Astha Agarwal

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Biofilm is one of the known virulence factors of staphylococci, a human and animal pathogen and commensal. Some of the strains become invasive under favorable conditions while others do not cause disease. Early detection and management of potentially pathogenic staphylococci is the essential step to prevent device-associated infections. There is also a need(More)
For fine-grained sentiment analysis, we need to go beyond zero-one polarity and find a way to compare adjectives that share a common semantic property. In this paper, we present a semi-supervised approach to assign intensity levels to adjectives, viz. high, medium and low, where adjectives are compared when they belong to the same semantic category. For(More)
Biofilm is one of the important virulence factors of staphylococci that plays a role in many device-related infections such as native valve endocarditis, otitis media, urinary tract infections, cystic fibrosis, acute septic arthritis, etc. Biofilm is a microbially derived sessile community of microorganisms, developed either from single or multiple(More)
The primary objective was to evaluate the analgesic effect of a eutectic mixture of local anesthetics (EMLA) during whole cell DPT vaccination. The secondary objective was to evaluate if the analgesic effect of EMLA was synergistic to breastfeeding. A randomized, placebo-controlled trial was done to include infants of up to 3 months of age who came for(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM The role played by free radicals in pathogenesis of pulmonary tuberculosis and treatment mediated toxicity is well established. Hence, the present study was undertaken to assess the effect of crude green tea catechin in reducing the oxidative stress seen in patients of AFB positive pulmonary tuberculosis. METHODS A total of 200 newly(More)
Staphylococci are the main causative agents of nosocomial diseases. Over the last few years, the increase in the number of meticillin-resistant (MR) staphylococci has become a major clinical problem. Accuracy and promptness in the detection of meticillin resistance are of key importance in ensuring the correct antibiotic treatment in infected patients and(More)
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES Intravenous device (IVD) associated nosocomial blood stream infections due to staphylococci are major cause of morbidity and mortality. The present study was carried out to assess the frequency of staphylococcal IVD associated infections in a paediatric ward of a tertiary case hospital. Prevalence of resistance to commonly used(More)
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES All colonizing and invasive staphylococcal isolates may not produce biofilm but may turn biofilm producers in certain situations due to change in environmental factors. This study was done to test the hypothesis that non biofilm producing clinical staphylococci isolates turn biofilm producers in presence of sodium chloride (isotonic)(More)
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES Randomized controlled trials in developed countries have reported benefits of Lactobacillus GG (LGG) in the treatment of acute watery diarrhoea, but there is paucity of such data from India. The study was aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of Lactobacillus GG in the treatment of acute diarrhoea in children from a semi-urban(More)