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Kim S.-S.,Ewha Womans University | Kim-Godwin Y.S.,University of North Carolina at Wilmington | Koenig H.G.,Duke University | Koenig H.G.,King Abudlaziz University
Journal of Religion and Health | Year: 2016

Spirituality has been regarded as an individual and private matter; consequently, research on spirituality as a family phenomenon has been largely neglected. In addition, most published research has been focused on Western cultures. The purpose of this study was to explore the experience of family spirituality and how it influences health among Korean-American elderly couples who are the first generation to reside in the Southeastern USA. A thematic and interpretive data analysis method was used. Thirteen elderly couples (N = 26) participated in in-depth individual interviews in Korean with the primary author. Interviews were audio-taped, transcribed, and then translated by two bilingual researchers with a background in Korean and American culture. Three main themes of family spirituality were identified: (1) family togetherness, (2) family interdependence, and (3) family coping. Also, participants reported that family spirituality strengthened family health by fostering family commitment, improving emotional well-being, developing new healthy behaviors, and providing healing experiences. This finding implies that healthcare providers need to assess family spiritual issues of elderly couples to maximize their strengths for coping with health problems. As our society becomes more culturally diverse, healthcare providers should seek to understand family spirituality from different cultural perspectives to develop a more holistic approach to care. © 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York. Source

Attia Y.A.,King Abudlaziz University | Ellakany H.F.,Damanhour University | Abd El-Hamid A.E.,Damanhour University | Ghazaly S.A.,Damanhour University
Archiv fur Geflugelkunde | Year: 2013

Summary: The effect of glucomannan, acetic acid, a probiotic product, a combination of acetic acid and glucomannan as well as an antibiotic in drinking water was studied on health and productive performance of 210 Brown Bovans male layer chicks experimentally infected with Salmonella enteritidis at day one of age. Two other groups were, respectively, infected and untreated, not infected controls. In vivo performance was recorded along the trial. At regular intervals samples of internal organs and blood were collected to detect the percentage of infection and blood parameters. Results showed that supplementation with acetic acid + prebiotic improved body weight (P < 0.01), feed conversion ratio and resulted in a decreased isolation rate of S. enter-itidis from the liver, spleen and cecum. In addition, this mixture decreased hepatocellular leakage as shown of liver AST and ALT enzymes and plasma creatinine (P < 0.01). © Verlag Eugen Ulmer, Stuttgart. Source

Platt S.P.,Virginia Commonwealth University | Attah I.K.,Virginia Commonwealth University | Aziz S.,King Abudlaziz University | El-Shall M.S.,Virginia Commonwealth University
Journal of Chemical Physics | Year: 2015

Dimer radical cations of aromatic and polycyclic aromatic molecules are good model systems for a fundamental understanding of photoconductivity and ferromagnetism in organic materials which depend on the degree of charge delocalization. The structures of the dimer radical cations are difficult to determine theoretically since the potential energy surface is often very flat with multiple shallow minima representing two major classes of isomers adopting the stacked parallel or the T-shape structure. We present experimental results, based on mass-selected ion mobility measurements, on the gas phase structures of the naphthalene+. . naphthalene homodimer and the naphthalene+. . benzene heterodimer radical cations at different temperatures. Ion mobility studies reveal a persistence of the stacked parallel structure of the naphthalene+. . naphthalene homodimer in the temperature range 230-300 K. On the other hand, the results reveal that the naphthalene+. . benzene heterodimer is able to exhibit both the stacked parallel and T-shape structural isomers depending on the experimental conditions. Exploitation of the unique structural motifs among charged homo- and heteroaromatic-aromatic interactions may lead to new opportunities for molecular design and recognition involving charged aromatic systems. © 2015 AIP Publishing LLC. Source

Attia Y.A.,King Abudlaziz University | El-Tahawy W.S.,Damanhour University | Abd El-Hamid A.E.-H.E.,King Abudlaziz University | Hassan S.S.,Damanhour University | And 2 more authors.
Italian Journal of Animal Science | Year: 2012

A total of 210 unsexed 1-day old Arbor Acres broiler chicks were wing banded and randomly distributed among 30 cages of 7 birds per cage keeping equal initial BW during days 1-20 of age. A factorial design (2×3) was used in which there were two feed forms (mash vs crumble diet) and three enzyme treatments (unsupplemented, phytase, phytase plus multienzyme). Each treatment was replicated 5 times with 7 chicks per replicate. Body weight (BW), body weight gain (BWG) and feed conversion ratio (FCR) of fed chicks were significantly improved when the crumble diet was administered. However, feed intake of chicks fed on the crumble feeds was significantly lower than those fed the mash diet. Digestibility of ether extract and crude fiber was significantly greater in groups fed the crumble diet than those fed the mash diet. Enzyme supplementation significantly and similarly increased growth and production index, and improved FCR. Also greater digestibility of crude protein and crude ash was observed but growth during days 8-14 of age and crude fibre digestibility were significantly greater in chicks receiving the multienzyme plus phytase supplement than those receiving phytase alone. Crumble feed supplemented with multienzyme resulted in the highest performance and nutrient digestibility of broilers during days 1-20 of age. © Y.A. Attia et al., 2012. Source

Attia Y.A.,King Abudlaziz University | Attia Y.A.,Damanhour University | Allakany H.F.,Damanhour University | Abd Al-Hamid A.E.,Damanhour University | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition | Year: 2013

An experiment was conducted to determine whether some non-nutritive feed additives (NNFA) could block the adverse effects of aflatoxin (AF) on growth performance and physiological parameters of Cobb broilers throughout the period from 1 to 21day of age. There were eight treatments consisting of two levels of AF at 0 and 200ppb and four NNFA within each AF level. These additives included mannan oligosaccharides (MOS) at 2g/kg diet, hydrated sodium calcium aluminosilicate (HSCAS) at 2g/kg diet and Lactobacillus acidophilus (Lac) at 2g/kg diet. At 21day of age, five chickens of each treatment were slaughtered to study dressing percentage and relative weight of inner organs and glands. AF had a significant negative effect on body weight gain (BWG), and feed intake, while impairing feed conversion ratio (FCR). Aflatoxin significantly increased percentage liver, lymphocyte (%), monocyte (%), serum triglyceride level, and the aspartate aminotransferase (AST), and alanine aminotransferase (ALT), concentrations while decreasing dressing percentage, intestinal percentage, white blood cells (WBCs), red blood cells (RBCs), haemoglobin (Hgb), packed cell volume (PCV), heterophil (%), heterophil/lymphocyte ratio, total serum protein and serum albumin. Aflatoxin adversely affected the morphology of the liver, bursa and the thymus. There was a significant interaction between AF and NNFA on the relative weights of liver, heart and intestine. Lac completely blocked the negative effects of AF on the percentage liver and the heart and partially on the intestine. In conclusion, Lac was most effective in reversing the adverse effects of AF on growth and FCR and on the percentage, functions and morphology of the liver. Hydrated sodium calcium aluminosilicate also improved the economic traits of broilers but was less effective than Lac and more effective than MOS. © 2012 Blackwell Verlag GmbH. Source

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