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770 e-Letters

  • An assessment of a large-scale HIV prevention programme for high-risk men who have sex with men and transgenders in Andhra Pradesh, India: using data from routine programme monitoring and repeated cross-sectional surveys
    Esther A. Osir

    This article of Goswami et al is about an assessment of an HIV intervention programme.The author has clearly come up with the assessment of a large-scale HIV prevention programme, using programme monitoring data and data from two cross-sectional surveys. Avahan's programme evaluation framework, was used in this assessment ending up with three key outcomes that is the: (1) scale and intensity of coverage of the Avahan pro...

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  • The high cost of diarrhoeal illness for urban slum households-a cost-recovery approach: a cohort study
    DENIS OCHIENG OWINO

    I do appreciate the findings of the author of this paper however it is important to break down the recommendations suggested especially on promoting health promotion. This is a strategy that has been tested and proved to reduce if not to eradicate ill health and poverty in our society. Urbanization is rapidly growing in the world over especially in Africa, and it is necessary for various governments to ensure that there...

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  • Qualitative analysis of patients' feedback from a PROMs survey of cancer patients in England
    Abisage W. Ouma

    I read with much interest about the factors impacting quality of life for cancer patients. I agree on the need for efforts to support patients to manage following completion of cancer treatment through provision of preparation and well as consistent provision of post cancer treatment support.

    Lack of information is also a challenge faced in low and middle income countries such as Kenya where I come from.

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  • Title: Performance -based assessment and demand for personal care in older Japanese people: a cross sectional study.
    John O. Sibuor

    Dear Editor

    I refer to the Article: Performance -based assessment and demand for personal care in older Japanese people: a cross sectional study by Hiroyuki et al.

    I commend Japan for a responsive traditional culture that has maintained citizens to a world record of high population of 127 million and mean age of 79.4 (male) and 85.9 (female) elderly. Japan further deserves commendation for introducin...

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  • Title: The High Cost Of Diarrhoeal Illness For Urban Slum Households-A Cost-Recovery Approach: A Cohort Study Ronak B. Patel,1,2 Hanni Stoklosa,1 Shrutika Shitole,3 Tejal Shitole,3 Kiran Sawant,3 Mahesh Nanarkar,3 Ramnath Subbaraman,3 Alison Ridpath,2 A
    Abigael A. Okoko

    I read this paper with great interest and much appreciation. The article is informative giving us insight into the cost implications of not having access to adequate supplies of clean water. The article highlights that interventions such as infrastructure development, adequate supplies of clean water, adequate sanitation and hygienic practices (such as hand washing) have to be put in place to ensure a reduction in diarrho...

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  • Seroprevalence of syphilis among HIV-infected individuals in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: a hospital-based cross-sectional study by Begna et al. 2013
    Kevin Abidha Achola

    The editor, Thank you for the paper titled 'Seroprevalence of syphilis among HIV- infected individuals in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: a hospital-based cross- sectional study'

    I agree with the finding from this study which shows that there is relationship between HIV infection and syphilis transmission. One reason could be that a person who has HIV infection has lowered body immunity and is likely to have develo...

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  • The high cost of diarrhoeal illness for urban slum households-a cost-recovery approach: a cohort study Ronak B Patel,1,2 Hanni Stoklosa,1 Shrutika Shitole,3 Tejal Shitole,3 Kiran Sawant,3 Mahesh Nanarkar,3 Ramnath Subbaraman,3 Alison Ridpath,2 Anita Pati…
    Alice Manyange Abuki

    I would like to commend the authors of this work for the diarrhoeal issue is timely. The paper has clearly and objectively demonstrated how costly diarrhoeal illnesses are for the poor in urban slums. Diarrhoeal illnesses just like any other illness slows down development pace of a community either through people becoming sick or taking care of the sick thus rendering one unable to work or be productive, this in turn tri...

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  • Male Pattern baldness and its association with coronary heart disease: a meta-analysis: letter to the editor
    Pooja Arora

    Editor, The meta-analysis conducted by Yamada et al (2013) has established the association between baldness and coronary heart disease (CHD). The authors have concluded that vertex baldness among young men is closely related to atherosclerosis. Another factor that deserves mention in this context is smoking. We have many a times come across patients with severe arterial disease who have baldness and gray hair and on histo...

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  • Students' attitude and smoking behaviour following the implementation of a university smoke-free policy: a cross-sectional study 1. Monique Chaaya1, 2. Maysam Alameddine1, 3. Rima Nakkash2, 4. Rima A Afifi2, 5. Joanna Khalil2, 6. Georges Nahhas1 + Author…
    Charles O. Gundo

    While I am pleased with the general research, its significance and findings in part, it is my humble concern that there may have been a systematic error in the sampling design. The researchers set out to measure both attitude towards and compliance with the smoking ban. In measuring attitudes, the researcher correctly identifies the school students as the population and randomly picks classes on which the instrument is...

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  • Prevalence and predictors of delirium
    Niamh A. O'Regan

    Sir, we read with interest the recent response to our study of delirium point prevalence from Zieschang and colleagues, Heidelberg, Germany[1]. Zieschang et al have described a delirium prevalence of 15.6% in their study population of older hyponatraemic patients and normonatraemic controls admitted to a step-down facility, and note that our hospital-wide point prevalence was higher at almost 20%[2].

    Although,...

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