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OBJECTIVE The WHO-ILAR Community Oriented Program for Control of Rheumatic Diseases (COPCORD) primarily aims to estimate the burden of musculoskeletal symptoms/disorders. We investigated data on musculoskeletal pain, disability and health-seeking behavior in the first community-based COPCORD study in Kuwait. METHODS The validated Arabic version of the(More)
OBJECTIVE Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) plays an important role in a number of inflammatory and immune related disorders. This study was undertaken to investigate an association between Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) gene insertion- deletion (I/D) polymorphism and primary knee osteoarthritis (OA) in Kuwait and to explore a correlation between(More)
AIM Despite recent reports linking vitamin D deficiency with increased risk of diabetes mellitus and complications, there is limited data on patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. We aimed to evaluate the incidence and associations of vitamin D deficiency in 210 patients with Type 2 diabetes with and without diabetic peripheral neuropathy. METHODS(More)
The present study describes the clinical characteristics of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), from the rheumatology service of the two main teaching hospitals in Kuwait. It was a retrospective-cum-prospective clinical study of 108 SLE patients. There were 98 females and 10 males, with a median age of 31.5y. Kuwaitis constituted 69%, while(More)
PURPOSE To investigate factors associated with low-back pain among Kuwaiti children and adolescents; and study their relation with social activities and school performance. METHOD A cross-sectional population of 400 schoolchildren aged 10 to 18 years were selected from junior and high schools in one of the governorates in Kuwait. Data were collected(More)
OBJECTIVE We aimed to assess the efficacy of short-term oral vitamin D supplementation on peripheral neuropathy in patients with type 2 diabetes. MATERIALS AND METHODS This prospective, placebo-controlled trial included 112 type 2 diabetic patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) and vitamin D [25(OH)D] deficiency. Patients were sequentially(More)
The study addresses the supply of and demand for physicians in Kuwait in the light of the emerging variables such as increasing population, economic growth, changes in healthcare strategies, and expansion of healthcare facilities. The objective of the study was to project the future demand for physicians in Kuwait for the years 2007-2020 based on the period(More)
The distribution of HLA-D region antigens was studied in 17 patients with well-documented polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR). HLA-D region antigens were defined by the oligonucleotide typing of polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-amplified genomic DNA. The results demonstrate that the prevalence of DR4 was significantly higher (p < 0.0002; RR = 8.10) in patients(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the prevalence of HLA-D region antigens in patients with seronegative rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS The distribution of HLA-D region antigens was studied in 33 patients with seronegative RA. All patients were followed for at least 3 years, during which tests for IgM rheumatoid factor were negative on at least 3 occasions.(More)