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   1974| September-October  | Volume 40 | Issue 5  
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The Treponema Pallidum Haemagglutination Test(tpha) For the Specific Sero-diagnosis of Syphilis
L Yogeswari, CN Sowmini
September-October 1974, 40(5):185-192
The TPHA test for syphilis was carried out on 1700 sera and the results compared with those of FTA-ABS test in sensitivity and specificity and seemed to have confirmed the reports of previous workers. The test could be done quantitatively and was found to have good reproduci- bility. Nficro-haemagglutination technique seemed to be of great advantage as small quan-tities of reagents could be used and 100 sera run qualitatively at one testing. A clinico- serological survey conducted in a small hamlet in Kolli Hills in Salem District, Tamilnadu revealed that 40% of the hill tribes were reactive to VDRL and FFA-ABS tests and 41 % to TPHA tesl Majority of them had no symptomatic syphilis though anoccasional patient presented himself with hyperkeratosis or leucomelanoderma of palms. Attempts were made to prepare T?HA antigen at the Institute Laboratory and standardize it so that T?HA could be established as simple, specific, sero-diagnostic test for syphilis in laboratories all over India. However, intensive research is indicated to improve the quality of antigen before this goal is reached.
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Study of Serum Copper and Caeruloplasmin in Psoriasis
NS Das, HA Baig
September-October 1974, 40(5):208-210
Serum copper and caeruloplasmin levels were estimated in 15 psoriatic patients and 12 normal subjects to evaluate possible relationship between tyrosine's, the cuproenzyme which plays the main role in pigmentation of the skin and the copper in serum and other cuproenzymes. The study demonstrated the raised serum caeruloplas levels, while copper levels arc normal in psoriatic patients. These finding indicate the possibility of lowered levels of directreacting copper, which is the copper in transport needed by tyrosines for pigmentation. The decrease in direct reacting copper as such may be the factor causing depigmentation.
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Personality Profiles of Vd Patients
KC Nayyar, GG Prabhu
September-October 1974, 40(5):218-222
In this study personality profiles of venereal disease patients have been studied with the help of 3 psychological tests, viz. Esencies Personality Inventory, Cattell's 16 Personality Factors and Sack's Sentence Completion TESL Socio-demographic facu)rs have also been studied and the findings c(xnpared with those of skin Completion patients. Compared to skin disease patients, venereal patients were found to be significantly more extroverted and happy go lucky Venereal disease patients had significantly more conflicts with family, sex and colleagues and had poorer self concepts. Family disharmony, job action, addictions and promiscuity were more prevalent among venereal disease patients.
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Striae Atrophicae - a Clinico-aetiological Study
PN Behl, VK Sehgal, NK Sood
September-October 1974, 40(5):236-239
Fivehundredfortysixschoolchildren(292 boys and 254 girls) age 8-15 years were examined for evidence of striae atrophicae. Incidence and distribution of suiae with relation to diet, physical activity and presence of any other illness were noted. 151 patients attending the Sidn institute out patients for various dermatological conditions were also ed for sum. Relationship to other medication, diet, physical activity, body weight and, pregnancy were noted. The findings are presented and the role of various factors discussed.
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Relations of Age, Sex, Body Weight, Diet and Urinary Copropcrphyrin Excretion in 100 Normal Punjabis
Raj Kumar, Ferdinand Handa
September-October 1974, 40(5):223-226
A quantitative assay of urinary coproporphyrin was done in 100 normal persons by spectro-photometric method of Rimington. Urinary coproporphyrin ranged from 12-93 - 117.85 ug/24 hours and the mean being 41.74 ug/24 hours with S.D. 23.26. Effect of age, sex, body weight and diet was studied on urinary coproporphyrin excretion. The relationship of age, sex, body weight and diet on excretion of urinary coproporphyrin is discussed.
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Venereal Diseases and Alcohol Intake
PN Sinha, ML Nath
September-October 1974, 40(5):243-245
This study on 200 patients suffering from venereal and 200 matched controls was conducted in the outpatients clinic of Safdarjung Hospital and AIIMS hospital, New Delhi in the year 1971 with an objecvvd to study the iation of venereal with of alcohol. It had been found that the number of person taking alcohol in the study group were three times more than the control group. When age factor was considered it was found that significant greater number of alcohol users were present at all ages amongst the study group. It furthermore revealed dim ftnuency of intake of alcohol did not affect mte of incidence of VD It was thus concluded that venereal disease is indirectly associated with the people who drink and occasional bout of drinking may lead to venereal disease.
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A Study of Venereal Syphilis in a High Risk Occupational Group (army Recruits)
DK Ramadwar, VK Kalhan, RD Majumdar
September-October 1974, 40(5):198-203
The study has been a combination ot crosssectional and longitudinal methods of investigation, aimed at ascertaining the prevalence and incidence of syphilis in army recruits, a high risk group. The recruits were from a training centre near Nagpur. A high prevalence 12.96% was found among the recniits. The longitudinal study brought forth the first leave period as a dangerous period in the tenure of recruits. A definite association between educational and serological status was found. Higher prevalence was noted among recruits from rural areas. Unmarried recruits were found more liable to this infection than the married ones, during the leave period. The prevalence increased with, the duration of stay of the recruits in the army. The increase was found to be arrested after 24 months of stay after which it stabilized around 12.06%. The prevalence rate obtained has been compared with the ones. obtained by other workers. Significance tests were carried out wherever indicated.
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Natural History of Oral Lichen Planus
VN Sehgal
September-October 1974, 40(5):204-207
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Prevalence of Syphilis in Different Classes of Population
NC Bhargava, OP Singh
September-October 1974, 40(5):215-217
Prevalence of syphilis in 5894 cases was estimated by VDRL and Kahn Tests. Only those cases were taken as positive which gave scropositive results on both these tests. Overall 3.95 % seropositiviiy was found with a distribution of 4.7% in males and 2.6 in females. Seropositivity in general OPD (2.5%) blood donors (10.6%), antenatal clinic couples (3%), industrial workers (3%) and pregnant women (3.7%) was observed.
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Mycoses in Madras
W Pankajalakshmi, S Subramanian
September-October 1974, 40(5):228-235
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