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    ABSTRACT: A prospective study was carried out among undergraduate medical students of three different medical colleges in North India. The aim of this study was to assess the consumption pattern of alcohol among medical students and correlate psychiatric disturbance and parental alcohol consumption with the patterns of alcohol use in them. Using an anonymous, self-administered questionnaire, we surveyed 168 subjects who were at various stages of their undergraduate medical career. Alcohol was the frequently used substance by all groups; 56.57% ever used alcohol and 41.46% showed patterns of problem drinking. Alcohol dependence was found in 6.09% of the students; 71.95% students started consuming alcohol after admission in the medical college. Almost one-third of respondents (37.50%) were found to be clinically depressed, anxious, or experiencing psychiatric disturbances. Such students had a greater frequency of alcohol consumption (p = 0.05). Also, a strong association between positive family history of alcohol use/abuse and use of alcohol among medical students was found (p = 0.001). Alcohol abuse amongst medical students should be taken more seriously because their own attitudes towards substances may influence their professional behaviour.
    Journal of the Indian Medical Association 03/2009; 107(3):151-2, 154-5.
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    ABSTRACT: A prospective study was carried out on patients with diabetic foot lesions to determine their clinical characteristics, the spectrum of aerobic microbial flora and to assess their comparative in vitro susceptibility to the commonly used antibiotics. A total of 157 organisms (143 bacteria and 14 fungi) were isolated and an average of 1.52 isolates per case was reported. Polymicrobial infection was found in 35% of the patients. In this study, Pseudomonas aeruginosa among the gram-negative (22%) and Staphylococcus aureus among the gram-positive (19%) were the predominantly isolated organisms, while Candida was the most predominantly isolated fungus. Antimicrobial sensitivity pattern of the isolates is discussed in detail. There was a linear increase in the prevalence of organisms with increase in Wagner's grade. Neuropathy (76%) and peripheral vascular disease (57.28%) was a common feature among the patients. Poor glycemic control was found in 67% of the patients. Awareness about lower limb complications of diabetes was very low (23%) among the patients.
    Indian Journal of Pathology and Microbiology 05/2008; 51(2):204-8. · 0.68 Impact Factor