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Hilal Ahmad Malla, Ashraf M Bhat, Bashir Shazia, Fayaz A Rather, Saleem M Najar, Imtiyaz A Wani
Screening for kidney diseases by urinalysis in school children is being conducted in many parts of the world with inexpensive tools such as urinary dipsticks. We conducted this study to know the prevalence of asymptomatic proteinuria in school children (age group 12-14 years) in Kashmir valley as no previous study is available. After applying exclusion criteria, 2068 children were screened for proteinuria by dipstick method. Another test was performed in the children with abnormal findings in the first sample with dipstick of the same brand, after a period of one-month...
September 2016: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
Asifa Wali, Masood-Ul Hassan Balkhi, Rafia Maqbool, Mohammed Maqbool Darzi, Feroz Ahmad Shah, Farooz Ahmad Bhat, Bilal Ahmad Bhat
The present study was undertaken to determine the incidence of helminth parasites in fishes with special reference to water quality parameters in Dal Lake and River Jhelum and correlate the observations. Water, fish, and parasite samples were collected during different seasons from various sites and processed. Three fish species, namely, Schizothorax niger Heckel 1838, Schizothorax esocinus Heckel 1838, and Schizothorax curvifrons Heckel 1838, were recovered from these water bodies. The physicochemical parameters temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, and free carbon dioxide showed variation vis-à-vis the season and location of the stations in water bodies...
2016: Journal of Parasitology Research
Arshia Amin, Iftikhar Ahmed, Nauman Khalid, Ghenijan Osman, Inam Ullah Khan, Min Xiao, Wen-Jun Li
A Gram-staining positive, non-motile, rod-shaped, catalase positive and oxidase negative bacterium, designated NCCP-1331(T), was isolated from a hot water spring soil collected from Tatta Pani, Kotli, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan. The isolate grew at a temperature range of 18-40 °C (optimum 30 °C), pH 6.0-9.0 (optimum 7.0) and with 0-6 % NaCl (optimum 2 % NaCl (w/v)). The phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequence revealed that strain NCCP-1331(T) belonged to the genus Streptomyces and is closely related to Streptomyces brevispora BK160(T) with 97...
October 11, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
Raiz Ahmad Misgar, Parvez Mohiuddin Dar, Shariq Rashid Masoodi, Munir Ahmad, Khursheed Alam Wani, Arshad Iqbal Wani, Mir Iftikhar Bashir
BACKGROUND: Although primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) has become an asymptomatic disease in the West, in India, PHPT is still an uncommonly diagnosed, overtly symptomatic disease with skeletal, muscular, and renal manifestations. AIMS: To describe the profile and surgical outcome of 78 consecutive PHPT patients over a period of two decades at a single center. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All patients who underwent evaluation and surgery for PHPT from January 1996 to December 2015 were included...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
P A Koul, N A Hakim, S A Malik, U H Khan, J Patel, L Gnatiuc, P G J Burney
BACKGROUND: Data on spirometrically defined chronic airflow limitation (CAL) are scarce in developing countries. OBJECTIVE: To estimate the prevalence of spirometrically defined CAL in Kashmir, North India. METHODS: Using Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease survey methods, we administered questionnaires to randomly selected adults aged ⩾40 years. Post-bronchodilator spirometry was performed to estimate the prevalence of CAL and its relation to potential risk factors...
October 2016: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Muzafar Wani, Imtiaz Wani, Khurshid Banday, Mohd Ashraf
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D deficiency is highly prevalent in Indian Kashmir. Many people get injectable vitamin D (600,000 IU/injection). At times, the dose prescribed is far above the permissible limit. We report 62 patients with malpractice-related vitamin D intoxication, presenting with hypercalcemia and acute kidney injury (AKI). METHODS: The diagnosis was made on basis of (1) history of multiple intramuscular vitamin D injections (2) toxic serum levels of 25-OH vitamin D and (3) exclusion of common causes of hypercalcemia (malignancy and hyperparathyroidism)...
November 2016: Clinical Nephrology
Shumayla, Shailesh Sharma, Rohit Kumar, Venugopal Mendu, Kashmir Singh, Santosh K Upadhyay
The leucine rich repeat receptor like kinases (LRRK) constitute the largest subfamily of receptor like kinases (RLK), which play critical roles in plant development and stress responses. Herein, we identified 531 TaLRRK genes in Triticum aestivum (bread wheat), which were distributed throughout the A, B, and D sub-genomes and chromosomes. These were clustered into 233 homologous groups, which were mostly located on either homeologous chromosomes from various sub-genomes or in proximity on the same chromosome...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Abdul Rehman Arshad, Hamid Nawaz Tipu, Athar Iqbal Paracha
OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of hypertension on lipid levels in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. METHODS: This prospective, observational study was conducted at 1 Mountain Medical Battalion, Bagh, Azad Kashmir, from May 2012 to April 2015, and comprised adult type 2 diabetics. Patients already on lipid-lowering agents, hypothyroidism, nephrotic syndrome, unwilling patients and those who had serum triglycerides>4.5mmol/l were excluded. Blood pressure was measured twice in sitting position...
October 2016: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Raheel Mushtaq, Shah Faisal Ahmad Tarfarosh, Mohammad Maqbool Dar, Arshad Hussain, Sheikh Shoib, Tabindah Shah, Sahil Shah, Mushbiq Manzoor
BACKGROUND: The progress that man has made in all domains of life, during all these years of reign over the earth, is utterly remarkable. However, it always came at a price. Each epoch of progress has seen human beings inflicted with trauma and cynical consequences. During the last two decades, Kashmiri (Indian) people have experienced continuous violence, a reign of terror, and political turmoil. Each of these disastrous events has contributed to the increase in psychiatric disorders in this part of the world, especially major depressive disorders...
2016: Curēus
Mohammad S Khuroo, Ajaz A Rather, Naira S Khuroo, Mehnaaz S Khuroo
Hepatobiliary and pancreatic ascariasis (HPA) was described as a clinical entity from Kashmir, India in 1985. HPA is caused by invasion and migration of nematode, Ascaris lumbricoides, in to the biliary tract and pancreatic duct. Patients present with biliary colic, cholangitis, cholecystitis, hepatic abscesses and acute pancreatitis. Ascarides traverse the ducts repeatedly, get trapped and die, leading to formation of hepatolithiasis. HPA is ubiquitous in endemic regions and in Kashmir, one such region, HPA is the etiological factor for 36...
September 7, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Nowsheen Shameem, Azra N Kamili, Mushtaq Ahmad, F A Masoodi, Javid A Parray
This study pertains to the radical scavenging potential of and DNA protection by Helvella lacunosa, an edible mushroom from Kashmir Himalaya (India). Different solvents, on the basis of their polarities, were used to extract all solvent-soluble bioactive compounds. Seven different antioxidant methods were also used to determine extensive radical scavenging activity. The mushroom ethanol extract and butanol extract showed effective scavenging activity of radicals at 95% and 89%, respectively. At 800 µg/mg, the ethanol extract was potent enough to protect DNA from degradation by hydroxyl radicals...
2016: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
Kashmir Prasad Sethi, K P Ravindranathan Kartha
Preparation of a variety of per-O-acylated O- and S-glycosides of a set of commonly encountered mono- and disaccharides has been achieved effectively by solvent-free grinding of the corresponding acetylated/benzoylated glycosyl bromide and the desired acceptor alcohol/thiol in the presence of bismuth carbonate in a planetary ball mill. The method is simple, requires short reaction time periods and is practical allowing it to be performed at a milligram-to multi-gram scale as required. In the cases where the product is crystalline, it was often obtained in practically pure form by crystallization (and without the need for chromatographic isolation)...
September 13, 2016: Carbohydrate Research
Mohammad S Khuroo, Mehnaaz S Khuroo, Naira S Khuroo
Hepatitis E was identified as an epidemic of non-A, non-B hepatitis from Kashmir, India in 1978. Hepatitis E virus (HEV), the etiological agent is the sole member of family Hepeviridae. The virus has marked heterogeneity and infects many animals like bats, camel, chicken, deer, boar, mongoose, pigs, rats, rabbit and cutthroat trout. Hepatitis E is a disease with a major global impact and has two distinct epidemiological patterns. Hepatitis E is an imperative health issue in developing nations, transmitted through sullied water and happens most every now in young adults...
August 21, 2016: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
Javaid Hassan Sheikh, M Z Chishti, Majidah Rasheed, Irfan-Ur-Rauf Tak, Shoaib Ali Dar, Eugenia P Lal, Dawood Mohiuddin
In order to list the genera buildup on Brassica oleracea (Cauliflower), Capsicum frustscens (Chillies), Spinacia oleracea (Spinach) and Phaseolus vulgaris (Farash bean) a general survey was carried in the summer season of 2013. On examining the soil samples as well as root samples of Cauliflower Boleodorus, Psilenchus, Helicotylenchus, Merlinius, Aglenchus and Filenchus were encountered with their absolute density of 18, 31, 34.5, 35, 35 and 31.5 %. On Chillies, Tylenchus, Helicotylenchus, Psilenchus, Pratylenchus and Hirschmaniella with their absolute frequency of 86, 96...
September 2016: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
Taqdees Farooq, Imran Khan, Irfan-Ur-Rauf Tak, Shoaib Ali Dar, A R Yousuf
During the present study endo-parasitic fauna of fish at different sites of River Jhelum were analysed. Four different species of endoparasites were recovered from Schizothorax species which include Adenoscolex kashmirensis Mehra, 1930, Bothriocephalus acheilognathi Yamaguti, 1934, Echinorhynchus sp., Pomphorhynchus kashmirensis Kaw, 1941, belong to Phylum Platyhelminths and Phylum Acanthocephala. Prevalence and generation time were inversely proportional to each other. Prevalence and mean abundance were highest at Qamarwari...
September 2016: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
Bashir A Lone, M Z Chishti, Fayaz Ahmad, Hidayatullah Tak, Suhaib A Bandh, Abida Khan
One year crossectional survey was carried out to determine and describe the prevalence and intensity of gastrointestinal parasite infections in hangul (Cervus elaphus hanglu) in Dachigam National Park of Kashmir through faecal examinations. Out of 153 faecal samples examined, 82 (53.59 %) were found infected with GIT helminthes. In present study seven helminth species were found, including five nematode [Haemonchus contortus (55.39 %), Trichuris ovis (39.75 %), Dictyocaulus viviparus (28.4.00 %), Oesophogostomum circumcincta (13...
September 2016: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
Summyia Farooq, Afreen Nadaf, Ambreen Beigh, Mehnaaz Khuroo, Nazia Bhat, Naila Nazir
BACKGROUND: Renal clear cell carcinoma (RCC) accounts for about 3% of adult malignancies and about 90% of neoplasms of the kidney. It is most common in men aged 50 to 60 years old. RCC has different manifestations, including metastasis in uncommon sites and paraneoplastic syndromes. AIMS: To evaluate the clinicopathological pattern of RCC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was conducted in the Department of Pathology, Government Medical College, Srinagar...
May 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: JOMFP
Allah Rakha, Min-Sheng Peng, Rui Bi, Jiao-Jiao Song, Zeenat Salahudin, Atif Adan, Muhammad Israr, Yong-Gang Yao
The mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) control region (nucleotide position 16024-576) sequences were generated through Sanger sequencing method for 317 self-identified Kashmiris from all districts of Azad Jammu & Kashmir Pakistan. The population sample set showed a total of 251 haplotypes, with a relatively high haplotype diversity (0.9977) and a low random match probability (0.54%). The containing matrilineal lineages belonging to three different phylogeographic origins of Western Eurasian (48.9%), South Asian (47...
August 28, 2016: Forensic Science International. Genetics
Imtiyaz Qayoom, Feroz A Shah, Malik Mukhtar, Masood H Balkhi, Farooz A Bhat, Bilal A Bhat
The present study was designed to investigate acute toxicity of dimethoate on juvenile Cyprinus carpio var. communis. Fishes weighing 10 ± 2 gms were selected and mortality data was statistically evaluated by Finney's Probit Method. The 96-hour LC50 value for Cyprinus carpio was found as 1.1 ppm in static bioassay system. Mean values of physicochemical parameters of aquarium waters determined during bioassay depicted slight variation indicating that the mortality in aquarium fishes occurred due to pesticide exposure and not suffocation...
2016: TheScientificWorldJournal
Kamal Das, Showkat Hussain Ganie, Yash Mangla, Tanvir-Ul-Hassan Dar, Manju Chaudhary, Rakesh Kumar Thakur, Rajesh Tandon, S N Raina, Shailendra Goel
Hippophae rhamnoides L. ssp. turkestanica (Elaeagnaceae) is a predominantly dioecious and wind-pollinated medicinal plant species. The mature fruits of the species possess antioxidative, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anticancerous, and antistimulatory properties that are believed to improve the immune system. The identification of male and female plants in H. rhamnoides ssp. turkestanica is quite difficult until flowering which usually takes 3-4 years or more. A sex-linked marker can be helpful in establishing the orchards through identification of genders at an early stage of development...
August 19, 2016: Protoplasma
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