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Rohan Chaudhari et al from TNMC and BYL Nair Ch. Hospital in ‘A Preliminary study of catheter associated Bacteriuria’ involving thirty two catheterised patients found that the incidence of catheter associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) was 44%, the prominent bacteria being Klebsiella species. All the organisms were mostly resistant to the commonly used antibiotics. Amikacin was found to be more effective amongst the antibiotics tested.

JG Saluja et al from CMPH Medical College in their article ‘Diagnostic Importance of Antibodies TBIgG and IgA and Adenosine Deaminase in Tuberculous Pleural Effusion in Indian Population’ describe their results showing significant higher titres of Antibodies in pleural fluid than serum Antibodies levels. Adenosine deaminase values were found to have a sensitivity of 96% and specificity of 96% in pleural effusion than serum values.

In their study ‘Abdominal Cervico-Vaginotomy, pedicular transection and hemibisection of polyp for vaginal polypectomy’, SV Parulekar and AS Gupta from KEM Hospital have shown that this method prevented contamination of the peritoneal cavity by discharge on the surface of the polyp associated with abdominal removal of the polyp. It can also be performed in a woman, who requires an abdominal hysterectomy for additional indications.

SJ Kore et al from LTMG Hospital show that transvaginal sonography is a cost-effective mode of investigation to predict the risk of preterm labour. In 80% low risk patients, USG cervical length was done at 23 weeks. Out of 69 patients with cervical length more than 30 mm, only 7.2% delivered preterm, while in women with cervical length less than 30 mm, 91% delivered preterm.

FA Qari from King Abdul Aziz Hospital, Saudi Arabia concludes that there is a lot of controversy regarding thyroid malignancy investigations and management and recommends that thyroid cancer patients should be treated by a team of endocrinologist, pathologist, experienced thyroid surgeon, nuclear medicine and external radiotherapy physician to achieve optimum care and good prognosis.

Krishna Algotar et al from Grant Medical College in their study of 'Predictive value of colposcopy in cervical cancer screening' conclude that colposcopy is a much more sensitive method compared to cytology, specially in the higher grade lesions and plays an important role in the downstaging of cervical cancer. Therefore it should be promoted in the cervical cancer screening programmes.

V Pugalendhi et al from KJ Hospital, Chennai present a study on breast development in female Wistar rats using an indigenous herbal preparation by topical application. It will be worthwhile to see the results of similar studies conducted elsewhere.

Deepa Velankar from Terna Medical College, Navi Mumbai concludes that a human being can be compared to a guitar. If there is less of tension in the string, the required note will not be produced, but if the string is too tense it will break and there will be no music. Hence, if stress is managed well it will be a friend but if not, it will be man’s greatest enemy.

Vipla Puri from Hinduja Hospital discusses the role of ‘Anti-erythropoietin antibodies - A recent entity to explain resistance to recombinant erythropoietin therapy’.

Sandesh Sharma et al from Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre report two rare cases of eosinophilic enteritis.

Roopa Vishwanathan et al from Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences report a rarecase of ‘Hepatic abscess due to tuberculosis in an immunocompetent patient. Though this entity is still not described in the text books; in our journal, in the past we have published similar cases.

AH Bhandarwar et al from Grant Medical College report a case of adenocarcinoma of the jejunum presenting with intestinal obstruction.

Amit Goel et al from Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi report a case of hydatid cyst of liver removed laparoscopically!

SC Ravikiran et al from Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital for Children report a case of Poland’s syndrome, which is a rare constellation of anomalies involving the chest wall with absence of pectoralis major and minor as its main component.

Finally, M Amit Kapoor et al from Sri Sayaji General Hospital and Medical College, Baroda report a case of 'Comminuted fracture of base of 1st metacarpal with fracture trapezium'.