Risk Factor Profile for Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases: Results of a Community-Based Study in Kerala, India (Report)

Risk Factor Profile for Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases: Results of a Community-Based Study in Kerala, India (Report)

Heart disease, stroke, cancer and other chronic non communicable diseases (NCDs) contributed to 35 of the 58 million deaths (60.3%) in the world in 2005 (1). Eighty per cent of these deaths occurred in low and middle income countries. In India, NCDs were responsible for 53 per cent of deaths and 44 per cent of […]

A Prospective Study of Risk Factor Profile & Incidence of Deep Venous Thrombosis Among Medically-Ill Hospitalized Patients at a Tertiary Care Hospital in Northern India (Report)

A Prospective Study of Risk Factor Profile & Incidence of Deep Venous Thrombosis Among Medically-Ill Hospitalized Patients at a Tertiary Care Hospital in Northern India (Report)

Venous thrombosis represents a spectrum of diseases that includes both deep venous thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (1). Often, DVT is not suspected clinically leading to significant diagnostic delays. Venous thrombosis results in considerable, but potentially preventable, morbidity and mortality among hospitalized patients. Most of the hospitalized patients have a high risk of DVT, and […]

Poverty, Health & Intellectual Property Rights with Special Reference to India (Report)

Poverty, Health & Intellectual Property Rights with Special Reference to India (Report)

This paper examines the nexus between poverty and global health with specific focus on IPR protection and attempts to highlight the current global endeavours to overcome barriers to access to medicines for diseases of the poor. The number of very poor people in the world has increased by 10.4 per cent between 1987 and 2001 […]

Snakebite: Admissions at a Tertiary Health Care Centre in Maharashtra, India (Original Articles) (Report)

Snakebite: Admissions at a Tertiary Health Care Centre in Maharashtra, India (Original Articles) (Report)

Snakes are found all over the world except in the Arctic, New Zealand and Ireland, and are more commonly distributed in temperate and tropical countries. (1) Snakes are most likely to bite human beings when they feel threatened, startled or provoked, and/or have no means of escape when cornered. Snakes are likely to approach residential […]

NACO & Phony Ngos in India (Correspondence) (National AIDS Control Organization) (Nongovernmental Organizations)

NACO & Phony Ngos in India (Correspondence) (National AIDS Control Organization) (Nongovernmental Organizations)

Sir, The content of the letter by Pace and Bagasra (1) is a repeat of their letter in Nature Medicine, which they did not cite–both lapses are unfair in science journalism (2). They stated that the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) has already “dismissed nearly 350 [phony] NGOs,” but then superciliously admonish that “NACO must […]

Challenges in Providing HIV Care to Paediatric Age Group in India (Commentary) (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) (Report)

Challenges in Providing HIV Care to Paediatric Age Group in India (Commentary) (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) (Report)

Over 90 per cent of the 2 million HIV infected children worldwide, live in developing countries (1). In India, 3.8 per cent (2) (approximately 100,000 (3)) of an estimated 2.5 million persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) are children. As of September 2008, of about 1,77,808 individuals started on antiretroviral therapy (ART) since its launch in […]

Low Serum Zinc Levels in an Endemic Area of Visceral Leishmaniasis in Bihar, India (Report)

Low Serum Zinc Levels in an Endemic Area of Visceral Leishmaniasis in Bihar, India (Report)

Visceral leishmaniasis (VL) or kala-azar, caused by Leishmania donovani, L. chagasi or L. infantum, is endemic in 62 countries (1). An estimated 500,000 cases per year and over 90 per cent of cases of VL occur in five countries: India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sudan, and northeastern Brazil (1,2). India has about 50 per cent of the […]