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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324685/monitoring-and-descriptive-analysis-of-radon-in-relation-to-seismic-activity-of-northern-pakistan
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Zeeshan Jilani, Tahir Mehmood, Aftab Alam, Muhammad Awais, Talat Iqbal
Earthquakes are one of the major causes of natural disasters and its forecasting is challenging task. Some precursory phenomenon exists in theory in relation to earthquakes occurrence. The emission of radioactive gas named 'radon' before the earthquakes is a potential earthquake precursory candidate. The study aims to monitor and to analyze the radon in relation to seismic activity in Northern Pakistan. For this purpose RTM-2200 has been used to monitor the changes in radon concentration from August 01, 2014 to January 31, 2015 in Northern Pakistan...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324258/optimizing-irrigation-and-nitrogen-for-wheat-through-empirical-modeling-under-semi-arid-environment
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Umer Saeed, Syed Aftab Wajid, Tasneem Khaliq, Zahir Ahmad Zahir
Nitrogen fertilizer availability to plants is strongly linked with water availability. Excessive or insufficient use of nitrogen can cause reduction in grain yield of wheat and environmental issues. The per capita per annum water availability in Pakistan has reduced to less than 1000 m(3) and is expected to reach 800 m(3) during 2025. Irrigating crops with 3 or more than 3 in. of depth without measuring volume of water is not a feasible option anymore. Water productivity and economic return of grain yield can be improved by efficient management of water and nitrogen fertilizer...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323537/impact-of-demographic-variables-on-women-s-economic-empowerment-an-ordered-probit-model
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Syeda Azra Batool, Hafiz Khalil Ahmed, Shazia Noureen Qureshi
The present study aimed to empirically examine the demographic variables that determine women's economic empowerment. A sample of 500 married women between 21 and 49 years old (Mage = 35.49, SD = 7.66) was conveniently selected from district Multan (Pakistan). Control over economic resources was used as a proxy for women's economic empowerment. Ordered probit regression was run to assess the demographic determinants (i.e., age, education, paid job, income, and property) of economic empowerment of the least empowered, moderately empowered, and highly empowered women...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Women & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320149/corrigendum-to-clinical-and-genetic-studies-in-patients-with-lafora-disease-from-pakistan-j-neurol-sci-373-2017-263-267
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Arsalan Ahmad, Rubina Dad, Muhammad Ikram Ullah, Tahir Ahmed Baig, Imran N Ahmad, Abdul Nasir, Christian A Hübner, Muhammad Jawad Hassan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318785/biodegradation-of-polyester-polyurethane-by-aspergillus-tubingensis
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Sehroon Khan, Sadia Nadir, Zia Ullah Shah, Aamer Ali Shah, Samantha C Karunarathna, Jianchu Xu, Afsar Khan, Shahzad Munir, Fariha Hasan
The xenobiotic nature and lack of degradability of polymeric materials has resulted in vast levels of environmental pollution and numerous health hazards. Different strategies have been developed and still more research is being in progress to reduce the impact of these polymeric materials. This work aimed to isolate and characterize polyester polyurethane (PU) degrading fungi from the soil of a general city waste disposal site in Islamabad, Pakistan. A novel PU degrading fungus was isolated from soil and identified as Aspergillus tubingensis on the basis of colony morphology, macro- and micro-morphology, molecular and phylogenetic analyses...
March 15, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317814/the-medicinal-plants-in-the-control-of-tuberculosis-laboratory-study-on-medicinal-plants-from-the-northern-area-of-pakistan
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Sami Ullah, Shah Hussain, Sadiq Noor Khan, Mohammad Khurram, Iqbal Khan, Murad Ali Khan
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) ranks as the second leading cause of deaths due to infectious diseases. Although global efforts have been made to control TB, still, this is a serious threat as Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) produced resistance against both the first- and second-line drugs. The increasing incidence of multidrug-resistant, extremely drug resistant, and totally drug-resistant TB worldwide requires extra efforts to search for new anti-TB drugs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The present study evaluated the antimycobacterial activities of Citrullus colocynthis, Calotropis procera, Ricinus communis, Capparis decidua, and Fagonia cretica plants' extracts against rifampicin-sensitive (H37Rv) and rifampicin-resistant (TMC331) strains of MTB...
January 2017: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304011/challenges-of-conducting-animal-based-research-and-teaching-in-medical-colleges-of-karachi-pakistan
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Muhammad Ulusyar Khan, Faiq Amin, Fazal Manzoor Arain
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304010/establishment-of-site-specific-multi-disciplinary-tumour-boards-in-pakistan-sharing-experience-of-neuro-oncology-team-based-at-a-tertiary-care-university-hospital
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Muhammad Waqas, Ahmed Nadeem Abbasi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304004/x-linked-agammaglobulinemia-first-case-with-bruton-tyrosine-kinase-mutation-from-pakistan
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Samreen Kulsom Zaidi, Sonia Qureshi, Farah Naz Qamar
X-linked agammaglobulinemia (XLA) is a primary immunodeficiency with more than 600 mutations in Bruton tyrosine kinase (Bkt) gene which are responsible for early-onset agammaglobulinemia and repeated infections. Herein we present a case of a 3-year-old boy with history of repeated diarrhoea and an episode of meningoencephalitis with hemiplegia. The workup showed extremely low levels of immunoglobulin with low CD+19 cells. Genetic analysis showed Btk mutation 18 c.1883delCp.T628fs. To the best of our knowledge this is the first report of a case of XLA confirmed by molecular technique from Pakistan...
March 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303996/are-we-performing-a-lot-of-simple-nephrectomies
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Muhammad Akmal, Zahoor Iqbal Mirza, Badar Murtaza
OBJECTIVE: To assess the frequency of simple nephrectomies for benign diseases and compare it with the frequency of nephrectomies for malignant diseases. METHODS: The observational study was conducted at the Armed Forces Institute of Urology, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, from October 2008 to September 2011, and comprised patients undergoing simple nephrectomy for benign disease who were followed up for one year. This was compared to all the other urological procedures performed during the study period, including nephrectomies for malignant diseases...
March 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303995/assessment-of-the-quality-of-life-of-spinal-cord-injury-patients-in-peshawar
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Sayed Zulfiqar Ali Shah, Syed Mohammad Ilyas
OBJECTIVE: To assess the quality of life of spinal cord injury patients. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted at Paraplegic Centre Hayatabad, Peshawar, Pakistan, from November 2015 to January 2016, and comprised spinal cord injury patients. A 26-item World Health Organisation quality of life questionnaire was used. Some of the patients were recruited from the paraplegic centre while others participated by filling an online questionnaire. SPSS 20 was used for data analysis...
March 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303994/association-of-il-6-c-174g-rs-1800795-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-in-pakistani-population
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Amina Nadeem, Sadaf Mumtaz, Abdul Khaliq Naveed, Qaiser Mansoor, Muhammad Aslam, Arif Siddiqui, Muhammad Ismail
OBJECTIVE: To determine the association of interleukin-6 C-174G single nucleotide polymorphism with type 2 diabetes mellitus and metabolic parameters. METHODS: This case-control study was conducted from June 2012 to December 2013 at the Military Hospital Rawalpindi, the Centre for Research in Experimental and Applied Medicine, Army Medical College, Rawalpindi, and the Institute of Biomedical and Genetic Engineering, Islamabad, Pakistan. Two cohorts of subjects were genotyped for the single nucleotide polymorphism...
March 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303992/predicting-dengue-outbreak-in-the-metropolitan-city-lahore-pakistan-using-dengue-vector-indices-and-selected-climatological-variables-as-predictors
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Ejaz Mahmood Ahmad Qureshi, Amtul Bari Tabinda, Seemal Vehra
OBJECTIVE: Dengue viruses have rapidly spread in Southeast Asia, particularly in Pakistan, during the last few years, so the present study was undertaken to formulate a model for predicting dengue outbreak. METHODOLOGY: A panel data using STRATA statistical software was employed to determine the effects of entomological indices, Per Man Hour Density (PMHD), Minimum Infection Rate (MIR) and selected climatic variables on dengue patients by using Fixed Effects (FE) and Random Effects (RE) models...
March 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303990/diagnostic-dilemma-of-granulomatous-inflammation-in-cancer-patients
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Azizullah Khan Dhiloo, Aun Raza, Naseem Akhtar, Waleed Zafar, Faisal Sultan
OBJECTIVE: To determine the frequency of granulomatous inflammation on histopathological findings amongst cancer patients and correlating them with tuberculosis. METHODS: The retrospective review was conducted at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Lahore, Pakistan, and comprised medical records of cancer patients with a histopathological finding of granulomatous inflammation between January 2010 and December 2015. Data was reviewed, including clinical history, availability of acid fast bacilli stain on tissue and mycobacterium tuberculosis culture results...
March 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303986/assessing-decision-of-inpatient-or-outpatient-care-in-community-acquired-pneumonia-apt-care-study
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Saleem Ullah, Javaid Khan, Amanullah Khan, Irfan Hashemy
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the proportion of community-acquired pneumonia patients with disagreement between Confusion, Uraemia, Respiratory rate, Blood pressure, age > 65 years recommendation and physician's decision to hospitalise or not. METHODS: This cross-sectional nation-wide, non-interventional, cross-sectional study was carried out across 10 cities of Pakistan from December 2011 to May 2012, and recruited consenting adult patients with confirmatory diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia on chest X-ray...
March 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303985/pattern-of-antimicrobial-drug-resistance-of-salmonella-typhi-and-paratyphi-a-in-a-teaching-hospital-in-islamabad
#16
Azmat Ali, Hafiz Awais Ali, Fazal Hussain Shah, Arslan Zahid, Hina Aslam, Benazir Javed
OBJECTIVE: To see the pattern of antimicrobial drug resistance among Salmonella serovars. METHODS: This longitudinal, observational study was conducted at Khan Research Laboratories Hospital, Islamabad, Pakistan, from May 2012 to December 2014. All patients presenting with typhoid fever with positive blood culture were included. Age, gender, salmonella serovar and sensitivity to 9 antimicrobial drugs were taken into account. The tested antimicrobial drugs were ampicillin, trimethoprim/sulphamethoxazole, chloramphenicol, nalidixic acid, ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin, levofloxacin, ceftriaxone and cefixime...
March 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303984/silent-killers-transfusion-transmissible-infections-tti-among-asymptomatic-population-of-pakistan
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Muhammad Saeed, Shahida Hussain, Farhan Rasheed, Maqsood Ahmad, Mizna Arif, Muhammad Tariq Hamid Rahmani
OBJECTIVE: To analyse transfusion transmissible infections in asymptomatic population. METHODS: This study was conducted at the Allama Iqbal Medical College and Jinnah Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan, from December 2014 to November 2015, and comprised healthy asymptomatic blood donors.Every sample was screened for the presence of antibodies/antigens of hepatitis C virus, human immunodeficiency virus, treponemapallidum, hepatitis B virus and malaria parasite through rapid immunochromatographic technique...
March 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303631/surgical-outcomes-of-percutaneous-nephrolithotomy-pcnl-in-3-402-patients-and-results-of-stone-analysis-in-1-559-patients-from-a-single-centre-in-pakistan
#18
S A H Rizvi, M Hussain, S H Askari, M Lal, M N Zafar
OBJECTIVE: To report our experience of a series of PCNL from a single centre over the last 18 years in terms of patients and stone characteristics, indications, stone clearance and complications and chemical analysis of stones in a subgroup. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively analysed the outcomes of PCNL in 3,402 adult patients who underwent the procedure between 1997 and 2014 from a prospectively maintained database. Data analysis included patients' age, sex, laboratory investigations, imaging, punctured calyx, duration of operation, volume of irrigation fluid, radiation exposure time, blood transfusion, complications and stone free status at one-month follow-up...
March 16, 2017: BJU International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302242/vanishing-white-matter-vwm-disease-presenting-as-neuro-ovarian-failure
#19
Abidullah Khan, Mohammad Humayun, Maimoona Ayub, Iqbal Haider, Fahad Ajmal, Syed Saad Shah
A 19-year girl was admitted with a one-month history of worsening spastic paraparesis, cerbellar ataxia, visual decline and worsening headaches on a background of walking difficulty, progressive quadriparesis and migraine since the age of 10 years. She had no sensory loss, and cranial nerves examination was notable for optic atrophy with crescent formation only. She had primary amenorrhea and underdeveloped secondary sexual characteristics. Ultrasonograhic studies of the pelvis confirmed small ovaries, and uterus...
March 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301498/knowledge-attitudes-and-practices-kap-relating-to-brucellosis-in-smallholder-dairy-farmers-in-two-provinces-in-pakistan
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Shumaila Arif, Peter C Thomson, Marta Hernandez-Jover, David M McGill, Hassan Mahmood Warriach, Jane Heller
The present study aimed to assess the extent of knowledge and understanding of brucellosis in smallholder dairy farmers and identify practices at the farm and household level that might pose a risk for humans contracting brucellosis. Between February and June 2015 a cross-sectional study was conducted among smallholder farms (n = 420) in five districts of Punjab and two districts of Sindh province. Farmers were interviewed using a questionnaire to obtain information on farmers' knowledge about brucellosis and the potential risks for contracting the disease that are present for dairy farmers and their families...
2017: PloS One
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