Monthly Archives: February 2015

Resistance Patterns among Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis Patients in Greater Metropolitan Mumbai

India has one of the highest burdens of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) globally, with an estimated 64,000 patients having MDR strains among notified pulmonary TB cases in 2013, which would account for more than 20 percent of the estimated global burden of drug-resistant tuberculosis [1]. The increase in MDR-TB cases within the country has…

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A Rare HBV Subgenotype D4 with Unique Genomic Signatures Identified in North-Eastern India

The striking genetic heterogeneity displayed by HBV result mostly from copy errors introduced by viral polymerase during replication of its DNA genome through reverse transcription of pregenomic RNA [1]. However, the long-term fate of these abundant genetic changes depend upon the interactions of HBV with its host, the dramatic intra-host diversification and on different genetic processes such as…

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Quantitative PCR in Epidemiology for Early Detection of Visceral Leishmaniasis Cases in India

The Leishmania spp. parasites of humans are endemic in 98 countries, and more than 350 million people are at risk of infection [1]. Leishmaniasis is a neglected tropical disease, and the most severe form visceral leishmaniasis (VL, also known as kala-azar) is fatal if untreated. VL is primarily an anthroponotic infection caused by Leishmania donovani in India, transmitted by the sand fly vector Phelobotomus argentipes.

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Does the Type of Food Consumed Contribute to GI Symptoms at Hostels? A Review at Karunya University

Gastroenteritis is an infection of the intestines that causes diarrhea, vomiting and abdominal pain. The incidence of gastroenteritis has been steady for decades, but mortality due to diarrhea has declined (4). Admissions for diarrhoeal disorders account for about 1.5 to 4% of …

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ISANSYS Wireless Patient Monitoring Platform Demonstrates Promise of Digital Healthcare in Indian Hospitals

Isansys Lifecare Ltd, the provider of complete real-time physiological patient data services and systems, today announces the results of a collaborative pilot study, with a leading medical centre in India, based on its first generation Patient Status Engine.

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Metropolis Healthcare cautions against self-medication for flu like symptoms

We are witnessing a surge in Swine Flu cases across India. Though contagious, there is no reason to panic if individuals visit a doctor as soon as they notice any symptoms that indicate Swine Flu infection. Local civic bodies have taken the right measure to curb the spread of the disease by spreading…

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Prevalence and Determinants of Tobacco Use in India

Tobacco is used in India in many forms. Smoking of cigarettes and beedis (tobacco wrapped in dried leaves of special trees) is one form of tobacco use. Smokeless tobacco use consists of chewing pan (mixture of lime, pieces of areca nut, tobacco and spices wrapped in betel leaf), chewing gutkha or pan masala (scented tobacco mixed with lime and areca nut, in powder form), and…

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