Monthly Archives: January 2014

A toolbox for tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis

An essential factor for controlling the spread of this disease is the ability to diagnose it in its early stages, especially in the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-infected population. Clinical examinations, combined with direct microscopic examinations of sputum samples and cultures of bacteria (whenever achievable) still remain the traditional tools for diagnosing TB.

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Need for digitization of health records in private practice

Today, doctors everywhere are trying to adopt newer technology to improve their clinical practices. Doctors want to improve communication between patients, hospitals, and their referral doctors. Some are utilizing scheduling and appointment software for online appointments, and some offer a dedicated helpline or SMS reminders for patients. Mobile apps and… 

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Low-cost, minimally invasive evaluation and treatment for infertility in rural areas

Infertility is a common condition potentially affecting an estimated 12-28% of couples worldwide [1]. It is no different in rural areas, where facilities for evaluation and treatment are not available to many. It was difficult to evaluate infertility in women before diagnostic laparoscopy became available. Tests such as the hysteron-salpingogram… 

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Case Study: Complementary medicine causing severe side effects in children – An overlooked cause of weight loss?

By: Dr. Gaurav Gupta
Homeopathic medicine is traditionally considered to be one of the safest systems of medicine, as the drugs are made from the dilution of the active ingredients [1]. However, there is certain evidence available that supports the fact that homeopathic medicines can cause severe adverse drug reactions (ADRs) in children [2,3]. It is very important to…

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Diagnostic and surgical camps: Cost-effective way to address surgical needs of the poor and marginalized

The World Health Organization has estimated that 11% of the global disease burden can be treated with surgical procedures, but there are 2 billion people who have no access to basic surgical care. Out of the 234 million surgeries…

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Tuberculosis management practices by private practitioners in Andhra Pradesh, India

As per the World Health Organization (WHO) global TB control report 2011, India continues to bear the highest global burden of TB with an estimated 2.3 million incident cases per annum accounting for more than one-fourth of global TB incidence [1]. The Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) is being implemented in the country since 1997 with complete country coverage by March 2006, with TB diagnostic and treatment services integrated throughout the public health infrastructure. Despite this success, India has a very large unregulated private medical sector.

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The profile and treatment outcomes of the older (aged 60 years and above) tuberculosis patients in Tamilnadu, South India

India is the highest tuberculosis (TB) burden country in the world accounting for nearly 25% of the global TB [1]. The Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP), implemented throughout the country, has been successful in achieving the global targets of 70% case detection and 85% treatment success rates in new smear positive TB patients since 2007(2). Over the next 5 years (2012–17), the program aims to achieve universal access to TB services with a treatment success rate of at-least 90% [2].

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