Monthly Archives: May 2015

Low-Cost Vacuum Therapy Unit: Salvaging Diabetic Foot

Presentation at Bethune Round Table 2015 of the Canadian Network for International Surgery Introduction Diabetes has an incidence of 7.1%, and there are about 62 million diabetics in India (1, 2). Soon, India would become the diabetic capital of the World (2). Fifteen percent of diabetics develop foot ulcers, and… 

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The Health System and Population Health Implications of Large-Scale Diabetes Screening in India

Type 2 diabetes has increased in prevalence at an alarming rate in rapidly developing countries such as India and China. Most people with diabetes in these countries are undiagnosed; hence, community-based screening of adults for diabetes has been suggested. In India, for example, a recently initiated program has…

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Underweight Full-Term Indian Neonates Show Differences in Umbilical Cord Blood Leukocyte Phenotype

Neonatal mortality is a major contributor of under-five mortality globally. This is particularly prominent in low- and-middle income countries. India’s high neonatal mortality (32/1000 live births) contributes substantially to its infant mortality (47/1000 live births). Approximately one-third of neonates born in India have a low…

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Quick Case: Kala-azar is Still Clinically Neglected in India

By: Dr. Swapan Samanta
A few months back, a 9-year-old boy presented with chronic ill-health, loss of appetite, loss of weight, severe anemia, mild thrombocytopenia and occasional fever. He also had hepatosplenomegaly. A routine hemogram reported…

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Innovations in Minimally Invasive Surgeries for Rural Areas

Minimally invasive surgeries are relevant for the poor and marginalized in rural areas where the patients need to get back to work as soon as possible, because they are often the sole bread winners of the family. Unfortunately, the high costs make minimally invasive surgeries…

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Quick Case: Malignant Germ Cell Tumor Presents as Discharging Scrotal Mass

By: Dr. Swapan Samanta
A 69-year-old male presented with urinary obstruction for 6 months and bilateral testicular pain for 9 months. Gradually the severity increased so that he needed permanent supra-pubic catheterization, due to severe…

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Transurethral Vaporization of the Prostate with Normal Saline: A Safe and Convenient Procedure for Rural Areas

Bladder outflow obstruction due to enlargement of the prostate is a common condition in men. TURP (Trans-Urethral Resection of the Prostate) is still the “gold standard” for treatment. It is an excellent procedure that has considerably reduced…

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