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Jacob K.,Christian Medical College | Kallivayalil R.,Pushpagiri Institute of Medical science | Mallik A.,Burdwan Medical College | Gupta N.,Government Medical College and Hospital | And 5 more authors.
Indian Journal of Psychiatry | Year: 2013

The development of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual-5 (DSM-5) has been an exhaustive and elaborate exercise involving the review of DSM-IV categories, identifying new evidence and ideas, field testing, and revising issues in order that it is based on the best available evidence. This report of the Task Force of the Indian Psychiatric Society examines the current draft of the DSM-5 and discusses the implications from an Indian perspective. It highlights the issues related to the use of universal categories applied across diverse cultures. It reiterates the evidence for mental disorders commonly seen in India. It emphasizes the need for caution when clinical categories useful to specialists are employed in the contexts of primary care and in community settings. While the DSM-5 is essentially for the membership of the American Psychiatric Association, its impact will be felt far beyond the boundaries of psychiatry and that of the United States of America. However, its atheoretical approach, despite its pretensions, pushes a purely biomedical agenda to the exclusion of other approaches to mental health and illness. Nevertheless, the DSM-5 should serve a gate-keeping function, which intends to set minimum standards. It is work in progress and will continue to evolve with the generation of new evidence. For the DSM-5 to be relevant and useful across the cultures and countries, it needs to be broad-based and consider social and cultural contexts, issues, and phenomena. The convergence and compatibility with International Classification of Diseases-11 is a worthy goal. While the phenomenal effort of the DSM-5 revision is commendable, psychiatry should continue to strive for a more holistic understanding of mental health, illness, and disease.


PubMed | Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, R G Kar Medical College, SRM University, Mahatma Gandhi Institute and 10 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Indian journal of psychiatry | Year: 2015

To assess the health-care needs of the patients with severe mental disorders.Patients with the diagnosis of a severe mental disorder (schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, recurrent depressive disorder, major depressive disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder) were assessed using Camberwell Assessment of Need-Research version (CAN-R) Scale and indigenously designed Supplementary Needs Assessment Scale (SNAS).The study included 1494 patients recruited from 15 centers. The most common diagnostic group was that of affective disorders (55.3%), followed by psychotic disorders (37.6%). The mean number of total needs as perceived by the patients was 7.6 on the CAN-R. About two-third of the needs as assessed on CAN-R were met, and one-third were unmet. On CAN-R, main domains of needs as reported by patients were those of money, welfare benefits, transport, information about the illness and treatment, relief of psychological distress, company, household skills and intimate relationships. On SNAS, the mean number of total needs as perceived by the patients was 7.6 of which 4.1 were met needs. The most common domains of needs as assessed on SNAS were those of financial help, medical reimbursement, psychoeducation, free treatment, certification of mental illness, flexible work/job timings, addressing the caregiver stress and legal aid.About two-third of the needs, of the patients with severe mental disorders are met as assessed using CAN-R. However, higher percentages of unmet needs are identified on SNAS. In view of the commonly reported needs, a change in the orientation of services offered to people with mental disorders is very much called for. At the government level, desired policies must be formulated to support the patients with mental disorders.


Mohan S.,Mahatma Gandhi University | Oluwafemi O.S.,Cape Peninsula University of Technology | George S.C.,Mahatma Gandhi University | Jayachandran V.P.,Pushpagiri Institute of Medical science | And 4 more authors.
Carbohydrate Polymers | Year: 2014

We herein report the green synthesis of highly monodispersed, water soluble, stable and smaller sized dextrose reduced gelatin capped-silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) via an eco-friendly, completely green method. The synthesis involves the use of silver nitrate, gelatin, dextrose and water as the silver precursor, stabilizing agent, reducing agent and solvent respectively. By varying the reaction time, the temporal evolution of the growth, optical, antimicrobial and sensing properties of the as-synthesised Ag-NPs were investigated. The nanoparticles were characterized using UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM). The absorption maxima of the as-synthesized materials at different reaction time showed characteristic silver surface plasmon resonance (SPR) peak. The as-synthesised Ag-NPs show better antibacterial efficacy than the antibiotics; ciproflaxin and imipenem against Pseudomonas aeruginosa with minimum inhibition concentration (MIC) of 6 μg/mL, and better efficacy than imipenem against Escherichia coli with MIC of 10 μg/mL. The minimum bactericidal concentration (MBC) of the as-synthesised Ag-NPs is 12.5 μg/mL. The sensitivity of the dextrose reduced gelatin-capped Ag-NPs towards hydrogen peroxide indicated that the sensor has a very good sensitivity and a linear response over wide concentration range of 10 -1-10-6 M H2O2. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.


Sasindran V.,Pushpagiri Institute of Medical science | Joseph A.,Pushpagiri Institute of Medical science
Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery | Year: 2011

Necrotizing fasciitis (NF) is rare but life threatening multimicrobial soft tissue infection characterized by progressive, usually rapid, necrotizing process of the subcutaneous tissues and fascial planes, with resulting skin gangrene and systemic toxicity. The groin, abdomen and extremities are the most frequent sites involved by this disease and it is rarely seen in the head and neck region. NF of the head and neck region has a potentially high morbidity and mortality. Delay in diagnosis leads to poor outcome. Hence early recognition and aggressive management is imperative for successful outcome. Here we present a case of acute onset of cervical necrotizing fasciitis in a young male. © 2011 Association of Otolaryngologists of India.


Simon A.S.,Pushpagiri Institute of Medical science | Chithra V.,Pushpagiri Institute of Medical science | Vijayan A.,Pushpagiri Institute of Medical science | Dinesh R.D.,Center for Advanced Genetic Studies | Vijayakumar T.,Educare Institute of Dental science
Journal of Biosciences | Year: 2013

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a multifactorial disease caused by the interplay of environmental risk factors with multiple predisposing genes. The present study was undertaken to evaluate the role of DNA repair efficiency and oxidative stress and antioxidant status in CAD patients. Malonaldehyde (MDA), which is an indicator of oxidative stress, and mean break per cell (b/c) values, which is an indicator of decreased DNA repair efficiency, were found to be significantly increased in patients compared to normal controls (P < 0.05) whereas ascorbic acid and GSH were found to be lower among patients than the control group. It has been found that elevated oxidative stress decreased antioxidant level and decreased DNA repair efficiency can contribute to the development of CAD. This study also showed that high MDA, low ascorbic acid and GSH were significantly associated with high b/c value. © 2013 Indian Academy of Sciences.


Kallivayalil R.A.,Pushpagiri Institute of Medical science
Indian Journal of Psychiatry | Year: 2016

The Burgholzli Hospital Zurich has a very important place in history, as part of of modern era in Psychiatry. Founded in 1870 by the efforts of Griesinger, it was here many eminent path breakers in Psychiatry like Bleuler, Jung, Adolf Meyer and others once worked. From here, Bleuler coined the term 'Schizophrenia'. Now the University Hospital of Zurich, Burgholzli's transformation from a mental hospital to a centre of excellence speaks of a rich legacy. It is a model worth emulating in many parts of the world. © 2016 Indian Journal of Psychiatry | Published by Wolters Kluwer - Medknow.


Vupputuri A.,Amrita University | Sekhar S.,Amrita University | Krishnan S.,Amrita University | Venugopal K.,Pushpagiri Institute of Medical science | Natarajan K.U.,Amrita University
Indian Heart Journal | Year: 2015

Background Heart-type fatty acid-binding protein (H-FABP) is an emerging biomarker, which was found to be sensitive for the early diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). We prospectively investigated the usefulness of H-FABP determination for the evaluation of acute chest pain in patients arriving at the emergency department. Methods Fifty-four patients presenting with acute ischemic chest pain were evaluated. H-FABP was estimated at admission using latex-enhanced immunoturbidimetric assay. Serial cardiac troponin I (cTnI), creatinine kinase-MB (CK-MB) determination, ischemia workup with stress testing, and/or coronary angiogram (CAG) were performed according to standard protocols. Results The sensitivity and specificity of H-FABP was 89.7% and 68%, for cTnI it was 62.1% and 100%, and for CK-MB it was 44.8% and 92%, respectively for diagnosis of AMI. The sensitivity of H-FABP was found to be far superior to initial cTnI and CK-MB, for those seen within 6 h (100% vs. 46.1%, 33% respectively). On further evaluation of patients with positive H-FABP and negative cTnI, 71.4% of the patients had significant lesion on CAG, indicating ischemic cause of H-FABP elevation. Six patients with normal cTnI and CK-MB with high H-FABP had ST elevation on subsequent ECGs and were taken for primary angioplasty. Conclusion H-FABP is a highly sensitive biomarker for the early diagnosis of AMI. H-FABP as early marker and cTnI as late marker would be the ideal combination to cover the complete diagnostic window for AMI. Detection of myocardial injury by H-FABP may also be applied in patients with unstable angina. H-FABP can also be used as a marker for early detection of STEMI before the ECG changes become apparent. © 2015 Cardiological Society of India.


Supriya Simon A.,Pushpagiri Institute of Medical science | Dinesh Roy D.,Center for Advanced Genetic Studies | Jayapal V.,Government General Hospital | Vijayakumar T.,Kannur University
Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry | Year: 2011

Cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN) is one of the most clinically significant complications of diabetes mellitus. Even though many ethological factors have been attributed for the pathogenesis of this disease no attempts were made to correlate DNA damage as a causative factor. Hence the present study was undertaken to asses the extent of somatic DNA damages by cytokinesis-block micronuclei assay (CBMN). An attempt is also being made to correlate the habits and/or risk factors and socioeconomic status with CAN. The CBMN frequency of 46 patients suffering from autonomic neuropathy was compared with that of 25 healthy age and sex matched controls. All the subjects were suffering from type 2 diabetes for at least 8 years and have varying degrees of coronary artery diseases. The mean CBMN frequency of the patients was statistically higher than that of the healthy control subjects (P < 0.05). The CBMN frequency was found to be significantly altered in CAN patients who where physical inactivity and smoking. A significant correlation could also be observed between CAN and smoking, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, dyslipidemia, abdominal obesity, and physical activity. © 2010 Association of Clinical Biochemists of India.


Dyar O.J.,Karolinska Institutet | Obua C.,Sudan University of Science and Technology | Chandy S.,Karolinska Institutet | Chandy S.,Pushpagiri Institute of Medical science | And 3 more authors.
Future Microbiology | Year: 2016

Problems of antibiotic access and excess coexist in the world today and are compounded by rising rates of antibiotic resistance. We introduce two dimensions of responsibility to this context: responsible individual practices and a broad societal obligation centered on sustainability. Acting on these responsibilities requires recognizing the potential tensions between an individual optimum for antibiotic use and the societal optimum. We relate the tragedy of the commons metaphor to this situation to illustrate the complexity involved, and we draw on real-world experiences in Uganda, India, China and France. We conclude that we must form a global stewardship of antibiotics that can link access, innovation and conservation efforts across countries to ensure sustainable access to effective antibiotics for all who need them. © 2016 Future Medicine Ltd.


PubMed | Pushpagiri Institute of Medical science and Amrita University
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Indian heart journal | Year: 2015

Heart-type fatty acid-binding protein (H-FABP) is an emerging biomarker, which was found to be sensitive for the early diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction (AMI). We prospectively investigated the usefulness of H-FABP determination for the evaluation of acute chest pain in patients arriving at the emergency department.Fifty-four patients presenting with acute ischemic chest pain were evaluated. H-FABP was estimated at admission using latex-enhanced immunoturbidimetric assay. Serial cardiac troponin I (cTnI), creatinine kinase-MB (CK-MB) determination, ischemia workup with stress testing, and/or coronary angiogram (CAG) were performed according to standard protocols.The sensitivity and specificity of H-FABP was 89.7% and 68%, for cTnI it was 62.1% and 100%, and for CK-MB it was 44.8% and 92%, respectively for diagnosis of AMI. The sensitivity of H-FABP was found to be far superior to initial cTnI and CK-MB, for those seen within 6h (100% vs. 46.1%, 33% respectively). On further evaluation of patients with positive H-FABP and negative cTnI, 71.4% of the patients had significant lesion on CAG, indicating ischemic cause of H-FABP elevation. Six patients with normal cTnI and CK-MB with high H-FABP had ST elevation on subsequent ECGs and were taken for primary angioplasty.H-FABP is a highly sensitive biomarker for the early diagnosis of AMI. H-FABP as early marker and cTnI as late marker would be the ideal combination to cover the complete diagnostic window for AMI. Detection of myocardial injury by H-FABP may also be applied in patients with unstable angina. H-FABP can also be used as a marker for early detection of STEMI before the ECG changes become apparent.

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