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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142571/in-vitro-transcription-analysis-of-ns5a-from-hcv-3a-circulating-in-pakistani-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-and-their-differential-response-to-antiviral-therapy
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Shameem Bhatti, Sobia Manzoor, Fahed Parvaiz, Javed Ashraf, Farakh Javed
Objective: Mutations in HCV nonstructural protein 5A (NS5A) play a vital role in virus resistance. The aim of this study was to develop a correlation between NS5A mutations (genotype 3a) and virological response towards interferon alpha (IFN-α) plus ribavirin therapy. Methods: In this study, which was conducted from 09-02-2013 to 25-11-2015 in the rural area of Province Sindh - Pakistan, total patients' responses to peg-IFN therapy were investigated. Patients were given peg-IFN therapy for 24 to 48 weeks and categorized as sustained virologic responders (SVR) or non-responders (NR) to HCV infection...
September 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142551/association-of-single-nucleotide-missence-polymorphism-val109asp-of-omentin-1-gene-and-coronary-artery-disease-in-pakistani-population-multicenter-study
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Shazia Nazar, Sitwat Zehra, Abid Azhar
Background & Objective: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a most important cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide as well as in Pakistan. Recent studies have shown that the combination of obesity, insulin resistance and fluctuation in circulating adipocytokines levels is associated with the pathogenesis of coronary artery disease. Omentin-1 is recently found adipocytokine that is highly expressed in visceral adipose tissue. It has anti- inflammatory properties and is negatively correlated with ischemic heart disease...
September 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139108/a-3-untranslated-region-polymorphism-rs2304277-in-the-dna-repair-pathway-gene-ogg1-is-a-novel-risk-modulator-for-urothelial-bladder-carcinoma
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Tayyaba Ahmed, Saira Nawaz, Rabia Noreen, Kashif Sardar Bangash, Abdur Rauf, Muhammad Younis, Khursheed Anwar, Muhammad Athar Khawaja, Maleeha Azam, Abid Ali Qureshi, Saeed Akhter, Lambertus A Kiemeney, Raheel Qamar, Syeda Hafiza Benish Ali
Altered DNA repair capacity may affect an individual's susceptibility to cancers due to compromised genomic integrity. This study was designed to elucidate the association of selected polymorphisms in DNA repair genes with urothelial bladder carcinoma (UBC). OGG1 rs1052133 and rs2304277, XRCC1 rs1799782 and rs25487, XRCC3 rs861539, XPC rs2228001, and XPD rs13181 were genotyped using polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) in 200 UBC cases and 200 controls. We found association of OGG1 rs2304277 [odds ratio (OR)GG = 3...
November 15, 2017: Annals of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131682/analysis-of-nutritional-traits-and-aflatoxin-contamination-in-selected-maize-varieties-from-pakistan
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Saima Majeed, Mazhar Iqbal, Muhammad Rafique Asi, Shahzad Zafar Iqbal, Jinap Selamat
Recently, cultivation of high-yielding hybrid maize varieties has revolutionized maize production in Pakistan. Analyses of nutritional traits and aflatoxin (AF) contamination in these varieties can aid in the identification of susceptible and resistant varieties, particularly for cultivation in the Pakistani agro-climatic environment. Five spring maize varieties-Pioneer, Neelam, DK-919, Desi, and Hi-maize-were selected for analyses of their nutritional, tocopherol, and AF contents. Protein, carbohydrate, oil, ash, fiber, and moisture contents ranged between 8...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129527/identification-of-measles-virus-genotype-b3-associated-with-outbreaks-in-islamabad-pakistan-2013-2015
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Syed Sohail Zahoor Zaidi, Abdul Hameed, Muhammad Suleman Rana, Muhammad Masroor Alam, Massab Umair, Uzma Bashir Aamir, Maqbool Hussain, Salmaan Sharif, Shahzad Shaukat, Mehar Angez, Adnan Khurshid
BACKGROUND: Measles virus infection remains a significant cause of childhood mortality and morbidity despite continued global efforts and the availability of a safe and effective vaccine. Molecular analysis of indigenous measles viruses could provide critical information on outbreak linkages and transmission pathways that can aid the implementation of appropriate control programs in Pakistan. METHODS: Blood samples and throat swabs were collected from subjects suspected with measles in Islamabad, Pakistan from 2013 to 2015...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129317/the-genetic-legacy-of-the-indian-ocean-slave-trade-recent-admixture-and-post-admixture-selection-in-the-makranis-of-pakistan
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Romuald Laso-Jadart, Christine Harmant, Hélène Quach, Nora Zidane, Chris Tyler-Smith, Qasim Mehdi, Qasim Ayub, Lluis Quintana-Murci, Etienne Patin
From the eighth century onward, the Indian Ocean was the scene of extensive trade of sub-Saharan African slaves via sea routes controlled by Muslim Arab and Swahili traders. Several populations in present-day Pakistan and India are thought to be the descendants of such slaves, yet their history of admixture and natural selection remains largely undefined. Here, we studied the genome-wide diversity of the African-descent Makranis, who reside on the Arabian Sea coast of Pakistan, as well that of four neighboring Pakistani populations, to investigate the genetic legacy, population dynamics, and tempo of the Indian Ocean slave trade...
November 1, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126173/immunogenicity-of-different-routine-poliovirus-vaccination-schedules-a-randomized-controlled-trial-karachi-pakistan
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Ali F Saleem, Ondrej Mach, Mohammad T Yousafzai, Asia Khan, William C Weldon, M Steven Oberste, Syed S Zaidi, Muhammad M Alam, Farheen Quadri, Roland W Sutter, Anita K M Zaidi
Background: We assessed immunity against polioviruses induced with new Pakistani immunization schedule and compared it with alternative immunization schedules. Methods: Newborns were randomized to receive one of the following vaccination schedules, administered at birth, 6, 10, and 14 weeks of age. Arm A: 4x IPV; Arm B: 4x bOPV; Arm C and D: bOPV, bOPV, bOPV, bOPV+ inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV); Arm E: 4x trivalent oral poliovirus vaccine (tOPV). At 22 weeks of age, children received one challenge dose of tOPV, and children in arm D received one additional IPV dose...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119823/maternal-depressive-symptoms-and-child-nutritional-status-a-cross-sectional-study-in-socially-disadvantaged-pakistani-community
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Qamar Saeed, Nadia Shah, Sumera Inam, Kashif Shafique
Malnutrition is a primary cause of child morbidity and mortality. The effects of maternal depressive symptoms on children's health, especially their nutritional status, have received less attention in developing countries but needs to be evaluated to understand the public health implications of maternal depression. The aim of the current study was to investigate the association between maternal depressive symptoms and children's nutritional status using data from low socioeconomic community in Pakistan. Maternal depressive symptoms defined as Aga Khan University Anxiety and Depression Scale score of 20 or greater was assessed for mothers with children under two years of age...
September 2017: Journal of Child Health Care: for Professionals Working with Children in the Hospital and Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111183/asymptomatic-dengue-infection-in-adults-of-major-cities-of-pakistan
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Ibrar Rafique, Muhammad Arif Nadeem Saqib, Muhammad Arif Munir, Huma Qureshi, Ijaz-Ul-Haq Taseer, Rizwan Iqbal, Waqaruddin Ahmed, Tasleem Akhtar, Rizwanullah
OBJECTIVE: To determine the asymptomatic dengue infection in adults of Pakistani population. METHODS: This study was conducted in five major cities (Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Multan, and Peshawar) of Pakistan. A total of 5 230 adults aged 18 years and above without a history of dengue fever at any point in their life were enrolled from participating laboratories. Those who were confirmed for dengue previously were excluded. Of the total, 62.6% (n = 3 276) were male with an average age of 34...
October 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099936/genomic-analysis-suggests-kitlg-is-responsible-for-a-roan-pattern-in-two-pakistani-goat-breeds
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Andrea Talenti, Francesca Bertolini, Jamie Williams, Muhammad Moaeen-Ud-Din, Stefano Frattini, Beatrice Coizet, Giulio Pagnacco, James Reecy, Max F Rothschild, Paola Crepaldi
The roan coat color pattern is described as the presence of white hairs intermixed with pigmented hairs. This kind of pigmentation pattern has been observed in many domestic species, including the goat. The molecular mechanisms and inheritance that underlie this pattern are known for some species and the KITLG gene has been shown associated with this phenotype. To date, no research effort has been done to find the gene(s) that controls roan coat color pattern in goats. In the present study, after genotyping with the GoatSNP50 BeadChip, 35 goats that showed a roan pattern and that belonged to two Pakistan breeds (Group A) were analyzed and then compared to 740 goats of 39 Italian and Pakistan goats breeds that did not have the same coat color pattern (Group B)...
October 28, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091318/early-electrophysiological-findings-in-acute-inflammatory-demyelinating-polyradiculoneuropathy-variant-of-guillain-barre-syndrome-in-the-pakistani-population-a-comparison-with-global-data
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Ahmed Wali, Sara Khan
Acute inflammatory demyelinating polyradiculoneuropathy (AIDP) and acute motor axonal neuropathy (AMAN) are the most common variants of Guillian Barre syndrome documented in the Asian population. However the variability of early neurophysiologic findings in the Asian population compared to western data has not been documented. Eighty seven cases of AIDP were retrospectively reviewed for their demographic, clinical, electrophysiological and laboratory data. Mean age of subjects was 31 ± 8 years with males more commonly affected...
November 1, 2017: Journal of the Peripheral Nervous System: JPNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076744/oral-assessment-of-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-in-rawalpindi-pakistan
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Fatima Suhaib, Asfia Saeed, Hashmat Gul, Muhammad Kaleem
Comparison of oral health status, dental needs and dietary habits of children with autism and their healthy siblings. In this cross-sectional study, oral hygiene measures, sugar consumption and dental examination of 58 Pakistani children with autism spectrum disorder were assessed and compared to 27 of their siblings without autism spectrum disorder. Questionnaires were distributed to their parents regarding oral hygiene measures, dietary habits and past dental experiences. Clinical examination for the presence of dental caries, periodontal disease or parafunctional habits was carried out and findings were associated with the mother's education...
October 1, 2017: Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076680/practice-of-endodontic-re-treatment-in-four-cities-of-pakistan
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Sana Ehsen Nagi, Farhan Raza Khan, Munawar Rahman
BACKGROUND: Root canal re-treatment is the procedure of choice when the primary root treatment fails but patient is inclined toward salvage of the tooth. The re-treatment is often a challenging procedure owing to lack to the predictability in the outcomes. Since, there is a no single way of planning and executing such procedure, a study was planned to assess the knowledge, attitude and practice regarding endodontic re-treatment among Pakistani dentists. The effect of clinical experience on the re-treatment planning was also determined...
July 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076676/adrenal-insufficiency-in-pakistani-hiv-infected-patients
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Bahjat Afreen, Khurshid Ahmed Khan, Amna Riaz
BACKGROUND: Adrenal insufficiency (AI) is the most common endocrine complication among patients with AIDS/HIV infection and there are number of causes of AI in HIV patients. Human immunodeficiency virus directly as well as indirectly destroys adrenal glands. The estimates of its prevalence and severity vary. AI is the most life threatening but readily correctable endocrine complication that occurs in persons with HIV infection. This study was carried out to determine the frequency of Adrenal Insufficiency in HIV patients and their clinical features as proper diagnosis and timely treatment have been shown to improve quality of life and long-term mortality in AIDS patients...
July 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29076672/determination-of-association-of-pigmentary-glaucoma-with-pigment-dispersion-syndrome
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Imtiaz Ali Shah, Shujaat Ali Shah, Partab Rai Nagdev, Safdar Ali Abbasi, Naeem Ali Abbasi, Safdar Akhtar Katpar
BACKGROUND: Pigment Dispersion Syndrome (PDS) is an autosomal dominant disorder of white males between 20 to 40 years of age characterized by deposition of pigment on the lens, zonules of lens, trabecular meshwork and corneal endothelium (Krukenberg's spindle) in addition to radial, spoke like transillumination defects in the mid peripheral iris. This study was conducted to determine the frequency of occurrence of Pigmentary Glaucoma in patients with Pigment Dispersion Syndrome (PDS)...
July 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29067074/profile-of-hepatic-involvement-in-dengue-infections-in-adult-pakistani-population
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Somia Iqtadar, Nabeel Akbar, Naima Huma, Fawad Ahmad Randhawa
OBJECTIVES: To estimate the range of hepatic involvement in dengue infections by assessing clinical and biochemical profile of adult dengue infected patients. METHODS: Serologically confirmed 220 adult cases of dengue infections admitted to Mayo hospital from June 2013 to November 2013 were classified as having dengue fever, dengue haemorragic fever and dengue shock syndrome. The frequency and range of bilirubin, liver enzymes derangement and presence of liver enlargement in each group was calculated and further stratified according to age and gender...
July 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29067073/impact-of-stent-length-and-diameter-on-short-term-clinical-outcomes-of-drug-eluting-stents-in-patients-with-stable-coronary-artery-disease
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Yasir Adnan, Lubna Noor, Muhammad Habeel Dar, Umair Ali, Muhammad Hafizullah
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE: The risk of restenosis and other adverse cardiovascular events with bare-metal stents have increased with smaller stent diameters and longer stent lengths. However, the exact impact of stent size on the short-term outcomes of drug-eluting stent (DES) implantations has not been much classified in Pakistani population. This study was designed to evaluate the impact of size (length and diameter) of Drug Eluting Stents on Clinical outcomes in patient with stable coronary artery disease at three months of implantation in Pakistani Population...
July 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29067071/caries-risk-assessment-in-school-children-using-reduced-cariogram-model
#18
Muhammad Taqi, Ishak Abdul Razak, Norintan Ab-Murat
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the percentage of children with low, moderate and high caries risk; and to determine the predictors of caries risk amongst 11-12 year old Pakistani school children. METHODS: Subjects' caries risk was assessed using the Cariogram programme. The survey was done among school children in Bhakkar district of Punjab, Pakistan. Caries and plaque level were assessed using the DMFT and Sillnes and Loe indices respectively, while diet content and frequency were assessed using a three-day diet diary...
July 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29067049/an-epidemiological-study-of-prevalence-and-comorbidity-of-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-symptoms-socd-and-stress-in-pakistani-adults
#19
Farzana Ashraf, Sadia Malik, Amna Arif
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the prevalence and comorbidity of subclinical obsessive compulsive disorder (SOCD) symptoms and stress across gender, marital and employment statuses. METHODS: A cross-sectional research was conducted from December, 2016 to March 2017 at two universities of cosmopolitan city Lahore. Two self-report scales measuring SOCD symptoms and stress were used to collect data from 377 adults selected through simple random sampling technique, proportionately distributed across gender, marital and employment status...
July 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29065357/determinants-of-compulsive-buying-behavior-among-young-adults-the-mediating-role-of-materialism
#20
Tahir Islam, Jiuchang Wei, Zaryab Sheikh, Zahid Hameed, Rauf I Azam
This research seeks to determine what makes young adults materialistic. The study examines the mediating role of materialism between the contextual factors and compulsive buying. Data was gathered from 219 Pakistani undergraduate university students. Partial Least Square (PLS) technique was used to analyze the data. The study confirms the intuition that more materialistic young adults are more likely to be involved in compulsive buying than are less materialistic young adults. The results were similar with the previous literature conducted in the western culture, indicating that also applies in a modern Islamic society...
October 21, 2017: Journal of Adolescence
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