Association of Serotonin Transporter Gene Polymorphisms with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in a South Indian Population (Report)

Association of Serotonin Transporter Gene Polymorphisms with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) in a South Indian Population (Report)

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 […]

Association of Gene Polymorphisms with Development of Cancer Risk Or Their Protective Role Associated with Some Mutant Alleles (Commentary)

Association of Gene Polymorphisms with Development of Cancer Risk Or Their Protective Role Associated with Some Mutant Alleles (Commentary)

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 […]

The Research Imperative: Medical Library Association Policy and the Curricula of Schools of Library and Information Science (Brief Communications) (Report)

The Research Imperative: Medical Library Association Policy and the Curricula of Schools of Library and Information Science (Brief Communications) (Report)

INTRODUCTION Ten years after the Medical Library Association (MLA) adopted its first research policy, the 1995 Using Scientific Evidence to Improve Information Practice [1], MLA President Joanne Gard Marshall, FMLA, appointed a task force to research and publish a new official statement [2]. The resulting MLA research policy statement, The Research Imperative, was approved by […]

Negative Association of MC3R Variants with Weight and Blood Pressure in Cape Town Pupils Aged 11-16 Years (Original Articles) (Melanocortin 4 Receptor Gene) (Report)

Negative Association of MC3R Variants with Weight and Blood Pressure in Cape Town Pupils Aged 11-16 Years (Original Articles) (Melanocortin 4 Receptor Gene) (Report)

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 […]

'Act Now to Create the Kind of NHI You Want!'--Sama (Izindaba) (National Health Insurance) (South African Medical Association)

‘Act Now to Create the Kind of NHI You Want!’–Sama (Izindaba) (National Health Insurance) (South African Medical Association)

[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.

Aetiology & Risk Factors of Recurrent Vaginitis & Its Association with Various Contraceptive Methods (Report)

Aetiology & Risk Factors of Recurrent Vaginitis & Its Association with Various Contraceptive Methods (Report)

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 […]

Filling an Unmet Need: A Support Group for Early Stage/ Young Onset Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias: Offered by the Alzheimer's Association of West Virginia (Special Issue: Commentary)

Filling an Unmet Need: A Support Group for Early Stage/ Young Onset Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias: Offered by the Alzheimer’s Association of West Virginia (Special Issue: Commentary)

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, […]