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Harnessing Telemedicine for the Provision of Health Care: Bibliometric and Scientometric Analysis.

Ahmed Waqas, Soo Huat Teoh, Luís Velez Lapão, Luiz Ary Messina, Jorge César Correia,

BACKGROUND:In recent decades, advances in information technology have given new momentum to telemedicine research. These advances in telemedicine range from individual to population levels, allowing the exchange of patient information for diagnosis and management of health problems, primary care prevention, and education of physicians via distance learning. OBJECTIVE:This scientometric investigation ... Read more >>

J Med Internet Res (Journal of medical Internet research)
[2020, 22(10):e18835]

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Techno-Economic Analysis for the Role of Single End Energy User in Mitigating GHG Emission

Waqas Ahmed, Jamil Ahmed Sheikh, Muhammad Nouman, Mian Farhan Ullah, Parvez Mahmud,

Abstract Background End energy user relies on fossil fuel-based national grid to meet their energy demand; hence, indirectly contributing towards greenhouse gases (GHG) emission and causing climate change. This study aims to investigate the minute role of a single, end energy user in GHG mitigation by shifting to the ... Read more >>

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Effectiveness of a peer-delivered, psychosocial intervention on maternal depression and child development at 3 years postnatal: a cluster randomised trial in Pakistan.

Joanna Maselko, Siham Sikander, Elizabeth L Turner, Lisa M Bates, Ikhlaq Ahmad, Najia Atif, Victoria Baranov, Sonia Bhalotra, Amina Bibi, Tayyaba Bibi, Samina Bilal, Pietro Biroli, Esther Chung, John A Gallis, Ashley Hagaman, Anam Jamil, Katherine LeMasters, Karen O'Donnell, Elissa Scherer, Maria Sharif, Ahmed Waqas, Ahmed Zaidi, Shaffaq Zulfiqar, Atif Rahman,

BACKGROUND:Maternal depression has a recurring course that can influence offspring outcomes. Evidence on how to treat maternal depression to improve longer-term maternal outcomes and reduce intergenerational transmission of psychopathology is scarce, particularly for task-shifted, low-intensity, and scalable psychosocial interventions. We evaluated the effects of a peer-delivered, psychosocial intervention on maternal ... Read more >>

Lancet Psychiatry (The lancet. Psychiatry)
[2020, 7(9):775-787]

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Chitosan Modified Biochar Increases Soybean (Glycine max L.) Resistance to Salt-Stress by Augmenting Root Morphology, Antioxidant Defense Mechanisms and the Expression of Stress-Responsive Genes.

Sajid Mehmood, Waqas Ahmed, Muhammad Ikram, Muhammad Imtiaz, Sammina Mahmood, Shuxin Tu, Diyun Chen,

Soybean is an important oilseed crop that provides high-quality protein and vegetable oil. Salinity constitutes a negative abiotic factor that reduces soybean plant growth, production, and quality. The adsorption of Na+ by chitosan-modified biochar (CMB) has a significant effect on salinity but the application of CMB is limited in soybean. ... Read more >>

Plants (Basel) (Plants (Basel, Switzerland))
[2020, 9(9):]

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Interventions to Reduce Stigma Related to Mental Illnesses in Educational Institutes: a Systematic Review.

Ahmed Waqas, Salma Malik, Ania Fida, Noureen Abbas, Nadeem Mian, Sannihitha Miryala, Afshan Naz Amray, Zunairah Shah, Sadiq Naveed,

This investigation reviews the effectiveness of anti-stigma interventions employed at educational institutes; to improve knowledge, attitude and beliefs regarding mental health disorders among students. Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (PRISMA) checklist guidelines were followed and protocol was registered in PROSPERO (CRD42018114535). Forty four randomized controlled trials were ... Read more >>

Psychiatr Q (The Psychiatric quarterly)
[2020, 91(3):887-903]

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Prevalence of Common Mental Disorders in South Asia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Regression Analysis.

Sadiq Naveed, Ahmed Waqas, Amna Mohyud Din Chaudhary, Sham Kumar, Noureen Abbas, Rizwan Amin, Nida Jamil, Sidra Saleem,

South Asian countries report the highest prevalence of common mental disorders (CMDs) globally. This systematic review and meta-analysis report the pooled prevalence of CMDs among the South Asian countries. Database searches were conducted in eight electronic databases. Titles, abstracts, full-text screening, and extraction of data on the event rate of ... Read more >>

Front Psychiatry (Frontiers in psychiatry)
[2020, 11:573150]

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Characterization of native plant growth promoting rhizobacteria and their anti-oomycete potential against Phytophthora capsici affecting chilli pepper (Capsicum annum L.).

Sajjad Hyder, Amjad Shahzad Gondal, Zarrin Fatima Rizvi, Raees Ahmad, Muhammad Mohsin Alam, Abdul Hannan, Waqas Ahmed, Nida Fatima, M Inam-Ul-Haq,

Phytophthora capsici is a notorious fungus which infects many crop plants at their early and late growth stages. In the present study, twelve P. capsici isolates were morphologically characterized, and based on pathogenicity assays; two highly virulent isolates causing post-emergence damping-off on locally cultivated chilli pepper were screened. Two P. ... Read more >>

Sci Rep (Scientific reports)
[2020, 10(1):13859]

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The relationship between methionine synthase rs1805087 polymorphism and hematological cancers risk.

Yanliang Bai, Emmanuel Kwateng Drokow, Hafiz Abdul Waqas Ahmed, Juanjuan Song, Gloria Selorm Akpabla, Maame Awoyoe Kumah, Emmanuel Bamfo Agyekum, Enyonam Adjoa Neku, Kai Sun,

Background: The relationship between hematological cancer susceptibility and methionine synthase MTR A2756G (rs1805087) polymorphism is inconclusive based on data from past studies. Hence, this updated meta-analysis was conducted to investigate the relationship between methionine synthase reductase (MTR) rs1805087 polymorphism and hematological cancers. Method: We searched EMBASE, Google Scholar, Ovid and ... Read more >>

Future Oncol (Future oncology (London, England))
[2020, 16(28):2219-2233]

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Screening of postpartum depression among new mothers in Istanbul: a psychometric evaluation of the Turkish Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale.

Perran Boran, Ahmed Waqas, Öykü Özbörü Aşkan, İrem Topçu, Tugay Dogan, Atif Rahman,

OBJECTIVE:This study is the first concerted effort to ascertain factor structure of EPDS using evidence based analytical techniques. It is the most widely used scale for assessing postpartum depression in Turkey, and yet no investigations have been conducted to assess it factor structure. This study was conducted from April 2012 ... Read more >>

BMC Res Notes (BMC research notes)
[2020, 13(1):355]

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Prevalence of perinatal depression and its determinants in Mainland China: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

Anum Nisar, Juan Yin, Ahmed Waqas, Xue Bai, Duolao Wang, Atif Rahman, Xiaomei Li,

BACKGROUND:Perinatal depression is a maternal mental health condition that is associated with various adverse health outcomes both for the mothers and the babies. The study aim was to estimate the prevalence of perinatal depression and its risks and determinants in Mainland China. METHODS:Systematic searches were conducted in 10 major databases ... Read more >>

J Affect Disord (Journal of affective disorders)
[2020, 277:1022-1037]

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A scientometric analysis of birth cohorts in South Asia: Way forward for Pakistan.

Ahmed Waqas, Shamsa Zafar, Deborah A Lawlor, John Wright, Assad Hafeez, Ikhlaq Ahmad, Siham Sikander, Atif Rahman,

The present study aims to: a) systematically map the of birth cohort studies from the South Asian region b) examine the major research foci and landmark contributions from these cohorts using reproducible scientometric techniques and c) offer recommendations on establishing new birth cohorts in Pakistan, building upon the strengths, weaknesses ... Read more >>

PLoS One (PloS one)
[2020, 15(7):e0235385]

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Prevalence of depression among university students in low and middle income countries (LMICs): a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Parveen Akhtar, Lu Ma, Ahmed Waqas, Sadiq Naveed, Yixuan Li, Atif Rahman, Youfa Wang,

INTRODUCTION:Though university years are peak time for the onset of many mental health problems including depression, knowledge on the prevalence of depressive symptoms among university students in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) is limited. This study examined the prevalence of depressive symptoms among university students in LMICs. METHODS:We systematically searched ... Read more >>

J Affect Disord (Journal of affective disorders)
[2020, 274:911-919]

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Improving access to psychosocial interventions for perinatal depression in low- and middle-income countries: lessons from the field.

Atif Rahman, Ahmed Waqas, Anum Nisar, Huma Nazir, Siham Sikander, Najia Atif,

Over 90% women with perinatal depression in low and middle-income countries do not receive treatment. Scale-up of evidence-based psychosocial interventions is a key challenge. We developed the Thinking Healthy Programme (THP), a psychosocial intervention that can be delivered by non-specialist providers such as community health workers in primary and secondary ... Read more >>

Int Rev Psychiatry (International review of psychiatry (Abingdon, England))
[2020, :1-4]

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Screening of postpartum depression among new mothers in Istanbul: a psychometric evaluation of the Turkish Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale

Perran Boran, Ahmed Waqas, Öykü Ozboru Askan, İrem Topçu, Tugay Dogan, Atif Rahman,

Abstract Objective This study is the first concerted effort to ascertain factor structure of EPDS using evidence based analytical techniques. It is the most widely used scale for assessing postpartum depression in Turkey, and yet no investigations have been conducted to assess it factor structure. This study was conducted from ... Read more >>

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MON-126 Telemedicine Interventions for Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

Jorge César Correia, Hafsa Meraj, Soo Huat Teoh, Ahmed Waqas, Zoltan Pataky, Alain Golay,

AbstractDiabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with significant morbidity, mortality and poor quality of life. It also has substantial social and financial implications because over 75% of patients with DM live in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). In this context, it is often opined that diabetes care can be improved by ... Read more >>

(Journal of the Endocrine Society)
[2020, 4(Suppl 1):]

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Exosomes: Applications in Respiratory Infectious Diseases and Prospects for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Jia Feng, Ahmed Waqas, Zhihan Zhu, Lukui Chen,

Exosomes are small extracellular vesicles of 30-150 nm diameter secreted by almost all cells. In recent years, with continuous deeper understanding of exosomes physiological functions, different reports have proven that exosomes can facilitate cell-to-cell communication by binding to target cells and transferring their contents, together with RNAs, DNAs, proteins, and ... Read more >>

J Biomed Nanotechnol (Journal of biomedical nanotechnology)
[2020, 16(4):399-418]

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The relationship between leukemia and TP53 gene codon Arg72Pro polymorphism: analysis in a multi-ethnic population.

Emmanuel Kwateng Drokow, Yuqing Chen, Hafiz Abdul Waqas Ahmed, Timothy Bonney Oppong, Gloria Selorm Akpabla, Yanru Pei, Maame Awoyoe Kumah, Enyonam Adjoa Neku, Kai Sun,

Aim: Many studies have analyzed the relationship between Arg72Pro polymorphism of TP53 and leukemia; nevertheless, the findings continue to be indeterminate. We, therefore, performed an updated meta-analysis in multi-ethnic groups using specialized software for genome-wide association studies meta-analysis. Materials & methods: PubMed, EMBASE and Google Scholar were searched up to ... Read more >>

Future Oncol (Future oncology (London, England))
[2020, 16(14):923-937]

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Association of Maternal depression with diet: A systematic review.

Rukhsana Khan, Ahmed Waqas, Arshia Bilal, Zille Huma Mustehsan, Juwayria Omar, Atif Rahman,

This review was conducted to explore the bi-directional association of maternal depression with diet. This link is hypothesized because the mental health of pregnant women may adversely affect their nutritional intake; or inversely, that poor nutritional intake during pregnancy may cause mental health issues. Seven electronic databases were searched to ... Read more >>

Asian J Psychiatr (Asian journal of psychiatry)
[2020, 52:102098]

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Psychosocial interventions on perinatal depression in China: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

Juan Yin, Anum Nisar, Ahmed Waqas, Yan Guo, Wen Li Qi, Duolao Wang, Atif Rahman, Xiaomei Li,

BACKGROUND:The prevalence of perinatal depression is 16.3% in China and has shown a rising trend in the last decade. However, few studies summarized psychosocial interventions for perinatal depression in this country. This study aimed at evaluating and characterizing psychosocial interventions for perinatal depression in Mainland China. METHODS:Ten major English and ... Read more >>

J Affect Disord (Journal of affective disorders)
[2020, 271:310-327]

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Psychosocial predictors of antenatal stress in Pakistan: perspectives from a developing country.

Ahmed Waqas, Muhammad Zubair, Sadiq Zia, Hafsa Meraj, Kapil Kiran Aedma, Muhammad Hassan Majeed, Sadiq Naveed,

OBJECTIVE:Antenatal stress is highly prevalent globally and is associated with adverse physical and psychiatric morbidities and adverse neonatal outcomes. However, the burden of antenatal stress and its psychosocial predicators have not been explored in context of the Pakistani sociocultural environment. The present study explores the prevalence of antenatal stress and ... Read more >>

BMC Res Notes (BMC research notes)
[2020, 13(1):160]

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Comparative Analysis of miRNA Expression Profiles Between Heat-Tolerant and Heat-Sensitive Genotypes of Flowering Chinese Cabbage Under Heat Stress Using High-Throughput Sequencing.

Waqas Ahmed, Ronghua Li, Yanshi Xia, Guihua Bai, Kadambot H M Siddique, Hua Zhang, Yansong Zheng, Xinquan Yang, Peiguo Guo,

Heat stress disturbs cellular homeostasis, thus usually impairs yield of flowering Chinese cabbage (Brassica campestris L. ssp. chinensis var. utilis Tsen et Lee). MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play a significant role in plant responses to different stresses by modulating gene expression at the post-transcriptional level. However, the roles that miRNAs and their ... Read more >>

Genes (Basel) (Genes)
[2020, 11(3):]

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Development and validation of Attitude Toward Nutrition Counselling Questionnaire for use among Kuwaiti healthcare professionals.

Nouf S Al-Mughamis, Abdullah A Alayoub, Hafsa Meraj, Ahmed Waqas,

OBJECTIVE:This study aims to report the developmental processes and validation of Attitude Toward Nutrition Questionnaire in Arabic language. RESULTS:A total of 173 (response rate = 86.93%) participants responded to the survey. There were a total of 92 (53.2%) nutritionists and 81(46.8%) doctors/surgeons. Principal component analyses revealed followed by visualization of Cattell's scree ... Read more >>

BMC Res Notes (BMC research notes)
[2020, 13(1):62]

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Development & Validation of Attitude Toward Nutrition Counselling Questionnaire for use among Kuwaiti healthcare professionals

Nouf ALMughamis, Abdullah Alayoub, Hafsa Meraj, Ahmed Waqas,

Abstract Objective This study aims to report the developmental processes and validation of Attitude Toward Nutrition Questionnaire in Arabic language. Results A total of 173 (response rate= 86.93%) participants responded to the survey. There were a total of 92 (53.2%) nutritionists and 81(46.8%) doctors/surgeons. Principal component analyses revealed followed by ... Read more >>

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Measuring the implementation strength of a perinatal mental health intervention delivered by peer volunteers in rural Pakistan.

Ikhlaq Ahmad, Nadia Suleman, Ahmed Waqas, Najia Atif, Abid Ali Malik, Amina Bibi, Shaffaq Zulfiqar, Anum Nisar, Hashim Javed, Ahmed Zaidi, Zainab S Khan, Siham Sikander,

The South Asian region, including Pakistan, reports one of the highest rates of perinatal depression. Effective task-shifting perinatal mental health interventions exist and are gaining attention of policy makers, as a potential solution to bridge the existing treatment gap. However, no specific indicators are available to gauge the level of ... Read more >>

Behav Res Ther (Behaviour research and therapy)
[2020, 130:103559]

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Iron and prebiotic fortified flour improves the immune function of iron deficient women of childbearing age.

Abdul Momin Rizwan Ahmad, Waqas Ahmed, Sanaullah Iqbal, Muhammad Hassan Mushtaq, Riffat Aysha Anis,

Micronutrient deficiencies (MNDs) are common worldwide, in both developing as well as developed countries. MNDs such as Iron Deficiency not only compromise the nutritional status of individuals but can also put them at an increased risk of developing various other diseases by negatively affecting their immunity. The objective of the ... Read more >>

Pak J Pharm Sci (Pakistan journal of pharmaceutical sciences)
[2020, 33(1(Supplementary)):253-261]

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