Faekah Gohar

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BACKGROUND Self-care practices for patients with hypertension include adherence to medication, use of blood pressure self-monitoring and use of complementary and alternative therapies (CAM) The prevalence of CAM use and blood pressure self-monitoring have not been described in a UK secondary care population of patients with hypertension and their impact on(More)
INTRODUCTION Approximately 30% of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) patients fail to respond to anti-TNF treatment. When clinical remission is induced, some patients relapse after treatment has been stopped. We tested the predictive value of MRP8/14 serum levels to identify responders to treatment and relapse after discontinuation of therapy. METHODS(More)
The treatment of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is evolving. The growing number of effective drugs has led to successful treatment and prevention of long-term sequelae in most patients. Although patients with JIA frequently achieve lasting clinical remission, sustained remission off medication is still elusive for most. Treatment approaches vary(More)
RATIONALE S100A12 is overexpressed during inflammation and is a marker of inflammatory disease. Furthermore, it has been ascribed to the group of damage-associated molecular pattern molecules that promote inflammation. However, the exact role of human S100A12 during early steps of immune activation and sepsis is only partially described thus far. (More)
BACKGROUND Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) is a hereditary autoinflammatory disease associated with subclinical inflammation, which includes atherosclerosis arising from endothelial inflammation, which in turn increases the risk of atrial or ventricular arrhythmias. Conduction abnormalities can be detected using the electrocardiographic (ECG) indices P(More)
OBJECTIVE The myeloid-related proteins 8 and 14 (MRP-8/MRP-14) and neutrophil-derived S100A12 are biomarkers of inflammation. They can be used to determine the relapse risk in patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) after stopping antiinflammatory treatment. In this study, we tested the performance of different enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays(More)
Introduction Systemic onset juvenile idiopathic arthritis (SoJIA) shows properties of autoinflammatory disease, and requires the presence of arthritis and fever for diagnosis. The proinflammatory proteins MRP8/14 (S100A8/9) and S100A12 are biomarkers which have been shown to detect ongoing subclinical disease activity in patients with clinical remission. We(More)
BACKGROUND Diagnosing systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis (SJIA) can be extremely challenging if typical arthritis is lacking. A variety of biomarkers have been described for the diagnosis and management of SJIA. However, very few markers have been well-validated. In addition, increasing numbers of biomarkers are identified by high throughput or(More)
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are chronic-remittent inflammatory disorders of the gastrointestinal tract still evoking challenging clinical diagnostic and therapeutic situations. Murine models of experimental colitis are a vital component of research into human IBD concerning questions of its complex(More)
OBJECTIVE Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is an autoinflammatory disorder caused by pyrin-encoding MEFV mutations. Patients present with recurrent but self-limiting episodes of acute inflammation and often have persistent subclinical inflammation. The pathophysiology is only partially understood, but neutrophil overactivation is a hallmark of the(More)