Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Association between a Vegetarian Diet and Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Risk Factors in India

In India, non-communicable diseases (NCD’s) account for the majority of deaths (59.1%) and half of disability-adjusted life-years (49.7% DALYs), with most loss taking place during the productive years of life [1]. Unlike the epidemiological transition in Western countries, India continues to grapple with…

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In The News: 2015 Annual Conference of Family Physicians of Gujarat – AFPAGUJCON

7th GSFPF Convention & 13th AFPA Conference Gujarat State Family Physicians’ Forum HOST: Ahmedabad Family Physician Association DATE: 21st & 22nd February, 2015 VENUE: AMA, ATIRA, Ambawadi, Ahmedaad 380015 Bright future of family physician will brighten the future of healthcare of India. Dr. Ashvin R. Shah Org. Chairman 9824038816 Dr…. 

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Quick Case: Left Retrosternal Goiter

By: Dr. Pragnesh Vachharajani
A 44-year-old male arrived for a routine office visit as part of an annual health check-up. His BMI was 26, and he had nothing particular in his history. But, on detailed questioning, he complained of chest pain on the left side of the upper chest and occasional difficulty in swallowing.

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Estimation of the Burden of Chronic and Allergic Pulmonary Aspergillosis in India

The fungus Aspergillus fumigatus is a causative organism for several pulmonary diseases, the clinical presentation depending on the immune status on the host.[1] Of the various pulmonary diseases, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) and chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA) generally occur in the immunocompetent host while invasive pulmonary aspergillosis manifests in…

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Alarming Levels of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis in HIV-Infected Patients in Metropolitan Mumbai, India

India is a high burden country for tuberculosis (TB) and multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). The World Health Organization has estimated that India accounted for 26% of the total number of TB cases worldwide in 2012, with…

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A Study on Genetic Variants of Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor 2 (FGFR2) and the Risk of Breast Cancer from North India

Worldwide, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of cancer mortality among women [1]. Asian countries have witnessed greatest increase of the globally rising breast cancer burden during the last several decades [2]–[6]. A similar trend has been observed in India [7]–[10] with a reported 0.5–2% per annum rise in incidence across all…

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Case Based Measles Surveillance in Pune: Evidence to Guide Current and Future Measles Control and Elimination Efforts in India

Recent estimates indicate that global measles mortality has declined by 71% between 2000 and 2011 [1]. During the same period measles deaths in India declined by a mere 36% and still contribute to 35% of the global burden of measles deaths. India reported a little above 29 000 measles cases in 2011, which was certainly an…

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