Matilda Saliba

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OBJECTIVE To investigate reported frequencies of menopausal symptoms among women in four countries, namely Lebanon, Morocco, Spain, and the United States, and to assess the relative role of menopause status, country of residence, and other factors in explaining differences in symptomatology. DESIGN Surveys of representative samples of approximately 300(More)
The aim of the current study was to triangulate qualitative and quantitative data in order to examine in greater detail the relationship between self-reported headache pain severity, depression and coping styles. Psychosocial scales, headache characteristic scales and in-depth interviews were administered to 71 adults with the diagnosis of primary headache.(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine how symptoms at midlife grouped together by factor analyses in four different countries and to examine whether life changes were associated with symptom frequencies. DESIGN The Decisions at Menopause Study was a multisite study of women aged 45 to 55 drawn from the general population in the United States, Spain, Lebanon, and Morocco.(More)
BACKGROUND The postpartum period can be a challenging time particularly for first-time mothers. This study aimed to assess two different interventions designed to reduce stress in the postpartum among first-time mothers. METHODS Healthy first-time mothers with healthy newborns were recruited from hospitals in Beirut, Lebanon after delivery. The two(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the medical management of menopause across urban areas in four countries which differ by level of income and degree of medicalization. METHODS Surveys of health providers who advise women on the menopausal transition were carried out in Beirut, Lebanon (n=100), Madrid, Spain (n=60), Worcester, MA, U.S. (n=59), and Rabat, Morocco(More)
BACKGROUND The proportion of mothers who exclusively breastfeed their babies up to 6 months remains low. Determinants of breastfeeding practices have been largely documented in high-income countries. Little evidence exists on possible predictors of breastfeeding behaviors in the Middle East. Our aim was to assess the prevalence of breastfeeding in Beirut(More)
Background It is widely accepted and acknowledged that data harmonization is crucial: in its absence, the co-analysis of major tranches of high quality extant data is liable to inefficiency or error. However, despite its widespread practice, no formalized/systematic guidelines exist to ensure high quality retrospective data harmonization. Methods To(More)
BACKGROUND Women's health is still largely associated with the notion of reproduction in developing countries despite a more varied disease burden, including noncommunicable conditions resulting from consequences of changing epidemiologic and demographic patterns on women's health. METHODS The World Health Organization (WHO) Global Burden of Disease data(More)
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