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Publications / Abstracts

  • Establishment of national birth defect surveillance in Lebanon: preliminary first year data, 6th International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilities on Nov 10-13, 2013 at the Shangri-la Mactan Hotel, Cebu, Philippines. (Accepted poster)

  • Association of maternal age with selected major birth defects, 6th International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilities on Nov 10-13, 2013 at the Shangri-la Mactan Hotel, Cebu, Philippines. (Accepted poster)

  • Care: An Assessment of Awareness among Lebanese Youth, International Association of Adolescent Health. Istambul 2013 (submitted)

  • The risk of birth defects after conception with ICSI. American Pediatric Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting, 2013.(submitted)

  • Elevated pre-pregnancy body mass index is an additional risk factor for preterm births in assisted reproductive technology. American Pediatric Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting 2013. (Submitted)

  • Epidemiology of Stillbirths in a Middle Income Country. American Pediatric Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting 2012(Accepted Poster)

  • Preterm Birth (PTB): Nine Year Trend from a Middle Income Country". American Pediatric Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting 2012 (Accepted Poster)

  • El Rafei R, Assaf G, Ghandour L, Falakha G, Yunis K. Advanced Paternal Age and the Risk for Adverse Outcomes Among Young Pregnant Women. 5th International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilites in the Developing World, Poland, September, 2011 (poster)

  • Wehbe M.A., Charafeddine L., El Rafei R., Nakad P., Doumit N., and Yunis K. Preterm Birth: 9 years Update from Lebanon. 5th International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilites in the Developing World, Poland, September, 2011 (Oral presentation)

  • Yunis K, El Rafei R, Assaf G, Al Hamod D, Bassim C, Wehbe M, .Advanced Paternal Age and the Risk for Adverse Outcomes among Pregnant Women 20 to 29 Years Old. American Pediatric Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, April 30-May 3, 2011 (platform presentation)

  • Yunis K, Itani T, El Rafei R, Abou Jawdeh I, Jammal T, Choueiry N, Charafeddine L: In vitro fertilization and the Risk of Adverse Perinatal Outcomes in Singletons. American Pediatric Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, April 30-May 3, 2011 (Poster)

  • Itani T, Zurayk H, El Rafei R, Yunis K: In vitro Fertilization and the Risk Adverse Perinatal Outcomes. Lebanese Medical Students International Committee, Standing Committee on Research Exchange. Research Day, May 2010

  • Yunis K, El Khoury E, El Rafei R, Ghafari J, Abdul Sater AC, Zurayk H, and Charafeddine L. Consanguinity and orofacial clefts. American Pediatric Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting, Vancouver, May 2010

  • Charafeddine L, Ammous F, Kobeissi L, Nakad P, Faddous Khalife MC, and Yunis K. Consanguinity and Neonatal Mortality Before Hospital Discharge. American Pediatric Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting, Vancouver, May 2010

  • El Rafei R, Charafeddine L, Jammal T, Alameh M, Choueiry N, Nakad P, Yunis K. Underweight women, Gestational weight gain and risk for preterm birth.4th International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilites in the Developing World, sponsored by the March of Dimes (MOD), Center for Disease Control (CDC), National Institute of Health (NIH), New Delhi, October, 2009 (Oral presentation)

  • El Rafei R, Charafeddine L, Masri N, Nassif Y, Wehbe M, Nakad P, Yunis K. Pre-pregnancy obesity as a risk factor for birth defects: a hospital based study in Lebanon. 4th International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilites in the Developing World, sponsored by the March of Dimes (MOD), Center for Disease Control (CDC), National Institute of Health (NIH), New Delhi, October, 2009 (Poster)

  • Charafeddine L, Ammous F, Ghanem B, Melki I, Choueiry N, and Yunis K. PREDICTORS AND RISK FACTORS OF MORTALITY AMONG PRETERM INFANTS IN A DEVELOPING COUNTRY4th International Conference on Birth Defects and Disabilites in the Developing World, New Delhi, October, 2009 (Poster)

  • Charafeddine L, El Rafei R, Aaraj A, Kobeissi L, Nakad P, Choueiry N, Wehbe M, Yunis K. Trends in neonatal mortality and morbidity in a cohort of vlbw infants among the urban population of a developing country. American Pediatric Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting, Baltimore, May 2009. (Poster)

  • Yunis K, Choueiry N, Kobeissi L, Munzer M, El Rafei R, Wehbe M, Charafeddine L. Exposure to antenatal steroids does not protect late preterms from nicu admission. American Pediatric Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting, Baltimore, May 2009. (Poster)

  • Mumtaz G, Boghossian N, Nabulsi M, Waked R, Hoblos F, Yunis K. Consanguinity and Congenital Malformations in Lebanon, a Case Control Study. American Pediatric Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting, Hawaii, May 2008. (Poster)

  • Mroueh S, Boghossian N, Mumtaz G, Kassar M, Matar M, Yunis K. Does iron supplementation in infants increase the risk of wheezing? American Pediatric Academic Societies’ Annual Meeting, Hawaii, May 2008. (Poster)

  • The National Collaborative Perinatal Neonatal Network model for research, surveillance and intervention. Lebanese Medical Students’ International Committee 2nd Research Day, Beirut April 08. (Oral Presentation)

  • Reeve ME, Charafeddine L, Zhong N, Padilla CD, Yunis K, El Rafei R, Alameddine K, Howson C. “Preconception Health Assessment in China, Lebanon and the Philippines: Applicability to Other Countries” Maternal and Child Health J . 21 august 2013.DOI 10.1007/s10995-013-1334-6

  • J. Paulo Souza, Ahmet Metin Gülmezoglu, Joshua Vogel, Guillermo Carroli, Pisake Lumbiganon, Zahida Qureshi, Maria José Costa,Bukola Fawole, Yvonne Mugerwa, Idi Nafi ou, Isilda Neves, Jean-José Wolomby-Molondo, Hoang Thi Bang, Kannitha Cheang, Kang Chuyun, Kapila Jayaratne, Chandani Anoma Jayathilaka, Syeda Batool Mazhar, Rintaro Mori, Mir Lais Mustafa, Laxmi Raj Pathak, Deepthi Perera,Tung Rathavy, Zenaida Recidoro, Malabika Roy, Pang Ruyan, Naveen Shrestha, Surasak Taneepanichsku, Nguyen Viet Tien,Togoobaatar Ganchimeg, Mira Wehbe, Buyanjargal Yadamsuren, Wang Yan, Khalid Yunis, Vicente Bataglia, José Guilherme Cecatti,Bernardo Hernandez-Prado, Juan Manuel Nardin, Alberto Narváez, Eduardo Ortiz-Panozo, Ricardo Pérez-Cuevas, Eliette Valladares, Nelly Zavaleta,Anthony Armson, Caroline Crowther, Carol Hogue, Gunilla Lindmark, Suneeta Mittal, Robert Pattinson, Mary Ellen Stanton, Liana Campodonico,Cristina Cuesta, Daniel Giordano, Nirun Intarut, Malinee Laopaiboon, Rajiv Bahl, Jose Martines, Matthews Mathai, Mario Merialdi, Lale Say. Moving beyond essential interventions for reduction of maternal mortality (the WHO Multicountry Survey on Maternal and Newborn Health): a cross-sectional study. Lancet 2013; 381: 1747–55

  • Souza JP, Gülmezoglu AM, Carroli G, Lumbiganon P, Qureshi Z; WHOMCS Research Group. The world health organization multicountry survey on maternal and newborn health: study protocol. BMC Health Serv Res. 2011 Oct 26;11:286. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-11-286.

  • Lama Charafeddine, Farah Ammous, Loulou Kobeissi, Timothy De Ver Dye, Maroun Matar, Marie-Claude Faddous Khalife, Khalid Yunis. In-hospital Neonatal Mortality and the Role of Consanguinity. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 2012, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-3016.2012.01295.x

  • Farra C, Yunis K , Yazbeck N , Majdalani M, Charafeddine L , Awwad J. A Lebanese family with autosomal recessive oculo-auriculo-vertebral spectrum (Goldenhar syndrome) and review of the literature . Journal of Application in clinical genetics. 2011 July:4:93 – 97

  • Mumtaz G, Nassar A, Mahfoud Z, El-Khamra A, Al-Choueiri N, Adra A, Murray J, Zalloua P, and Yunis K for the National Collaborative Perinatal Neonatal Network (NCPNN). Consanguinity: a risk factor for preterm birth at less than 33 weeks’ gestation. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2010; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwq316.

  • Seoud M, Nassar A, Zalloua P, Izzeddine J, Fakhoury H, Abboud J, Melki I, Araj G, Nacouzi G, Sanyoura M, Boghossian N, Yunis K. Prenatal and neonatal Group B Streptococcus screening and serotyping in Lebanon: incidence and implications. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2010 Mar;89(3):399-403.

  • Hannoun A, Shehab M, Khairallah MT, Sabra A, Abi-Rached R, Bazi T, Yunis K, Araj G, and Matar G. Correlation between Group B Streptococcal Genotypes, Their Antimicrobial Resistance Profiles, and Virulence Genes among Pregnant Women in Lebanon. International Journal of Microbiology, vol. 2009, Article ID 796512, 6 pages, 2009.

  • El Sayed M, Tamim H, Jamal D, Mumtaz G, Melki I, Yunis K. Prospective study on antibiotic misuse among infants with upper respiratory infections. Eur J Pediatr. 2009 Jun; 168(6):667-72.

  • Tamim H, Harrison G, Atoui M, Mumtaz G, El Kak F, Seoud M, Yunis K. Prevalence of preconceptional use of folic acid among pregnant women in Lebanon, Public Health Nutr. 2009 May;12(5):687-92.

  • Abu-Musa AA, Usta IM, Yunis K, Nassar AH. Effect of 1-month war in Lebanon on sex ratio. Fertil Steril. 2009 Apr;91(4 Suppl):1571-3.

  • Sahab B, Tamim T, Mumtaz G, Khawaja M, Khogali M, Afifi R, Nassif Y, Yunis KA. Predictors of breastfeeding in a developing country: results of a prospective cohort study. Public Health Nutrition, 2008 Dec; 11(12):1350-1356.

  • Yunis K, El Rafei R, Mumtaz G. Consanguinity: Perinatal outcomes and prevention - A view from the Middle East. NeoReviews, 2008; 9 (2): 59-65.

  • Tamim H, Yunis K , Chemaitelly H, Alameh M, Nassar A. Effect of narghile and cigarette smoking on newborn birthweight, BJOG 2008;115(1):91-7.

  • Yunis KA, Beydoun H, Nakad P, Khogali M, Shatila F, Tamim H. Patterns and predictors of tobacco smoking cessation: A hospital-based study of pregnant women in Lebanon, International Journal of Public Health 2007;52(4):223-32.

  • Yunis KA, Khawaja M, Beydoun HA, Nassif, Y, Khogali M, Tamim HM. Intrauterine growth standards in a developing country: A study of singleton livebirths at 28-42 weeks' gestation. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol 2007; 21: 387-396.

  • Tamim H, El-Chemaly S, Nassar A, Mumtaz G, Kaddour A, Kabakian-Khasholian T, Fakhoury H, Yunis KA. Incidence and correlates of cesarean section in a capital city of a middle-income country. J Perinat Med 2007; 35 (4): 282-8.

  • Tamim H, El-Chemaly SY, Nassar AH, Aaraj AM, Campbell O MR, Kaddour AA, Yunis KA*. Cesarean delivery among nulliparous women in Beirut: Assessing predictors in Nine. Birth 2007; 34(1):14-20.

  • Mumtaz G, Tamim H, Kanaan M, Khawaja M, Khogali M, Wakim G, Yunis K. Effect of consanguinity on birthweight for gestational age in a developing country. Am J Epidemiol. 2007; 165 (7): 742-52.

  • Yunis K, Mumtaz G, Bitar F, Shamseddine F, Kassar M, Rashkidi J, Makhoul G, Tamim H. Consanguineous Marriage and Congenital Heart Defects: A Case Control Study in the Neonatal Period. American Journal of Medical Genetics, 2006; 140A: 1524-1530. Erratum in: Am J Med Genet A, 2006; 140(18):1990.

  • Tamim H, Beydoun H, Itani M, Khogali M, Chokr I, Yunis KA*; National Collaborative Perinatal Neonatal Network. Predicting neonatal outcomes: birthweight, body mass index or ponderal index? J Perinat Med 2004; 32(6):509-13.

  • Yunis KA, Beydoun H, Tamim H, Nassif Y, Khogali M; National Collaborative Perinatal Neonatal Network. Risk factors for term or near-term fetal growth restriction in the absence of maternal complications. Am J Perinatol 2004; 21(4):227-34.

  • Melki IS, Beydoun HA, Khogali M, Tamim H, Yunis KA*; National Collaborative Perinatal Neonatal Network (NCPNN). Household crowding index: a correlate of socioeconomic status and inter-pregnancy spacing in an urban setting. J Epidemiol Community Health 2004; 58(6):476-80.

  • Beydoun H, Itani M, Tamim H, Aaraj A, Khogali M, Yunis KA*; National Collaborative Perinatal Neonatal Network. Impact of maternal age on preterm delivery and low birthweight: a hospital-based collaborative study of nulliparous Lebanese women in Greater Beirut. J Perinatol 2004; 24(4):228-35.

  • Yunis KA, Beydoun H, Khogali M, Alameh M, Tamim H; National Collaborative Perinatal Neonatal Network. Low socioeconomic status and neonatal outcomes in an urban population in a developing country. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 2003; 14(5):338-43.

  • Beydoun H, Yunis KA, Khogali M, Usta I, Tamim H; National Collaborative Perinatal Neonatal Network. Caesarean route of delivery and hyaline membrane disease: a hospital-based case-control study in Greater Beirut. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol 2003; 17(4):363-8.

  • Tamim H, Khogali M, Beydoun H, Melki I, Yunis KA*; National Collaborative Perinatal Neonatal Network. Consanguinity and apnea of prematurity. Am J Epidemiol 2003; 158(10):942-6.

  • Nabulsi MM, Tamim H, Sabbagh M, Obeid MY, Yunis KA, Bitar FF. Parental consanguinity and congenital heart malformations in a developing country. Am J Med Genet A 2003; 116(4):342-7.

  • Yunis KA, Beydoun H, Tamim H; National Collaborative Perinatal Neonatal Network. Maternal predictors of small-for-gestational age in uncomplicated births. Int J Gynaecol Obstet 2002; 79(1):33-5.