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Mohammed Khalid Alruzayhi, Muath Salman Almuhaini, Akrm Ibrahem Alwassel and Osama Mansour Alateeq

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The current study aims to investigate the effect of smartphone usage on the upper extremity performance among Saudi youth. A goniometer to measure the Range of Motion (ROM), the Smartphone Addiction Scale (SAS), McGill Pain scale and Chattanooga stabilizer were used to perform the current study on a sample of 300 university students from Al-Imam Mohammed Bin Saud University. The results have shown that smartphone addiction is negatively correlated to the elbow flexion, shoulder flexion, shoulder extension, shoulder abduction, shoulder adduction, and both shoulder internal and external rotation. Furthermore, the results have shown that McGill pain scores were positively correlated to elbow flexion, shoulder flexion, shoulder extension, shoulder abduction, shoulder adduction, and both shoulder internal and external rotation. The study has concluded that smartphone usage among Saudi youth negatively affects the upper extremity and causes a significant increase in the pain intensity. The study has recommended that there is an urgent need for a significant awareness campaign to warn the community regarding the impact of using smartphones for long periods of time.

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Jonathan Rusert, Osama Khalid, Dat Hong, Zubair Shafiq and Padmini Srinivasan

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There is a natural tension between the desire to share information and keep sensitive information private on online social media. Privacy seeking social media users may seek to keep their location private by avoiding the mentions of location revealing words such as points of interest (POIs), believing this to be enough. In this paper, we show that it is possible to uncover the location of a social media user’s post even when it is not geotagged and does not contain any POI information. Our proposed approach Jasoos achieves this by exploiting the shared vocabulary between users who reveal their location and those who do not. To this end, Jasoos uses a variant of the Naive Bayes algorithm to identify location revealing words or hashtags based on both temporal and atemporal perspectives. Our evaluation using tweets collected from four different states in the United States shows that Jasoos can accurately infer the locations of close to half a million tweets corresponding to more than 20,000 distinct users (i.e., more than 50% of the test users) from the four states. Our work demonstrates that location privacy leaks do occur despite due precautions by a privacy conscious user. We design and evaluate countermeasures based Jasoos to mitigate location privacy leaks.

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Muhammad Ali Khalid, Jawaid Iqbal, Hassan Liaquat Memon, Farina M. Hanif, Muhammad Osama Tariq Butt, Nasir Hassan Luck and Zain Majid

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Background and Objectives

Gastrointestinal symptoms are common in patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) among which dyspepsia is frequently observed. The aim of the study was to determine the frequency and associations of dyspepsia in ESRD patients using the Leeds questionnaire.

Methods

All ESRD patients on maintenance hemodialysis were consecutively enrolled in the study. Leeds questionnaire was used to interrogate the patients for the assessment of dyspepsia. Mean and standard deviation were calculated for age, body mass index (BMI), disease duration and number of hemodialysis sessions. Independent t-test and Chi square tests were used for statistical analysis.

Results

Total number of patients was 200, out which 118 (59.3%) were male. The mean age was of 41.4 years. According to the Leeds questionnaire, dyspepsia was present in 62 (63.9%) patients. Younger patients (age 20–40 years) more frequently had dyspeptic symptoms (61.5% patients), retrosternal pain (156 patients, 78.0%), regurgitation (127 patients, 63.5%), dysphagia (67 patients, 33.5%), and nausea (142 patients, 71.0%). Patients presented with intermittent pattern of symptoms in 179 (89.5%) cases, while continuous symptoms in 6 (3.0%). Dyspepsia was associated with aspartate aminotransferase (AST) levels > 25 U/L (P = 0.001), alanine aminotransferase (ALT) levels > 28U/L (P = 0.000) and gamma glutamyl transferase (GGT) levels > 34 U/L (P = 0.002). On multivariate analysis, urea, creatinine, and presenting symptoms of dysphagia and belching showed significant statistical association with dyspepsia.

Conclusion

Dyspepsia is a common problem affecting patients with end stage renal disease and is associated with raised serum AST, ALT and GGT in such patients.