Ruchita R. Shah

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Adult Drosophila melanogaster has long been a popular model for learning and memory studies. Now the larval stage of the fruit fly is also being used in an increasing number of classical conditioning studies. In this study, we employed heat shock as a novel negative reinforcement for larvae and obtained high learning scores following just one training(More)
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES The Indian Disability Evaluation and Assessment Scale (IDEAS) has been recommended for assessment and certification of disability by the Government of India (GOI). However, the psychometric properties of IDEAS as adopted by GOI remain understudied. Our aim, thus, was to study the internal consistency and validity of IDEAS in patients(More)
OBJECTIVE Existing factor analytic studies of symptoms of delirium are mostly based on small numbers of patients from specialized settings. This study thus sought to examine the factor structure of symptoms of delirium in a reasonably large sample of untreated patients referred to liaison psychiatric services of a multi-specialty hospital in north India,(More)
BACKGROUND Neurocysticercosis (NCC) is the most serious form of cysticercal infection and is a major public health problem in the developing world. NCC presents with a range of psychiatric symptoms besides neurological symptoms. There have been few reports from the Asian continent describing the neuropsychiatric manifestations. Our aim was to report(More)
BACKGROUND There are very few studies reporting inhalant abuse/dependence from India. MATERIALS AND METHODS Consecutive treatment seeking inhalant abuse cases (n = 21) were studied for the sociodemographic and clinical profile by using a semi-structured interview schedule. RESULTS A TYPICAL CASE PROFILE WAS: unmarried male (100%), mean age 19 years,(More)
Drosophila melanogaster has proven to be a useful model system for the genetic analysis of ethanol-associated behaviors. However, past studies have focused on the response of the adult fly to large, and often sedating, doses of ethanol. The pharmacological effects of low and moderate quantities of ethanol have remained understudied. In this study, we tested(More)
BACKGROUND Very few studies have evaluated the level of distress due to the experience of delirium in patients who have recovered from delirium. METHODOLOGY Fifty-three patients were rated on Delirium Rating Scale-Revised-98 at baseline and were again evaluated on Delirium Experience Questionnaire after recovery for level of distress due to the experience(More)
A net-based, decision support system for diagnostic assessment and management of psychiatric disorders, developed as part of a telepsychiatry service, which aims to deliver mental health care to underserved population of remote areas in India is described. This paper presents the development and preliminary results of diagnostic validation of the(More)
Compared to other antipsychotics quetiapine has been reported to be relatively safer in overdose. We report a case with paranoid schizophrenia who attempted suicide with 1400 mg of quetiapine and manifested drowsiness, supraventricular tachycardia (167/minute) and minimal ST depression in leads V1 to V6 on ECG; all other physiological parameters were(More)
BACKGROUND World Health Organization's Quality of Life - Spirituality, Religiousness and Personal Beliefs Scale (WHOQOL SRPB) is a valuable instrument for assessing spirituality and religiousness. The absence of this self-administered instrument in Hindi, which is a major language in India, is an important limitation in using this scale. AIM To translate(More)