Table of contents (Vol 7, No 4)
EDITORIAL

Culture, law, ethics, and social implications: Is society ready for advanced genomic medicine?
 

Advanced genomic medicine (AGM) has the potential to change health care for future generations. Medical professionals may now be confronted with an engaged, informed public who are both requesting and presenting medical professionals with data about their genetic profile. Screening tests and diagnostic procedures involving genetics are being used in clinical settings. However, many different issues stand in the way of a seamless integration of such technology into society.

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By Jon Cornwall, Tania Slatter, Parry Guilford, Cristin G Print, Mark Henaghan, Richman Wee

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RESEARCH

A study to assess the feasibility of Text Messaging Service in delivering maternal and child healthcare messages in a rural area of Tamil Nadu, India
 

Mobile text reminders to patients are now common practice in many developed countries. This study explores the feasibility of mobile text messages for maternal child health in Tamil Nadu, India, a poor, rural area. The authors conclude that if logically introduced, text messaging for public health and health education can empower the community at large.

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By Shib Sekhar Datta, Pandiyan Ranganathan, Krithiga Sivakumar

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A study of antibiogram of Salmonella enterica serovar Typhi isolates from Pondicherry, India
 

The susceptibility pattern of Salmonella enteric server Typhi (S. Typhi) is changing worldwide. In particular, there is an emerging resistance to fluoroquinolones. This study reveals a reappearance of sensitivity to first-line drugs and emergence of nalidixic acid-resistant S. Typhi (NARST) isolates. Consequently, there is an urgent need for uniform laboratory testing guidelines for interpreting susceptibility of S. Typhi against ciprofloxacin and azithromycin.

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By Srirangaraj Sreenivasan, Arunava Kali, MV Pravin Charles

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BRIEF REPORT

Need for consumer pharmacovigilance in Nepal
 

Consumer involvement in pharmacovigilance is standard practice in many countries and has begun in some developing countries. This reports focuses on the need for consumer involvement in pharmacovigilance in Nepal. It presents strategies for initiating consumer pharmacovigilance in Nepal based on experiences from other developing countries, and suggests how such involvement can improve underreporting of adverse drug reactions.

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By Nisha Jha, Devendra Singh Rathore, P Ravi Shankar, Bhupendra Bahadur Thapa, Gajendra Bhuju, Mohamme Alshakka

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CASE STUDY

Malignant melanoma of soft parts with osteoclast-rich giant cells: A rare tumor of the jejunum
 

Malignant melanoma of soft parts (MMSP) is a rare, soft tissue neoplasm that occurs mostly in the extremities. This case is presented due to its rarity and its histomorphological differentiation. MMSP in the intestinal area is very rare, and this case of osteoclastic-giant cell rich MMSP is also extremely rare. Due to the high risk of recurrence and distal metastasis, a close follow-up and screening of the patient is necessary.

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By Saumyaranjan Mallick, Amit Kumar Dinda, Kartik Rajan, V K Bansal, Meher Chand Sharma, Lavleen Singh

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Are current practices for Hepatitis-B positive immigrants reasonable?
 

Are current practices for Hepatitis-B positive immigrants reasonable?

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By Srinivasa Rao Sirasanagandla, Shiran Shetty, Nagesh Kamath

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BOOK REVIEW

Book Review: A report of the Safety and Surveillance Working Group
 
A Report of the Safety and Surveillance Working Group
By P Ravi Shankar

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