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    ABSTRACT: The nosocomial transmission of Candida albicans in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) is an increasing concern and understanding the route of this transmission is critical for adequate infection control measures. The aim of our study was to assess the likeliness of nosocomial acquisition of C. albicans in the NICU of Farhat Hached hospital in Sousse (Tunisia). We genotyped 82 isolates from 40 neonates and 7 isolates from 5 health care workers (HCWs) with onychomycosis, by using CDC3 microsatellite length polymorphism (MLP) and the high-resolution melting (HRM) analysis. Combined MLP and HRM CD3 analysis led to the delineation of 12 genotypes. Five temporal clustering caused by five genotypes occurred during the study period. Three of these genotypes were isolated in both neonates and HCWs. The first clustering included 28 isolates obtained between January 2003 and May 2004 from 16 neonates and 2 HCWs. The second clustering included three isolates collected in 2004 from three neonates and two HCWs. The third clustering included 11 isolates obtained from 6 neonates and 1 HCW in 2006. The two remaining clustering could not be associated with any HCW's contamination. These results argue for the nosocomial transmission of C. albicans in our NICU. The combined MLP and HRM analysis is a rapid first approach for tracking cross-contamination.
    DNA and cell biology 02/2012; 31(7):1161-6.
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    ABSTRACT: The image of the Tunisian doctor seems to have lost some of its aura and social value. Aim: To evaluate the medical profession's social image and to identify the reasons of a possible dissatisfaction by interviewing a sample of 200 adults in the District of Tunis. Population was selected according to the method of quotas depending of sex, age and instruction degree. One hundred and ninety nine persons aged 20 years and above were included. Collection of data was made by an interview and included 4 items: identification of respondent, expected qualities of medical doctor, satisfaction level regarding health services, comparison between general medicine and specialists. Chi-2 test was done for comparison of proportions. In order to classify professions according to income and prestige a score was calculated. It ranged from 10% (10th rank) to 100% (1st rank). Patience and availability were quoted as particularly essential requirements in a doctor. Yet only 35.7% of the interviewees reported being satisfied by their doctor's qualities. A general dissatisfaction regarding health services was also noted. Our sample's perception of professional prestige rated industrials over doctors by placing them in first position. With regards to the perception of best-paid jobs, doctors were classed third after industrials and important traders. In order to counter these deficiencies and to preserve doctors' social image and their place in society, it is imperative to change our understanding of their training and recycling and also to improve their purchasing power as it is the unquestionable guarantee of the preservation and durability of their public image.
    La Tunisie médicale 03/2011; 89(3):236-42.
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    ABSTRACT: Local data about prevalence of obesity in emerging countries are rather scarce. Risk factors for obesity, well known in most industrialized countries, are poorly understood in Tunisia. To assess prevalence of overweight and obesity and to investigate associations with possible risk factors in a group of 6-12 year- old schoolchildren in Tunis, Tunisia. A descriptive transversal study including a sample of 1335 schoolchildren (6-12 years; mean: 9.7 ± 1.5 years) was conducted in Tunis. Personal and parental data were collected by questionnaires completed by parents. Height and weight were measured and body mass index was calculated. Prevalence of overweight and obesity was defined based on international agreed cut-off points. Results: Prevalence of overweight and obesity was 19.7% and 5.7%, respectively. Risk factors associated with overweight were: high degree- educated mother and father: 17.3% vs 11.7% (p=.01) (OR (95%CI): 1.58; 1.09-2.29) and 26% vs 17.4% (p=.002) (OR: 1.66; 1.21-2.29), respectively; mother, father high in occupational hierarchy: 7.2% vs 3.6% (p=0.009) (OR: 2.1; 1.2-3.7) and 14% vs 9% (p=.014) (OR: 1.6; 1.1-2.48), respectively. Overweight children had a significantly higher consumption of bread (p=.044), of snack intake (p=0.046) and of soft drink consumption (p=.035). Prevalence of overweight and obesity in this cohort are 19.7% and 5.7%, respectively. Substantial differences in food choices in families with the highest socio-economic status are among risk factors contributing to obesity development.
    La Tunisie médicale 01/2011; 89(1):50-4.

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