activities are increasingly upsetting the natural environmental balance and are at the same time shifting from local impact to global importance. Science is confronted with the challenge to answer the question of what are the consequences of anthropogenic changes to the environment and to help politics formulate countermeasures for the sake of a sustainable future. Protect results achieved within the Egyptian-German cooperation were presented to the scientific community and to the interested public and discussions on future lines of actions took place. (orig./KW)

  17. Rethinking Time Allocation of Egyptian Females

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    Hendy, Rana

    2010-01-01

    The present research explores for the first time to our best knowledge the extremely biased division of labor within Egyptian households. Time activities in respect of paid and unpaid work are an important aspect of this study. The classical dichotomy of "work in the market" versus "leisure" may serve as a good approximation of the role the male plays in the production activity of the household but does gross injustice to the female since it overlooks the whole time she spends, outside the ma...

  18. Electrical properties of Egyptian natural graphite

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    The electrical properties of Egyptian natural graphite flakes, obtained from the graphite schists of Wadi Bent, Eastern Desert, were measured. The flakes were ground and compressed into pellets. The standard four probe dc method was used to measure the temperature dependence of the electric resistivity from room temperature down to 12 K. The transverse and longitudinal magnetoresistance were measured in the low magnetic field range at temperatures 300 K, 77 K and 12 K. The transverse magnetoresistance data was used to estimate the average mobility, assuming a simple two-band model. (author). 20 refs, 4 figs, 1 tab

  19. Nutritive Value of Irradiated Egyptian Truffles

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    In this study, the nutritive value of truffles was evaluated as protein efficiency ratio (C-PER) compared with casein C-PER. of white truffle was higher than brown truffle and therefore had a better nutritional quality over the brown truffle. Egyptian truffle could be considered as a good source of protein with good essential amino acids content and high nutritive value. It was found that white and brown truffles (Al-Kamah) grow in the north westarn coast of the Egyptian desert, white truffle was identified as Tirmania nivea while brown truffle was identified as Terfezia boudieri. Rats were fed on normal diet as (basal diet) for two weeks, then they were fed on the same diet with 10% of casein (control diet), replaced by 20% of irradiated and non irradiated white and brown truffle dried samples as a protein source. The nutritive value parameters were measured at the end of the experiment, gains in body weight, daily food intake, feed conversion ratio, protein efficiency ratio were measured, biological value, the biological effect on liver kideny function serum glucose. LDL and HDL-cholesterol were investigated too

  20. Antibacterial activity of selected Egyptian ethnomedicinal plants

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    Mashait, M.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims: Medicinal plants have recently received the attention of the antimicrobial activity of plants and their metabolites due to the challenge of growing incidences of drug-resistant pathogens. The aims of this study were to determine the antibacterial activities of plant extracts used as ethnomedicinal in Egypt. Methodology and Results: Investigations were carried out to assess the antibacterial efficiency of 11 plant extracts used as ethnopharmacological among Egyptian native people against infectious diseases. Crude methanol, ethanol,chloroform, hexane, acetone and aqueous extract of plants were tested for antibacterial activity in vitro against ten bacterial isolates using the disc diffusion method test. Discs were impregnated with 2 mg/mL of different solvent extracts. Among all the crude extracts, the methanol extract showed the highest activity than other extracts. P. harmala and S. officinalis exhibited highest antibacterial activity against gram positive and negative bacteria while the remainingplants extracts showed less activity. All the plant extracts showed no significant effect against the Bordetella bronchisepta ATCC 4617 except the extracts of M. fragrans and L. sativum. E. coli is the most sensitive microorganism tested, with the lowest MIC value (0.5 mg/mL in the presence of the plant extract of P. harmala and S. officinalis.Conclusion, significance and impact of study: Results obtained herein, may suggest that the ethnomedicinal Egyptian plants possess antimicrobial activity and therefore, they can be used in biotechnological fields as natural preservative ingredients in food and/or pharmaceutical industry.

  1. Applications of external PIXE to ancient Egyptian artefacts

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    The external Proton Induced X-Ray Emission (PIXE) facility at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology has been used to analyse ancient Egyptian glass samples, an Egyptian wall paint fragment and soil pigments. A 0.35 mm diameter beam of 1.6 MeV protons, extracted from the vacuum through an 8 ?m gold coated Kapton foil was used. Analysis of the spectra was carried out with the analysis package PIXAN. The analysis of two Egyptian glass samples enabled the partial determination of the colouring transition metals and the manufacturing technique, indicating them to be consistent with 'New Kingdom' glasses

  2. General fire protection guidelines for Egyptian nuclear installations

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    The purpose of this paper is to establish the regulatory requirements that will provide and ensure fire protection of Egyptian nuclear installations. Two or more classes of occupancy are considered to occur in the same building or structure. Fire protection measures and systems were reviewed for four of the Egyptian nuclear installations. These are Egypt's first research reactor (ET-RR-1) building and systems, hot laboratories buildings and facilities, the building including the AECL type JS-6500 industrial cobalt-60 gamma irradiator ''Egypt's Mega Gamma I'' and Egypt's second research multi-purpose reactor (MPR). A brief review is given about fire incidents in Egypt, and descriptions of the only fire reported at one of the Egyptian nuclear installations over more than 35 years of operating these installations. The study outlines the various aspects of fire protection with a view to define the relevant highlights and scope of an Egyptian guidelines. (author)

  3. Studies of natural radioactivity of some Egyptian rock phosphates

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    226Ra, 235U, 232Th and 40K activity concentrations (Bq/kg) in some Egyptian phosphate samples have been measured using HPGe gamma spectrometer. Also their radium equivalent activities were calculated and discussed. (author)

  4. Application of Moessbauer spectroscopy in investigating Egyptian archaeology

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    This article summarizes the results of applications of the Moessbauer spectroscopy to investigate Ancient Egyptian pottery from the periods: Ancient Egyptian (3200-525 B.C.), Greek-Roman (320 B.C.-640 A.C.) and Early Islamic (800-1000 A.C.). Many objective informations deduced about: provinance, manufacturing techniques for different domestic purposes, civilization transfer between the Arab countries, methods of colouration and applying decorating glazes, and finally dating of ancient pottery. (orig.)

  5. Connecting Philosophy of Ancient Egyptians to Modern Thinking

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    Aminuddin Hassan; Nurul A.A.K. Anuar; Norhasni Z. Abiddin

    2012-01-01

    Problem statement: Associating any knowledge from ancient Egyptians to modern civilization and thinking was important and had its own value. The process of understanding knowledge related to ancient Egyptians is actually based on the nature of philosophical thought. Approach: In the discussion of ancient Egypt philosophy, it is important to look at it from the perspectives of the four branches of philosophy; metaphysics, epistemology, axiology and logic. Metaphysics has two elements, which ar...

  6. Molecular Characterization of Eimeria Species Naturally Infecting Egyptian Baldi Chickens

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    GADELHAQ, Sahar M; ARAFA, Waleed M; ABOELHADID, Shawky M

    2015-01-01

    Background: Coccidiosis is a serious protozoal disease of poultry. The identification of Eimeria species has important implications for diagnosis and control as well as for epidemiology. The molecular characterization of Eimeria species infecting Egyptian baladi chickens was investigated. Methods: Eimeria species oocysts were harvested from intestines of naturally infected Egyptian baldi chickens. The morphometry characterization of oocysts along with COCCIMORPH software was done. The DNA was extracted initially by freezing and thawing then the prepared samples was subjected to commercial DNA kits. The DNA products were analyzed through conventional polymerase chain reaction by using amplified region (SCAR) marker. Results: The PCR results confirmed the presence of 7 Eimeria species in the examined fecal samples of Egyptian baldi breed with their specific ampilicon sizes being E. acervulina (811bp), E. brunette (626bp), E. tenella (539bp), E. maxima (272bp), E. necatrix (200bp), E. mitis (327bp) and E. praecopx (354bp). A sequencing of the two most predominant species of Eimeria was done, on E. tenella and E. máxima. Analysis of the obtained sequences revealed high identities 99% between Egyptian isolates and the reference one. Similarly, E. maxima isolated from Egyptian baldi chickens showed 98% nucleotide identities with the reference strain. Only single nucleotide substitution was observed among the Egyptian E. tenella isolates (A181G) when compared to the reference one. The Egyptian isolates acquired 4 unique mutations (A68T, C164T, G190A and C227G) in compared with the reference sequence. Conclusion: This is the first time to identify the 7 species of Eimeria from Egyptian baladi chickens. PMID:25904950

  7. Radon Progeny in Egyptian Underground Phosphate Mines

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    In addition to the workers in uranium mines, the staff of other underground mines, such as workers in underground phosphate mines, can be exposed to 222Rn and its progeny. In this study the individual radon progeny concentrations were measured in three Egyptian underground phosphate mines to estimate the occupational exposure of the workers at those sites. A filter method was used to measure individual radon progeny concentrations (218Po, 214Pb and 214Po). The reported mean values of radon progeny concentrations exceed the action levels which are recommended by ICRP 65 (1993). Based on the measured individual radon progeny concentrations (218Po, 214Pb and 214Po) in these mines, the annual effective dose for the workers has been calculated using the lung dose model of ICRP 66 (1994). According to the obtained results, some countermeasures were recommended in this study to minimise these exposure levels. (author)

  8. Radon progeny in Egyptian underground phosphate mines.

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    el-Hady, M A; Mohammed, A; el-Hussein, A; Ali, A E; Ahmed, A A

    2001-01-01

    In addition to the workers in uranium mines, the staff of other underground mines, such as workers in underground phosphate mines, can be exposed to 222Rn and its progeny. In this study the individual radon progeny concentrations were measured in three Egyptian underground phosphate mines to estimate the occupational exposure of the workers at those sites. A filter method was used to measure individual radon progeny concentrations (218Po, 214Pb and 214Po). The reported mean values of radon progeny concentrations exceed the action levels which are recommended by ICRP 65 (1993). Based on the measured individual radon progeny concentrations (218Po, 214Pb and 214Po) in these mines, the annual effective dose for the workers has been calculated using the lung dose model of ICRP 66 (1994). According to the obtained results, some countermeasures were recommended in this study to minimise these exposure levels. PMID:11468809

  9. Radiation levels in ancient Egyptian mummies

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    Hussein, M.I.; Hussein, A.Z.; Barakat, M.F. [Atomic Energy Authority, Cairo (Egypt). National Center for Nuclear Safety and Radiation Control; Nakhla, S.; Iskander, N. [Egyptian Antiquities Organization (Egypt)

    1994-07-01

    Radiation levels were studied in the mummies room and some galleries in the Egyptian museum as well as in the medical museum of the Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University. ``gamma`` and {beta} radiation levels show almost background values in direct contrast to some mummies in the closed mummies room and inside the glass cases used for protection. Radon decay products in the room atmosphere and inside the glass cases enclosing some mummies show slightly higher levels than the background which were attributed to inefficient ventilation. After reasonable ventilation during the work these levels approached the normal values. High resolution {gamma}-ray spectroscopy measurements for the aerosol samples on the filters have shown background values. The results indicated that the mummies do not contain any radioactivity content or any radioactive sources as was previously suggested. (Author).

  10. Higher Education Externalities in Egyptian Labor Markets

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    Hanan Nazier

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Augmenting a Mincerian earnings function with governorate level data, this paper estimated the external return to higher education for individuals in Egypt in 2010. The results suggested that these externalities are negative and exist only for female workers, while for males these externalities were again negative but statistically insignificant. A unit increase in governorate average higher education is associated with a 68% decrease in females’ hourly wage. This could be explained by the fact that education degrees are simply used as a device to signal higher ability without raising productivity. Another reason could be excess supply of higher education graduates in the Egyptian labor market. These results have been tested through a number of robustness checks. Results survived to the introduction of individual and governorate level variables; it is not due to imperfect substitutability across workers; it still holds when treating local human capital as endogenous variable and instrumented it.

  11. Examination of an Egyptian mummy - stereolithography applied

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    This paper describes the techniques of three dimensional imaging and stereolithography based on serial CAT-scans applied to the examination of the skull of an Egyptian mummy. Both the three dimensional image and the polymeric cast of the mummy skull presented finer details. It was confirmed that the subject was a male, approximately 30 - 35 years old. Fracturing of the ethmoid bone, e=sequelae to the removal of the brain, was observed in both types of presentations. Apart from this and signs of parodontitis, no pathology was observed. Stereolithography is a most powerful, non-destructive approach to the study of mummies. It might solve some of the problems of reburials, and further be of value in forensic medicine and paleo-ontology. (authors)

  12. Spectral signature of Egyptian crude oils

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    Ghatass, Z. F.; Nashed, A. W.; Saleh, I. H.; Mohmed, M. M.

    2014-11-01

    Crude petroleum oils are complex mixtures of diverse hydrocarbons, in widely varying compositions, that originate from a variety of geological sources. Fluorescence emission spectra have been measured for two types of Egyptian crude petroleum oil, its light and heavy products over a broad range of excitation and emission wavelengths. Both types of crude oil products are characterized by spectral signatures with a differing topography: the number of fluorescent peaks, their coordinates (?ex, ?em) on the plane of the three dimensions spectrum, and the shape of the bands formed by the contour line density, changeable in either direction. The refined light oil shows emission spectra at ?max between 350 and 500 nm according to the excitation wavelength. The refined heavy oil shows very broad unstructured emission spectra with ?max > 400 nm. As a group, they could certainly be distinguished from the light oil samples and most of the crude oil.

  13. Zoonotic Chicken Toxoplasmosis in Some Egyptians Governorates

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    Ehab Kotb El-Mahllawy

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Toxoplasmosis is one of the most common diseases prevalent in the world, caused by a coccidian parasite Toxoplasma gondii which infects humans, animals and birds. Poultry consider reliable human source of food in addition it is considered an intermediate host in transmission of the disease to humans. Trails of isolation of local T. gondii chicken strain through bioassay of the suspected infected chicken tissues in mice was carried out and the isolated strain was confirmed as being T. gondii using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR. Seroprevalence of antibodies against T. gondii in chicken sera in six Egyptian governorates were conducted by enzyme linked immune-sorbent assay (ELISA using the isolated chicken strain antigen. Moreover, comparison between the prevalence rates in different regions of the Egyptian governorates were been estimated. Isolation of local T. gondii chicken strain was accomplished from chicken tissues and confirmed by PCR technique. The total prevalence rate was 68.8% comprised of 59.5, 82.3, 67.1, 62.2, 75 and 50% in El Sharkia, El Gharbia, Kafr El sheikh, Cairo, Quena and Sohag governorates, respectively. The prevalence rates were higher among Free Range (FR (69.5% than commercial farm Chickens (C (68.5%; while, the prevalence rate was less in Upper Egypt than Lower Egypt governorates and Cairo. This study is the first was used antigen from locally isolated T. gondii chicken strain for the diagnosis of chicken toxoplasmosis. The higher seroprevalence particularly in free range chickens (house-reared refers to the public health importance of chickens as source of zoonotic toxoplasmosis to human.

  14. Zoonotic chicken toxoplasmosis in some Egyptians governorates.

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    Barakat, Ashraf Mohamed; Salem, Lobna Mohamed Ali; El-Newishy, Adel M Abdel-Aziz; Shaapan, Raafat Mohamed; El-Mahllawy, Ehab Kotb

    2012-09-01

    Toxoplasmosis is one of the most common diseases prevalent in the world, caused by a coccidian parasite Toxoplasma gondii which infects humans, animals and birds. Poultry consider reliable human source of food in addition it is considered an intermediate host in transmission of the disease to humans. Trails of isolation of local T. gondii chicken strain through bioassay of the suspected infected chicken tissues in mice was carried out and the isolated strain was confirmed as being T. gondii using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). Seroprevalence of antibodies against T. gondii in chicken sera in six Egyptian governorates were conducted by enzyme linked immune-sorbent assay (ELISA) using the isolated chicken strain antigen. Moreover, comparison between the prevalence rates in different regions of the Egyptian governorates were been estimated. Isolation of local T. gondii chicken strain was accomplished from chicken tissues and confirmed by PCR technique. The total prevalence rate was 68.8% comprised of 59.5, 82.3, 67.1, 62.2, 75 and 50% in El Sharkia, El Gharbia, Kafr El sheikh, Cairo, Quena and Sohag governorates, respectively. The prevalence rates were higher among Free Range (FR) (69.5%) than commercial farm Chickens (C) (68.5%); while, the prevalence rate was less in Upper Egypt than Lower Egypt governorates and Cairo. This study is the first was used antigen from locally isolated T. gondii chicken strain for the diagnosis of chicken toxoplasmosis. The higher seroprevalence particularly in free range chickens (house-reared) refers to the public health importance of chickens as source of zoonotic toxoplasmosis to human. PMID:24163965

  15. Biodiversity of bacterial ecosystems in traditional Egyptian Domiati cheese.

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    El-Baradei, Gaber; Delacroix-Buchet, Agnès; Ogier, Jean-Claude

    2007-02-01

    Bacterial biodiversity occurring in traditional Egyptian soft Domiati cheese was studied by PCR-temporal temperature gel electrophoresis (TTGE) and PCR-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE). Bands were identified using a reference species database (J.-C. Ogier et al., Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 70:5628-5643, 2004); de novo bands having nonidentified migration patterns were identified by DNA sequencing. Results reveal a novel bacterial profile and extensive bacterial biodiversity in Domiati cheeses, as reflected by the numerous bands present in TTGE and DGGE patterns. The dominant lactic acid bacteria (LAB) identified were as follows: Leuconostoc mesenteroides, Lactococcus garvieae, Aerococcus viridans, Lactobacillus versmoldensis, Pediococcus inopinatus, and Lactococcus lactis. Frequent non-LAB species included numerous coagulase-negative staphylococci, Vibrio spp., Kocuria rhizophila, Kocuria kristinae, Kocuria halotolerans, Arthrobacter spp./Brachybacterium tyrofermentans. This is the first time that the majority of these species has been identified in Domiati cheese. Nearly all the dominant and frequent bacterial species are salt tolerant, and several correspond to known marine bacteria. As Domiati cheese contains 5.4 to 9.5% NaCl, we suggest that these bacteria are likely to have an important role in the ripening process. This first systematic study of the microbial composition of Domiati cheeses reveals great biodiversity and evokes a role for marine bacteria in determining cheese type. PMID:17189434

  16. Biodiversity of Bacterial Ecosystems in Traditional Egyptian Domiati Cheese?

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    El-Baradei, Gaber; Delacroix-Buchet, Agnès; Ogier, Jean-Claude

    2007-01-01

    Bacterial biodiversity occurring in traditional Egyptian soft Domiati cheese was studied by PCR-temporal temperature gel electrophoresis (TTGE) and PCR-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE). Bands were identified using a reference species database (J.-C. Ogier et al., Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 70:5628-5643, 2004); de novo bands having nonidentified migration patterns were identified by DNA sequencing. Results reveal a novel bacterial profile and extensive bacterial biodiversity in Domiati cheeses, as reflected by the numerous bands present in TTGE and DGGE patterns. The dominant lactic acid bacteria (LAB) identified were as follows: Leuconostoc mesenteroides, Lactococcus garvieae, Aerococcus viridans, Lactobacillus versmoldensis, Pediococcus inopinatus, and Lactococcus lactis. Frequent non-LAB species included numerous coagulase-negative staphylococci, Vibrio spp., Kocuria rhizophila, Kocuria kristinae, Kocuria halotolerans, Arthrobacter spp./Brachybacterium tyrofermentans. This is the first time that the majority of these species has been identified in Domiati cheese. Nearly all the dominant and frequent bacterial species are salt tolerant, and several correspond to known marine bacteria. As Domiati cheese contains 5.4 to 9.5% NaCl, we suggest that these bacteria are likely to have an important role in the ripening process. This first systematic study of the microbial composition of Domiati cheeses reveals great biodiversity and evokes a role for marine bacteria in determining cheese type. PMID:17189434

  17. Enhancement of the folate content in Egyptian pita bread

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    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Egypt has a high incidence of neural tube defects related to folate deficiency. One major food source for folate is pita (baladi bread, which is consumed daily. Bioprocessing (e.g. germination has been reported to increase the folate content in cereals. The aim was to produce pita bread with increased folate content using germinated wheat flour (GWF.Methods: Prior to milling the effects of germination and drying conditions on folate content in wheat grains were studied. Pita bread was baked from wheat flour substituted with different levels of GWF. The folate content in dough and bread and rheological properties of dough were determined.Results: Germination of wheat grains resulted in, depending on temperature, 3- to 4-fold higher folate content with a maximum of 61 µg/100 g DM (dry matter. The folate content in both flour and bread increased 1.5 to 4-fold depending on the level of flour replacement with GWF. Pita bread baked with 50% sieved GWF was acceptable with respect to colour and layer separation, and had a folate content of 50 µg/100 g DM compared with 30 µg/100 g DM in conventional pita bread (0% GWF.Conclusion: Using 50% GWF, pita bread with increased folate content, acceptable for the Egyptian consumer, was produced. Consumption of this bread would increase the average daily folate intake by 75 µg.

  18. ASPECTS OF OBSTACLES FOR APPLYING ACTIVITY BASED COSTING (ABC) SYSTEM IN EGYPTIAN FIRMS

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    Petru STEFEA; Karim MAMDOUH ABBAS; Osama WAGDI WADI

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    The following investigation aims to determine the aspects of obstacles for applying Activity Based Costing (ABC) system in the Egyptian case and the significant differences among the effects of such obstacles . The Study used the survey method to describe and analyze the obstacles in some Egyptian firms. The population of the study is Egyptian manufacturing firms. This survey used the number of 392 questionnaires that were used throughout the total of 23 Egyptian manufacturing firms, during t...

  19. CHEMICAL DETERIORATION OF EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE AFFECTED BY SALINE WATER

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    Full Text Available Salt forms are aggressive deterioration problems, which occur on all stone surfaces, mortars and renderings through saline solutions transferred to the stone pores. Deterioration of Egyptian limestone is primarily due to water-soluble salts. The formation of these salts on calcareous stone is the most important chemical reaction involving saline water to cause stone degradation. The study explains the different deterioration phenomena and alteration mechanisms that lead to the formation of salt crusts on archaeological limestone surfaces. A simulation laboratory conditions has been created to correspond to the aggressive deterioration environments dominating in most archaeological sites in Egypt. Different scientific instruments such as EDX attached with SEM, XRD, AAS, and ISE have been used to study and evaluate the chemical and mineralogical components of salt crusts and to assess the major ions accumulated within the stone pores. The results show that there are aggressive forms of salt affecting the weathered samples; especially those subjected to Na2SO4 followed by samples exposed to 1:1 NaCl and Na2SO4. The high level of Cl- and SO4-- concentrations found on the decayed stone surfaces gives an accurate evidence of salt migration. The degradation phenomena resulted from salty decay actions has occurred directly through complex mechanisms depending on certain specific factors. These factors such as mineralogical composition of stones, major deterioration factors responsible for the natural variety in stone reactivity and adsorption of some salty ions as Cl- and SO4--. Thereafter production of gypsum, halite and other species of salty crusts, in addition to the dominated environmental conditions.

  20. Diagnostic Value of Fructosamine and Glycosylated Hemoglobin in Estimating Blood Glucose Level in Diabetic Patients with Thalassemia Major

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    Full Text Available Background and Objective: Diabetes mellitus is one of complications that thalassemia major patients face with. Hence, blood glucose monitoring is of vital importance to these patients. Because of high level of fetal hemoglobin in these patients, the measurement of hemoglobin A1c is not reliable and should be displaced by fructosamine test. Material and Methods: The current descriptive study was carried out on 33 beta-thalassemia major patients afflicted with diabetes mellitus (21 female and 12 male cases. Blood glucose level, fructosamine, hemoglobin A1c, serum ferritin and fetal hemoglobin were measured. Results: Blood glucose levels are 204±103 mg/dL and 221±101 mg/dL (p=0.63; fetal hemoglobin levels are 9%±7% and 13%±9% (p=0.22; serum ferritin levels are 1744±1534 ng/mL and 3253±1773 ng/mL (p=0.96 in female and male patients, respectively. The level of fructosamine (42±124 mmol/L and glycosylated hemoglobin (8.9%±1.8% are correlated significantly (r=0.69, p<0.01. Both Hemoglobin A1c (r=0.75, p<0.01 and fructosamine (r=0.54, p<0/01 show a significant correlation with blood glucose level. Conclusion: In diabetic thalassemia major patients with frequent blood transfusion, the level of fructosamine and glycosylated hemoglobin are related significantly, therefore; they can be used alternatively. Keywords: Thalassemia major; Fructosamine; Hemoglobin A1c; Diabetes Mellitus

  1. Social media in the 2011 Egyptian uprising.

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    Brym, Robert; Godbout, Melissa; Hoffbauer, Andreas; Menard, Gabe; Zhang, Tony Huiquan

    2014-06-01

    This paper uses Gallup poll data to assess two narratives that have crystallized around the 2011 Egyptian uprising: (1) New electronic communications media constituted an important and independent cause of the protests in so far as they enhanced the capacity of demonstrators to extend protest networks, express outrage, organize events, and warn comrades of real-time threats. (2) Net of other factors, new electronic communications media played a relatively minor role in the uprising because they are low-cost, low-risk means of involvement that attract many sympathetic onlookers who are not prepared to engage in high-risk activism. Examining the independent effects of a host of factors associated with high-risk movement activism, the paper concludes that using some new electronic communications media was associated with being a demonstrator. However, grievances, structural availability, and network connections were more important than was the use of new electronic communications media in distinguishing demonstrators from sympathetic onlookers. Thus, although both narratives have some validity, they must both be qualified. PMID:24798232

  2. The Egyptian legislation for safe transportation of radioactive materials

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    According to the Egyptian legislation related the safe transport of radioactive materials, a licence is required for the transport, import and or export these materials. The licence is granted, upon a written application to NCNSRC-AEA. All the procedures and conditions for granting the NCNSRC-AEA licence to handle/ transport radioactive materials/wastes have been developed according to the international and Egyptian legislation. The procedures for transit of ships carrying radioactive materials in Suez Canal are also constructed. The NCNSRC-AEA experts are entitled to accept or to refuse the transit of ships carrying radioactive materials in the Suez Canal, in the Egyptian regional waters, in the sea harbours or in the exclusive economic zones of Egypt according to the national and international regulations. (author)

  3. Egyptian Dialect Stopword List Generation from Social Network Data

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    Medhat, Walaa; Yousef, Ahmed H.; Korashy, Hoda

    2015-01-01

    This paper proposes a methodology for generating a stopword list from online social network (OSN) corpora in Egyptian Dialect(ED). The aim of the paper is to investigate the effect of removingED stopwords on the Sentiment Analysis (SA) task. The stopwords lists generated before were on Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) which is not the common language used in OSN. We have generated a stopword list of Egyptian dialect to be used with the OSN corpora. We compare the efficiency of t...

  4. Combined Therapy with Deferiprone and Desferrioxamine as Compared to Desferasirox on Ventricular Function in Thalassemia Major Patients

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    Sartipzade NH

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available AbstractBackgroundMyocardial iron overload is the leading cause of death in patients with beta-thalassemia major.Combined therapy with deferiprone(DFP and desferrioxamine (DFOwere suggested to be more effective than deferasirox(DFX for removing heart iron. Deferasirox has recently been made available but its long-term efficacy on cardiac function has not yet been established. Our study aimed to compare the effectiveness of deferiproneanddesferrioxaminewith deferasiroxon ventricular function in thalassemia major patients.Materials and MethodsIn this clinical trialstudy,72thalassemia major (TM patients were randomised to receive either deferipronecombined with desferrioxamineanddeferasirox ,and thencardiac function were evaluated. Data were analysed for left ventricular ejection fractions(LVEFat baselinebyechocardiograpy, following 12 months of treatment.Results72 TM patientswere enrolled in this study lasting 12 months,36 TMwere placed on DFP/DFO (DFP,50–86 mg/kg body weight; DFO, 24–52 mg/kg body weigh,36received DFX(range 18–40 mg/kg body weight.In 36 patients receiving combined therapy, left ventricular ejection fractionincreased from 59.3+/-5.7% to 63.7+/-5.1% (p=0.001 over 12 months [baseline LVEF values 56-61%]. deferasirox showed no change in LVEF (p = 0.93.We found improvement of left ventricular ejection fractionsin the deferiprone combined with desferrioxamine versus the deferasirox group (P = 0.008.ConclusionThe patients treated with combined therapy with deferiprone and desferrioxamineshowed better systolic ventricular function compared to the patients treated with deferasirox.The patients treated with combined therapy with deferiprone and desferrioxamine showed better systolic ventricular function compared to the patients treated with deferasirox.

  5. Overview of the Egyptian Radiation Monitoring Network and Radioactivity Levels of the Egyptian Territories

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    The Chernobyl accident in 1986 arose much concern throughout the world regarding the detection of contamination, control of contaminated food, related legislation and environmental monitoring. In Egypt, the environmental radioactivity monitoring program involves the establishment of a radiation monitoring network stations for continuous monitoring of ambient gamma radiation levels in the air, water, aerosols, dust particles and conventional gas pollutants. The network consists of 42 field stations for gamma monitoring of air, 14stations for beta aerosols and 15 stations for conventional pollutants. soil samples adjacent to the stations distributed all over the Egyptian territories have been collected and analyzed by gamma spectrometry. The natural radionuclides K40, U-238 series Th-232 series and the global fallout Cs-137 are found in all the collected samples. The absorbed dose rates are calculated and presented

  6. Pictorial Metaphor in Selected Egyptian Newspapers Cartoons during the 25th of January 2011 Egyptian Revolution.

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    Ghada Abdel Aziz Ashmawi

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Metaphor is persuasive in having cognitive, emotional and aesthetic effect. It has been argued that any visual representation can be considered a metaphor if it represents a metaphoric thought. Chartris-Black’s Critical Metaphor Analysis and Forceville’s model of pictorial metaphor are both used to analyze the data under investigation. Chateris-Black’s Critical Metaphor Analysis is used based on the idea that the use of metaphors helps in conveying the underlying ideologies of the writers. Moreover, Forceville’s model of pictorial metaphor aims at investigating various types of pictorial metaphor in different genres. The political cartoons investigated in this study are drawn from three independent newspapers: Al Dastour, Al Masry Al Youm and Al Youm AL Sabea during the 25th of January 2011 Egyptian Revolution. This study aims at exploring how metaphors are expressed in the visual mode, more specifically in newspapers cartoons, tracing the use of pictorial metaphor in selected independent newspapers cartoons during the eighteen days of the 25th of January 2011 Egyptian revolution, and finally, identifying the cartoonists’ underlying ideological motivations and their attitudes to the revolution, which ultimately direct the audience’s ideology. The results of this study suggest that Chateris-Black’s Critical Metaphor Analysis can be applied not only on the textual level, but also on the semiotic and pictorial ones. In addition, metaphors are frequently used in political cartoons to evoke strong emotive effect and reinforce ideologies to achieve persuasion. Keywords: Pictorial Metaphor, Critical Metaphor Analysis, political cartoon

  7. Strategic Leadership and Its Application in Egyptian Universities

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    Hany R. Alalfy

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available Today's universities operate in a climate of great change, along with increased responsibilities and accountability from Internal and external customers. This has resulted in calls for a new kind of leadership working to help the university to improve educational services and face more challenges, called strategic leadership, at the university level. Aim of study defining of Egyptian leadership universities pattern of modern leadership styles, named as Strategic leadership (concept, objectives, roles, requirements, and application obstacles. Relate to the suffering of the Egyptian universities of many problems that limit their efficiency and effectiveness. This led to the need to search for new approaches as strategic leadership for eliminate of these problems. The study used a descriptive approach for its suitability for the nature of the study. The study found multiple reasons for the application of strategic leadership style in Egyptian universities as a result of  the problems the leaderships of the Egyptian universities suffer from  which limits its efficiency and effectiveness. Study recommended starting applying this pattern quickly after all the positive results it achieved in many universities.   

  8. MORPHOMETRY OF GLENOID FOSSA IN ADULT EGYPTIAN SCAPULAE

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    Gamal Hamed El-Sayed Hassanein

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: Knowledge of normal variations in shape and size of the glenoid fossa are required to improve efficacy and minimize failure rates in shoulder arthroplasty, particularly those involving the glenoid component of shoulder joint. Studies concerning glenoid morphometry among Egyptian population are scarce. The objective of the present study was to determine morphological types and diameters of glenoid fossa in adult Egyptian scapulae . Material and methods: A total of 68 dry adult unpaired scapulae of unknown age and sex were randomly selected. The shape and diameters of glenoid fossa in each specimen were recorded and collected data were statistically analyzed. Results : Glenoid fossa revealed a superior - inferior diameter of 3.31 ± 0.39 and 2.87 ± 0.41 centimeters and an anterior - posterior diameter of 2.44 ± 0.44 and 2.21 ± 0.44 centimeters on the right and left sides respectively. The anterior margin of glenoid fossa presented a notch in 76.47% of studied scapulae, and accordingly the fossa was classified into three morphological types; pear-shaped (45.59%, inverted comma-shaped (30.88% and oval – shaped (23.53%. Conclusion : The documented findings about glenoid fossa in the present study would help to decide the proper size of glenoid component in shoulder arthroplasty among Egyptians. Moreover, approximately one third of Egyptians are liable to Bankart lesion.

  9. New Terpenes from the Egyptian Soft Coral Sarcophyton ehrenbergi

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    Ahmed Elkhateeb; Ahmed A. El-Beih; Gamal-Eldeen, Amira M.; Alhammady, Montaser A.; Shinji Ohta; Paré, Paul W.; Hegazy, Mohamed-Elamir F.

    2014-01-01

    Chemical investigations of the Egyptian soft coral Sarcophyton ehrenbergi have led to the isolation of compounds 1–3 as well as the previously reported marine cembranoid diterpene sarcophine (4). Structures were elucidated by comprehensive NMR and HRMS experimentation. Isolated compounds were in vitro assayed for cytotoxic activity against human hepatocarcinoma (HepG2) and breast adenocarcinoma (MCF-7) cell lines.

  10. Cultural Considerations for Evaluation Consulting in the Egyptian Context.

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    Seefeldt, Michael F.

    1985-01-01

    Reflecting on his experiences as an evaluation consultant at the Suez Canal University Faculty of Medicine in Egypt the author discusses: (1) implications of the Egyptian political context; (2) adapting to the host culture; and (3) maintaining distance from one's own culture. Personal qualities to complement the recommended naturalistic methods…

  11. The Case for (Social) Entrepreneurship Education in Egyptian Universities

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    Kirby, David A.; Ibrahim, Nagwa

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore awareness of social entrepreneurship amongst Egyptian students and to determine what is needed to create more graduate social entrepreneurs. Design/methodology/approach: The theoretical framework is Ajzen's Theory of Planned Behavior. Data collection is a questionnaire survey of 183 of the 2,000…

  12. Relations between Nutrition and Cognitive Performance in Egyptian Toddlers.

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    Wachs, Theodore D.; And Others

    1993-01-01

    This study assessed whether specific nutritional variables added unique variance to the prediction of toddler development outcomes in an Egyptian village, using 153 toddlers. Results suggest that, for the 18- to 23-month age, specific nutritional predictors can be identified and that there is specificity of nutritional action. (SLD)

  13. Evaluation of the Mechanical Durability of the Egyptian Machine Readable Booklet Passport

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    Ahmed Mahmoud Yosri

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available In 2008 the first Egyptian booklet Machine Readable Passport/ MRP has been issued and its security and informative standard quality levels were proved in a research published in 2011. Here the durability profiles of the Egyptian MRP have been evaluated. Seven mechanical durability tests were applied on the Egyptian MRP. Such tests are specified in the International Civil Aviation Organization / ICAO standard requirements documents. These seven very severe durability tests resulted in that the Egyptian MRP has achieved better & higher results than the values detected in ICAO-Doc N0232: Durability of Machine Readable Passports - Version: 3.2. Hence, this research had proved the complete conformance between the Egyptian MRP mechanical durability profiles to the international requirements. The Egyptian booklet MRP doesn’t need any obligatory modification concerning its mechanical durability profiles.

  14. The implementation of world class manufacturing techniques in Egyptian manufacturing firms: An empirical study

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    Salaheldin, S.I.; Eid, R

    2007-01-01

    Purpose - The purposes of this paper are to illustrate how the world class manufacturing (WCM) techniques which could be described as outperforming the industry's global best practices have been implemented in the Egyptian manufacturing firms, to identify the critical driving and resisting forces toward WCM techniques implementation in Egyptian manufacturing firms, and to provide guidelines for the successful implementation of WCM by Egyptian manufacturers. Design/methodology/approach - The d...

  15. An investigation into the ancient Egyptian cultural influences on the Yorubas of Nigeria

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    Jock M. Agai

    2013-01-01

    There are many cultural practices that connect ancient Egyptians to the Yorubas and the new interpretation of the Oduduwa legend suggests that the Yorubas have originated or are influenced mainly by the Egyptians. The attestation of Egypt as the main influencer of the Yoruba culture made Egypt significant in the study of the history of the Yoruba people. Some writers are beginning to think that the ancient Egyptians were responsible for introducing and spreading many cultures amongst the Yoru...

  16. Egyptian youth and the European Eldorado: Journeys of hope and despair

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    Zohry, Ayman

    2006-01-01

    In this paper, I explore characteristics of Egyptian irregular migrants to Europe and reasons of irregular migration from the point of departure through a field survey in some Egyptian villages known of sending irregular – as well as regular - migrants to Italy and France (mainly). The fieldwork was carried out in eight Egyptian governorates to identify the push factors in the country, with particular attention to the dynamics governing the irregular migratory flows from Egypt to the EU. The ...

  17. Adopting knowledge discovery in databases for customer relationship management in egyptian public banks

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    Kok, Joost; Khedr, Ayman

    2006-01-01

    We propose a framework for studying the effect of KDD on CRM in the Egyptian banking sector. We believe that the KDD process and applications may perform a significant role in Egyptian banks to improve CRM, in particular for customer retention. Our believe is supported by the results of the field survey at the largest Egyptian bank. Keywords. Adopting new technology, Knowledge Discovery in Databases (KDD), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), and banking sector.

  18. On improvement in ejection fraction with iron chelation in thalassemia major and the risk of future heart failure

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    Carpenter JP

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Trials of iron chelator regimens have increased the treatment options for cardiac siderosis in beta-thalassemia major (TM patients. Treatment effects with improved left ventricular (LV ejection fraction (EF have been observed in patients without overt heart failure, but it is unclear whether these changes are clinically meaningful. Methods This retrospective study of a UK database of TM patients modelled the change in EF between serial scans measured by cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR to the relative risk (RR of future development of heart failure over 1 year. Patients were divided into 2 strata by baseline LVEF of 56-62% (below normal for TM and 63-70% (lower half of the normal range for TM. Results A total of 315 patients with 754 CMR scans were analyzed. A 1% absolute increase in EF from baseline was associated with a statistically significant reduction in the risk of future development of heart failure for both the lower EF stratum (EF 56-62%, RR 0.818, p Conclusion These data show that during treatment with iron chelators for cardiac siderosis, small increases in LVEF in TM patients are associated with a significantly reduced risk of the development of heart failure. Thus the iron chelator induced improvements in LVEF of 2.6% to 3.1% that have been observed in randomized controlled trials, are associated with risk reductions of 25.5% to 46.4% for the development of heart failure over 12 months, which is clinically meaningful. In cardiac iron overload, heart mitochondrial dysfunction and its relief by iron chelation may underlie the changes in LV function.

  19. Evaluation of Diet Quality of Egyptian Children and Adolescents using Healthy Eating Index

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    Mervat A. Esmail ­ Wafaa M.A.Saleh ­Nebal A.R.Aboul Ella ­ Asmaa M. Abd

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: Healthful eating is essential for development and well-being. Some dietary patterns are associated with 4 of the 10 leading causes of death (coronary heart disease, certain types of cancer, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Major improvements in the health of the public can, therefore, be made by improving people's dietary patterns. The U.S. department of Agriculture has developed an index, called the Healthy Eating Index (HEI that was updated in the year 2002. It is based on different aspects of a healthful diet; the Index is designed to provide a measure of overall dietary quality, and the compliance with specific Dietary Guidelines recommendations. The aim of our study is to use the healthy eating index to assess the diet quality of a representative sample of the Egyptian children and adolescents and to examine the association between body mass index and caloric intake of the studied sample. Materials & Methods: This study is a part of National Egyptian survey, Diet, Nutrition and Prevention of Chronic Non-communicable Diseases. The Healthy Eating Index was applied with slight modifications to measure how well the studied Egyptian students' diet conforms to recommended healthy eating pattern. The data were based on representative sample (2145 of children and adolescents (10 -18 years in 7 governorates from. One day of dietary intake data (24 hours recall was collected, during an in-person interview. The Healthy Eating Index measures how well the studied children and adolescents' diets conform to the American Dietary Guidelines recommendations and the Food Guide Pyramid applied in our country. Ten dietary components have been identified and the overall Index has a total possible score ranging from zero to 100. Results: Our results showed that the average Healthy Eating Index score was 59.1 out of a possible 100 and it ranged from 20 to 86, Only 0.5 percent of the students had Healthy Eating scores above 80; while 16.9 percent of them received scores below 50 and the majority (82.5 percent had scores on the Healthy Eating Index between 51 and 80. In an effort to provide a "rating" of the overall student's diet, a grading scale was developed, the majority of students had diets rated as "Needs Improvement", only 0.5 % received diets rated as "Good" and 16.9 % had diets rated as "Poor". Males achieved a slightly higher average Index than females (59.7 Vs 58.2. The average score for food groups is much lower than that for dietary guidelines (23.5 Vs 35.6 out of total score of 50 for each. There was a significant positive correlation of BMI with caloric intake for male adolescents while, for females the correlation was insignificant and negative. More than 80 percent of the sample achieved the recommendations of the American Dietary Guidelines for total fat and cholesterol. Less than two-thirds of the students met the recommendations for saturated fat, Almost 30 percent of the students had the maximum score for sodium. Only 1.0 percent of them received a score of 10 for fibers. Conclusion: the majority of Egyptian children and adolescent' eating patterns, as measured by the HEI, need improvement. The results of the Index are useful in targeting nutrition education and health promotion activities, as it is a single summary measure of diet quality that can be used to monitor changes in food consumption patterns over time. A Food Quality System based on nutrient density can be one tool that can facilitate more healthful food purchases and dietary patterns.

  20. The Egyptian Revolution: First Impressions from the Field

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    Mohammed A. Bamyeh

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Never has a revolution that seemed so lacking in prospects gathered momentum so quickly and so unexpectedly. The Egyptian Revolution, starting on January 25, lacked leadership and possessed little organization; its defining events, on Friday, January 28, occurred on a day when all communication technologies, including all internet and phones, were barred; it took place in a large country known for sedate political life, a very long legacy of authoritarian continuity, and an enviable repressive apparatus consisting of more than 2 million members. But on that day, the regime of Hosni Mubarak, entrenched for 30 years and seemingly eternal, the only regime that the vast majority of the protesters had ever known, evaporated in one day.Though the regime struggled for two more weeks, practically little government existed during that period. All ministries and government offices have been closed, and almost all police headquarters were burned down on January 28. Except for the army, all security personnel disappeared, and a week after the uprising, only a few police officers ventured out again. Popular committees have since taken over security in the neighborhoods. I saw patriotism expressed everywhere as collective pride in the realization that people who did not know each other could act together, intentionally and with a purpose. During the ensuing week and a half, millions converged on the streets almost everywhere in Egypt, and one could empirically see how noble ethics—community and solidarity, care for others, respect for the dignity of all, feeling of personal responsibility for everyone—emerge precisely out of the disappearance of government.Undoubtedly this revolution, which is continuing to unfold, will be the formative event in the lives of the millions of youth who spearheaded it in Egypt, and perhaps also the many more millions of youth who followed it throughout the Arab world. It is clear that it is providing a new generation with a grand spectacle of the type that had shaped the political consciousness of every generation before them in modern Arab history. All those common formative experiences of past generations were also grand national moments: whether catastrophic defeats or triumphs against colonial powers or allies.

  1. Chemical analysis of Yemeni archaeological cheramics and the Egyptian enigma

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    Archaeological reconnaissance in Yemen produced samples of mediaeval Islamic ceramics in a 100 km2 region. The ceramics dated from 700 A.d. to 1750 A.D. and initial research indicated that they were all locally made products. 12 types of ceramics were selected for sampling on the basis of stylistic decoration. Six laboratory samples of each type were subjected to neutron activation analysis for the short-lived isotope producing elements using the SLOWPOKE reactor at the University of Toronto. A comparison with Egyptian pottery was carried out. The statistical analysis conducted on the Yemeni and Egyptian pottery produced discrete differences in their elemental composition which the archaeologist and the chemical scientist might not otherwise recognise. It is concluded that artifacts must be analyzed with due respect given to the archeological context, the elemental chemistry, and sound statistical procedures. (author)

  2. Egyptian Activism against Female Genital Cutting as Catachrestic Claiming

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    An Van Raemdonck

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available This paper deals with questions of the politics of location in knowledge and norm production within the context of Egyptian feminist activism for abandoning female genital cutting practices. It seeks to determine underlying schemes of international campaigning discourse and analyzes how these predicate and complicate Egyptian postcolonial activism. It draws on a broad literature study in addition to fieldwork in Cairo consisting of in-depth interviews with activists and policy makers. My focus is on the national Task Force against FGM from 1994 until 1999 and its subsequent cooptation by the National Council of Childhood and Motherhood. I argue through the concept of catachresis that location matters in setting the terms of anti-FGC discourse and its relation to religion.

  3. What kind of Arabic and why? Language in Egyptian blogs

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    Ramsay, Gail

    2013-01-01

    This article strives to set in motion comprehensive research on the ways in which Arabic is evolving in Arabic blogs and computer mediated communication (CMC). By combining media studies, sociolinguistics and literature it examines code choice, content and mode of representation in five top ranked Egyptian blogs. We distinguish between MSA, ECA and mixed varieties and establish that all three codes may be employed. We argue that bloggers make deliberate choices regarding code, and that code-s...

  4. Islamically Marked Bodies and Urban Space in Two Egyptian Films

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    Armbrust, W.

    2012-01-01

    Since the 1970s Egyptian cinema has grappled with two closely related issues. First, filmmakers sought to neutralize the occurrence of Islamically marked bodies through visual conventions that either carefully excised them from the urban fabric, or alternatively, cast them as a political challenge to the state's modernist project. Secondly, filmmakers struggled to digest the material decline of urban space that had, in earlier eras, functioned as the aspirational site of modern life. Starting...

  5. Peanut sensitization in a group of allergic Egyptian children

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    Hossny Elham; Gad Ghada; Shehab Abeer; El-Haddad Amgad

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Background There are no published data on peanut sensitization in Egypt and the problem of peanut allergy seems underestimated. We sought to screen for peanut sensitization in a group of atopic Egyptian children in relation to their phenotypic manifestations. Methods We consecutively enrolled 100 allergic children; 2-10 years old (mean 6.5 yr). The study measurements included clinical evaluation for site of allergy, possible precipitating factors, consumption of peanuts (starting age...

  6. Apelin Serum Level in Egyptian Patients with Chronic Hepatitis C

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    Abdel-Rahman El-Zayadi; Rizk, Hanan H.; El-Mesallamy, Hala O.; Hamdy, Nadia M.

    2011-01-01

    Objective. Highlighting the apelin system would present a new therapeutic target for liver disease. Apelin; endogenous ligand for the orphan receptor APJ, was recently suggested to be associated with fibrosis progression and cirrhosis in addition to insulin resistance (IR) and inflammation. The present study was conducted to evaluate blood apelin level changes among 73 chronic hepatitis C (CHC) Egyptian patients and if associated with body mass index (BMI), IR, and tumor necrosis factor-alpha...

  7. Does Facebook Matter in Egyptian Graduate Environment? A Marketing Perspective

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    Ahmad Yahia Ebeid

    2012-01-01

    The current study is exploratory, and it aims at uncovering the potential role of Facebook in Egyptian university environment. The research based on 127 questionnaires. It was found that; 42% of the respondents use Facebook for educational purpose; around 85% use Facebook to be in touch with their teachers; more than 75% use Facebook to contact the faculty administration; more than 70% of students are convinced that they have added value when using Facebook in the educational context. These r...

  8. The Egyptian Revolution: First Impressions from the Field

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    Mohammed A. Bamyeh

    2011-01-01

    Never has a revolution that seemed so lacking in prospects gathered momentum so quickly and so unexpectedly. The Egyptian Revolution, starting on January 25, lacked leadership and possessed little organization; its defining events, on Friday, January 28, occurred on a day when all communication technologies, including all internet and phones, were barred; it took place in a large country known for sedate political life, a very long legacy of authoritarian continuity, and an enviable repressiv...

  9. Incidence and characterization of bacillus cereus isolated From egyptian foods.

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    Saleh, Y. E. [???? ????? ????

    1993-01-01

    In this study, 178 strains of Bacillus cereus were isolated from different Egyptian foods. Isolation was performed, using MYP and PEMBA media and confirmed by staining and biochemical tests. B. cereus occurred in 98% of test minced meat, 60% of sausage, 48% of rice grains, 44% of Koshari or ice-cream and 36% of pasteurized milk samples. The characteristics of these B. cereus isolates in terms of biochemical reactions, antibiotic susceptibility, pathogenicity and toxigenicity were studied. ...

  10. Determination of Wax Content in Egyptian Crude Oils

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    Prof.Dr.Ramadan Abu El-Ella; Dr.Ehssan Nassef

    2014-01-01

    Wax precipitation is one of the most important flow assurance problems. Unfortunately, experimental data are very scarce to confirm existing models for prediction of such production impairment and other hazardous risk; while its curative approaches and production losses add to colossal economic sabotage to the petroleum industry. The present work deals with studying the determination of wax in Egyptian crude oil by gravimetric determination precipitation with lowering temperature of the crude...

  11. Nile Crossings: Hospitality and Revenge in Egyptian Rural Narratives

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    Granara, William E.

    2010-01-01

    This essay looks at acts of hospitality and revenge as constituent elements of a broad social code in rural Egyptian narratives. By looking at five stories in particular, I argue that hospitality and revenge work in complementarity, and that they often trespass and blur each other’s social and literary borders, creating ambiguity and complexity in the stories. The traditional rules that govern hospitality are at times challenged or inverted by hostile intentions, and revenge may be exacted fo...

  12. Biodiversity of Bacterial Ecosystems in Traditional Egyptian Domiati Cheese?

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    El-Baradei, Gaber; Delacroix-Buchet, Agnès; Ogier, Jean-Claude

    2006-01-01

    Bacterial biodiversity occurring in traditional Egyptian soft Domiati cheese was studied by PCR-temporal temperature gel electrophoresis (TTGE) and PCR-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE). Bands were identified using a reference species database (J.-C. Ogier et al., Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 70:5628-5643, 2004); de novo bands having nonidentified migration patterns were identified by DNA sequencing. Results reveal a novel bacterial profile and extensive bacterial biodiversity in Do...

  13. Barriers to E-Commerce Adoption in Egyptian SMEs

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    Abdel Nasser H. Zaied

    2012-01-01

    E-commerce has been predicted to be a new driver of economic growth for developing countries. The SME sector plays a significant role in its contribution to the national economy in terms of the wealth created and the number of people employed. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Egypt represent the greatest share of the productive units of the Egyptian economy and the current national policy directions address ways and means of developing the capacities of SMEs. Many factors could be resp...

  14. Sesame seed sensitization in a group of atopic Egyptian children.

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    Samar Ahmad; Dina Soliman; Dalia El-Ghoneimy; Elham Hossny

    2013-01-01

    Background: There are no published data on the prevalence of sesame allergy/sensitization in Egypt. Objective: In this pilot study, we thought to estimate the frequency of sesame seed sensitization in a group of atopic Egyptian infants and children. Methods: We consecutively enrolled 90 patients with physician diagnosed allergic disease. The study measurements included clinical evaluation for the site and duration of allergy, history suggestive of sesame seed allergy, and family history of al...

  15. Determinants of Work Relation Perception: Organizational Culture in Egyptian Workplaces

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    Mohamed Taha Mohamed

    2013-01-01

    This study aimed at investigating different types of organizational cultures common in Egyptian workplaces andhow they might be influenced by the type of ownership (governmental, public, or private), the region in whichthe organization exists (Cairo, North Egypt, or South Egypt), and the organization size (large vs. small).Organizational cultures were divided, according to the Competing Values Model proposed Cameron and Quinn(1999/2006), into four types: Market, Hierarchy, Adhocracy, and Clan...

  16. Expression of therapeutic misconception amongst Egyptians: a qualitative pilot study

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    Silverman Henry J; Khalil Susan S; Wazaify Mayyada

    2009-01-01

    Abstract Background Studies have shown that research participants fail to appreciate the difference between research and medical care, labeling such phenomenon as a "therapeutic misconception" (TM). Since research activity involving human participants is increasing in the Middle East, qualitative research investigating aspects of TM is warranted. Our objective was to assess for the existence of therapeutic misconception amongst Egyptians. Methods Study Tool: We developed a semi-structured int...

  17. Physical Deterioration of Egyptian Limestone Affected by Saline Water

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    Mohammed EL-GOHARY

    2013-01-01

    This study is the second in a series of experiments that describe the chemical, physical and thermal properties of archaeological limestone affected by salt and saline water in Egypt. This research aims to study the aggressive physical effects of different types of salts dominated in saline water and their different mechanisms on the acceleration of weathering processes that affect Egyptian limestone. It presents a multidisciplinary approach to characterize, at both micro/macro scales, the be...

  18. Pollen Morphology of Egyptian Malvaceae: An Assessment of Taxonomic Value

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    NAGGAR, Salah M. EL

    2004-01-01

    The pollen morphological characteristics of 21 species of Egyptian Malvaceae belonging to 10 genera: Abelmoschus Medik., Hibiscus L., Gossypium L., Lagunaria L., Abutilon Mill., Sida L., Malva L., Lavatera L., Alcea L. and Malvaviscus Cav., were investigated by light and scanning electron microscopy. The pollens were examined and described in each genus. The results demonstrated that pollen morphological characteristics, principally pollen shape, size, aperture characters and exine sculpture ...

  19. Electrophoretic Characterization and the Relationship Between Some Egyptian Cruciferae

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    E.A. Kamel; H. Z. Hassan; Ahmed, S M

    2003-01-01

    The present study was carried out on 17 Egyptian taxa of the Cruciferae representing 10 genera and 13 species collected from different localities. Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) was employed to characterize those taxa. The data obtained were analyzed by the NTsys-pc program package using the UPGMA clustering method. The produced dendrogram from SDS-PAGE analysis showed a close affinity and the monophyllay among the species of t...

  20. Imported inputs and Egyptian exports: Exploring the links

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    Parra, María Dolores; Martínez-Zarzoso, Inmaculada

    2015-01-01

    This paper is the first to explore the links between exporting and importing activities of Egyptian firms using panel data over the period from 2003 to 2007. The main aim is twofold. Firstly, the authors report regression results indicating that firms that both export and import are the most productive, followed by importing-, exporting-only firms and nontraders. Secondly, the authors estimate the determinants of the extensive and intensive margins of exports and imports using dynamic panel-P...

  1. Strategic Leadership and Its Application in Egyptian Universities

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    Hany R. Alalfy

    2014-01-01

    Today's universities operate in a climate of great change, along with increased responsibilities and accountability from Internal and external customers. This has resulted in calls for a new kind of leadership working to help the university to improve educational services and face more challenges, called strategic leadership, at the university level. Aim of study defining of Egyptian leadership universities pattern of modern leadership styles, named as Strategic leadership (concept, objective...

  2. Prevalence of renal tubular dysfunction in beta thalassemia minor in shiraz

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    Ali Moradi Nakhodcheri

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available  Background & objective: ?-Thalassemia minor is an asymptomatic hereditary disease. The first study on the relation of renal tubular dysfunction and ?-thalassemia minor was performed in 2002 but those studies seem inadequate.The main goal of this study is through evaluation of renal tubular function in 100 patients with thalassemia minor. Materials & Methods: 100 patients with ?- thalassemia which confirmed by hemoglobin electrophoresis and CBC as well as RBC indices were studied.14 out of 100 cases exit because of Urinary Tract Infection, diabetes mellitus or hypertension.Complete chemistry profile was performed on serum and urine of all reminder 86 patients (46 female and 40 male. Patients classified into two groups: ?-thalassemia minor with anemia and without anemia. Another control group include 50 healthy individuals also considered.Then data analyzed by proper statistical methods. Results: 20 out of 86 reminder cases e.g. 24% showed at least one index of renal tubular dysfunction.58% of patients was been anemic and 42% non anemic. The most prominent tubular dysfunction was seen in a 29 years old lady with glucosuria and without anemia. conclusion: ?-Thalassemia minor is common in Iran specially in Fars province. This study revealed significant renal tubular dysfunction in patient with ?-thalassemia minor. So it is necessary to check out thalassemic patients for renal function tests periodically. Key words: ?-thalassemia, minor,renal tubular dysfunction

  3. Mithramycin encapsulated in polymeric micelles by microfluidic technology as novel therapeutic protocol for beta-thalassemia

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Lorenzo Capretto1, Stefania Mazzitelli2, Eleonora Brognara2, Ilaria Lampronti2, Dario Carugo1, Martyn Hill1, Xunli Zhang1, Roberto Gambari2, Claudio Nastruzzi31Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK; 2Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 3Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, ItalyAbstract: This report shows that the DNA-binding drug, mithramycin, can be efficiently encapsulated in polymeric micelles (PM-MTH, based on Pluronic® block copolymers, by a new microfluidic approach. The effect of different production parameters has been investigated for their effect on PM-MTH characteristics. The compared analysis of PM-MTH produced by microfluidic and conventional bulk mixing procedures revealed that microfluidics provides a useful platform for the production of PM-MTH with improved controllability, reproducibility, smaller size, and polydispersity. Finally, an investigation of the effects of PM-MTH, produced by microfluidic and conventional bulk mixing procedures, on the erythroid differentiation of both human erythroleukemia and human erythroid precursor cells is reported. It is demonstrated that PM-MTH exhibited a slightly lower toxicity and more pronounced differentiative activity when compared to the free drug. In addition, PM-MTH were able to upregulate preferentially ?-globin messenger ribonucleic acid production and to increase fetal hemoglobin (HbF accumulation, the percentage of HbF-containing cells, and their HbF content without stimulating ?-globin gene expression, which is responsible for the clinical symptoms of ß-thalassemia. These results represent an important first step toward a potential clinical application, since an increase in HbF could alleviate the symptoms underlying ß-thalassemia and sickle cell anemia. In conclusion, this report suggests that PM-MTH produced by microfluidic approach warrants further evaluation as a potential therapeutic protocol for ß-thalassemia.Keywords: microfluidics, lab-on-a-chip, design of experiments, erythroid differentiation, human erythroid precursor cells

  4. Physical inactivity among Egyptian and Saudi medical students

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    Abdel-Hady El-Gilany

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: Medical students, the future doctors, were presumed to be knowledgeable about physical activity and would have future influence on their patients. This study aims to describe the pattern of physical activity, predictors of physical inactivity and perceived barriers to and benefits of physical activity among a sample of Egyptian and Saudi medical students. Methods: A cross-sectional comparative study was carried out on 319 Egyptian and 297 Saudi medical students. The long form of the international physical activity questionnaire (IPAQ was used to measure physical activity. Data was analyzed according to the guidelines for data processing and analysis of the IPAQ. Perceived barriers to and potential benefits of physical activity were reported. Results: Physical inactivity was significantly higher among Saudi than Egyptian medical students (41.1% versus 15.4%, respectively. Logistic regression analysis revealed that the independent predictors of physical inactivity were non-membership in sports clubs (OR =4.6 and use of private cars for transportation (OR=3.9. The most frequent barriers to physical activity are time limitation due to busy study schedule and lack of accessible and suitable sporting places. More than 70% of students perceived that physical activity promotes and maintains health. Conclusions: Because time and access are key barriers to medical student exercise, we believe that provision of free playgrounds in the college to practice sports during free times will promote physical activity in students. [TAF Prev Med Bull 2011; 10(1.000: 35-44

  5. Molecular seasonal, age and gender distributions of Cryptosporidium in diarrhoeic Egyptians: distinct endemicity.

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    El-Badry, A A; Al-Antably, A S A; Hassan, M A; Hanafy, N A; Abu-Sarea, E Y

    2015-12-01

    Cryptosporidiosis is a worldwide gastrointestinal disease caused by the protozoan Cryptosporidium parasite. It has a broad range of seasonal and age-related prevalence. We aimed to study the molecular prevalence and seasonality of Cryptosporidium over a period of 1 year in a cohort of Egyptian diarrhoeic patients. Stool samples were collected from 865 diarrhoeic patients attending outpatient clinics of Cairo University hospitals, from all age groups over a 12-month period, examined microscopically for faecal Cryptosporidium oocysts by the acid-fast staining method and for copro-DNA detection using nested polymerase chain reaction (nPCR) assays. PCR-positive samples were characterised molecularly by nPCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) to determine Cryptosporidium genotypes. Cryptosporidium copro-DNA was detected in 19.5 % of the collected samples throughout the year, with a major peak in summer (August) and a small rise in spring (April). Infection was mainly C. hominis (95.8 %) followed by C. parvum (3.0 %), affecting all age groups, with predominance in the pre-school age group, and decrease with age. There were statistically significant associations between the detection of Cryptosporidium and season, diarrhoea, patient age and drinking water, while gender, contact with animals and presence of mucus in stool showed no association. Cryptosporidium in diarrhoeic Egyptians was of distinct endemicity, with the bi-model mostly influenced by population dynamics, with a clear high prevalence in pre-school children and predominating anthroponotic (C. hominis) transmission throughout the year. The obtained results highlight Cryptosporidium as a water contaminant and an important cause of health problems in Egypt, necessitating further studies of the risk factors. PMID:26440040

  6. Interferon therapy shifts natural killer subsets among egyptian patients with chronic hepatitis C

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    Amal, Fathy; Mohamed Mohy, Eldin; Lobna, Metwally; Mohamed, Eida; Marwa, Abdel-Rehim; Gamal, Esmat.

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Natural killer cells can be divided into five subpopulations based on the relative expression of CD16 and CD56 markers. The majority of natural killer cells are CD56dim, which are considered to be the main cytotoxic effectors. A minority of the natural killer cells are CD56bright, and function as an [...] important source of immune-regulatory cytokines. Shifts of these subsets have been reported in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus infection. We sought to investigate the shift of natural killer subsets among Egyptian patients with chronic HCV and to analyze the influence of interferon therapy on this shift. We applied a flow cytometric analysis of peripheral blood natural killer subsets for 12 interferon-untreated and 12 interferon-treated patients with chronic HCV, in comparison to 10 control subjects. Among interferon-untreated patients, there was a significant reduction of CD56-16+ (immature natural killer) cells. Among interferon-treated patients, the absolute count of natural killer cells was reduced, with expansion of the CD56bright subset and reduction of the CD56dim16+ subset. Natural killer subset counts were not significantly correlated to HCV viral load and were not significantly different among interferon responders and non-responders. In conclusion, HCV infection in Egyptian patients has been observed to be statistically and significantly associated with reduction of the CD56-16+NK subset, while a statistically significant expansion of CD56bright and reduction of CD56dim16+ subsets were observed after interferon therapy. Further studies are required to delineate the molecular basis of interferon-induced shift of natural killer subsets among patients with HCV.

  7. The impact on the Netherlands of the Egyptian greenhouse vegetable chain

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    2004-01-01

    This report forms part of a broader analysis of the competitiveness of Dutch tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers on the European market. It describes elements of Porter's competitiveness analysis for the Egyptian horticultural sector. Within this framework, it presents an analysis of the domestic demand, the supply, the structure and strategy of firms, the network and the Egyptian government. It concludes with a SWOT analysis.

  8. The Acquisition of an Egyptian Phonological Variant by U.S. Students in Cairo

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    Raish, Michael

    2015-01-01

    This study investigated the acquisition of an Egyptian phonological variant by student participants in a study abroad program at The American University in Cairo. Participants completed pre- and post-study abroad Simulated Oral Proficiency Interviews (SOPIs). The SOPI data showed a move toward an Egyptian realization of the phonological variable…

  9. ASPECTS OF OBSTACLES FOR APPLYING ACTIVITY BASED COSTING (ABC SYSTEM IN EGYPTIAN FIRMS

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    Petru STEFEA

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The following investigation aims to determine the aspects of obstacles for applying Activity Based Costing (ABC system in the Egyptian case and the significant differences among the effects of such obstacles . The Study used the survey method to describe and analyze the obstacles in some Egyptian firms. The population of the study is Egyptian manufacturing firms. This survey used the number of 392 questionnaires that were used throughout the total of 23 Egyptian manufacturing firms, during the first half of 2013. Finally, the study found some influencing obstacles for applying this system (ABC and there were significant differences among the aspects of obstacles for applying ABC system in the Egyptian manufacturing firms.

  10. Mitochondrial Mutation In Egyptian Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

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    Fawzi O,A*; Hassan Z,A*; Abdel Kawy S,I**; Al-Diwany O,I**; Adel

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Mitochondrial gene mutation plays a role in the development of diabetes mellitus. An A to G substitution at base pair 3243 in the mitochondrial tRNAleu(UUR gene (mt3243 is commonly associated with maternally inherited diabetes and deafness and other diseases. The aim of this study is to detect A to G substitution at base pair 3243 in mitochondrial RNAleu(UUR in the plasma of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, and to evaluate insulin sensitivity in all cases. This study, included 41 patients (Group I, 31 cases with type 2 diabetes mellitus and maternal history of diabetes mellitus-and Group II, 10 cases with type 2 diabetes mellitus, bilateral SNHL, maternal history of diabetes mellitus with or without SNHL. Other10 healthy control group was included. Patients and controls were subjected to full medical history and clinical examination. Serum measurements for liver and kidney function tests, fasting and postprandial blood glucose as well as C-peptide levels, in addition to lipid profile were collected. Audiological evaluation for all patients with SNHL was also done. Genetic investigation, for mDNA analysis, done by polymerase chain reaction restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP, to determine the mutation in the mitochondrial gene at position 3243. Results of the study showed that glycemic indices (FPG, 2hPPG and HbA1c, liver enzymes and blood urea were significantly higher among patient group compared to control group (P<0.05. There was no significant difference for values of creatinine and uric acid between cases and controls. Lipid profile was significantly higher among patient group compared to controls (P<0.05, except for HDL-C which was higher in controls however, it did not reach statistical significance. C-peptide values were not significantly different between studied groups. Age at onset of diabetes was relatively earlier in group II than group I. mDNA was present in all plasma samples of patients and controls. mDNA 3243 mutation was detected in the plasma of three patients with diabetes and SNHL with a rate of 7.3% of all diabetic patients and 30% of diabetic patients associated with deafness. The presence of mDNA mutation allowed 294 bp product to be cleaved into 180 and 114 bp fragments and were seen as two bands. In CoclusioN: The A 3243 G mutation is present in Egyptian population and is considered as a cause of maternally inherited diabetes and deafness at a rate of 7.3% of all diabetic subjects and a rate of 30% of diabetics associated with deafness. mDNA mutation is present and detectable in plasma. Maternally inherited diabetes and deafness differs pathophysiologically from the more common forms of type 2 diabetes in that, insulin resistance does not seem to be a major factor.

  11. Gamma dose measurements indoor and outdoor of some egyptian buildings

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    Some physical parameters affecting the basic dosimetric properties of carbonized aluminum oxide were studied such as Response, Dose recovery, reproducibility, linearity and lower limit of detection. Indoor and Outdoor gamma radiation dose rates were measured inside and outside some Egyptian buildings using Al2 O3-C environmental thermo luminescence dosimeters for 70 days. For these purpose twenty dosimeters of TLD chips were positioned indoor and ten dosimeters were positioned outdoor inside a thin black polythene 30 cm long pipe at one meter above ground as a reference height

  12. Breaking Up the Family: Divorce in Egyptian Law and Practice

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    Bernard-Maugiron, Nathalie; Dupret, Baudouin

    2008-01-01

    From the twentieth century onward, Egyptian law-makers strived to re-instate a balance between men and women in their access to breaking-off the marriage. The legislature started interfering in new fields to favor the adaptation of law to the evolution of society and to find solutions to social problems it was confronted with. The study of the explanatory notes of the laws discloses this very spirit. The outcome of those reforms is, however, mitigated. No doubt women's status in divorce has i...

  13. Chemical composition of water hyacinth (Eichhronia Crassipes) a comparison indication of heavy metal pollution in egyptian water bodies. Vol. 4

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    Water hyacinth is tested as an indicator for pollution in egyptian fresh surface waters. Chemical composition of water hyacinth as affected area of collection (water bodies) was studied and the suitability of this plant as a biological indicator for water pollution is discussed. Water hyacinth samples were collected three times per year for two years (1991-1993). Sample sites include one location in the river nile (at Helwan area), one site in Ismaillia canal, (at Mostrod industrial area), and one site in Abo-Zabal drain (at Abo-Zabal city). The concentration of 19 major major and trace elements in plant samples were determined by prompt gamma-ray neutron activation analysis. Results indicated that plant parts as well as location have a significant effect on elements content. Water hyacinth roots showed high affinity for accumulation of trace elements. 5 tabs

  14. Environmental education in an Egyptian university: The role of teacher educators

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    Goueli, Solafa

    Drawing on a holistic critical paradigm of ecological sustainability, this study examined the role of teacher educators in environmental education in the Faculty of Education of one Egyptian university. The study sought to critically and collaboratively explore with a sample of six teacher educators their answers, perceptions and perspectives in relation to their knowledge and understanding of environmental problems in local/global contexts and their meanings of curriculum and pedagogical practices for fostering environmental education in their teacher education programs. The participants generally demonstrated a considerable amount of knowledge of the environmental realities and problems facing Egypt encompassing air, water and solid waste sectors. Their views concurred with national and official studies identifying these issues as the most pressing environmental problems in the country. The exploration of the institutional, social and cultural causes and developmental and/or global causes of environmental problems in Egypt led us to articulate different themes relating environmental crisis in Egypt to different issues. These issues included poverty, education, religion and development. One of the major findings of the study was the participants' view that development was the major contributor to the environmental crisis in Egypt. They all stressed that, in its pursuit of economic growth, the government did not pay due attention to the environmental costs. Sharing perspectives from a critical paradigm of ecological sustainability, the participants felt that the government needed to clearly address the economic and ecological dimensions of development. In addition, a few participants affirmed that development is the thread that ties all the different factors together bringing into the conversations other dimensions of development like the social, values, and political dimensions. Addressing the future dimension of development, all of them expressed the need for a development model that takes into consideration ecological as well as human well-being concerns. The study also presented an overview of the participants' own definitions for environmental education based on their beliefs and emerging from their practices. It also explored the content and pedagogy of environmental education within the Faculty as well as the participants' own practices and reports on the action research phase of the study. The participants agreed that the environment needs to be viewed holistically that includes human beings in relation to each other as well as to other beings and their surroundings. While they all praised the role of educators, they also acknowledged the force of substantive challenges for promoting a critical paradigm of environmental education within the faculty as well as in the whole education system and Egyptian society in general. A major finding of the study was that the situation of environmental education in Egyptian universities need closer and immediate attention, and much work remains to transform education and adopt a framework that would integrate environmental education into the core of the educational programs of the faculty. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

  15. Engineering properties of cement/lime-stabilized Egyptian soft clay

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    Mansour, M. A.; Samieh, A. M.; Matter, H. E.

    2015-09-01

    Soft clay formations are extensively located in many coastal areas around the world. The significant high compressibility and low shear strength of these formations impose challenging engineering problems. The deep cement/lime-mix-in-place method is one of the ground improvement techniques exhibiting successful use in stabilizing soft clay. Analysis and design of the deep mixing systems necessitate the identification of the additive content, the proportions of the lime to cement and the characteristics of the stabilized clay. This paper investigates experimentally the influence of adding lime and cement or cement alone, as stabilizing additives, on the engineering behavior of an Egyptian soft clay extracted from the north delta region. A series of laboratory tests were carried out considering, different additive contents of 8, 10, 12, and 14% of the dry weight, with different proportions of lime to cement of 50:50, 25:75 and 0:100. A series of unconfined compression strength tests were performed after different periods; one week, four weeks and 8 weeks, to assess the effect of curing period on the stabilized clay response. In addition, one dimensional consolidation tests were carried out to evaluate the compressibility properties of the stabilized clay. This study declared that the use of an additive content in the range of 12% and more is recommended to improve the characteristics of the considered Egyptian clay. It was pointed out that addition of lime and cement to soft clay significantly increases the strength characteristics and significantly reduces the compressibility characteristics of such clay.

  16. Determination of Wax Content in Egyptian Crude Oils

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    Prof.Dr.Ramadan Abu El-Ella

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Wax precipitation is one of the most important flow assurance problems. Unfortunately, experimental data are very scarce to confirm existing models for prediction of such production impairment and other hazardous risk; while its curative approaches and production losses add to colossal economic sabotage to the petroleum industry. The present work deals with studying the determination of wax in Egyptian crude oil by gravimetric determination precipitation with lowering temperature of the crude oil .The crude oil studied was from Egyptian western desert (waxy paraffinic crude. Waxes may precipitate due to a temperature decrease because their solubility is so low that a solid phase can appear. The experiments investigated the effect of initial weight of the crude, the time of cooling, and the temperature on the amount of wax produced. The highest amount of wax was produced with 150gm of the crude oil, at temperature of 0oC and this was done within two hours of the time of experiment. Finally the effect of using solvent on the amount wax content was also studied and it was found that the ratio (3:1 of solvent mixture increases achievement of the maximum amount of wax produced.

  17. Legal Elements For Nuclear Security: Egyptian Nuclear Law As A Case Study

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    This paper deals with the legal bases for nuclear security. First, It analysis the international legal framework for nuclear security. Second, it analysis the legal bases for the import-export control. The legal aspects related with illicit trafficking (IT) were also reviewed. Third, It deals with the Egyptian nuclear law no. 7 and its executive regulation. The Egyptian legal regime for nuclear security and the role of State System for Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials (SSAC) in realizing the nuclear security were also discussed. The purpose of the paper is to evaluate the Egyptian legal framework for nuclear security.

  18. Designing an e-democracy framework to enhance the Egyptian e-government

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    M. El-Sayed Wahed

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available E-democracy concept can enhance Egyptian participation in rule and it can move e-the Egyptian government to a new era. E-democracy concept can be applied in conjunction with database connection to transfer Egyptian e-government to transformation stage. This Paper concentrates mainly on designing an e-democracy framework using two case studies in e-government systems .As we will see system is web based application based .There are some figures that describe system architecture then each component well be explained. The framework technical aspects, analysis and objectives in establishing integrated e-government will be discussed. 

  19. A bleaching earth from egyptian local deposits

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    El Kinawy, Omayma S.

    2001-10-01

    Full Text Available The present investigation deals with the bleaching of vegetable oils using activated clays collected from some deposits in Egypt as compared to Tonsil FF currently used by local oil industry. The comparison was made; not only on the basis of the decolourising power of the earth, but also on the basis of its effects on the oil acidity, formation of the oil peroxides and the decomposition rate of the formed peroxides to aldehydes and ketones during the bleaching process. The activation of the collected earth samples was made using 4N HCl, 6N HCl and 30 % H2SO4. The bleaching tests of the activated samples were performed using the major four oil types processed in Egypt being cottonseed, sunflower, soybean and palm oils. In addition to the laboratory-evaluation tests, the performance of the activated samples, which showed promise on the lab-scale have been also tested on an industrial scale. The industrial application has proved that the activated local earth's can be successfully used as bleaching earth of local oils. Thus it can be used as a substitute of the varieties currently imported and used by the local oil sector.La presente investigación trata de la decoloración de aceites vegetales usando tierras activadas obtenidas de yacimientos egipcios, comparándola con el Tonsil FF usado normalmente en la industria oleícola local. La comparación se realizó, no sólo sobre la base del poder decolorante de la tierra, sino también sobre la base de sus efectos en la acidez del aceite, la formación de peróxidos y la velocidad de descomposición de los peróxidos formados en aldehidos y cetonas durante el proceso de decoloración. La activación de las muestras de tierras recogidas se hizo utilizando ClH 4N, ClH 6N y H2SO4 30 %. Los tests de decoloración de las muestras activadas se llevaron a cabo usando los cuatro tipos mayoritarios de aceites procesados en Egipto: aceite de semilla de algodón, de girasol, de soja y de palma. Además de los tests a escala de laboratorio, la evaluación de las muestras activadas, se realizó a escala industrial. La aplicación industrial ha demostrado que las tierras locales activadas pueden ser utilizadas con éxito como tierras decolorantes de aceites locales. De este modo pueden usarse como sustitutos de las variedades mas frecuentemente importadas y usadas por el sector aceitero.

  20. An investigation into the ancient Egyptian cultural influences on the Yorubas of Nigeria

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    Jock M. Agai

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available There are many cultural practices that connect ancient Egyptians to the Yorubas and the new interpretation of the Oduduwa legend suggests that the Yorubas have originated or are influenced mainly by the Egyptians. The attestation of Egypt as the main influencer of the Yoruba culture made Egypt significant in the study of the history of the Yoruba people. Some writers are beginning to think that the ancient Egyptians were responsible for introducing and spreading many cultures amongst the Yorubas. As more Yorubas are tracing their origins and the origins of their culture to ancient Egypt, this research investigates whether the Egyptians were the originators and the main spreaders of the afterlife culture in Yorubaland.

  1. An investigation into the ancient Egyptian cultural influences on the Yorubas of Nigeria

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    Jock M. Agai

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    Full Text Available There are many cultural practices that connect ancient Egyptians to the Yorubas and the new interpretation of the Oduduwa legend suggests that the Yorubas have originated or are influenced mainly by the Egyptians. The attestation of Egypt as the main influencer of the Yoruba culture made Egypt significant in the study of the history of the Yoruba people. Some writers are beginning to think that the ancient Egyptians were responsible for introducing and spreading many cultures amongst the Yorubas. As more Yorubas are tracing their origins and the origins of their culture to ancient Egypt, this research investigates whether the Egyptians were the originators and the main spreaders of the afterlife culture in Yorubaland.

  2. An investigation into the ancient Egyptian cultural influences on the Yorubas of Nigeria

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    Jock M., Agai.

    Full Text Available There are many cultural practices that connect ancient Egyptians to the Yorubas and the new interpretation of the Oduduwa legend suggests that the Yorubas have originated or are influenced mainly by the Egyptians. The attestation of Egypt as the main influencer of the Yoruba culture made Egypt signi [...] ficant in the study of the history of the Yoruba people. Some writers are beginning to think that the ancient Egyptians were responsible for introducing and spreading many cultures amongst the Yorubas. As more Yorubas are tracing their origins and the origins of their culture to ancient Egypt, this research investigates whether the Egyptians were the originators and the main spreaders of the afterlife culture in Yorubaland.

  3. The future of the independent Egyptian music in the digital era

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    Maraghah, Mohammad

    2013-01-01

    This thesis is investigating the impact of the digital era with its technological advanced components and revolutionized information platforms on shaping the future of the independent Egyptian music. The author investigated this impact through conducting fifteen semi structured qualitative interviews between the 15th of December 2012 to 25th of January 2013 with the relevant Independent Egyptian Music stakeholders who gave the researcher a better insight of what is the optimal business model(...

  4. Application of Neutron Activation Analysis Technique for Gold Estimation in South Area Egyptian Mines

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    The study presents analytical results of gold concentrations of some Egyptian gold ores. Six samples collected from south eastern of Egyptian mines area have been analyzed using neutron activation analysis technique. The gamma-ray spectra obtained were measured by means of high resolution hyper-pure germanium detection system in conjunction with electronic and computerized multichannel analyzer. The results are compared with previous measurements obtained by another method

  5. BENCHMARKING THE EGYPTIAN MEDICAL TOURISM SECTOR AGAINST INTERNATIONAL BEST PRACTICES: AN EXPLORATORY STUDY

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    Eman M. Helmy

    2011-01-01

    This paper argues that any compatible strategy for the development of medical tourism at a developing nation should be based primarily on a comprehensive benchmarking study. It has employed the benchmarking phase of a national project for the development of an Egyptian medical tourism strategy to showcase significance of such benchmarking implications. The benchmarking phase of the Egyptian project has used two main data sets to reach reliable findings: a series of best practice destinations ...

  6. Determinants of Exclusive Breastfeeding and Introduction of Complementary foods in Rural Egyptian Communities

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    Arwa Mohamed Hosney El Shafei; John Rene Labib

    2014-01-01

    Background: Determinants of breastfeeding (BF) exclusivity at a rural Egyptian setting are largely unknown. This cross-sectional study aimed to assess BF indicators, specifically exclusivity and the timely complementary feeding while assessing potential determinants that affect exclusivity of BF among a sample of mothers inhabiting Egyptian rural communities. Methods: A community based cross-sectional study was carried out over a period of four months with inclusion of 1000 eligible women hav...

  7. Nitrogenase Activity of Pseudomonas corrugata Isolated from Egyptian Lettuce

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    Emad A. Abada

    2006-01-01

    In the present study an isolate capable of root colonization of Egyptian Lettuce was isolated from the roots after selective enrichment. The isolated strain was identified as Pseudomonas corrugata by using Biochemical and Biolog identification system. The isolate has been found to be positive for nitrogenase activity. This root-colonized bacterium has not been previously isolated from Egyptian Lettuce and could be used as a bio-fertilizer.

  8. The impact of organizational characteristics on AMT adoption: A study of Egyptian manufacturers

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    Salaheldin, S.I.

    2007-01-01

    Purpose - This research seeks to empirically explore and examine the impact of organizational characteristics, i.e. firm size, type of production system, organizational design and type of ownership, on advanced manufacturing technology (AMTs) adoption in the Egyptian industrial sector; and to identify the similarities and dissimilarities of the nature of AMT adoption in Egypt compared to different contexts. Design/methodology/approach - The analysis was based on a survey of 200 Egyptian manuf...

  9. Isolation and characterization of 18 microsatellite loci in the Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus)

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    Agudo, Rosa; Roques, Séverine; Galarza, Juan A.; Rico, Ciro; Hiraldo, F.; Donázar, José A.

    2008-01-01

    We developed 18 new microsatellite loci for the endangered Egyptian vulture (Neophron percnopterus). Microsatellite loci were screened for variation in two different populations belonging to separate subspecies: the nominal N. p. percnopterus and the Canarian N. p. majorensis. Mean expected heterosygosities were respectively 0.51 and 0.46, while the mean number of alleles per locus was 4.7 and 3.9. These new markers allow further genetic studies for the endangered Canarian Egyptian Vulture. ©...

  10. Dose Assessment of Natural Radioactivity in Ancient Egyptian Monuments

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    Within an environmental radiation investigation of the ancient Egyptian monuments sites, 151 environmental samples were analyzed using ?-ray spectrometers based on HPGe detectors. The results show that the activity concentration values of the naturally occurring radionuclides; 238U (22'6Ra), 232Th, and 40K respectively, are within the world average ranges.Two models for calculation of absorbed dose rate due to gamma emission from radionuclides in the studied soil, limestone and adobe samples were evaluated. The first model was established based on constant value of sample density. The second model takes the density variation into consideration. Two sets of conversion factors were evaluated. A comparison between the results of calculation of the absorbed dose of the studied samples based on the model adopted by UNSCEAR and on our two models was carried out and discussed. (authors)

  11. Synchrotron radiation analysis on ancient Egyptian vitreous materials

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    Ancient Egyptian vitreous materials, namely faience and glass, share the same elemental composition. But they appear to have originated separately. Faience objects appear as early as the Predynastic period, and glass was introduced from Mesopotamia during the New Kingdom. These faience and glass objects were not of daily use, rather they were regarded as religious symbols or luxury status goods. Most of the products were coloured blue, but we see an increased use of other colours during the New Kingdom (c.1550-1069BC). This tendency corresponds to the period of both territorial and political expansion of Egypt. A non-destructive SR-XRF experiment at SPring-8 was conducted last winter, aiming to determine the regional trait of elemental composition by examining the pattern and ratio of rare earth elements. As a result, we could observe some distinctive rare earth elements that may indicate regional variation. (author)

  12. The Radial Structure of Some Middle Egyptian Prepositions

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    Nyord, Rune

    2010-01-01

    Prepositions are traditionally treated in dictionaries and grammars by giving a list of usages, often corresponding more or less to the way the preposition is translated in the language of the modern work. This paper suggests an alternative way of approaching prepositions, derived from cognitive linguistics where prepositions are regarded as categories centered on a salient prototype from which various peripheral members of the category are derived. This perspective has the advantage of presenting the meaning of each preposition as a unified category with a specific central meaning and various extensions, instead of merely listing a number of unrelated senses. It is argued that Middle Egyptian prepositions can fruitfully be studied in this framework, and the method is exemplified by examining the conceptual structure of the two frequent prepositions m and r.

  13. HOW EGYPTIAN CONTRACTING COMPANIES TRANSLATE PROJECTS' QUALITY TO PROJECTS' PERFORMANCE

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    Said SHAWKY HOZIEN

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available A model for continuous quality improvement for Egyptian contracting projects’ (CQIM is developed through the extensive reviewing of the Total Quality Management (TQM, Continuous Quality Improvement (CQIliterature, preceding researches, consensus opinions of managers and experts of the construction industry and the quality management system (ISO 9000. This model comprises of 13 main factors divided into 9 CQI constructs and 4 Indices, the Indices are broken down to 46 practical measures, while the CQI constructs are further divided into 58 sub-factors consisting of 231 practical requirements, all targeting the evaluation and improvement of the overall project performance (OPP . This model assists its users to assess their points of weaknesses and strengths, by setting-up a road map for improvement, utilizing a guided framework. This model is used as a benchmarking tool to achieve the goal of this research “Projects' Continuous Quality Improvement”.

  14. The Reasons social media contributed to 2011 Egyptian Revolution

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    Rabia Minatullah Sohail, Nadine Chebib

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, social media has become very significant for social networking. In the past, itsmain use was personal, but nowadays, its becoming part of all facets of our lives, social andpolitical. In the first quarter of 2011, the Middle East has witnessed many popular uprisings thathave yet to reach an end. While these uprisings have often been termed “FacebookRevolutions” or “Twitter Revolutions”, there are many ambiguities as to the extent to whichsocial media affected these movements. In this paper we discuss the role of social media andits impact on the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Though the reasons for the uprising were manifold,we will focus on how social media facilitated and accelerated the movement.

  15. Electrophoretic Characterization and the Relationship Between Some Egyptian Cruciferae

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    E.A. Kamel

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available The present study was carried out on 17 Egyptian taxa of the Cruciferae representing 10 genera and 13 species collected from different localities. Polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE was employed to characterize those taxa. The data obtained were analyzed by the NTsys-pc program package using the UPGMA clustering method. The produced dendrogram from SDS-PAGE analysis showed a close affinity and the monophyllay among the species of the genera; Enarthrocarpus Labill., Farsetia Turra, Zilla Forssk. and the paraphyllaly within the species of the genus Brassica L.

  16. Environmental Monitoring of Toshki Region As a New Egyptian Community

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    Some heavy metal pollutants namely Cd, Co, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, PI and Zn were measured in water, soil and some fruit plants; Citrus finensis, Orantte folia, Citrus aurantium and Vitis vinifera in Toshki region. These samples were collected in March 2005. The samples were treated according to the Standard Operation Procedures, digested and analyzed using an atomic absorption spectrophotometer. It was found that the mean concentrations of the mentioned elements in water samples are higher than those corresponding by environmental Law. While, the concentrations of those elements in soil samples are two folds higher than those found in plant samples. The results are related to those give by the Egyptian environmental Law No. 4/1994. In addition, natural radioactivity levels for 226Ra, 232Th, 40K and137Cs in soil were found to be lower than those corresponding for United Nations Scientific committee on the Effect of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) values. The results are discussed and recommendations are suggested

  17. Characterization of Gamma-Irradiated Egyptian Wheat Flour

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    Physical, rheological and baking properties of bread Shamy, prepared from gamma-irradiated Egyptian wheat flour up to 25 KGy as one of common types of bread in Egypt, were studied and the acceptability of bread was evaluated by sensory tests. All amylo-, farino-, and extensograph characteristics and also sample ph showed significant decrease as irradiation dose increased. Such results could be explained in terms of loss of unique elastic and cohesive properties of wheat gluten and starch damage upon increment of radiation dose. The improvement in properties of bread, baked from flour irradiated up to 7.5 KGy, could be explained on the basis of a simulation in gas production during dough fermentation due to increase in starch degradation products. However, bread, prepared from wheat samples irradiated above 7.5 KGy, exhibited significantly lower values of acceptance because of physico-chemical changes in both starch and gluten

  18. Plant Extract Control of the Fungi Associated with Different Egyptian Wheat Cultivars Grains

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    Mohamed Baka Zakaria Awad

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    Full Text Available Grain samples of 14 Egyptian wheat cultivars were tested for seed-borne fungi. The deep freezing method was used. Five seed-borne fungi viz., Aspergillus flavus, A. niger, Curvularia lunata, Fusarium moniliforme and Penicillium chrysogenum were isolated from the wheat cultivars viz., Bani Suef 4, Bani Suef 5, Gemmiza 7, Gemmiza 9, Gemmiza 10, Giza 168, Misr 1, Misr 2, Sakha 93, Sakha 94, Shandaweel 1, Sids 1, Sids 2 and Sids 3. A. flavus, A. niger and F. moniliforme were the most prevalent fungal species. Their incidence ranged from 21.0-53.5%, 16.0-37.5%, and 12.0-31.0%, respectively. The antifungal potential of water extracts from aerial parts of five wild medicinal plants (Asclepias sinaica, Farsetia aegyptia, Hypericum sinaicum, Phagnalon sinaicum, and Salvia aegyptiaca were collected from the Sinai Peninsula, Egypt. The antifungal potential of water extracts from the aerial parts of these five plants were tested in the laboratory against the dominant fungi isolated from the wheat cultivars. All the aqueous plant extracts significantly (p ? 0.05 reduced the incidence of the tested seed-borne fungi. But the extract of Asclepias sinaica exhibited the most antifungal activity on tested fungi at all concentrations used when compared with other plant extracts. Maximum infested grain germination was observed in Giza 168 and minimum in Bani Suef 5. Treating grains with plant extract of A. sinaica (10% enhanced the percentage of grain germination of all cultivars in both laboratory and pot experiments. Maximum root and shoot length of seedlings was recorded in Bani Suef 4 during fungal infestation or treatment by plant extract. For one hour before sowing or storage, the aqueous extract of A. sinaica can be used to treat wheat grains, to reduce the fungal incidence. Aqueous extracts of the aerial parts of selected medicinal plants, particularly A. sinaica, are promising for protecting Egyptian wheat grain cultivars against major seed-borne fungi. The aqueous extracts are expected to improve crops.

  19. Determination of trace elements up to 300 PPM in some Egyptian mining samples by neutron activation analysis

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    Six mining samples from south area of Egypt at Hemour, Um El-Garayat and El-Nile valley, were collected, prepared and irradiated at a thermal neutron flux of 4.3x1012 n / cm2.s. in the first Egyptian Research Reactor ( ET-RR-1 ) for 48 hours. A.HPGe detection system was used for the gamma-ray measurements emitted due to neutron activation. In addition to the major elements Na, Ca, Cr, Fe, Zn, As, Zr, Mo, Ba and Au appeared in the gamma-ray spectra obtained in these measurements, the following elements Sc, Co, Rb, Sb, La, Ce, Nd, Sm, Eu, Tb, Tm, Yb, Lu and Hf at trace level up to 300 ppm were identified. The concentration values of the trace elements were determined and compared with each other for the six investigated samples

  20. Underuse of controller medications in Egyptian asthmatic children

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    Osama Amer

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: International guidelines recommend daily use of controller medications for children with persistent asthma. Several studies from different regions of the world have reported low asthma control among children. Objectives: To assess the frequency of underuse of controller medications in Egyptian children and to clarify the causes and predictors for this underuse. Methods: This observational cross-sectional study was held over a 12-month-period in Zagazig University Hospitals, including 460 children with persistent asthma. All studied patients were submitted to careful history taking, proper medical examination and subsequent sharing, with their parents, in filling a previously designated Arabic asthma interview format concerning the disease course, medications, parents' beliefs about asthma, and causes of underuse. Results: Of 460 children who have persistent asthma, 84.4% were underusers of controller therapy, with 63.5% reporting no controller use at all and 21.3% reporting improper use. More than half of the studied patients received their medications in emergency department (52.8%, and follow up with a general practitioner (52.2% with less attendance to our outpatient asthma clinic (15.2%. The most important causes of underuse are non-prescription of controller drugs by managing physician (45% and financial cost (28%. Furthermore, predictors of this underuse include false beliefs about asthma (OR = 56.2; 95% CI: 13.5-232, P<0.05, negative family history of atopy (OR = 2.4; 95% CI: 1.10-5.18, P<0.05, younger age of the patients (P< 0.05, and general practitioner as the treating physician (OR = 3.5; 95% CI: 1.99-6.16, P<0.05. Conclusion: There is high frequency of underuse of controller medications among Egyptian asthmatic children. Non-prescription of controller medications by managing physician and financial cost remain the most important direct causes of underuse.

  1. Progressive macular hypomelanosis among Egyptian patients: a clinicopathological study

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    Selim, Mohamed Khaled; Ahmed, El-Shahat Farag; Abdelgawad, Mamdouh Morsy; El-Kamel, Mohammed Fawzy

    2011-01-01

    Background: Progressive macular hypomelanosis (PMH) is a disease of unclear etiology. Propionbacterium acnes (P. acnes) was claimed to be an etiological factor. Objectives: The purpose of this study was to document the clinicopathological features of PMH in Egyptian patients and to evaluate the therapeutic outcome. Methods: Patients with clinical features of PMH were recruited. Wood’s lamp examination, skin scrapings for fungi, and skin biopsy specimens were obtained. Biopsies were stained with hematoxylin and eosin, PAS, Fontana-Masson, and S100 protein. Patients received either narrow-band UVB (nbUVB) or nbUVB plus daily topical clindamycin 1% and benzoyl peroxide gel 5% (bcUVB). The period of active treatment was 14 weeks followed by a follow-up period of 24 weeks. Results: Twenty-nine patients were included. Microscopic evaluation of skin biopsy specimens showed no significant differences between lesional and normal skin. Fontana-Masson stained sections showed overall reduction of melanin granules in the basal layer of lesional skin only and S100 staining did not detect significant differences in the number of melanocytes in lesional and normal skin. Nearly complete repigmentation was reported in 10 patients treated with bcUVB compared to 9 patients treated with nbUVb with no significant differences between both groups after 14 weeks. Only 2 patients in each group retained the pigmentation and the remaining patients returned to the baseline color before treatment. Conclusions: This study documented the clinicopathological features of PMH among Egyptians. No permanently effective treatment is available. Further studies are needed to prove or disprove the pathogenic role of P. acnes in PMH. PMID:24396712

  2. Physical Deterioration of Egyptian Limestone Affected by Saline Water

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    Mohammed EL-GOHARY

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available This study is the second in a series of experiments that describe the chemical, physical and thermal properties of archaeological limestone affected by salt and saline water in Egypt. This research aims to study the aggressive physical effects of different types of salts dominated in saline water and their different mechanisms on the acceleration of weathering processes that affect Egyptian limestone. It presents a multidisciplinary approach to characterize, at both micro/macro scales, the behavior of a limestone widely used as a construction material in most of Egyptian monuments when interacting with some types of salt solutions of various concentrations. A systematic optical, morphological, physical and mechanical analysis of the fresh and weathered stone samples were used to evaluate different characteristics through using scientific some techniques such as optical microscope (OP and scanning electron microscope (SEM. In addition to the using of some special computer programs that were used to define different physical and mechanical properties such as weight changes, bulk density, total porosity, water uptake, water content, thermal dilatation and abrasion resistant. The results proved that all investigated samples were gradually affected by the types of salinity paths and salt concentrations. These results will serve as a database for the future comparison of long term behavior of stones before and after the planned conservation of the entire area. So, it is pertinent to device some scientific methods and interventions to reduce all factors of salt effects and removing their harmful aspects from historic fabric of the archaeological buildings through some scientific recommendations

  3. Sesame seed sensitization in a group of atopic Egyptian children.

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    Samar Ahmad

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: There are no published data on the prevalence of sesame allergy/sensitization in Egypt. Objective: In this pilot study, we thought to estimate the frequency of sesame seed sensitization in a group of atopic Egyptian infants and children. Methods: We consecutively enrolled 90 patients with physician diagnosed allergic disease. The study measurements included clinical evaluation for the site and duration of allergy, history suggestive of sesame seed allergy, and family history of allergy, as well as skin prick testing (SPT using a commercial sesame extract, and serum sesame specific IgE (SpIgE estimation. Results: None of the studied patients reported symptoms suggestive of sesame seed allergy. Nevertheless, two children (2.2% showed positive SPT response to sesame (wheal diameter ? 3 mm above the negative control. Only one of them had a wheal diameter which exceeded that of the histamine control. The serum sesame SpIgE exceeded 0.35 IU/ml in all subjects [range = 0.35 - 3.0 IU/ml; median (IQR = 0.9 (0.6 IU/ml]. Serum sesame SpIgE was significantly increased in patients with history of recurrent urticaria (p=0.03. Conclusion: Sesame seed sensitization is not uncommon in atopic Egyptian children. It can be associated with any clinical form of allergy and the causal relationship needs meticulous evaluation. Wider scale population-based studies are needed to assess the prevalence of sesame allergy and its clinical correlates in our country

  4. A descriptive study of plasma cell dyscrasias in Egyptian population

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    Background: Plasma cell dyscrasias (PCDs) refer to a spectrum of disorders characterized by the monoclonal proliferation of lymphoplasmacytic cells in the bone marrow and, sometimes, tissue deposition of monoclonal immunoglobulins or their components. These disorders include multiple myeloma (MM) and Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia, as well as rare conditions such as light-chain deposition disease (LCDD) and heavy-chain diseases (HCDs). The worldwide annual incidence of MM is estimated at 86,000, which is approximately 0.8% of all new cancer cases. Purpose: Our retrospective study aims to highlight the immunologic and epidemiological features of PCDs mainly MM in Egyptian patients and compare our results with those of other populations. Methods: Two hundred seventeen Egyptian patients with PCD were enrolled in the study. Serum, urine protein electrophoresis and immunofixation were used to demonstrate M protein. Results: One hundred thirty-eight patients (63.6%) had IgG monoclonal band, 38 patients (17.5%) had IgA, 12 patients (5.5%) had Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia (IgM monoclonal band) and 29 patients (13.4%) were light chain myeloma. One hundred fifty-one (70%) were Kappa chain positive and 66 patients (30%) were lumbda positive. Conventional cytogenetics was available for 40 patients; of them12 patients (30%) showed 13q-. Mean OS was 37.5 months (1-84 months). Survival analysis was statistically insignificant according to age, sex and ISS or type of treatment (P value >0.05). Conclusion: Long term follow up is required to further define the role of different therapeutic lines of treatment including ASCT in the various stages of PCD based on OS data.

  5. Relevance of Medieval, Egyptian and American Dates to the Study of Climatic and Radiocarbon Variability

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    Berger, R.

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    Basic radiocarbon dating and dendrochronology have been combined to yield calibrated dates that are more accurate than conventional radiocarbon dates. This has been shown to be true for medieval and Egyptian dynastic dating. Because radiocarbon is a cosmogenically produced radioisotope, heliomagnetic and geomagnetic fields play a major role in its synthesis in the Earth's upper atmosphere. Inasmuch as a calibrated radiocarbon record exists for nearly 10 000 years, we now seem to possess in the short-time variations of the production rate a history of solar activity expressed via heliomagnetic fields carried by the solar wind. In turn, solar activity has a controlling effect on climate on Earth within modifications provided by the complex interactions of the atmosphere-Earth-ocean system. Both radiocarbon measurements and other empirical research methods agree on variations of climate during historically more recent periods on Earth. This leads to the suggestion that the radiocarbon calibration curve may be also a significant indicator or tracer for climatic changes for the Holocene or the Neolithic-Mesolithic.

  6. Relevance of medieval, Egyptian and American dates to the study of climatic and radiocarbon variability

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    Berger, R. (California Univ., Los Angeles, CA (USA). Inst. of Geophysics and Planetary Physics)

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    Basic radiocarbon dating and dendrochronology have been combined to yield calibrated dates that are more accurate than conventional radiocarbon dates. This has been shown to be true for medieval and Egyptian dynastic dating. Because radiocarbon is a cosmogenically produced radioisotope, heliomagnetic and geomagnetic fields play a major role in its synthesis in the Earth's upper atmosphere. Inasmuch as a calibrated radiocarbon record exists for nearly 10 000 years, we now seem to possess in the short-time variations of the production rate a history of solar activity expressed via heliomagnetic fields carried by the solar wind. In turn, solar activity has a controlling effect on climate on Earth within modifications provided by the complex interactions of the atmosphere-Earth-ocean system. Both radiocarbon measurements and other empirical research methods agree on variations of climate during historically more recent periods on Earth. This leads to the suggestion that the radiocarbon calibration curve may be also a significant indicator or tracer for climatic changes for the Holocene or the Neolithic-Mesolithic. (author).

  7. Effect of irradiation and storage on biogenic amine contents in ripened Egyptian smoked cooked sausage

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    The effects of ?-irradiation upon the biogenic amine inventory in Egyptian smoked cooked sausages were investigated for the first time during storage for up to 90 days at 4 ° C. Typical contents of biogenic amines in non-irradiated sausages ranged between 125.50 and 596.18 mg/kgDW; irradiation with 4 and 6 kGy decreased said total contents to 105.20-94.82 and 104.98-26.44 mg/kgDW respectively, by the end of storage. Putrescine and cadaverine were the major amines in non-irradiated samples - where it accounted for 33% and 29% respectively, of the total by 90 days; however, tyramine dominated in irradiated samples with 2, 4 and 6 kGy, where it accounted for 44, 52 and 42%. On the other hand, the histamine content in non-irradiated sausage by 90 days of storage (i.e. 109.12 mg/kgDW) clearly exceeded the maximum allowable of 50 mg/kg, unlike happened in their irradiated counterparts. Therefore, the dramatic reduction observed in the histamine levels suggests use of this preservation technique for that traditional meat food. (author)

  8. Relevance of medieval, Egyptian and American dates to the study of climatic and radiocarbon variability

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    Basic radiocarbon dating and dendrochronology have been combined to yield calibrated dates that are more accurate than conventional radiocarbon dates. This has been shown to be true for medieval and Egyptian dynastic dating. Because radiocarbon is a cosmogenically produced radioisotope, heliomagnetic and geomagnetic fields play a major role in its synthesis in the Earth's upper atmosphere. Inasmuch as a calibrated radiocarbon record exists for nearly 10 000 years, we now seem to possess in the short-time variations of the production rate a history of solar activity expressed via heliomagnetic fields carried by the solar wind. In turn, solar activity has a controlling effect on climate on Earth within modifications provided by the complex interactions of the atmosphere-Earth-ocean system. Both radiocarbon measurements and other empirical research methods agree on variations of climate during historically more recent periods on Earth. This leads to the suggestion that the radiocarbon calibration curve may be also a significant indicator or tracer for climatic changes for the Holocene or the Neolithic-Mesolithic. (author)

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    Depression - major; Depression - clinical; Clinical depression; Unipolar depression; Major depressive disorder ... Doctors do not know the exact causes of depression. It is believed that chemical changes in the ...

  10. Pre-treatment role of inosine triphosphate pyrophosphatase polymorphism for predicting anemia in Egyptian hepatitis C virus patients

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    Walaa H Ahmed

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To investigate and clarify, for the first time, the role of inosine triphosphate pyrophosphatase (ITPA polymorphism in Egyptian chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV patients. METHODS:The human genomic DNA of all patients was extracted from peripheral blood cells in order to determine the single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP of ITPA (rs1127354. SNP genotyping was performed by real time polymerase chain reaction (PCR, ABI TaqMan allelic discrimination kit for 102 treatment-naive Egyptian patients with chronic HCV. All patients had no evidence of cardiovascular or renal diseases. They received a combination treatment of pegylated interferon ? (PEG-IFN? as a weekly subcutaneous dose plus an oral weight-adjusted dose of ribavirin (RBV. The majority received PEG-IFN?2a (70.6% while 29.4% received PEG-IFN?2b. The planned duration of treatment was 24-48 wk according to the viral kinetics throughout the course of treatment. Pre-treatment liver biopsy was done for each patient for evaluation of fibrosis stage and liver disease activity. The basal viral load level was detected quantitatively by real time PCR while viral load throughout the treatment course was performed qualitatively by COBAS TaqMan assay. RESULTS: Ninety-three patients (91.2% had ITPA SNP CC genotype and 9 (8.8% had non-CC genotype (CA and AA. The percentage of hemoglobin (Hb decline was higher for CC patients than for non-CC patients, particularly at weeks 4 and 8 (P = 0.047 and 0.034, respectively. During the first 12 wk of treatment, CC patients had significantly more Hb decline > 3 g/dL than non-CC patients: 64.5% vs 22.2% at weeks 8 and 12, respectively, (P = 0.024 and 0.038. Reduction of the amount of the planned RBV dose was significantly higher for CC patients than non-CC patients during the first 12 wk (18% ± 12.1% vs 8.5% ± 10.2%, P = 0.021. The percentage of CC patients with RBV dose reduction was significantly greater than that of non-CC patients (77.4% vs 44.4%, P = 0.044. Multivariate analysis identified only the percentage of RBV dose as a predictor for Hb decline. Platelet decline was significantly higher in non-CC patients than CC patients at weeks 12, 24 and 48 (P = 0.018, 0.009 and 0.026, respectively. CONCLUSION: Rs1127354 ITPA polymorphism plays a decisive role in protecting against treatment-induced anemia and the need for RBV dose reduction in Egyptian HCV patients.

  11. Phenolics, Selenium, Vitamin C, Amino Acids and Pungency Levels and Antioxidant Activities of Two Egyptian Onion Varieties

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Selenium, vitamin C, pungency, amino acids, phenolics content and antioxidant activities of two Egyptian onion varieties, namely white (Giza-6 and red (Beheri onions have been studied. Data analysis showed that the red variety presents higher values for selenium, vitamin C and sulphur-containing amino acids. Concerning pungency, white onion can be classified as intermediate pungency (8.24 ?mol of Pyruvic acid/100 g fresh wt. and red as pungent (11.37 ?mol of pyruvic acid/100 g fresh wt.. The phenolic acids, flavonols, anthocyanins and total phenolics content in red variety (81.59, 70.38, 7.56 and 187.17 mg/100 g fresh wt., respectively were higher than for white variety (72.47, 32.49, 4.90 and 131.65 mg/100 g fresh wt., respectively. Consequently, antioxidant activity was higher for the red variety. Correlation analysis indicates that phenolic compounds beside other factors including Se and sulphur-containing amino acid contents play the major role in the antioxidant activity of onion bulbs. The antioxidant capacity of freeze dried powder from both onion varieties was also tested in sunflower oil-in-water emulsions and hydroperoxide formation was monitored during storage at 40°C. In accordance with differences in Se, sulphur-containing amino acid and phenolics content, Egyptian red onions had better antioxidant activity, while white onions was only effective in the early stages of the oxidation process. These data indicates that red variety has higher potential health benefits related to the presence of antioxidant compounds.

  12. Clinico-pathological features of breast carcinoma in elderly Egyptian patients: A comparison with the non-elderly using population-based data

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    Background: Breast cancer (BC) is a major worldwide health care problem that mostly afflicts the elderly population in the more developed countries. It is not known how common is breast cancer among elderly Egyptian patients and whether this differs from the disease in younger patients. Aims: To study the clinico-pathological features of BC in elderly Egyptian patients (>65 years of age) among the population of an Egyptian Governorate, Gharbiah, and to compare these features with those of younger patients ( < 65 years). Methods: This is a cross sectional study that compares elderly BC (EBC) and the non-elderly BC (NEBC) using the information from the Gharbiah Population-based Cancer registry (GPCR) during the years 1999-2007. Results: Out of 6078 BCs, 12% were EBCs and 88% were NEBCs. Between 1999 and 2007, the crude incidence rate (CIR, per 100,000 populations) of EBC increased from 47 to 71 and that of NEBC increased from 16 to 17. Compared to NEBC patients, EBC patients were more likely to have a positive family history and present with a distant disease and less likely to present with a localized disease. EBCs were more likely to have lung metastases and less likely to have liver metastases. Histology, grade, hormone and HER-2 receptor statuses were comparable in both groups Apart from hormonal therapies, the elderly were less likely to receive surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy. Conclusion: EBC patients in Egypt present with advanced disease and are less likely to receive surgery, radiotherapy or chemotherapy compared to NEBC patient

  13. Fast neutron fluxes distribution in Egyptian ilmenite concrete

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    This work is concerned with the study of the distribution of fast neutron fluxes in a new type of heavy concrete made from Egyptian ilmenite ores. The neutron source used was a collimated beam of reactor neutrons emitted from one of the horizontal channels of the ET-RR-1 reactor. Measurements were carried-out using phosphorous activation detectors. Iso-flux curves were represented which give directly the shape and thickness required to attenuate the emitted fast neutron flux to a certain value. The relaxation lengths were also evaluated from the measured data for both disc monodirectional source and infinite plane monodirectional source. The obtained values were compared with that calculated using the derived values of relative number densities and microscopic removal cross-sections of the different constituents. The obtained data show that ilmenite concrete attenuates fast neutron flux more strongly than ordinary concrete. A semiemperical formula was derived to calculate the fast neutron flux at different thicknesses along the beam axis. Another semiemperical formula was also derived to calculate the fast neutron flux in ordinary concrete along the beam axis using the corresponding value in ilmenite concrete

  14. Peanut sensitization in a group of allergic Egyptian children

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    Hossny Elham

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background There are no published data on peanut sensitization in Egypt and the problem of peanut allergy seems underestimated. We sought to screen for peanut sensitization in a group of atopic Egyptian children in relation to their phenotypic manifestations. Methods We consecutively enrolled 100 allergic children; 2-10 years old (mean 6.5 yr. The study measurements included clinical evaluation for site of allergy, possible precipitating factors, consumption of peanuts (starting age and last consumption, duration of breast feeding, current treatment, and family history of allergy as well as skin prick testing with a commercial peanut extract, and serum peanut specific and total IgE estimation. Children who were found sensitized to peanuts were subjected to an open oral peanut challenge test taking all necessary precautions. Results Seven subjects (7% were sensitized and three out of six of them had positive oral challenge denoting allergy to peanuts. The sensitization rates did not vary significantly with gender, age, family history of allergy, breast feeding duration, clinical form of allergy, serum total IgE, or absolute eosinophil count. All peanut sensitive subjects had skin with or without respiratory allergy. Conclusions Peanut allergy does not seem to be rare in atopic children in Egypt. Skin prick and specific IgE testing are effective screening tools to determine candidates for peanut oral challenging. Wider scale multicenter population-based studies are needed to assess the prevalence of peanut allergy and its clinical correlates in our country.

  15. Distribution of Fungi in the Sandy Soil of Egyptian Beaches

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    Fatma F. Migahed

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available The mycobiota of the sandy soil of Egyptian beaches was investigated in thirty six sand samples collected from nine different localities in Egypt. The filamentous fungi were identified and assigned to thirty one genera and fifty one species. Greater populations as well as a wider spectrum range of fungal genera and species were obtained in sandy soil of Alexandria beach while Balteem beach was the poorest one. The total count of the genus or species did not always follow the number of cases of isolation. Most of the genera detected belonged to the Deuteromycotina with fewer proportions belonging to the Ascomycotina and Zygomycotina. The genera of highest incidence and their respective numbers of species were: Penicillium (35.72%, 6 spp. and Aspergillus (30.28%, 16 spp.. The species which showed the highest incidence in all cases was P. chrysogenum, followed by P. citrinum, A. flavus, Chaetomium murorum and Trichoderma viride. Several other genera and species were detected at quite low occurrence.

  16. Efficiency of diagnostic biomarkers among colonic schistosomiasis Egyptian patients

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    Manal Abdel Aziz, Hamed; Samia Abdel Aziz, Ahmed; Hussein Moustafa, Khaled.

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available The schistosomal parasite plays a critical role in the development of malignant lesions in different organs. The pathogenesis of cancer is currently under intense investigation to identify reliable prognostic indices for disease detection. The objective of this paper is to evaluate certain biochemic [...] al parameters as diagnostic tools to efficiently differentiate between colonic carcinoma and colonic carcinoma associated with schistosomal infection among Egyptian patients. The parameters under investigation are interleukin 2 (IL-2), tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF-?), carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) levels, tissue telomerase, pyruvate kinase (PK), glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G-6-PD) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) enzyme activities. The results revealed a significant elevation in the level of the tumour markers IL-2, TNF-? and CEA as well as the activities of LDH, telomerase and G-6-PD among non-bilharzial and bilharzial colonic cancer groups, with a more potent effect in bilharzial infection-associated colonic cancer. A significant inhibition in PK activity was recorded in the same manner as compared to normal tissues. The efficacy of this biomarker was also evaluated through detecting sensitivity, specificity, negative and positive predictive values. In conclusion, schistosomal colonic carcinoma patients displayed more drastic changes in all parameters under investigation. The combination of the selected parameters succeeded in serving as biomarkers to differentiate between the two malignant types.

  17. Iron fixation in Egyptian soils using tracer technique

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    Massoud, M.A.; Abd-El-Sabour, M.F. (Faculty of Agriculture, Al-Azhar Univ. (Egypt)); Omar, M.A. (Ain Shams Univ., Cairo (Egypt). Faculty of Agriculture)

    1983-01-01

    An experiment was carried out in order to investigate the Fe-fixation in Egyptian soils. Different forms of iron were used for the study, i.e., inorganic form, Fe/sub 2/(So/sub 4/)/sub 3/ and chelated forms, i.e., Fe-EDDHA and Fe-DTPA. The forms were labelled with 59Fe. Data showed that the percent fixed Fe values corresponding to Fe/sub 2/(So/sub 4/)/sub 3/, Fe-EDDHA and Fe-DTPA were 90, 55, 28 respectively. In addition, the absorbed Fe percentage values were 3, 10.7, 24.3 for the three Fe forms respectively. Also the Fe-soluble percentages values were 5.4, 31.6 and 48.1 respectively. The results indicate the effect of Fe fixed. Also it indicates that the soil application of inorganic salt to supply soluble iron to plants seems unpromising due to the high capacity of investigated soils to retain Fe.

  18. Barriers to E-Commerce Adoption in Egyptian SMEs

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    Abdel Nasser H. Zaied

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available E-commerce has been predicted to be a new driver of economic growth for developing countries. The SME sector plays a significant role in its contribution to the national economy in terms of the wealth created and the number of people employed. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs in Egypt represent the greatest share of the productive units of the Egyptian economy and the current national policy directions address ways and means of developing the capacities of SMEs. Many factors could be responsible for the low usage of e-commerce among the SMEs in Egypt. In order to determine the factors that promote the adoption of e-commerce, SMEs adopters and non-adopters of e-commerce were asked to indicate the factors inhibiting the adoption of e-commerce. The results show that technical barriers are the most important barriers followed by legal and regulatory barriers, whereas lack of Internet security is the highest barrier that inhibit the implementation of e-commerce in SMEs in Egypt followed by limited use of Internet banking and web portals by SMEs. Also, findings implied that more efforts are needed to help and encourage SMEs in Egypt to speed up e-commerce adoption, particularly the more advanced applications.

  19. Human fascioliasis in Egyptian children: successful treatment with triclabendazole.

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    el-Karaksy, H; Hassanein, B; Okasha, S; Behairy, B; Gadallah, I

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    Human fascioliasis (HF) is an increasingly recognized public health problem in Egypt. During the past two years we diagnosed HF in 40 Egyptian children. Diagnosis was based on some or all of the following criteria: fever, tender hepatomegaly and high eosinophilia (febrile eosinophilic syndrome), presence of Fasciola hepatica eggs in stools, and/or serodiagnosis using the indirect haemagglutination test (IHAT). Eight of the 40 children had failed to respond to previous treatment with praziquantel. All children were treated with triclabendazole in a dose of 10 mg/kg as a single oral dose. Within 2 months, 31 children (78 per cent) were cured as evidenced by clinical well-being, normalization of eosinophil counts, Fasciola antibody titres, and absence of Fasciola hepatica eggs in stools. The remaining nine cases achieved clinical and laboratory cure after a second dose of triclabendazole. No side-effects were encountered in any of the cases. We conclude that triclabendazole is an effective, well-tolerated, easy to administer drug that should be considered in HF. PMID:10401189

  20. Gonadotropins studies in female egyptian subjects under different physiological conditions

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    This study is concerned with the role of the hypothalamic hypophyseal regulatory hormonal mechanisms in the control of gonadal secretions in a selected normal egyptian female subjects with varying ages under different physiological conditions. The study allowed precise definition of the modulator influence of a number of key factors triggering appropriate alteration in circulating serum levels of FSH and LH determined by IRMA technique in pre-pubertal female children (9-11), post-pubertal adolescents females (13-16). Adult married females (27-33) and post-menopausal (58-63). The levels of FSH and LH were increased markedly with age but children less than 11 years old had only nocturnal increase in levels of FSH (p.O.I) and LH(P< 0.001). post-pubertal aged girls had significant nocturnal elevation only of LH levels (P< 0.001), adult married females did not exhibit significant difference in gonadotropin concentrations. whereas significant elevation in FSH and LH levels (P<0.001) in post-menopausal females were observed

  1. Occupational radiation exposure in some Egyptian phosphate mines

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    Radiation levels in some working phosphate mines in the Egyptian Eastern Desert have been investigated to estimate the occupational exposure to the workers in those sites. Such results may help in the preparation of the corrective actions as well as the improvement the safety measures if needed in those working mines. Beta and gamma levels as well as radon gas concentration and its decay products have been measured. Active techniques are employed to fulfill the objectives of measuring radon gas and its daughters. Some working conditions and environmental parameters such as the working time, type of available ventilation, temperature and humidity have been studied during the period of measurements. The maximum reported values for radon daughter concentration in units of working level are 1.28, in Safaga area south mine, 1.22 in Hamraween area B mine and 0.67 in El-Quser area Youns C mine. The maximum annual dose for the worker in all locations under investigation is about 100 mSv/y which is clearly much higher than the recommended international value. According to the above estimated values the question of ventilation economics in such mines is created. The classification of the miners in conventional mines as radiation workers should also be put into consideration. (author)

  2. First records of polychaetes new to Egyptian Mediterranean waters

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    Manal Mohamed Atta

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    Full Text Available Nineteen benthic polychaete species were recorded for the first time inthe intertidal zone of the Alexandria coast, south-eastern Mediterranean Sea. They belong toSyllidae (7 species, Hesionidae (3 species, Serpulidae (2 species and7 other families (one species each. Of these species Eunice miurai Carrera-Parra& Salazar-Vallejo 1998 appears to be new to the Mediterranean Sea,while four of the alien species earlier recorded in the Mediterranean were found for thefirst time in Egyptian waters: Opisthosyllis brunnea Langerhans 1879,Loimia medusa Savigny 1822, Syllis schulzi Hartmann-Schröder1960, Phyllodoce longifrons Ben-Eliahu 1972.     The newly recorded species demonstrated markedly different patterns offrequency of occurrence and numerical abundance. Spirobranchus triqueterLinnaeus 1758, S. schulzi, L. medusa and Salvatoria clavataClaparède 1863 were permanent and abundant species in fouling samples along the Alexandria coast.Saccocirrus papillocercus Bobretzky 1872 persisted in the sediments at two sites,with a much higher count at the stressed one, while Protodrilussp. inhabited sediments at two other sites throughout the year, sometimes invery high numbers. In addition, the alien species found earlier, Braniaarminii Langerhans 1881, Odontosyllis fulgurans Audouin &Milne-Edwards 1833 and O. brunnea Langerhans 1879, were frequentlyobserved along the Alexandria coast.

  3. The Arab Spring and the Return Intention of Egyptians Living in Italy

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    Viviana Premazzi

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The widespread enthusiasm triggered by the Arab Spring affected both first- and second-generation Egyptians in Italy and led to different forms of action and socio-political participation. However, to what extent will this new enthusiasm transform into a real consideration of returning to Egypt is a largely unexplored topic. Relying on the main migration theories, we address the following research questions: which traditional theoretical arguments apply to the intention to return of first- and second-generation Egyptians in Italy? Do the changes in Egypt after the Arab Spring strengthen their intention to return? Presented data comes from qualitative interviews conducted between 2011–2013 with Egyptians in Turin and Rome. The results show that transnational ties strengthened by the Arab Spring support the idea of returning, although a definitive return will probably not occur for the first or for the second generation, but rather they will adopt a transnational way of living

  4. Effect of breeding conditions on thyroid and sex hormones of pregnant and lactating Egyptian buffaloes

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    The present investigation was planned in order to clarify the effect of breeding conditions on the thyroid and sex hormones of Egyptian female buffaloes during gestation. Parturition and lactation. Serum levels of triiodothyronine (T3), thyroxine (T4), estradiol and progesterone were studied in two groups of buffaloes, aging 5-7 years.Starting from the 5th month of gestation till the 9th week of lactation. The first group was maintained on standard farm conditions and the second on ordinary traditional village conditions. The data revealed that the way of breeding has no effect on thyroid and sex hormones and no differences were observed. Accordingly, pregnancy and lactation were not affected. These results indicate that the Egyptian buffaloes have high adaptability towards the surrounding conditions so, its worthy to breed such beneficial animals without any additional effort or expenses. These factors should be considered for improving the Egyptian economy

  5. Dental affinities of the C-group inhabitants of Hierakonpolis, Egypt: Nubian, Egyptian, or both?

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    Irish, J D; Friedman, R

    2010-04-01

    By c. 2050 BC a small community of C-Group Nubians was present deep within Egyptian territory at the city of Hierakonpolis. Their descendants stayed for the next 400 years. Today, the site of Hierakonpolis, 113 km north of Aswan, is known for its Egyptian deposits; however, it also contains a C-Group cemetery, which documents the northernmost occurrence of this culture. Sixty skeletons were excavated. Tombs feature Nubian architecture and goods, including leather garments, although the use of Egyptian mortuary practices and artifacts increased through time. Dates range from the early 11th Dynasty into the Second Intermediate period. During this time the Egyptian empire occupied Lower Nubia, and their state ideology vilified Nubians. Yet, at least in death, the C-Group inhabitants of Hierakonpolis proudly displayed their cultural heritage. Beyond discerning the reason(s) for their presence at the site (e.g., mercenaries, leather-workers, entertainers?), the focus of this report is to estimate their biological affinity. Were they akin to other Nubians, Egyptians, or both? And, was increasing 'Egyptianization' evident in the mortuary ritual accompanied by concomitant genetic influence? To address these queries, up to 36 dental morphological traits in the recovered individuals were compared to those in 26 regional comparative samples. The most influential traits were identified and phenetic affinities were calculated using the mean measure of divergence and other multivariate analyses. Assuming phenetic similarity provides an estimate of genetic relatedness, these affinities suggest the individuals comprising the C-Group sample were, and remained Nubian during their tenure at Hierakonpolis. PMID:20185126

  6. Evaluation of hemoglobinopathy screening results of a six year period in Turkey '

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    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objectives: Hemoglobinopathies are autosomal recessive inherited diseases more commonly seen in Mediterranean countries. Hereditary blood diseases including B-thalassemia and sickle cell anemia are important health problems. In our study we aimed to analyze the results of the premarital hemoglobinopathy screening test for a 6 years period in Hatay region. Material and Methods: The study sample comprised the couples attending to the Mother and Child Health Care Center in Hatay for premarital hemoglobinopathy screening from 2004 to 2009. Hemoglobin chain analyses of 87.830 couples were evaluated. RESULTS: 175.660 people were screened at total. The prevalence of beta thalassemia trait, sickle cell anemia trait, sickle cell anemia, beta thalassemia major, beta-thalassemia intermedia, alpha-thalassemia, alpha-thalassemia trait was found as 13.921 (7,9%, 6.074 (3,4%, 631 (0.35%, 132 (0.07%, 118 (0.06%, 9 (0.005%, 150 (0.08% respectively. 72 newborns with beta-thalassemia were diagnosed as a result of the marriage of the carrier couples in 6 years. Conclusions: Hatay is a high risk region for beta-thalassemia and sickle cell anemia trait. In countries with high prevalence of hemoglobinopathies, a premarital screening program and counseling is needed to decrease the prevalence.

  7. LEU fuel element produced by the Egyptian fuel manufacturing pilot plant

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    The Egyptian Fuel Manufacturing Pilot Plant, FMPP, is a Material Testing Reactor type (MTR) fuel element facility, for producing the specified fuel elements required for the Egyptian Second Research Reactor, ETRR-2. The plant uses uranium hexafluoride (UF6, 19.75% U235 by wt) as a raw material which is processed through a series of the manufacturing, inspection and test plan to produce the final specified fuel elements. Radiological safety aspects during design, construction, operation, and all reasonably accepted steps should be taken to prevent or reduce the chance of accidents occurrence. (author)

  8. Count like an egyptian a hands-on introduction to ancient mathematics

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    The mathematics of ancient Egypt was fundamentally different from our math today. Contrary to what people might think, it wasn't a primitive forerunner of modern mathematics. In fact, it can't be understood using our current computational methods. Count Like an Egyptian provides a fun, hands-on introduction to the intuitive and often-surprising art of ancient Egyptian math. David Reimer guides you step-by-step through addition, subtraction, multiplication, and more. He even shows you how fractions and decimals may have been calculated-they technically didn't exist in the land of the pharaohs.

  9. Egyptian And International Automotive Diesel. Fuels: Specifications Meeting Challenges To Refining Industry

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    This paper presents a brief summary and comparison of Egyptian automotive diesel fuel to the international one. Recent legislation all over the world, requiring further reduction in sulfur, aromatics, T90 and T95 and increasing cetane value of the transportation diesel fuels, presents numerous technical and economic challenges to the refiners. While refiners grapple with these challenges, they will also face pressure from the increased demand of transportation diesel fuel and tighter capital restrictions. Overcome of these challenges makes a fair competition. A comparison of the Egyptian automotive diesel fuel and the international one will be a guide to locally and globally facing these challenges

  10. Biochemical and physiological changes in Egyptian Nile fish subjected to varying levels of gamma irradiation

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    Radiation is nowadays to be considered as a new parameter in the ecology of water masses. Aquatic organisms, perhaps more than any other group of organisms, are directly exposed to radiation hazard and may be subjected to continuous low-level exposure from bottom material and from internal sources accumulated within their own bodies, originating partly from radionuclides released from nuclear facilities into the aquatic environment. In recent years, a large number of papers have been published on the uptake, concentration and release of radioactive material by aquatic organisms. However, radiation experiments on fish, a major source of food for human consumption, are still very rare and mostly restricted to studies on the effect of irradiation on eggs and larvae. Since the study of the radiation effect on living aquatic organisms, particularly fish, is important in connection with the problems of preserving water resources for the benefit of mankind, the work presented here has been done to ascertain the effect of varying dose-levels of gamma irradiation on two common Egyptian Nile fish species, the catfish Clarias lazera and the Tilapia nilotica. Investigations carried out on Clarias lazera involved blood and muscle analyses as well as growth rate measurements. The results obtained showed impaired haematological levels, changes in weight of muscle proteins and, chiefly, retardation in growth rate. Investigations carried out on Tilapia nilotica revealed changes in the activity of certain digestive enzyme systems, glucose level in blood and concentration of the glycogen store in liver and muscles. In discussing the results obtained the authors have taken the relevant literature into consideration. (author)

  11. Intestinal parasitic infection among Egyptian children with chronic liver diseases.

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    El-Shazly, Lerine Bahy El-Dine; El-Faramawy, Amel Abdel Magid; El-Sayed, Nagwa Mostafa; Ismail, Khadiga Ahmed; Fouad, Sally Mohammed

    2015-03-01

    Patients with chronic liver diseases (CLD) are often highly susceptible to parasitic infection due to a depressed immune system. The objective of this study was to detect the most commonly intestinal parasites found among Egyptian children with CLD. The present study was conducted on 50 children with CLD of different etiology (25 were having different intestinal symptoms, 25 without intestinal symptoms) and 50 non-CLD children with gastrointestinal complaints served as controls. All cases were subjected to stool examination and investigated by liver function tests. Also, anthropometric measurements were taken for all children including weight and height. It was found that the most commonly intestinal protozoa identified in the patients with CLD in order of frequency were: Entamoeba histolytica/Entamoeba dispar (16 %), Giardia lamblia (14 %), Blastocystis hominis (14 %), Cryptosporidium parvum (10 %), E. histolytica and G. lamblia (2 %), E. histolytica and B. hominis (2 %), G. lamblia and B. hominis (2 %), B. hominis and Entamoeba coli (2 %), Microsporidium (2 %) and no cases were found infected with Strongyloides stercoralis. As compared to the controls, the observed incidence of these organisms in CLD patients was significantly higher (p < 0.045) as regards stool examination by unstained techniques while, there was no significant difference between both groups as regards stool examination by stained techniques (p < 0.478). In addition, this study showed that the weight and height of studied patients were affected by parasitic infection while, there was no significant correlation between parasitic infection and liver function tests. In conclusion, chronic liver diseases affect the immunity of the patients as shown in significant increase in the incidence of intestinal parasites in cases compared to controls. PMID:25698851

  12. Thyroid disorders associated with alopecia areata in Egyptian patients

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    Ola A Bakry

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Context: Alopecia areata (AA is a common form of localized, non-scarring hair loss. The etiopathogenesis of the disease is still unclear, but the role of autoimmunity is strongly suggested. AA is commonly associated with various autoimmune disorders; the most frequent among them is autoimmune thyroid disorders. Aim: To determine whether AA is associated with thyroid autoimmunity or thyroid function abnormalities in Egyptian patients. Materials and Methods: Fifty subjects with AA (37 males and 13 females without clinical evidence of thyroid disorders were selected from Dermatology Outpatient Clinic, Menoufiya University Hospital, Menoufiya Governorate, Egypt, during the period from June 2009 to February 2010. They were divided into 3 groups according to severity of AA. Fifty age and sex-matched healthy volunteers (35 males and 15 females were selected as a control group. Every case and control were subjected to history taking, complete general and dermatological examination. Venous blood samples were taken from cases and controls after taking their consents for measurement of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH, free T3, freeT4 and detection of Anti-thyroglobulin Antibody (Tg-Ab and Anti-thyroid Peroxidase Antibody (TPO-Ab. Results: Subclinical hypothyroidism was detected in 16% of cases. There were statistically significant differences between cases and controls regarding levels of TSH, free T3 and free T4. There were significant differences between cases and controls regarding the presence of Tg-Ab and TPO-Ab. Conclusions: Every patient with AA should be screened for thyroid functions and presence of thyroid autoantibodies even in absence of clinical manifestations suggestive of thyroid affection.

  13. Cytokine Gene Polymorphisms in Egyptian Cases with Brain Tumors

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    Background: Cytokines are proposed to play important roles in brain tumor biology as well as neuro degeneration or impaired neuronal function. Objectives: This work aimed to check the association of polymorphisms of cytokine genes in Egyptian cases with brain tumors. Methods: This work included 45 cases affected by brain tumors diagnosed as 24 benign and 21 malignant. Their median age was 45 years, and they were 20 males and 25 females. These cases were taken randomly from the Neurosurgery Department of Mansoura University Hospital, Egypt. Case genotypes were compared to 98 healthy unrelated controls from the same locality. DNA was amplified using PCR utilizing sequence specific primers (SSP) for detection of polymorphisms related to TNF-a-308 (G/A), IL-10-1082 (G/A), IL-6-174 (G/C) and IL-1Ra (VNTR) genes. Results: Cases affected with benign brain tumors showed a significant higher frequency of IL-10-1082 A/A [odds ratio (OR=8.0), p<0.001] and IL-6-174 C/C (OR=6.3, p=0.002) homozygous genotypes as compared to controls. Malignant cases, on the other hand, showed significantly higher frequency of IL-6-174 C/C (OR =4.8, p=0.002) homozygous genotype and TNF-a-308 A/A (OR=4.9, p<0.001) homozygous genotype when compared to controls. In the meantime, all cases showed no significant difference regarding the distribution of IL-1Ra VNTR genotype polymorphism compared to controls. Conclusions: Cytokine gene polymorphisms showed a pattern of association with brain tumors which may have potential impact on family counseling and disease management.

  14. A NEW SMALL POTATO PLANTER FOR EGYPTIAN AGRICULTURE

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Reducing the tuber period for potato plants by planting previously grown sprouts is a new technique. Applying this new agricultural methodology requires modification of the potato planter. The theoretical analysis was carried out to obtain information that can help avoid tuber damage during feeding and until it exits the feeding system. Starting from these considerations, a new potato planter with a spoon-based feeding system was designed and built. The tests conducted verified that the new system performed well when dividing tuber pieces into rows: considering the best growth spacing for potatoes is 20÷30 cm, the new system has a 68% distribution versus the 50,62 % of the old one. The tubers’ spacing in rows are evaluated based on tuber voids and tuber doubles. The results show that there is no difference between the two systems’ configurations, while a general consideration about our machine is that it is better at managing small tuber pieces. The void ratios are largely valid within the range of 0.4 up to 0.8 m/s of planted speeds; moreover, the results revealed that the tuber doubles decrease by increasing planting speed and vice versa with tuber voids. The quality of the potatoes planted is evaluated using the Shatter Index (SI %, which shows how the new configuration is more delicate with the tuber pieces (1.5 % against 17.5 % at 10 rpm or 46 % against 94 % at rpm 20. The new configuration could be an interesting improvement for potato quality and Egyptian potato production.

  15. The Restoration and Conservation of Egyptian Alabaster Vessels from the Early ERA in Atfiyah Museum Store - Helwan - Egypt

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    Egypt is considered one of the most countries which contain a lot of cultural heritage; the Ancient Egyptian used a lot of stones for his life like: limestone, sandstone, granite and Egyptian Alabaster. The Egyptian Alabaster is used for his daily and eternal life, he made a lot of funerary furniture from this stone like: vessels, statues, Architectural elements in the temples, tombs and canopic jars to preserve his viscera from decomposition like: stomach, liver … etc in the mummification process. Egyptian Alabaster is a sedimentary rock especially chemical- origin sedimentary rocks, it deposits inside caves and around springs which consists of calcium carbonates (CaCO3), they are very fragile "hardness = 3 in Mohs hardness scale". The Egyptian Alabaster vessels expose to a lot of deterioration factors in the burial and exposure environment after excavation. The study case vessels are made of Egyptian alabaster stone and belong to the early era (First and second Egyptian dynasties) in Atfiyah museum store, these vessels exposed to a lot of deterioration factors in the burial and exposure environment like: soil pressure, air temperature variety, relative humidity and salts. The vessels are conserved at the restoration laboratory in Atfiyah museum store by a lot of restoration and conservation processes like: cleaning - consolidation - assembling process for the separated parts and completion for the lost parts.

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    Minnesota Department of Natural Resources — This data set contains roadway centerlines for major roads (interstates and trunk highways) found on the USGS 1:24,000 mapping series. These roadways are current...

  17. Cardiac and Liver T2* Measurement in 2000 Thalassemia Patients

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    "nIntroduction: Although several studies have been published for the evaluation of  myocardial and hepatic iron loads and serum ferritin levels in beta - thalassemia major patients, most of them are reported in small series. The purpose of this study is to evaluate these parameters in a larger group of patients. "nMaterial and Methods: One thousand and five hundred and eighty eight beta thalassemia major patients with the mean age of 23.5 (SD=9.4) years were enrolled in thi...

  18. Traumatic injuries and imperialism: the effects of Egyptian colonial strategies at Tombos in upper Nubia.

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    Buzon, Michele R; Richman, Rebecca

    2007-06-01

    As circumstances of conquest change, leaders of empires must adapt their colonial strategies in order to be successful. One example of such modification in approach is the shift from Middle Kingdom to New Kingdom Egyptian colonial activities in Nubia. During the Middle Kingdom (2050-1650 BC) Egypt used aggressive military campaigns to subdue the strong Nubian polity at Kerma, resulting in the construction of fortresses and many victory stelae. In the subsequent New Kingdom period (1550-1050 BC) during which the Egyptian administration succeeded in occupying nearly all of Nubia, changes were necessary in conquest strategies. Diplomacy and cooperation may have replaced military action as mechanisms of control. This article investigates changes in imperial policy through the examination of traumatic injuries in human skeletal remains. Patterns of injuries in a sample from the site of Tombos, an Egyptian colonial cemetery in Nubia dating to the New Kingdom period, are compared with data on the patterns of injuries from Kerma, a cemetery dating to the Middle Kingdom period, published by Judd (2004). Analysis indicates a decrease in the level of traumatic injuries from Kerma to Tombos supporting the idea that through time the Egyptian administration modified their colonial strategy toward more nonviolent means. This article presents data on differences in the patterns of injury at Tombos and Kerma and explores possible explanations for this variation. PMID:17326101

  19. School-Based Management: An Approach to Decision-Making Quality in Egyptian General Secondary Schools

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    Elmelegy, Reda Ibrahim

    2015-01-01

    The current research aims at clarifying how school-based management (SBM) can contribute to achieve the decision-making quality in Egyptian general secondary schools and determine the requirements of quality decision-making. It depends on the descriptive method in order to acknowledge the basics of the SBM and its relationship with the quality of…

  20. Grammatical Features of Egyptian and Palestinian Arabic Heritage Speakers' Oral Production

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    Albirini, Abdulkafi; Benmamoun, Elabbas; Saadah, Eman

    2011-01-01

    This study presents an investigation of oral narratives collected from heritage Egyptian and Palestinian Arabic speakers living in the United States. The focus is on a number of syntactic and morphological features in their production, such as word order, use of null subjects, selection of prepositions, agreement, and possession. The degree of…

  1. Web Usage Mining Analysis of Federated Search Tools for Egyptian Scholars

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    Mohamed, Khaled A.; Hassan, Ahmed

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: This paper aims to examine the behaviour of the Egyptian scholars while accessing electronic resources through two federated search tools. The main purpose of this article is to provide guidance for federated search tool technicians and support teams about user issues, including the need for training. Design/methodology/approach: Log…

  2. On the research activities in reactor and neutron physics using the first egyptian research reactor

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    A review on the most important research activities in reactor and neutron physics using the first Egyptian Research Reactor (ET-RR-1) is given. An out look on: neutron cross-sections, neutron flux, neutron capture gamma-ray spectroscopy, neutron activation analysis, neutron diffraction and radiation shielding experiments, is presented

  3. Egyptian Court Overrules American University in Cairo's Limits on Religious Garb

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    Krieger, Zvika

    2007-01-01

    An Egyptian court ruled this month that the American University in Cairo could not bar a woman who wears the traditional niqab headdress from entering its library--the latest episode in the struggle between religion and secularism on Egypt's university campuses. The American University has outlawed the niqab--which covers the entire head except…

  4. Exploring Egyptian EFL Students' Learning Styles and Satisfaction with Web-Based Materials

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    Aliweh, Ahmed Mahmoud

    2011-01-01

    Due to the increasing demand on the incorporation of web-based materials into Egyptian higher educational institutions, this study examined students' learning styles, satisfaction with online learning, and the relationships between these two variables and students' gender. The study was conducted on 51 EFL college students (24 males and 27…

  5. Analysis of Technical Specifications of the Egyptian and French Electronic Storybooks (e-Storybook)

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    Atta, Mohammed Mahmoud; Abd El Wahab, Shaimaa Mahmoud

    2015-01-01

    This research aims at analysing technical specifications in a sample of Egyptian and French electronic storybooks (e-storybooks), to identify similarities and differences in technical specifications of children's e-storybooks and create a verified analysis list to be used for evaluation of e-storybooks. For this purpose, 32 e-storybooks in CD…

  6. Experimental Inoculation of Egyptian Rousette Bats (Rousettus aegyptiacus with Viruses of the Ebolavirus and Marburgvirus Genera

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The Egyptian rousette bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus is a natural reservoir for marburgviruses and a consistent source of virus spillover to humans. Cumulative evidence suggests various bat species may also transmit ebolaviruses. We investigated the susceptibility of Egyptian rousettes to each of the five known ebolaviruses (Sudan, Ebola, Bundibugyo, Taï Forest, and Reston, and compared findings with Marburg virus. In a pilot study, groups of four juvenile bats were inoculated with one of the ebolaviruses or Marburg virus. In ebolavirus groups, viral RNA tissue distribution was limited, and no bat became viremic. Sudan viral RNA was slightly more widespread, spurring a second, 15-day Sudan virus serial euthanasia study. Low levels of Sudan viral RNA disseminated to multiple tissues at early time points, but there was no viremia or shedding. In contrast, Marburg virus RNA was widely disseminated, with viremia, oral and rectal shedding, and antigen in spleen and liver. This is the first experimental infection study comparing tissue tropism, viral shedding, and clinical and pathologic effects of six different filoviruses in the Egyptian rousette, a known marburgvirus reservoir. Our results suggest Egyptian rousettes are unlikely sources for ebolaviruses in nature, and support a possible single filovirus—single reservoir host relationship.

  7. Perfil hematológico de la beta-talasemia menor en Tucumán / Hematological profile of beta-thalassemia minor in Tucuman

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    Sandra, Lazarte; Mónica, Leri de Nofal; María Graciela, Agüero; Blanca, Issé.

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    Full Text Available La b-talasemia menor es uno de los desórdenes genéticos más comunes y constituye la principal causa de anemia hereditaria. Si se exceptúan las provincias de Buenos Aires y Santa Fe, es escasa la información bibliográfica acerca de la distribución de la talasemia en la Argentina. Dado que no existen [...] registros sobre el perfil hematológico de la b-talasemia en la región noroeste de la Argentina, el propósito del presente trabajo fue realizar un estudio exploratorio descriptivo de las características hematológicas y electroforéticas de una población de la provincia de Tucumán portadora de b-talasemia. Se estudiaron 52 pacientes derivados para investigación de síndrome talasémico. Se realizó hemograma, reticulocitos, ferremia, electroforesis de hemoglobina, dosaje de hemoglobinas F y A2. En el 46% de los pacientes se confirmó el diagnóstico de rasgo b-talasémico, detectándose leve anemia con microcitosis y Hb A2 aumentada. El estudio del perfil hematológico no demostró diferencias significativas con respecto a edad y sexo y fue similar a lo ya publicado por otros autores. Según el origen étnico, la población estudiada estuvo constituida por un 58% de individuos de origen italiano, 34% de españoles y 8% de árabes, con predominio de la población italiana, similar a trabajos previos en la Argentina. Abstract in english The b-thalassemia minor is one of the most common genetic blood disorder and it represents the main cause of hereditary anemia. There is scant information in the scientific literature about b-thalassemia minor distribution in Argentina, except for the provinces of Buenos Aires and Santa Fe. There is [...] no published study of this disorder in the northwest of Argentina. The objective of this descriptive and explorative study is to determine the hematological and electrophoretic characteristics of a b-thalassemia minor population in the province of Tucumán. A total of 52 patients with suspected thalassemia syndrome were studied; haemogram, reticulocytes, serum iron, hemoglobin electrophoresis, hemoglobin F and hemoglobin A2 were performed. Forty-six percent of the patients presented a b-thalassemia minor diagnosis, with the following findings: mild anemia with microcytosis and elevated Hb A2. The hematological profile showed no significative differences with respect to age and sex, and it was similar to previous studies, published by different authors. The ethnic origins were as follow: Italians 58%, Spaniards 34% and Arabians 8%, with preponderance of the Italian population, similar to previous studies in Argentina.

  8. Synthesis of calcium antimonate nano-crystals by the 18th dynasty Egyptian glassmakers

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    Lahlil, S.; Biron, I. [C2RMF, Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musees de France, Paris (France); Cotte, M. [C2RMF, Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musees de France, Paris (France); ESRF, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, 6 rue Jules Horowitz, BP 220, Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Susini, J. [ESRF, European Synchrotron Radiation Facility, 6 rue Jules Horowitz, BP 220, Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Menguy, N. [Universites Paris 6 et 7, IMPMC, Institut de Mineralogie et de Physique des Milieux Condenses, Paris (France)

    2010-01-15

    During the 18th Egyptian dynasty (1570-1292 B.C.), opaque white, blue and turquoise glasses were opacified by calcium antimonate crystals dispersed in a vitreous matrix. The technological processes as well as the antimony sources used to manufacture these crystals remain unknown. Our results shed a new light on glassmaking history: contrary to what was thought, we demonstrate that Egyptian glassmakers did not use in situ crystallization but first synthesized calcium antimonate opacifiers, which do not exist in nature, and then added them to a glass. Furthermore, using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for the first time in the study of Egyptian opaque glasses, we show that these opacifiers were nano-crystals. Prior to this research, such a process for glassmaking has not been suggested for any kind of ancient opaque glass production. Studying various preparation methods for calcium antimonate, we propose that Egyptian craftsmen could have produced Ca{sub 2}Sb{sub 2}O{sub 7} by using mixtures of Sb{sub 2}O{sub 3} or Sb{sub 2}O{sub 5} with calcium carbonates (atomic ratio Sb/Ca=1) heat treated between 1000 and 1100 C. We developed an original strategy focused on the investigation of the crystals and the vitreous matrices using an appropriate suite of high-sensitivity and high-resolution micro- and nano-analytical techniques (scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), TEM). Synchrotron-based micro X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopy ({mu}-XANES) proved to be very well suited to the selective measure of the antimony oxidation state in the vitreous matrix. This work is the starting point for a complete reassessment not only of ancient Egyptian glass studies but more generally of high-temperature technologies used throughout antiquity. (orig.)

  9. Endocrine and metabolic disorders in ?-thalassemiamajor patients

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    Saffari, Fatemeh; MAHYAR, Abolfazl; Jalilolgadr, Shabnam

    2012-01-01

    Background: Thalassemia is the most common hereditary anemia and beta thalassemia major is its most severe form. Endocrine abnormalities in thalassemia major are common disturbing complications that need prompt management. The purpose of this study was to determine the endocrine disorders and bone mineral density in patients with major  -thalassemia in .

  10. Predictors of postpartum depression in a sample of Egyptian women

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available El-Sayed Saleh,1 Wafaa El-Bahei,1 Mohamed Adel El-Hadidy,1 Abdelhady Zayed21Psychiatric Department, 2Gynecological and Obstetric Department, Mansoura Faculty of Medicine, Mansura University, Mansoura, EgyptIntroduction: Postpartum depression (PPD represents a considerable health problem affecting women and their families. The aims of this study were to: (a compare female patients with PPD to normal controls with regard to some biopsychosocial variables, (b correlate between the severity of PPD and some clinical and biological variables, and (c to predict some risk factors for PPD.Method: Sixty female patients with PPD were compared with 60 healthy postpartum females (control group. Patient and controls were subjected to: (1 a complete psychiatric and obstetric examination, (2 psychometric studies using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, Fahmy and El-Sherbini's Social Classification Scale for Egyptian socioeconomic classification and Horowitz et al's Impact of Event Scale, (3 quantities of thyroid hormone (T3, cortisol hormone, and estrogen were assessed.Results: There were high statistical differences between PPD females and controls as regard psychosocial stressors, level of (estradiol, thyroxin [T3], and cortisol, marital status, residence, parity, method of delivery, complicated puerperium, positive history of premenstrual tension syndrome and baby variables (eg, unwelcomed, with a negative attitude of parents toward the baby, underweight, female, artificially feeding, unhealthy baby. While there were moderate statistical differences in attitude toward spouse and social support and mild statistical difference in socioeconomic status between them. Severity of depression is positively highly correlated with onset of depression, psychosocial stress, levels of T3 and cortisol. However, severity of depression is negatively high when correlated with socioeconomic status. Stepwise linear regression indicated that PPD was significantly predicted by social support, socioeconomic status, feeding of baby, and prior psychiatric problems.Conclusion: Many factors may lead to development of PPD. These factors include some psychosocial, socioeconomic, obstetric, and hormonal variables. Early detection of these factors could help in prediction of the development of PPD.Keywords: mood, hormone, delivery, socioeconomic

  11. Increasing the Working Capabilities of the Egyptian Scanning Landmine Detectors

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    This work describes and discusses the developments which were performed to increase the potential uses of Egyptian Scanning Landmine Detectors, ESCALAD. The ESCALAD apply two nuclear techniques for allocation and identification of landmines buried in arid soil like landmine fields in Egypt. The first technique is based on measuring thermal neutrons backscattered from the soil and the second one is based on measuring gamma-rays emitted from elements of landmine interrogated by fast and thermal neutrons when the soil is irradiated by fast neutrons from Pu-?-Be sources. The developed systems with their associated detectors, neutron sources, measuring electronics and data analysis modules are mounted on an electrically driven trolley. The neutron backscattering NBS device detects landmines by the recognition of hydrogen density variation between explosive material, of a landmine and its surroundings, soil and other scattered objects. When a high energy neutron flux from Pu-?-Be sources penetrates the soil in which the landmine is buried, the neutrons undergo successive moderation processes until they come back with thermal energy. An array of two dimensional position sensitive thermal neutron detectors of 3He was used to monitor the backscattered thermal neutrons and for each neutron the position of hit along the tube with respect to the position on the ground is recorded. The elemental analysis technique is regarded as a complementary sensor of ESCALAD in which the gamma rays produced from fast/thermal neutrons interactions with the buried objects (i.e., a landmine) are measured. The measured response for gamma-rays is given as gamma ray spectrum. A mine is recognized through measuring the difference in the elemental composition, especially H, C, N and O. To increase the working capabilities of ESCALAD, different design mechanisms were developed for mount the detectors tray to overcome the effect of soil surface roughness and standoff distance on scanning capability. Also a more stable and reliable digital input/output computer board with high capacity was used. Moreover, more modified arrangements were applied for effective use of gamma detection sensor to have more efficient and rapid detection of mine constituent elements by fast and thermal neutron interrogation.

  12. Vascular endothelial growth factor, p53, and the H-ras oncogene in Egyptian patients with bladder cancer

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    Farha A El-Chennawi; Auf, Fatma A; Shereen S Metwally; Youssef M Mosaad; Shaaban, Atallah A; El-Baz, Mahmoud Abdo; Tawhid, Ziyad E; Lotfy, Zakaria F

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    AIM: To evaluate the relationship between vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), p53, and the H-ras oncogene and different clinicopathological parameters in Egyptian patients with Schistosoma-associated transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder.

  13. On the astronomical orientation of the IV dynasty Egyptian pyramids and the dating of the second Giza pyramid

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    Magli, Giulio

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    The data on the astronomical orientation of the IV dynasty Egyptian pyramids are re-analyzed and it is shown that such data suggest an inverse chronology between the `first` and the `second` Giza pyramid.

  14. Intra-familial physical violence among Mexican and Egyptian youth Violência física intra-familiar entre jovens mexicanos e egípcios

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    Leonor Rivera-Rivera; Betania Allen; THRASHER, JAMES F.; Ruben Chavez; Cielo Fernandez-Ortega; Osman Galal; Lazcano-Ponce, Eduardo C.

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    OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of experiencing intra-familial violence among Mexican and Egyptian youth and to describe its associated risk factors. METHODS: Data from questionnaires applied to 12,862 Mexican and 5,662 Egyptian youth, aged 10 to 19, who attended public schools were analyzed. Biviarate and logistic regression analysis were used to determine the relationship between socio-demographics, the experience of intra-familial violence and violence perpetration. RESULTS: The pre...

  15. A suggested proposal to develop a knowledge-based economy in Egyptian universities in light of some international experience

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    Antar Mohammed Ahmed Abdel Aal

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    The Problem of this study can be formulated in need management Egyptian universities to develop the knowledge economy, Thus the main objective of this study is to provide decision-makers in the Egyptian universities envision a proposal which would contribute to the development of knowledge-based economy. To achieve this objective descriptive approach was used.This study has many resulted in the light of these results put a number of recommendations:1. Transform the university into a center of...

  16. Essential oils from Egyptian aromatic plants as antioxidant and novel anticancer agents in human cancer cell lines

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Inhibitors of tumor growth using extracts from aromatic plants are rapidly emerging as important new drug candidates for cancer therapy. The cytotoxicity and in vitro anticancer evaluation of the essential oils from thyme, juniper and clove has been assessed against five different human cancer cell lines (liver HepG2, breast MCF-7, prostate PC3, colon HCT116 and lung A549. A GC/MS analysis revealed that ?-pinene, thymol and eugenol are the major components of Egyptian juniper, thyme and clove oils with concentrations of 31.19%, 79.15% and 82.71%, respectively. Strong antioxidant profiles of all the oils are revealed in vitro by DPPH and ?-carotene bleaching assays. The results showed that clove oil was similarly potent to the reference drug, doxorubicin in prostate, colon and lung cell lines. Thyme oil was more effective than the doxorubicin in breast and lung cell lines while juniper oil was more effective than the doxorubicin in all the tested cancer cell lines except prostate cancer. In conclusion, the essential oils from Egyptian aromatic plants can be used as good candidates for novel therapeutic strategies for cancer as they possess significant anticancer activity.Los inhibidores de crecimiento de tumores usando extractos de plantas aromáticas están emergiendo con rapidez como nuevos e importantes medicamentos para el tratamiento del cáncer. La citotoxicidad y la acción anticancerígena in vitro de aceites esenciales de tomillo, enebro y clavo han sido evaluadas en cinco líneas celulares de cáncer humano (hígado HepG2, mama MCF-7, próstata PC3, colon HCT116 y pulmón A549. Los análisis de GC/MS mostraron que ?-pineno, timol y eugenol son los principales componentes de los aceites egipcios de enebro, tomillo y clavo, con concentraciones de 31,19%, 79,15% y 82,71%, respectivamente. Se demuestra, mediante ensayos in vitro de blanqueo de DPPH y ?-caroteno, el enérgico perfil antioxidante de todos los aceites. Los resultados mostraron que el aceite de clavo fue similar de potente al fármaco de referencia, doxorrubicina en las líneas celulares de próstata, colon y pulmón. El aceite de tomillo fue más efectivo que la doxorrubicina en las líneas celulares de mama y de pulmón, mientras que el aceite de enebro fue más eficaz que la doxorrubicina en todas las líneas celulares de cáncer ensayados, excepto en la de cáncer de próstata. En conclusión, los aceites esenciales de plantas aromáticas egipcias se pueden utilizar como buenos candidatos para nuevas estrategias terapéuticas para el cáncer al poseer una significativa actividad anticancerígena.

  17. THE GENIUS LOCI AT THE GREAT TEMPLE OF ABU SIMBEL: HERMENEUTIC READING IN THE ARCHITECTURAL LANGUAGE OF ANCIENT EGYPTIAN TEMPLES OF RAMSES II IN NUBIA

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    Full Text Available Archaeologists have long wondered about the Temple of Abu Simbel: its location within the Nubian territory far from major Egyptian cities, and its unique design. Utilizing the hermeneutic process of understanding the whole from the parts and then situating the whole within a bigger whole (context, this study is a trial to arrive at a better interpretation of this monument. Drawing on the characteristic analysis of the temple's Genius Loci as developed by Norberg-Schulz, as well as on Heidegger's anticipatory fore-structures, the study goes on to show that both of the location and the unique structure of the temple were the outcome of political and conceptual aspects of the period, more than being a religious tradition. Reaching this conclusion, another goal had been achieved, where the validity of hermeneutic analyses as a useful tool for discovering new dimensions about historical monuments and archaeological sites had been attested.

  18. Biodegradation ability and catabolic genes of petroleum-degrading Sphingomonas koreensis strain ASU-06 isolated from Egyptian oily soil.

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    Hesham, Abd El-Latif; Mawad, Asmaa M M; Mostafa, Yasser M; Shoreit, Ahmed

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    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are serious pollutants and health hazards. In this study, 15 PAHs-degrading bacteria were isolated from Egyptian oily soil. Among them, one Gram-negative strain (ASU-06) was selected and biodegradation ability and initial catabolic genes of petroleum compounds were investigated. Comparison of 16S rRNA gene sequence of strain ASU-06 to published sequences in GenBank database as well as phylogenetic analysis identified ASU-06 as Sphingomonas koreensis. Strain ASU-06 degraded 100, 99, 98, and 92.7% of 100?mg/L naphthalene, phenanthrene, anthracene, and pyrene within 15 days, respectively. When these PAHs present in a mixed form, the enhancement phenomenon appeared, particularly in the degradation of pyrene, whereas the degradation rate was 98.6% within the period. This is the first report showing the degradation of different PAHs by this species. PCR experiments with specific primers for catabolic genes alkB, alkB1, nahAc, C12O, and C23O suggested that ASU-06 might possess genes for aliphatic and PAHs degradation, while PAH-RHD?GP gene was not detected. Production of biosurfactants and increasing cell-surface hydrophobicity were investigated. GC/MS analysis of intermediate metabolites of studied PAHs concluded that this strain utilized these compounds via two main pathways, and phthalate was the major constant product that appeared in each day of the degradation period. PMID:25177681

  19. Patterns of ovarian and oestrous activity and induction of cyclic activity during the post-partum period in Egyptian buffaloes

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    This report covers three studies. In the first study, ovarian and oestrous activity were monitored in 47 buffaloes for 90 days following parturition. Failure to resume ovarian cyclicity after calving was found to be the main reason for the delay in conception. High incidence of ovulatory anoestrus (64%) constitutes also a major problem in Egyptian buffaloes. In the second study, buffaloes with inactive ovaries were treated at 90 days post-partum with either GnRH or progesterone, given either intravaginally (PRID) or orally (CAP). Both GnRH and PRID were effective in inducing ovulation but GnRH administration was followed by a high incidence of silent ovulation. Within the 35 days following treatment, about 50% of the PRID treated animals got in calf vs. 44 and 22% for GnRH and CAP treated animals, respectively. In the third study, buffaloes were treated with either 6 or 12?g GnRH at either 7 or 15 days post-partum. GnRH treatment resulted in significant reductions in the intervals from calving to first ovulation, first detected oestrus and time to first rise in serum progesterone concentration (> 1 ng/mL). (author). 26 refs, 5 figs, 4 tabs

  20. The Impact of Diabetes on Serum Osteocalcin in Egyptian Children

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    Diabetes may affect bone via bone structure, bone density, and biochemical markers of bone turnover. Lack of diagnosis and treatment of alterations of the bone tissue metabolism in type1diabetes (T1D) may lead to osteoporosis.T1D most often starts before achieving peak bone mass.Recent studies have revealed that, in T1D fracture risk is increased more than expected from the degree of decrease in bone mineral density (BMD).Osteocalcin (OC) is considered a useful biochemical marker of bone formation. As in T1D, there is absolute insulin deficiency but insulin sensitivity remains generally intact. Therefore, this study was conducted to evaluate the association between OC levels in relation the degree of residual ?-cell function and other metabolic parameters in T1D In the present study, the impact of diabetes on serum OC in Egyptian children and adolescents was evaluated by comparing serum level of OC in T1D (30 subjects) and age-matched non-diabetic control (15 subjects). The present study showed that, patients with T1D had lower OC serum levels compared to the controls (7.67 ± 3.55, 21.82 ± 4.96 ?g/ml respectively, p < 0.001) with a lower OC levels in diabetic females than in diabetic males (5.92 ± 3.12, 8.74 ± 2.84 ?g/ml respectively, p < 0.001) and lower OC levels in pre-pubertal than pubertal diabetic patients in both genders with p < 0.05. Serum OC levels in T1D correlated with HbAIc (p < 0.001), BMI (p < 0.05), durations of T1D (p < 0.05) and total daily insulin dose (p < 0.05)and did not correlate with C-peptide levels . It may be concluded that serum OC levels in patients with T1D are regulated by a variety of developmental and metabolic pathways. Since OC levels correlated with exogenous insulin(daily insulin dose) and did not correlate with endogenous insulin (C-peptide levels), therefore, it is presumed that OC was regulated by insulin-mediated events, in presence of aggressive autoimmune destruction of pancreatic cell. These results proposed that the decrease in serum levels of OC can be considered one of the important causes of degraded bone metabolism in children and adolescents suffering from TID and OC levels related to metabolic control of diabetes. From this study, it could be concluded that patients with T1D have low levels of OC and may be exposed at adolescence to the risk of osteopenia. Thus, it is recommended that early efficient metabolic control and efficient treatment are important to prevent osteoporosis in later life. Researches in the future may be done to know if it is possible to give OC to diabetic children as supplemented treatment to prevent osteopenia later in life. Keywords diabetes, Serum osteocalin, Body mass index, HbIAc, C-peptide.

  1. Age distribution, polyps and rectal cancer in the Egyptian population-based cancer registry

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    Darlene Veruttipong

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To describe the clinical and epidemiologic profiles of the disease and to compare the findings with those generated from the previous hospital-based studies. METHODS: The Gharbiah cancer registry is the only population-based cancer registry in Egypt since 1998. We analyzed the data of all colorectal cancer patients included in the registry for the period of 1999-2007. All medical records of the 1364 patients diagnosed in Gharbiah during the study period were retrieved and the following information abstracted: age, residence, diagnosis date, grade, stage, topology, clinical characteristics, and histology variables. Egyptian census data for 1996 and 2006 were used to provide the general population’s statistics on age, sex, residence and other related demographic factors. In addition to age- and sex-specific incidence rate analyses, we analyze the data to explore the incidence distribution by rural-urban differences among the 8 districts of the province. We also compared the incidence rates of Gharbiah to the rates of the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER data of the United States. RESULTS: Over the 9 year-period, 1364 colorectal cancer cases were included. The disease incidence under age 40 years was relatively high (1.3/105 while the incidence in the age groups 40 and over was very low (12.0/105, 19.4/105 and 21.2/105 in the age groups 40-59 years, 60-69 years and > 70 years, respectively. The vast majority of tumors (97.2% had no polyps and 37.2% of the patients presented with primary lesions in the rectum. Colorectal cancer was more common in patients from urban (55% than rural (45% areas. Regional differences in colon and rectal cancer incidence in the 8 districts of the study province may reflect different etiologic patterns in this population. The registry data of Egypt shows a slightly higher incidence of colorectal cancer than the United States in subjects under age 40 years. The results also shows significantly lower incidence of colorectal cancer in subjects over age 40 years compared to the same age group in the United States SEER. CONCLUSION: Low rate of polyps, low incidence in older subjects, and high rate of rectal cancer in Egypt. Future studies should explore clinical and molecular disease patterns.

  2. General description and production lines of the Egyptian fuel manufacturing pilot plant

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    The Egyptian Fuel Manufacturing Pilot Plant, FMPP, is a new facility, producing an MTR-type fuel elements required for the Egyptian Second Research Reactor, ETRR-2, as well as other plates or elements for an external clients with the same type and enrichment percent or lower, (LEU). General description is presented. The production lines in FMPP, which begin from uranium hexaflouride (UF6, 19.7±0.2 % U235 by wt), aluminum powder, and nuclear grade 6061 aluminium alloy in sheets, bars, and rods with the different heat treatments and dimensions as a raw materials, are processed through a series of the manufacturing, inspection, and quality control plan to produce the final specified MTR-type fuel elements. All these processes and the product control in each step are presented. The specifications of the final product are presented. (author)

  3. Prevalence of bone marrow necrosis in Egyptian cancer patients referring to the National Cancer Institute

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    Bone marrow necrosis; Egyptian cancer patients Abstract Background: Bone marrow necrosis is a relatively rare entity which has been associated with a poor prognosis. It is most commonly found in patients with neoplastic disorders and severe infections. Methods: study comprised examination of 5043 bone marrow biopsy specimens performed at the National Cancer Institute, Cairo University, over 7 years period (March 2004-March 2011). It included 5 years retrospective (2867 archived samples) and 2 years prospective (2176 samples). Results: Bone marrow necrosis was diagnosed in fifteen out of 5043 examined specimens with a percentage of 0.3% and ranged from mild to massive according to semiquantitative estimation. Prognosis of all patients was poor with survival not exceeding 6 months from the date of marrow necrosis diagnosis. Conclusion: In Egyptian patients, bone marrow necrosis in association with malignancy is a rare disorder which is accompanied by a poor outcome

  4. First insights into the metagenome of Egyptian mummies using next-generation sequencing.

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    Khairat, Rabab; Ball, Markus; Chang, Chun-Chi Hsieh; Bianucci, Raffaella; Nerlich, Andreas G; Trautmann, Martin; Ismail, Somaia; Shanab, Gamila M L; Karim, Amr M; Gad, Yehia Z; Pusch, Carsten M

    2013-08-01

    We applied, for the first time, next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology on Egyptian mummies. Seven NGS datasets obtained from five randomly selected Third Intermediate to Graeco-Roman Egyptian mummies (806 BC-124AD) and two unearthed pre-contact Bolivian lowland skeletons were generated and characterised. The datasets were contrasted to three recently published NGS datasets obtained from cold-climate regions, i.e. the Saqqaq, the Denisova hominid and the Alpine Iceman. Analysis was done using one million reads of each newly generated or published dataset. Blastn and megablast results were analysed using MEGAN software. Distinct NGS results were replicated by specific and sensitive polymerase chain reaction (PCR) protocols in ancient DNA dedicated laboratories. Here, we provide unambiguous identification of authentic DNA in Egyptian mummies. The NGS datasets showed variable contents of endogenous DNA harboured in tissues. Three of five mummies displayed a human DNA proportion comparable to the human read count of the Saqqaq permafrost-preserved specimen. Furthermore, a metagenomic signature unique to mummies was displayed. By applying a "bacterial fingerprint", discrimination among mummies and other remains from warm areas outside Egypt was possible. Due to the absence of an adequate environment monitoring, a bacterial bloom was identified when analysing different biopsies from the same mummies taken after a lapse of time of 1.5 years. Plant kingdom representation in all mummy datasets was unique and could be partially associated with their use in embalming materials. Finally, NGS data showed the presence of Plasmodium falciparum and Toxoplasma gondii DNA sequences, indicating malaria and toxoplasmosis in these mummies. We demonstrate that endogenous ancient DNA can be extracted from mummies and serve as a proper template for the NGS technique, thus, opening new pathways of investigation for future genome sequencing of ancient Egyptian individuals. PMID:23553074

  5. Near Eastern Neolithic Genetic Input in a Small Oasis of the Egyptian Western Desert.

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    Kujanová, Martina; Pereira, L.; Fernandes, V.; Pereira, J. B.; ?erný, Viktor

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    Ro?. 140, ?. 2 (2009), s. 336-346. ISSN 0002-9483 R&D Projects: GA ?R GA206/08/1587 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z80020508 Keywords : Egyptian Western Desert * complete mtDNA sequences * T haplogroup * Neolithic Subject RIV: AC - Archeology, Anthropology, Ethnology Impact factor: 2.756, year: 2009 http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/122377292/abstract?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0

  6. Opening the stable door: new initiatives at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

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    Sally MacDonald

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    Full Text Available The Petrie Museum ut UCL contains u world-class collection of Egyptian objects that ranges chronologically from early prehistoric to Islamic times, but it is inadequately housed and remains little known outside Egyptology. It has now been designated us of national importance and its stuff have ambitious plans to provide greater access, via the Internet and in other ways, to the 80000 objects it contains.

  7. 'Urban ethnicity': culture and politics among Eritrean and Egyptian migrants in Milan

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    Ambroso, G. C.

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    This thesis argues that 'ethnicity' can be seen as the interplay between culture and politics in a specific social context. It compares the ethnic identity and organization of two migrant groups, Eritreans and Egyptians, in Milan and their contrasting relationship with the 'host society'. It also assesses the theoretical significance of 'cultural strategy', 'social closure' and the 'social construction of race', evaluating their significance for the concept of 'ethnici...

  8. Evaluation of Different Techniques in Diagnosing Chlamydial Endocervical Infection Among Egyptian Females

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    Naglaa H. Mohamed and Taghreed M. Sharaf

    2001-01-01

    Objective: To detect the prevalence of Chlamydia. Trachomatis infection symptomatic and asymptomatic in Egyptian females and to evaluate the diagnostic utility of polymerase chain reaction (PCR), direct immunofluorescence technique (DIF), and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for detection of C Trachomatis DNA, antigen and antibody respectively. Study design: The study included 70 females who have been classified into :20 patients with tubal infertility, 15 patients with ectopic pregn...

  9. Men in the Picture: Representations of Men and Masculinities in Egyptian Cinema since 1952.

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    Van Eynde, Koen

    2015-01-01

    Research of men and masculinities in the Middle East and North Africa remains scarce, to say the least. Only occasionally and irregularly researchers pay attention to the topic, while gender studies in the region continues to focus on women. Nevertheless, the term gender incorporates more than just women. In practice, however, we find little information on Egyptian and Arab men and masculinities.This lack is partly explained by the interests of gender studies in this specific geographic regio...

  10. The Database of Egyptian Building Envelopes (DEBE): A database for building energy simulations

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    Attia, Shady; Wanas, O.

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    This paper is a part of an ongoing research that aims to describe the influence of building constructions on energy consumption through a survey that is conducted in Cairo and its surrounding residential neighbourhoods. An inventory of the selected neighbourhoods envelope constructions and their characteristics is described in accordance with the new Egyptian energy standard for residential buildings. After thorough screening and classification, the constructions are digitalized and uploa...

  11. Protozoa in a stressed area of the Egyptian Mediterranean coast of Damietta, Egypt

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    Mohamed Moussa Dorgham; Wael Salah El-Tohamy; Nagwa Elsayed Abdel Aziz; Ahmed El-Ghobashi

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    The Damietta coast is part of the Egyptian Mediterranean coast off the Nile Delta and has recently been polluted as a result of intensive human activities.The environmental parameters and protozoan community in the area were studied biweekly from January to December 2007. The results of the environmentalparameters indicated low salinity, oxic and anoxic conditions, high nutrient levels and intensive phytoplankton growth. A total of 69 protozoan specieswere identified, belonging to Amoebozoa (...

  12. A rapid instrumental neutron activation method for multielement content of some Egyptian phosphate minerals

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    An instrumental neutron activation analysis technique has been applied to some Egyptian phosphate minerals. The following 24 elements have been quantitatively determined. Sc, Cr, Fe, Co, As, Sr, Zr, Nb, Ag, Sn, Te, Ba, La, Ce, Nd, Eu, Tb, Ho, Yb, Lu, Hf, Ta, Ir and U. The observed distribution and abundance of some of the above elements could help in the proper evaluation of conditions of deposition and origin of their phosphate minerals

  13. The Role of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the Egyptian Banking Sector

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    Kamal, Mona

    2013-01-01

    Given the global recognition of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of the financial institutions in developed countries and the lack of interest in the relevance of this concept in Egypt, it is essential to investigate the relation between Corporate Social Responsibility and Financial Performance (i.e. CSR-FP link) in the Egyptian banking sector. This paper explores, empirically, this association. The results imply a negative and statistically significant relationship between CSR-dimension...

  14. Residual Nitrite in Some Egyptian Meat Products and the Reduction Effect of Electron Beam Irradiation

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    Dalia A. Zahran; Gehan M.A. Kassem

    2011-01-01

    Nitrite, a curing agent of meat products, is a precursor of carcinogenic N-nitrosamines during processing of meat products or under human stomach conditions, as well as having its own toxicity. To investigate the residual nitrite level in meat products marketed in Egyptian markets, 160 samples of cured cooked (luncheon and frankfurter) and cured raw (oriental sausages and pastirma) meat products (40 sample each) were analyzed for residual nitrite by a spectrophotometric method. Samples were s...

  15. Biochemical Diagnosis of Peroxisomal Disorders by GC/MS: Egyptian Patients with X-linked Adrenoleukodystrophy

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    Ekram Fateen *, Amr Gouda*, Mona Ibrahim

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    Background: Peroxisomes are organelles responsible mainly for metabolism of lipids and peroxides. Lack of peroxisomes or dysfunction in any of their normal functions is the cellular basis for human peroxisomal disorders (PDs). Aim of the Work: diagnosis of peroxisomal disorders among a high risk group of Egyptian patients using gas chromatography mass spectrometry. Subjects and Methods: Forty six patients suspected to have peroxisomal disorders were included in this study. Their ages r...

  16. General performance and utilization plan of the Egyptian Second Research Reactor

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    The Egyptian Second Research Reactor, ETRR-2, is a Multi-Purpose Reactor for material tests, radioisotopes production, neutron physics research, etc.. The reactor is an open pool type of 22 MWth light water cooled and moderated, with an average flux of 2x1014 n/cm2·s. Various experimental facilities are installed in the reactor to meet the requirements of the utilization group. Description of the reactor Performance and proposed utilization plan is presented. (author)

  17. Aromatase excess syndrome presenting with prepubertal gynecomastia in an Egyptian child with type 1 neurofibromatosis

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    Kotb Abbass Metwalley

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A romatase excess syndrome (AEXS is a rare autosomal dominant disorder characterized by prepubertal gynecomastia, it responds well to medical treatment. In the absence of prompt suspicion, it can expose the patient to the risk of unnecessary surgical intervention. Up to our best knowledge, the association between AEXS and neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1 was not reported before. Here, we describe a AEXS presenting with prepubertal gynecomastia in an Egyptian child with NF1 that improved with aromatase inhibitors.

  18. In-vitro evaluation of selected Egyptian traditional herbal medicines for treatment of Alzheimer disease

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    Ali, Shereen K; Ahmed R. Hamed; Soltan, Maha M.; Hegazy, Usama M; Elgorashi, E.E.; El-Garf, Ibrahim A; Hussein, Ahmed A

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    BACKGROUND: Egyptians recognized the healing power of herbs and used them in their medicinal formulations. Nowadays, “Attarin” drug shops and the public use mainly the Unani medicinal system for treatment of their health problems including improvement of memory and old age related diseases. Numerous medicinal plants have been described in old literature of Arabic traditional medicine for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) (or to strengthen memory). METHODS: In this study, so...

  19. The Natural History of the Egyptian Fruit Bat, Rousettus aegyptiacus, in Turkey (Mammalia: Chiroptera)

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    ALBAYRAK, ?rfan; A?AN, Nursel; YORULMAZ, Tarkan

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    Aspects of the ecology, karyology, and taxonomic status of the Egyptian fruit bat, Rousettus aegyptiacus, in the Mediterranean region of Turkey were investigated based on 41 specimens obtained between 1977 and 2003. Distribution, external and cranial morphometrics, pelage coloration, baculum morphology, karyology, colony size, roosting and feeding ecology, and conservation and management issues were recorded. The fruit bat in Turkey is represented by the nominate subspecies, R. a. aegyptiacus...

  20. The cost–benefit of biosecurity measures on infectious diseases in the Egyptian household poultry

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    Fasina, Folorunso Oludayo; Ali, A. M.; Yilma, J.M.; Thieme, O.; Ankers, P.

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    Increased animal intensification presents with increasing risks of animal diseases. The Egyptian household poultry is peculiar in its management style and housing and this present with particular challenges of risk of infection to both the flock and humans. Biosecurity remains one of the most important means of reducing risks of infection in the household poultry, however not much information is available to support its feasibility at the household level of production. In this ...

  1. Characterization of Ancient Egyptian Wall Paintings, the Excavations of Cairo University at Saqqara

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    Hussein MAREY MAHMOUD; Nikolaos KANTIRANIS; Ali, Mona; John STRATIS

    2011-01-01

    The present study aims at characterizing some Egyptian wall paintings discovered during the excavations of Cairo University (since 1988 and recently in 2005) at Saqqara area in the south of Cairo. There, a number of tombs dating back to the 19th dynasty (c.1293–1185 BC) were discovered. The walls of these tombs are carved with bass and raised reliefs and painted with different colours. The characterization of the wall paintings was done by means of optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron ...

  2. The Effects of Job Crafting on Organizational Citizenship Behavior: Evidence from Egyptian Medical Centers

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    Amir Shusha

    2014-01-01

    This article examines the impact of job crafting on organizational citizenship behavior. On the basis of the literature of job crafting and organizational citizenship behavior, the study hypothesized that employees with a job crafting would be most likely to exercise organizational citizenship behavior. Data were collected among 396 nurses and their physician supervisors, who work in nine Egyptian Medical Centers. The results of multiple regression analyses offered a strong support for the pr...

  3. Pharmacokinetics of Vancomycin in Oncology Egyptian Paediatrics: A Dosage Adjustment Trial

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    Mahmoud, M. A.; Ebid, A. H. I. M.; Shouman, Samia A.; Ebid, Emad N.

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    The purpose of this study is to determine the pharmacokinetic parameters of vancomycin in Egyptian paediatric oncology patients and to evaluate the factors that influence the variability of the pharmacokinetic parameters in this population. Vancomycin serum concentration at steady state was determined in 51 paediatric cancer patients who were treated with vancomycin multiple intravenous infusions. Also individual vancomycin pharmacokinetic parameters were calculated assuming one compartment m...

  4. Short- and long-time neutron activation analysis of Egyptian phosphate reference materials

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    Three Egyptian phosphate reference materials (S1,S2 and S3) were investigated using short-term activation analysis. The precision of the determination of Dy, Sc, Gd, Yb, Mg, V, F, Al, Mn, and Ca by this method ranged from 2 to 5% due to the homogeneity factor. Another 11 elements were determined by NAA using medium and long-lived nuclides. Most results were in good agreement with the recommended values. The values of Dy and Gd are reported. (Authors)

  5. 3-D reconstruction of an ancient Egyptian mummy using X-ray computer tomography.

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    Baldock, C; Hughes, S. W.; Whittaker, D. K.; Taylor, J.; DAVIS, R; Spencer, A J; Tonge, K; Sofat, A

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    Computer tomography has been used to image and reconstruct in 3-D an Egyptian mummy from the collection of the British Museum. This study of Tjentmutengebtiu, a priestess from the 22nd dynasty (945-715 BC) revealed invaluable information of a scientific, Egyptological and palaeopathological nature without mutilation and destruction of the painted cartonnage case or linen wrappings. Precise details on the removal of the brain through the nasal cavity and the viscera from the abdominal cavity w...

  6. Evidence for Prehistoric Origins of Egyptian Mummification in Late Neolithic Burials

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    Jones, Jana; Higham, Thomas F. G.; Oldfield, Ron; O'Connor, Terry P.; Buckley, Stephen A.

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    Traditional theories on ancient Egyptian mummification postulate that in the prehistoric period (i.e. the Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods, 5th and 4th millennia B.C.) bodies were naturally desiccated through the action of the hot, dry desert sand. Although molding of the body with resin-impregnated linen is believed to be an early Pharaonic forerunner to more complex processes, scientific evidence for the early use of resins in artificial mummification has until now been limited to isolate...

  7. EGYPTIAN LICENSE PLATE RECOGNITION USING ENHANCED STROKE WIDTH TRANSFORMATION AND FUZZY ARTMAP

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    Alaa Mohamed Youssef; Mohamed S. El-Mahallawy; Amr Badr

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    License Plate Recognition (LPR) is the most important type of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS). LPR is used in many different types of ITS like electronic payment systems, toll station, parking fees, freeway and arterial management systems for traffic surveillance. Few years ago, Egyptians government changed the car license plate to include letters and numbers. So the needs for efficient LPR System for the new license plate are increased in different ITS fields. This study presents an ...

  8. Characterization of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Complex DNAs from Egyptian Mummies by Spoligotyping

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    Zink, Albert R.; Sola, Christophe; Reischl, Udo; Grabner, Waltraud; Rastogi, Nalin; Wolf, Hans; Nerlich, Andreas G.

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    Bone and soft tissue samples from 85 ancient Egyptian mummies were analyzed for the presence of ancient Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex DNA (aDNA) and further characterized by spoligotyping. The specimens were obtained from individuals from different tomb complexes in Thebes West, Upper Egypt, which were used for upper social class burials between the Middle Kingdom (since ca. 2050 BC) and the Late Period (until ca. 500 BC). A total of 25 samples provided a specific positive signal for the...

  9. Visual Function of Egyptian Children with Low Vision and the Demographic Determinants

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    El Byoumi Boshra; Mousa Ahmed

    2010-01-01

    Aims: To determine whether the LV Prasad-Functional Vision Questionnaire (LVP-FVQ) could be used to assess self-reported visual function and quality of visual life in Egyptian school aged children. Materials and Methods: The LVP-FVQ was used to assess the quality of visual function in school-age children. All subjects were students at the time of assessment. Subjects underwent a visual function assessment that included distance and near visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, color vision and vi...

  10. Study of the factors affecting the sorption and fixation of radiocesium on some egyptian soil sediments

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    The present work with studying the use of egyptian soil samples for the sorption and fixation of low level activity wastes containing Cs-134 isotope. This radioactive isotope is one of the most important radionuclides found in low and intermediate level waste streams, as a fission product. The sorption process of radiocesium by the soil samples is governed by a number of variables such as the physical, mineralogical and chemical composition of the samples, effect of carrier ion concentrations,contact time, saturation with different cations and heat treatment of the soil samples . The effect of these variables had been investigated. The sorption behavior of Cs has been explained by applying Freundlich, Langmuir and Dubinin-Raduskevich equations. sorption of Cs can also be described on a laboratory time scale by more than one kinetic process. About 30 soil samples, supplied from the institute of metallurgy and the geological survey administration in egypt, were brought from different locations from the egyptian desert. These samples represent areas from Fayom, Wadi El-Rayan, Cairo Fayom Road, Quasr El-Sagha, North of the Eastern desert (egyptian vermiculite) and cairo - alexandria desert road(at 46 - 48 km from cairo). A pure german sample was used as a reference smectite clay for comparing the physical, chemical and mineralogical properties

  11. Epstein-Barr virus and breast cancer: Epidemiological and Molecular study on Egyptian and Iraqi women

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    Background and purpose: The role of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) in breast carcinogenesis is still controversial. Unraveling this relationship is potentially important for better understanding of breast cancer etiology, early detection and possibly prevention of breast cancer. The aim of the current study is to unravel the association between EBV and primary invasive breast cancer (PIBC) in two different Arab populations (Egyptian and Iraqi women). Patients and Methods: The study was done on paraffin-embedded tissues of 40 Egyptian and 50 Iraqi patients with PIBC in addition to 20 normal breast tissues as controls for each group. Both controls and neoplastic tissues were assessed for the expression of EBV genes and proteins (EBNA-1, LMP-1, and EBER) as well as CD21 marker by immunohistochemistry (IHC), in situ hybridization (ISH) and PCR techniques. Results: Our gold standard for EBV reactivity in breast cancer cases was positivity of both EBNA1 by PCR and EBER by in situ hybridization. EBV was detected in 18/40 (45%) and 14/50 (28%) of Egyptian and Iraqi women; respectively where p = 0.073, compared to 0/20 (0%) of their control groups (p < 0.05). Regarding the association between EBV positivity and tumor grade, there was not any statistical significant difference between EBV presence and tumor grade in both populations

  12. Characterization of Ancient Egyptian Wall Paintings, the Excavations of Cairo University at Saqqara

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    Hussein MAREY MAHMOUD

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The present study aims at characterizing some Egyptian wall paintings discovered during the excavations of Cairo University (since 1988 and recently in 2005 at Saqqara area in the south of Cairo. There, a number of tombs dating back to the 19th dynasty (c.1293–1185 BC were discovered. The walls of these tombs are carved with bass and raised reliefs and painted with different colours. The characterization of the wall paintings was done by means of optical microscopy (OM, scanning electron microscopy (backscattered electron mode, BSE equipped with an energy dispersive X-ray detector (EDS, micro XRF spectrometry (µ-XRF, and X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD. The analysis of the examined samples indicated that the blue pigment is Egyptian blue (Cuprorivaite, the green pigment is Egyptian green, the red pigment is red ochre, and the yellow pigment is a blended layer of yellow ochre and orpiment (As2S3. The results will help in providing an image concerning some painting materials used during the new Kingdom in ancient Egypt

  13. Comparative Study Between The IAEA Model Regulations and The Egyptian Nuclear Law

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    This study deals with the security of radioactive sources due to its great importance, in order to provide the adequate security of these sources from the threat of theft, sabotage, illegal seizure through doing a comparison between the model regulations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) (11) and the Egyptian law (No. 7/2010) that regulates nuclear and radiation activities and its executive regulations. The Egyptian legislator has put a chapter entitled nuclear securitywith the aim of organizing the security of nuclear materials. However, there was a review to some regulatory rules issued by the IAEA on the security of these sources which include the responsibilities of the licensee towards it. This chapter also, addressed the security culture through rehabilitation and training, in addition to the obligations of the competent authorities who is responsible for the process of issuing the license when full requirements are met. It has been shown that the Egyptian law and its executive regulations contained the rule that provides the necessary protection for these radioactive sources. Furthermore, more regulations are still needed to provide adequate security and more protection for the radioactive sources and its facilities

  14. An Examination of Learning Style Preferences among Egyptian University Students

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    Sywelem, Mohamed; Dahawy, Bayoumi; Wang, Chih-husan

    2010-01-01

    The purpose of this research was to examine teacher students' learning style preferences and to examine the extent gender, seniority and academic major affect the students' preferences. (Contains 4 tables and 1 figure.)

  15. High salt and high pH tolerance of new isolated Rhizobium etli strains from Egyptian soils.

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    Shamseldin, Abdelaal; Werner, Dietrich

    2005-01-01

    Saline and alkaline soils are major problems contributing to the low productivity of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) in arid and semi-arid regions such as Egypt. Therefore our study was directed toward selecting strains more tolerant to these environmental stresses. Among seven Rhizobium etli strains isolated from Egyptian soils, we found a high degree of diversity. Strains EBRI 21 and EBRI 26 are highly tolerant to a salt concentration up to 4% NaCl. A positive correlation was found between the salt tolerance and the adaptation to alkaline pH (9). Strains EBRI 2 and EBRI 26 were adapted to elevated temperatures (42 degrees C). The minimum level of low pH for the majority of Rhizobium etli strains from Egypt was pH 4.7 while the Colombian strain Rhizobium tropici CIAT 899 survived well at pH 4. At 0.4% NaCl, the symbiotic efficiency of the salt-tolerant strain EBRI 26 was superior in cultivar Giza 6 compared with the salt-sensitive strain EBRI 2 (18.2 compared with 13.9 nM: C2H4 h(-1) mg(-1) nodule fresh weight). In the bean cultivar Saxa, nitrogen fixation was much more affected by high salt concentration (0.4% NaCl) than in the cultivar Giza 6 with both strains (3.9 and 3.8 nM: C2H4 h(-1) mg(-1) nodule fresh weight, respectively). In general, stress of alkalinity had a less detrimental effect on nodulation and N2 fixation than stress of salinity. PMID:15702257

  16. Application of DNA (RAPD and ultrastructure to detect the effect of cadmium stress in Egyptian clover and Sudan grass plantlets

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    Amina A. Aly

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available BackgroundIn recent years, several plant species have been used as bioindicators to evaluate the toxicity of environmental contaminants on vegetal organisms. In this study, Egyptian clover and Sudan grass seedlings were grown in four cadmium (Cd concentration levels (0.0, 25, 50 and 100 µM in MS media to analyze growth responses, Cd accumulation in the shoots and roots of plantlets, proline contents, chlorophylls content and MDA levels of both plantlets. As well as RAPD analysis and leaves ultrastructure were detected.ResultsThe results showed that there was a significant decrease in root and shoot lengths, Chl a, Chl b, total Chl and carotenoids contents for both Egyptian clover and Sudan grass. However, there was a significant increase in Cd accumulation, proline and malondialdehyde (MDA levels. The genetic variation between Egyptian clover and Sudan grass were evaluated using random amplified polymorphic DNA-polymerase chain reaction (RAPD-PCR markers to establish specific DNA markers associated with Cd stress. The results of transimssion electron microscopy (TEM showed a clear disorder in the Cd treated Egyptian clover and Sudan grass seedlings.ConclusionIn conclusion, biochemical, molecular and ultrastructure changes in Egyptian clover and Sudan grass could be used as a useful biomarker assay for the detection of genotoxic effects of Cd stress on plants. However, it is necessary to be further confirmed and optimized in the future research.

  17. Enhancement of the folate content in Egyptian pita bread

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    Cornelia M. Witthöft; Mohammed Hefni

    2012-01-01

    Introduction: Egypt has a high incidence of neural tube defects related to folate deficiency. One major food source for folate is pita (baladi) bread, which is consumed daily. Bioprocessing (e.g. germination) has been reported to increase the folate content in cereals. The aim was to produce pita bread with increased folate content using germinated wheat flour (GWF).Methods: Prior to milling the effects of germination and drying conditions on folate content in wheat grains were studied. Pita ...

  18. Perspectives of Egyptian Research Ethics Committees Regarding Their Effective Functioning

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    Matar, Amal; Silverman, Henry

    2013-01-01

    The recent increase in research in the Middle East has been associated with the establishment of research ethics committees (RECs). Our aim was to obtain perspectives of RECs regarding the challenges that impede their effective functioning. We conducted in-depth interviews using a semi-structured interview guide. We transcribed and analyzed the interviews to uncover major themes and subthemes. We identified the following themes: membership composition; training needs of members; availability ...

  19. Pelagic coelenterates in the waters of the western part of the Egyptian Mediterranean Coast during summer and winter

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    Howaida Y. Zakaria

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    During August 2000 and February 2001 two cruises were carried out along the Egyptian Mediterranean Coast on the Egyptian r/v "El-Yarmouk". The samples collected were used to study the ecology and distribution of hydromedusae and siphonophores during summer and winter. The density of hydromedusae was high in the inshore waters during summer (av. 71 org × 100 m-3), decreasing to 28 organisms per 100 m3 in the oceanic waters; in winter they were more abundant in the middle and offshore zo...

  20. Segregation Analysis of p53, c-myc and DNA Ploidy Using Flow Cytometry Among Egyptian Families with Childhood Leukemia

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    Al-Haggar, Mohammad S.; Ahmad A Settin; Mohamed Ragab; May Al-Shahat; Hisham Abdel-Hadi; El-Shahat Toson; Mona A. Samy; Rabab Abu Al-Kasem; Soheir Yahya; Zakaria Al-Morsy

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    The present study aimed to check for segregation of some oncogenic markers (p53, c-myc) and DNA ploidy pattern in Egyptian families of children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) to determine whether there is an actual risk for cancer among these families. This case-controlled study included 20 Egyptian children with ALL, their median age 6.5 years (interquartiles 2.1-12.5) with males/females 16/4. They were enrolled at presentation to Haematology-Oncology Unit of Mansoura University Chi...

  1. Breast cancer laterality among Egyptian patients and its association with treatments and survival

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    Background and aim: Breast cancers (BCs) involve the left side (LS) more than the right side (RS). Among the Egyptians, neither BC laterality nor its association with demographic factors, tumor locations, treatments and outcomes were previously reported. Patients and methods: Laterality was analyzed among 5459 BCs from the Gharbiah population- based cancer registry covering > 5% of the Egyptian population. Cox proportional model was used to assess the independent effect of stage, ER, and laterality on overall survival (OS). Results: In Egypt, BCs involve LS more than RS with LS-to-RS ratio (LRR) of 1.16. LS predominance was evident among men and women and both younger (< 45 years) and older patients. HER2 over-expression and ductal cancers were significantly more in RSBCs while lobular cancers were significantly more in LSBCs. There were no significant differences in localization within the breast between LSBCs and RSBCs (p = 0.51). LS predominance was noticed across all subgroups except in patients with HER2 positive tumors (LRR = 0.63; p = 0.02). OS was significantly better in stage II and ER positive tumors than stage III and ER negative tumors. Despite OS of LSBCs being generally lower than RSBCs, this was not statistically significant. The significant impact of stage on OS was lost in LSBCs. ConclTusions: Among Egyptian patients, the left breast is at greater risk of cancer than the right one. Despite right-sided tumors seemed more aggressive, Left-sided ones tend to confer worse survival than right-sided tumors.

  2. IN VITRO GERMINATION AND CAULOGENESIS IN EGYPTIAN HUSK TOMATO (PHYSALIS PUPESCENS L.

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    Mona M. Yousry

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available -The effects of chilling treatments and darkness durations on seed germination and seedling growth of Egyptian husk tomato (Physalis pubescens L."Balady" cv. was investigated. The experiment consisted of two parts; firstly the seeds of the tested cultivar were incubated for chilling in the refrigerator at 4°C for ( 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 days; second seeds were germinated in test tubes contained ten seeds and incubated in the darkness by covering them with aluminum foil each ,for 3, 6, 9 ,12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27 and 30 days at 25 ±1°C ; then they exposed to light (16 hrs. for further 3-5 days. The obtained results indicated significant enhancement of germination percentage at 27days of darkness and 2 days at 4°C. The present study has demonstrated the advantages of chilling the seeds in darkness before subjected to light in order to reduce the long germination period of Egyptian husk tomato. Notably, as soon as the covered seeds were exposed to light, they have been germinated immediately. A protocol was developed for caulogenesis and regeneration for the Egyptian husk tomato Balady cv. Hypocotyl and leaf explants were used as a starting material for callus induction. Maximum caulogenesis from hypocotyls and leaf explants were obtained on MS medium supplemented with BAP (1.000 to 4.000 mg/l in combinations with NAA at 0.250 mg/l. For regeneration, the callus was transferred to MS hormone-freemedium for shooting. The neoformed shoots were rooted on MS medium augmented with NAA at (0.000, 0.125, 0.250, 0.500, 1.000 and 2.000mg/l and all responded were positive.

  3. A COMPARISON OF DUCK AND CHICKEN EGG YOLK FOR CRYOPRESERVATION OF EGYPTIAN BUFFALO BULL SPERMATOZOA

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    Ibrahim El-Shamaa

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    Full Text Available Cryopreservation of domestic animal spermatozoa has been widely used for artificial insemination and egg yolk is oneof the most commonly used cryoprotectants during the freezing- thawing process. The aim of the present study was tocompare the effectiveness of different duck egg yolk (DEY concentrations (10, 15 and 20% DEY with chicken egg yolk (20% CHEY on the cryopreservation of Egyptian buffalo spermatozoa following dilution, equilibration and freezingthawing processes. For this purpose, one ejaculate of semen from each of three Egyptian buffalo bulls were collectedtwice each week for 4 weeks with artificial vagina (42ºC. Pooled ejaculates were divided into four parts and werediluted in Tric citric acid glycerol extender containing either 10 or 15 or 20% DEY or 20% CHEY at 37ºC. Extendedsemen was equilibrated for 4h at 5ºC and then was filled in 0.5 ml straws and frozen in liquid nitrogen. Thawing ofsemen was performed at 37ºC for 30s. Progressive sperm motility, live sperm % and plasma membrane integrity afterdifferent stages of cryopreservation were assayed. Values of these parameters of post-thaw semen quality were higherfor extender containing 15% DEY as compared with 20% CHEY (control extender, being 59.6% vs. 47.9%, 72.3% vs.55.0% and 80.7% vs. 69.1% for progressive motility, live sperm and plasma membrane integrity, respectively. Using apost-thawing semen containing 15% DEY yielded comparatively highest conception rate (65.8% followed by 20% DEY(59.3%, 20% CHEY (58.6% and 10% DEY (58.1%. In conclusion, DEY compared to chicken egg yolk in extenderimproves the frozen-thawed quality of Egyptian buffalo bull spermatozoa and fertility rate.

  4. Modeling the dependency of radon concentration levels inside ancient Egyptian tombs on the ambient temperature variations

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    Radon concentration inside partially closed places like dwellings, caves and tombs, depends on many parameters. Some parameters are known quantitatively as radon exhalation rate for walls, decay constant, surface to volume ratio and outdoor concentration while other parameters as ventilation rate is in common known qualitatively due to useless of traditional methods (tracer gases) in many places as ancient Egyptian tombs. This work introduces a derived mathematical model to evaluate the sensitivity of radon concentration levels inside single sided opening places as ancient Egyptian tombs on the ambient temperature differences. The obtained formula for the natural ventilation rate depends on the indoor and outdoor temperature difference and the geometrical dimensions of the doorway. The effects of in and out flow mixing, air viscosity, streamline contraction, swirling flow and turbulence, were taken into consideration in terms of an empirical correction factor. According UNSCEAR reports, the exhalation rate ?=Cra?rn f?s(1-?)L; Cra the effective radium content, ?rn decay constant, f emanation fraction, ?s soil grain density, ? porosity and L diffusion length, these are approximately static parameters but the variability of ambient temperature introduces a source of energy of fluctuating strength to radon atoms in rocks which controls the flow rate and the ambient content of radon. Therefore, the change of outdoor and indoor temperature difference causes fluctuation of value and direction of volume flow rate in such places consequently causes the daily variation and on average the seasonal variation of radon concentration. Therefore according to the present model, the daily accurate expectation of radon concentrations inside ancient Egyptian tombs, require precise measurements of indoor and outdoor temperatures

  5. Hepatitis C and B Viruses Among Some High Risk Groups of Egyptian Children

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    Manal E. Kandil; Maha A. Rasheed; Nevine E. Saad

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    The aim of this study was to detect seroprevalence of hepatitis C virus antibodies (anti-HCV), hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and antibody (anti-HBs) among some high risk groups of Egyptian children and its effect on liver functions. We clinically examined 100 children who were classified into 4 groups; group 1:34 children with Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM), group 2:31 children having Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) on regular hemodialysis, group 3:15 patients with Systemic Lupu...

  6. Aflatoxin production by Aspergillus Flavus on irradiated and non-irradiated stored egyptian bread

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    Aflatoxins production by Aspergillus Flavus isolate on several types of egyptian bread samples through a period of 45 days at different temperatures reveled that there was detectable fungal growth but no aflatoxins were produced at 5±1 degree or 37 degree. At 25 degree or 30 degree aflatoxin were produced after 5-6 days on the different bread types. Gamma irradiation of kaiser bread, previously inoculated with Aspergillus Flavus, reduced the amount of aflatoxins produced on subsequent storage for 8 weeks at 26±1 degree. The 5 KGy dose eliminated fungal growth and aflatoxin production. 4 tab

  7. Potassium body burdens in occupational users of egyptian nuclear research center

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    A simple calibration procedure for inshas whole body counter for evaluating total potassium have been adopted. More than 120 egyptian employee in the nuclear research center (N. R. C.) were studied for their total body potassium (TBK). The potassium values were found to have an average of 2.85 gm k kg-1 body weight for males and 2.62 gm k kg-1 for females, which is higher than the recommended value given for reference man by ICRP. The TBK varied directly with body build index and is slightly dependent.7 figs., 1 tab

  8. Reconstruction of vertical and L-shaped ancient Egyptian sundials and methods for measuring time

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    Vodolazhskaya, Larisa

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    The article presents the results of the study of design features of vertical and L-shaped ancient Egyptian sundials. With the help of astronomical methods were developed their models, based on which the reconstruction of a sundial was held. Also, the original scheme is a simple way to fairly precise of measurement of time with them has been developed. Large urgency of the task due to the lack of similar models and schemes to date. Model offered by us, which describes the ver...

  9. The Person in an Egyptian judicial Context : An Ethnomethodological Analysis of Courtroom Proceedings

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    Dupret, Baudouin

    2003-01-01

    In Egyptian law, the notion of the person is formulated in statute law, used in case-law, and practiced in what is called "law in action". It is closely associated with the concept of legal capacity and incapacity. This article concentrates on legal practices related to the person as they emerge from actual legal interactions in judicial contexts. This will lead to propose a praxiological approach to the norm, the law, and the following of a rule. Such praxiological sociology allows to observ...

  10. Exfoliation of Egyptian Blue and Han Blue, Two Alkali Earth Copper Silicate-based Pigments

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    Johnson-McDaniel, Darrah; Salguero, Tina T.

    2014-01-01

    In a visualized example of the ancient past connecting with modern times, we describe the preparation and exfoliation of CaCuSi4O10 and BaCuSi4O10, the colored components of the historic Egyptian blue and Han blue pigments. The bulk forms of these materials are synthesized by both melt flux and solid-state routes, which provide some control over the crystallite size of the product. The melt flux process is time intensive, but it produces relatively large crystals at lower reaction temperature...

  11. Stock Picking and Market Timing of the Egyptian Fund Managers: Evidence from the Financial Crisis

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    Mohammad Elmesseary

    2014-01-01

    The findings of over-or-under performance of fund managers across the crisis periods are mixed. By analyzing the data of 35 Egyptian funds, this paper investigates the two skills of market timing and selectivity during-and-post the 2007-2008 financial turmoil; it also examines the comparative performance between the conventionaland Islamic mutual funds. The results show no evidence of these skills even for the overall period or for the crisis one, where Chow – test documents that there are no...

  12. Studies on the s_dm.t=f verb form in Classical Egyptian

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    Zonhoven, Ludovicus Martinus Johannes,

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    This study is devoted to some synchronic aspects of the sDm.t=f verb form, primarily its meaning and uses in Classical Egyptian. In the introduction some attention is paid to the history of the studies of the form and its origin, an aspect which will receive no further consideration. In accordance with present common opinion the sDm.t=f is here considered to belong to the suffix conjugation. Ch. I is primarily concerned with the active Dr sDm.t=f construction, but begins with a...

  13. Adapting Pd Gains with Neural Network for Egyptian Second Research Reactor (ETRR-2)

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    There is no doubt that selection of conventional Pd gains has a great influence over the system performance. So, this paper presents a developed adapted Pd (APD) control system to fit suitable control action. This system is based on ANN to select, on-line, the proper gains for Pd controller. Both Pd and developed APD control systems are simulated with Egyptian Second Research Reactor (ETRR-2) model subjected to different perturbations. Simulation results proved that, APD controller has faster response than Pd, besides its capability of absorbing more reactivity variations

  14. 210Polonium source-sink concentrations in some Egyptian brands of cigarettes

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    Samples of fine and popular brand cigarettes were collected from those available on the Egyptian market. 210Po concentrations were measured by alpha spectrometry using surface barrier detectors, following sample dissolution and the plating out of 210Po on stainless steel disks from diluted HCl solution. 208Po was used for chemical recovery calculations. The material balance (i.e. source-sink) for 210Po was determined. The ratio of 210Po recovery to the total amount was assessed. The health hazard arising due to 210Po is briefly discussed here. (orig.)

  15. Terahertz, X-ray and neutron computed tomography of an Eighteenth Dynasty Egyptian sealed pottery

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    Abraham, E.; Bessou, M.; Ziéglé, A.; Hervé, M.-C.; Szentmiklósi, L.; Kasztovszky, Z. S.; Kis, Z.; Menu, M.

    2014-09-01

    An Eighteenth Dynasty Egyptian sealed pottery stored at the Museum of Aquitaine (Bordeaux, France) has been investigated using terahertz radiation, X-rays and neutrons. THz computed tomography revealed nondestructively the presence of content, whereas X-rays and neutrons analyzed more precisely the fabrication process and conservation of the pottery together with the nature of this content owing to higher spatial resolution and contrast. With neutron tomography, we determined the method used to seal the jar as well as the finer structure of the inner content. Neutron-induced prompt gamma spectroscopy was finally applied to measure the elemental composition of the content, which is supposed to consist of dried germinated seeds.

  16. Changes in composition of colostrum of Egyptian buffaloes and Holstein cows

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    Abd El -Fattah Alaa M; Abd Rabo Fawzia HR; EL-Dieb Samia M; El-Kashef Hany A

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background Changes in colostrum composition of Egyptian buffaloes and Holstein cows collected at calving, 6, 12, 24, 48, 72, 96, 120 h and after 14 days of parturition were studied. Total solids, total protein, whey proteins, fat, lactose and ash contents were determined. Macro- and micro-elements, IgG, IgM, IGF-1, lactoferrin and vitamins (A and E) were also estimated. Results At calving, the total protein and whey proteins concentration did not differ between buffalo and cow colost...

  17. Determinants of Egyptian Agricultural Exports: A Gravity Model Approach

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    Xuexi Huo; Assem Abu Hatab; Eirik Romstad

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, a gravity model approach was employed to analyze the main factors influencing Egypt’s agricultural exports to its major trading partners for the period 1994 to 2008. Our findings are that a one percent increase in Egypt’s GDP results in roughly a 5.42 percent increase in Egypt’s agricultural export flows. In contrast, the increase in Egypt’s GDP per capita causes exports to decrease, which is attributed to the fact that an increase in economic growth, besides the increasing pop...

  18. Biochemical Markers Of Bone Turnover in Egyptian Women at Different Ages

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    Olfat A Khalil &Kholoud S Ramadan

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Osteoporosis is a metabolic bone disease characterized by bone remodeling .This study was done for the detection of some blood and urine markers in cases of osteoporosis among Egyptian women at different ages .The study included 100 women divided into three groups. The first group included 33 women their ages ranged between 35-45 years old, the second included 33 women their ages ranged between 45-55 years old and the third group included 34 women their ages were above 55 years old. Fore all subjects DEXA densitometry was performed. Serum calcium, phosphorous, alkaline phosphatase, Osteocalcin and urinary hydroxyproline, deoxypyridinoline and creatinine were estimated. Results: In osteopenic and osteoporotic women there was elevation in serum alkaline phosphatase and osteocalcin and in urinary pyridinoline and hydroxyproline, while there was decrease in serum calcium .Conclusion: The Egyptian women subjected to the study were suffering from osteopenia from the age of 35 years old or may be earlier Above the age of 55 (postmenopausal it was found that 50% of women were osteopenic and osteoporotic.

  19. Egyptian mummies record increasing aridity in the Nile valley from 5500 to 1500 yr before present

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    Touzeau, Alexandra; Blichert-Toft, Janne; Amiot, Romain; Fourel, François; Martineau, François; Cockitt, Jenefer; Hall, Keith; Flandrois, Jean-Pierre; Lécuyer, Christophe

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    Oxygen isotope compositions were measured in teeth (n=29) and bones (n=41) from Egyptian mummies of humans (n=48) in order to track the ?18O evolution of the Nile from 5500 to 1500 B.P. The combination of ?18O values of apatite carbonate and phosphate was used to filter the database for post mortem alteration of bioapatites, while 87Sr/86Sr ratios were used to detect potential allochthonous people buried in the various archeological sites located along the Nile. This approach led to only five apatite samples out of seventy to be discarded from the database. The remaining oxygen isotope compositions of both tooth and bone phosphates from ancient Egyptians were converted into the composition of ingested water ultimately originating from the Nile. It was found that ?18O of Nile waters increases progressively from -1.6 to +1.5 (‰ VSMOW) from the Predynastic (?5500 B.P.) through the Late Period (?2550 B.P.). This trend towards higher Nile ?18O values acquired in more recent times is coherent with a general drying trend in Northeast Africa, which was not limited to a drying spell at the end of the Nabtian Pluvial (ca. 12,000 B.P. -ca. 6000 B.P.), but extended far into the following millennia nearly to the beginning of the Common Era (1950 B.P.).

  20. Establishment of an absolute chronology for the 18th Egyptian Dynasty

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    The establishment of an absolute chronology for Ancient Egypt is an ambition which has concentrated efforts of many scholars since the beginning of Egyptology. Thanks to historical and archaeological documents, a relative chronology of the kings has been built. Only some astrophysical points and synchronisms listed in texts (Greek and Egyptian sources) have given some ankle points which have led to some propositions of absolute chronology. At first, we will see how we can re-calculate some ankle points by using Sothic dating and modelling lunar dates with a Bayesian approach. Then, radiocarbon measurements have been done at Laboratoire de Mesure du Carbone 14 (CEA Saclay) on Egyptian short life materials like plants or twigs. These objects come from the Louvre Museum and are attributed to a particular reign and a precise period. With a Bayesian approach, these analyses have been combined with the known succession and length of the reign. Besides, Sothic and lunar dates have been incorporated as a prior in the model. It has led to propose an absolute chronology for the 18th dynasty. Finally, we will discuss the agreement between our results and archaeological evidence and will see if this chronology can highlight points where Egyptologists disagree. (author)

  1. Evaluating the use of laser radiation in cleaning of copper embroidery threads on archaeological Egyptian textiles

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    Cleaning of copper embroidery threads on archaeological textiles is still a complicated conservation process, as most textile conservators believe that the advantages of using traditional cleaning techniques are less than their disadvantages. In this study, the uses of laser cleaning method and two modified recipes of wet cleaning methods were evaluated for cleaning of the corroded archaeological Egyptian copper embroidery threads on an archaeological Egyptian textile fabric. Some corroded copper thread samples were cleaned using modified recipes of wet cleaning method; other corroded copper thread samples were cleaned with Q-switched Nd:YAG laser radiation of wavelength 532 nm. All tested metal thread samples before and after cleaning were investigated using a light microscope and a scanning electron microscope with an energy dispersive X-ray analysis unit. Also the laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) technique was used for the elemental analysis of laser-cleaned samples to follow up the laser cleaning procedure. The results show that laser cleaning is the most effective method among all tested methods in the cleaning of corroded copper threads. It can be used safely in removing the corrosion products without any damage to both metal strips and fibrous core. The tested laser cleaning technique has solved the problems caused by other traditional cleaning techniques that are commonly used in the cleaning of metal threads on museum textiles

  2. Residual Nitrite in Some Egyptian Meat Products and the Reduction Effect of Electron Beam Irradiation

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    Dalia A. Zahran

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Nitrite, a curing agent of meat products, is a precursor of carcinogenic N-nitrosamines during processing of meat products or under human stomach conditions, as well as having its own toxicity. To investigate the residual nitrite level in meat products marketed in Egyptian markets, 160 samples of cured cooked (luncheon and frankfurter and cured raw (oriental sausages and pastirma meat products (40 sample each were analyzed for residual nitrite by a spectrophotometric method. Samples were subjected to irradiation (3.0 and 5.0 kGy by electron beam accelerator to evaluate its effect on the residual nitrite level in the examined cured meat products. For statistical analysis, means and standard errors of residual nitrite level were determined and analyzed by one-way analysis of variance. The results revealed that the residual nitrite level was ranging between 10.45-251.6 ppm in the examined meat products and that pastirma had the highest residual level (p<0.05 while luncheon showed the least level. Residual nitrite level was significantly reduced (p<0.05 by electron beam irradiation (5.0 kGy and the reduction was dose dependent. This demonstrated that it would still be important to strengthen on control of residual nitrite level in Egyptian meat products and food safety education for public people.

  3. Women Health Outreach Program; a New Experience for all Egyptian Women

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    The global health community faces a challenge with breast cancer being the most common cause of cancer related death among women around the globe. Since breast cancer’s pathogenesis is poorly understood, primary prevention is still a distant goal. Thus secondary prevention through early detection is the only feasible approach at present. With this strong conviction, the launching o f the first Egyptian national screening program Women Health Outreach Program(WHOP), was announced on October 30 th 2007. This project is a government- funded program that offers free breast screening for all Egyptian women above the age of 45 years. In addition to free mammograms, the program gives the participants a chance to be screened for diabetes, hypertension and obesity as well. Positively detected cases are also offered the option of free management. During the period from October 30 th , 2007, up to February 9 th , 2009, 20, 098 women in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez governorates were screened for breast cancer, diabetes, hypertension and obesity through the program. In this article we will represent the achievements, challenges and services delivered by WHOP

  4. Developing an interactive computational system to simulate radon concentration inside ancient egyptian tombs

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    RSSP (Radon Scale Software Package) is an interactive support system that simulates the radon concentration inside ancient Egyptian tombs and the consequences on the population in terms of internal and external exposure. RSSP consists of three interconnected modules: the first one simulates the radon concentration inside ancient Egyptian tombs using a developed mathematical model. This model introduces the possibility of controlling the rate of radon accumulation via additional artificial ventilation systems. The source of inputs is an editable database for the tombs includes the geometrical dimensions and some environmental parameters like temperature and outdoor radon concentration at the tombs locations. The second module simulates the absorbed dose due to internal exposure of radon and its progeny. The third module simulates the absorbed dose due to external exposure of Gamma rays emitted from the tomb wall rocks. RSSP introduces the facility of following the progress of radon concentration as well as Internal and external absorbed dose in a wide range of time (seconds, minutes, hours and days) via numerical data and the corresponding graphical interface

  5. Effects of ?2-adrenergic receptor polymorphisms on asthma severity and response to salbutamol in Egyptian children

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    Khaled Saalah

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: Several polymorphisms of the ?2-adrenergic receptor (ADRB2 gene have been identified. There is mounting evidence that these polymorphisms are associated with significant variability in response to bronchodilator therapy and thus in severity and duration of asthmatic symptoms. Objectives: to assess the frequency of ADRB2 polymorphisms at codon 16 in Egyptian asthmatic children and to study the association of these polymorphisms with asthma severity and response to inhaled salbutamol. Methods: This case-control study was conducted at pulmonology unit, Zagazig University children’s hospital during the period from December 2010 to December 2011. One hundred children (50 asthmatics and 50 controls were enrolled into the study. For all study population, detailed history taking, systematic physical examination, chest x-ray, pulmonary function testing and ADRB2 genotyping were performed. Results: There was a significant increase in frequencies of Arg/Gly and Gly/Gly genotypes among asthmatic children in comparison with healthy controls (OR = 7.9; CI: 0.94-67.4, P0.05. Regarding bronchodilator responsiveness, Gly/Gly and Arg/Gly genotypes were associated with reduced response, while Arg/Arg genotype was associated with favorable response to nebulized salbutamol. Conclusion: Polymorphisms of ADRB2 at codon 16 may be a determinant of asthma severity and response to salbutamol in Egyptian asthmatic children. Further studies are needed to demonstrate effects of other polymorphisms of ADRB2 gene on these outcomes.

  6. Association between HLA-E *0101 homozygosity and recurrent miscarriage in Egyptian women.

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    Mosaad, Y M; Abdel-Dayem, Y; El-Deek, B S; El-Sherbini, S M

    2011-08-01

    The objective was to investigate the frequency of human leucocyte antigen (HLA)-E alleles in Egyptian women with and without recurrent miscarriage (RM) to evaluate their role on the maintenance of pregnancy. A case-control study was adopted. HLA-E gene polymorphism typing was carried out by restriction fragment length polymorphism for 108 women with RM and 120 fertile female controls. The frequency of HLA-E *0101 allele was higher in patients with RM and HLA-E*0103 allele was higher in fertile controls, and the difference was statistically significant (P=0.003, P(c)=0.006). HLA-E*0101/0101 genotype was the most frequent genotype in patients (45.4%), followed by HLA-E*0101/0103 (44.4%) and finally HLA-E*0103/0103 genotype (10.2%). The difference in the frequency of HLA-E*0101/0101 homozygous genotype in patients with RM compared with that in the fertile controls was statistically significant (OR=2.02, 95% CI=1.13-3.62, P=0.011, P(c)=0.033). We found an increased frequency of homozygosity for HLA-E*0101 in Egyptian women with RM. HLA-E*0101 homozygosity may thus be a risk factor for RM. PMID:21410502

  7. Nickel, Aluminum and Strontium Concentration in Different Samples of Egyptian Foodstuff

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    Eight different types of food items, collected from eight Egyptian governorates, were subjected to elemental analysis to determine Ni, Al, and Sr concentration by using Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES). The result indicated that the concentration of Ni, Al and Sr are in range of 0.04-7.31, 0.07-5.56, 0.02-13.4 mg/kg-wet weight respectively. The maximum concentrations of Ni and Al are present in cereals and leafy vegetables while minimum values are present in roots and tubers. Sr concentration showed completely different trend. Its maximum value is present in fish samples. This focuses a very important remark about its active pathway (aquatic ecosystem) to prevent completely the disposal of radioactive Sr in any water body.By knowing the food consumption values by Egyptian, the daily dietary intake of these elements were calculated. The obtained mean values are 1.894, 2.242 and 1.483 mg/d/caput for Ni, Al and Sr respectively. These values are within the reported data and far away from their toxic intake level

  8. Schoolteachers' awareness about scholastic performance and nutritional status of Egyptian schoolchildren.

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    Galal, Osman M; Ismail, Ibrahim; Gohar, Azza S; Foster, Zoë

    2005-06-01

    Malnutrition disorders affect more than 30% of schoolchildren in Egypt. This problem appears to be largely attributable to poor dietary quality and micronutrient deficiencies, such as iron and vitamin A. Inadequate nutrition intake has important implications because malnutrition has been shown to negatively affect the cognitive development of primary schoolchildren. This study assesses the awareness of schoolteachers about the impact of malnutrition on the scholastic performance of primary schoolchildren living in Egypt. Two focus group discussions were conducted with Egyptian schoolteachers from the Quena and Kharbia Governorates. The study indicates that schoolteachers consider low body weight and thinness as the primary signs of malnutrition. They do not prioritize malnutrition as a factor for poor scholastic performance. They also suggest that unhealthful eating habits, especially a lack of breakfast, negatively affect children's interaction with schoolteachers and their ability to excel in their studies. Schoolteachers endorse a more reliable and nutritionally valuable school-feeding program as a way to increase the scholastic performance of their students. The teachers advocate developing integrated programs between the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health and Population, teachers, children, and parents that provide nutrition education. A lack of awareness among teachers about the relationship of nutrition and cognitive function can lead to the misdiagnosis or delayed management of malnourished and scholastically challenged schoolchildren. This paper suggests that proper school-feeding programs and nutrition education programs, which integrate government ministries, teachers, children and parents, should be developed to improve the physical and cognitive health status of Egyptian schoolchildren. PMID:16075578

  9. EGYPTIAN LICENSE PLATE RECOGNITION USING ENHANCED STROKE WIDTH TRANSFORMATION AND FUZZY ARTMAP

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    Alaa Mohamed Youssef

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available License Plate Recognition (LPR is the most important type of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS. LPR is used in many different types of ITS like electronic payment systems, toll station, parking fees, freeway and arterial management systems for traffic surveillance. Few years ago, Egyptians government changed the car license plate to include letters and numbers. So the needs for efficient LPR System for the new license plate are increased in different ITS fields. This study presents an enhanced LPR detection algorithm for the new Egyptian licenses plate. The detection enhancement is done using Stroke Width Transform algorithm to extract letters from candidate areas combined with Fuzzy ARTMAP classifier. Stroke Width Transform (SWT is a state of art algorithm developed by Microsoft Research Lab for detecting text in natural scene, it seeks to find the value of stroke width for each image pixel and demonstrate its use on the task of text detection in natural images. This study is focusing on detecting Arabic letters in the candidate license plate area using SWT image map instead of binary image map where not all Arabic letters have uniformly stroke width and some letters have a dot above and below it. The proposed model shows 26% detection accuracy enhancement than conventional LPR systems (Sobel Edge detection with binary image map using template matching technique.

  10. Influence of Egyptian electrical grid and nuclear power plants under disturbances based on PSS/E

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    The capacity of the electrical power system in Egypt will increase rapidly in the coming twenty years. In year 2018, power generation will be connecting to the Egyptian electrical grid. Consequently, the interaction of nuclear power plants and other systems become a very important issue, and a detailed nuclear power model for the medium-term and long-term power system stability should be developed. However, there is no nuclear unit model that can describe the detailed characteristics of the nuclear unit in the available commercial power system simulation software. In this paper, a detailed pressurized water reactor (PWR) nuclear unit model for medium-term and long-term power system transient stability is proposed. The model is implemented by a user defined program in PSS/E through PSS/E Mat lab Seamanlike interface. Also this paper proposes a design of power plant rector controller for the nuclear power plant. This model can be used to analyze the difference influences between the Egyptian electrical grid and nuclear power plants for examples transient fault on electrical grid and outage of nuclear power plant. The simulation results show that the proposed model is valid. (Author)

  11. Genetic polymorphism of estrogen receptor alpha gene in Egyptian women with type II diabetes mellitus.

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    Motawi, Tarek M K; El-Rehany, Mahmoud A; Rizk, Sherine M; Ramzy, Maggie M; El-Roby, Doaa M

    2015-12-01

    Estrogen might play an important role in type 2 diabetes mellitus pathogenesis. A number of polymorphisms have been reported in the estrogen receptor alpha gene including the XbaI and PvuII restriction enzyme polymorphisms. The aim of this study was to determine if ESR? gene polymorphisms are associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus and correlated with lipid profile. Ninety diabetic Egyptian patients were compared with forty healthy controls. ESR? genotyping of PvuII and XbaI was performed using restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis. Our study showed that there is more significant difference in the frequency of C and G polymorphic allele between patients and control groups in PvuII and XbaI respectively. Also carriers of minor C and G alleles of PvuII and XbaI gene polymorphisms were associated with increased fasting blood glucose and disturbance in lipid profile as there is an increase in total cholesterol, triglycerides and Low density lipoprotein. So findings of present study suggest the possibility that PvuII and XbaI polymorphisms in ER? are related to T2DM and with increased serum lipids among Egyptian population. PMID:26401488

  12. Non-destructive and in situ analysis of Egyptian wall paintings by X-ray diffraction and X-ray fluorescence portable systems

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    The concurrence and complementarities of obtained images under various wavelengths and the elemental and structural analyses provided by XRF and XRD, using portable non-invasive systems, have allowed for obtaining accurate data about the employed pictorial technique in two Egyptian wall paintings dating from the New Kingdom. Thus, compounds such as Egyptian blue, Egyptian green, goethite, jarosite, hematite, calcite, anhydrite or huntite have been detected in the paintings. The performance of the measurements by the different techniques and its contribution to the knowledge of the materials are discussed. They notably give a clue on the origin of arsenic compounds, unexpectedly detected in some decors. (orig.)

  13. Non-destructive and in situ analysis of Egyptian wall paintings by X-ray diffraction and X-ray fluorescence portable systems

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    Pages-Camagna, S.; Laval, E.; Vigears, D.; Duran, A. [Palais du Louvre, Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musees de France, C2RMF CNRS UMR 171, Paris (France)

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    The concurrence and complementarities of obtained images under various wavelengths and the elemental and structural analyses provided by XRF and XRD, using portable non-invasive systems, have allowed for obtaining accurate data about the employed pictorial technique in two Egyptian wall paintings dating from the New Kingdom. Thus, compounds such as Egyptian blue, Egyptian green, goethite, jarosite, hematite, calcite, anhydrite or huntite have been detected in the paintings. The performance of the measurements by the different techniques and its contribution to the knowledge of the materials are discussed. They notably give a clue on the origin of arsenic compounds, unexpectedly detected in some decors. (orig.)

  14. Aspects of the nutritional value of cooked Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) meat compared with other well-known fowl species.

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    Geldenhuys, Greta; Hoffman, Louwrens C; Muller, Nina

    2013-11-01

    There is no scientific research regarding Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) meat; therefore, a chemical analysis to establish the nutritional characteristics of the breast portion is described. Meat from guinea fowl, Pekin duck, ostrich, and broiler chicken were used as a reference. The high intramuscular fat content of Egyptian goose meat (5.6 g/100 g) may be linked to the fact that this species relies on fat for heat insulation and buoyancy. Egyptian goose meat is very high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (39.7%). The polyunsaturated fatty acid/saturated fatty acid ratio is within the recommendations (>0.4), although the n-6/n-3 ratio is higher than the suggested value of 5. The high Fe content of 7.5 mg/100 g is the differentiating factor within the mineral compositions and is related to the physical activity endured by the breast muscle of Egyptian geese. This study provides new insight into the nutritional characteristics of a meat species providing crucial information that is, as of yet, not available in the literature. PMID:24135611

  15. Synthesis of tritiated sex pheromones of the processionary moth Thaumetopoea pityocampa and the Egyptian armyworm Spodoptera littoralis

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    Synthesis of tritiated sex phenomones of the processionary moth Thaumetopoea pityocampa and the Egyptian armyworm Spodoptera littoralis has been accomplished by a simple route involving tritiated sodium borohydride reduction of the corresponding aldehyde followed by acetylation of the resulting radiolabelled alcohol. The process occurs with high chemical and radiochemical yields and the compounds have been used in pheromone catabolism studies. (author)

  16. Problem-Solving Orientation and Attributional Style as Predictors of Depressive Symptoms in Egyptian Adolescents with Visual Impairment

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    Emam, Mahmoud M.

    2013-01-01

    The association between attributional style (AS), problem-solving orientation (PSO), and gender on depressive symptoms was investigated in Egyptian adolescents with visual impairment (VI). After being written in Braille, measures of AS, PSO, and depression were administered to 110 adolescents with VI, ages 12-17 years, from a residential school…

  17. "IREP EN KEMET" Wine of Ancient Egypt: Documenting the Viticulture and Winemaking Scenes in the Egyptian Tombs

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    Guasch-Jané, M. R.; Fonseca, S.; Ibrahim, M.

    2013-07-01

    Presented are the research objectives of the project "Irep en Kemet", Wine of Ancient Egypt, and the content of the project's website. This research aims at documenting the complete corpus of wine in ancient Egypt and analysing the data (iconography, textual sources and artefacts) to unveil the importance of the ancient Egyptian wine culture legacy in the Mediterranean region. At this stage, a bibliographical researchable database relevant to wine, viticulture and winemaking in the ancient Egypt has been completed, with 197 entries including articles, books, chapters in book, academic thesis (PhD and MA), essay, abstracts, on-line articles and websites. Moreover, a scene-detail database for the viticulture and winemaking scenes in the Egyptian private tombs has been recorded with 97 entries, some of them unpublished, and the collected data is under study. The titles of the tombs' owners and the texts related to the scenes will be also recorded. A photographic survey of the graves containing images related with viticulture and winemaking will be carried out in order to have the most accurate information on the location and stage of conservation of those images. Our main goal is to provide scholars with a complete, comprehensive archaeological and bibliographical database for the scenes of viticulture and winemaking depicted in the Egyptian private tombs throughout the ancient Egyptian history. The project's website (http://www.wineofancientegypt.com) will include all the collected data, the study and analysis, the project's history and team members, publications as well as the results of our research.

  18. The Relationship among Egyptian Adolescents' Perception of Parental Involvement, Academic Achievement, and Achievement Goals: A Mediational Analysis

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    Abd-El-Fattah, Sabry M.

    2006-01-01

    A structural equation modelling analysis was used to test the mediating effect of achievement goal factors on the relationship between Egyptian adolescents' perception of parental involvement and academic achievement. The perception of Parental Involvement Scale and Achievement Goal Questionnaire was administered to a sample of 255 first-year…

  19. A Qualitative Study of Egyptian School Nurses' Attitudes and Experiences toward Sex and Relationship Education

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    Farrag, Shewikar; Hayter, Mark

    2014-01-01

    School nurses play a vital role in the promotion of sexual health. However, there is very limited evidence of how school nurses experience this topic in an Islamic cultural setting. Using an exploratory qualitative design, 13 in-depth interviews were conducted with Egyptian school nurses. Data were subject to thematic analysis. Four themes emerged…

  20. Plasmodium (Novyella) nucleophilum from an Egyptian Goose in São Paulo Zoo, Brazil: microscopic confirmation and molecular characterization?

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    Chagas, Carolina Romeiro Fernandes; Valki?nas, Gediminas; Nery, Carolina Vaz Cabral; Henrique, Paloma Canedo; Gonzalez, Irys Hany Lima; Monteiro, Eliana Ferreira; Guimarães, Lilian de Oliveira; Romano, Camila Malta; KIRCHGATTER Karin

    2013-01-01

    •An Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) died in São Paulo Zoo, Brazil.•Plasmodium (Novyella) nucleophilum was identified, using microscopy and PCR.•The first assignment of the cytb gene sequence to P. nucleophilum is reported.•Phylogenetic position of P. nucleophilum was determined.•This sequence will assist in barcoding of this Plasmodium species in other birds.

  1. HCV associated glomerulopathy in Egyptian patients: clinicopathological analysis

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    Background: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in Egypt has reached an epidemic proportion and is associated with many extra hepatic manifestations; Glomerulonephritis (GN) is one of the most consequences of HCV infection often resulting in end stage renal disease in some cases. Detection of viral genome or particles within the kidney biopsies from HCV-infected patients has proven to be difficult. Histological characterization of renal lesions still represents a major challenge. The aim of our work was to describe the histological pattern of HCV-associated nephropathy. Methods: Fifty Patients - out of 233 - presented to Mansoura Urology and Nephrology clinic with manifestations of glomerular disease were screened for HCV antibodies by a 3rd generation ELISA test. Those tested positive for HCV antibodies were confirmed by PCR for HCV-RNA and subjected to more detailed clinical, biochemical and histological study. Kidney biopsies and in appropriate cases liver biopsies were examined by LM and electron microscopy (EM). Results: Histological study of renal biopsies revealed membranoproliferative (MPGN) type 1 to be the most common lesion encountered (54%), followed by focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) (24%), mesangioproliferative GN (18%), membranous nephropathy (MN) (4%) in that order. EM examinations of renal biopsies were successful in identifying HCV like particles in frozen renal tissue. Conclusion: HCV-associated glomerulopathy is a distinct category of glomerulonephritis. Results of LM showed some peculiar features. In addition, we were successful in location and detection of HCV particles in renal tissues by EM

  2. CARDIAC FUNCTION AND IRON CHELATION IN THALASSEMIA MAJOR AND INTERMEDIA: A REVIEW OF THE UNDERLYING PATHOPHYSIOLOGY AND APPROACH TO CHELATION MANAGEMENT

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    Vasilios Berdoukas

    2009-06-01

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    Heart disease is the leading cause of mortality and one of the main causes of morbidity in beta-thalassemia. Patients with homozygous thalassemia may have either a severe phenotype which is usually transfusion dependent or a milder form that is thalassemia intermedia.  The two main factors that determine cardiac disease in homozygous ? thalassemia are the high output state that results from chronic tissue hypoxia, hypoxia-induced compensatory reactions and iron overload.  The high output state playing a major role in thalassaemia intermedia and the iron load being more significant in the major form. Arrhythmias, vascular involvement that leads to an increased pulmonary vascular resistance and an increased systemic vascular stiffness and valvular abnormalities also contribute to the cardiac dysfunction in varying degrees according to the severity of the phenotype.  Endocrine abnormalities, infections, renal function and medications can also play a role in the overall cardiac function.  For thalassaemia major, regular and adequate blood transfusions and iron chelation therapy are the mainstays of management. The approach to thalassaemia intermedia, today, is aimed at monitoring for complications and initiating, timely, regular transfusions and/or iron chelation therapy.  Once the patients are on transfusions, then they should be managed in the same way as the thalassaemia major patients.  If cardiac manifestations of dysfunction are present in either form of thalassaemia, high pre transfusion Hb levels need to be maintained in order to reduce cardiac output and appropriate intensive chelation therapy needs to be instituted.  In general recommendations on chelation, today, are usually made according to the Cardiac Magnetic Resonance findings, if available.  With the advances in the latter technology and the ability to tailor chelation therapy according to the MRI findings as well as the availability of three iron chelators, together with increasing the transfusions as need, it is hoped that the incidence of cardiac dysfunction in these syndromes will be markedly reduced.  This of course depends very much on the attention to detail with the monitoring and the cooperation of the patient with both the recommended investigations and the prescribed chelation.

  3. “Because It's an Islamic Marriage” Conditions Upon Marriage and after Divorce in Transnational Dutch-Moroccan and Dutch-Egyptian Marriages

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    Iris Sportel

    2013-01-01

    Spouses in transnational Dutch-Moroccan or Dutch-Egyptian marriages potentially get married in a foreign legal system or in two legal systems with significant differences in, for example, marital property law. One of the ways to deal with the legal uncertainties of this situation is to include certain conditions in the marriage contract or a prenuptial agreement. This paper describes the experiences of spouses in Dutch-Moroccan and Dutch-Egyptian marriages with marital agreements at marriage ...

  4. A prospective, multi-center, observational study on the use of interferon beta-1a (Rebif) therapy in Egyptian patients with Multiple Sclerosis

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    Ahmed Nemr

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    Objective: The primary objective of this study is to describe the disease characteristics of the cohort of MS patients undergoing Rebif treatment.Design: This is a multicentre, open label, non comparative, non randomized study conducted in Egypt on the use of interferon beta-1a (Rebif) therapy in Egyptian patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis according to McDonald criteria.Subjects: Egyptian patients with relapsing multiple sclerosis who are naïve to interferon and are 18 to 65 years old...

  5. Prevention of hemoglobinopathies in Turkey

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    Mehmet Akif Çürük

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Hemoglobinopathies are the most common genetic disorders in Turkey. The incidence of beta thalassemia and sickle cell trait (HbAS is 2.0% and 0.3% respectively. In addition to HbS, 51 abnormal hemoglobins and 42 different beta thalassemia mutations have been detected by DNA analysis. In Turkey, beta thalassemia and sickle cell anemia cause major health problems. For thirty years, screening programs for carriers, genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis have sought to prevent hemoglobinopathies. In 1983, the first prenatal diagnosis center was established for sickle cell anemia and beta thalassemia at Hacettepe University, Ankara. After many populationscreening studies, a law was passed in 1993 by the Turkish Parliament for the eradication of hemoglobinopathies. Forty-one premarital screening centers were set up by the Ministry of Health in the 33 provinces where most of the transfusion-dependent thalassemic patients live. The mothers at risk for hemoglobinopathies were given genetic counseling and directed to prenatal diagnosis centers. Since 1990, four prenatal diagnosis centers have been established at university hospitals in Adana, Antalya, Istanbul and Izmir. A total of 5255 prenatal diagnoses have been made for sickle cell anemia and beta thalassemia in 5 centers; 1338 fetuses have been diagnosed as homozygous or compound heterozygotes for hemoglobinopathies. Prenatal diagnosis was performed on families who had decided to terminate the pregnancy if it were to be found that the fetus was affected. ???????????????????????????????????HbAS????????2.0%?0.3%??HbS?????NDA?????51????????42????????????????????????????????????????????30?????????????????????????????????????????????1983???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????1993?????????????????????????33?????41??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????1990?????????????????????????????????????????????????5???????5255???????????????????????1338??????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  6. Spectrographic analysis of Egyptian Cairene /r/: is it a trill or a tap?

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    Saleh, Marwa; Hegazi, Mona; Makram, Rania; Shoeib, Rasha; Sayed, Amal; Taher, Sally

    2015-04-01

    The /r/ phoneme is variable in manner and place of articulation, and difficult to correct worldwide. Variability could exist within the same language. The objective of this study was to determine whether Egyptian Cairene /r/ was a trill or a tap and, if both forms were present, whether they were affected by word position or adjacent vowels/consonants. The information obtained was intended to improve correction of /r/ in faulty articulation. Spectrographic analysis was done for 50 Cairene subjects, who produced /r/ in different word positions in carrier phrases. Results have shown presence of both forms in the speech of every subject, but taps were more common than trills. Trills were more common in geminated /r/, in word-medial syllable final position, especially when preceded with /e/, /æ/ or /?/, and in word-medial syllable initial position, especially when preceded by non-back consonants. PMID:23782008

  7. Response of irradiated Egyptian clover (Trifolium alexandrinum L.) to water stress

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    Egyptian clover (Trifolium alexandrinum L.) is one of the main leguminous forage crops in Egypt. Gamma rays represent one of the important physical activators for growth and productivity. The seed were irradiated using three doses of gamma radiation (100,200 and 300 Gy) and two levels of irrigation (10 and 20 days) after germination. Gamma radiation treatments stimulated growth criteria in normal irrigation treatment, while drought irrigation treatment stunted these criteria. The most significant dose was 100 Gy, which stimulated growth criteria, chlorophylls a , b, total chlorophyll and carotenoids in both irrigation treatments used and growth hormones under drought condition. Drought stress and gamma irradiation increase amino acid content and caused change in band concentration of esterase and peroxidase isozyme .Also, 13 protein bands appeared only in treated plant with 100 Gy under drought condition. It could be concluded that the low dose (100 Gy) of gamma irradiation release the effect of drought stress.

  8. Effect of AGE and Sex on thyroid hormone levels in normal egyptian individuals using RIA technique

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    This work aims to estimate total serum levels of thyroid hormones, namely triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) as well as the pituitary thyrotropin (TSH) in different categories of normal egyptian individuals classified according to age and sex. Radioimmunoassay (RIA) and immunoradiometritassay (IRMA) techniques were used. Results of this study indicate that T3 and T4 concentrations decreased significantly with advancing age. This decrement was statistically significant in both sexes and could be attributed to the decline in TBG concentration in the elderly. TSH level was not influenced by sex, however, a slight decrease was observed in the elderly perhaps due to decreased TSH receptors and or cyclic AMP activity. 3 figs., 2 tabs

  9. THE CHARACTERIZATION OF A CORRODED EGYPTIAN BRONZE STATUE AND A STUDY OF THE DEGRADATION PHENOMENA

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    Full Text Available This paper presents the results of scientific examinations carried out on an Egyptian bronze statue discovered buried in Sais. Optical Microscopy (OM, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM coupled with Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS and X-ray Diffraction (XRD were used to understand the corrosive morphological characteristics of the patina, to investigate the corrosion products, analyze the elementary composition of the statue and to identify the corrosive factors with effects on the alteration processes. The results indicated that the statue was made of bronze alloy, with copper as the main element, besides lead and tin. Three layers of alteration products with various composition and morphology covered the substrate of the bronze alloy. XRD results indicated that the statue was subjected to many corrosive ions such as sulfur and chloride, and buried in wet soil, rich in oxygen and carbon. This study provides useful information for the restoration and protection of the statue.

  10. The Archaeology of Egyptian Monasticism : Settlement, Economy, and Daily Life of the White Monastery Federation

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    Blanke, Louise

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    The study of Egyptian monasticism has traditionally relied heavily on the rich corpus of textual sources, while the archaeological remains have been secondary to our understanding of monastic life. This imbalance has resulted in a situation where questions pertinent to the physical remains of monasteries ha ve largely remained unanswered. Based on first - hand archaeological material from the White Monastery federation and comparative material obtained through archaeological reports, the thesis addresses Egypt ian Monasticism in the transition from Late Antiquity to the Early Islamic period, by examining three main themes through seven chapters. These themes are: 1. the relationship between the archaeological and textual sources pertinent to the White Monastery 2. the diachronic development of the White Monastery and the process es that caused its abandonment 3. the economy of the White Monastery federation and the monasteries’ interaction with contemporary society.

  11. Coquetting Females versus Males of Manners: Critical Discourse Analysis of Egyptian Street Songs

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    Mai Samir El-Falaky

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    Full Text Available The study explores gender differences and the role of the ideological background in portraying the roles of the males and the females. Socio-economic statuses affect the description of gender differences and this is proclaimed within the analysis of a recent phenomenon of poor quality street songs. The study represents a detailed description of male and female relationship, so as to spot the light on the literary and societal implications of this newly propagated genre. The study analyses two common songs spreading among commoners distorting the woman’s image predefined in the Egyptian culture. Negative cultural and societal conceptions are explicitly mentioned about the relation between males and females.Keywords: gender, media representation, discourse analysis

  12. Regulatory inspection of the egyptian gamma irradiator using a proposed inspection checklist

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    Regulatory inspections are one of the most important elements of a regulatory programme. It shall be performed in all areas of the regulatory responsibility and during all phases of siting, design, construction, commissioning, operation, maintenance and decommissioning of an irradiator facility. The egyptian mega gamma irradiator operating since december 1979 has a Co-60 source of about 400 kilo curies and is used mainly for sterilization of medical supplies and pharmaceuticals and for preservation of some food stuffs. The constructor (Nordion international Inc.) recommended an extensive inspection programme. In accordance with the international and national (2.3) regulations as well as the licensing conditions, the competent authority (NCNSRC) shall perform regulatory inspections both announced and unannounced. In order to facilitate the inspection task and to harmonize the inspection reports a checklist for inspection is proposed which can be used also as an inspection report form

  13. The effect of environmental factors on breast lumps of Egyptian women in different socioeconomic levels

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    The environmental risk factors related to the breast tumors (lumps) are essential in order to build strategies to decrease cancer incidence and mortality among different socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. A case control study of 70 cases and 52 controls were classified into high, middle and low socioeconomic classes. The results revealed significant increased risk of breast tumors among working females, having positive family history, married with lower mean parity, with higher consumption of fatty meals, lesser meat intake. Non significant risk factors were the social class, exposure to ionizing radiation, non lactating. wearing tight bra, consumption of vegetables and fruits, oral contraceptive pill users and exposure to outdoor air pollution or indoor pollution as floors and wall paintings. In conclusion, this study highlights the positive life style for egyptian women so they can prevent some of the environmental risks of breast tumors. Increasing the awareness of breast diseases and regular examination remains the corner stone for early detection management of breast lumps.

  14. Application of multi-element clustering techniques of five Egyptian industrial sugar products

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    The concentration of 18 elements in different cane sugar products, i.e., cane sugar plants, crude and syrup juices, molasses, and the end products of the consumer sugar, were analyzed and processed. The samples were collected from five cities, i.e., Kom Ombo, Edfu, Armant, Deshna and Naga Hammady in Upper Egypt where the main Egyptian sugar industry factories are located. INAA was applied for the determination of Al, Ca, Cl, Co, Cr, Fe, Mg, Mn, Na, and Sc, while Cu, Li, P, Sn, V and Zn were determined by ICP-AES and Pb and As were determined by AAS. These three analytical methods were applied to optimize the sensitivity and the accuracy of the measurements in order to provide a sound basis for the obtention of reliable clustering results. (author). 5 refs., 8 figs., 3 tabs

  15. Determination of uranium and thorium concentration in some Egyptian rock samples

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    Uranium (U) and thorium (Th) isotopes and their several radioactive descendants found in soil, rock, water, plants, air, etc., contribute to the natural radiation exposure of the population. Phosphate rocks are really rich natural sources of uranium and thorium among the other minerals forming the earth's crust. U and Th concentrations in some Egyptian phosphate samples were determined using a nuclear track registration methodology and ?-ray spectroscopy. The resulting latent tracks from all ?-decaying isotopes in both U and Th series were recorded in plastic detectors. A uniquely sensitive polycarbonate CR-39 nuclear detector was used. Results showed that the U and Th concentration in the samples studied range from about 4.0 up to 35.0 ppm and from 11.0 to 124.0 ppm, respectively. Results are discussed within the frame work of track formation methodology in plastic and ?-ray spectroscopic analysis. (author) 15 refs.; 2 figs.; 1 tab

  16. Physicochemical characterization of thermally aged Egyptian linen dyed with organic natural dyestuffs

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    Kourkoumelis, N.; El-Gaoudy, H.; Varella, E.; Kovala-Demertzi, D.

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    A number of organic natural dyestuffs used in dyeing in ancient times, i.e. indigo, madder, turmeric, henna, cochineal, saffron and safflower, have been used to colour Egyptian fabrics based on linen. Their physicochemical properties have been evaluated on thermally aged linen samples. The aged dyed linen samples were thoroughly examined by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and tensile strength and elongation measurements. It was found that, in the molecular level, dyes interact mainly with the cellulose compounds of the aged linen while in the macroscopic level tensile and elongation parameters are altered. Tensile strength is positively related to the dye treatment while elongation depends specifically on the type of the dye used. Results converge that the dyed textiles did indeed play a role as protecting agents affecting strength and reducing thermal deterioration.

  17. Enlightening the past: analytical proof for the use of Pistacia exudates in ancient Egyptian embalming resins.

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    Nicholson, Tim M; Gradl, Manuela; Welte, Beatrix; Metzger, Michael; Pusch, Carsten M; Albert, Klaus

    2011-12-01

    Mastic, the resinous exudate of the evergreen shrub Pistacia lentiscus, is frequently discussed as one of the ingredients used for embalming in ancient Egypt. We show the identification of mastic in ancient Egyptian embalming resins by an unambiguous assignment of the mastic triterpenoid fingerprint consisting of moronic acid, oleanonic acid, isomasticadienonic and masticadienonic acid through the consolidation of NMR and GC/MS analysis. Differences in the observed triterpenoid fingerprints between mummy specimens suggest that more than one plant species served as the triterpenoid resin source. Analysis of the triterpenoid acids of ancient embalming resin samples in the form of their methyl- and trimethylsilyl esters is compared. In addition we show a simple way to differentiate between residues of mastic from its use as incense during embalming or from direct mastic application in the embalming resin. PMID:22083980

  18. Experimental and theoretical investigation of diffuse solar radiation: Data and models quality tested for Egyptian sites

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    In order to obtain reliable irradiation data for the design, operation and economic assessment of solar power stations, eight widely used standard models predicting diffuse irradiation values are tested. A statistical analysis of hourly, daily and monthly correlations is carried out, using a 5 yr data archive (1999-2003) of hourly global and diffuse solar irradiances obtained at five selected meteorological stations over greater Egypt area. The accuracy of the candidate correlations are performed in terms of the two widely used statistical indicators, mean bias and root mean square errors; standard deviation, standard error and F-test, were also introduced. The results indicate that the correlations relating the diffuse fraction (K D) with both clearness index (K T) and the sunshine fraction (S/S O) are more reliable for diffuse irradiation predictions in the Egyptian environment than using each variable separately

  19. THE REVOLUTION AND THE MILITARY. AN ANALYSIS OF THE EGYPTIAN AND IRAQI REVOLUTIONS

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    Full Text Available The paper tries to assess the role the military plays in revolutions. The first part of the study focuses on the manner in which the competing theories of revolutions try to explain and accommodate the military’s participation in revolutions, attempting to show that the limits of these theoretical enterprises call for a renewed research into the subject at hand. The second part of the paper tries to build a conceptual model, starting from the hypotheses of Charles Tilly, Samuel Huntington and Mehran Kamrava, tested on two particular cases – that of the 1958 Egyptian Revolution and that of the 1958 Iraqi Revolution that can better account for the military’s participation in revolutions and explain when does the military become a revolutionary force and what are the characteristics of revolutions in which the military plays a key-role.

  20. Influence of gamma radiation on uricase producer streptomycetes isolated from egyptian fodder of chickens

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    Sixty actinomycetal strains were isolated from the egyptian fodder of chicken and screening test for uricase production by these isolates were carried out. The strains which were found to be uricase producers are identified as: Strep. alboniger, strep.sclerotialus, strep. Orientalis, strep. Citreus and strep. corchorusii. The activity of uricase (units/mg protein) was determined for each isolate. The effect of gamma radiation on the viability of these isolates was studied, dose response curves were constructed and D10 values were calculated. The effect of gamma radiation on the production and activity of the isolates was also determined. The low irradiation doses (1.0, 0.2 and 0.5 KGy) were found to be stimulators for enzyme production by strep. sclerotialus and strep. corchorusii.4 tab., 2 fig

  1. Sleep Paralysis Among Egyptian College Students: Association With Anxiety Symptoms (PTSD, Trait Anxiety, Pathological Worry).

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    Jalal, Baland; Hinton, Devon E

    2015-11-01

    Among Egyptian college students in Cairo (n = 100), this study examined the relationship between sleep paralysis (SP) and anxiety symptoms, viz., posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), trait anxiety, and pathological worry. SP rates were high; 43% of participants reported at least one lifetime episode of SP, and 24% of those who reported at least one lifetime episode had experienced four or more episodes during the previous year. Fourteen percent of men had experienced SP as compared to 86% of women. As hypothesized, relative to non-SP experiencers, participants who had SP reported higher symptoms of PTSD, trait anxiety, and pathological worry. Also, as hypothesized, the experiencing of hypnogogic/hypnopompic hallucinations during SP, even after controlling for negative affect, was highly correlated with symptoms of PTSD and trait anxiety. The study also investigated possible mechanisms by examining the relationship of hallucinations to anxiety variables. PMID:26488914

  2. The distribution of fast neutrons in Egyptian ilmenite concrete pierced with cylindrical air filled ducts

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    This work presents and discusses the measured data of fast neutron fluxes distribution in Egyptian ilmenite concrete pierced with a straight cylindrical air filled ducts having different lengths and diameters. The concrete media under investigation was positioned at one of the horizontal channels of the ET-RR-1 reactor. Measurements were performed by means of 31p(n,p)31S reaction. The data obtained show that the presence of air filled duct tends to increase the neutron flux in the medium surrounding the duct. Marked peaks was observed at approximately 10 cm after the duct end. The value of the flux at these peaks is dependent on the duct length and diameter

  3. Characteristics of autism spectrum disorders in a sample of egyptian and saudi patients: transcultural cross sectional study

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    Hussein Hanan

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Autism is a biological disorder with clearly defined phenomenology. Studies from the Middle East on this topic have been particularly rare. Little is known about the influence of culture on clinical features, presentations and management of autism. The current study was done to compare characteristics of autism in two groups of Egyptian as well as Saudi children. Methods The sample included 48 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They were recruited from the Okasha Institute of Psychiatry, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt and Al-Amal Complex for Mental Health, Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They were grouped into an Egyptian group (n = 20 and a Saudi group (n = 28. They were assessed both clinically and psychometrically using the GARS, the Vineland adaptive behavioral scale, and the Stanford Binnet IQ test. Results Typical autism was more prevalent than atypical autism in both groups. There were no statistically significant differences in clinical variables like regression, hyperactivity, epilepsy or mental retardation. Delayed language development was significantly higher in the Egyptian group while delay in all developmental milestones was more significant in the Saudi group. The Vineland communication subscale showed more significant severe and profound communication defects in the Saudi group while the Gilliam developmental subscale showed significantly more average scores in the Egyptian group. Both groups differed significantly such that the age of noticing abnormality was younger in the Saudi group. The age at diagnosis and at the commencement of intervention was lower in the Egyptian group. The Saudi group showed a higher percentage of missing examinations, older birth order and significantly higher preference to drug treatment, while the Egyptian group showed a high preference to behavioral and phoniatric therapies, higher paternal and maternal education, higher employment among parents and higher family concern. Conclusion Cultural context may significantly influence the age of noticing abnormality, the age of starting intervention, developmental and perinatal problems, family concerns about managing the problem as well as familial tendency for neurodevelopmental disorders, all of which have important impact on clinical symptomatology and severity of autism. Culture also influences significantly the ways of investigating and treating autism.

  4. Consumptive hypothyroidism in an Egyptian baby with benign neonatal hemangiomatosis: a case report

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    Metwalley Kotb Abbass

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Benign neonatal hemangiomatosis is a condition in which multiple cutaneous hemangiomas appear at birth or shortly thereafter; visceral complications are absent. Here, we report a case of a consumption hypothyroidism in an Egyptian baby with benign neonatal hemangiomatosis. Case presentation An 8-month-old Egyptian boy with benign neonatal hemangiomatosis was referred to our institution for evaluation of developmental delay. Initial examination revealed a quiet baby who was able to sit only with support. He had hypotonia, a large anterior fontanelle, puffy eyes, cold extremities, hypothermia, bradycardia, and abdominal distension. An examination of his skin revealed more than 100 dome-shaped red-purple cutaneous hemangiomas that varied in size from 5 to 10mm on the back, the abdomen and the extremities without mucus membrane involvement. He had low serum free thyroxine concentration and triiodothyronine levels and high thyroid-stimulating hormone and reverse-triiodothyronine levels. A work-up that involved appropriate imaging ruled out visceral involvement. Based on the above mentioned data, a diagnosis of consumptive hypothyroidism due to benign neonatal hemangiomatosis was made. He was started on oral thyroid medication which was gradually increased to 90?g L-thyroxine daily (15?g/kg/day. After three months of treatment, he was able to sit alone without support and he had normal levels of thyroid-stimulating hormone and serum free thyroxine. Conclusion Thyroid function should be assessed periodically in babies with benign neonatal hemangiomatosis, especially if symptoms of hypothyroidism appear or the size and number of hemangiomatosis increase rapidly. Moreover, high doses of L-thyroxine may be needed to achieve euthyroidism during the infancy.

  5. Cost benefit analysis for the establishment of food irradiation facilities in some egyptian export sites

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    The present study discusses the economic aspects of the establishment of food irradiation facility that serves the Egyptian export sites such as Safaga and Suez and the effect of various parameters on the unit processing costs. The study is concerned with carrying out an economic evaluation for the application of irradiation for food exports from Safaga and Suez harbours. The study was carried out according to the approach applied in the evaluation of economic projects and also considering the requirements of technology projects for food preservation. The study comprises the determination of the commodity mix for the Egyptian food commodities that are proposed for irradiation and export from Safaga and Suez. The commodity mix is distributed for the full utilization of the working capacity and the evaluation of the type of the irradiation facility and also the radiation source strength. The financial analysis for such an irradiation facility is also carried out. It provides a model for calculating the specific unit processing costs by correlating known capital costs with annual operation cost and annual throughputs. The study had analyzed the cost-benefit of the proposed food irradiation facility. The study took into account the cost of the capital investment, operation cost and other additional parameters. The investment criteria utilized for commercial evaluation were internal rate of return (IRR) and pay back period (PBP). The irradiation cost and the additional income were also discussed. The results of this analysis showed that the installation of an irradiation unit for food irradiation that serves Safaga and Suez harbours would be economically feasible

  6. X-linked congenital adrenal hypoplasia associated with hypospadias in an Egyptian baby: a case report

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    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction X-linked congenital adrenal hypoplasia is a rare developmental disorder of the human adrenal cortex and is caused by deletion or mutation of the dosage-sensitive sex reversal adrenal hypoplasia congenita critical region of the X chromosome, gene 1 (DAX-1 gene. Most affected children present with failure to thrive, salt wasting and hypoglycemic convulsions in the first months of life. Hypospadias affects approximately one in 250 live male births. Mutations in the mastermind-like domain-containing 1 (MAMLD1 gene have been implicated as one of the causes of hypospadias in children. To the best of our knowledge, an association between congenital adrenal hypoplasia due to a DAX-1 mutation and hypospadias due to mutation of the MAMLD1 gene has not previously been reported in the literature. Case presentation A 35-day-old male Egyptian baby was referred to our institution for the evaluation of a two-week history of recurrent vomiting associated with electrolyte imbalance. On examination, our patient was found to have hypotension and dehydration. A genital examination showed distal penile hypospadias with chordee and normal testes. He had hyponatremia, hyperkalemia, hypoglycemia and metabolic acidosis. Endocrinological investigations revealed low levels of cortisol, 17-hydroxyprogesterone and aldosterone, with a high level of adrenocorticotrophic hormone. A provisional diagnosis of congenital adrenal hypoplasia associated with hypospadias was made. A molecular genetics study confirmed the diagnosis of X-linked congenital adrenal hypoplasia due to DAX-1 mutations and hypospadias due to MAMLD1 mutation. He was started on hydrocortisone and fludrocortisone treatment. After three weeks of treatment, his symptoms improved and his blood sugar, sodium, potassium and cortisol levels normalized. Conclusions We report the case of an Egyptian baby with an association of congenital adrenal hypoplasia due to DAX-1 mutation and hypospadias due to MAMLD1 mutation. Early diagnosis of this association and determining its optimal treatment are vital in helping to avoid its fatal course.

  7. Can astronomy enhance UNESCO World Heritage recognition? The paradigm of 4th Dynasty Egyptian pyramids

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    Belmonte, Juan Antonio

    2015-08-01

    The pyramids of Egypt, notably those of the 4th Dinasty as Giza, have always be considered an unmistikable part of human world heritage as the only surviving wonders of the Ancient World. Their majesty, technical hability and innovative character have always beeen considered as representative of ancient Egyptian ingenuity. However, past and present fringe theories about the pyramids and astronomy have always polluted the role of our discipline in the design, construction and symbolism of these impressive monuments. This is indeed unfear. Fortunately, things have started to change in the last couple of decades and now astronomy is interpreted as a neccessary tool for the correct interpretation of the astral eschatology present in the 5th and 6th Dynasty Texts of the Pyramids. Although the pyramid complexes of the 4th Dynasty are mute, there is however recent research showing that a strong astral symbolism could be hidden in many aspects of the complex architecture and in the design of these exceptional monuments. This idea comes from several hints obtained not only from planning and construction, but also from epigraphy and the analysis of celestial and local landscapes. Chronology also plays a most relevant role on this. The pyramid complexes of the 4th Dynasty at Meidum, Dahshur, Giza and Abu Rowash -- all of which enjoy UNESCO World Heritage recognition -- willl be scrutinized. As a consequence, we will show how astronomy can certainly enhance the face value of these extraordinary monuments as a definitive proof of the ancient Egyptian quest for Ma'at, i.e. their perennial obsesion for Cosmic Order.

  8. Familial glucocorticoid deficiency presenting with generalized hyperpigmentation in an Egyptian child: a case report

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    Metwalley Kotb A

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Familial glucocorticoid deficiency, or hereditary unresponsiveness to adrenocorticotropic hormone, is a rare autosomal recessive disease characterized by glucocorticoid deficiency in the absence of mineralocorticoid deficiency. It may present in infancy or early childhood with hyperpigmentation, failure to thrive, recurrent infections, hypoglycemic attacks and convulsions that may result in coma or death. Here, we report the case of an 18-month-old Egyptian boy with familial glucocorticoid deficiency. Case presentation An 18-month-old Egyptian boy was referred to our institution for evaluation of generalized hyperpigmentation of the body associated with recurrent convulsions; one of his siblings, who had died at the age of nine months, also had generalized hyperpigmentation of the body. The initial clinical examination revealed generalized symmetrical deep hyperpigmentation of the body as well as hypotonia, normal blood pressure and normal male genitalia. He had low blood glucose and cortisol levels, normal aldosterone and high adrenocorticotropic hormone levels. Based on the above mentioned data, a provisional diagnosis of familial glucocorticoid deficiency was made, which was confirmed by a molecular genetics study. Oral hydrocortisone treatment at a dose of 10 mg/m2/day was started. The child was followed up after two months of treatment; the hyperpigmentation has lessened in comparison with his initial presentation and his blood sugar and cortisol levels were normalized. Conclusion Familial glucocorticoid deficiency is a rare, treatable disease that can be easily missed due to nonspecific presentations. The consequences of delayed diagnosis and treatment are associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality.

  9. Hypoparathyroidism in an Egyptian child with Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome: a case report

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    Kalil Kotb

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome is a rare genetic disorder. It is reported to be present in one in eight million and is characterized by severe growth failure, early loss of hair, lipodystrophy, scleroderma, decreased joint mobility, osteolysis, early atherosclerosis and facial features that resemble those of an aged person. Apart from diabetes mellitus, there are no reported abnormalities of thyroid, parathyroid, pituitary or adrenal function. Here, we report the case of a 10-year-old Egyptian child with Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome and hypoparathyroidism. Case presentation A 10-year-old Egyptian boy was referred to our institution for an evaluation of recurrent attacks of muscle cramps, paresthesia of his fingertips and perioral numbness of two months duration. On examination, we found dilated veins present over his scalp with alopecia and frontal bossing, a beaked nose, thin lips, protruding ears, a high pitched voice with sparse hair over his eyebrows and eyelashes and micrognathia but normal dentition. His eyes appeared prominent and our patient appeared to have poor sexual development. A provisional diagnosis of progeria was made, which was confirmed by molecular genetics study. Chvostek's and Trousseau's signs were positive. He had low total calcium (5.4 mg/dL, low ionized calcium (2.3 mg/dL, raised serum phosphate (7.2 mg/dL, raised alkaline phosphatase (118 U/L and low intact parathyroid hormone (1.2 pg/mL levels. He was started on oral calcium salt and vitamin D; his symptoms improved with the treatment and his serum calcium, urinary calcium and alkaline phosphates level were monitored every three months to ensure adequacy of therapy and to avoid hypercalcemia. Conclusion Routine checking of serum calcium, phosphorus and parathyroid hormone will help in the early detection of hypoparathyrodism among children with progeria.

  10. Induction of Cellular Metallothionein in Irradiated Rats Supplemented with Egyptian Propolis Extract

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    Proplis, a resinous yellow to dark substance collected by worker honeybees has been extensively used in folk medicine for management of a wide spectrum of disorders. The current study was conducted to evaluate the role of Egyptian propolis extract in modification of metallothionen (MT) induction in rats exposed to whole body fractionated gamma irradiation (delivered as 1.5 Gy every day up to 7.5 Gy total dose) and the relevance of certain metals (Cu, Zn, Mg, Mn and Fe) for metallothionein induction. In addition, lipid peroxides (thiobarbituric acid reactive substance; TEARS) and reduced glutathione (GSH) concentrations were observed in different subjected tissues. Metal content of crude propolis and certain related natural forms (bee pollen and honey) were also identified. Propolis extract was supplemented daily to rats (10 ml/kg body wt/day) by stomach tube, 15 days before and during exposure to gamma radiation. Experimental investigations were carried out on the 1st and 10th days after the last irradiation fraction in liver, kidney, brain, heart, lung and spleen tissues. The results obtained reveal that the administration of propolis extract increased significantly the metallothionein (MT) concentration in all examined tissues as compared with control rats. Records on all subjected tissues imparted that propolis extract supplementation has significantly minimized the radiation-induced increases in the amount of TBARS, maintained GSH con centration within normal levels except for lung and spleen and increased MT levels comparing to irradiated rats. Furthermore, significant amelioration in the levels of trace metals was observed such as zinc and copper in liver, kidney and brain. It could be postulated that the prolonged administration of Egyptian propolis extract attenuates the lipid peroxidation process in different rat's tissues and that might attributed to its antioxidant potency partially expressed through MT induction, maintenance of GSH levels and the adjustment of trace metal metabolism

  11. Review of Egyptian activities in utilization of nuclear energy for electricity generation and seawater desalination

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    Full text: Egypt has been considering for a number of years the introduction of nuclear energy to meet the combined challenge of increasing electricity and water demand on one hand and the limited primary energy and water resources on the other hand. In this regard, Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) was established in 1976 within the Ministry Of Electricity and Energy (MOEE) to carry out the Egyptian Nuclear Power Plants Program for electricity generation and seawater desalination. The current framework of NPPA activities aim at: 1. Carry out a number of integrated studies to provide the decision makers with detailed information regarding the viability of nuclear power and the available options. 2. Keep a state of readiness for efficient execution of the nuclear power program whenever the decision is taken. 3. Complete the necessary infrastructure of NPP site at El-Dabaa. 4. Investigate the prospects of using nuclear energy for simultaneous production of electricity and potable water. The main objective of NPPA activities is the integral planning for the construction of first nuclear power and desalination plant around the year 2012. The scope of this activities covers site development, perform the necessary technical and economic feasibility studies, survey and analysis the most recent world wide technologies relevant to innovative reactors and fuel cycles, preparation for bid document, development of the QA program, manpower development, and R and D in coupling aspects of desalination and nuclear technologies. In this Regard, NPPA has been carrying out a number national and international activities. The intent of this paper is to present an overview of the Egyptian activities in the field of cogeneration of electricity and potable water by nuclear energy, including innovative reactor technologies. (author)

  12. Following The Trail: Factors Underlying the Sudden Expansion of the Egyptian Mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon) in Portugal

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    Barros, Tânia; Carvalho, João; Pereira, Maria João Ramos; Ferreira, Joaquim P.; Fonseca, Carlos

    2015-01-01

    Species range-limits are influenced by a combination of several factors. In our study we aimed to unveil the drivers underlying the expansion of the Egyptian mongoose in Portugal, a carnivore that was confined to southern Portugal and largely increased its range during the last three decades. We evaluated the expansion of the species in three periods (1980-1990, 1990-2000 and 2000-2010), by projecting the presence/absence data of the species in each temporal range and proposed four hypotheses to explain this sudden expansion associated to changes in the barrier effects of human infrastructure and topographic features, and in the availability of suitable areas due to climate change or land use. An exploratory analysis was made using Spearman rank correlation, followed by a hierarchical partitioning analysis to select uncorrelated potential explanatory variables associated with the different hypotheses. We then ran Generalized Linear Models (GLM) for every period for each hypothesis and for every combination of hypotheses. Our main findings suggest that dynamic transitions of land-use coupled with temperature and rainfall variations over the decades are the main drivers promoting the mongoose expansion. The geographic barriers and the human infrastructures functioned as barriers for mongoose expansion and have shaped its distribution. The expansion of the Egyptian mongoose across the Portuguese territory was due to a variety of factors. Our results suggest a rapid shift in species range in response to land-use and climate changes, underlining the close link between species ranges and a changing environment. PMID:26266939

  13. Vitamin D status in Egyptian patients with juvenile-onset systemic lupus erythematosus.

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    Garf, Kamal El; Marzouk, Huda; Farag, Yomna; Rasheed, Laila; Garf, Ayman El

    2015-09-01

    There are scanty data on the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency and its relation to disease activity among patients with juvenile-onset systemic lupus erythematosus (JoSLE) in the Middle East and North Africa, an area known to be endemic for vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency. The aim of this study was, therefore, to study vitamin D status and its relation to disease activity and parameters in Egyptian patients with JoSLE. Serum levels of 25(OH) D3 in 70 JoSLE patients were compared to 40 age-, sex-, and body mass index-matched healthy controls. The 25(OH) D3 was determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Information regarding the medical history, clinical symptoms, and signs was registered at the time of serum sampling. Disease activity of SLE was evaluated according to the SLEDAI score. The mean level of serum 25(OH) D3 was 12 ± 3.7 in JoSLE patients compared to 21 ± 3.5 ng/mL in normal controls (p 30 ng/mL. There was no significant correlation between serum levels of 25(OH) D3 and the demographic data, medication used, and some laboratory data of patients with JoSLE. Disease activity score in our patients was insignificantly correlated with serum levels of 25(OH) D3. In spite of vitamin D supplementation in Egyptian JoSLE patients and the presence of vitamin D insufficiency in the control group, there are still significantly lower levels of vitamin D in JoSLE compared to normal controls. PMID:25773657

  14. Magnetic resonance imaging features of hip disorders in an Egyptian pediatric population.

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    Ragab, Y; Nabih, M; Aly, I; Kamal, A; Abd-Allah, M A; El-Refai, R; Emad, Y; El-Naggar, A; El-Shaarawy, N; Rasker, J J

    2015-01-01

    Hip disorders in a pediatric population are a diagnostic challenge. The aim of the study is to assess the role of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the evaluation of non-traumatic hip disorders in a series of Egyptian patients and to review the literature on the most common hip conditions. Seventy two consecutive patients [40 males (55.6%) and 32 females (44.4)] with acute onset of hip complaints unrelated to trauma or falls were recruited. All patients underwent an initial full clinical assessment and blood tests as well as contrast enhanced MRI of both hips. The most common diagnosis in this group of Egyptian patients was transient synovitis in 29 (40.3%) cases, followed by seronegative enthesopathy and arthropathy syndrome in 8 (11.1%), septic arthritis in 10 (13.9%), tuberculous arthritis in 4 (5.6%), sickle-cell disease in 7 (9.7%), complicated with septic arthritis in 3 (4.2%), transient bone marrow edema (BME) in 3 (4.2%), osteomyelitis in 2 (2.8%), osteosarcoma in 2 (2.8%), sciatic nerve injury in 1 (1.4%), leukemia with BME in 1 (1.4%), coxa vara of both hips and L5/S1 facet joint ankylosis in 1 (1.4%), and a benign bone cyst in 1 (1.4%). MRI studies showed hip effusion in a total of 51 patients (70.8%), joint space narrowing in 9 (12.5%), and BME in 15(20.8%). MRI is a sensitive tool for assessing hip disorders in a pediatric population and can play an important role in both diagnosis and management of different hip disorders, irrespective of the underlying pathology. PMID:26492965

  15. Magnetic resonance imaging features of hip disorders in an Egyptian pediatric population

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    Y. Ragab

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Hip disorders in a pediatric population are a diagnostic challenge. The aim of the study is to assess the role of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI in the evaluation of non-traumatic hip disorders in a series of Egyptian patients and to review the literature on the most common hip conditions. Seventy two consecutive patients [40 males (55.6% and 32 females (44.4] with acute onset of hip complaints unrelated to trauma or falls were recruited. All patients underwent an initial full clinical assessment and blood tests as well as contrast enhanced MRI of both hips. The most common diagnosis in this group of Egyptian patients was transient synovitis in 29 (40.3% cases, followed by seronegative enthesopathy and arthropathy syndrome in 8 (11.1%, septic arthritis in 10 (13.9%, tuberculous arthritis in 4 (5.6%, sickle-cell disease in 7 (9.7%, complicated with septic arthritis in 3 (4.2%, transient bone marrow edema (BME in 3 (4.2%, osteomyelitis in 2 (2.8%, osteosarcoma in 2 (2.8%, sciatic nerve injury in 1 (1.4%, leukemia with BME in 1 (1.4%, coxa vara of both hips and L5/S1 facet joint ankylosis in 1 (1.4%, and a benign bone cyst in 1 (1.4%. MRI studies showed hip effusion in a total of 51 patients (70.8%, joint space narrowing in 9 (12.5%, and BME in 15(20.8%. MRI is a sensitive tool for assessing hip disorders in a pediatric population and can play an important role in both diagnosis and management of different hip disorders, irrespective of the underlying pathology.

  16. Improper Narratives: Egyptian Personal Blogs and the Arabic Notion of Adab

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    Teresa Pepe

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available In recent years several international scholars have started to move beyond the social and political effect of blogging to define blogs in terms of literary writing (See Fitzpatrick, 2006; Himmer 2004; Van Dijk, 2004. Also in the Arab world, the fact that several blogs have been turned into books and have had considerable success, has provoked a debate over the literary status of blogs: while some critics hail them as a new literary experiment, others claim that they do not have the legitimacy to be included in the category of adab (literature. This has perhaps to do with the fact that in the Arab world (as elsewhere printed books enjoy more prestige; but also with the fact that the Arab notion of adab is gradually coinciding, though still differing from the European notion of “literature”, and this defines the boundaries of the literary field. In other words, to claim that a work is “literary” because it has aspects of “literariness”, does not wholly correspond to saying that it is adab?, i.e. “literary” for Arab critics. In this article I will discuss aspects of literariness and adab-icity by means of an analysis of the blog al-Kanabah al-?amr? (The Red Sofa, written by the Egyptian Bil?l ?usn?. The blog has been reviewed in several Egyptian newspapers and literary websites as “an interactive fiction” or a “adab?/literary and visual blog”. However, its style, contents and materiality challenge both our notion of “literature” and the Arab concept of adab.

  17. Cut off values of waist circumference & associated cardiovascular risk in egyptians

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    Ibrahim M

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Recent guidelines stressed the need to adopt different values of waist circumference (WC measurements to define abdominal obesity in different ethnic groups. The aim of this study is to identify WC cutoff points in normotensive and hypertensive subjects which are diagnostic of abdominal obesity in a Middle Eastern population and the prevalence of abdominal obesity in a nationwide sample. Methods Data were collected during phase-2 of the Egyptians National Hypertension Project survey. Blood pressure, anthropometric measurements and laboratory studies were performed according to a standardized protocol by trained personnel. To derive the cutoff points for WC, we applied the factor analysis on CV risk factors: diabetes mellitus, decrease in HDL-C and increase in LDL-C, triglycerides and left ventricular mass index by echocardiography. Results The sample included 2313 individuals above the age of 25 years. WC values (mean ± SD were 88 ± 14 cm and 95 ± 14 cm for normotensive (NT and hypertensive (HT men respectively, and 89.6 ± 14.7 cm and 95.7 ± 15.9 cm for NT and HT women respectively. Applying factor analysis, the weighted average cutoff points were 93.5 cm for both NT and HT men and 91.5 and 92.5 cm for NT and HT women respectively. Based on these thresholds, the prevalence of abdominal obesity was 48% in men and 51.5% in women. Conclusion This is the first report of specific abdominal obesity cutoff points in a Middle Eastern country. The cutoff points were different from the Europid standards. There is a high prevalence rate of abdominal obesity among Egyptians which is associated with increased prevalence of cardiometabolic risk factors.

  18. Scientific Investigation of the Materials and Techniques Used in a 19th Century Egyptian Cemetery Wall Painting (Hawsh Al-Basha

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    Sawsan Sayed DARWISH

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The present research was carried out to obtain more information on materials and painting techniques used in Egyptian wall paintings during the 19th century. The Hawsh al-Basha courtyard, dating back to Mohammed Ali's family period (1805-1952, was studied for this purpose. The obtained results will be used to set up a scientific plan for restoration and preservation. Pigments, including white zincite, earth green, blue synthetic ultramarine, yellow massicot, black a mixture of magnetite & graphite, brownish red lead and brass were identified. The binding medium in the painting was identified as animal glue. Two preparation layers were identified: the inner coarse ground layer, composed of gypsum as a major component, with calcite and small amounts of quartz and the outer, fine ground layer, composed of calcite only. Optical Microscopy (OM, Scanning Electron Microscopy coupled with Energy Dispersive X-ray Microanalysis (SEM-EDX, X-ray Diffraction (XRD and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy with Attenuation Total Reflection (FTIR-ATR were used in our study.

  19. Application of polymers in consolidation of a rare painted ancient Egyptian piece from a group of Osiris cloths of the twenty first dynasties in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo

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    This study aims at conserve and display of a rare painted ancient Egyptian textile piece. Also to evaluate a new technique defined with reactivation technique to reinforcement of historical painted textiles. Many different investigation methods have been carried out the object to identify the fiber, paints, and other materials have used in preparing of the ancient object. Also the statement of the objects was investigated using a light and scanning electron microscope. In this study new textile samples were prepared by using new textile, painting and pending materials and techniques similar to ancient ones. Then prepared samples were deteriorated by artificial age to be simulated to the ancient ones. The aged textile samples simulated to ancient ones were treated with three selected adhesives in different percentages by using reactivation technique. All treated and untreated samples before and after aging were evaluated by different methods. The old restoration on the ancient textile object was removed and then the object was consolidated with the adhesive using the tested technique. Finally the treated object was displayed in standard method. This study confirm that the evaluated technique is very simple, effective and good technique which can be applied by using simple tools that are common present in conservation Labs of all Egyptian museums. This technique is technique solve a lot of problems that the conservators are meet in consolidation of deteriorated ancient Egyptian textiles in Museums in Egypt

  20. Ursa Major: ot losya do medvedya %t Ursa Major: from elk to bear

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    Lushnikova, A. V.

    In the article material from various cultural and linguistic sources (Indo-European - Slavic, Indo-Iranian; Uralo-Altaic, Tungus, Ancient Egyptian, Babylonian) is used in order to trace up the chronology of the designation of Ursa Majopr, a constellation which has been playing an important role for people different regions since ancient times. It was used for observing of the visible yearly motion of the Sun, for working out seasonal changes; being a circumpolar and non-hiding behind the horizon it has been perceived as a symbol of immortality, its peculiar positional change during a year lay down in plot of the Uralo-Siberian myths about a cosmic hunt for the Elk, myths about deluge. Data from Uralo-Siberian mythology are analyzed. Designations of Ursa Major in the form of a horned hoofed animal such as elk, deer, cow (Uralo-Altaic, Tungus, Slavic, Indo-Iranian languages; Ancient Greece, Crete, Ancient Egypt) and connected with it (or derived from it) denominations and images of "enclosed space" - "vehicle for travelling and carrying goods" (a wagon, a boat) - "instrument for hunting-fishing, a ritual thing" - "household construction" are taken in consideration. The conclusion is made that the transition of the Ursa Major designation from elk to bear could follow the general tendency to shift from so-called matriarchy to patriarchy, to substitute female deities with male ones, which was reflected "in the rise" of the predatory animal cults (not earlier than II mil. B.C.). To prove this, lexical examples of resemblance and coincidences in designation of homed hoofed (elk, deer) and predatory (bear, wolf) animals should be analyzed. Such a goal-directed investigation of the chronology of Ursa Major designations has never been carried out.

  1. Study of Adrenal Functions using ACTH stimulation test in Egyptian children with Sickle Cell Anemia: Correlation with Iron Overload

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    A Hagag, Adel; S El-Farargy, Mohamed; M Abo El-enein, Amany

    2015-01-01

    Background: Sickle-cell anemia is characterized by defective hemoglobin synthesis with production of sickle hemoglobin. Sickle red blood cells become deformed and rigid with difficulty to pass through narrow capillaries and frequent clotting and thrombosis leading to repetitive vascular occlusions and progressive organ damage. We conducted this work to study some adrenal functions using ACTH stimulation test in Egyptian children with sickle cell anemia in correlation with iron overload.

  2. Vascular endothelial growth factor, p53, and the H-ras oncogene in Egyptian patients with bladder cancer

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    Farha A El-Chennawi, Fatma A Auf, Shereen S Metwally, Youssef M Mosaad, Atallah A Shaaban, Mahmoud Abdo El-Baz, Ziyad E Tawhid, Zakaria F Lotfy

    2009-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate the relationship between vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), p53, and the H-ras oncogene and different clinicopathological parameters in Egyptian patients with Schistosoma-associated transitional cell carcinoma of the bladder. METHODS: The study included 50 patients with transitional cell carcinoma for whom radical cystectomy and urinary diversions were carried out. VEGF and p53 protein expressions were evaluated with an immunohistochemical staining method, and H-ras o...

  3. Expression of O6-Alkylguanine-DNA Alkyltransferase in Normal and Malignant Bladder Tissue of Egyptian Patients

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    Abir A. Saad; Heba Sh. Kassem; Margison, Geoffrey P; Povey, Andrew C.

    2010-01-01

    Bladder tumour tissues and corresponding uninvolved mucosa (normal tissue) of Egyptian bladder cancer patients were assessed for O6-alkylguanine-DNA-alkyltransferase (MGMT) activity by functional assay of tissue extracts (36 paired samples), and distribution by immunofluorescence (IF) microscopy of fixed material (24 paired samples). MGMT varied widely from 42–253?fmoles/mg protein and from 3.2–40?fmoles/?g DNA in normal and 58–468?fmoles/mg ...

  4. Effect of Insulin-sensitizer Drug (Metformin) on Some Physiological Parameters in Some Infertile Obese Egyptian Women Undergoing ICSI

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    Eman G.E. Helal* , Samia M. Abd El-Wahab* , Atef M.Moussa Sharaf**

    2013-01-01

    Background: Egyptian infertile obese women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) were markedly increased in ART Unit for infertility treatment undergoing ICSI. In a trial to enhance the ovulation, fertilization response and pregnancy outcome treated patients with Metformin as insulin sensitizing drug, 3 months before ICSI processing. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of Metformin on the hormonal profile, lipid and lipoprotein profile and insulin resistance in obese PCOS pati...

  5. Chronic Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)-associated Cryoglobulinemia and its possible impact on the skin in Egyptian Patients

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    Amin Mohamed Abd El Baki1, Mohamed A.Ezzel Arab2Nabil Abd El Mageed3

    2010-01-01

    Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection may have extremely variable clinical consequences and is more than just a liver disease; it has been associated with numerous extra-hepatic manifestations (EHM). According to various international studies Mixed Cryoglobulinemia (MC) was found to be the most common EHM, however its local prevalence in Egyptian HCV patients was not clearly studied. The aim of our study was to investigate the frequency of cryoglobulinaemia in sera of chronic HCV patients...

  6. Female Breast Cancer: Epidemiological And Clinical Study Of Some Risk Factors Among Egyptian Females- Multi Clinics Study

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    E. A. El-Moselhy; M. A. S. Ahmed*; A. M. Abdel-Fattah

    2005-01-01

    This study was conducted on 390 female breast cancer patients and an equal number of females as controls. The patients were attending some University and Teaching Hospitals in Cairo and Assuit. Ninety of them were newly operated. A retrospective, case-control, clinic based study was chosen to carry out this research. The aim of the study was to describe the sociodemographic, characteristics and clinical features of female breast cancer and to determine its risk factors among Egyptian women. A...

  7. Tracing the route of modern humans out of Africa by using 225 human genome sequences from Ethiopians and Egyptians.

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    Pagani, Luca; Schiffels, Stephan; Gurdasani, Deepti; Danecek, Petr; Scally, Aylwyn; Chen, Yuan; Xue, Yali; Haber, Marc; Ekong, Rosemary; Oljira, Tamiru; Mekonnen, Ephrem; Luiselli, Donata; Bradman, Neil; Bekele, Endashaw; Zalloua, Pierre; Durbin, Richard; Kivisild, Toomas; Tyler-Smith, Chris

    2015-06-01

    The predominantly African origin of all modern human populations is well established, but the route taken out of Africa is still unclear. Two alternative routes, via Egypt and Sinai or across the Bab el Mandeb strait into Arabia, have traditionally been proposed as feasible gateways in light of geographic, paleoclimatic, archaeological, and genetic evidence. Distinguishing among these alternatives has been difficult. We generated 225 whole-genome sequences (225 at 8× depth, of which 8 were increased to 30×; Illumina HiSeq 2000) from six modern Northeast African populations (100 Egyptians and five Ethiopian populations each represented by 25 individuals). West Eurasian components were masked out, and the remaining African haplotypes were compared with a panel of sub-Saharan African and non-African genomes. We showed that masked Northeast African haplotypes overall were more similar to non-African haplotypes and more frequently present outside Africa than were any sets of haplotypes derived from a West African population. Furthermore, the masked Egyptian haplotypes showed these properties more markedly than the masked Ethiopian haplotypes, pointing to Egypt as the more likely gateway in the exodus to the rest of the world. Using five Ethiopian and three Egyptian high-coverage masked genomes and the multiple sequentially Markovian coalescent (MSMC) approach, we estimated the genetic split times of Egyptians and Ethiopians from non-African populations at 55,000 and 65,000 years ago, respectively, whereas that of West Africans was estimated to be 75,000 years ago. Both the haplotype and MSMC analyses thus suggest a predominant northern route out of Africa via Egypt. PMID:26027499

  8. I'm Egyptian, I'm Muslim, but I'm also cosmopolitan: the unlikely young cosmopolitans of Cairo

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    Elsayed, Heba

    2010-01-01

    This research is based on a nine month ethnographic study involving a large scale media consumption survey, participant/non participant observation and focus groups. By discussing cosmopolitanism as a form of internal heterogeneity, this research is reworking the prevalent idea that cosmopolitanism is an activity of the upper social classes by arguing that it is lower middle class Egyptian youth who are more deserving of the cosmopolitan label.

  9. Association of cluster of differentiation 36 gene variant rs1761667 (G>A) with metabolic syndrome in Egyptian adults.

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    Bayoumy, Nervana M; Mohamed M. El-Shabrawi; Hamdi H. Hassan

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVES To investigate the relationship between cluster of differentiation (CD)36 gene variant rs1761667 (G>A) and metabolic syndrome (MetS) and its components in Egyptian patients. METHODS This case-control study was conducted on MetS patients attending Suez Canal University Hospital, Egypt from November 2010 to October 2011. Peripheral blood was collected from 100 patients and 100 healthy controls for DNA extraction. The single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) CD36 gene rs176166...

  10. Prospective study evaluating the radiosensitizing effect of reduced doses of temozolomide in the treatment of Egyptian patients with glioblastoma multiforme

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    Gaber M; Selim H; El-Nahas T

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    May Gaber, Hanan Selim, Tamer El-NahasDepartment of Clinical Oncology, Cairo University, Cairo, EgyptPurpose: In view of the documented toxicity of continuous daily radiosensitizer doses of temozolomide concomitant with radiation in the treatment of glioblastoma multiforme, we aimed to compare it with a different schedule of abbreviated radiosensitizer dosing.Patients and methods: This was a randomized prospective study comparing toxicity and survival in 60 Egyptian patients with glioblastoma...

  11. Characteristics of autism spectrum disorders in a sample of egyptian and saudi patients: transcultural cross sectional study

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    Hussein Hanan; Taha Ghada RA; Almanasef Afrah

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Background Autism is a biological disorder with clearly defined phenomenology. Studies from the Middle East on this topic have been particularly rare. Little is known about the influence of culture on clinical features, presentations and management of autism. The current study was done to compare characteristics of autism in two groups of Egyptian as well as Saudi children. Methods The sample included 48 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They were recruited from the Okasha Inst...

  12. Snapshot of Viral Infections in Wild Carnivores Reveals Ubiquity of Parvovirus and Susceptibility of Egyptian Mongoose to Feline Panleukopenia Virus

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    Duarte, Margarida D.; Henriques, Ana Margarida; Barros, Sílvia Carla; Fagulha, Teresa; Mendonça, Paula; Carvalho, Paulo; Monteiro, Madalena; Fevereiro, Miguel; Basto, Mafalda P.; Rosalino, Luís Miguel; Barros, Tânia; Bandeira, Victor; Fonseca, Carlos; Cunha, Mónica V.

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    The exposure of wild carnivores to viral pathogens, with emphasis on parvovirus (CPV/FPLV), was assessed based on the molecular screening of tissue samples from 128 hunted or accidentally road-killed animals collected in Portugal from 2008 to 2011, including Egyptian mongoose (Herpestes ichneumon, n?=?99), red fox (Vulpes vulpes, n?=?19), stone marten (Martes foina, n?=?3), common genet (Genetta genetta, n?=?3) and Eurasian badger (Meles meles, n?=?4). A high prevalence of parvovirus DNA (63%...

  13. Individual variations of male mating tactics in Egyptian mongooses (Herpestes ichneumon) can body mass explain the differences?

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    Palomares, Francisco

    1993-01-01

    The social behaviour and mating tactics of four male Egyptian mongooses (Herpestes ichneumon) of different body mass in Dofiana National Park (Southwestern Spain) were studied using radio-tracking. The biggest male exhibited polygynous behaviour, maintaining contacts with at least 4 females, but spending little time with each one of them (4% per day), whereas a smaller male exhibited monogamous behaviour, maintaining contact with only one female with whom he spent more time (29% per day)....

  14. Flexible Majority Rules

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    Erlenmaier, Ulrich; Gersbach, Hans

    2001-01-01

    In this paper we introduce flexible majority decision rules where the size of the majority depends on the proposal made by the agenda setter. Flexible majority rules can mitigate the disadvantages of democracies in the provision of public projects. In many cases, the combination of the principles taxation constraint to majority winners, a ban on subsidies, costly agenda setting and flexible majority rules constitute a socially optimal democratic constitution. Flexible majority rules might als...

  15. Applicability of alkali activated slag-seeded Egyptian Sinai kaolin for the immobilization of 60Co radionuclide

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    The present work was established to determine the applicability of local Egyptian kaolinite and blast furnace slag (BFS) as raw materials toward the synthesis of geopolymers and subsequent immobilization of cobalt-60, which is one of the most abundant radionuclides generated in radioactive waste streams in Egypt. XRF, XRD, FT-IR, and SEM techniques were used to characterize the local raw materials and their corresponding alkali activated products. Metakaolin (MK) was obtained by thermal treatment of Egyptian Sinai kaolin 750 °C/4 h. MK and five different BFS content (5, 10, 30, 50 and 80%) were used to synthesize geopolymeric matrices using an alkaline activator of Si-modulus = 1.35 at solid/liquid ratios of 0.8. Compressive strength tests were performed indicating that 50% BFS addition gave the highest values of compressive strength. The IAEA standard leaching tests of cobalt-60 from the solidified waste matrices were carried out. The effective diffusion coefficients of cobalt-60 radionuclides from the solidified waste matrices were calculated to be in the order of 10?14 cm2/s. Leaching of radionuclides was examined to be controlled by the wash-off mechanism with very acceptable values. These results gave encouragement that the tested Egyptian raw materials can be conveniently applied for the synthesis of geopolymers that can be used as a low-cost and high-efficiency materials for the immobilization of radioactive waste

  16. Applicability of alkali activated slag-seeded Egyptian Sinai kaolin for the immobilization of {sup 60}Co radionuclide

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    El-Naggar, M.R., E-mail: elnaggar74@yahoo.com

    2014-04-01

    The present work was established to determine the applicability of local Egyptian kaolinite and blast furnace slag (BFS) as raw materials toward the synthesis of geopolymers and subsequent immobilization of cobalt-60, which is one of the most abundant radionuclides generated in radioactive waste streams in Egypt. XRF, XRD, FT-IR, and SEM techniques were used to characterize the local raw materials and their corresponding alkali activated products. Metakaolin (MK) was obtained by thermal treatment of Egyptian Sinai kaolin 750 °C/4 h. MK and five different BFS content (5, 10, 30, 50 and 80%) were used to synthesize geopolymeric matrices using an alkaline activator of Si-modulus = 1.35 at solid/liquid ratios of 0.8. Compressive strength tests were performed indicating that 50% BFS addition gave the highest values of compressive strength. The IAEA standard leaching tests of cobalt-60 from the solidified waste matrices were carried out. The effective diffusion coefficients of cobalt-60 radionuclides from the solidified waste matrices were calculated to be in the order of 10{sup ?14} cm{sup 2}/s. Leaching of radionuclides was examined to be controlled by the wash-off mechanism with very acceptable values. These results gave encouragement that the tested Egyptian raw materials can be conveniently applied for the synthesis of geopolymers that can be used as a low-cost and high-efficiency materials for the immobilization of radioactive waste.

  17. Applicability of alkali activated slag-seeded Egyptian Sinai kaolin for the immobilization of 60Co radionuclide

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    El-Naggar, M. R.

    2014-04-01

    The present work was established to determine the applicability of local Egyptian kaolinite and blast furnace slag (BFS) as raw materials toward the synthesis of geopolymers and subsequent immobilization of cobalt-60, which is one of the most abundant radionuclides generated in radioactive waste streams in Egypt. XRF, XRD, FT-IR, and SEM techniques were used to characterize the local raw materials and their corresponding alkali activated products. Metakaolin (MK) was obtained by thermal treatment of Egyptian Sinai kaolin 750 °C/4 h. MK and five different BFS content (5, 10, 30, 50 and 80%) were used to synthesize geopolymeric matrices using an alkaline activator of Si-modulus = 1.35 at solid/liquid ratios of 0.8. Compressive strength tests were performed indicating that 50% BFS addition gave the highest values of compressive strength. The IAEA standard leaching tests of cobalt-60 from the solidified waste matrices were carried out. The effective diffusion coefficients of cobalt-60 radionuclides from the solidified waste matrices were calculated to be in the order of 10-14 cm2/s. Leaching of radionuclides was examined to be controlled by the wash-off mechanism with very acceptable values. These results gave encouragement that the tested Egyptian raw materials can be conveniently applied for the synthesis of geopolymers that can be used as a low-cost and high-efficiency materials for the immobilization of radioactive waste.

  18. Infrared absorption spectra of Silica by-product of the Egyptian Ferro-Silicon factory

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    The infrared absorption spectra of Silica fume, which is a by-product of the Egyptian Ferro-Silicon factory are reported in the frequency range of 200 to 4000 cm-1.The behaviour and the characteristics of the infrared absorption spectra are recorded through heating in the range 200-1000 degree C for 2 hours. The results indicated that the relation between absorbencies and temperature of the infrared bands at 470-488 cm-1 (Si-O-Si bend.) at 791-806 cm-1 (Si-O-Si Str.), and at 1110-1125 cm-1 (Si-O Str.) are due to quartz Si O2 which formed with its characteristic network structure up to 600 degree C at temperatures above 800 degree C tridymite is recrystallized with its characteristic chemical bands. From the frequency shift and intensities of the infrared bands two sudden effects due to phase transformations were detected, the first of which found as a change in intensity is due to the transformation from ? -to-?- quartz at 500 degree C, and the second one is due to the formation of ? - tridymite at 800 degree C,and the second one is due to the formation of ? tridymite at 800 degree C. the intensities of the infrared bands at 470-488 cm-1, at 791-806 cm-1, and at 1110-1125 cm-1 are decreasing as the temperature increases, and no degradation or deformations for the network structure for these samples were found which were fumed and collected due to grinding processes from the atmosphere of the Egyptian Ferro-Silicon factory. The samples have a high purity of 95.5% Si O2. The characteristic bands of the Si O4, tetrahedra are fixed and calibrated to that standard through heat treatment from 200 degree C to 1000 degree C with its change transformation. The results are similar to those obtained for the mineral quartz. the economic importance of these of silica fume materials is related to its very small grain sizes (3800 cm3/g) and consequently, to its activity as a ceramic material. 6 figs., 2 tabs

  19. The Impact of the Arab Spring at an Egyptian University: A Personal Experience

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    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The Egyptian Revolution on January 25—part of the 2011 Arab Spring—and the consequent June 30, 2013 Revolution have marked important turning points in the history of modern Egypt. The curricula and courses offered by Egyptian universities, as well as their academic activities and employment structure, have been greatly affected by these momentous events. Furthermore, the revolutions have opened a wider territory of freedom and emboldened both staff members and students. This paper attempts to answer questions related to the changes that have occurred with regard to the university courses, activities and structures. The paper additionally seeks to explore Egypt’s future and the possible ways that its people will defend and retain their dearly earned freedom. The paper is based on the writer’s personal experience as an associate professor in the English Department and in the Faculty of Education at Alexandria University. The paper is further influenced by the writer’s experiences as an elected member of the committee that observed—after twenty years of appointment by the National Security Department—the new elections for deans and heads of departments; the same committee also moderated debates among the candidates for these posts. As a teacher, I started a new course on revolutionary literature—which I personally designed and taught—and another on politics and media in collaboration with a colleague. From 2011 onward, I have linked and adjusted the materials of mandatory courses, “American Studies,” “18th Century English Novel” and “Contemporary Novel” to our revolutions and to current events. I constructed holistic courses by using the three domains of learning: the cognitive, the affective and the psychomotor. The paper will discuss the way I used Bloom and Krathwohl taxonomies in combination with other methods to cover these domains. This has made the courses more authentic and livelier to the learners, encouraging them, to quote Paulo Freire, “to assume …the role of creative subjects” and creating “a relationship of authentic dialogue” between teacher and students (5. The articles and texts I use, as well as the students’ assignments and feedback, will be included in the paper as empirical materials.

  20. Association between Helicobacter Pylori infection and autoimmune hypothyroidism in Egyptian population

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    Fatma Kamel Hammad , Zeinab Abd El-Baset Hassan , Dina Mohammed Abaza ,Sabila Gomma

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    Full Text Available Autoimmune hypothyroidism commonly affecting females is one of the commonest causes of thyroid disease in adults. Among the various autoantibody tests applied in research and clinical practice, the determination of thyroid microsomal antibodies (TPO and thyroglobulin antibodies (TG Ab still retains its strong value in the screening for thyroid autoimmunity. Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori infection plays an important role in the pathogenesis of chronic gastritis, peptic ulcer disease, MALT (Mucosa Associated lymphocyte T Lymphoma and gastric cancer. Aim of the work: The aim of this work was to study the relationship between H.pylori infection and autoimmune hypothyroidism in Egyptian population. Subjects and Methods: This study was carried out on 147 Egyptian persons divided into 3 groups: Hypothyroid Group: Included 49 patients with autoimmune hypothyroidsm and positive antithyroid antibodies with no history of dyspeptic symptoms or peptic ulcer. H.pylori positive Group: Included 50 patients with dyspeptic symptoms or peptic ulcer with H.pylori positive antibodies with no history of any thyroid disease. Control Group: Included 48 apparently healthy persons serving as control. Serum Free T3, Free T4 and TSH were done for all subjects together with Antimicrosomal antibodies (TPO-Ab, Antithyroglobulin a n t i b o d i e s ( T G - A b a n d H e l i c o b a c t e r P y l o r i a n t i b o d i e s ( H . p y l o r i A b . Result There was no significant difference between all groups as regards age. There was significant difference between Hypothyroid and H.pylori positive groups as regarding TSH and Free T3, TG-Ab, TPO-Ab and H. pylori Ab. There is also significant difference between Hypothyroid and control groups regarding TSH, free T3, TG-Ab, TPO-Ab, and H. pylori Ab. There is significant difference between H.pylori positive and control groups regarding FT3 and H. pylori AB. Hypothyroid Group was divided according to the presence of H. pylori Ab into ­ve &+ve H. pylori Ab subgroups. There was significant difference between the ­ve and +ve subgroups as regard TSH, free T4 and TG-Ab. H.pylori positive

  1. Attitudes, understanding, and concerns regarding medical research amongst Egyptians: A qualitative pilot study

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Medical research must involve the participation of human subjects. Knowledge of patients' perspectives and concerns with their involvement in research would enhance recruitment efforts, improve the informed consent process, and enhance the overall trust between patients and investigators. Several studies have examined the views of patients from Western countries. There is limited empirical research involving the perspectives of individuals from developing countries. The purpose of this study is to examine the attitudes of Egyptian individuals toward medical research. Such information would help clarify the type and extent of concerns regarding research participation of individuals from cultural, economic, and political backgrounds that differ from those in developed countries. Methods We conducted semi-structured interviews with 15 Egyptian individuals recruited from the outpatient settings (public and private at Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. Interviews were taped, transcribed, and translated. Thematic analysis followed. Results All individuals valued the importance of medical research; however most would not participate in research that involved more than minimal risk. Individuals were comfortable with studies involving surveys and blood sampling, but many viewed drug trials as being too risky. All participants valued the concept of informed consent, as they thought that their permission to be in a research study was paramount. Many participants had discomfort with or difficulty in the understanding several research concepts: randomization, double-blind, and clinical equipoise. Trust in the physicians performing research was important in deciding to participate in clinical research. The small sample size and the selection bias associated with obtaining information from only those who agreed to participate in a research study represent limitations in this study. Conclusion Overall, individuals in our sample recognize the value of medical research and have a great deal of trust regarding medical research and their participation in research. There were, however, concerns with the level of research risks associated with several types of medical research. Many also demonstrated confusion with certain research methodologies. We recommend 1 enhanced educational efforts regarding general research concepts to enhance the validity of informed consent and 2 further survey studies in other areas of Egypt to determine the generalizability of our results.

  2. Investigation of molecular markers related to fecundity in local egyptian sheep

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    The present experimental work aimed to investigate a number of molecular makers that influence fecundity in local Egyptian sheep. In the present study, twenty two (11 twin producing crossbred ewes, 7 single lamb producing crossbred ewes, 2 crossbred rams from twin producing ewes and 2 pure bred rams from twin producing ewes) were tested. They were carefully selected from the records of the Egyptian Nuclear Research Centre. The ewes were selected for their twin production in three repetitive production cycles while the rams were selected for being produced from prolific ewes as above. The presence of the booroola fecundity gene (FecB) (FecB mutation in bone morphogenic protein receptor gene 1B (BMPR1B)) and the Inverdale gene (FecXI) (FecXI mutation in bone morphogenic receptor gene (BMP15)) using Forced restriction PCR of the FecB and FecXI mutations, 190 base pair (bp) was amplified using specific primer which was forward (5'-CCAGAGGACAATAGCAAAGCAAA -3') and reverse (5'-CAAGATGTTTTCATGCCTCATCAACAGGTC -3' ) and designed to introduce a point mutation in the resulting PCR products with FecB carrier sheep containing an AvaII restriction site (G|GACC). The FecB DNA test showed that there were no carriers for the FecB mutation in the selected prolific sheep sample. When a specific primer which was forward (5'-GAAGTAACCAGTGTTCCCTCCACCCTTTTCT-3') and reverse (5'-CATGATTGGGAGAATTGAGACC-3') used to test the presence of FecXI mutation no amplification resulted from DNA samples of the twin producing ewes while two amplified DNA fragments of molecular size 154 bp and 120 bp resulted from the single lamb producing females and male sheep under study. Serum samples were collected from sheep under study and tested using totallab 120 computer software analyses for Native protein gel images. Gel images revealed a protein pattern in twin producing ewe samples characterized by the presence of three bands with molecular weights 679.7, 524.3, and 431.1 kd and the absence two bands with molecular weights 560.3 and 460.2 kd.The findings in the esterase pattern between twin lamb and single lamb producing ewes revealed differences in a sum of eight esterase types which may can be used to distinguish twin from single lamb producing ewes.

  3. Discrimination Capacity of RAPD, ISSR and SSR Markers and of their Effectiveness in Establishing Genetic Relationship and Diversity among Egyptian and Saudi Wheat Cultivars

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    Salah E.D. El-Assal

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Yield crop cultivars and landraces are valuable sources of genetic variations that the knowledge and implication of these variations are critical in the plant breeding programs. our major objective of this study is investigating the discriminating capacity of RAPD, ISSR and SSR markers and of their effectiveness in establishing genetic relationship and diversity among Egyptian and Saudi wheat cultivars. Approach: Eleven wheat cultivars and landraces collected from Egypt and Saudi Arabia, five Egyptian wheat (Sakha 93, Sods 1, Sods 4, Gmiza 9 and Sohag 3 and six Saudi wheat landrace cultivars (Hmees, Al-Kaseem, Hegazi, Abo-Sakr, Dubai 1 and Nagran were characterized using RAPD, ISSR and SSR molecular markers as efficient tools. Ten and nine oligonucleotide primers of RAPD and ISSR respectively and four primer pairs of SSR were used in wheat samples analysis. Only clear and repeatable band profile of 6 RAPD, 8 ISSR and 2 SSR primers were obtained. In RAPD analyses, 74 out of 141 bands (52% were polymorphic. Results: The number of alleles ranged from 8-21 per primer, with an average of 14.1 per primer. In ISSR analyses, a total of 78 alleles were detected, along with 36 alleles (46% were polymorphic. The number of alleles per primer ranged from 5-10 with an average of 8.6 alleles per ISSR primer. SSR reactions recorded 6 alleles, of which 5 alleles (83% were polymorphic. Cluster analysis was conducted using Unweighted Pair Group Method that depends on Arithmetic Average (UPGMA. The dendrogram cluster diagram classified the evaluated genotypes in three major clusters corresponding to the cultivation regions. The first group contains Sakha 93, Sods 1 and Sods 4 with more than 80% Genetic Similarity (GS. The GS between Sakha 93 and Sods 1, Sakha 93 and Sods 4 or Sods 1 and Sods 4 were 83.6%, 83.9 and 85.4 respectively. The second group contains Gmiza 9 and Sohag 3 with GS 83.1%. The third group contains most of the Saudi landrace cultivars, Hmees, Al-Kaseem, Dubai 1, Abo-Sakr and Nagran, which are genetically closed to each other with GS of 81%. The last Saudi wheat landrace cultivar, Hegazi, was falling outside the three major clusters, revealing around 78% similarity with the rest of the five Saudi landrace cultivars. Conclusion/Recommendations: These analyses fit together with geographical distribution of the 11 wheat cultivars and landraces. Moreover, some morphological characterizations as fresh and dry or flowering time between the selected cultivars were analyzed under different salt concentration. We recognized differences in the fresh and dry weight between the selected cultivars. Wheat cultivars Sods 4 and Sohag 3 were the most sensitive cultivars to the salt treatment, while Sods 1 and Sakha 93 cultivars were less sensitive to the salt treatments. Additionally, Sods 4 and Sakha 93 cultivars were the earliest among the five wheat cultivars (flowering time 68.0±5.04 and 71±6.97 days respectively, while Sohag 3 and Gmiza 9 have flowered later than the other five cultivars (111±12 and 105±11.1 respectively. In conclusion, the long term objective of this study was to use these fingerprints to identify molecular markers that co-segregate and could be used in isolating gene(s which controlling some important traits.

  4. High Prevalence of Alpha- and Beta-Thalassemia in the Kadazandusuns in East Malaysia: Challenges in Providing Effective Health Care for an Indigenous Group

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    2010-01-01

    Thalassemia can lead to severe transfusion-dependent anemia, and it is the most common genetic disorder in Malaysia. This paper aims to determine the prevalence of thalassemia in the Kadazandusuns, the largest indigenous group in Sabah, East Malaysia. ?- and ?-thalassemia were confirmed in 33.6% and 12.8%, of the individuals studied respectively. The high prevalence of ?- and ?-thalassemia in the Kadazandusuns indicates that thalassemia screening, genetic counseling, and prenatal diagnosis sh...

  5. Enhanced phagocytosis of ring-parasitized mutant erythrocytes: a common mechanism that may explain protection against falciparum malaria in sickle trait and beta-thalassemia trait

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    TURRINI, Francesco Michelangelo; ARESE, Paolo; PIGA, Antonio Giulio; Ayi, Kodjo

    2004-01-01

    High frequency of erythrocyte (red blood cell [RBC]) genetic disorders such as sickle cell trait, thalassemia trait, homozygous hemoglobin C (Hb-C), and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency in regions with high incidence of Plasmodium falciparum malaria and case-control studies support the protective role of those conditions. Protection has been attributed to defective parasite growth or to enhanced removal of the parasitized RBCs. We suggested enhanced phagocytosis of rings, t...

  6. Containment of uranium in the proposed Egyptian geologic repository for radioactive waste using hydroxyapatite.

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    Moore, Robert Charles; Hasan, Ahmed Ali Mohamed; Headley, Thomas Jeffrey; Sanchez, Charles Anthony (University of Arizona, Yuma, AZ); Zhao, Hongting; Salas, Fred Manuel; Hasan, Mahmoud A. (Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority, Cairo, Egypt); Holt, Kathleen Caroline

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    Currently, the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority is designing a shallow-land disposal facility for low-level radioactive waste. To insure containment and prevent migration of radionuclides from the site, the use of a reactive backfill material is being considered. One material under consideration is hydroxyapatite, Ca{sub 10}(PO{sub 4}){sub 6}(OH){sub 2}, which has a high affinity for the sorption of many radionuclides. Hydroxyapatite has many properties that make it an ideal material for use as a backfill including low water solubility (K{sub sp}>10{sup -40}), high stability under reducing and oxidizing conditions over a wide temperature range, availability, and low cost. However, there is often considerable variation in the properties of apatites depending on source and method of preparation. In this work, we characterized and compared a synthetic hydroxyapatite with hydroxyapatites prepared from cattle bone calcined at 500 C, 700 C, 900 C and 1100 C. The analysis indicated the synthetic hydroxyapatite was similar in morphology to 500 C prepared cattle hydroxyapatite. With increasing calcination temperature the crystallinity and crystal size of the hydroxyapatites increased and the BET surface area and carbonate concentration decreased. Batch sorption experiments were performed to determine the effectiveness of each material to sorb uranium. Sorption of U was strong regardless of apatite type indicating all apatite materials evaluated. Sixty day desorption experiments indicated desorption of uranium for each hydroxyapatite was negligible.

  7. Reconstruction of vertical and L-shaped ancient Egyptian sundials and methods for measuring time

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    2014-01-01

    The article presents the results of the study of design features of vertical and L-shaped ancient Egyptian sundials. With the help of astronomical methods were developed their models, based on which the reconstruction of a sundial was held. Also, the original scheme is a simple way to fairly precise of measurement of time with them has been developed. Large urgency of the task due to the lack of similar models and schemes to date. Model offered by us, which describes the vertical sundial, is a vertical sundial, with a sloping gnomon, which takes into account latitude of area. It is based on the assumption of the existence in ancient Egypt representations about an hour (and a half hour) of equal duration throughout the day, does not depend on the time of year. Offered by us model is characterized by marking hour lines from 6 to 12 hours after each hour. From 12 to 12.5 hours produced displacement in the markup of hour lines on half an hour, then the markup is repeated every hour. As a consequence, the reconstr...

  8. Improving the marketing abilities of some egyptian exports using radiation technology in cairo air port

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    The economics of establishing a food irradiation facility at cairo airport are discussed together with the effect of various parameters on uint processing costs. This study comprises the determination of the commodity mix for the egyptian food commodities that are proposed for irradiation and export from the cairo airport. The commodity mix is distributed for the full utilization of the working capacity and the evaluation of the type of the irradiation facility and also the radiation source strength. The financial analysis for such an irradiation facility is also carried out. It provides a model for calculating specific unit processing costs by correlating known capital costs with annual operation cost and annual throughputs. We analyzed the cost- benefit of the proposed food irradiation facility. We took into account the cost of the capital investment, operation and other additional parameters and then estimated the unit cost. The investment criteria utilized for commercial evaluation were internal rate of return (I.I.R.) and pay back period (P.B.P.). The irradiation cost and the additional income are also discussed. The results of this analysis showed that the installation of the an irradiation unit for the establishment of food irradiation unit in cairo air port in would be economically feasible

  9. A study on hormonal control of calcium homeostasis in egyptian women

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    This investigation was conducted to study the possible role of circulating hormones that regulate the calcium flux, in addition to serum levels of the inorganic mineral contents, calcium and phosphorus, on the pathogenesis of post-menopausal osteoporosis in egyptian women. The investigation studied also the response of these variables to both of estradiol withdrawal and age progress. Five groups of 11 postmenopausal osteoporotic (mean age 73 -+ 2.3 years), 26 postmenopausal women (mean age 56.2 -+ 2.4 years), 17 premenopausal women (mean age 48.8 -+ 0.7 years), 26 premenopausal women (mean age 41.5 -+ o.7 years) and 11 young adult premenopausal women(mean age 27.3 -+ 0.9 years) were recruited for this study. The post-peri- and pre- groups were further classified into subgroups according to their chronological age. Serum was assayed for parathyroid hormone (PTH), 25-hydroxyvitamin D, (25-OHD3), calcitonin (CT) total calcium (Ca), and inorganic phosphorus (ph), concentrations of estradiol (E2) in all subjects were also assayed for further correlation. The obtained data showed that the levels of hormones were not significantly changed among the different groups and subgroups leading to normal calcium homeostasis. PTH and total calcium were significantly correlated with both estrodial levels and chronological age

  10. Interrelation of antioxidant, anticancer and antilieshmania effects of some selected Egyptian plants and their phenolic constituents.

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    Abdel-Hady, Nevein M; Dawoud, Gouda T M; El-Hela, Atef A; Morsy, Tosson A

    2011-12-01

    Medicinal plants are the most potential resource of new therapeutic agents. They are diverse, largely productive, biologically active and chemically unique; among their constituents "polyphenol compounds group" one of the main determinant factors in evaluating the pharmacological potentials i.e. polyphenols display an array of pharmacological properties such as antioxidant, immunostimulant, antitumor and antiparasitic effects. Cancer is a dreadful human disease, increasing with changing life style, nutrition and global warming while current available anticancer drugs cause serious side effects in most instances. Several reports suggested the relationship between antioxidant, anticancer and antiparasitic effects; they suggested that they act indirectly through promoting host resistance, restabilizing body equilibrim and conditioning body tissues in addition to their direct effect on certain parasites involved in cancer etiology. This work was conducted for estimation of total phenolic, flavonoids, phenylethanoid glycoside and iridoid content of twenty-three selected Egyptian plants as well as screening of their anticancer, antioxidant and antileishmanial effects, the overall gained results for suggest that the most suitable medicinal plant used as anticancer and antioxidant is Petrea volubilis L. which contain adequate mixture of total phenolic compounds 88.7 mg% and flavonoids 50.80 mg% and also suggest that flavonoid compounds are the category of phenolic compounds possess significant antioxidant and anticancer effects while the antilieshamnia screening revealed that Thymus decussatus Benth. extract exhibited the highest effect due to the presence of flavonoids and iridoids in adequate combination where iridoid compounds 201 mg% and flavonoid content was 128 mg%. PMID:22435170

  11. A potent chitinolytic activity of Alternaria alternata isolated from Egyptian black sand.

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    Sharaf, Eman Fathi

    2005-01-01

    Eight fungal species characterized by chitinolytic activity were isolated from Egyptian black sand collected from Rosetta coast. Genus Aspergillus and Alternaria alternata exhibited the highest density (> 40% of the total count, each) on the isolation plates containing different treatments of native shrimp shell chitin. Genus Aspergillus was represented by A. flavus, A. niger, A. foetidus and A. tungius, with the former species being the most dominant. The other species were Cladosporium herbarum, Fusarium equisitum (5.71% of the total count, each) and Dendryphiella vinosa (3.21% of the total count). The isolated species were screened for chitinase production on agar plates containing 0.2% colloidal chitin. The chitinolytic activity of each individual was not always correlated with its density on the isolation plates. Alternaria alternata was the most promising species for chitinase excretion. The use of colloidal chitin (1.5%) as a sole carbon source was superior for the enzyme production by A. alternata. Maximum enzyme yield was obtained after 7 days incubation at 30 degrees C with shaking (150 rev min(-1)), with an initial pH value of the growth medium at 5.0. Presence of NaNO3 (0.3%), the best nitrogen source, and CaCl2 (100 microg/ml) stimulated the induction of the enzyme. The crude A. alternata chitinase revealed a potential insecticidal effect on the larvae of fruitfly (82% mortality) and could degrade crude shrimp shell waste. PMID:16209108

  12. The examination, analysis and conservation of a bronze Egyptian Horus statuette

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    The production techniques, corrosive deterioration, conservation and questions regarding authenticity of a small Egyptian bronze statuette of the Child Horus (in the collection of the Ditsong: National Museum of Cultural History in Pretoria) was scientifically examined and analysed. The statuette dates to Egypt's 12th Dynasty. When the statuette was damaged, it was considered the appropriate time to obtain valuable information about its history and background through scientific research. Neutron tomography (NT), a relatively new non-destructive technique (NDT) to the South African R and D community to study museum objects, was applied to perform this research. The results from NT were supported by additional tests done through XRF and XRD analyses of samples taken from the damaged statuette. Results revealed that the lost-wax method was used in the manufacturing process. The extent of the restoration and materials used can be verified and as a result the deterioration of the object can now be monitored. This paper describes in detail the analytical techniques used in the study and how it contributed to the conservation of the statuette and its authenticity.

  13. Replication of ancient Egyptian osteotomies of the facial skeleton: insights into the mummification process.

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    Peacock, Z S; Chapman, P H; Gupta, R; Kaban, L B

    2011-11-01

    A recent radiographic study of an Egyptian mummified head from the Middle Kingdom revealed methodical mutilations of the facial skeleton that were performed after death and prior to wrapping the corpse for burial. These mutilations consisted of removal of the coronoid processes of the mandible and portions of the zygomas presumably via an intraoral approach. They are unique in the archaeological record. The authors hypothesize that the procedures were carried out to facilitate jaw opening and may be related to a ritual known as the 'Opening of the Mouth' ceremony. The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the feasibility of performing these remarkable osteotomies on two human cadavers using instruments similar to those available to the ancient embalmer. Bilateral osteotomies of the zygomas and coronoid processes were carried out transorally and the bones removed. Pre- and postoperative maximal incisal opening measured 25 mm and 53 mm, respectively. Postoperative high-resolution computed tomographic (CT) scans were obtained. Comparison of the postoperative cadaver and mummy CT scans demonstrate remarkable similarity between the resections. Results of this study demonstrate that the ancient skeletal mutilations could have been performed transorally during the mummification process and would have enhanced jaw opening. PMID:21723092

  14. Stock Picking and Market Timing of the Egyptian Fund Managers: Evidence from the Financial Crisis

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    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The findings of over-or-under performance of fund managers across the crisis periods are mixed. By analyzing the data of 35 Egyptian funds, this paper investigates the two skills of market timing and selectivity during-and-post the 2007-2008 financial turmoil; it also examines the comparative performance between the conventionaland Islamic mutual funds. The results show no evidence of these skills even for the overall period or for the crisis one, where Chow – test documents that there are no structural changes either for the regression line or for its coefficients across the two sub-periods. These findings are supported by using a well-known benchmark. Thus, it seems that investors cannot gain superior returns by investing in the mutual funds industry as a whole. Furthermore, the outcomes of the cross-sectional analysis report that investors cannot also attain higher returns by investing in a particular fund group against the other, implying that the ethical screening, which is adopted by the Islamic ones, and which limits their potentials of diversification does not impact their performance.JEL classification: G1; G2Keywords: Capital markets, Islamic mutual funds, performance evaluation, market timing ability,stock picking ability

  15. Exfoliation of Egyptian Blue and Han Blue, two alkali earth copper silicate-based pigments.

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    Johnson-McDaniel, Darrah; Salguero, Tina T

    2014-01-01

    In a visualized example of the ancient past connecting with modern times, we describe the preparation and exfoliation of CaCuSi4O10 and BaCuSi4O10, the colored components of the historic Egyptian blue and Han blue pigments. The bulk forms of these materials are synthesized by both melt flux and solid-state routes, which provide some control over the crystallite size of the product. The melt flux process is time intensive, but it produces relatively large crystals at lower reaction temperatures. In comparison, the solid-state method is quicker yet requires higher reaction temperatures and yields smaller crystallites. Upon stirring in hot water, CaCuSi4O10 spontaneously exfoliates into monolayer nanosheets, which are characterized by TEM and PXRD. BaCuSi4O10 on the other hand requires ultrasonication in organic solvents to achieve exfoliation. Near infrared imaging illustrates that both the bulk and nanosheet forms of CaCuSi4O10 and BaCuSi4O10 are strong near infrared emitters. Aqueous CaCuSi4O10 and BaCuSi4O10 nanosheet dispersions are useful because they provide a new way to handle, characterize, and process these materials in colloidal form. PMID:24796494

  16. Strain and Sex Effects on Productive and Slaughter Performance of Local Egyptian and Canadian Chicken Strains

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    A.E. Taha

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available This experiment was conducted to evaluate the effect of strain and sex on productive performance and slaughter traits of chickens. A total of 1951 one day old chicks of three Canadian dual purpose strains (Shaver A, B and C and two Egyptian strains (Salam and Mandarah were used. Productive performance measured from one day old to 12 weeks of age and slaughter traits were recorded for cocks at 12 weeks of age. Results revealed that strain effect was clear for Shaver C strain for body weight, weight gain, feed consumption. In addition Shaver C had better feed conversion, dressing, fleshing, liver, glycogen, tenderness percentages but recorded the highest percentages for abdominal and total fat content as well as lowest testicular weight of cocks. Shaver B showed higher percentages for blood loss, feather, bones, gizzard and spleen percentages but Shaver A showed the highest percentages for pH content, ashes, color and water holding capacity. Sex effect showed superiority of males over females for body weight allover study period, weight gain during 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 weeks and feed consumption during 6, 8, 10 and 12 weeks of age, while sex effect was not clear for feed conversion. Shaver C strain had the best averages for most productive and slaughter traits.

  17. Clonal Propagation of Different Cultivars of Pelargonium graveolens (L’ Herit. viz., Reunion, Bourbon and Egyptian

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    Manjushri A. Deodhar

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Pelargonium graveolens is a highly valued aromatic plant mainly grown for its rose like essential oil called Geranium oil. In India different cultivars of Pelargonium graveolens are cultivated in varied agroclimatic zones. Algerian cultivar is grown in North Indian plains while Bourbon cultivar is grown in hilly regions of Southern India. These varieties are very difficult to differentiate morphologically. But they could be differentiated by Gas chromatography on the basis of relative proportion of Geraniol and Citronellol. Always Geraniol rich varieties are preferred which impart rosy smell to the essential oil. The germplasm collection of Kelkar Education Trust’s Scientific Research Centre has identified a Geraniol rich variety called Reunion which is suitable for commercial cultivation in the plateau region of Maharashtra. A protocol for clonal propagation for Reunion cultivar was established using nodal explant. Requirement of growth regulators for shoot initiation, shoot proliferation and root induction for all the three cultivars viz., Reunion, Bourbon and Egyptian was compared. Further the in vitro raised plantlets were hardened successfully.

  18. Mutually beneficial and sustainable management of Ethiopian and Egyptian dams in the Nile Basin

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    Habteyes, Befekadu G.; Hasseen El-bardisy, Harb A. E.; Amer, Saud A.; Schneider, Verne R.; Ward, Frank A.

    2015-10-01

    Ongoing pressures from population growth, recurrent drought, climate, urbanization and industrialization in the Nile Basin raise the importance of finding viable measures to adapt to these stresses. Four tributaries of the Eastern Nile Basin contribute to supplies: the Blue Nile (56%), White Nile-Albert (14%), Atbara (15%) and Sobat (15%). Despite much peer reviewed work addressing conflicts on the Nile, none to date has quantitatively examined opportunities for discovering benefit sharing measures that could protect negative impacts on downstream water users resulting from new upstream water storage developments. The contribution of this paper is to examine the potential for mutually beneficial and sustainable benefit sharing measures from the development and operation of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam while protecting baseline flows to the downstream countries including flows into the Egyptian High Aswan Dam. An integrated approach is formulated to bring the hydrology, economics and institutions of the region into a unified framework for policy analysis. A dynamic optimization model is developed and applied to identify the opportunities for Pareto Improving measures to operate these two dams for the four Eastern Nile Basin countries: Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Egypt. Results indicate a possibility for one country to be better off (Ethiopia) and no country to be worse off from a managed operation of these two storage facilities. Still, despite the optimism of our results, considerable diplomatic negotiation among the four riparians will be required to turn potential gains into actual welfare improvements.

  19. Chemical and biological evaluation of Egyptian Nile Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticas) fish scale collagen.

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    El-Rashidy, Aiah A; Gad, Ahmed; Abu-Hussein, Abd El-Hay G; Habib, Shaymaa I; Badr, Nadia A; Hashem, Azza A

    2015-08-01

    Collagen is considered to be one of the most useful biomaterials with different medical applications. However, collagen properties differ from one source to another. The aim of this study was to extract, purify, characterize and perform preliminary biological evaluation of type I collagen from scales of Egyptian Nile Tilapia. Pepsin-solubilized collagen (PSC) was successfully prepared from Nile Tilapia fish scale waste. Lyophilized collagen was dissolved in dilute HCl to form acidic collagen solutions (ACS) which was neutralized to form gel. To confirm the biocompatibility of the produced gel, baby hamster kidney (BHK-21) fibroblast cells were seeded onto a 3D collagen gel (0.3% and 0.5%, w/v). The results of an SDS-PAGE test showed that the extracted collagens were type I collagen, with ? chain composition of (?1)2?2. Thermal analysis showed that the denaturation temperature was 32 °C. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis and Fourier-transform infrared spectra (FTIR) showed that the extracted collagen had a triple helix structure. Active proliferation of BHK-21 cells with no signs of toxicity was evident with both collagen gel concentrations tested. The results show that Nile Tilapia scales can be an effective source of collagen extraction that could be used as a potential biomaterial in biomedical applications. PMID:26026980

  20. Effect of photo-oxygenation on biological activities of some commercial egyptian essential oils

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    A.M., Dawidar; M., Abdel-Mogib; M.M., Abou-Elzahab; M.A., Berghot; M., Mahfouz; A.H., El-Ghorab; Kh., Hussien.

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    Full Text Available Se analizaron cinco aceites esenciales comerciales de Egipto: aceite de alcaravea, comino, albahaca, tomillo y rosas, por cromatografía de gases acoplado a espectrometría de masas y utilizando el índice de retención de Kovats para identificar a sus componentes. Se reportan los componentes principale [...] s de cada aceite. También se probo la actividad biológica de cada acite sobre el daño al ADN, la ruptura de proteínas, la actividad antioxidante, antimicrobiana y antidiabética. También se investigó el efecto de la fotooxigenación, por irradiación con luz UV. En general la fotooxigenación aumentó el daño sobre el AND y las proteínas, lo que pone de manifiesto la importancia de proteger los aceites esenciales de la luz y la oxigenación. Abstract in english The components of five common commercial Egyptian essential oils; caraway, cumin, basil, thyme, and rose oils, were identified using gas chromatography/ mass spectrometry (GC/MS) and Kovats retention index. For each oil the main components were reported. Their biological activities, including deoxyr [...] ibonucleic acid (DNA) damage, protein cleavage, antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-diabetic effect were tested. The effect of photo-oxygenation reaction on their biological activities, using UV-irradiation in the presence of singlet oxygen sensitizer was investigated.

  1. Egyptian Proposed Strategy of Spent Fuel Management from Nuclear Power Reactors

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    This paper presents a proposed policy and strategy of the Arab Republic of Egypt towards the management of spent fuel from the nuclear power reactors. The proposed Egyptian strategy supports the free international trade of nuclear materials and services and adheres to Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and other institutional frameworks aimed at promoting the peaceful use of nuclear power in all countries. Considering the spent fuel is a main part of nuclear fuel cycle, therefore the Nuclear Power Plants Authority (NPPA) is responsible for the assurance, safety, secured and stable supply of all services and materials of nuclear fuel cycle within a long term contracts. Egypt has taken the decision to adopt an open fuel cycle for the first nuclear power plant, i.e. no reprocessing of spent fuel. NPPA would develop at an early stage a conceptual plan describing all important steps leading to the final disposal of spent fuel and radioactive waste in Egypt utilizing fully the national and international experience and the capabilities of international cooperation. (author)

  2. Containment of uranium in the proposed Egyptian geologic repository for radioactive waste using hydroxyapatite

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    Currently, the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority is designing a shallow-land disposal facility for low-level radioactive waste. To insure containment and prevent migration of radionuclides from the site, the use of a reactive backfill material is being considered. One material under consideration is hydroxyapatite, Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2, which has a high affinity for the sorption of many radionuclides. Hydroxyapatite has many properties that make it an ideal material for use as a backfill including low water solubility (Ksp>10-40), high stability under reducing and oxidizing conditions over a wide temperature range, availability, and low cost. However, there is often considerable variation in the properties of apatites depending on source and method of preparation. In this work, we characterized and compared a synthetic hydroxyapatite with hydroxyapatites prepared from cattle bone calcined at 500 C, 700 C, 900 C and 1100 C. The analysis indicated the synthetic hydroxyapatite was similar in morphology to 500 C prepared cattle hydroxyapatite. With increasing calcination temperature the crystallinity and crystal size of the hydroxyapatites increased and the BET surface area and carbonate concentration decreased. Batch sorption experiments were performed to determine the effectiveness of each material to sorb uranium. Sorption of U was strong regardless of apatite type indicating all apatite materials evaluated. Sixty day desorption experiments indicated desorption of uranium for each hydroxyapatite was negligible

  3. Terahertz imaging modalities of ancient Egyptian mummified objects and of a naturally mummified rat.

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    Öhrström, Lena; Fischer, Bernd M; Bitzer, Andreas; Wallauer, Jan; Walther, Markus; Rühli, Frank

    2015-06-01

    During the last few years, terahertz (THz) imaging has been used to investigate artwork and historic artifacts. The application of THz imaging to mummy investigations is very attractive since it provides spectroscopic information over a broad frequency range and its radiation has proven to be harmless to human cells. However, compared with the current standard imaging methods in mummy imaging-X-ray and computed tomography (CT)--it remains a novel, emerging technique whose potential still needs to be fully evaluated. Here, ancient Egyptian mummified objects as well as a naturally mummified rat have been investigated by two different THz imaging systems: a broadband THz time domain imaging system and an electronic THz scanner. The obtained THz images are compared with conventional CT, X-ray, and magnetic resonance images. While the broadband THz time domain setup permits analyses of smaller samples, the electronic THz scanner allows the recording of data of thicker and larger samples at the expense of a limited spectral bandwidth. Terahertz imaging shows clear potential for mummy investigations, although currently CT imaging offers much higher spatial resolution. Furthermore, as commercial mobile THz scanners become available, THz imaging could be applied directly in museums or at excavation sites. PMID:25998647

  4. Modifications in gene expression for some quality traits in egyptian wheat by gamma radiation

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    Four Egyptian bread wheat cultivars (triticum aestivum L.); sakha-92, sakha-61, sids-1 and giza -168 were exposed to different gamma radiation doses; 0,100,150 and 200 Gy, from a 60Co gamma ray source. The effect of gamma rays on a number of yield -related traits and sedimentation values were studied on plants of M1,M2 and M3 generations. The effect of gamma rays at 150 Gy on sids -1 gave significant increase and surpassed the control in all yield-related traits in M2. The increase or decrease in sedimentation values were more related to the variation in glutenin concentration and the difference in the gliadin to glutenin ratio was more than the variation in gliadin concentration. Giza-168 under the three doses recorded low mean values for all traits compared with the control. Three bands with molecular weight of 87.98, 71.19 and 20.37 KDa could be as indicator related to the increase of gluten strength, in the three irradiated samples of sids-1 cultivar which scored increase of the sedimentation values compared with the control.

  5. Finding an optimization of the plate element of Egyptian research reactor using genetic algorithm

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    The second Egyptian research reactor ET-RR-2 went critical on the 27th of November 1997. The National Center of Nuclear Safety and Radiation Control (NCNSRC) has the responsibility of the evaluation and assessment of the safety of this reactor. The purpose of this paper is to present an approach to optimization of the fuel element plate. For an efficient search through the solution space we use a multi objective genetic algorithm which allows us to identify a set of Pareto optimal solutions providing the decision maker with the complete spectrum of optimal solutions with respect to the various targets. The aim of this paper is to propose a new approach for optimizing the fuel element plate in the reactor. The fuel element plate is designed with a view to improve reliability and lifetime and it is one of the most important elements during the shut down. In this present paper, we present a conceptual design approach for fuel element plate, in conjunction with a genetic algorithm to obtain a fuel plate that maximizes a fitness value to optimize the safety design of the fuel plate. (authors)

  6. The egyptian placer deposits - A potential source for nuclear raw materials

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    The extensive black sands placer deposits are disconsolately distributed along the northern Mediterranean castle plain of the Nile Delta and Sinai Peninsula. These sediments contain strategic and economic heavy minerals which are required for the industrial exploitation whether for nuclear industry or other metallurgical and engineering industries. They comprise huge reserves of monazite, Zircon, magnetite, ilmenite and garnet. The first three economic minerals contain U, Th, Zr, Hf, Ti and REEs. Thus, monazite assays 0.48% U3 O8, 6.04% (Zr+Hf) 02, 0.06% U3 O8 and 0.04% Th O2. The beach rutile has 98.64% Ti O2. Therefore, the estimated geological reserves of the nuclear materials are enormous. In the light of these data, the nuclear materials Authority has its own programmes for physical and chemical processing of the Egyptian black sands. In the mean time, zircon as a mineral would be used in ceramic industry while rutile as a mineral would be used in welding rods industry. The rare earths oxides cake could be used ferro-silicon alloy. 2 figs., 5 tabs

  7. An Analytical Study of the Egyptian System of Aid Coordination and Management

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    Khaled Abou El Nour

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study is to analyze the nature of financial aid flows. And it provides an empirical analysis of the documentation of the aid program as a framework for understanding Egypt’s national sub system of aid coordination and management. The research problem addresses two sets of questions: How does the Egyptian System for the coordination and management of aid look like? and how can this system be made more efficient and effective? The research objectives are to analyze aid Commitments and Disbursements, study the distribution of aid by type of agreement. We also examine the extent of growth rates in the financial patterns of aid (Grants, Loans and Debt swap and study the distribution of aid by geographic location and millennium development goals. The study also uses qualitative and quantitative approaches such as Mann whitney test, Phi and Carmers, Levene, Games howell. In addition, this study uses simple regression analysis in linear and semi-log form. The main findings are that there are significant growth rates in the variables under study. Loans should be kept to its minimum values to limit indebtedness levels and not burden the country with heavy external debts. Better management and coordination of external assistance will increase the positive impact and efficiency of aid system. Raising technical and financial support will improve the performance of projects financed by donors. Also, maximizing the utilization of external financial resources will make positive impacts on the national development capacity of Egypt.

  8. Mathematics, Explanation and Reductionism: Exposing the Roots of the Egyptianism of European Civilization

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    2005-08-01

    Full Text Available We have reached the peculiar situation where the advance of mainstream science has required us to dismiss as unreal our own existence as free, creative agents, the very condition of there being science at all. Efforts to free science from this dead-end and to give a place to creative becoming in the world have been hampered by unexamined assumptions about what science should be, assumptions which presuppose that if creative becoming is explained, it will be explained away as an illusion. In this paper it is shown that this problem has permeated the whole of European civilization from the Ancient Greeks onwards, leading to a radical disjunction between cosmology which aims at a grasp of the universe through mathematics and history which aims to comprehend human action through stories. By going back to the Ancient Greeks and tracing the evolution of the denial of creative becoming, I trace the layers of assumptions that must in some way be transcended if we are to develop a truly post-Egyptian science consistent with the forms of understanding and explanation that have evolved within history.

  9. Assessment of 226Ra, 228Ra and 40K contents in the Egyptian bottled natural water

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    The activity concentrations of 226Ra, 228Ra and 40 and k in different brands of the bottled egyptian natural water of different origins obtained from four regions, have been analyzed nondestructively by gamma- ray spectrometry. The study covers nine brands of natural water commonly used mainly for drinking in egypt. The results showed, concentrations up to 184, 156 and 1700 mBq I-1 for 226Ra, 228Ra and 40K, respectively, in one brand of the natural water from water from Siwa oasis. Whereas, lower activity concentrations of 226Ra and 228Ra were found in one brand of these natural waters from El sadat region. The activity concentration of 40K was found to be in the background range in the brands from El sadat, kafr El arbein and beilbeis regions. The committed effective doses reached 1.9 x 10-2 m Sy Y-1 for ingestion of 226Ra and 228Ra for one liter per day, respectively, which are lower than the standard permissible limit by the WHO and IAEA. However, it is recommended to moderate drinking of bottled natural water to avoid the accumulation effect of radioactive nuclides especially radium

  10. Rare Earth Elements In Egyptian Granite By Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis

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    The mobilization of rare earth elements (REEs) in the environment requires monitoring of these elements in environmental matrices, in which they are mainly present at trace levels. The similarity in (REEs) chemical behavior makes the separate determination of each element by chemical methods difficult; instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA), based on nuclear properties of the elements to be determined, is a method of choice in trace analysis of (REEs) and related elements. Therefore, (INAA) was applied as a sensitive nondestructive analytical tool for the determination of rare earth elements to find out what information could be obtained about the (REEs) of some Egyptian granite collected from four locations in Aswan area in south Egypt as follows wadi EI-Allaqi, EI-Shelal, Gabel Ibrahim Pacha and from Sehyel Island and to estimate the accuracy, reproducibility and detection limit of NAA method in case of the given samples. The samples were properly prepared together with standards and simultaneously irradiated in a neutron flux of 7 x 1011n/cm2.s in the TRIGA Mainz research reactor facilities. The following elements have been determined: La, Ce, Nd, Sm, Eu, Yb and Lu. The gamma spectra was collected by HPGe detector and the analysis was done by means of computerized multichannel analyzer. The X-ray fluorescence XRF was also used

  11. Containment of uranium in the proposed Egyptian geologic repository for radioactive waste using hydroxyapatite

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    Currently, the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority is designing a shallow-land disposal facility for low-level radioactive waste. To insure containment and prevent migration of radionuclides from the site, the use of a reactive backfill material is being considered. One material under consideration is hydroxyapatite, Ca10(PO4)6(OH)2, which has a high affinity for the sorption of many radionuclides. Hydroxyapatite has many properties that make it an ideal material for use as a backfill including low water solubility (Ksp > 10-40), high stability under reducing and oxidizing conditions over a wide temperature range, availability, and low cost. However, there is often considerable variation in the properties of apatites depending on source and method of preparation. In this work, we characterized and compared a synthetic hydroxyapatite with hydroxyapatites prepared from cattle bone calcined at 500 C, 700 C, 900 C and 1100 C. The analysis indicated the synthetic hydroxyapatite was similar in morphology to 500 C prepared cattle hydroxyapatite. With increasing calcination temperature the crystallinity and crystal size of the hydroxyapatites increased and the BET surface area and carbonate concentration decreased. Batch sorption experiments were performed to determine the effectiveness of each material to sorb uranium. Sorption of U was strong regardless of apatite type indicating all apatite materials evaluated. Sixty day desorption experiments indicated desorption of uranium for each hydroxyapatite was negligible.

  12. The cost-benefit of biosecurity measures on infectious diseases in the Egyptian household poultry.

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    Fasina, F O; Ali, A M; Yilma, J M; Thieme, O; Ankers, P

    2012-02-01

    Increased animal intensification presents with increasing risks of animal diseases. The Egyptian household poultry is peculiar in its management style and housing and this present with particular challenges of risk of infection to both the flock and humans. Biosecurity remains one of the most important means of reducing risks of infection in the household poultry, however not much information is available to support its feasibility at the household level of production. In this study financial feasibilities of biosecurity were modeled and evaluated based on certain production parameters. Risks of particular importance to the household poultry were categorized and highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 was the most risky disease while people-related risk was the most important risk category. It was observed that basic biosecurity measures were applicable in the household poultry and it would be 8.45 times better to implement biosecurity than to do nothing against HPAI H5N1; 4.88 times better against Newcastle disease and 1.49 times better against coccidiosis. Sensitivity analyses proved that the household poultry project was robust and would withstand various uncertainties. An uptake pathway for basic biosecurity was suggested. The outcome of this work should support decisions to implement biosecurity at the household sector of poultry production. PMID:21982688

  13. Radiation measurements in Egyptian pyramids and tombs -- occupational exposure of workers and the public

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    A radiation survey of seven archaeological sites within Egyptian pyramids and tombs has been conducted in the Saggara area. Measurements were made of radon (222Rn) and its short-lived decay products (progeny), as well as thoron (220Rn) progeny and ?-radiation. The results of these measurements have been used to calculate the maximum annual effective dose (MAD) and other important occupational radiation exposure variables. It was found that for the limited time to which occupational workers and visitors were exposed, their respective MAD values were lower than that recommended by the regulatory agency (i.e., 20 mSv per year for occupational workers and 1 mSv in a year for the public). However, it is shown that if the exposure times for occupational workers were to increase to 'normal' working schedules their MAD would be exceeded at three archaeological sites. Implementation of improved ventilation practices is recommended in those sites to reduce the exposure to occupational workers were their working schedules to be significantly increased. It is also recommended that further monitoring be conducted in the future to verify these results

  14. Radioactivity measurements in Egyptian Phosphate Mines and Their Significance As a Source of Hazardous Radioactive Waste

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    Phosphate mines that may contain radioactive traces in the composition of their ores represent source of hazardous radioactive waste in the environment. Radioactivity measurements have been conducted in nine underground phosphate mines in the Egyptian Eastern Desert in order to estimate the occupational radiation exposure of mine workers in those mining sites. Measurements were carried out of airborne radon and its short- lived decay products (progeny) and thoron progeny, as well as radiation from mines walls, ceilings and floors. Conventional, well established techniques, methods and instrumentation were used to make these measurements. Comparison of experimental data and theoretical predictions showed partial agreement between these two sets of data. This result is partly attributed to the complex layout of these mines, which causes undesirable ventilation conditions, such as recirculation airflow patterns, which could not be adequately identified or quantified. The radiation data obtained were used to estimate the maximum Annual Dose (MAD), and other important occupational radiation exposure variables. These calculations indicate that in eight out of the nine mines surveyed, the MAD exceeded (by a factor of up to 7) the maximum recommended level by ICRP 60. Numbers of suggestions are made in order to reduce the MAD in the affected mines. This study could help in the estimation of the environmental impact of these mine operations on the environment

  15. Micro deletion in the y-chromosome of egyptian infertile men

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    The present investigation was designed to study the microdeletions in 5 different sites of azoospermia factor (AZF) in y-chromosome, SY 239, SY 254, SY 277, SY 283 in AZFc and SY 133 in AZFcb region using polymerase chain reactions. The present investigation included also measuring the levels of FSH, LH, testosterone and prolactin. Semen orgasm and cytogenetic analysis were also done. The study included 50 Egyptian men, 30 patients with azoospermia or oligospermia and 20 fertile men as control. Patients were classified into 2 groups, one having sertoli cells only (SCO) and the other suffering from maturation arrest (MA) according to testis biopsies. Three patients from SCO have been exposed to radiotherapy for different reasons. Results revealed that 13.3% of infertile men (SCO and MA) showed Y microdeletions (15% and 10% respectively). Moreover, SY 239 and SY 254 in DAZ gene were the common microdeletion sitesa more in patients of the present study. However, SY 133 microdeletion was detected in SCO patients only. As expected, there were highly significant increases in serum FSH and LH in SCO group compared with normal and MA groups. PCR based assay is important to detect microdeletions in AZF region of Y-chromosome in non-idiopathic infertile men

  16. Indoor environmental corrosion of Ag-based alloys in the Egyptian Museum (Cairo, Egypt)

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    Ingo, G. M.; Angelini, E.; Riccucci, C.; de Caro, T.; Mezzi, A.; Faraldi, F.; Caschera, D.; Giuliani, C.; Di Carlo, G.

    2015-01-01

    In this study, we have investigated the indoor environmental corrosion of Ag-based alloys after long-term exposure in a showcase of an exhibition room and in the open atmosphere at the Egyptian Museum of Cairo (Egypt). In order to simulate the corrosion processes that occur at the surface of archaeological artefacts, Ag-based alloys with chemical composition, metallurgical features and micro-chemical structure similar to those of ancient alloys have been purposely produced as sacrificial reference samples. Our findings show that corrosion phenomena on alloy surface are mainly caused by environmental sulphur and chlorine containing species that react in different ways depending on the exhibition conditions and on the alloy composition. This approach allows to identify the degradation agents and mechanisms that really take place at the surface of objects similar to ancient artefacts without the necessity of sampling them. Moreover, it is possible to get useful indications for the safe storage or exhibition of silver archaeological artefacts, their cleaning and conservation.

  17. Moving towards implementation of a clinical ethics consultation program in Egyptian liver transplant units

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    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available A H El-Elemi1, G H El-Gazzaz21Forensic Medicine and Clinical Toxicology Department, 2Hepatobiliary and General Surgery Department, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, EgyptAbstract: The high prevalence of chronic liver disease in Egypt has led to increasing numbers of patients with end-stage liver disease in need of liver transplantation. To date, cadaveric liver transplantation is not legal in Egypt. However, introducing living-donor liver transplantation seems appropriate for patients who need transplantation. There are no clinical bioethicists in the Egyptian healthcare system. The idea of implementing an ethics consultation program has evolved as a response to complicated legal, ethical, and social dilemmas that accompany the transplantation process, especially in Egypt where organs are obtained by advertising without consideration of an acceptable level of risk to donors or recipients. Recommendations need to be made to start to implement peoples who do bioethics consultation in liver transplantation units. To achieve this goal there is a need to develop training standards, credentials, and certification before embarking on clinical consultation to ensure good ethics practice in Egypt.Keywords: live donor, liver transplantation, bioethics, donor, recipient

  18. Pharmacokinetics of vancomycin in oncology Egyptian paediatrics: A dosage adjustment trial

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    M A Mahmoud

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study is to determine the pharmacokinetic parameters of vancomycin in Egyptian paediatric oncology patients and to evaluate the factors that influence the variability of the pharmacokinetic parameters in this population. Vancomycin serum concentration at steady state was determined in 51 paediatric cancer patients who were treated with vancomycin multiple intravenous infusions. Also individual vancomycin pharmacokinetic parameters were calculated assuming one compartment model. The mean vancomycin total body clearance and mean vancomycin volume of distribution were significantly higher among the age range of 2 to <12 years as compared with older age. Obese patients showed significant lower values of peak and trough vancomycin concentrations than those of normal and underweight patients. A significant correlation was found between the estimated creatinine clearance (Schwartz formula and vancomycin total body clearance in the studied patients. Also, a significant direct correlation between vancomycin volume of distribution and ratio between blood urea nitrogen (mg/dl/weight (kg was found. As a conclusion, age and obesity were identified as the most important factors influencing vancomycin total body clearance, volume of distribution and serum concentrations in the studied patients.

  19. Anti-obesity effects of Taif and Egyptian pomegranates: molecular study.

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    Ahmed, Mohamed M; Samir, El-Shazly A; El-Shehawi, Ahmed M; Alkafafy, Mohamed E

    2015-01-01

    The present study investigated the anti-obesity effects of pomegranate (Punica granatum) juices from the two Saudi Arabian, Taif red, Taif white, and Egyptian pomegranates in high-fat diet (HFD)-induced obese rats. Administrating any of the used juices decreased the body weight gain, food consumption, and serum levels of lipid, leptin, and glucose, while it increased serum insulin level. Histologically, all types of juices decreased the number and size of lipid droplets in hepatocytes compared to the obese, non-treated animals. All juices types upregulated the hepatic mRNA expression of hormone-sensitive lipase, pyruvate kinase, and adiponectin in obese rats; the genes were all suppressed by HFD feeding. Additionally, the expression of fatty acid synthase, sterol regulatory element-binding protein-1c, and acetyl-CoA carboxylase1 was also upregulated by all types of juices. Conversely, ghrelin mRNA expression was downregulated by all used juices' types. These findings demonstrate that all types of tested juices protect against the HFD-induced obesity in rats. PMID:25420097

  20. Fate of deoxynivalenol in contaminated wheat grain during preparation of Egyptian 'balila'.

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    Ragab, Wafik S M; Drusch, Stephan; Schnieder, Frank; Beyer, Marco

    2007-05-01

    Soaking and boiling whole wheat kernels in water are the key steps in the preparation of an Egyptian dish called 'balila'. The effects of washing, soaking and boiling wheat kernels in tap water or in 0.1 M Na2CO3 solution on the deoxynivalenol (DON) content of the wheat kernels were studied. Boiling contaminated wheat kernels in water reduced the DON content of the grain by 70%. The mechanism of decontamination due to boiling is probably a leaching of DON out of the grain into the boiling medium. A combined treatment of soaking in 0.1 M Na2CO3 solution (pH 11) with subsequent boiling reduced the DON content of the grain by 93%. Data suggest that apart from leaching DON out of the kernels into the boiling medium, a degradation of DON occurred in alkaline medium. Modifying the traditional process of 'balila' preparation by using Na2CO3 solution may be useful to reduce the risk of mycotoxin exposure via 'balila'. PMID:17514535