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Nishit Bhatnagar, Siddharth Sharma, Virender Kumar Gautam, Ajeet Kumar, Anurag Tiwari
PURPOSE: Spontaneous osteonecrosis of the knee affects the medial femoral condyle in patients above 55 years of age. Many reports and studies are available from western countries. But there is a gross paucity of literature on spontaneous osteonecrosis of the knee (SPONK) in the Indian subcontinent, either it is under-reported or detected at a later stage. The aim of our study was to detect SPONK in Indian population and describe its characteristics, treatment, and outcome. MATERIAL AND METHOD: A prospective study was conducted over a period of three years...
March 18, 2018: International Orthopaedics
Shiu Ming Pang, Jonathan Yi Yu Pang, Stephanie Fook-Chong, Ai Ling Tan
INTRODUCTION: Tinea unguium is a common nail infection. We conducted a retrospective ten-year study of the patient demographics and species distribution of dermatophytes causing tinea unguium in a tertiary hospital from Singapore. METHODS: Results of fungal nail cultures were retrieved from our hospital's microbiology department. Samples from nail scrapings and clippings were inoculated onto agar plates (Sabouraud dextrose agar with chloramphenicol and Mycosel agar)...
March 19, 2018: Singapore Medical Journal
Anandan Murugesan, Lakshman Kumar, P Janarthanan
Background: Urine is a supersaturated solution with solutes in very high concentration. Matrix gla protein (MGP) is one of the proteins involved in inhibition of extracellular calcification. Among the various polymorphisms studied, polymorphism of SNP rs4236 in the MGP gene is found to have association with nephrolithiasis. We evaluated the significance of SNP rs4236 polymorphism in nephrolithiasis among the Indian population. Materials and Methods: The study was conducted in 2013 and 2014 among fifty participants...
January 2018: International Journal of Applied and Basic Medical Research
Dennis H Li, Shruta Rawat, Jayson Rhoton, Pallav Patankar, Maria L Ekstrand, B R Simon Rosser, J Michael Wilkerson
On December 11, 2013, the Indian Supreme Court recriminalized non-peno-vaginal sex under Sec. 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), overturning a 2009 ruling that deemed IPC Sec. 377 unconstitutional. Similar "sodomy laws" in other countries have been associated with increased violence, harassment, and other discrimination against men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender women. However, few studies have looked at the effects of such a law in an Indian context. This study examined experiences of victimization among MSM and hijra/transgender women (MSM-H) in the State of Maharashtra using a mixed-method approach...
September 2017: Sexuality Research & Social Policy
Licia Colli, Marco Milanesi, Elia Vajana, Daniela Iamartino, Lorenzo Bomba, Francesco Puglisi, Marcello Del Corvo, Ezequiel L Nicolazzi, Sahar S E Ahmed, Jesus R V Herrera, Libertado Cruz, Shujun Zhang, Aixin Liang, Guohua Hua, Liguo Yang, Xingjie Hao, Fuyuan Zuo, Song-Jia Lai, Shuilian Wang, Ruyu Liu, Yundeng Gong, Mahdi Mokhber, Yongjiang Mao, Feng Guan, Augustin Vlaic, Bogdan Vlaic, Luigi Ramunno, Gianfranco Cosenza, Ali Ahmad, Ihsan Soysal, Emel Ö Ünal, Mariena Ketudat-Cairns, José F Garcia, Yuri T Utsunomiya, Pietro S Baruselli, Maria E J Amaral, Rangsun Parnpai, Marcela G Drummond, Peter Galbusera, James Burton, Eileen Hoal, Yulnawati Yusnizar, Cece Sumantri, Bianca Moioli, Alessio Valentini, Alessandra Stella, John L Williams, Paolo Ajmone-Marsan
The domestic water buffalo is native to the Asian continent but through historical migrations and recent importations, nowadays has a worldwide distribution. The two types of water buffalo, i.e., river and swamp, display distinct morphological and behavioral traits, different karyotypes and also have different purposes and geographical distributions. River buffaloes from Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Romania, Bulgaria, Italy, Mozambique, Brazil and Colombia, and swamp buffaloes from China, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and Brazil were genotyped with a species-specific medium-density 90K SNP panel...
2018: Frontiers in Genetics
Mona Chowdhury, Neeraj Agrawal, Debabrata Kundu, Nitubroto Biswas
Context: Human leukocyte antigens (HLAs) have an important role in the determination of susceptibility and resistance to periodontal diseases in humans, which may vary from population to population. Aims: The aim of this study was to find out the association of HLA Classes I and II genes with chronic periodontitis in East Indian population. Materials and Methods: In a cross-sectional study design, a total of sixty participants of chronic periodontitis (CP) (mean age: 44...
November 2017: Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology
Rahul Suresh Bhansali, Ramreddy Krishnarao Yeltiwar, Kishore Bhat
Background: Association of neutrophil function abnormalities with localized aggressive periodontitis (LAP) has been reported in Indian population. There are no published studies on the familial aggregation of aggressive periodontitis (AP) and neutrophil function abnormalities associated with it in Indian population. The present study aimed to assess neutrophil chemotaxis, phagocytosis, and microbicidal activity in AP patients and their family members of Indian origin, who may or may not be suffering from AP...
November 2017: Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology
Shi Kang Wong, Pravinkumar G Patil
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: The inferior alveolar nerve (IAN) frequently loops backward before exiting from the mental foramen and spreads several millimeters medially to the foramen. Implant placement in this area may damage the nerve if the anterior loop area is not carefully identified in a radiographic or computed tomography (CT) evaluation. PURPOSE: The purpose of this observational study was to measure the prevalence of the presence of the anterior loop and to estimate sex and ethnicity-related variations in anterior loop length in the Malaysian population...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
Smita Nimbalkar, Pravinkumar G Patil, Reei Y Mok, Yih Y Oh, Jing Y Tioh, Kai J Yew
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: Buccal corridor space and its variations greatly influence smile attractiveness. Facial types are different for different ethnic populations, and so is smile attractiveness. The subjective perception of smile attractiveness of different populations may vary in regard to different buccal corridor spaces and facial patterns. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine esthetic perceptions of the Malaysian population regarding the width of buccal corridor spaces and their effect on smile esthetics in individuals with short, normal, and long faces...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
Rengaswamy Sankaranarayanan, Smita Joshi, Richard Muwonge, Pulikottil Okkuru Esmy, Partha Basu, Priya Prabhu, Neerja Bhatla, Bhagwan M Nene, Janmesh Shaw, Usha Rani Reddy Poli, Yogesh Verma, Eric Zomawia, Sharmila Pimple, Massimo Tommasino, Michael Pawlita, Tarik Gheit, Tim Waterboer, Peter Sehr, Madhavan Radhakrishna Pillai
BACKGROUND: Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination is a major strategy for preventing cervical and other ano-genital cancers. Worldwide HPV vaccination introduction and coverage will be facilitated if a single dose of vaccine is as effective as two or three doses or demonstrates significant protective effect compared to 'no vaccination'. METHODS: In a multi-centre cluster randomized trial of two vs three doses of quadrivalent HPV vaccination (GARDASIL©) in India, suspension of the vaccination due to events unrelated to the study led to per protocol and partial vaccination of unmarried 10-18 year old girls leading to four study groups, two by design and two by default...
March 15, 2018: Vaccine
Priyadarshini Tripathy, Asutosh Sahu, Mahija Sahu, Attila Nagy
OBJECTIVES: Though polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is associated with multiple metabolic abnormalities, the metabolic risk profile of various PCOS phenotypes is still debated. Here we sought to compare the clinical, biochemical and metabolic parameters among the different PCOS phenotypes and controls. STUDY DESIGN: A total of 394 newly diagnosed PCOS women and 108 controls were enrolled consecutively. PCOS women were divided into four phenotypes based on the presence of two of the following Rotterdam criteria: oligo/anovulation (O), hyperandrogenism (H), and polycystic ovaries (P): A (O + H + P), B (O + H), C (H + P), D (O + P)...
March 1, 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Kavita Kadian, Sonam Vijay, Yash Gupta, Ritu Rawal, Jagbir Singh, Anup Anvikar, Veena Pande, Arun Sharma
Malaria parasites utilize Methylerythritol phosphate (MEP) pathway for synthesis of isoprenoid precursors which are essential for maturation and survival of parasites during erythrocytic and gametocytic stages. The absence of MEP pathway in the human host establishes MEP pathway enzymes as a repertoire of essential drug targets. The fourth enzyme, 4-diphosphocytidyl-2C-methyl-d-erythritol kinase (IspE) has been proved essential in pathogenic bacteria, however; it has not yet been studied in any Plasmodium species...
March 14, 2018: Parasitology International
Meghna Singhal, Manjula Munivenkatappa, John Vijay Sagar Kommu, Mariamma Philip
Subclinical depressive symptoms in adolescents are associated with a host of impairments and constitute a risk factor for future depression. The aim of the present study was to study the efficacy of a school-based group coping skills program for Indian adolescents with subclinical depression. Adolescents (n = 120) across two schools comprised the intervention and control groups and were assessed at baseline, post-intervention, and 3 months no-contact follow-up. The intervention group adolescents received the 8-weekly Coping Skills program in same-gender groups of 4-8 adolescents each, and the control group adolescents received one interactive psycho-educatory session...
March 11, 2018: Asian Journal of Psychiatry
P Nishy, Renuka Saroja
Water quality has emerged as a fast-developing research area. Regular assessment of research activity is necessary for the successful R&D promotion. Water quality research work carried out in different countries increased over the years, and the USA ranked first in productivity while India stands in the seventh position in quantity and occupies the ninth position in quality of the research output. India observes a steady growth in the water quality research. Four thousand six hundred sixteen articles from India assessed from the aspect of citations received distributions of source countries, institutes, journals, impact factor, words in the title, author keywords...
March 16, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Nipa Kamdar, Cathy L Rozmus, Deanna E Grimes, Janet C Meininger
Food insecurity in US affects African Americans, Hispanic, and American Indians disproportionately compared to Caucasians. Ethnicity/race may influence the strategies parents use to reduce the effects of food insecurity. The purpose of this review is to compare coping strategies for food insecurity used by parents of different ethnicities/race as reported in published literature. A systematic search on PubMed and Embase yielded 983 studies, of which 13 studies met inclusion criteria and were reviewed. All groups used public and private assistance, social networks, nutrition related, and financial-related strategies...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
S Li, S Park, J-Y Lee, K-J Ha, M-K Park, C O Jo, H Oh, J Mühle, K-R Kim, S A Montzka, S O'Doherty, P B Krummel, E Atlas, B R Miller, F Moore, R F Weiss, S C Wofsy
The East Asian Summer Monsoon driven by temperature and moisture gradients between the Asian continent and the Pacific Ocean, leads to approximately 50% of the annual rainfall in the region across 20-40°N. Due to its increasing scientific and social importance, there have been several previous studies on identification of moisture sources for summer monsoon rainfall over East Asia mainly using Lagrangian or Eulerian atmospheric water vapor models. The major source regions for EASM previously proposed include the North Indian Ocean, South China Sea and North western Pacific...
March 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Joel Chee Yee Chan, Miao Li Chee, Nicholas Yi Qiang Tan, Ching-Yu Cheng, Tien Yin Wong, Charumathi Sabanayagam
AIMS: To examine the association of body mass index (BMI) with the incidence of diabetes mellitus (DM) and diabetic retinopathy (DR) in Asians. METHODS: We analysed data from 4101 adults (Malay, n = 1901 and Indian, n = 2200) who participated in the baseline (2004-2009) and 6-year follow-up (2011-2015) of two independent population-based studies with similar methodology in Singapore. BMI was categorised into normal (<25 kg/m2 ), overweight (25-29.9 kg/m2 ) and obese (≥30 kg/m2 )...
March 7, 2018: Nutrition & Diabetes
Andrew McDowell, Neeraj Raizada, Sunil D Khaparde, Raghuram Rao, Sanjay Sarin, Aakshi Kalra, Virender Singh Salhotra, Sreenivas Achuthan Nair, Catharina Boehme, Claudia M Denkinger
BACKGROUND: Diagnosing tuberculosis (TB) in children presents considerable challenges. Upfront testing on Xpert® MTB/RIF ('Xpert')-a rapid molecular assay with high sensitivity and specificity-for pediatric presumptive TB patients, as recommended by India's Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program (RNTCP), can pave the way for early TB diagnosis. As part of an ongoing project implemented by Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) dedicated to providing upfront free-of-cost (FOC) Xpert testing to children seeking care in the public and private sectors, a qualitative assessment was designed to understand how national guidelines on TB diagnosis and Xpert technology have been integrated into the pediatric TB care practices of different health providers...
2018: PloS One
Binit Sureka, Aliza Mittal, Mahesh K Mittal, Kanhaiya Agarwal, Mukul Sinha, Brij Bhushan Thukral
Background: Accurate and detailed measurements of spinal canal diameter (SCD) and transverse foraminal morphometry are essential for understanding spinal column-related diseases and for surgical planning, especially for transpedicular screw fixation. This is especially because lateral cervical radiographs do not provide accurate measurements. Aim: This study was conducted to measure the dimensions of the transverse foramen sagittal and transverse diameters (SFD, TFD), SCD, and the distance of spinal canal from the transverse foramina (dSC-TF) at C1-C7 level in the Indian population...
March 2018: Neurology India
Parkinson Soubam, Shashwat Mishra, Ashish Suri, Renu Dhingra, Sankat Mochan, Sanjeev Lalwani, T S Roy, Ashok K Mahapatra
A surgeon's understanding of the surgical anatomy can be greatly enhanced by the dissection of preserved cadaveric specimens. A reliable and inexpensive biological model for testing and standardization of dye injection concentrations is proposed utilizing the goat's head as a biological model. The first phase was concerned with standardization of the dye by titrating its concentration and injecting various amounts into cerebral vessels of a goat's head until an optimal concentration had been ascertained. In the second phase, this optimum concentration of the dye was injected into four human cadaveric heads following the same technique standardized using the goat's head...
March 2018: Neurology India
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