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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645236/a-quantitative-study-of-empathy-in-pakistani-medical-students-a-multicentered-approach
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Nabia Tariq, Tariq Rasheed, Mohsen Tavakol
OBJECTIVE: To examine the empathy level of undergraduate medical students in Pakistan. Three hypotheses are developed based on the literature review. (1) Female medical students have a higher level of empathy than do male students. (2) Empathy scores vary during the medical school years in Pakistani students. (3) Medical students interested in people-oriented specialties would score higher than the students interested in technology-oriented specialties. METHODS: This is a quantitative inquiry approach using a cross-sectional design of 1453 students from 8 Pakistani medical schools, both private and state...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Primary Care & Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645229/cognitive-function-in-early-psychosis-patients-from-a-lower-middle-income-country
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Muhammed Omair Husain, Imran B Chaudhry, Rachel Thomasson, Tayyeba Kiran, Paul Bassett, Muhammad I Husain, Farooq Naeem, Nusrat Husain
OBJECTIVES: To establish evidence of cognitive changes in early psychosis (EP) patients compared to healthy controls (HC) in Pakistan. METHODS: Fifty-one participants with EP were recruited from psychiatric units in Karachi and Rawalpindi, Pakistan and matched with 51 HC. Neurocognitive domains were assessed using standardised neuropsychological tests [the Stroop test, block design, Matrix Reasoning, picture completion, object assembly, oral fluency, memory for design, Coughlan learning task (verbal and visual)]...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636205/progressive-scar14-with-unclear-speech-developmental-delay-tremor-and-behavioral-problems-caused-by-a-homozygous-deletion-of-the-sptbn2-pleckstrin-homology-domain
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Esra Yıldız Bölükbaşı, Muhammad Afzal, Sara Mumtaz, Nafees Ahmad, Sajid Malik, Aslıhan Tolun
We report on nine members of a consanguineous Pakistani family with primary presentation of intellectual disability, developmental delay, limb and gait ataxia, behavioral and speech problems, and tremor. By linkage mapping and exome sequencing we identified novel homozygous splicing variant c.6375-1G>C in SPTBN2. To date, only two other SPTBN2 mutations with recessive pattern of inheritance causing SCAR14 (spinocerebellar ataxia, autosomal recessive 14) that manifest with developmental ataxia and cognitive impairment, or cerebellar ataxia, mental retardation, and pyramidal signs have been reported...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627524/screening-for-mutations-in-two-exons-of-fancg-gene-in-pakistani-population
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Ujala Aymun, Saima Iram, Iram Aftab, Saba Khaliq, Ali Nadir, Ahmed Nisar, Shahida Mohsin
BACKGROUND: Fanconi anemia is a rare autosomal recessive disorder of genetic instability. It is both molecularly and clinically, a heterogeneous disorder. Its incidence is 1 in 129,000 births and relatively high in some ethnic groups. Sixteen genes have been identified among them mutations in FANCG gene are most common after FANCA and FANCC gene mutations. OBJECTIVE: To study mutations in exon 3 and 4 of FANCG gene in Pakistani population. METHODS: Thirty five patients with positive Diepoxybutane test were included in the study...
June 2017: Biomedical Papers of the Medical Faculty of the University Palacký, Olomouc, Czechoslovakia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625116/the-effects-of-immigration-and-media-influence-on-body-image-among-pakistani-men
#5
Sheeba Saghir, Lynda Hyland
This study examined the role of media influence and immigration on body image among Pakistani men. Attitudes toward the body were compared between those living in Pakistan ( n = 56) and those who had immigrated to the United Arab Emirates ( n = 58). Results of a factorial analysis of variance demonstrated a significant main effect of immigrant status. Pakistani men living in the United Arab Emirates displayed poorer body image than those in the Pakistan sample. Results also indicated a second main effect of media influence...
July 2017: American Journal of Men's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620990/association-patterns-of-endothelial-nitric-oxide-synthase-gene-nos3-variant-glu298asp-with-blood-pressure-and-serum-lipid-levels-in-subjects-with-coronary-artery-disease-from-pakistan
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Saleem Ullah Shahid, Abdul Rehman
Nitric oxide is an important antiatherosclerotic agent. The main determinant of nitric oxide levels is enzyme nitric oxide synthase encoded by the NOS3 gene, the common variants in this gene may be responsible for variations in plasma enzyme levels. The association of NOS3 variants with coronary artery disease (CAD) varies in different ethnicities. The current study aimed to determine the association of NOS3 Glu298Asp (rs1799983) with CAD and blood lipid levels in Pakistani subjects. Six hundred thirty-six samples (412 cases, 224 controls) were genotyped by TaqMan allelic discrimination assay and serum total cholesterol, and High Density Lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C)/Low Density Lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and triglycerides were measured...
July 2017: Annals of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618746/male-infertility-is-significantly-associated-with-multiple-deletions-in-an-8-7-kb-segment-of-sperm-mtdna-in-pakistan
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Irfan Afzal Mughal, Asma Irfan, Sarwat Jahan, Abdul Hameed
BACKGROUND/AIM: This study aimed to find a link between sperm mitochondrial DNA mutations and male infertility in Pakistan. MATERIALS AND METHODS: DNA from semen samples was extracted and amplified by PCR using 7.8-kb deletion-specific primers. The PCR products were separated on agarose gel, visualized under UV-illumination, and then photographed. The results were genotyped and the data were analyzed using SPSS. RESULTS: Deletion analysis of the 8...
June 12, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615043/-like-sugar-in-milk-reconstructing-the-genetic-history-of-the-parsi-population
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Gyaneshwer Chaubey, Qasim Ayub, Niraj Rai, Satya Prakash, Veena Mushrif-Tripathy, Massimo Mezzavilla, Ajai Kumar Pathak, Rakesh Tamang, Sadaf Firasat, Maere Reidla, Monika Karmin, Deepa Selvi Rani, Alla G Reddy, Jüri Parik, Ene Metspalu, Siiri Rootsi, Kurush Dalal, Shagufta Khaliq, Syed Qasim Mehdi, Lalji Singh, Mait Metspalu, Toomas Kivisild, Chris Tyler-Smith, Richard Villems, Kumarasamy Thangaraj
BACKGROUND: The Parsis are one of the smallest religious communities in the world. To understand the population structure and demographic history of this group in detail, we analyzed Indian and Pakistani Parsi populations using high-resolution genetic variation data on autosomal and uniparental loci (Y-chromosomal and mitochondrial DNA). Additionally, we also assayed mitochondrial DNA polymorphisms among ancient Parsi DNA samples excavated from Sanjan, in present day Gujarat, the place of their original settlement in India...
June 14, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611678/a-fourth-klk4-mutation-is-associated-with-enamel-hypomineralisation-and-structural-abnormalities
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Claire E L Smith, Jennifer Kirkham, Peter F Day, Francesca Soldani, Esther J McDerra, James A Poulter, Christopher F Inglehearn, Alan J Mighell, Steven J Brookes
"Amelogenesis imperfecta" (AI) describes a group of genetic conditions that result in defects in tooth enamel formation. Mutations in many genes are known to cause AI, including the gene encoding the serine protease, kallikrein related peptidase 4 (KLK4), expressed during the maturation stage of amelogenesis. In this study we report the fourth KLK4 mutation to be identified in autosomal recessively-inherited hypomaturation type AI, c.632delT, p.(L211Rfs(*)37) (NM_004917.4, NP_004908.4). This homozygous variant was identified in five Pakistani AI families and is predicted to result in a transcript with a premature stop codon that escapes nonsense mediated decay...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606177/recent-household-transmission-of-tuberculosis-in-england-2010-2012-retrospective-national-cohort-study-combining-epidemiological-and-molecular-strain-typing-data
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Maeve K Lalor, Laura F Anderson, Esther L Hamblion, Andy Burkitt, Jennifer A Davidson, Helen Maguire, Ibrahim Abubakar, H Lucy Thomas
BACKGROUND: We estimate the proportion of tuberculosis (TB) in England due to recent household transmission, identify factors associated with being a household transmitter, and investigate the impact that identification of a case has on time to treatment of subsequent cases. METHODS: TB cases notified between 2010 and 2012 in England in the same household as another case were identified; 24 locus MIRU-VNTR strain typing (ST) was used to identify household cases with likely recent transmission...
June 13, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596618/development-of-a-cross-cultural-hpv-community-engagement-model-within-scotland
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Elaine Carnegie, Anne Whittaker, Carol Gray Brunton, Rhona Hogg, Catriona Kennedy, Shona Hilton, Seeromanie Harding, Kevin G Pollock, Janette Pow
OBJECTIVE: To examine cultural barriers and participant solutions regarding acceptance and uptake of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine from the perspective of Black African, White-Caribbean, Arab, Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani young people. METHODS: In total, 40 young people from minority ethnic communities in Scotland took part in a qualitative study, involving seven focus groups and four paired interviews, to explore their views and experiences of the HPV vaccine...
June 2017: Health Education Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594232/revisiting-the-aids-epidemic-in-pakistan-where-we-stand-and-what-we-must-aim-for
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Hamza Arshad Dar, Areeba Mubashir, Manal Adil, Aiman Farzeen, Hasaan Naseer, Gohar Ayub, Sajid Mansoor, Aneela Javed
Human Immunodeficiency type 1 (HIV-1) is the major cause of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in humans, where the immune system totally succumbs to the virus. Large proportion of the AIDS infected belong to developing countries and AIDS prevalence is intensified by severe poverty, malnutrition and famine; fatal illnesses with a scorn shortage of medical amenities complemented with the lack of education and development. Current Pakistani health system setting is in a dire need of improvement. Low literacy rates, high birth rates and associated maternal mortality plus a lack of clean drinking water and appropriate sanitation system have a serious impact on general living conditions contributing to a relatively short life-span...
June 8, 2017: AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586615/association-of-smoking-with-recurrence-of-pulmonary-kochs-after-completion-of-antituberculous-treatment
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Darakhshan Ahmad, Muhammad Mujeeb Khan, Faiza Aslam, Sundas Abbas, Qurrat-Ul-Ain Elahi
OBJECTIVE: Smoking is one of the most important yet modifiable risk factors for incidence, morbidity, recurrence and mortality from Pulmonary Koch's or tuberculosis. This study attempted to demonstrate the association between smoking and recurrence risk of Pulmonary Koch's in Pakistani male population. METHODS: This case control study was conducted at Federal Government Tuberculosis Hospital, Rawalpindi from 2015 to 2016. It included 332 study participants; 166 recurrent cases of Pulmonary Tuberculosis within two years of completion of Anti-tuberculous therapy (ATT) and 166 non-recurrent controls...
October 2016: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586605/burden-of-atherosclerosis-risk-among-different-ethinicity-a-hidden-health-challenge
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Tariq Ashraf, Kanwal Fatima Aamir, Abdul Samad Achakzai, Naeem Mengal, Muhammad Tariq Karim
OBJECTIVE: Atherosclerosis risk and incidence of developing chronic cardiovascular conditions vary greatly between ethnic groups in South Asian population. To evaluate different ethnic groups in Pakistan, population based study was conducted at Karachi, the largest metropolitan city of Pakistan; to assess ten years and lifetime estimated cardiovascular disease risks without preexisting cardiovascular disease in Pakistani subjects by using Pooled Cohort Risk equation (calculator) as per American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) 2013 guidelines...
October 2016: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585581/serum-apoe-leptin-cfh-and-htra1-levels-in-pakistani-age-related-macular-degeneration-patients
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Irfan Zia Qureshi, Fareeha Ambreen
OBJECTIVE: To determine the association between serum levels of apolipoprotein E, leptin, complimentary factor H and high temperature requirement A-1 in patients with age-related macular degeneration. METHODS: This case-control study was conducted at the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan, from May to October 2013, and comprised patients with age-related macular degeneration and matching controls. The confirmation of age-related macular degeneration was carried out through slit lamp examination, fundoscopy and ocular coherence tomography...
June 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585576/research-publications-and-education-in-pakistani-medical-universities-avoiding-predatory-journals-and-improving-the-quality-of-research
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Aamir Raoof Memon
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June 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583113/patterns-control-and-complications-of-diabetes-from-a-hospital-based-registry-established-in-a-low-income-country
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Jaweed Akhter, Asma Ahmed, Minaz Mawani, Laila Lakhani, Ayaz Kalsekar, Shehla Tabassum, Najmul Islam
BACKGROUND: Diabetes registry enables practitioners to measure the characteristics and patterns of diabetes across their patient population. They also provide insight into practice patterns which can be very effective in improving care and preventing complications. The aim of this study was to assess the patterns, control levels and complications at the baseline of the patients attending clinic at the large tertiary care hospital in Karachi, Pakistan with the help of the registry. This can be used as a reference to monitor the control and also for a comparison between peer groups...
June 5, 2017: BMC Endocrine Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582431/hepatitis-b-genotypes-and-surface-antigen-mutants-present-in-pakistani-blood-donors
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Barbara J Harris, Vera Holzmayer, Huma Qureshi, Mohammad Ayyub Khan, Saleem Ahmed Khan, Nuzhat Salamat, Sarfaraz Jafri, Catherine A Brennan
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of chronic Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) infection is 2-4% in the Pakistani population, defining Pakistan as an intermediate prevalence country. In this study, hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) reactive blood donations were screened using a combination of serological and molecular methods to identify immune escape HBV mutant strains and to determine the HBV genotypes and subtypes present in Pakistan. METHODS: Blood donations were collected at the Armed Forces Institute of Transfusion (AFIT) located in northern Pakistan and the Hussaini Blood Bank (HBB) located in the south...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582390/polymorphisms-in-dopaminergic-system-genes-association-with-criminal-behavior-and-self-reported-aggression-in-violent-prison-inmates-from-pakistan
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Muhammad Imran Qadeer, Ali Amar, J John Mann, Shahida Hasnain
Genetic factors contribute to antisocial and criminal behavior. Dopamine transporter DAT-1 (SLC6A3) and DRD2 gene for the dopamine-2 receptor are dopaminergic system genes that regulate dopamine reuptake and signaling, and may be part of the pathogenesis of psychiatric disorders including antisocial behaviors and traits. No previous studies have analyzed DAT-1 and DRD2 polymorphisms in convicted murderers, particularly from Indian subcontinent. In this study we investigated the association of 40 bp VNTR polymorphism of DAT-1 and Taq1 variant of DRD2 gene (rs1800479) with criminal behavior and self-reported aggression in 729 subjects, including 370 men in Pakistani prisons convicted of first degree murder(s) and 359 control men without any history of violence or criminal tendency...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560193/comparative-evaluation-of-heavy-metals-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-healthy-control-in-pakistani-population
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Shazia Irfan, Asima Rani, Naila Riaz, Muhammad Arshad, Syed Kashif Nawaz
BACKGROUND: Exposure to heavy metals in development of many diseases has been investigated previously, specially created by oxidative stress. The etiology of Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is still not fully understood but oxidative stress created by heavy metals may have role in development of RA. The aim of present study was to compare serum level of heavy metals in RA and healthy control individuals. METHODS: Blood samples of 100 RA patients were collected from different hospitals in district Sargodha, Punjab, Pakistan and 100 control individuals from Dec 2013 to May 2014...
May 2017: Iranian Journal of Public Health
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