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Crystalloid podocytopathy with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis in PCM: a case report 

We present a case of crystalline deposition in the bone marrow (BM) and various renal cells with only proteinuria as a symptom. As workup for proteinuria, a renal biopsy sample was obtained. EM showed multiple crystalline depositions in renal tubular cells and podocytes. Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis with crystalloid podocytopathy was diagnosed. Because monoclonal gammopathy was detected in the serum and urine, a BM study was also performed. Plasma cells with needle-shaped inclusion bodies were observed. The crystalline deposits in the plasma cells and podocytes were positive for Masson’s trichrome and kappa light-chain staining. These findings indicated that the crystalline deposits

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India has one doctor for 2,000 patients finds Standing Committee 

The report is stringent in its criticism of the body’s workings, and laid down that the doctor to patient ratio was far worse than what MCI admitted, most probably 1:2000 as compared to 1:1674. The latter ratio was calculated based on the number of practising doctors in MCI’s records, of 9.29 lakh registered in the Indian Medical Register. Source: India has one doctor for 2,000 patients finds Standing Committee | Latest News & Updates at Daily News & Analysis

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Prevalence of risk factors for coronary artery disease in an urban Indian population – BMJ Open

The study revealed that 4.6% of the study population had a family history of premature CAD. The overall prevalence of diabetes was 16% (5.6% diagnosed during the study and the remaining 10.4% already on medication). Hypertension was present in 21% of subjects. The prevalence of dyslipidemia was significantly high, with 45.6% of study subjects having a high total cholesterol/high density lipoprotein ratio. Overall, 78.6% subjects had two or more risk factors for CAD. Source: Prevalence of risk factors for coronary artery disease in an urban Indian population — Sekhri et al. 4 (12) — BMJ Open

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Pediatric Cardiology in India: Onset of a New Era. 

Pediatric cardiology is outgrowing from the shadows of adult cardiology and cardiac surgery departments in India. It promises to be an attractive and sought-after subspeciality of Pediatrics, dealing with not only congenital cardiac diseases but also metabolic, rheumatic and host of other cardiac diseases. The new government policy shall provide more training avenues for the budding pediatric cardiologists, pediatric cardiac surgeons, pediatric anesthetists, pediatric cardiac intensivists, neonatologists an Source: Pediatric Cardiology in India: Onset of a New Era. PDF

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Detection of Zika Virus Infection in Thailand, 2012–2014

Zika virus (ZIKV) is an emerging mosquito-borne pathogen with reported cases in Africa, Asia, and large outbreaks in the Pacific. No autochthonous ZIKV infections have been confirmed in Thailand. However, there have been several cases reported in travelers returning from Thailand. Here we report seven cases of acute ZIKV infection in Thai residents across the country confirmed by molecular or serological testing including sequence data. These endemic cases, combined with previous reports in travelers, provide evidence that ZIKV is widespread throughout Thailand. Source: Detection of Zika Virus Infection in Thailand, 2012–2014

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Haematological and biochemical markers as predictors of dengue infection. 

The present study is a prospective, hospital-based, observational study done from August 2014 to October 2014. The objective of our study was to consider whether dengue infection can be suspected based on haematological and biochemical findings. The study included 100 patients positive for dengue infection. Complete hemogram, transaminases for liver injury, blood urea and serum creatinine levels for renal assessment were performed for these patients. The most common haematological findings were thrombocytop Source: Haematological and biochemical markers as predictors of dengue infection. – PDF

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