Zahedan University of Medical Sciences
Zahedan, Iran
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Salar A.R.,Zahedan University of Medical Sciences | Zare S.,Zahedan University of Medical Sciences
Der Pharmacia Lettre | Year: 2016

Entering to university is a very sensitive period in effective and active youngsters' lives in every country and it is usually accompanied by great variations in social relations, expectations and role takings. These variations are also accompanied by worries and stress and influence the students' psychological health. Based on this, the present article aims at the survey of Zahedan medical sciences university students' psychological health status. In the present descriptive-analytical research, 567 university students from Zahedan medical sciences university were selected based on a random-classification method and they were included in the study. Information gathering tool was a questionnaire containing personal characteristics and a 28-question psychological health test as well (general health questionnaire, GHQ-28) which was completed according to a self-static method. The gathered information was analyzed by making use of SPSS 18. The results obtained in the present study indicated that totally 46.4% of the students were not psychologically healthy (based on the cutting-point of higher than 23 in GHQ-28). Also, there was a significant discrepancy between the students' psychological health scores based on being native and nonnative and also the interest rate in the field of study (P<0.05).This was while there was no significant difference between students' psychological health based on variables including gender, marital status and employment. According to the results obtained by the present study performing psychological evaluations upon entrance to the university and during the education course and offering specialized psychological health services are recommended in order for the students' psychological health to be enhanced.

Hashemi M.,Zahedan University of Medical Sciences
Genetics and molecular research : GMR | Year: 2010

Paraoxonase-1 (PON1) is a high-density lipoprotein-associated enzyme that exhibits antioxidant and antiatherogenic activities. We examined a possible association between T172A (L55M) and T(-107)C polymorphisms and rheumatoid arthritis. These polymorphisms were determined in 88 rheumatoid arthritis patients and 78 healthy subjects, using the tetra-amplification refractory mutation system-PCR method. The prevalence of the PON1 55MM genotype was significantly greater among rheumatoid arthritis patients (17%) when compared to control subjects (5.2%) (odds ratio (OR) = 3.75; 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.87-11.8, P = 0.025). In addition, the M allele was more frequent in rheumatoid arthritis patients (40%) than in healthy subjects (24.7%) (OR = 1.997; 95%CI = 1.243-3.210, P = 0.005). There were no significant differences in the -107C/T polymorphism in the promoter sequence of PON1 between rheumatoid arthritis and normal subjects (chi(2) = 0.861, P = 0.650). In conclusion, the PON1 55MM genotype is a risk factor for rheumatoid arthritis.

Taheri M.,Zahedan University of Medical Sciences
Prague medical report | Year: 2012

It is known that interleukin-18 (IL-18) is a proinflammatory cytokine with dual effects on tumor development and progression. It can increase the immune defense against tumor cells. Polymorphisms in the IL-18 genes are known to influence both expression levels and may be associated with outcome of cancers. This study was aimed to find out the possible association of IL-18 polymorphism at position -607 C/A (rs1946518) with breast cancer in a sample of Iranian population. We investigated IL-18 rs1946518 polymorphism on 72 breast cancer patients and 93 cancer free women. Genotyping was done using amplification refractory mutation system-PCR (ARMS-PCR). We found no significant differences between breast cancer patients and control subjects regarding IL-18 rs1946518 polymorphism (χ2=1.78, p=0.411). In conclusion, our finding showed that IL-18 rs1946518 polymorphism was not associated with breast cancer in a sample of Iranian population.

Alavi-Naini R.,Zahedan University of Medical Sciences
Prague medical report | Year: 2012

Diagnosis and therapy of cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) can be difficult due to the variability of the clinical pictures and resistance to therapy. There is no vaccine currently available for CL. The aim of the present review is to describe different topical treatment modalities for old world CL. The mainstays of treatment for old world CL are pentavalent antimony compounds which are administered parenterally or intralesionally. New topical treatment alternatives have been available within the past few years. Amongst several treatments used topically, physical therapies including cryotherapy, heat therapy and CO2 laser are promising for the treatment of old world CL. Along with that, other randomized placebo controlled trials should be designed to find new effective therapeutic regimens.

Concerning the key role of interferon-γ (IFN-γ) in the protective immunity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis, we aimed to find the possible association between single nucleotide polymorphism of IFN-γ +874T/A (rs61923114) and pulmonary tuberculosis (PTB). This case-control study was performed on 142 PTB patients and 166 healthy subjects. Genotype analysis was done using amplification refractory mutation system-PCR (ARMS-PCR). We found that the AA genotype of +874A/T IFN-γ is a risk factor for PTB (OR = 3.333, 95% CI = 1.537-7.236, p=0.002). The results showed that the +874A allele frequency was higher in PTB than in normal subjects (OR = 1.561, 95% CI = 1.134-2.480, p=0.007). In conclusion, significant association was found between the IFN-γ +874T/A polymorphism (rs61923114) and susceptibility to PTB in a sample of Iranian population.

Montazerifar F.,Zahedan University of Medical Sciences
Saudi journal of kidney diseases and transplantation : an official publication of the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation, Saudi Arabia | Year: 2012

Oxidative stress often occurs in chronic hemodialysis (HD). The aim of the present study was to determine plasma malondialdehyde (MDA) level for lipid peroxidation product and erythrocyte superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GPx) activities as enzymatic antioxidants. Thirty-one HD patients (aged 50.3 ± 14.9 years) who were dialyzed three times per week and 31 healthy subjects (aged 47.8 ± 13.9 years) were enrolled. The results showed lower enzymatic antioxidants activity (GPx, SOD) and higher MDA levels in comparison with control subjects. In addition, SOD and GPx activities significantly decreased and MDA increased after HD. We also found that there was a significantly negative correlation between SOD and GPx with MDA. The results suggest that elevated level of plasma MDA and reduced activities of SOD and GPx can be caused oxidative stress, which may play a critical role in HD complications.

Moghtaderi A.,Zahedan University of Medical Sciences
Prague medical report | Year: 2013

There is epidemiological, geographical and immunological evidence suggesting that low environmental supplies of vitamin D3 may act as a risk factor for developing multiple sclerosis (MS), possibly due to dysfunction in the immunomodulatory properties of 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (25-OH-D3) in the brain. The objective of this study is to measure the serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) concentrations of 25-OH-D3 in MS patients during their relapsing phase. 52 patients with remitting-relapse and 58 patients with other non-inflammatory diseases of central and peripheral nervous system were entered into the study. Patients in both groups were admitted for the first time to do diagnostic procedures and they were not on any other treatment for neurological disorders. The means and medians for serum levels of 25-OH-D3 in MS patients and control group were 10.64 ± 9.2 ng/ml (median: 9.6 ng/ml) and 13.23 ± 17.56 ng/ml (median: 11.90 ng/ml), respectively (p=0.328). CSF concentrations for the same values were 2.02 ± 1.94 ng/ml (median: 0.23 ng/ml) and 3.28 ± 2.96 (median: 0.29 ng/ml), respectively (p=0.242). The differences between calculated numbers of serum/CSF ratios were not statistically significant too. The serum and CSF concentrations of 25-OH-D3 in MS group were lower than the control counterpart without any statistical difference and the authors did not find any influence of serum 25-OH-D3 concentration on the CSF concentration based on the non-significant statistical difference between the serum/CSF ratios in two study groups of MS patients and control cases.

Moghtaderi A.,Zahedan University of Medical Sciences
Prague medical report | Year: 2012

The objective of this study is to determine cut-off points for the crosssectional areas of the median nerve proximal and distal to carpal tunnel in moderate and severe Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) and compare the results of our study with those available in the literature. Forty-three patients with upper limb pain other than CTS and 36 patients with idiopathic CTS enrolled into the study. The diagnosis and categorization of CTS were based on electrophysiologic criteria of the American Academy of Neurology. Median nerve cross-sectional areas were measured. Arithmetic mean values and standard deviation of each variable were measured. Student t-test and chi-squared test were applied to compare continuous and dichotomous variables between CTS and non-CTS control groups. Ultimately the diagnostic performances of the test characteristics including sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values were measured. Mean cross-sectional area of the nerve is higher in moderate than severe CTS proximal and distal to carpal tunnel. We accepted cut-off points of 11.5 mm 2 and 13.5 mm 2 for cross-sectional areas of the proximal and distal portions of carpal canal respectively. The sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values for the proximal inlet are 83%, 90.7%, 65.5% and 55.7%; and for the distal outlet are 36.1%, 93%, 81.2% and 63.4% respectively. We suggest that ultrasound is a good diagnostic modality for patients referred to tertiary care centers which categorized as moderate CTS.

Shahraki M.R.,Zahedan University of Medical Sciences
Acta medica Iranica | Year: 2011

Tamarindus indica is used as a traditional treatment for diabetes. To elucidate whether Tamarindus indica seed aqueous extract (TSE) ameliorates metabolic syndrome in hyperinsulinemic rats, we evaluated serum insulin, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), triglyceride (TG), total cholesterol (TC), very low density lipoprotein (VLDL), low density lipoprotein (LDL), high density lipoprotein (HDL), and glucose levels in fructose-fed rats. Animals were divided into three groups; control (C) receiving tap water, fructose-fed (F) and TSE-treated fructose-fed rats (F-T) both receiving tap water supplemented with 10% (w/v) fructose. Water was prepared every day for a period of 8 weeks for all three groups. F-T rats were fed with TSE via gavage feeding at the dose of 20 mg/0.5 ml distilled water/100 g body weight per day. Fasting serum glucose levels of three groups were comparable. TSE treatment prevented the increase in fasting serum insulin, TG, TC, VLDL, and LDL in the F-T group (P<0.01) when comparing with the F group. Fructose feeding led to a decrease in fasting serum DHEAS, and HDL levels in the F group (P<0.01) compared with the control. TSE treatment prevented the decrease in fasting serum DHEAS, and HDL levels in the F-T group (P<0.01) while these results were not seen in control rats. It is indicated that the hyperinsulinemia in fructose-fed insulin resistant rats are associated with low levels of DHEAS, and HDL; and high levels of TC, VLDL, LDL, and TG. TSE supplementation probably ameliorates metabolic syndrome due to the improved insulin action.

Montazerifar F.,Zahedan University of Medical Sciences
Journal of medicinal food | Year: 2010

Although hemodialysis (HD) is essential for end-stage renal disease patients, at the same time it causes oxidative stress and long-term pro-atherosclerotic effects. This study aimed to determine lipid profile as well as the total antioxidant capacity (TAC) and vitamins A, E, and C in HD patients. The study enrolled 31 patients (50.3 ± 14.9 years old) undergoing maintenance 4-hour HD three times per week with a polysulfone membrane dialyzer for a mean of 76.1 months (range, 7-120 months) and 31 healthy individuals (47.8 ± 13.9 years old). Lipid profiles were determined spectrophotometrically using commercially available kits. Total antioxidant capacity was determined by ferric reducing/antioxidant power assay, levels of vitamins A and E were assayed using high-pressure liquid chromatography, and the level of vitamin C was measured by a photometric method. Our results showed that before HD, the levels of TAC and vitamin A were significantly higher than in normal subjects, whereas the levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and vitamin C were lower than in control subjects (P <.001). There was no significant difference between normal subjects and patients before dialysis regarding low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and vitamin E levels (P >.05). After HD, the levels of HDL-cholesterol, vitamins E and C, and TAC decreased significantly (P <.001), but the decreased level of vitamin A still remained higher than controls (P <.05), whereas the levels of LDL were significantly higher than controls (P <.001). In conclusion, alterations in the lipoprotein profiles and antioxidant markers following HD suggest an increased risk of atherosclerosis in these patients.

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