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Online accounts of “The First Pet Veterinary Clinic” in Amman

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FirstPetClinic.Jo 

•Google: https://www.google.de/maps/place/First+Pet+Veterinary+clinic/@31.959167,35.868328,15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x1a76717692d5e52b!8m2!3d31.959167!4d35.868328

• YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyWfbtBCb-EM9FLBVfmNrYw

• Jeeran: http://jo.jeeran.com/en/p/first-pet-veterinary-clinic-amman

 

Nice list and summary of the vet clinics in Amman

Link:

Veterinarian Clinics in Amman

 

For info: No longer are Google Ads displayed in the blog

زيارة مسلة ميشع في متحف اللوفر في باريس، فرنسا، حزيران 2017

عند ولادتي، والتي كانت في المستشفى الإيطالي في الكرك، جاءت جدتي للمستشفى. أحبت إحدى الممرضات (وكانت راهبة إيطالية) عمل إختبار لجدتي. أدخلتها على غرفة الخداج التي أنا وطفلين آخرين فيها. ثم طلبت من جدتي التعرف على حفيدها. جدتي تمكنت من ذلك بسرعة حيث أشارت إلي وقالت: “خية… هاظا العيل تبعنا”.

يوم أمس زرت باريس للمرة الأولى في حياتي. بالنسبة لي يرتبط اسم باريس مع أشياء كثيرة من أهمها متحف اللوفر، أكبر متحف في العالم مع عدد زائربن سنوي يتجاوز السبعة ملايين زائر. اسم اللوفر يرتبط أكيداً بدوره بلوحة الموناليزا.

قبل أن أزور الموناليزا أو أن أحاول أن أري أكبر قدر معين من القطع الأثرية في اللوفر، كان هدفي الأول أن أرى “العيل تبعنا”، كأردنيين، لنا في متحف اللوفر، من ضمن الأكثر من حوالي الـ38 ألف قطعة أثرية الموجودة في المتحف توجد مسلة ميشع الملك المؤابي. أكتشفت هذه المسلة حسب ويكيبيديا عام 1868 في مدينة ذيبان في محافظة ماديبا. رأيت نسخة منها في متحف الآثار في قلعة الكرك قبل حوالي 10 سنوات. في اللوفر رأيت النسخة الأصلية! كشحص غير متخصص في الآثار، لم أرى فرقا كبيرا بين النسختين.لذلك، إستطعت بسرعة أن أتعرف على “العيل” تبعنا 

أخيرا وليس آخرا، جميل جدا تمثيل عدد كبير من الحضارات الإنسانية في مكان واحد!

 
# مقالة ويكيبيديا عن مسلة ميشع: https://ar.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D9%86%D9%82%D8%B4_%D9%85%D9%8A%D8%B4%D8%B9
 
Moabite in front of the Mesha Stele in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, July 2017

Moabite in front of the Mesha Stele in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, July 2017

Not kissing the statue… Standing only in front of it!

In front of the Goose Girl (Gänseliesel) in Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany

In front of the Goose Girl (Gänseliesel) in Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany

In the background, “the Gänseliesel (English: Goose Girl, Goose Lizzy”, which is according to Wikipedia*, “a fountain which was erected in 1901 in front of the mediaeval town hall of Göttingen, Germany. Although rather small in size, the fountain is the most well-known landmark of the city. Today, it is an essential part of graduation celebrations, for every student who finishes a doctorate at the George August University Göttingen has to climb the fountain and kiss the statue of the goose girl.”

Unfortunately, I did not finish a doctorate at the local university to take a photo of me kissing “the Goose girl”. Therefore, photographing myself in front of it!

Photos of graduates kissing the statue: https://www.google.de/search…

*Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%A4nseliesel

Arab Christians in the Time of ISIS

I came today upon the article below. Christians from Arab countries are fleeing and those remaining, are sometimes discriminated against and of course at other times killed. Israel presents itself, among other things, as a country, where all citizens have equal rights.

I hope that others would learn the importance of being open-minded and accepting minorities!!! In a perfect situation, accepting minorities and respecting them is not a favor, gift, or act of kindness of the majority… It is a right of each citizen to be treated equal under the law! Here in Germany for example, I have quickly and easily noticed how the foreigners are vehemently protected by the state. I wish it existed the same thing in a country like Egypt, where Copts, who are not immigrants, cannot easily have the simple right of building churches. Not to speak of churches being burnt or bombed! 

The article: http://www.bridgesforpeace.com/2015/10/christian-trailblazer-israels-first-arab-manager-of-a-govt-hospital/

Statistics of my blog for the year 2015!

The total number of visits, most visited posts, the most commentators, the top referrals, the countries from which the blog visitors came, etc.  I happily share them publicly! Thanks to all visitors! Any feedback is welcome!

http://jetpack.me/annual-report/66187281/2015/

Ruhrgebiet’s English Book Club (REBoC)

Hello fellow book aficionados!

Welcome to the Ruhrgebiet English Book Club (REBoC), the first Ruhrgebiet-based book club! Lovers of fiction and non-fiction alike are welcome to join us as we will be reading and discussing a large range of books. While it is absolutely not required that English is your first language, be advised that we will be reading only books written in English.

We meet on a monthly basis and we follow the traditional book club format. This means that in each meeting we will decide on what book we want to read and discuss it in the meeting that follows. For this reason, whenever we are finished with one book, each group member is encouraged to recommend a book to the group so that we can explore a variety of literature.

We are based in Bochum but can meet anywhere in the Ruhrgebiet region (Dortmund, Bochum, Essen, Duisburg, and everywhere inbetween), depending on what attending members of any given event want.

We look forward to meeting you all!

URL of the meetup group: http://www.meetup.com/de/ruhrgebiet-english-book-club

  • First meetup: “Meet ‘n’ Greet + Decide On Our First Book!”, Saturday 12.12.2015, 16:00, link.

– REBoC-Team
(Description was last updated: 22.11.2015)

English Book Club (Dortmund, Bochum and surroundings)

I searched and asked a lot and then much surprised that I had not found an English book club in or around Dortmund. Even in whole North Rhein-Westphalia, I only found one in Düsseldorf! I kept asking people until one told me, “You did not find one! Then establish one!”. So, here I am trying it!

Are there any people interested? We can meet in Dortmund or Bochum? What do you think? Any suggestions?

URL of the group:

– MeetUp: www.meetup.com/de/English-Book-Club-Meetup/

 

26.07.2015

The weekend was very long! In contrary to the saying that good times pass quickly, I achieved a lot in this weekend and it did not pass quickly! The reason is that on Saturday I remaind in my apartment. I did the groceries shopping on Friday afternoon.

What did I do in the weekend? I re-activated Facebook and then looked a little bit in some of the profiles of my friends, then deactivated it again! I read 3-4 papers over evolutionary psychiatry and read many Wikipedia articles related to evolution and philosophy. Moreover I read almost half of the simplified philosophy book “Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar”. It was intereseting, particularly the jokes in it! Philosophy is interesting. Shall I do a master in philosophy? Are there English master programs in philosophy in Germany? I searched quickly for that a few weeks ago and did not find any! In addition, I washed my clothes for 2,5 Euro! Finally, I bought this certain membership to satisfy my curiosity about something. I think it is too expensive but it, for example, encouraged me today to publish a video about talking history in German. I think it would be a famous video! It is one of its kind on YouTube! Aber speaking about my German grammar, it was horrible! I did not hear myself speaking so long before.I think this is because when I talk in every day life, I try to be quick rather than concentrating about what I am saying. I should correct that! This video helped me realise that very clearly.

Prof. Jean Decety visits Jordan. He mentioned that in a comment adressing me on Facebook 🙂 His lecture in Amman influenced me a lot. Will it influence me more?

I looked into the exam of the MRCPsych. It is not hard. But the question is: Should I remain in the psychiatry? Psychotherapy was very difficult for me. Should I now change the deparment and work with addiction patients? I think so. This seems a good option. I can leran more German and it is not “dangerous” and stressful to work in such a department.

What also? Yes, for the next three weeks I would be working alone in my ward. My senior physician is in holiday for three weeks 🙂

When should I take a holiday?

I should register for CME events!

I habe 4 hours of driving lessons next weeks. They costs a total of 140 Euro! Very expensive! I must learn quickly and get the driving license. Without a car is it a hell here!!!

I was about to sleep and then turned on the laptop and wrote the above. I think it is worth it! I should write more! If I still want to stick to my adolescense fantasy of being a famous writer! Easily just write!

25.07.2015

I passed last Monday the theoretical driving license exam.And now I am blogging in English? Why? To reach the largest possible audience? In the last 4-6 weeks I contemplated a lot about improving my German langauge. But this improvement happens very slowly. When I go into bookshops, and they are everywhere here in German, I still could not read and understand what is written in the books. German is very hard! How much more one needs to learn German? Probably a lot! But the problem, when I want to publish a research, or read about any thing then reading in English provides me with a lot more information. Wikipedia articles, for example, the English versions of articles are 3-5 times longer and more detailed than the German versions talking about the same topic.

So, if my aim to acquire information and then to publish it, then why learn a new langauge? English is everywhere now in science and in everyday life!

Therefore, I think that I am now more and more going to use and read only English! Investing time in any other langauge in our current time requires a lot of time and effort… And the information and the ability to communicate is the best in English!

Vor kölner Dom

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“Knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about epilepsy and their predictors among university students in Jordan” by Jameel Khaleel Hijazeen et al.

"Knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about epilepsy and their predictors among university students in Jordan" by Jameel Khaleel Hijazeen et al.

• Article title: “Knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about epilepsy and their predictors among university students in Jordan”.

– Jameel Khaleel Hijazeen, MD*; Munir Ahmad Abu-Helalah, MPH, PhD; Hussam Ahmad Alshraideh, MS, PhD; Omar Salameh Alrawashdeh, MS, PhD; Fady Nather Hawa, Tareq Dalbah, MD; Fadi W. Farah, MD.
• Journal title: Epilepsy & Behavior, Imapct Factor 2.061, PubMed-Indexed.
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Thanks to Prof. Mona Mohamed and Prof. Amal Abdelrazeq for their feedback about the study questionnaire and all the research assistants who helps us in data collection (Of note, Ahmad Al-Zu’bi). All respect for all.

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• Study was started in ~October 2012 and final version published online today (5-NOV-2014).
• Full bibliographic details: Epilepsy & Behavior (2014), pp. 238-243
• DOI information: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2014.10.010
*Correspoinding author at: P.O. Box: 61245, Smakieh, Karak, Jordan.

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Abstract

The aim of this cross-sectional study was to assess the knowledge about epilepsy and the attitudes toward people with epilepsy (PWE) and their predictors among university students in Jordan. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed in three of the largest public universities in Jordan, and a total of 500 questionnaires were collected from each university. The number of students who reported that they had heard or read about epilepsy was 1165 (77.6%), and their data were analyzed. A significant proportion of students thought that epilepsy could be caused by the evil spirit (31.5%) and the evil eye (28.1%) or that it could be a punishment from God (25.9%). Epilepsy’s most commonly reported treatment methods were the Holy Quran (71.4%), medications (71.3%), and herbs (29.3%). The most common negative attitudes toward PWE were that the students would refuse to marry someone with epilepsy (50.5%) and that children with epilepsy must join schools for persons with disabilities (44.4%). Male students, students of humanities, and students with a low socioeconomic status tended to have more negative attitudes toward PWE. In conclusion, many students have misconceptions about the causes, treatment, and nature of epilepsy, and students have moderate negative attitudes toward PWE. Universities should have health promotion programs to increase awareness of their students about major public health problems such as epilepsy.

This is not how to do it! According to Arab Media, Arab scientists cured Alzheimer, Multiple Sclerosis, Cancers, HIV… Only to mention a few!

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I am an Arab and no one can deny his origin. I do not! I am just sick about the situation of scientific research in the Arab World. To not take part in the scientific advancement of humanity is something. But what is most distressing in my opinion is that the majority of my fellow Arabs do not seem to criticize what they read, hear and watch in the media! I believe this is particularly problematic in science. They sit as “negative” receivers of many inventions and cures that are reported to be done by Arab scientists. Arabs read them and are very happy about them. The problem is that such achievements are almost always related to diseases or problems that the most advanced countries in the world could not cure or solve. At the end, a “scientist” from a country that cannot invest in science (or can and do not),  comes up and says that he cured diabetes or hypertension, and of course cancer. An Arabic saying says: “How did you know it is a lie? Because of how big it is! كيف عرفت إنها كذبة؟ من كبرها!”. I am not beign pessimistic or trying to let anyone down. But conducting researches of the kind that will result in a cure for diabetes or cancer, require millions of dollars and at least tens of scientists. This research environemnt is almost always not avaialbe in third world countries! And no, I do not believe that some huamns are not capable of making discoveries!

To clarify things, I do not blame the people who are happy about these achivements without scrutinizing them. The way they think is the result of societies and poor educational system  that repress “doubting” and even sometimes forbid asking certain scientific questions, because they are considered to contradict the belief in God and religions. For example, evolution is still frawned upon and almost all of my colleagues whom I talk with about evolution, regard it as something “unproven” and “unscientific” (Read how a discussion about the validity of evolution almost wasted a lecture I attended in Amman by an extremely famous professor, whose mistake was that he only mentioned evolution a few times in his lecture: Prof. Jean Decety in Amman and an interesting Lecture about the Neurobiological Mechanisms of Empathy and Caring for Others). Moreover, almost all of my colleagues never read a book, or even an article, discussing evolution neturally. They based their judgement on views of religious people. For example, back in my Catholic school, the religious Christian teacher skipped a whole chapter in Biology that talks about scientific theories on the origin of life on earth. These theories are of course easily considered to be  contadictory to the biblical story, and to God in general. Although if they were proven one day correct, religious people can easily say, “We just interpreted the scriptures wrongly!” What I can also expect, is that some peoople would start saying that their Holy Book even predicted and talked about these theories hundreds of years ago! Back to my teacher, she certainly did  not listen to such theories, and protected us, her students, from them! What do students know about what is best for them?!

Returnig back to these scientists who claim such large discoveries. Their evidence is almost always not more than few allegedly cured patients, and in some cases even only “one” patient! One patient might be enough as such “scientists” would, for example, bring this patient to a “conference” in which the achivement is announced. Moreover, as you can see in the examples below, interviews are made with the cured patients, like if bringing their testimony is a “scientific evidence”. An example is the second video below from a Al-Jazzera channel, which is a an Arabic report about a Yemeni “scientist” (Abd Al-Majeed Al-Zendani), with no medicine-related university degree (he studied pharmacy for two years and then continued in religious studies, source: wikipedia), curing AIDS and the evidence for this cure are “interviews” with patients whose faces were hidden. This video is of particular interest to me as one of my colleagues in medical school is the one who brought my attention to it. My colleague told me something like, that because Al-Zendani is a Muslim, the USA never allowed his discovery to be spread. Before researching him and his achievment, I certainly told my friend that AIDS is hard to be cured that easy by a scintist from a third world country. My friend was so confident, mainly, because Al-Jazeera made an interview with him! And partly, because the not rare belief that the west is responsible for the miseries of Arabs.

Examples of cured disease by Arab scientists, that developed countries still think cannot be cured:
• It is true that medical text books still teach that diabetes has no cure, but it was “cured”, along with all of its complications, by a professor called “Awad Mansour” from the Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) in 2003:

An Arab scientist could find a treatment for DM. This costed 20 million dollar. The characteristic of this medication is that it cannot only treat DM by decreasing blood sugar level, but treating other conditions resulting from it like renal failure, hypertension, sexual dysfunction, weak sight, destruction of retina, heart attacks, and others.

(الجزيرة نت) نجح باحث عربي في التوصل إلى علاج لمرض السكري يستند إلى الطب البديل(الأعشاب) بعد أبحاث وتجارب استمرت أكثر من تسع سنوات وكلفت حوالي 20 مليون دولار… إن ميزة هذا العلاج أنه لا يعالج السكري عبر تخفيض نسبة السكر في الدم فقط، وإنما أيضا معالجته للأمراض الأخرى الناجمة عنه مثل الفشل الكلوي وارتفاع ضغط الدم والضعف الجنسي وضعف الإبصار والتلف في شبكية العين وجلطات القلب وغيرها.

http://www.aljazeera.net/news/healthmedicine/2003/8/20/%D8%B9%D8%B1%D8%A8%D9%8A-%D9%8A%D9%83%D8%AA%D8%B4%D9%81-%D8%AF%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%A1-%D9%8A%D8%AD%D8%AF%D8%AB-%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%82%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%B9%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AC-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D9%83%D8%B1%D9%8A

• The above professor also cured hypertension in 2006: The following article, published in one main daily Jordanian newspaper, speaks about patients who stopped using drugs after using his medication:

وقال خالد جولاق اردني مقيم في الامارات العربية المتحدة ان والدته كانت تعاني من الضغط المرتفع وبعد استخدام زيت الضغط اصبح وضعها جيدا وحاليا لاتتناول اي نوع من العلاجات .
خالد المدني من الدمام يقول ان ثلاثة اشخاص من المقربين كان اثنان منهم يعانيان من ارتفاع ضغط الدم ويتناولان علاجات الضغط وبعد استخدامهما للعلاج تخلصا من الضغط وهما في حالة صحية جيدة .

المصدر: جريدة الدستور.

• HIs achivements continued with him in 2009 curing Swine Flu. The following article debunks his achivements and speaks that he also claimed to treat cancers, AIDS, and multiple sclerosis. This article explains how he exploited the people to generate money, how law suits were filed against him in Jordan and in Canada, how the Jordanian Food and Drug Administration warns from him, and unfortunately, how this “great” scientists resignated from his univeristy in Jordan and migrated to the USA. What a loss!

أعاد زعم باحث أردني مقيم في ولاية شيكاغو الأميركية اكتشاف أحدث علاج (خلطة عشبية طبيعية) تقضي على فيروس إنفلونزا الخنازير…  ويعتبر البروفسور منصور (58 عاما)، الذي هاجر إلى أميركا بعد استقالته من الجامعة، في حديث إلى “الغد” أنه يتعرض لـ”حرب” من علماء أردنيين بسبب اكتشافاته العشبية “العبقرية” في علاج الأمراض المستعصية (السرطان والإيدز والتصلب اللويحي، بهجت، وغيرها) في وقت عجز العلم عن اكتشاف أدوية شافية لها… ويعتبر البروفسور منصور (58 عاما)، الذي هاجر إلى أميركا بعد استقالته من الجامعة، في حديث إلى “الغد” أنه يتعرض لـ”حرب” من علماء أردنيين بسبب اكتشافاته العشبية “العبقرية” في علاج الأمراض المستعصية (السرطان والإيدز والتصلب اللويحي، بهجت، وغيرها) في وقت عجز العلم عن اكتشاف أدوية شافية لها.

http://www.factjo.com/pages/fullnews.aspx?id=11980

• It is true that medical text-book teach that Alzheimer is not cured, but it was cured by a Jordanian doctor in 2012. This is an Arabic interview in which he speaks about curing it in 20 patients:

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The following ist most problematic and saddening.  The discovery news was and ist still published in the website of Jordan’s official news agency (Petra):

طبيب اردني يتوصل الى علاج مرض الزهايمر

A Jordanian doctor could discover a treatment for Alzheimer
http://www.petra.gov.jo/Public_News/Nws_NewsDetails.aspx?lang=1&site_id=2&NewsID=55684&Type=P

– Following is an Arabic article of me a few weeks about the announcement of that discovery. What prompted me to write this article was reading a piece of news by Reuters (link) that the “US government, [despite the Jordanian doctor’s announced cure weeks before,] sets 2025 as a deadline for discovering a cure… And still, some scientists say that it is too optimistic“. I discussed the news in Reuters and while writing the article, discovered how he was warned against indirectly as a “fabricator” by the Jordanian Medical Association and that no cure for Alzheimer was discovered in Jordan. Interestingly, this time, my mother was the one “believing” in this scientisit. Why? Because he was interviewed on Jordanian TV to talk about his “cure” (برنامج يسعد صباحك)!

الحكومة الأمريكية تحدد عام 2025 كحد أقصى لإكتشاف دواء لعلاج لمرض الزهايمر أو للوقاية منه… ولكن في نفس الوقت، طبيب عربي يتوصل إلى العلاج حسب الخبر الذي نشر في مئات لا بل آلاف الصحف والمواقع الإلكترونية العربية؟

• The following “scientist” should be respected the most, as his lists of achievements does not stop with mutliple sclerosis or diabetes, but also include multiple hereditary, viral, and cancers in all of their types. Yes, all of these diseease were cured in 2006. Wait a minute, is there anything that he does not treat? I used to see this doctor on TV and this is the manuscript of one of his episodes on New TV (Lebanon):

Dr. Abu Baker provided considerable services… in the treatment of multiple hereditary disease … Immune disease… Rheumatoid arthritis… psoriasis…
Then multiple interviews are made with patients who were cured from  Behjet disease, multiple sclerosis, Rheumatoid arthritis, cancer…

قدم الدكتور أبو بكر خدمات جليلة… أمراض وراثية مثل مرض الدوشين و فردريج و بيكر ، و أمراض مناعية مثل التصلب اللويحي ( M S ) و الروماتويد و الصدفية و غيرها من الأمراض التي وصفها الدكتور أبو بكر و العلماء في العالم بأنها أحادية الإتجاه و متزايدة و لا يمكن لها أن تنعكس لتصبح في الإتجاه الإيجابي

http://www.tbeeb.net/ask/showthread.php?t=10337

• AIDS in 2008: A Yemeni “scientists”- Abd Al-Majeed Al-Zendanee

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A friend of mine published today a Facebook post about a Jordanian doctor “curing” a child with type I diabetes. Actually, this is what promoted me to write this post. I wrote to my friend after posting the above links about the Arabic achievements:

“In science, there is no democracy”. There is evidence. And evidence, should be published in scientific Journals before being announced in newspapers, press conferences, and in Aljazeera.net and Saraynews.com. In science, one should always “doubt”. And this does not mean that you are decreasing the respect of the person in front of you or that you have a problem in your personality by being “envious” of others’ achievements. This “achievement” might be true, but “one” case is never “evidence-based medicine”. Maybe this girl was diagnosed wrongly with DM. Could not this be an explanation for her one-of-its-kind cure? If this treatment works, why would not they try it on tens, not to mention hundreds of patients before this doctor, and the example above, go to the media? Of course, such “innocent” way of announcing CURES, would cause an influx of not “one” but tens and hundreds of desperate patients. And certainly, these patients are ready to pay thousands of dinars or dollars, simply because conventional medicine tells that there is “no cure”!

Based on the above, what is the possibility that this one case you saw is really correct and can be followed by others?

At the end, I think the situation of Arabs is scientifically miserable (hopefully it will stop here! But I am afraid it does not). They should start working seriously to improve the situation of research, and in many countries, education. The media amplifying and spreading news such as the above might show that there is an “inferiority complex” that is tried to be solved by saying that this and that Arab was able to make this achivement. So, we Arabs can do it. This is on the large scale. On an individual level, of course, the people who make such claims gain a lot of fame… and money! Money mostly from despearate patients!

Arab and third world countries can firstly improve educational systems… Then achivements and “cures” can flow! This is the true “cure”!

Not a dream: Take online courses from famous universities for FREE!!!

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Will the poor one day have free access to high quality education from the most famous universities in the world? A website called “coursera” is a step in this direction.

A colleague of mine, Hamzeh Itum (Thanks a lot 🙂 ), sent me a link to an online English course that covers research basics for medical professionals (See the course description and the link at the end of post). It is taught by doctors from the University of California, San Francisco. There are online lectures 2-3 times weekly with homework and online quizzes. I thought that it would cost at least tens of dollars. At the end, it turned out that this course, and all courses in this website, even from famous universities, are all FREE! There are thousands of courses that take place in this website in more than ten languages and in different branches of knowledge. However, to get a verifiable certificate at the end of the course, you need to finish assignments before deadlines and pay 60$. Attendance is again FREE.

A lot of respect to whoever came up with this idea and I hope that humanity will invest more money and effort in such websites!

Coursera:

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Understanding Research: An Overview for Health Professionals

 

About the Course:
This course looks at the various aspects of research as it pertains to health.

The course objectives are as follows:

  • Summarize the format of research articles and the research methods included in each section of an article.
  • Analyze and critique research questions, study design, methods including sample selection, bias, data collection procedures, measures, and analysis plan, results, discussion and interpretation of findings.
  • Compare and contrast different quantitative study designs.
  • Analyze the validity and reliability of measures.
  • Understand the ethical and cultural issues related to research methods.

Source: https://www.coursera.org/course/researchforhealth

 

Update 21.08.2014:

Thanks to a Facebook comment by another colleague of mine, Hamza Ayman Arabiyat, I discovered that another website offers “great online courses from the world’s best universities”. It called edX (www.edx.org).

Jordanian researcher [Dr. Munir Abu-Helalah] wins best cancer research award in the Arab world د. منير أبو هلالة يفوز بجائزة أفضل بحث سرطان في الوطن العربي

Congratulations my dear doctor and supervisor in more than five researchers 🙂

http://www.qsnews2wow-u.com/latest_edition/#/51/zoomed

Source: QS News2WOWU, QS Asia, August 2014, http://www.qs-asia.com/main/index.php/news2wowu-latest

 

News in Arabic:

• موقع قناة العربية، 9/4/2014، “سعود بن نايف يدشن جائزة أمير الشرقية لأبحاث السرطان”، الرابط.

• موقع عمون نيوز، 13/4/2014، “الدكتور منير أبو هلاله يحصل على المركز الأول لابحاث السرطان”، الرابط.

• وكالة سرايا الإخبارية، 20/4/204، “د.أبو هلالة يفوز بالمركز الأول لجائزة سعود بن نايف لأبحاث السرطان”، الرابط.

• صحيفة الرياض اليومية، 14/4/2014، “وزارتا الصحة والحرس الوطني تقرران بحث الآثار النفسية على مرضى السرطان بالسعودية”، ، الرابط.

• جريدة الغد الأردنية اليومية، 15/4/2014، “أستاذ في مؤتة يفوز بجائزة الأمير سعود لأبحاث السرطان في الوطن العربي”،  الرابط.

… وهناك أيضاً العشرات من المواقع التي نشرت الخبر. هذا رابط لبحث جوجل عن “منير أبو هلالة” جائزة أبحاث السرطان.

 

An interview with Dr. Munir about the prize on Al-Jazeera Channel:

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How to know/find out if a Journal is PubMed-indexed? A link and explanation

PubMed-indexed Journal

You can find out if a journal is PubMed-indexed through the website of PubMed by searching something called “NLM catalog”. This is a link and above is a screen shot of the page. I noticed that you need to place your search terms between quotation marks (” “) in order for the desired journal to appear. Not using quotation marks will result in many unprecise results. I do not know why. For example, I want to search for the following journal: “Archives of Medical Research“.

Without quotations:

94 results and the journal does not appear within the first 20 results (link).

Archives of Medical Research

 

With quotations:

Three results and the journal’s name appears the first (link)

Archives of Medical Research (2)

 

Finally, after the journal’s name appears, click on it to move to its page. Look for the “Current Indexing Status“. Next to it, it will be written if the journal is currently indexed or not indexed for MEDLINE. Example of an indexed Journal: Archives of Medical Research (link):

Archives of Medical Research - Currently indexed for MEDLINE

Optical illusion in Qasr al Abd ,`Iraq al Amir, ِAmman, Jordan – خداع بصري داخل قصر العبد، عراق الأمير، عمان، الأردن

These photos were taken on 22/06/2014 inside of Qasr al Abd (literal translation from Arabic: palace of the slave) (Wikipeida article) close to the village of ‘Iraq Al Amir (Wikipedia article), Amman, Jordan.

According to Wikipedia, this palace dates back to almost 200 B.C. In it, I saw the largest building stones in a historical place in Jordan. The next photo gives an indication about how large the stones of this palace are.

A nice tourist serving as a scale for this photo

A nice tourist serving as a scale for this photo

 

These are general views from inside the palace:

Qasr al Abd Qasr al Abd Qasr al Abd

 

Inside of the palace, my brother and I did the following “risky” stunt:


Optical illusion inside of Qasr al Abd ,`Iraq al Amir, ِAmman, Jordan خداع بصري داخل قصر العبد، عراق الأمير، عمان، الأردنOptical illusion inside of Qasr al Abd ,`Iraq al Amir, ِAmman, Jordan خداع بصري داخل قصر العبد، عراق الأمير، عمان، الأردن (2)

 

Concerning the two of me in the above photo, my brother took two photos of me at two different times from almost the same spatial ponit. Therefore, I could put the two photos on top of each other using PowerPoint and then cropped one photo to only show me. Following are the two original photos:

Optical illusion inside of Qasr al Abd ,`Iraq al Amir, ِAmman, Jordan خداع بصري داخل قصر العبد، عراق الأمير، عمان، الأردن

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Cropped part

Cropped part

Concerning that my brother and I did a risky stunt, we did not do that because what you see is an optical illusion. Actually, we did not plan that. We just disocvered the illusion while viewing the photos on PC. He and I jumped not from the second floor but from the column in which I am standing on in the second photo. The landing point is not the ground but a continuation of wall. That means a less than meter difference in altitude between the two points. So, it is not as dangerous as it seems. Actually, I do not think it was dangerous at all. Therefore, the next time you happen to pass by Qaser al Abd, you know where and in which position to take a photo.

More photos from our visit:

 

DAAD’s 2015/2016 English Master Programs Scholarships for Jordanians (Two are Medicine-Related out of a Toal of 36 Programs)

DAAD Amman Jordanien
This is a copy-paste from a post published today by DAAD Jordan’s facebook page:

DAAD proudly presents its brand new brochure of its next intake for its Master portfolio “Developing-Related Postgraduate Courses”!!!

The funding line comprises 36 English Master programmes at different German universities in the fields Economic Sciences, Development Cooperation, Engineering,Mathematics, Regional Planning, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Public Health, Social Sciences and Media Studies.
All programmes are open for Jordanian applicants and there is full scholarships available.
Note: Applications have to be directed to the respective university and NOT to the DAAD. All information on the programmes can be found here : http://www.scribd.com/doc/135838156/Postgraduate-Courses-2015-16
Application deadlines differ from programme to programme but most deadlines are between September and October. Good luck with your application!

Source: DAAD’s Jordan Facebook Page, https://www.facebook.com/daad.jordan/posts/640757386006774

Notes from me:

# Prerequisites and Requirements for DAAD scholarhships: Are you eligible for a DAAD scholarship? https://www.daad.de/entwicklung/studierende_und_alumni/bildung_postgradual/ast/08164.en.html

# There are only two Medicine-related master programs and they are in Public Health. Their full details are on pages 101-108 of the DAAD’s brochure on Scribd.com. You can see the embeded Brochure below starting at page 101 (Master of Science in International Health (Berlin)). Alternatively, you can click here to go directly to page 101 on the Scribd website.

 

Postgraduate Courses 2015-16 by Daad Amman

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Review: Medical Writing: A Guide for Clinicians, Educators, and Researchers

Medical Writing: A Guide for Clinicians, Educators, and Researchers Medical Writing: A Guide for Clinicians, Educators, and Researchers by Robert B. Taylor My rating: 4 of 5 stars

 

 

 

What I most like:
• I did not know that medical writing is also a problem for native speakers. This book quickly gave me this conclusion. In addition, I now know that medical writing is a long process and one need a lot of time and effort to master it. Therefore, it is no wonder, as a non-native English speaker, that I am having problems in writing my first papers. Finally, I also concluded that writing a manuscript could not be finished in few days and by one person (I am not to be blamed then!).
• The book mentions real life examples from published papers. I wished they were more.
• The book have tables that summarize information regarding certain topics. For examples, “The origins of selected medical words,” p. 54. In addition, some common mistakes and corrections. 
• I like the author’s enthusiasm about the Etymology of words. I am a big enthusiast too. I think this is reflected in how detailed the author supports his points of view.


What I most dislike:
• I found many words and expressions in this book very hard to understand. I had to use the dictionary a lot. I would not say that I read a lot in English since years and think my English is good. This is very subjective. In comparison with “English for Writing Research Papers,” by Adrian Wallwork (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9…), I used the dictionary to look up new words at least 10 times more. I think this is ironic as the author warns against using hard words and expression. Moreover, I think that the greatest majority of those interested to read a book on medical writing would be people with English as their second language. Would it not be a good idea to use simple and commoner words? Examples of hard words include:

– “… Take ear infection, example, which most would describe as a mundane topic…”, p. 13.==> What does mundane means? One of the nice methods advocated by the author is to use the Microsoft Word Thesaurus. I have Microsoft 2010 and it gave me the following suggestions: “Ordinary, dull, routine, every day, commonplace,… among others.” Is not one or two of these words beautiful substitutes?
– “The review article is the Rodney Dangerfield of medical writing. Review articles get no respect, even though, as discussed in Chap. 5, they are often indexed and counted in calculating a journal’s Impact Factor…” To be like Rodney Dongerfiled? I do not have time to look who this person is and what it is supposed to mean if something is like him. This kind of expressions and hard words delayed my reading speed.
– “I think that highest accolades go to those case reports that change what we do in practice. p. 162” Accolades? 

• The title of the book is a little bit different than the content. Although the title contains “medical writing”, the concentration on writing in the book is little. I think that chapter two mostly address tips on writing. I wish that it was longer and it was more detailed. For example, the tables in it that mention wrong and correct pairs are amazing but unfortunately short. Nonetheless, this is somewhat understood as the book provides an overall view of the whole process of what to from what to do in case you had the idea of a research to getting your writing published. Adrian Wallwork’s English for Writing research papers is deficient in this late point, but without argument, much stronger in teaching writing skills. For this purpose, I highly recommend “English for Writing Research Papers”.

• I think that some technical recommendations needs to be updated. For example, the author dangerously says, ” The disadvantages [of EndNote Program] are cost (currently $299 for the full product) and the steep learning curve facing the new user. The program is not “intuitive” and the online instructions are challenging… EndNote software is great for experienced and prolific medical authors, especially if compiling long lists of citations.” However, in my opinion, beginning medical authors should use my more primitive “cut and paste” method, and spend their energy learning how to be better writers.” I think that the time wasted using the traditional “cut and paste” method in a writer’s first research is enough for him to learn using EndNote. However, I understand that the book was written in 2011 and referencing program might not have been famous back then. Moreover, the author wrote in page 7: “Not too many years ago, I was highly dependent on secretarial support; I dictated my articles and made corrections by hand to be changed on computer by my typist.” Therefore, Dr. Taylor reminds me of some old professors of me at medical school who found some “mundane” tasks in computer to be very hard simply because they started using computers at an old age. Finally, there are now many free professional alternatives to EndNote. The most famous one of them in my opinion is Mendely (http://www.mendeley.com/)

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To sum up, the book is amazing because it gives a whole overview of the writing and publication process. However, I find some words and expressions in it very hard to quickly understand. I hope that it would be taken into consideration that many non-Native speakers will read such a book. The strongest advantage of this book is that it gives real-life examples from published papers. I hope that more will be given in future editions. Finally, I hope that more concentration will be given to writing skills. View all my reviews