An-Najah Blogs :: Samar Musmar An-Najah Blogs :: Samar Musmar en-us Sun, 23 Feb 2020 00:40:57 IST Sun, 23 Feb 2020 00:40:57 IST Prevalence of Allergic Rhinitis and it’s Risk Factors Among An-Najah University Students - Nablus, Pakistan ArticlesBackground: Inhalant allergic conditions such as seasonal and perennial allergic rhinitis are becoming quite common The effect of allergy on an individuals quality of life and the extent to which it may restrict daily activities is often overlooked Controlling allergies can significantly decrease health care cost The purpose of this study is to estimate the prevalence of allergic rhinitis among young adults in Palestine represented by An- Najah University students Methods: The study sample consisted of around 1000 52 females 48 males randomly selected students from all colleges of the University Data were collected through structured interview including questionnaire filling All data were analysed using SPSS program applying Chi-square test with 95 level of significant P value = 005 Results: Allergic rhinitis prevalence rate was 31 and the percentage of patients who reported to have allergic rhinitis was 381; there was no statistically significant association between allergic rhinitis and gender smoking place of living and other housing conditions On the other hand the relationship between allergic rhinitis and weight loss deep sleeping chronic respiratory infections nasal polyps anxiety and sleep apnoea was a statistically significant relationship p value 005 The triggers that have a large effect on the health of the population sample for allergic rhinitis were respiratory infections tyre burning and war gases house dust strong odours auto exhaust smoke and weather changes 497 49 1 467 406 339 338 342 respectively Conclusion: Results show relatively lower allergic rhinitis prevalence in Palestine compared to some neighbouring countries but were consistent with studies done in Turkey The results confirmed the strong relationship of Allergic Rhinitis and respiratory infections and AsthmaEpidimiology of Aerobic Bacterial Infections among IUD (Intrauterine ‎Device) Users in the Northern West Bank ArticlesIntra uterine device IUD is the most popular method of contraception among Palestinian women It is one of the very effective contraceptive methods with very small failure rate Infection has been the main problem that faces women using IUD all over the world The aim of this study is to explore the epidemiological pattern of aerobic bacterial infections among IUD users in Northern West Bank Palestine A study sample included two hundred women 134 IUD users and 66 non-IUD users from MOH Ministry of Health FP family planning clinics These women were randomly selected interviewed then cervical swabs were collected and cultured for aerobic bacteria all data were analyzed using SPSS software The study results showed overall significant higher rate of isolated bacteria among IUD users compared to non-users P value 005 with a significant relationship between infection and the type of IUD However there was no overall significance in relation to duration of use P value 005 More than 50 of the positive culture results were predominant bacteria and some 40 were potentially pathogenic ? Hemolytic streptococcus was the most frequent of the former and E Coli of the latter Overall the study results were consistent with the current literaturePattern and Factors Affecting Pap Smear Test in Nablus, a Retrospective Study Articles Background: This retrospective study was performed at the Family Practice clinic Nablus in the West BankPalestine The objective of the study was to determine pattern and factors influencing pap smear test and involved 201 women visiting the clinic for different gynecologic problems during the year 2002 Methods: We analyzed the records of all patients who had pap smear done during this period categorizing their age occupation level of education their obstetric history including number of deliveries methods of contraception and menstrual period regularity Results: About 12 of the study sample had abnormal precursors of cervical cancer results and the majority 88 had normal and benign changes There was no statistically significant relationship between the cervical cytology pap results and age occupation education smoking parity contraceptive method or frequency of genital infections Conclusion: More than 50 of women in the study heard about pap test through their doctor Primary health care doctors and gynecologists are encouraged to offer pap tests for their patients A screening program for cervical cancer is called for through collaboration between all Palestinian health providers