Monthly Archives: October 2013

Trends in the prevalence of diarrheagenic Escherichia coli among hospitalized diarrheal patients in Kolkata, India

Diarrhea and other related gastrointestinal disorders are the most important causes of illness and death, particularly among infants and young children from developing countries [1]. Of the 4.879 million global deaths of children below 5 years of age due to infectious diseases, diarrhea alone has caused 0.801 million deaths in 2010.

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Engaging patients through effective communication

Good communication between health professionals and patients is essential for high-quality health care. According to the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) patient experience survey, communication with physicians ranked fifth out of eight categories in terms of correlation with overall patient satisfaction.1 However, today, finding an effective… 

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Empowering patients through shared decision making

Pioneering physician, author, and researcher Tom Ferguson (1943-2006) stated that “whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own health. We don’t need doctors or health systems to rule our bodies.” The core of patient-centered healthcare is to engage the patient in decisions about their own care… 

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Using the revised diagnostic criteria for frontotemporal dementia in India

The behavioural variant of frontotemporal dementias (bvFTD) is characterized by personality and behavioural changes with relative preservation of episodic memory and visuospatial function. Since 1998, the Consensus criteria have been the cornerstone of diagnosis for bvFTD. [1] The criteria require fulfilment of all of five core diagnostic features at presentation and have a diagnostic specificity of 90–100%.

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In The News: October 29, 2013

Below are links to recent news articles of interest to the medical community in India. Please share your comments below!

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The increasing asthma burden in Indian children – causes and prevention

Asthma is among the most common chronic diseases in children, leading to disability as well as school absenteeism. Childhood asthma is associated with geographical location, environment, and race, as well as behavior and lifestyle. Its impact on family and childhood is considerable, due to the chronic nature of the disease…. 

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Tobacco use or body mass – Do they predict tuberculosis mortality in Mumbai, India?

Despite the availability of highly efficacious treatment for decades, tuberculosis remains a major global health problem. In 2010, there were an estimated 8.5–9.2 million cases and 1.2–1.5 million deaths (including deaths from tuberculosis among HIV positive people) [1]. Tuberculosis continues to remain a major burden in developing countries, including India.

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