Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is the fourth most prevalent psychiatric disorder with a lifetime prevalence of 2-3 per cent (1). It is often a chronic illness characterized by obsessional thoughts and/or compulsive acts (2). Although OCD is often considered a unitary disorder, there is evidence that it is a heterogeneous disorder (3). Juvenile OCD and […]
Over the past decade, due to the advent of human genome project and its overwhelming success, there has been a great deal of interest in defining genetic polymorphisms and finding their associations with development of disease risks. However, to keep a consistent and balanced growth in this arena, one needs to have an in-depth knowledge […]
INTRODUCTION Ten years after the Medical Library Association (MLA) adopted its first research policy, the 1995 Using Scientific Evidence to Improve Information Practice , MLA President Joanne Gard Marshall, FMLA, appointed a task force to research and publish a new official statement . The resulting MLA research policy statement, The Research Imperative, was approved by […]
Obesity is a multifactorial body weight abnormality resulting from genetic and environmental interactions. Of the body mass index (BMI) variation among obese individuals of different populations and within the same family, 40-70% are estimated to be inherited, and 30% are attributed to cultural and socio-economic factors. (1,2) More than 100 genes have been implicated in […]
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If ever there was a critical time in which doctors needed to bury their present and past differences and speak as a collective it is in the remaining few weeks before the consultation deadline on the National Health Insurance (NHI) Green Paper.
Recurrent vaginitis is defined as three and more episode of vaginitis per annum (1). Common causes of recurrent vaginitis are infectious and non infectious which include hormonal and allergic. Along with infective organism common factors responsible for recurrent vaginitis are unhygienic practices, improper care during menstruation, multiple sexual partners and contraceptive trends. Commonly observed vaginal […]
Alzheimer’s disease (AD), is the most common form of dementia, afflicting an estimated 5.3 million individuals nationwide. (1) Included in this figure are approximately 220,000-640,000 individuals considered to have “Early Onset” or “Young Onset” dementia,” defined as dementia occurring before the age of 65. (2) Alzheimer’s afflicts women more than men. In the Framingham Study, […]